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Giving Tree Project

Beginning on December 1st, our school will collect food items for needy families. The food will be donated to Sacred Heart Food Closet to prepare food baskets. Sacred Heart Food Closet is most in need of peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tuna, corn muffin mix, canned soup, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, pasta noodles, canned vegetables, powdered milk, pinto or other dried beans, bags of rice, etc. We will collect these items until Thursday, December 17th. When a child brings in an item, they will be given a paper ornament to decorate and place on our giving tree at the front of our school hallway! Thank you for all your help! If you have any questions, please contact our principal, Mrs. Allen. Remember, every food item helps ensure that one child or adult in our community will not go to bed hungry!

Grandparents Day 2015

Grandparents Day will take place on Tuesday, November 24th starting at 9:00 AM. From 9:00-9:20, there will be refreshments and a special performance in the cafeteria. Fourth and fifth grade rooms will be open from 9:20-10:00. Our monthly awards assembly will take place after recess, from 10:20-11:00. Please remember to refrain from bringing younger siblings or other family members to the event. Thank you and see you soon! P.S. Make sure you know those multiplication facts. 😉

Trimester One Conferences

Sign-Up GeniusTrimester One Conference Week will take place from November 30th to December 4th. Each day during the week is a minimum day with student dismissal at 1:45 PM.

An online conference sign-up form is now available through Sign-Up Genius. PLEASE CLICK HERE. The form will be available until 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 15th. If a time slot has not been chosen by then, I will assign an available slot and send home a paper notice.

If any changes need to be made after slips have been sent home, please let me know as soon as possible. Conference reminders will also be sent out a few days before your scheduled conference. Please take a moment to note any questions or concerns you may have. See you soon!


Please remember that parent and student homework helpers are posted on Twitter regularly. For a direct feed of only posts tagged with #Room36Homework, please CLICK HERE. The night’s homework is always listed, as well as Math News newsletters, Problem Sets for EngageNY, and video links and games for review and help!


Valley Fire Donations

A supply drive for those affected by the Valley Fire is taking place until October 5th. As I’m sure you are well aware, residents are in great need of basic supplies. A student from Room 30, Walker Ott, began a donation drive to help with this endeavor. Please contribute if you are able! Thank you!


Our homeroom language class has begun reading Bunnicula! If you’d like more information about the book or its authors, please use the links below. It’s great to listen to the podcasts as review! Remember, 100% on the ending quiz = 2.0 AR points!

James Howe Biography (Scholastic)

Bunnicula Series (Good Reads)

Bunnicula (Vocabulary and Podcasts)

“When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian vampire.” (Scholastic)

Back to School Night

Please mark your calendars for Back to School Night on Thursday, September 10th! Second and third grade teachers will present from 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Fourth and fifth grade teachers will speak from 6:30-7:00 PM. Teachers will share information about important procedures, curriculum, as well as any other pertinent information to the classroom. PLEASE ATTEND!

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

A filled bucket!

This year, Wilson Elementary is continuing a character development program called Bucket Filling! To review this concept, we will read the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud. Click here to have it read aloud!

The book explains that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. This bucket represents our social and emotional health. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when our buckets are empty, we are sad. Children quickly understand that they can fill buckets when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. Every choice we decide either makes us a “bucket filler” or a “bucket dipper”.

So how do we fill a bucket? You can fill a bucket when you show love to someone, when you smile, make someone feel special, or do something kind. A bucket filler is someone who says or does nice things to other people. They help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, read to a younger sibling, or invite a new friend to play. By filling other people’s buckets, we fill our own bucket too! A great message from this book is the realization that giving not only helps the receiver, but it also benefits the giver!

What do bucket dippers do? Bucket dippers rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task, by saying or doing mean things, by making fun of someone, or by ignoring or excluding someone. Bucket dippers act this way because they have empty buckets. They think that they can fill their bucket by dipping into our bucket, but that will never work. A bully is an example of a bucket dipper.

Students will be encouraged to be bucket fillers both at home and at school, and I invite you to use these terms with your child. It is a simple message with a big outcome!

Deep Dive (Multiplication Game)

Deep DiveKeeping in line with our Hawaiian theme, the first game I’d like to steer you to is called Deep Dive! It is a colorful, engaging game based on SCUBA diving and mastering multiplication facts. You are able to adjust your level by choosing which facts you’d like to practice. As you answer questions correctly, you visit new creatures in deeper ocean waters! Try it out and tell me what you think! 🙂 Have fun on your first virtual SCUBA dive and master those multiplication facts right away!