20 12 2012

Good morning.  Hopefully you did not have to be out in the blizzard for too long this morning.  A few announcements and reminders for the rest of the week:

OUR NEW PHYSICAL ADDRESS:  The city of Willard has changed our physcial address.  Our new address is 409 S. Farmer Road in Willard.  If you are mailing correspondence to the school, please use our new address.

FRIDAY PARTIES:  Tomorrow will be a busy day.  Please make sure to park in a designated parking spot.  The far lane needs to stay clear for all through traffic.  There is additional parking at the south side of the building.

FRIDAY:  Friday we will dismiss at 12:30.

JANUARY 7TH:  Is our first day back from break.

JANUARY 8TH:  Grade cards will go out to students.

3 days left before Winter Break!

18 12 2012

Just a few friendly reminders   for the next few days of school:

WEDNESDAY:  Girls on the Run Photo at 8:30 in the Library for girls who participated please wear your blue GOTR t-shirts.

THURSDAY:  Is the last day to Order Holiday Hugs from the Student Council.

FRIDAY:  Early dismissal at 12:30.  Winter Party Day.

JANUARY 7TH:  This is our first day back to school from the break!

LOST AND FOUND:  All unclaimed items will be donated Friday to Good Will.

Have a great day!


Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

17 12 2012

Dear Willard North Family and Friends,

By now you have seen the tragic news story from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Connecticut. I am writing to respond to the elementary school shooting that took place on Friday.  Several parents have contacted me to ask questions on how we will deal with the natural emotions that may result from information students may learn over the weekend.  Our hearts go out to those students, teachers, and principals who did not return home from school and the family and friends who are related to the Newton Community.  There are no words to fully capture what all of us are feeling right now.

On Monday, parents everywhere will send their students to school.  Teachers and principals will return to school with the aim of
“business as usual” to provide consistency for our children in this time of great tragedy.  I am anticipating that much discussion will occur over the weekend in your homes, but Monday may also bring further questions and need for dialogue.  In the interest of home-school partnership, I wanted to share our plan with staff for Monday, December 17th at Willard North.

On Friday, I met with staff after school to give instructions to be extra cautious with students on Monday and review all safety policies with the school.  There will be NO CLASSROOM discussions of the tragedy on Friday.  There may be some students who may be having trouble processing information they may have learned from home or other students.  If your child is seen by Mr. Anderson or myself, we will personally call you (parents) to review if you would like your child to talk about their feelings in a developmentally appropriate way.  We will also call you to review our conversation with your child.

**  Please note, the details of the events on Friday will not be discussed with ANY student at any time.  Details of what students are aware of are solely at the discretion of each individual family.

This type of event is impossible to explain.  My thoughts and prayers go out to you my parents and staff who love and nurture our students.

If I can be of any assistance to you or your children, please contact me at 742-2597.  My office is always open to you.

Angela Stevens
Willard North Principal


11 12 2012

The Willard North Holiday Drive has started this week!!!  Thank you to all the families who participated today and who will be participating this week.  Today we collected a total of 356 items.  Even though we have specified certain food and hygiene items for each grade level to bring in to ensure a broad array of goods, you are certainly welcome to bring in any items on the list.  These are the suggested items for Wednesday:

Kingergarten – Body soaps

1st Grade – Shampoos

2nd Grade – Brushes (hair or tooth)

3rd Grade – Lotions/Deodorant

4th Grade – Floss/Toothpaste/Mouthwash

Thank you for your time and participation!

Week of December 10th

10 12 2012

As the weather is getting colder, please remember to send your child with a heavy coat.  We are still going out to recess as of right now until the temperature drops too low.  Here are a few updates for this week:

LOST AND FOUND:  We have a HUGE assortment of clothing items that have made their way to lost and found.  Please have your child look through it or yourself.  We will lay it out for the next week.  All items will be donated next week if not claimed.

SUPER TIGER CELEBRATION:  We will be having our monthly Super Tiger Celebration this Wednesday the 12th at 2:15.  The 4th graders will be performing their holiday music program for the school.  

 AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS:  If your child is doing something different than normal after school, please make sure to call the office at 742-2597 so we can communicate it to your child as well as the proper staff.  Please DO NOT rely on the teacher to check her email before the end of the day.  We also have many subs who do not have access to your child’s email.  

Have a great week and try to stay warm!