Greetings From The School President
Hello Wonderful Families,

February is a very important and busy month nationally…Wonderful Chinese New Year begins it; it is National Heart Month; National Children’s Dental Health Month; courtesy of Valentine’s Day, it is National Romance Month and most important to me, it is National Black History Month. Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. February became the month of the celebration in 1976 so it would coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, an escaped Maryland slave, who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War. 

Being born and raised in the 1950’s in Washington, D.C., I was able to participate in some important events in Black History, first hand. It is said that we need to learn all we can about our past or we are doomed to repeat it. We will spend lots of February curriculum, at all levels, on Black History, tolerance and respect topics, so we can move forward as an enlightened family into our global future.

Warm Regards,
Kathleen Nelson, School President
A Note From The Head of School
Greetings World Academy Families,

With the amount of illness going around, we continue to encourage our staff and students to wash their hands frequently and to avoid sharing food and drinks. In order to help stop the spread of illness, we kindly remind you that per school policy we require sick children to be fever and symptom free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. We appreciate everyone’s effort during this difficult cold, flu and stomach virus season. 

We have a few upcoming events that I would like to highlight. First, our Eighth Graders’ Valentine-Grams Sale begins TODAY and will run through 10:00am on February 14th in the Entrance Hall. It’s the perfect time to order something for that special child, friend, or teacher, while also supporting the Eighth Grade trip to Washington, D.C. Additionally, the PTO is working hard to put together an Internet Safety Workshop for parents in March. More details are available in the PTO news section below. Many thanks to those involved in coordinating this invaluable event for our school community. 

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the 24 World Academy Alumni who were recently named to Bishop Guertin’s High Honor Roll during the semester that concluded recently. Click here to check out the letter we received from Bishop Guertin highlighting our students and the important role World Academy has played in preparing them for success in high school.  
Have a restful weekend,   
Dr. Lisa Dias, Head of School
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Upcoming Weeks' Events:
  • Friday, February 8th
  • Beginner/Intermediate Chess Club 2:45-3:45
  • Saturday, February 9th 
  • Admissions Testing 8:00-11:00am 
  • Parents' Night Out from 6:00pm-Midnight “Disney Night”
  • Week of February 11th - Kindergarten through Grade 8 Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Monday, February 11th
  • World Academy Re-Registration opens for the 19-20 School Year for Current Families 
  • Tuesday, February 12th 
  • Last Middle School Ski Program/Ice Skating/Trekking 8:00-2:45 (make up day) 
  • Thursday, February 14th 
  • Valentine's Day
  • Preschool 3’s Valentine Teas 9:00-11:00
  • Friendship Parties 
  • Friday, February 15th 
  • Grade 4 Invention Convention 8:45-11:05 in the Entrance Hall

The Next Week Preview: No Dance this week, Re-Registration Continues, World Academy CLOSED on February 18th In Observance of Presidents’ Day, Grade 8 Rube Goldberg Competition, Math Team Contest, Recognition and Award Assembly for Caring & Compassion – Mrs. Spaulding’s Kindergarten, Future K-Grade 4 Step Up Day, RIZE VEX Competition in Manchester, Re-Registration Deadline is the 22nd
February Vacation Program Sign Up
Our Vacation Program is a safe and fun option available to any K-8 student, even those who do not regularly attend World Academy. This program supplements the days outside of the school calendar and therefore a separate daily rate applies. In order for us to properly staff our programs, advanced sign-up is required (at the Front Desk) for the days your child will attend and there will not be any refunds for unused days after sign-up. 

For the upcoming February break, the Vacation Program will run from Monday, February 25th to Friday, March 1st. Please inform the Front Desk by Thursday, February 14th of the days you need to ensure that your child will be able to attend the program that week.
2019 World Academy Parent Education Program: Internet Safety
Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30PM

The World Academy PTO is hosting a Parent Educational Program on the topic of Internet Safety. The goal is to provide parents with content that can be tailored to individual families to facilitate safe internet usage for preschool aged children through teenagers. You are not going to want to miss this special event open to all of our World Academy parents! 

We had a great turnout for last year’s Parent Education program and anticipate another great forum to learn, listen and share ideas. Please click here for further detail, and register your seat(s) so we know how many to expect. 

Please contact the PTO with any questions! 
We have some great events coming up in the next few months! Mark your calendars now so you don't miss them!! More details to follow!
  • 2nd Annual Father/Daughter Dance - Friday, March 22nd
  • This year's theme is Candy Land!
  • Just an FYI for those who are wondering if we will have a counterpart for our Father /Daughter Dance for our boys... We do! We will be having a ‘Movies with Mom’ Day at Chunky’s in May. More details later!!
  • 2nd Annual Comedy Night/Silent Auction - Friday, May 10th
  • Last year's Comedy Night was SOLD OUT! Our headliner this year will be Jimmy Dunn. This hilarious Boston-based comedian starred in the CBS sitcom "The McCarthys" and has performed at some of the comedy industry's most prestigious events, including Denis Leary's Comics Come Home, Montreal's International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and the Late Show with David Letterman.
Information Regarding Re-Registration For The 2019-2020 School Year
As we unveil the current phase of our RenWeb/FACTS system, our re-registration will be taking place ONLINE, making it easier for families to complete. This process is something that many families have been asking for and we are pleased to be bringing our systems and processes into the 21st century!

Re-registration information for current families will go out, digitally, via email on February 11th and will need to be completed ONLINE by February 22nd. We want ALL TO ENROLL DIGITALLY, unless there is a problem with that for you. On February 11th, one primary adult family member will receive an email with a link to re-registration. Once that person clicks on the link and begins registration, all immediate primary adult members will have access in their RenWeb portal. You will need to have a RenWeb account in order to complete registration. Details on how to create a RebWeb account are located below. We will be readily available to support anyone needing assistance with the online registration process as we know this could be confusing. World Academy will hold spaces for current families until February 22nd, after which time we will begin accepting registrations from new families to fill any vacancies in upcoming programs. Most of our programs are full so this is an important consideration. For Current Families, new tuition rates for the 2019-2020 year will go into effect at the start of the new school year (September). New families’ tuition already reflects the 2019-2020 rates. Also, for families who have been with us for years, we are continuing our loyalty rates. Remember, if you leave and subsequently return, these rates are lost.  We look forward to a long rewarding relationship with your family in the quest for the best well-rounded, quality education possible for your child.
To our ECE families in preparation for re-registration...

Our K-8 families already have access to ParentsWeb via the internet or RenWeb app. RenWeb’s ParentsWeb is a private and secure parents’ portal that allows parents to view information specific to their child, while protecting their child’s information from others. Using this portal, parents may view the school calendar, school announcements, teacher email addresses, class information, as well as other useful school information.

We will be using RenWeb for re-registration, which requires parents to create an account.

Here’s how to access our easy-to-use RenWeb ParentsWeb:
  • Make sure that the school has your email address in RenWeb
  • In your web browser, go to and click “Logins”
  • Type the school’s District Code: wa-nh
  • Click “Create New ParentsWeb Account”.
  • Type your email address and click “Create Account”. An email will be sent which includes a link to create your ParentsWeb login. The link is active for 6 hours.
  • Select the “Click to Create your ParentsWeb Login” link.
  • A web browser displays your Name and RenWeb Person ID.
  • Type a User Name, Password, and Confirm the password.
  • Click “Save User Name and/or Password”. A message displays at the top of the browser, “Username/Password successfully updated.” You may now log in to ParentsWeb using your new Username and Password.

The RenWeb/FACTS app is available via the Apple App Store or Google Play for download. We are always available to help if you need it! Please contact with any questions.
Awesome SummerQuest Enrichment Camp Opportunities!!!!
Grades 4-8 families, please keep an eye out for our SummerQuest Enrichment Camp Program flyer enclosed in the Re-Registration info packet (paper and digital) that we have spent a lot of time and energies on putting together. It is AWESOME, if I do say so myself, and is a program not to be missed for many or all the summer weeks. Please check it out before you plan your child’s summer! You will see how to prevent summer slide, add to your student’s 21st century skills set and support good, safe, intriguing fun for your ‘tweens...all in our safe, well known, exceptional environment with our superlative team of educators and funmakers! And it is right here in the neighborhood, so no shuffling all over town. Your camper can be here with his/her friends, so please let your neighbors know about the program as well! Many thanks!
Uniform Store
Our online uniform store is open and has many new items that will become part of our Middle School Uniform Policy for the 2019-2020 school year. Students have been asking for our plaid skirt and comfortable gym uniforms and these items are now available for purchase for any students who would like to incorporate them into their wardrobe this year before they become required next year. Both boys and girls will be required to wear khaki pants, which can be purchased on your own or through Red Brick or plaid skirts for girls which are only available through Red Brick. Gym uniforms will be optional next year and can be worn all gym day. Click here for a guide to our Middle School Uniform Policy for 2019-2020 and click here to visit the Red Brick Uniform Store.
Reminders, Thank Yous & Good Luck!
Eighth Graders’ Valentine-Grams Sale
Our Eighth Graders’ Valentine-Grams Sale begins Friday, February 8th and will run through 10:00am on February 14th in the Entrance Hall. Check out the flyer below for details!
From The PTO- The Box Tops Competition Returns!  
Help the PTO raise money for their fun programs and activities for our whole school community by clipping and submitting Box Tops! We have a goal of raising $1,000 this year and we can do it with your help! 

Check out the full list of participating products by clicking here. Collect your Tops in a clear plastic bag (be sure the Tops are not expired) and write your child’s name, grade, and teacher’s name on the bag. One submission per family is fine—just include all students’ info. Bring the Tops into school and drop them in a Box Tops collection box found near the Front Desk, in the Elementary hallway or in the Middle School entry area. You can also collect Tops on a collection sheet like the one here.

Our next competition is around the corner and the winning classroom wins a prize for the highest percent of participating students. Please start collecting now for the upcoming deadline of Friday, February 15

For more information, please contact Karen Bradshaw at Thank you, in advance, for your participation! Thank you, Karen, for coordinating this!
Early Childhood Education Family Satisfaction/Feedback Survey
Periodically we send out surveys to find out how YOU think we are doing. Today we are sending out a short digital survey to ECE Families to get your feedback on important areas related to your children, their classes and their teachers. Thank you, in advance, for the few minutes this will take in your busy life. We promise we will use it positively for your child, so that your time is well spent. As always, we love hearing from you in person or by email, if you would rather connect with us that way. Thank you.
Social Media Request
As a school and family we know we have a great story and history and are proud of sharing it. The most effective way to keep our story alive and at the forefront, is organically, by those who witness and experience it, every day. We hope that, given an opportunity, you would support our ‘World” and all we represent to your community and in your social media, whenever possible. That is the way to keep the story straight and our reputation as a phenomenal school growing. Thank you for being an integral and dynamic part of our World Academy community. We all benefit by sharing what we know to be true with others.
Our NorthStars Shine!
Basketball Update
Our World Academy Boys Tri County Division 3 Basketball Team brought home another Championship trophy for the third year in a row! Our Girls fought hard in the final championship game, but ultimately took first runner up status. It was an incredibly successful season, and we couldn't be more proud of our two teams! We would like to send kudos to our wonderful students, families, fans, and Spirit Squad without whom this would not have been possible!! We want to take a moment to personally thank Coach Erik Congdon and Mr. Barker for their wonderful work with our student athletes. We can't wait to see our SIXTH Basketball Banner raised, a testament to the high quality of our set of teams!!

Now, on to Volleyball!!! Tryouts will be open to all students in Fifth Grade and up. All the information you need to sign up your child will be sent out by Coach C. this upcoming week. Be on the lookout for it!! Please feel free to contact Mr. Congdon with any questions or concerns at!
Congrats To Our Math Team!
On Saturday, February 2nd, the Math Team from World Academy came in Third Place at the Annual Seacoast MathCounts Regional competition. The team included World Academy students Sami Witta, Perry Mourtzinos, Ayush Chakraborty, and Hrushikesh Sankar.
In what has become a prestigious competition among local schools, these World Academy students competed against 13 other regional Middle School teams, comprised of over 90 total participants. 
For the first two rounds, students competed independently, and for the third round, the team worked together against other teams. The top-scoring individuals from the first two rounds then came together to compete in a fast-paced, head to head oral round where problems posted on a projector and the two contestants raced to finish the problem. Among the World Academy students in the individual round,  Hrushikesh Sankar placed 10th and Sami Witta placed 12th! World Academy students Duran Jauregui Morris, Sudarshan Prasanna, and Elaine Zhan also competed with strong showings all around.
Many of the teams had individual high scorers, to the extent that some may have carried the team. However, our WA team managed Third Place without having an individual top high scorer, meaning that our entire team worked amazingly well together, was talented enough to score above average, and that each member was personally strong!
World Academy's MathCounts team will now move on to compete at the State-Level competition, which will be held in March at Plymouth State University.
Seen Around Our 'World'
We love to know what our students and families are up to outside of school! If you have something you would like to share, please don't hesitate to share it with us! Click here to email us your photos with details for us to post! We especially love to hear (and brag!) about student accomplishments outside of school! We love sharing ALL about each of our students!
Congrats to the three students in Mrs. Tucker's First Grade(Nishi, Paul and Nick W.) who predicted correctly- the groundhog DID NOT see his shadow on Saturday. Here's hoping for early Spring!
This Monday marked the 100th Day of School! Mrs. Guidoboni's First Graders worked on their public speaking skills to present their projects with 100 items to their classmates! These projects are on display in the Entrance Hall - be sure check them out!
Mrs. Tucker's First Graders brought in collections of 100 to show that 100 of something can look, feel and weigh differently. The class got to share with their peers what their collection was and why they chose that item. These bottles are also on display in the Entrance Hall for families to enjoy!
Mrs. Chiccarelli's Second Graders celebrated the 100th Day of School by dressing up like they were 100 years old! Throughout the day, the students brainstormed people, places, and things they want to do before they turn 100 years old, worked with Mrs. Stone's Second Grade to complete a 100 piece puzzle, and solved multiple step word problems using the number 100!
Mrs. Novak's Third Graders also got in on the 100th Day fun while collaborating on various activities to celebrate their 100th day of Third Grade!  
This Tuesday was the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Pig! First Grader, Selena Zhou, presented to her classmates about how her family celebrates the new year.
Mrs. Novak's Third Grade enjoyed a visit from Chiahui Chawla (Opaline's mom) and Phoebe Turner (Colin's mom) who helped share with the students about Chinese New Year. The students also shared their celebration with the entire school with a parade! Thank you to Mrs. Chawla and Mrs. Turner for taking the time to share your traditions and culture with our students!
Mrs. Novak also snapped a great picture of her white board from Tuesday, where there was date information written in Spanish from Mrs. Hulfachor's Spanish class earlier in the day and a Mandarin Chinese New Year's greeting from the guest visitors. We are a truly diverse school!

This week, Miss Bishop's Cooking Around The World elective "traveled" to Italy this week and made a fresh caprese salad. Buon appetito!
Miss Hill’s Third Grade showed their awesome teamwork and creativity this week when they built and programmed their robots to do different challenges!
This Tuesday's Ski Program saw some unusually warm weather! Check out these skiers enjoying the slopes in just their fleeces and snowpants!
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