Book Fair Heroes: Hilary and Beronica
This year’s Winter Scholastic Book Fair was a success, earning nearly $6,000 in Scholastic Dollars, which will be used to buy books and other supplies for Waters’ classrooms.
Thanks to the many volunteers who helped keep the Book Fair running smoothly, especially this year’s new organizers, Hilary Prosser and Beronica Rivadeneira-Mermuys. They are the stars of this month’s Volunteer Spotlight.
Hilary grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She and her husband, Bryce, moved into the neighborhood 10 years ago, and are parents to Mack, a Waters first grader, Hank (5), and Lucy (3).
Beronica was born in Chicago, then moved to Ecuador when she was five years old. She returned to Chicago at age 12, and attended middle school at Waters. She returned to Waters as a teacher to begin her career, and you can see her helping or subbing in some of our classrooms these days. Beronica and her husband Jeff Mermuys are parents to Matteo, a Waters Kindergartener.
Both Hilary and Beronica agree the Waters community is special, and they were impressed by our students during the Book Fair.
“I was touched by how kind, patient, and generous the students were to each other and to the volunteers,” Hilary says. “I saw students with smiles patiently waiting in long lines and handing over extra change so their friend could buy the book he or she wanted. Most importantly, I saw an enthusiasm for reading! I was proud, and felt great knowing my children will be surrounded by a caring, smart community day to day.”
Beronica adds, “How kind and thoughtful the kids were to one another during the book fair was great to witness.”
In their spare time, you can find Hilary and Beronica enjoying time with family and friends, and watching movies. Hilary has an interest in caring for Chicago’s homeless population, and she’s recently been volunteering with The Night Ministry. Beronica also loves to travel.
Thanks again, Hilary and Beronica, for your Herculean efforts organizing the Winter Book Fair. Look for their return this spring.
Friday, March 10 – Embellish
On March 10, 20% of sales at Embellish – a local accessories and gift boutique located at 4161 North Lincoln Avenue – will be donated back to Waters! Plus, enjoy drinks and appetizers from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now!
I AM AMERICA Art Show
Through Thursday, February 9 – Waters First Floor Hallway
Thank you so much for all of the volunteer help for I AM AMERICA: Contemporary Native Artists art show. We couldn't do it without you! If you did not get a chance to come to the exhibit, please stop by the first floor hallway before February 9.
Chinese New Year Parade for K-2nd Grade
Tuesday, February 14 – 8:30 a.m.
Waters School First Floor
2017 is the Year of the Rooster. On February 14 in the Waters School main lobby, please join K-2nd grade students as they sweep away the bad luck and ring in a new year! All students are encouraged to wear red as a part of our annual celebration!
Volunteers will be needed February 10-13 to help take down our I AM AMERICA art show and decorate the halls for our Chinese New Year Parade. We also need volunteers to photograph Chinese New Year projects for our Artsonia website (please let us know if you do not see your child's artwork on Artsonia) so that the kids can take them home right after the parade. Please sign up to help out. Questions, email Mrs. Vecchioni
Diverse Learners Parent Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 22 – Waters School 1:30 p.m.
The kickoff meeting for the Diverse Learners Parent Committee will focus on a brief overview of the special education process, and future meetings will delve into more specific topics. If you can't make this meeting, never fear! We'll rotate times and days so that we can see what will work for the most people. After the meeting we'll make a summary available, as well as a survey to see what topics you'd like to see addressed. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Kelli Landes so we can determine the best space for the meeting.
Waters Rock Band Tryouts
Wednesday, February 1 – Room 301 3:30 p.m.
Students with musical ability in grades 6, 7 and 8 are invited to try out for the 2017 Waters Rock Band. Guitarists, bassists, pianists, singers, triangle players …. come out and show your chops! Mandatory practices will be held once a week for those who are accepted and a performance will occur at the end of the year. Participants will learn how to practice and play in a band setting. Contact Seth Raman for more info.
Big Night 2017 Planning Meeting
Monday, January 23 – RSVP for Location 8:00 p.m.
We are so excited to be back at the Dank Haus this year for our Spring fundraising event on Saturday, May 6 – please save the date! In the meantime we would like to invite anyone interested in helping plan for this event to join us on Monday, January 23. We always need lots of help and new ideas for a successful event. Please RSVP to the fundraising team.
If you are new to Waters Elementary or have never attended a Big Night, we will have a general information meeting about the event in the near future.
Girls On The Run Spring Session (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Girls)
March through May Practices
Mondays and Wednesdays – 3:15-4:30 p.m.
The goal of Girls On The Run is to foster confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Girls will spend time running at each practice as well as completing a service project and activities to boost their self confidence, and will run in a 5K at Butler Field (Grant Park) on Saturday, May 20.
We have two volunteer coaches, Colleen Herman and Melissa Mendez, who will be coaching one team of 15 girls in grades 3rd to 5th. Please reach out to Sandi Barlow if you are interested in coaching a second team at Waters. In the past, we have had up to 30 girls interested, but to support this many girls we will need additional volunteer coaches to lead a separate additional team.
If your daughter is interested, please enter your her in the lottery. The Girls on the Run downtown office will run a computer lottery to select which girls will be able to participate in the program. The cost is $85 per girl and there is financial assistance if you need it. All girls who enter the lottery should be able to commit to attending practice from 3:15 to 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays from March until May.
Coach Colleen and Coach Melissa can use additional assistant coaches at practice, especially when the girls are running outside, so please contact Colleen know if you are interested. We looking forward to have Assistant Coach Elizabeth Rangel helping us on Wednesdays.
For more information on Girls On the Run, please visit their website.
Science Students Represent Waters
Waters students Emma, Amer, Alec and Perla had a wonderful time at Truman College last Friday for the Network Science Fair. They all did a outstanding job exhibiting their hard work to the judges. These students were also treated to lunch, a college tour and a science demonstration. A special hats off to Emma who placed first for 6th graders. Emma will represent Waters School at the citywide 6th grade winners recognition luncheon. Congrats as well to Amer who will go on to represent Waters at the Citywide Science Fair in March! Way to go Wildcats!
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