WATSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLIt’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, room parent or chairperson, please consider this volunteer opportunity, as it can be very rewarding.
APRIL NEWSLETTER – 2016
APRIL NEWSLETTER – 2016
As the weather warms up be mindful that it still may be cool in the mornings, so jackets may be needed. Also, short shorts and tops that show tummies are not appropriate for school. We ask students to dress in a way that does not distract from the business of school. Clothing should cover students properly.
APRIL EVENTS HAPPENING AT WATSON:
April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2nd is Light It Up Blue Day; we will celebrate Light It Up Blue at school on Friday , April 1st. Everyone could wear blue to support our friends with Autism.
April 18th The all school music program is scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 7:00 at the Hastings Senior High Auditorium. Students are expected to attend as part of their music program finale. The program lasts approximately one hour. As part of learning concert etiquette, we ask that students do not leave early because all of the classes have practiced very hard for their performance and it becomes very disruptive when parents come and get their children during the program. This is a great night for students to show off a little of what they have learned.
Concert attire: Girls may wear a pretty dress, or nice pants (without holes)/a nice skirt and a pretty top. Boys should wear their nicest pants (without holes) and a nice shirt. Please wear a shirt that does NOT have words or pictures on it. Boys may certainly wear a tie if they have one!
Please join us for a fun family night of music. REMEMBER; There will be an Ice Cream Social in the Senior High Cafeteria for everyone afterwards. THANK YOU PTO!
NESA STATE TESTING FOR 3rd, 4TH AND 5TH GRADE
The weeks of April 11- 22 students in grades 3-5 will be taking their NeSA tests.
Please do not schedule appointments during the weeks of testing. It is very important that students take the test when scheduled. It becomes very difficult to make them up or reschedule times without interrupting the classes and computer lab.
Students should get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast so they are at their best for the state testing. Bedtimes of 9:00 are preferred.
Elementary Track Meet!
“On your marks, get set, GO!” The fourth and fifth grade students will be participating in the elementary track meet in the afternoon on Monday, April 25. The meet will be held at the Hastings High School Track. This is a fun afternoon for cheering on classmates and enjoying a great day of activity.
Students should bring a sack lunch (one that can be thrown away). All students will walk to Libs Park with their teachers and eat together before walking to the High School. If you cannot provide a sack lunch, please let the Watson Office know and one will be provided. This will be a great opportunity for students to eat together, build a team effort and have an afternoon of fun. Students will not be dismissed to go out to eat with parents. Morton will also be walking to Libs Park and joining us for lunch.
The track meet is scheduled to begin at 12:00 sharp with field events first and running events after field events. Students are expected to sit in their school section, display good behavior, good sportsmanship and remain until at least 3:20 or until they have finished all of their events.
The meet is for 4th and 5th grade only. Younger school-aged children will not be excused to attend. They will continue with their academic day. If younger children do attend the track meet, it is considered an unexcused absence. Students are required to stay in the stands unless they are participating in their event. They may not go down to talk to parents or stand along the field. With all the events it is very difficult to keep track of students if they leave the stands.
Preschoolers need to be accompanied by a parent if attending. Parents are asked to sit along the track outside the fence. Parents should not sit with the classes in the stands because of limited space. Parents are not supposed to sit in the middle of the track. Students will not be allowed to sit with parents along the track. They will need to stay with their class so that teachers can keep track of them for upcoming events.
Food is not permitted, but a bottle of water is allowed. Please have them dress for the weather. Coats and hats may be necessary if it is cold. Bringing Sunscreen is also advisable. The track meet will not be canceled unless it is raining. Students must check out with their teachers before leaving at the end of the meet!! Once students are dismissed they must leave the track. They are not allowed down along the fence on the track to watch other participants.
Lost and FoundWe have quite a few items in the lost and found box by the office. Students and parents should check for anything they maybe missing. Any items not claimed by the last day of school will be donated to the Goodwill. If your child has borrowed clothing items from the office, please wash and return them to school as soon as possible.
If you have not yet registered your child for kindergarten next year, please come to the Watson office as soon as possible to complete forms. In July, letters will go home to all registered kindergarteners regarding some prescreening for school. Students must have shots updated and physicals when school begins in the fall.
Good Luck to our Future Problem Solving State Bowl in Kearney on Saturday, April 16th! Team members are: Sarah Diaz, Lily Fincher, Madeleine Johnson and Lainey Benson. Other team members are welcome to attend and cheer on their classmates! GOOD LUCK FPS!
NO SCHOOL APRIL 22nd – Late Spring Break
Upcoming items in May to put on your calendar:
May 3rd – 5th grade Band and 2nd year Orchestra students will preform a concert beginning at 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium. More information will be sent home with the band and orchestra students.
May 6th – WATSON FIELD DAY
The Watson field day has been moved to Friday, May 6th . Morton staff and students will be coming over to join us. Students in K-2 will have field day in the morning from 9:00 – 10:30 and students in 3-5 will have field day in the afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30. There will be no Family Picnic on this day. More specific information will be sent home in a Thursday folder.
May 16th – WATSON ANNUAL TALENT SHOW
Students should be starting to think of getting their entertainment acts together! This is a fun time to showcase our talented students!
May 17th – Watson “Family” Day
Our students have been getting together once a month with their “Family Groups” through out the year. For our last time together we will be walking to Champions for a special time. We will be gone from 1:00 to 3:00 this day so please make aware when scheduling appointments. More information later.
Fifth Grade RecognitionThe fifth grade recognition program will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Watson gym. Refreshments will be served after the program in the Library. We send best wishes to the fine fifth grade students as they go on to the next level of their education. More information will come home with students closer to the big day.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Change from school calendar!!!
The last day of school for students is Tuesday, May 17. It is a full day of school and students will be dismissed at the regular 3:20 time. This is a day earlier than the original end of school date, due to a day needed for teachers to pack and move to their new rooms.
Its that time of year to begin organizing the Watson Yearbook. We want to make sure we have photos from all the amazing events from the school year. If you have taken any photos of your child and their friends, we'd love to see them and possibly use in the yearbook. Any photo taken a class event (field trip, holiday party, etc.) will be considered. Photos will groups of 3-4 children are preferred.
Digital photos may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 402-469-6799.
Please mark your calendars and plan on attending our final PTO meeting of the year on April 4th , at 7pm.
HELP!!! We still have Braids and Puffins left to sell!! $12.00 each. Call the school office for what is available.
Watson 3rd Quarter Celebration of Learning
Check out the HPS Watson Website and see the honored art students and their work.
Mrs. Perdew’s Class:
Jose Rodriguiz and Brielle Meyer for excellence in spelling. They have scored at least a 90% on every spelling test.
Dylan Uhl-Math-Dylan has scored at least a 95% on all of his math fact tests and work!
Jonathan Rodriquiz-Reading-Jonathan has improved his sight word recognition from 22 to 32 words this quarter.
J I can… say 90% (24 out of 26) letter sounds:
Jaxon, Jael, Kaaya, Hadley, Delys, Jaiden, Misty, Emma, Lexi, William M., William R., Rihanna, Harper, Lyla, Piper, Easton, Ashlynn, Gavyne, Ella, Matthew, Alissa
J I can… count or write to 100:
Clayten, Jaxon, Jael, Kaaya, Delys, Misty, Emma, Lexi, William M., William R., Harper, Lyla, Easton, Gavyne and Ella
The following first grade students have met or reached benchmark in Reading NonSense Words for 3rd Quarter.
The following first grade students are proficient or advanced in math.
The following students have met or exceeded the middle of the year fluency goal of 72wpm:
The entire 3rd grade class for scoring our ATB on our Reading L to J
Students that met End of the Year Benchmark for DAZE test
Proficient on BOTH Reading Benchmark Post-test and Math Benchmark Post-test
Students who earned a 99% or higher on their first electricity test.
Carlie, Adam, Landon, Rebekah, Abhi, Max, Dane, and Selah.
Recognize all of the 4th grade class for everyone's continue improvement in mastering their multiplication and division facts through Rocket Math.
These fifth graders are on-track to meet their personal reading goal for the year:
Sarah Diaz, Caden Hester, Madeleine Johnson, Lizzie Maisani, Bella Merrill, Jerry Nguyen, Johnathan Schmidt, Karli Shoemaker
These fifth graders have read more than 20 books this year:
Logan Brooks, Sarah Diaz, Lily Fincher, Adair HAll, Caden Hester, Madeleine Johnson, Bella Merrill, Johnathan Schmidt, Titus Shafer, Hailee Summers, Liz Wesesman.
These students received a "4" on our latest math benchmark (given after lesson 80):
Logan Brooks, Sarah Diaz, Lily Fincher, Adair Hall, Caden Hester, Madeleine Johnson, Bella Merrill, Angelica Nieves, Titus Shafer, Hailee Summers, Ian Waite.