WATSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
APRIL NEWSLETTER – 2014
It’s hard to believe that the school year is almost over! We appreciate all the support that our parents have given us through the year! Our PTO has provided so much support not only this year but every year with fun events for the students, fundraisers, Parent/Teacher conference meals and many, many items for the classrooms -- Thanks Again!!! If you receive a call to be an officer or room parent, please consider this volunteer opportunity, as it can be very rewarding.
SPRING EVENTS HAPPENING AT WATSON:
April 2nd is National Autism Day. Wear blue to support our friends with Autism.
April 3rd Watson Kindergarten Orientation night. If you have a student that will be in Kindergarten or know of a neighbor that has a next year Kindergarten student, please remember this important evening starting at 6:30. Remember to bring a birth certificate and immunization record!
April 8th Bread from our PTO bread sales will be in.
Bread Sales Sorting Help NEEDED!!
The 2014 bread orders are all in and tallied, and you brought in an amazing sum of money for our Teachers' Wish List! WAY TO GO WATSON!!! At Wednesday morning's assembly, profits were announced, and prizes were sent home after school on Wednesday.
We are still in great need of parents to help sort the bread from 1:30-3:30 so that the kids can take it home and deliver it after school. The bread is frozen, and so we have to work very quickly and need many hands to get the job done. If you could help for all or even part of this time, we would greatly appreciate it! Call or email Kili if you're available: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or 461-6374.
April 10th Grades K through 5 school music program and ice cream social. This is held at Hastings Senior High auditorium and ice cream social will be in the high school cafeteria. Please see details on the attached sheet.
April 14th through April 17th NeSA testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Please try not to schedule any doctor, dentist or any other appointments at this time. Please call the office if you are unsure of the times your child will be testing.
April 18th and 21st No school—Late Spring Break
April 28th Elementary track meet at Hastings High School (more information will be coming home soon). Rain date will be May 1st
This spring it is all about grow… grow…GROW in Kindergarten! Since January we are enjoying having our UNK student teacher, Mrs. Kristin Bland, with us helping us to grow…grow..GROW with our awesome learning. Her husband just recently graduated from law enforcement training and has joined the Hastings Police Department. Officer Bland is planning to visit our classroom in April in his uniform and hopefully, we can see his patrol car. Who knows, we may have some future policemen and women when they grow..grow..GROW up :)
Mrs. Bland has been busy teaching us everything we need to know about plants and what seeds need to grow, grow, GROW. April will continue to be an exciting month when we become proud parents to lots (hopefully) of Kindergarten chicks with our Embryology unit. Our eggs are scheduled to arrive April 8th and then the 21-day countdown begins with ‘the big arrival’ for April 29th. Again, another great way to see how things grow… grow… GROW!
Feel free to stop in anytime and see for yourself how our Kinder ’garden’ continues to grow..grow..GROW!! Happy Spring everyone!!!!
P.E. CLASS (grades K,1,2 and 3)
Currently in PE we have been focusing on Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart. The kids have been working hard to develop better rhythm and jumping skills along with various dribbling and partner passing basketball skills. A key characteristic that we work on during class, along with our skills, is showing sportsmanship and the importance to be a good sport whether their team wins or loses. The focus everyday is to build respectful, skilled, and healthy children.
For the month of April students will be working on RESPECT for Character Education. While RESPECT is a little word, it is a big deal. With Spring here it is a great time to remember to show RESPECT to other students, teachers and school property. Students will be reminded that RESPECT also means to give something or someone special attention, to care about or be kind. We always want our Watson Students to show RESPECT!
Camp Invention is returning to Hastings Public Schools
with all new activities!
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Hastings Public Schools is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.
This unforgettable week begins on June 2nd, when Kim Creech will direct the Camp Invention MORPHED!™ program at Raymond A. Watson Elementary School.
In the Super Go™ module, students design a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys will collect energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
Participants will receive personalized challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees that will ignite a spirit of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship during the Design Studio: Morphed™ module.
Throughout the Amplified™ module, children invent bionic gadgets while journeying to acquire superhuman senses. Time will be spent encountering illusions and discovering if they are a supertaster.
Finally, Camp Invention’s flagship module, I Can Invent: Pinbug™, allows participants to use tools to upcycle electronics and build an epic, insect-themed pinball machine!
Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as Leadership Interns – ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.
Register early to get the deepest discounts! Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to reserve your child’s spot today!
WILDCATS OF THE WEEK FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
March 5, 2014 – McDonalds’s with Mrs. Jacobson
Adair Hall Gr. 3
Katie Opperman Gr. 4
Hannah Gammill Gr. 5
March 19, 2014 – Runza with Mrs. Hinrichs
Isabelle Kusek Kdgt
Aiden Leonard Gr. 1
Landon Hinrichs Gr. 2
March 26, 2014 – Amigo’s with Mrs. Williams
Titus Shafer Gr. 3
Alice Vu Gr. 5
Ayden Brown Gr. 5
Upcoming items in May to put on your calendar:
May 8th – PTO Family Fun night at Past Time Lanes
May 9th – 3rd grade Bike Ride
May 15th – Watson Field Day
May 19th – 5th grade Recognition
May 20th – Watson Talent show, last day of school.