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WATSON SCHOOL NEWS
Dear Watson Students and Families,
I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I will not be the principal of Watson Elementary next school year. The plan is for me to return to teaching PE at Lincoln Elementary.
I have enjoyed being at Watson this year and I appreciate having the opportunity to serve as your principal. I have also loved getting to know your amazing children who have made this a wonderful year for me.
Thank you for the support, guidance, and encouragement you have provided me during this school year. I look forward to seeing you all in the community.
Thanks again for everything.
Parents of students currently attending Watson Elementary that do not live in the Watson district or wanting to attend another Hastings Elementary School should complete a transfer form for the 2014-2015 school year. All current transfers expire at the end of the school year.
Hastings Public Schools is hosting an academic summer program this year. These programs include work with reading and math, as well as enrichment activities. Academic summer programs are open to Hastings Public Schools students only. Please contact the office if you need a summer form.
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Last Dress Up Day, Friday, May 16th: Switch Day ….. Girls dress like boys, boys dress like girls!
TALENT SHOW – MAY 20
The end of the year talent show will be held on Tuesday, May 20th, at 1:30p.m. in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend. This is always a fun occasion. Students are encouraged to participate in the talent show TRYOUTS, which will be held after school on May 1st and May 6th. Please have your act prepared BEFORE tryouts.
STUDENT COUNCIL WILL BE HAVING THEIR LAST MEETING THIS MONDAY, MAY 5TH
The all school field day will be held on Thursday afternoon, May 15th. Lunch will be served beginning at 11:45 and the events will begin at 1:00 P.M. Lunch price for adults is $3.25 and siblings are $2.60. Parents may bring lawn chairs and watch the events or participate with your student. More information and sign up for lunch is attached. FORM IS DUE BACK BY MAY 7th.
FIFTH GRADE RECOGNITION
The Fifth Grade Recognition program will be held on Monday, May 19th at 7:00 P.M. in the Watson Elementary School Gym. Best of luck to our fifth grade students as they move on to Middle School. We also want to thank Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Siebert who will be serving refreshments after the recognition.
Last day for Homework club for the year will be May 8th.
OTHER EVENTS GOING ON:
May 5th – Kdgt trip to the public Library
May 8th – 4th grade to Edgerton in Aurora
May 8th – PTO Family Fun night at Past time Lanes
May 9th - 3rd grade bike ride
May 9th – 4th grade to Outdoor Discovery (Fort Kearney)
May 19th – 3rd grade Pen Pal picnic
HASTINGS PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER PROGRAM
The Hastings Public Library has established a Summer Library Reading Program May 19th - July 19th. The summer program will be for school age and pre-school children. The program provides opportunities and motivation for students to be engaged in reading during summer months.
The start of summer vacation is not a signal for learning to slow down or halt. Students and parents must adopt the mission of life-long learning.
FROM OUR LIBRARIAN – MS. DAVIS:
Tuesday, May 6th will be the final due date for library books. Please try to turn your books in before or on this date.
GOLDEN SOWER AWARD: Students in grades K-3 were read this year’s ten Golden Sower books during library time, and each voted for their favorite book. Fourth and fifth grade students had to read and take the AR quiz for a least four of this year’s nominated books in their age group. The state-wide winner will be announced in May.
This year we had a record 20 students in grades 4-5 who were eligible to vote! Congratulations go to Hannah Reynolds, Brittany Ochsner, Lauren Hinrichs and Kiernan Bierman for reading all ten books this year, which is quite an accomplishment.
To learn more about the Golden Sower program, and get a start on next year’s books, go to http://www.nebraskalibraries.org/goldensower/index.htm There is also a link to the Golden Sower site on Watson School’s Library Media webpage.
Thank you to the Watson PTO for continuing to support reading and our Golden Sower program!
GOOD NEWS FROM 4th GRADE:
The 4th graders in Mrs. Wischmeier’s class are very excited and with good reason! We are using a website in our classroom called Sumdog (http://www.sumdog.com). On Sumdog, students can play games to practice hundreds of different topics.
Recently we completed in a local Sumdog mathematics contest against a number of other schools in our region. They are offered prizes for the top schools and also certificates for the top ten students. We were the top school in this contest and received 30 math subscriptions to Sumdog, which are good for 1 year. In addition to being the top school, nine of the ten top students in this contest were from our Watson 4th grade class!
Kiernan Bierman Austin Middleton Hannah Reynolds
Peytin Hudson Camry Runyan Carley Norlen
Max Johnson Blake Rehtus Ali Waugh
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WATSON 4th GRADERS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK IN THIS CONTEST!
LOST AND FOUND
A large number of items are now in the school Lost and Found. Lost and Found items must be claimed by May 21st. Items not claimed will be given to a local agency. We will have the box out during Field Day, please take time to look through.
SUMMER LUNCH PROGRAM
Summer Lunch program will be held at Hawthorne Elementary this year (due to road construction at Lincoln School). The programs dates are June 2 to July 25. If you have any other questions, please contact Jeff or Connie in the business office.
WATSON WILDCATS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL
April 2, 2014 – Little Ceasar’s with Mrs. Kohl
Isabella Merrill – 3
Peytin Hudson - 4
April 9, 2014 – Subway with Mrs. Perdew
Zane Thomsen – K
Danae Isom – 1
Braden Ochsner - 2
April 16, 2014 – Wendy’s with Mrs. Barwick
Lizzie Weseman – 3
Matthew Boner – 4
Lindsey Clevenger – 5
April 30, 2014 – Arby’s with Ms. Davis
Sophie Jarmer - K
Jack Hohman – 1
Justine Bierman- 2
A lunch note will be attached to this newsletter regarding lunch money needed to complete the school year. If you did not receive a note, then you student has enough in his or her account to finish school with. REMEMBER ANY BALANCE THAT IS LEFT OVER AFTER MAY 19TH THAT BALANCE WILL BE IN YOUR STUDENT’S ACCOUNT NEXT YEAR.
Report cards will be mailed the last week in May. Please make sure to look in the envelope as we enclose next year’s supply list, school calendar for 14 – 15 and calendar of events for Watson school next year.
2014 Bread Sales Report
Watson students and staff collected orders for around 1000 items and brought in $328 in donations. That brings our initial earnings (after costs are taken out) to almost $5500! If we sell our extras (which we received through our distributor’s generous “case-ups,” we’ll make even more. Extras are available from Mrs. Krueger in the front office, so please pick up one or two to help us finish this fundraiser strong!!
The 4th grade class had the highest total percentage of students selling: 63%. They won a “bread sales party day,” which included cake and juice boxes from Russ’s along with an extra recess. Additionally, all students who sold bread were awarded one point for every two items sold, and they were able to use those points to "buy" prizes.
The top seller in each class was awarded $10 cash as follows:
Preschool – Chloe Roberts
Life Skills – Bubba Stoltenberg
Kindergarten – Sam Tunks
Grade 1 – Addyson Hermes
Grade 2 – Ethan Zimmerman
Grade 3 – Alexis Anderson
Grade 4 – Max Johnson
Grade 5 – Luke Stevens
Staff – Vicki Krueger
Thank you again to all who participated in any way to make this fundraiser a success!!
Watson School turned in a total of $20,524.60 in receipts this year! Watson will be receiving a check for 1% of the total. Thanks so much for the extra effort in collecting these for the school and thanks Angie Runyan for taking on this project!