Welcome back from spring break! I hope all of you were able to enjoy some time to relax with your family and friends.
We kicked off las week with Kinder registration. If you know of anyone who has a kindergarten or 1st -8th grader who may have moved into the neighborhood and is planning to attend Waters this fall, please encourage them to register now. As many of you know, early registration is vital to allocating staff and resources as needed or the upcoming school year. As of Friday, we had 20 kinder children registered. Please help spread the word about registration!
On Tuesday, we hosted colleagues from Alaska who visited our afterschool CAPE programs to learn more about the integration of the arts and how Waters prioritizes arts-based learning at Waters. Thank you CAPE leadership for "showing us off"!
On Tuesday, Mrs. Bricker, our counselor and case manager, presented information on Diverse Learners to our Local School Council. Did you know we have a parent committee that works with Mrs. Bricker? This joint parent and staff committee work together to help communicate and develop learning opportunities for our school community on topics that focus on Diverse Learners. Be sure to check our website for news and upcoming workshops.
Wednesday was Student, Parent and Teacher conferences (SPTCs). This is the second time this year we have organized our conferences with student participation. Involving students in this important learning experience helps develop ownership of their learning, presentation skills and other useful life skills. On a side note, SPTCs are limited to short time slots in order to confer with all students and their parents. Please reach out to your respective teacher should you need more time to discuss your child's educational development.
Thursday, Mrs. Bricker facilitated a co-teaching workshop for parents which was led by Mr. King and Mrs. Herman. This was a wonderful learning opportunity for parents to gain insight in to the co-teaching classroom. Thank you Mrs. Bricker, Mr. King and Mrs. Herman for your time and sharing a "window" into your classrooms.
Friday brought the close of another week but not without great excitement and more learning opportunities!
Parent volunteers Ms. Yoder and Mrs. Matuszewich facilitated our monthly school tour attended by 25 parents. Ms. Alvarez facilitated a Bilingual Advisory Committee (BAC) where Mrs. Bricker and Mr. Prado presented "The IEP Process" to our parents. The school also hosted Junior Achievement for students to learn about college and career experiences. In the afternoon, our first graders, under the guidance of Mrs. Boozcko, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Beza concluded their unit of study on the circus with a real life circus in our gymnasium! Thank you to all the teachers and staff, parent volunteers and students for making the circus a success!
We concluded our week by hosting our first ever "Little Big Night"! Musicians and artists were on site after school to raise awareness for our annual fundraiser set for May 6 at the Dank Haus. Families were treated to a variety of music and other artistic acts making it possible for students to be included in the excitement usually reserved for parents as we work up to the Big Night extravaganza! Waters very own rock band performed. There was Lulu's Italian Ice and da pizza food truck on site for those who were hungry. And our online auction officially opened! Please check your child's back pack for the online auction flyer on Monday. Let's join together to make our annual Big Night another success!