Watson Wildcat Monthly Newsletter
WATSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
A NOTE FROM MRS. OSGOOD
As cold weather approaches, please make sure your child is dressed warmly. Students go out to recess and are outside in the morning if the temperature is above zero. If the conditions are not safe for students to go outside, they will remain inside. Please remember to send hats, mittens/gloves everyday with your child. Names in coats are always appreciated as well.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
BROADCASTING SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
As in the past, radio and television stations will be broadcasting school-closing information during periods of bad weather.
The decision to close school because of a snowstorm will be made as soon as possible. Generally radio stations broadcast school closings as soon as they are contacted. Television stations broadcast/scroll school-closing information following their station procedures.
A decision to dismiss school because of a snowstorm while school is in session will be made at least one hour in advance of the dismissal.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL
SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY
With cold weather upon us, there are more students receiving rides, meaning more traffic around Watson Elementary School. This calls for added caution and patience when driving around the school. Please remember the following ways to keep our kids safe:
- Do not park across crosswalks.
- Do not stop in traffic, even for a short time, to drop off or pick up kids.
- Have your children get in on the passenger side and wait until you have parked
to approach the vehicle.
- Children should always cross the street at the crosswalk.
- The school zone speed limit is 15 mph when children are present.
A little added patience and common sense will go a long way in keeping children safe at Watson Elementary School.
WILDCAT OF THE WEEK
The following students were selected for Wildcat P.R.I.D.E. Lunch:
November 6 – McDonald’s with Mrs. Jacobson
Lewis Marino Gr. 3
Camry Runyan Gr. 4
Matthew Hansen Gr. 5
November 13– Runza with Mrs. Wissing
Brooke Ochsner Gr. K
Kale Shafer Gr. 1
Marley Doremus Gr. 2
November 20– Amigo’s with Mrs. Johnson
Madeline Johnson Gr. 3
Wyatt Johnson Gr. 4
Kaitlyn Zimmerman Gr. 5
STUDENT COUNCIL NOTES
Friday, Dec. 6th- Christmas Dress up Day- Dress up in Christmas colors, or
characters/people related to Christmas.
Dec 16th through the 19th is Quarter Week: Pay a quarter each day to participate in the following days:
Monday: Watson Wildcat Day- Wear Watson tshirts/sweatshirts/colors
Tuesday- Gum Day
Wednesday: Drink/Snack Day-Bring a drink and snack to have at your desk
during the day
Thursday: Technology Day- Bring your Ipad, Ipod , DS (Watson is not responsible for any lost or broken items)
Half of proceeds for this week going to Crossroads and half to the Watson Teacher BB/BS Bowl-A-Thon Team.
Next meeting December 16th- early due to Christmas break. Ms. Kohl will be in
in charge of the snacks.
NO SCIENCE CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (sign up again will be in February)
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Our Artist in Residence will be here the first week in December, the 2nd through the 6th. Ms. Felicia Webster is a performer of poetry and Spoken Word in the African-American tradition art form. Felicia Webster combines words into lyrically pieces that are sometimes accompanied by her singing voice. With a degree in Education, Felicia’s classes combine textbook knowledge, cultural content and artistic expertise to create a fun and interactive learning experience.
The magic of reading is happening in first grade! Since the first day of school the first graders have been practicing sight words, and learning to read and spell short vowel words. They have been busy building stamina and can now read independently for 20 minutes!
The first graders have also learned a number of strategies that they can use to figure out unknown words. Ask them to tell you about cross checking, flip the sound, or read to the end of the sentence. They are currently learning to use their hand to retell a story they have read. Read with your child tonight and discover the magic of reading together .
The fifth graders have completed the DARE curriculum with Officer Rust, and are preparing for their DARE graduation to be held Thursday, December 12, at 2:30 p.m. Parents are invited to attend, as well as the third and fourth grade classes. Students are also finishing up their environment unit in Science. They have enjoyed the hands-on learning opportunities afforded by this new curriculum, including activities with meal worms, isopods, brine shrimp, goldfish, and plants. As we move into December, the fifth grade will be reading Toliver’s Secret, a historical fiction novel that takes place during the Revolutionary War. The fifth graders will also take their delightful personalities and singing voices to area homes for senior citizens in December to share Christmas songs. Lastly, the fifth graders will get together with their kindergarten buddies to share some special moments. May each of you have a joyful December!
This time of year is always exciting in music. The 5th Graders are preparing songs to go caroling on Friday, December 13th. They will perform at College View at 9:45 a.m. and at the Regency Retirement Home at 10:45 a.m. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the older members of our community and demonstrate Compassion. The students sing for them, then spend time visiting with the residents.
All of our Watson students are preparing songs for our Christmas Sing-a-long on Thursday, December 19th. Every grade shares at least one special song and our visitors get to sing along with us during the carols. We will begin at 2:15 this year, so that we are finished by the time our students who ride the bus will be done. J
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mrs. Dowling and Mr. Hanshaw (our student teacher this quarter)
December Character Ed. Focus
This month your child will be learning and reviewing the importance of citizenship and service to others. The definition of citizenship is the status of being a citizen, along with the rights, duties and privileges of being a citizen. In the month of December during our assembly we have invited a local police officer to speak briefly on understanding the rules of good citizenship. These rules include sharing, responsibility, working with the community, taking care of the world around us, being a good friend/neighbor and treating everyone with respect. This helps us in school, at home, and everywhere we go. Good citizens often participate in local community projects dedicated to helping others. Thanks to Watson families we have recently participated in very successful clothing, food and toy drives to help others in need right here in Hastings J
At home this month take time to review the Pledge of Allegiance (we stand and recite each day at Watson school) and ask your family the questions below:
Are You a Good Citizen?
· I take responsibility for what goes on in my community.
· I treat others with respect.
· I participate in community service.
· I help take care of the environment.
· I obey rules and laws.
Remember, good citizenship is social responsibility in action!
GOLDEN SOWER PROGRAM
The Golden Sower Award is Nebraska’s State Book Award and is chosen by the students of Nebraska. To be eligible to vote for their favorite book, 4th and 5th grade students at Watson have until April 15 to read or have heard at least four of this year’s nominated titles for the 2013 Golden Sower Award. Last year’s winner was “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students vote for their favorite book after having the K-3 level nominated titles read aloud to them. “Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle” was last year’s primary winner.
For a list of this year’s nominated titles and much more Golden Sower Award information; see the Golden Sower webpage at:
This can also be accessed through the Library/Media link on Watson’s webpage.
Also, a BIG thank you goes out towards the Watson PTO for supporting the Golden Sower Program!
The last day before Christmas vacation will be on Thursday, December 19th. Grades K-5 and LS will have their parties at approximately 1:40 to 2:10. Room parents may contact individual teachers to make arrangements for the parties. At 2:30 p.m., the entire school will meet in the gym for an all school Christmas sing. Parents and other family members are invited to join us.
GOODFELLOW TOY DRIVE
Watson Elementary School is once again serving as a collection center for the donation of toys and games for the Goodfellows program. The Goodfellows program will only accept new toys or games in their original packaging. New toys/games can be delivered to our school until the pick-up date of December 16th.
WINTER BREAK – DECEMBER 20 – JANUARY 3
School will not be in session December 20-January 3. School will resume with regular schedule on Monday, January 6, 2014.
The Salvation Army
400 S. Burlington St.
Is now taking Christmas applications for food and toys for children age 12 and under. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2013.
Please stop by during the hours of 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 - 5 p.m. and fill in an application if you need help this Christmas.
NO December PTO meeting, next meeting will be Jan. 6th .
PTO is still looking for 4th grade volunteers to help with the 5th grade promotion. Please call Cody Ochsner or Mary Beave if interested.
SECRET SANTA’S HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP
You will be receiving notes and envelopes regarding Santa’s Holiday Gift Shop. This year it will be held on Dec 12th and Dec 13th. If you do not receive the information on this event please let the office know. Also, if anyone would like to help during the day while the shop is open, please call Karen Hohman or Amy Hermes, they would greatly appreciate it!
Just a friendly reminder while you are making those wonderful Christmas cookies and meals, please save those receipts from Allen’s.
Watson Elementary School and Hastings Public Schools are not endorsing “Allen’s”. If you do shop at Allen’s, please save the cash register receipts for Watson.
Together, we can make a difference.
BOX TOP COMPETITION
3rd grade was the class winners for our first Box Top competition! Way to go 3rd graders!
Our next competition will be coming up soon, so keep collecting your Box Tops and turn in to your classroom teacher.