Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Help Keep WSS Healthy for the Holidays

Germs love to spread this time of year, as many hours are spent indoors. 

In an effort to keep everyone healthy, please remember these guidelines for school, thanks to Nurse Doty:




Thursday, November 17, 2022

November 2022 Edition

Fall Highlights @ WSS

10/17-10/22  Character Education Kick-Off Week

Each day of the week, we reviewed a Pillar of Good Character: Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship. The student and staff participation was exceptional - thank you for helping us connect with Character! 




10/28/22  WSS Great Pumpkin Patch is Back!

The smiles were priceless as each and every WSS child went out to our very own pumpkin patch to choose the perfect pumpkin to take home with them. Many of those students wrapped up the festive day with the PTSO sponsored Halloween Dance - thank you PTSO!! Here is a link to a video of the event. 






10/31/22  The Joy of Halloween 

  

  

WSS Academic Updates:

One of our building goals is to increase Reading & Writing across all settings. The creativity, voice and clear messages that are students are including in their quick writes and formal writing pieces have been top notch. Listen to a few featured narrative writing pieces from our 6th grade students here.

Fun Fact: Do you know what is the most popular book in the WSS Library? Find out here! 
  
 

 
  

STEAM is up and running with Mr. Weaver, Mrs. Tran and many of our classroom teachers across the building! What is STEAM? STEAM Education is an approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

Here, Mrs. Tran explains Coding to the students of Mrs. Overacker's 2nd Grade Class. We are so lucky to have her as she works with all K-6 students on computer coding! 

WSS Special Area Updates:



After several weeks of practices preparing for Seussical the Musical, many 6th grade students took the stage on Thursday, November 10th to show off their musicianship and artistry. A special THANK YOU to Ms. Dechant, Miss Pcionek and Mrs. Jermy for your dedication and creativity in bringing this musical to life for our students! Congratulations on a fabulous show! And thank you to the community for all of the food donations! If you missed here, here are some highlights


With all of the November beautiful weather, PE classes have been soaking up the sunshine! Thank you to our PE teachers, Mrs. Sherman, Mr. Humphrey, Mr. Herdlein & M. Weinman for giving our kiddos the wellness that they need to be their best in the classroom! Check out a video clip here

Character Ed & SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Corner:

November and December we are focusing on the character trait of Caring. We enjoy integrating building wide Character Education through our morning announcements, cafeteria activities, TV monitors throughout the school and of course, within the classrooms. To enjoy a little insight into cafeteria fun with Miss Laurie, here you go! It takes a village to support Character Education and SEL. 

World Kindness Day was on November 13, 2022 and celebrated here at WSS on November 14th. From making gifts for Veterans to express appreciation for their commitment to our country to Kindness ROCKs in the Cafe and extra smiles all around, we did our part to sprinkle a little extra kindness around WSS.  Interested in weaving more intentional kindness into your home? The Random Acts of Kindness Organization offers many incredible resources. 



As we approach the holiday of Thanksgiving, we are focusing on caring about the people and things in our lives. Check this out to link gratitude practices to home experiences, too. What is Gratitude and 4 Ways to Practice It - for Kids & Families! 

Thank you to the Women of the Moose (video) for Winter Clothing Donations - we appreciate you! Families, if you are in search of winter jackets, boots, gloves, etc, please reach out to your school counselor or teacher. 


From the Desk of Principal Carol Messura

 Have you found our integrated page on Twitter yet? Be sure to follow @LeRoy_CSD for all LCSD news! 
  • Thanksgiving Recess in Wednesday 11/23-Sunday 11/27
  • Our 1st Progress Report will be available at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Mrs. Messura will be sending an email to all families on Monday, Nov. 28th about our grading procedures!
  • Picture make up day is Thursday, December 1 (see the previous blog post for more information)
  • Early Dismissal is on Friday, December 2nd @ 11:20am K-6, UPK @ 12pm
  • WSS Parent Conferences are Friday, December 2nd and Monday, December 5th. Be sure to check in with your classroom teachers for your scheduled time. 
  • No school for PreK-6 students on Monday, December 5th. 





Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Picture Make Up Day is Coming on Thursday, December 1st

A message from Clix Portrait Studios for Picture Re-Take Day at WSS on 12/1: 

Students that haven't had their pictures taken yet- The student just needs to go to camera with or without an order form.


Students that want retakes- They need to return their original package ON picture makeup day. If we receive the package late, there may be additional charges applied. Mainly because it may need to be shipped to their home instead of back to the school with the rest of the makeup day pictures. The parents can write on the front outside of the package what they would like to see differently. 





Tuesday, October 18, 2022

October 2022 Edition

 

October has been filled with 
Community Connections. 
Check out some of our highlights:



10/5/22 Walk to School Event sponsored by the PTSO - Here is the Video!




10/7/22 Homecoming School Spirit & Fire Prevention Day 

Thank you for the volunteers across the LeRoy Fire Department for teaching fire prevention for our PreK-6 students. You make a difference!



10/16/22 WSS Teachers Walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event in Rochester, NY

LeRoy CSD staff collectively raised over $3100 for the American Cancer Society as we kicked off being Caring for the National Character Counts! Week - KUDOS!




10/17/22 Character Ed Kick Off!

The entire school came together in the Trigon Gym for a presentation on what "good character" means, the meaning of the Pillar of Citizenship both in the school and out in the community, and of course there was plenty of dancing! What a way to start out a Monday! It sure was an incredible feeling to have the whole school together once again. 






WSS Academic Updates:

New learning is underway across WSS! We continue to learn more about our students each day; through observations, assessments and diagnostic screenings. By now, students have completed their iReady diagnostic screenings for ELA & Math, Fountas & Pinnell reading assessments and 3-6 will be completing their computer based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) screening within the week. 

Our staff works collaboratively to create groups to target the needs of students in all academic areas. School-wide goals are developed to support grade level goals and then, most importantly, we work with the children on setting and monitoring their own learning goals. They feel empowered and worthy when they are in the driver's seat of their learning. To explore more about learning goals, check out this inspiring message from Kid President and how to set goals from BrainPop. 

Our teachers and students have now started reading/literacy groups and their first unit of study in writing. The work of our mathematicians continues to soar with incredible discourse and problem solving. Thank you to Mrs. Holman in 1st grade for opening up her classroom to our community for a video on approaches to being a reader and writer. Check it out here!




WSS Special Area Updates:

From celebrating International Dot Day with Primary artists, to creating a detailed LeRoy Knight using line art with our 6th grade students, Art with Mrs. VanDerBeck has been nothing short of exciting. To see more about the line art project, view this short interview with our incredible Art teacher. 


Character Ed & SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Corner:

This month, our Character Crew Committee met and planned the National Character Counts! Kick-Off Week, as well as began planning for upcoming events and learning opportunities connected to the 6 Pillars of Character. To learn more about Character Education here at WSS, tune into this interview with Ms. Neu. 

Each day throughout the week of 10/17-10/22, we focused on a specific Pillar of Character and students dressed to embrace that character trait. Thank you for your support with this! To learn more about the 6 Pillars of Character, visit this website

The months of November and December we will be focusing on the character trait of Caring. Be on the lookout for activities to support the Pillar of Caring, as well as your child being "Caught Being Caring." 


From the Desk of Principal Carol Messura


We are in the midst of a Social Media migration from @LeRoyWSS to @LeRoy_CSD with the hashtag, #ONECASTLE. @LeRoyWSS will no longer be active as of 10/24. Please follow us @LeRoy_CSD to stay connected. Families are also welcome to use the #ONECASTLE hashtag to highlight what is happening across the LeRoy CSD community.

Things to come through the end of October: 

  • Thank you for doing your best to get your child to school each and every day. Their on-time attendance helps to create consistency and support routine developments.
  • SMILE! Pictures Days are October 26th & 27th.
  • Let's DANCE! Join us for the PTSO Sponsored Halloween Dance on Friday, October 28th. K-3 is 5:30-7pm and Grades 4-6 is from 7:30-9pm in the WSS cafeteria. Please enter through the main office doors (by the playground). Adult Photo ID is required to enter.   
  • The WSS Pumpkin Patch is coming at the end of the month, thanks to the incredibly generous team at Pully's Farm Market! Stay tuned for more information!



Mark Your Calendar

















Sincerely,

Mrs. Carol Messura, WSS Principal 
Ms. Christy Neu, WSS Assistant Principal





Thursday, September 22, 2022

Welcome Back to Wolcott Street School!


Open House & Success of Our First Weeks Back to School! 


We are thrilled to have our students back with us for a new school year. The LeRoy Central School team has been feverishly working to prepare the buildings, grounds classrooms and halls to welcome your kiddos into an environment that is centered around a nurturing, positive spirit and endless learning opportunities. 

The first welcome back was on Tuesday, September 6th for our annual WSS Open House from 4:30-6pm. We had the Crave'n Food Truck, KONA Ice, Boy & Girl Scout troops, our PTSO and of course, our students, families and staff! If you missed Open House, click here to see what it was all about! 

On September 7th, we welcomed our students back into the buildings. The halls and rooms were filled with smiles and positive energy. 


 
 

WSS Academic Updates in Math: New Math Program for PreK-2 Students

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms have launched a new math program called Bridges in Mathematics. Students spend their math time developing a deep understanding of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills and experiences working through complex problems. Their math lessons include learning opportunities with Number Corner, work places and investigations. It is exciting to see how curious their primary minds become through authentic, hands on learning experiences. 

To learn more, enjoy this video and glimpse into our classrooms: Math Coach Mrs. Wilson Explains Bridges in Mathematics
 


  

K-2 Families: Join us on Wednesday, September 28th for our Bridges to Mathematics Parent University Night.


WSS Academic Updates in ELA: Reading Anywhere & Everywhere

"Find joy in the reading." ~Mrs. Hertzler, 3rd grade teacher

Tune in HERE to see how Mrs. Hertzler, a 3rd grade teacher, invites the WSS community into her classroom to share their love of reading. Whether students read by looking at pictures, reading words to themselves, listening to stories being read to them by a teacher, family member, or even the author themselves... all reading builds the muscles of our minds and hearts. 

Character Ed & SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Corner

As your children live through the first several days in school, they are learning "how to school" in their new settings. There are new routines, new people and new opportunities to learn. So many feelings can move through our minds and bodies during these first few weeks of school. We may feel excitement, nerves, hesitation, eagerness, sadness, joy... the list goes on. Knowing how to name our emotions can help tame, or control, emotions in new settings. 

Here are a few links to learn more about the "Name it to Tame it" approach to validating and working through emotions with your child. This supports your child as they work to develop their own Self-Awareness, which is a core competency of Social Emotional Learning. 

https://blissfulkids.com/mindfulness-for-kids-emotional-regulation-name-it-to-tame-it/



From the Desk of Principal Carol Messura

We have officially made it through a full week of school! It has been a relatively
smooth opening for all. A few things to note:

Arrival/Dismissal
  • Please see the attached map for drop off/pick up locations for WALKERS, PARENT DROP OFFS, and BUS STUDENTS. Arrival time is 8:45 a.m. We can not have students congregating outside. Please do not send your child to school earlier than 8:45 a.m.
  • Dismissal time is 3:05 p.m. Students will be dropped off by their teacher at each pick up location.
    • If you are dropping off or picking up your students at Stanley Place –please be mindful of the active driveways. Homeowners need to be able to come and go.
  • To access our Main Office, please park in the designated spots in the Stanley Place lot. Follow the sidewalk to the main entrance doors. Do not use our bus parking area at any throughout the school day. We need the area free and clear for emergency purposes!
Lunch
  • Just a reminder to check your child’s lunch accounts – with snacks being available for purchase. You may need to relish it in a shorter amount of time!
Safety
  • We have practiced 3 fire drills already! The kids are doing a great job at following all the procedures involved
  • Don’t forget to complete the electronic forms that the teachers sent out to you. If you need paper copies, please let them know!
Lastly, if you haven’t joined our Twitter nation… please do so! We are now including videos from our YouTube channel!

Thank you for sharing your precious children with us. It’s great having our school full again!

Mark Your Calendar

  • K-2 Bridges to Mathematics Parent University @7pm on 9/28 in the WSS Cafeteria 
  • Homecoming Week (get ready to show your spirit this week!) 10/3-10/7/22
  • Walk to School Day 10/5/22
  • WSS Picture Days 10/26/22 & 10/27/22 (Re-Take 12/01/22)


Sincerely,

Mrs. Carol Messura, WSS Principal 
Ms. Christy Neu, WSS Assistant Principal