Welcome to Willow Grove
Line-up Bell sounds at 8:55 am
School Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 3:20 pm Thurs 9:00 am - 1:40 pm
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Thurs 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dear Willow Grove Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!! I am really looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning Grizzlies. Willow Grove is a very special place to learn! Willow Grove continues to be a school built on 5 Roots that are aligned with the PUSD Strategic Vision and goals. They are:
- Rigor, Relevance and Relationships
- Cultural Proficiency
- College Readiness
- Professional Learning Community, and
- State of the Art Technology
We are working very hard to ensure your child will enjoy a successful, exciting experience at our school. Our goal, as always, is to create a positive school climate that maximizes instructional time for student learning, while developing strong physical, social, and emotional characteristics in a safe environment.
Our office and custodial staff have been very busy getting ready for a great year, while welcoming some new staff to our school. Teachers have been in and out all summer, creating a warm learning environment to greet your child on opening day! We are very excited about the upcoming school year!
To ensure a smooth start to the year, it is important to clarify rules and expectations for student safety and maximized learning. Please review the important information presented in this letter so the school year begins smoothly.
Dates to Remember:
December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015
District Recess - No School
January 16, 2015
Professional Growth Day - No School for Students
January 19, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - District Recess - No School
February 9, 2015
Minimum Day - School Dismisses at 12:30
16 - 20, 2015
|District Recess - No School|
|April 6 - 10, 2015||Spring Break - No School|
|Memorial Day - No School|
|Minimum Day - Last
Day of School
Dismiss at 12:30
Registration: Please contact Kelley Magill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transitional Kindergarten- 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Kindergarten- 9:00 AM - 1:40 PM through September 26th (Kindergarten Introduction Days);
First full day of Kindergarten will be September 29, 2014, with dismissal at 3:20 PM
Grades 1 – 5- M, T, W, F – 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM, Th 9:00 AM – 1:40 PM Classroom Assignments: Classroom assignments will be posted on Tuesday, August 19th at 4 PM for Grades 1 - 5 by the front gates of the school, and Jamba Juice will be available for purchase. The PTA will be there for membership sign ups and event information. Willow Grove staff will not be present at the posting.
Arrival: Students will report to the playground and line up with their teacher by 8:55 at their designated classroom number spot. Playground supervision will begin at 8:40, twenty minutes before school begins. Students in grades 1-5 should walk to the playground, and Kindergarten students should walk to the Kindergarten playground. Please do not have your child arrive before 8:40, as there will be no adult supervision on either playground until that time. Students will line up in their assigned area on the playground at 8:55. The tardy bell rings and school begins promptly at 9:00. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn by that time. After the 9:00 bell, students will need to come to the front office for a late slip before going to class. Parents are invited to join representatives from our PTA and Educational Foundation and the Principal at 9:15 AM on the first day of school in the MPR for a “Meet and Greet” where we will enjoy refreshments together and celebrate the beginning of the school year.
Dismissal: At dismissal time, teachers will walk their students to the front of the school, where parents will meet their children. We ask parents to wait by the large cement area away from the gates, as there is greater space and visibility there. Please do not meet your children inside the school or by the classroom, as it is a distraction to the learning environment and causes great congestion. Our goal is to maximize instructional time for student learning and decrease congestion in the hallways.
Traffic Flow: Parents driving students to and from school should follow the procedures of state law. Enter the parking lot to drop off your child by making a right hand turn off of Via Azul in the turn lane only, and exit left or right onto Via Inez. Please drive all of the way forward in the drop off/pick up zone. Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb. Please abide by the directions of our wonderful volunteers and staff. They are working hard to ensure safety of our children. Cars in the traffic circle should never be left unattended at any time. Do not enter the bus drop off circle. If you need to enter the school campus for any reason, please park your car in a designated space in the lot or on the street. Pedestrians should cooperate with our Student Safety Patrol, located by the crosswalk of Via Inez and Via Fiesta, and demonstrate good citizenship and safety practices for our students.
Visitors and volunteers: PUSD Board Policy 4.415 prohibits volunteers on campus unless they have completed a background check and had a TB Skin Test. All visitors and cleared volunteers must report to the office, sign-in, and wear a visitor's pass. The PTA keeps track of volunteer hours and reports them to the Palomar Council.
Gates and School Safety: The gates to the school are closed to ensure that visitors and volunteers sign in at the front office and wear an appropriate name tag. We cannot take chances with student safety. Please remind your child that NO student may leave the school grounds during the school day without being checked out of the front office.
School Lunch: Hot lunches are available for $2.75 including milk. Children who bring their own lunch may purchase milk ($0.75), juice (4 oz - $0.50/8 oz - $0.75), or bottled water ($0.50) from the cafeteria. You may pay your child's lunch in advance by sending cash or check payable to PUSD Food Services to the front office. For credit card payments, go to www.MySchoolBucks.com . Please note there is a $1.95 fee for each $100.00 transaction. Lunch envelopes are available there. If your child receives free or reduced lunch, you must submit a 2014-2015 application to Food Services. Applications are available on-line at www.powayusd.com under the Food and Nutrition Department link, or you may request one in the front office of the school. WGES schedules students to play first, then eat. This practice reduces food waste as students do not rush through lunch to eat. It also reduces playground problems entering the classroom, as students relax while enjoying their lunch. Students have twenty minutes to play and twenty minutes to eat. If your child is a slow eater, you might consider having them bring lunch so that they can take the full twenty minutes to eat.
Willow Grove PTA and Educational Foundation: Our PTA and Educational Foundation are two very important organizations in our school. They support many activities and programs that directly impact student learning and our positive school environment. I urge you to join me in becoming a member. Your participation in these two organizations will help families find the most appropriate way to lend their support to our school that fits their lifestyle. Many parents want to help in classrooms. Many want to help with special events. Others want to contribute financially to enhance programs for our children. Look for additional information from our PTA and Educational Foundation on our website or in the first day packet of information that your child will bring home. Thank you in advance to those of you who become a part of these outstanding organizations. Your support is truly appreciated!
Extended Student Services (ESS): Willow Grove offers an Extended Student Services Program located on campus. ESS is a before and after school child care program that extends the learning day for students. It is available for all students from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. For information, contact Marcy Golden at email@example.com .
Attendance: It is important you keep us informed about your child when they are not in school. When your child is absent, please call or e-mail the school to inform us of the reason for the absence each day they are not in attendance. In addition, if they will be tardy more than 30 minutes, please call also. If your child will be absent from school due to anything other than illness for 5 days or more, please contact the school for a study contract. Our attendance hotline number is 858-674-6300. Press option #2 to report a student’s absence.
Medication: Students who are required to take medication during school hours must be assisted by school personnel. No medication may be given at school without a Medication Authorization form completed by the physician detailing instructions for administration. This form may be picked up from the school office. For safety reasons, an adult must bring the medication to the school office in the original container that the medication is dispensed. Children may never have medication in their possession at school. This includes aspirin, inhalers, cough drops, etc.
Good Evening Grizzlies, this is Mrs. Huff with the Willow Grove weekly
Congratulations Teagan Boyd! Teagan is the next guest during our morning announcement Book Talk. We look forward to hearing her book review on December 17th. If you want to be a guest speaker on Book Talk we are still accepting entries, drop them off in the office. If you have already entered, we still have your name in the "hat" and will have Teagan pull our next winner.
REMINDER FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE BAND AND ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
You are invited to our winter music concert this Wednesday, Dec. 17th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Willow Grove multi-purpose room. Doors for audience seating will open 5 minutes prior to concert time. Please remind your musician to wear nice school clothes on the day of the performance. Looking forward to seeing you at the concert!
PARENT BOOK CLUB REGISTRATION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO TUESDAY, DEC. 16TH
After the Love and Logic seminar in September, many parents inquired about Love and Logic strategies and resources. PTA is presenting a Book Club and parent education opportunity using the book, Parenting with Love and Logic. We only need 8 more participants in order to be able to take advantage of this opportunity. Please send in your form by Tuesday Dec. 16th.
Forms can be found in the office and on our PTA websitewww.PTAWillowGrove.My-PTA.org.
VARIETY SHOW SUPPORT
Attention 5th grade students! We are still in need of Emcees and Curtain Managers for the upcoming Variety Show! Come be part of a fun cast characters featuring other Willow Grove students! The new deadline to apply is Friday, December 19. See the attachment for details.
ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE
Thank you all who supported the Student Council's annual Food Drive this year! Our donations will help many families in need this year. Thank you!
PAW TILES HANDPRINT PRESSING ~ COMING IN JANUARY
Many of you have purchased Paw Tiles for your children this year. Information will be coming soon regarding the dates for handprint pressing. Your PTA thanks you for your support!
There will be no school during the weeks of December 22 - January 2. School will resume on Monday, January 5th. On behalf of the entire Willow Grove staff, PTA and Foundation, I wish every family a happy holiday break full of love and joy!
-SHOP AMAZON AND HELP YOUR SCHOOL
Just go towww.willowgrovefoundation.org and click on the Amazon button to start shopping and earning money for our Grizzlies!
-DON'T FORGET TARGET GIVES BACK!
Go to the PTA websitewww.ptawillowgrove.my-pta.org and click on the Fundraiser tab!
-WILLOW GROVE FACEBOOK http:www.facebook.com/WillowGroveElementary.
It's going to be a grrrrrreat Grizzly week!! See everyone tomorrow!