Monday, October 30, 2023

November News For You!


Harvest Time!

Did you know you can harvest your feelings?  Harvesting your feelings means you take time to gather your emotions, reflect upon them and make meaning of them.  We teach students to pay attention to how they feel, accept the emotion, and give themselves permission to let negative emotions go!  How do you let go of your emotions?

Picture Credit: Vincent van Gogh - The Harvest

LCSD 23-24 Goals

Here are a few ways that we are supporting this goal at the Tier 1 level - to reach all students - across WSS: 
  • Professional Development for all staff members in the are of Social Emotional Learning and Character Education (Superintendent's Conference Day, Team Meetings, etc)
  • Responsive Classrooms & Community Meetings to support SEL & Character skills with staff and students
  • Restorative Practices to work through challenging behaviors
  • Second Step Lessons provided to students by our counseling staff
  • WSS Character Education

Community Events

Le Roy FD and Stafford FD came to WSS for a Fire Prevention/Fire Safety Presentation!  Students had the opportunity to learn about firefighting, equipment, trucks, and safety!  We love hosting our community firefighters!  THANK YOU!

Thank you to our PTSO for sponsoring our Halloween Dance!  It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces and fabulous costumes! 


Academic Updates

Our 1st marking period comes to a close on November 9th.  Teachers will be focusing on completing progress reports.  You will receive your child's report at your Parent/Teacher Conference.  Conferences are taking place on Monday, Nov. 20th in the afternoon and all day on Tuesday, Nov. 21st!   If you haven't signed up for a conference, please contact your child's teacher.

Special Area Updates

Our 6th Grade Musical, Finding Nemo for Kids! will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Auditorium.  Join us for a thrilling ride through the Eastern Australian Current!   

Character Education/SEL Updates

During National Character Counts Week, everyone in Wolcott Street School focused on the Character Pillars of Citizenship, Respect, Fairness, Trustworthy, and Caring!  Thank you for dressing up and learning about how to strengthen our good character muscles!   

"Miss Pcionek"                   

 "Mrs. Messura"

                                                                                     "SRO Ancker"

We will be focusing on the character pillar of CARING for the months of November and December! 

Principal's Corner

Join me in welcoming our new Assistant Principal, Miss Combo!  Miss Combo's first day was last week.  She is busy learning about our school, students, staff, and families!  

November Calendar

Up and Coming

- Picture Re-takes are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30th from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

- Erin's Law Classroom presentations (Grades 4,5,6)

- Holiday Concerts

- Pageturner's Competition

Monday, September 25, 2023

Fall 2023


Welcome, Autumn!

This quote brings to light the power and influence of positive relationships on resilience. This way of thinking aligns with the LCSD Goals for 2023-24 school year. How do you encourage resilience through change?

LCSD 23-24 Goals

Here are a few ways that we are supporting this goal at the Tier 1 level - to reach all students - across WSS: 
  • Professional Development for all staff members in the are of Social Emotional Learning and Character Education (Superintendent's Conference Day, Team Meetings, etc)
  • Responsive Classrooms & Community Meetings to support SEL & Character skills with staff and students
  • Restorative Practices to work through challenging behaviors
  • Second Step Lessons provided to students by our counseling staff
  • WSS Character Education

Community Events

Thank you to all of the families who came out for the 2023-24 Annual Open House! It was a fabulous night for all! Thank you to PTSO for your support with Kona Ice and Cravn' Food. 

We are also enjoying our Jersey days as we celebrate our favorite sports teams!

Academic Updates

Year two with our Bridges Math Program is underway with PK-3 and Year 1 with Eureka Math Squared has kicked off with eager minds and high engagement. 

Here is a link for families to learn more about the PK-3 Math program. 

Here is a link to learn more for families about the 4-6 Math program.

Special Area Updates

6th Grade Musical Tryouts have begin for the production, Finding Nemo for Kids! Thank you to our Music Department for all of your efforts to make this possibility come to life. 

In PE, the kids are warming up their muscles in our WSS Fitness Room. They could be your very own workout buddies at home, too!

Character Education/SEL Updates

We had so much fun kicking off the new school year with our school-wide WSS Character Kick-Off Day! From chalking messages of kindness, to games grounded in teamwork, to reviewing behavior expectations with the principals, we are ready for a great year! To check out more on our Character Education at WSS, click here. Check out how Mrs. Marcello's Class used ink and stamps to represent how they "make a stamp" on the world with their Good Character!

Principal's Corner

Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day

October is National Fire Prevention (October 8-14)

Character Spirit Week is October 16-20th (in honor of National Character Counts! Week)

Wednesday, October 25th & Thursday, October 26th WSS Picture Days!

Monday, August 28, 2023

Welcome Back to the 2023-24 School Year!


Back to School

It is hard to believe that Summer is coming to an end and the new school year is about to begin. With a new school year on the horizon, many emotions arise and you may find yourself wondering..."is this my child?" Surely it is, just remember that your loved ones are experiencing a lot of curiosity and wonder and that shows up in many different ways.

Community Events

This summer, Wolcott Street School hosted 6 weeks of STEAM Camps for students entering 2-7th grade. We also hosted the "WIN" Summer Academics Academy, which was by invitation only. There were music and sport camps, too. Collectively, we saw over 300 different students this summer! 

Here are some highlights: 

School Meals

One breakfast & one lunch is available for every student in PreK-6 daily. It does not mean that students have to take the free breakfast or lunch, just know that it is available.
At Open House, families will be able to communicate their interest in school Breakfast by completing a simple form indicating whether your child will have breakfast at school everyday, some days or never. 

Open House

We look forward to meeting all families on Tuesday, September 5th from 4:30-6pm for our Annual WSS Open House. Bring your school supplies, meet your teacher, grab some dinner or a snack! Be sure to stop by the auditorium hallway for information on PTSO, Scouts, and Rotary - Kitchen!

Character Kick-Off

Friday, September 8th will be our WSS Character Kick-Off Celebration. Please wear your grade level color to help unify our grade levels. 


Pillars of Character

Code of Behavior Expectations

Please be sure to review this important document with your children to support a successful school year. 

Back to School Stories to Enjoy as a Family

There are 9 picture books in this collection to listen to as a family to help support back to school feelings. 

Welcome New Staff Members!

UPK (LTS) Mrs. Celina Powell - Mrs. Powell is a mother of two daughters. She loves gardening, doing crafts with her girls and teaching reading. 

Kindergarten Special Education Teacher Miss Kristina D'Agostino

4th Grade Special Education Teacher Miss Kylie Schlagenhauf - Miss Schlagenhauf is returning to WSS! Something exciting about her is that she took 3 mission trips to Mexico! 

5th Grade Special Education Teacher Mrs. Jeanie Anderson - Something pretty unique about Mrs. Anderson is that she spent a year in Denmark as an exchange student!

6th Grade ELA Teacher Miss Mimi Werner - Miss Werner loves dogs and one of the ones that she adopted is from Canada!

General Music Teacher Mr. Jeffery Fischer - Mr. Fischer is best known for his piano skills, but he also plays bass and sings in his band "Songbirds," a Fleetwood Mac tribute that performs all over WNY! After his time as a Vocal Teacher at the Jr/Sr High, we are thrilled to welcome Mr. Fischer to WSS! 

We are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Jessica Pullyblank from LeRoy Jr/Sr High as a new elementary Special Education Teacher here at WSS!

Welcome to our New Teaching Assistants Miss Jen Uptegrove, Mrs. Emily Bartz, Mrs. Mary Skoczylas, Mrs. Tonya Arshad, Mrs. Ashlee Miller, Mrs. Gina Perkins. We are lucky to have you joining the WSS Family!

Interested in Joining the WSS Staff? We are hiring for substitute teachers, substitute teaching assistants, food service helpers, bus drivers and cleaning staff. 

Principal's Corner

September Calendar

Save the Dates!

Friday, September 8th Character Kick-Off Day! Wear your grade level color

Friday, September 29th is Assistant Principal, Ms. Neu's last day at WSS

Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 25th & Thursday, October 26th WSS Picture Days!

Sunday, May 28, 2023

May 2023


A Celebratory May 

May has been filled with gatherings designed to celebrate many accomplishments throughout the school year. We hope that you enjoy this month's digital newsletter that will highlight many of these accomplishments.

Community Events

Staff Appreciation Week

The first week of May was Staff Appreciation Week. Not only were the staff recognized by the PTSO, the administration and one another, but the students embraced many ways to express their appreciation for the adults across WSS. Take a look at this sweet video of THANKS from our very own kiddos. 

For a glimpse into our School Lunch Heroes, enjoy this video, too!

PARP Pizza Party with the Principals 

Mrs. Messura & Ms. Neu hosted a party for the PARP Class Winners, Mrs. Englerth's Kindergarten class and Mrs. Rehberg's 4th grade class. The kids sure did enjoy getting their dance moves on, pizza and popsicles on the playground!

Beautifying the Grounds

Each grade level collaborated on a design for a flower pot. The designs represent what Character Education means to them. Groups of students then planted flowers in them and they have been placed around the campus. 

6th Grade Field Trip to Frontier Field

C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer Million Penny Drive

WOW!!! The Wolcott Street School community is beyond generous!! From pennies to $50 bills, the amount that was collected (& counted by our students!) is absolutely astounding. Stay tuned for the reveal of the total amount on Friday, June 2nd at our school wide assembly! It is the most ever raised by a single school locally!! We can't thank you enough for helping to teach our kiddos the power of giving to others in the community in celebration of Citizenship. 

And we can't forget our grade level building winners! Congratulations to Grade 3 for collecting the most on the WSS side of campus and to Grade 5 for earning the most points through the competitive Penny Wars in the Trigon Tower. We will celebrate you with an ice cream party on June 2nd, too!

To learn more about C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer, visit their website.

June 15th is WSS Character Day! Stay tuned for more details, but get ready to have a day of play that is centered around our 6 Pillars of Character... and yes, that means bounce houses, too! 


Special Area Updates 


What a success the WSS Art Show was! The campus was full of students' showing off their talented art creations across the school buildings. Kudos to Mrs. VanDerBeck for capitalizing on the strengths of students to help them reach beyond their potential!


Concerts, Concerts, Everywhere! Well this was quite a month of performances from our Spring Concerts to parades and festivals, the choruses, bands and Mini Marching Knights are on the musical move!

5th Grade Chorus & Beginner Band Video Clips 

6th Grade Chorus, Jazz Band and the WSS Band Video Clips

Jazz Band in the Community: LeRoy Village Green

The Mini Marching Knights & WSS Band are out on the Town 



Character Education/SEL 

Students were recognized on May 12th for demonstrating Responsibility across all areas. Some of the wonderful recognition statements were as follows: 

  • She always takes responsibility for her actions, even if she makes a mistake
  • He is great at putting things back when he is done with centers or workplaces. His peers follow his good example.
  • She approaches teachers if something is missed from an absence or lesson and always makes a plan to complete the work - she is always thinking ahead!
Grades 4-6 Character Awards Assembly

May and June we continue to celebrate the Pillar of Citizenship. In May, we focused our efforts on the local Rochester community with the C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer Drive. 

With Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July approaching, we felt it was a great time to think beyond our own communities to acknowledge and honor our country throughout the month of June. 

Principal's Corner

Summer Academy Transportation information will be coming out mid-June. Thank you to the invited families for registering. 
STEAM Camps are FULL! They sure went quick - we hope you enjoy!! 
There is much more taking place across the community so be sure to check out the Woodward Memorial Library, LeRoy Recreation and more. 
  • Wednesday, May 31 is the Annual 6th Grade Trip to Frontier Field for the Rochester Red Wings game - the Mini Marching Knights will be performing, too!
  • Friday, June 2nd is the C.U.R.E. Childhood Cancer Assembly
  • Monday, June 19th is Juneteenth: No School
  • Wednesday, June 21st is the Last Half Day of School for Elementary Students
  • NEW! We are going green! Friday, June 23 Report Cards will be available on the portal after 3pm NO PAPER COPIES WILL BE SENT unless you specifically request one from the main office. You can use this link to request a paper copy. 

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