|WATSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
A NOTE FROM MRS. CAFFERTY
As cold weather approaches, please make sure your child is dressed warmly. Students need to bring coats, hats and gloves/mittens each day, even if they feel it may warm up by recess. Students go out to recess and are outside in the morning if the temperature is above zero degrees or wind chill is above zero. If students choose to forget or not bring a coat to school they will have to go outside without one. The school does not provide coats if students forget them at home.
Most students want to go outside for recess to get exercise and play. Adult supervision will be out with them, so if it is determined to be blowing, raining, or snowing too hard, they will come in. Children are active and stay much warmer than most adults. If there is any condition that is not safe for them to be outside, students will remain inside.
If your child needs a coat, hat, or gloves please contact the school and some can be provided. The school will not provide coats when students forget or choose not to bring them to school.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday season!
There will be work done over the Christmas break as we continue the completion of the new addition. Some handicap bathrooms will be added and possibly the new lockers will be installed. The project is continuing on time and most work should be completed by the time school is out in the spring. There will be landscaping and final finish work completed and changes to the old part of the building over the summer. Teachers will be moving and construction completed so facilities will be ready for school in the fall.
BROADCASTING SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
As in the past, radio and television stations will be broadcasting school-closing information during periods of bad weather; we also will post on our Hastings Public Schools Facebook page as well.
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.
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 students 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.
- 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.
HAPPENINGS AT WATSON!
**Goodfellows Toy Drive
Watson is collecting donations for our annual Goodfellows toy drive. The Goodfellows will be delivering boxes to the school on Nov. 23rd or 24tth, and picking them up Dec. 14th. We ask that all donations be new unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 12. Help make Christmas a little better for some children.
**Watson Christmas Sing
The annual Christmas Sing will be held on Dec. 17 at 2:30. Students will be singing in the gym. Parents can attend, but please be mindful that there is limited space for additional seating.
**Watson Winter Parties
Notes will be going home to those parents who are assigned doing the winter party for your student’s class. PARTIES SHOULD START AT 2:00 and be done by 2:30 for the Christmas Sing.
The last day for students is Thursday, Dec. 17. Christmas break starts on Friday, December 18 and classes resume on Monday, January 4. We hope students and their families have a great holiday break and we will see you in 2016
NO SCIENCE CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (sign up again will be in February)
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 yearąs nominated titles for the 2016 Golden Sower
Award. Last year’s winner was “False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students vote for their favorite book after
having the K-3 level nominated titles read aloud to them. “Creepy Carrots” by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown was last year’s primary winner.
For a list of this year’s nominated titles and much more Golden Sower
Award information; visit the Golden Sower webpage at: www.goldensower.org
Also, a BIG thank you goes out towards the Watson PTO for their support of the
Golden Sower Program!
RED RIBBON WEEK : CRAZY HAT DAY, PAJAMA DAY, AND WEAR RED DAY !
THEME: WE ARE….DRUG FREE!
NO December PTO meeting, next meeting will be Jan. 4th.
SQUARE 1 ART
If you forgot a Christmas present for someone you still have time to order ONLINE an item or two of your student’s artwork. Next week is the last week to order!
ALLEN’S RECEIPT CONTEST
With holiday shopping underway, it's a perfect time to remember to save those Allen's receipts! Receipts dated from September 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016 will qualify for “THE EDUCATION ADVANTAGE” 1% charitable rebate program. All receipts from Allen’s Superstore are valid, excluding tobacco, wine cellar, prescriptions & lottery. The class with the highest dollar amount turned in to their teacher for 1st semester will win a treat!
CALL WATSON AND SIGN UP TO BE A WATCH D.O.G. FOR A DAY!!!
WATCH D.O.G.S. NEEDED FOR SECOND SEMESTER