Principal's Paw Print, October 2016

Greetings Wildcats!

Staffing Updates: Congratulations to Rebecca Adamson in her new role as Administrative Secretary! We have also been given .2 ELL teacher which we are in the process of hiring. Heartfelt appreciation to Flora Petersen who has decided to pursue other opportunities. We are busy seeking a replacement for 1st grade, Room 206, in her absence.

Monthly Whole School Themes: Have you noticed the new “Virtue of the Month” bulletin board in the lobby? We are working on using the virtue in our practice and finding ways to make connections to the theme. This month’s virtue is self-awareness and ties in nicely with RULER. We are practicing identifying our feelings throughout the day and plotting our them on the mood meter.

Great ShakeOut Drill: This month’s emergency drill focused on earthquakes. Last week, Whittier participated in the Great Washington ShakeOut along with many others across our state. Attached you will find a flyer with recommended earthquake safety actions so you can continue the discussion at home with your family.

Family RULER Night: RULER is the social/emotional approach to learning that we teach at Whittier. Classrooms have been busy creating Class Charters, the first of four RULER “pillars”. Charters allow the class to collaboratively define how they want to feel in their classrooms, what students can do to feel that way as a group, and what to do when problems arise. We’d like to teach you and your family how to create your own home charter. Please join us on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria for our first ever RULER Family Night.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Sign-ups are underway. Please make sure you have scheduled a time to meet with your teacher for an opportunity to talk more specifically about your child’s progress. Please note that there is NO SCHOOL for students during conference week (Nov. 21-Nov. 25).

Whittier Food Drive: Please help us make this year's Annual Food Drive a huge success! Non-perishable food items will be collected at school November 7th-18th. Donations will benefit the Ballard Food Bank. Visit > Donate > Donate Food & Items for a detailed list of desired items.

Fall Carnival: We can’t wait to see you all in your costumes tomorrow night for an evening of family fun! It’s such a great community experience for all who participate. Please check the sign-up genius for opportunities to volunteer if you haven’t already. It takes many hands to create such an extravaganza! As a reminder, we do not wear costumes to school during the day of the carnival or on actual Halloween.

Anti-Bullying Assembly: This year we are excited about a new opportunity. Ms. Steph enlisted the support of the Ballard High School theater group to write and perform two skits specifically for our school. The group came on Tuesday morning for a whole-school assembly to kick-off our annual anti-bullying campaign.

Spirit Day: Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day
Our first Spirit Day of the year was a success! Here are a few photos to prove it...

Dress as your Favorite Book Character Day

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