WOODSTOCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NEWSLETTER 

03/13/2017
Issue No.14
WES CALENDAR

Mar 13
Summer SOAK registration opens 6 AM

Mar 13
Board Meeting in library 
4:30 PM

Mar 14
WCSU Band showcase @ WUHS

Mar 15 
WCSU Band showcase SNOW DATE

Mar 16 
Mindful Parenting 
Jan Fielder 
6 PM

Mar 16 
Crazy Hair Day 
 
Mar 20-Mar 31 
WES learning celebrations and art show

Mar 21
3rd Grade Concert 6pm (Snow date Mar 28)

Mar 22
4th Grade Concert 6pm (Snow date Mar 29)

Mar 22
PTO Meeting 
3 PM 

Mar 23
5/6th Grade Concert 6pm (Snow date Mar 30)

Mar 23 
Swap the Seasons Day 
(dress like the opposite season)

Mar 30 
WES Spirit Day
(green and white) 

Mar 30
4th Parent Edu. Series. "Nutrition and Learning" by Clare Drebitko in the WES Library 6PM

Mar 31
WES PTO Movie Night
5:30-7:30 PM 

Scenes From the Week at WES: 
 
Skaters melted on the green ice on our final day of Winter Workshops

Third grade physical science investigations in the STEM lab


Roving Reporter presentations in Ms. Kurash's classroom


Summer Soak Registration Opens Monday at 6 AM! 

On Monday morning at 6:00 AM, the Summer SOAK online registration site goes LIVE!  Please take a look at the offerings, get your Participation and Medical Report forms in, and be ready to make your choices.  Registration is not confirmed until the forms are in and payment is made.  Spots are awarded based on the time that all paperwork and checks are received. You can make a log in for the site now in order to expedite registration on Monday. All forms are available on the site:  http://summersoak.com/info/default.aspx


WES Parent Education Series 
Thursday 3/16 at 6 PM: 
Students were mighty comfy on Pajama Day Thursday, including this ninja turtle!


WES Celebrations of Learning 

March is  learning celebration month at WES! During the weeks of March 20th - March 31st, K-4 teachers will invite parents to the classroom for learning celebrations.  (Grades 5 and 6 had student led-conferences this fall instead.)  The letter sent out about this in the fall can be found here. The purpose of the learning celebrations is for students to give parents a look inside the classroom at what stud ents have been learning recently. This is different from a student-led conference where conversations about growth and progress happ en. Teachers will not comment on or conference about individual student progress during the learning celebrations, however all WES teachers always welcome the opportunity to meet with parents about student growth and progress at a private conference. K-4 teachers will send out details regarding their grade level's learning celebration dates and time slots. 

 All families are also welcome to visit the building at this time for the ongoing art show, and music concerts will happen March 21, 22, and 23 for grade 3-6. 

6th graders designed and 3D printed cars and conducted investigations involving the car's mass and distance.

World Flavors Learning Opportunities in the WES Café! 

It is exciting to learn about the different flavors and cultures of the world! The WES cafe collaborated with the 4th grade last month to design the ultimate Asian dining experience.  Within each literacy group, students used the countries showcased in their books to dive deeper into the Asian culture. The countries included North and South Korea, Thailand, and Japan. Each literacy group worked on helping to prepare a part of the Asian meal, and they learned more in-depth details about their country.  Students worked on making coconut milk ice cream, triple ginger cookies, and they also prepared "table tents" that included interesting Asian facts. On the day of our Asian lunch, students were able to read the table tents, enjoy a sweet and sour pork dish, the coconut milk ice cream, and the triple ginger cookies.  Chopsticks were sent home as a gift from the WES cafe as a way to represent some Asian cultures.  We hope
that you are using your chopsticks at home!  


Triple the Ginger Cookies
taken from Allrecipes www.allrecipes.com
Recipe by: Laria Tabul

Ingredients:
¾ cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
¼ cup molasses
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
½ cup chopped crystallized ginger

Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ground ginger, baking soda, and salt; stir into the molasses mixture using a wooden spoon. Mix in the fresh crystallized gingers. Cover, refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1 inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased  cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
WES Nurse News 
Spring is in the air but we all know that weather conditions in March and April can change by the day with a chance of snow returning this week! The conditions on our playground can go from frozen to slushy, wet, and muddy overnight. The students love to be outside and active in the warmer weather and often their clothing gets wet and muddy, particularly children in grades K-4. I highly recommend that students pack a change of clothing in their backpacks for such occasions. Dry socks and pants are especially helpful. I try to keep clothes in the nurse office but my supply is low, and I can't accommodate all sizes. Layers work best in this kind of weather as the mornings can be cool and afternoons tend to heat up. We want your children to be dry and comfortable so that they can concentrate on school and not their clothing. Happy Spring!!