*Free Vision Exam
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23
*Coffee with Crespo – Teachers’ Lounge 8:30 a.m.
SPIRIT WEEK, OCTOBER 26 – 30
*Harvest Day (Oct 29)
*Annual Halloween Parade (Oct 30)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
*Final Girls Volleyball Game – Waters Gym 4:30 p.m.
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL CRESPO
Fall weather is upon us. Please be sure to send your child to school with appropriate clothing for the changing temperatures. We make every attempt for children to enjoy the outdoors during recess but if it is cool and your child does not have a jacket, we hesitate to send them outside.
Cubs fever has descended on Waters as they play the Mets to try and secure the National League Championship! We encourage our student fans to wear Cubs apparel on game days.
Thank you for helping Waters achieve 94% compliance through up-to-date student medical information. Families who have medical appointments scheduled for their child(ren) must turn in the medical forms as soon as possible upon completion.
HELP WATERS SUSTAIN THE ECOLOGY AND MUSIC PROGRAMS
Thank you to all who have had the time to contribute to the Annual Give to Waters. The $100,000 we hope to raise fund our Ecology program and half-time Music program. Hopefully, every student and some parents have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Leki and have experienced the uniqueness of our Ecology program. And, without the half-time Music funding, our students would not be able to participate in Music class all year round.
Any amount donated counts towards enhancing students' experience at Waters! Donate today.
We now have a Wildcats Calendar on our Sports Page on the Waters website where you can find out about upcoming games, contact coaches and learn about upcoming sports seasons.
The Cross Country team competed in the Area Meet on October 10. Many runners showed strong improvement: up to over a minute in some cases! Coach Kurz is proud of what they have accomplished in a short amount of time. Congratulations to the boys' 5/6th team for placing fourth in the network.
The 5/6th grade girls' volleyball team played two games against Rogers last week. They did a wonderful job working together as a team and won both games.
The 7/8th girls’ volleyball team achieved a convincing win against West Ridge. In a great match against Rogers, the girls unfortunately missed out on a win. The team sits at 3-1 for the year.
Both soccer teams lost against Rogers on Friday. The boys’ 5/6th soccer team lost a really close one in the final minute against Rogers school. Both teams are continuing to show great improvement, while having a lot of fun. Go Wildcats!
Garden Activities and Field Trips
· All Grade 1 classes will be heading to the potato patch on Tuesday. Come help if you can.
· Room 209 (Grade 4) is off to Sauganash on Wednesday
· Room 201 (Grade 3) is off to Sauganash on Thursday
Get more details on the trips above on Mr. Leki’s blog. We now have a calendar on the Waters website dedicated to our ecology program. Find the calendar here.
FREE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FROM C.A.P.E.
We still have a few spots open for Dance (10) and Movie Magic (5). These classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. All other programs are full. Your child is only allowed to be in one program. Find more information and permission forms here.
Adult ART/ESL Parent Program
Spots are still available for this wonderful program. Contact Ms. Alvarez or Ms. Vecchioni.
Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:20-10:20 a.m.
FREE VISION EXAM
Friday, October 23
CPS provides access to free vision exams for students. The CPS Vision Program will be visiting Waters School Friday, Oct 23. The program provides eye exams and glasses (if needed and if no insurance available) at no cost to the student. Parents please complete the form in English here and in Spanish here. Find out more here.
COFFEE WITH CRESPO
Friday, October 23
Teachers’ Lounge – 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Join us for the first Coffee with Crespo of the school year and meet in a smaller, informal discussion environment with Principal Crespo. You must register to attend, limited to 10 parents/guardians. Find out more.
PAPEL PICADO AFTER-SCHOOL FAMILY WORKSHOP
Tuesday, October 27
Room 112B (Art room) – 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Families are invited to create handmade papel picado for our upcoming Día de lo Muertos Pop-Up Gallery and Parent Ofrenda. All students K-8 are invited to attend with their parents. This is a free activity to make traditional folk art from Mexico. If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please email Mrs. Vecchioni.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS FINE ARTS PARENT WORKSHOP
Wednesday, October 28
10:30 a.m. to noon
Room 112B (Art Room)
Create sugar calaveras in celebration of Día de los Muertos, which will be featured during our upcoming annual Parent Ofrenda and pop-up Día de los Muertos exhibit. Please email Mrs. Vecchioni to participate. Space limited to 15 persons.
Día de los Muertos Exhibit
October 29 and 30 – Art Room (112B)
Help create our annual Día de los Muertos Pop-up Gallery and Parent Ofrenda. A few minutes or a couple of hours would be greatly appreciated. Please email Ms. Vecchioni.
October 26 - 30
Spirit Week is coming up. Details will follow, next week. A Halloween, all-school parade is scheduled for Friday, October 30. If weather cooperates the parade begins shortly after second bell with students parading in costume outside, around the entire block the school sits on.
Thusday, October 29
There will be several volunteer opportunities during Harvest Day. When the schedule of activities (which usually includes face painting, petting zoo, eating roasted potatoes in the garden) has been finalized, a sign up link will be posted. Save the date and volunteer if you can.
HIMMEL’S CELEBRATION PARTY
Thursday, November 19
7:00 p.m. – Himmel’s 2251 W. Lawrence
Come celebrate the success of the Annual Give! For all who have donated any amount, you are invited to help celebrate at an adults-only night involving food, cash bar and live music. Donations of any amount will also be accepted at the door – we are hoping to see everyone there!
WATERS TODAY PUBLIC MEETINGS
Thursday, December 3
6:30-7:30 p.m. – Annex
WatersToday – our school's not for profit fundraising arm – has published their public meeting schedule. We encourage anyone interested to attend. An agenda will be posted a few days prior to each meeting. Mark your calendars for: December 3rd | February 4th | April 7th | June 2nd
5th Grade Boys’ Basketball – January 2016
Parent volunteers are needed to coach the 5th grade boy’s basketball team in the Northside Basketball League, which is separate from the Waters' CPS team. Games will run January through March. We have reserved a slot in the league but we need coaches. Please contact Steve Kibler.
HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSION INFO
We now have information on the high school admission and selection process, with links to relevant CPS pages and open house dates, on the Waters website.
The Waters website, provides most, if not all, school-related information you may need. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact LSC Communications Chair, Erica Smith.
Sync the Waters Google Calendar to your own Google calendar. A snapshot of the calendar can be found on the home page.
We also have a calendar for Sports and a calendar for Ecology.
WatersToday has a new website with fundraising information and volunteer opportunities. Stop by WatersToday.
For up-to-date news and events about the Waters community, check out the Waters Facebook page.
To get involved with Waters community to have questions answered or find out about school activities, check out the Waters Community Facebook group. Many grades have their own class pages as well.
Want to volunteer? Email Kathleen Matuszewich
Have a pledge or donation to make? Email Rick Bolliger
Want to Receive Ecology updates? Email Peter Leki
Have school-related news to share or want to subscribe to Waters Green Notes? Email Cookie Silvia
Have ideas, time or funds for Waters fundraising efforts or just want to keep up on fundraising volunteer opportunities? Email Sandi Barlow Stone
For general questions or concerns, email the WatersToday Board