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March 3, 2017

 

Dear Lew Wallace families,

 

On Thursday, March 2nd, Lew Wallace students joined together with the young at heart across the world in celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss with Read Across America Day. An author who has inspired, has brought families together for reading time and time again and, of course, has never failed to tickle our imagination with his creative rhymes. Dr. Seuss saw potential, laughter, and a story in each of his drawings. He had a unique perspective and the confidence to try, try, and try again, even when his books weren’t published at first. Thank goodness, Dr Seuss never gave up!  Now today we can read and enjoy all 44 of his engaging children’s books as he reminds us, “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book!”

 

In celebration, Lew Wallace kicked off a week long Read-a-thon with Family Literacy night this evening. Families gathered to enjoy pizza, engaging literacy activities and all students went home with a new book to read before bedtime. Watching our students reading with their families, I was inspired, wondering, which of our Lew Wallace students, will be the next Dr. Seuss? Which student will build the next bridge, or make a scientific discovery, which student will have the vision to be a leader in their community and which students will return to Lew Wallace as teachers to support future generations of readers? And as a community, we will support our students in never giving up on their journey, as they learn to try, try and try again, just as Dr. Seuss did. “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting so get on your way!”

 

Erin Northern, Principal Intern

 

 

 

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences are next Thursday and Friday. There is no school for kids those days. Teachers have been madly setting-up conference times – please be in touch with your child’s teacher if you don’t yet have a conference time. We always work hard to get every single conference done during those days. While you are here, you’ll have some paperwork to fill out. The first is our annual Quality of Ed survey. It gives us really good feedback about what’s going well and what needs attention. The second is our K3+ Summer School information for K, 1st, and 2nd grade parents. Every child needs a signed form, whether or not they are going to attend. Our K3+ program will not be on our campus this summer – we will be combining our sites with Longfellow ES on the Longfellow campus at Edith and MLK.

 

I’m excited to see you all here next Thursday and Friday for parent teacher conferences!

 

Very truly,

 

Anne Marie Strangio, Principal

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • March 2-8, LWES Read-a-thon & Student Council Dr Seuss Week
  • Saturday, March 4, Honor Choir concert, Eldorado HS (8 students)
  • Thursday & Friday, March 9 & 10, Parent/Teacher Conferences: NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, March 15, Run for the Zoo Registration forms due
  • Wednesday, March 15, Sandia Labs Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 Mobile Food Pantry. Please contact Ms.Ori if you are able to volunteer and/or a family who could use the support. You can call the school, stop by in the afternoon, or email her at oriandi.delarosa@aps.edu.
  • Friday, March 17, STAR Student Lunches
  • March 20-24, Spring Break, no school
  • Monday, March 27, School resumes
  • Thursday, March 30, Kindergarten/Hernandez/Montoya Music Performances for families, 10:00
  • Thursday, March 30 PTA meeting 4:00
  • Friday, March 31, Taylor/Ortiz/Chavez/Thomas Music Performances for families, 9:30
  • Tuesday, April 4, Picture Day
  • Wednesday, April 5, National Day of Hope
  • Friday, April 7, Parent/Principal Coffee and STAR Student Lunches
  • Friday, April 14, Vernal Holiday, no school

 

 

Spring Music Concerts: Families are welcome to come enjoy our Lew Wallace K/1/2/3 Spring Music Performances on March 30th & 31st in the gym. See above for times.

Students have been singing away at school and can now practice at home as well! Families can visit Ms. Woodworth’s Music Website to practice their songs, just head to the Lew Wallace school website (lwes.aps.edu), click the ‘our school’ tab, then follow the ‘Music’ tab on the menu.

 

Dr Seuss Week, March 1-8: Our amazing Student Council is sponsoring a week of fun-filled Dr Seuss themed spirit days to support our school Read-a-thon!

 

March 6 Theme: Fox in Socks – Wear Crazy socks!

March 7 Theme: Cat in the Hat – Wear a crazy or favorite hat!

March 8 Theme: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Dress for the career/job you will have when you grow up!

 

 

 

Read-A-Thon: “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Remember, the Read a Thon started yesterday. Find some sponsors and READ, READ, READ!

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

Run for the Zoo…and walk with us, too! Ms. Ori is organizing a group of Lew Wallace teachers, staff, families and students, to join this year’s Run for the Zoo on Saturday, May 7th. For 32 years, Run for the Zoo has offered a fun-filled day at the ABQ BioPark Zoo featuring running & walking events for ALL ages & fitness levels. Each registered participant receives a T-shirt and FREE admission to the Zoo for the day. Applications are due March 15! Please ask Ms. Ori or the office for an application for your family. Registration fees begin at $12 for students and $30 for adults in the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Please visit runforthezoo.org for more info.

 

Pennies for Peace: Congratulations to Ms. Ortiz’s class for raising $215.85 for Pennies for Peace!!!

Pennies for Peace is a program that helps fund educational projects to break the cycle of extreme poverty, terrorism, and war. 

 

New Gaming Club: We’ll have a new club starting March 29, a Wednesday afternoon gaming club from 12:40-1:40. I’ll let you know as soon as those sign-up sheets are ready! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: Mike Suarez
Published: 3/3/17

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February 24, 2017

 

Dear families,

 

As I scan the Lew Wallace calendar of upcoming events, I can’t help but be so grateful, excited and overjoyed for the variety of learning opportunities our students have at their fingertips. Whether it is a trip to see the ballet at the historic Kimo Theater, an afternoon spent with family using your new Explora pass or perhaps attending parent conferences to discuss academic progress, enjoying a student musical performance, or simply sitting down to relax with a great book during our school Read-a-thon, it is truly a myriad of magical choices! So, mark your calendars, families! We look forward to seeing you around campus, sharing and expanding our excitement for learning!

 

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Our hard-working 5th grade students will soon be looking toward the next steps in their academic journey. Next week, they will navigate the hallways of Washington Middle School on a guided tour led by Washington staff. They will visit classrooms and get a feel for a middle school passing period when students switch classes according to their individual schedules. They will learn about the choices and new opportunities middle school offers such as film, fine art, mariachi, orchestra and other academic electives. For a sneak preview, check out the Washington Middle School website to view a fabulous student-created film entitled, “This is Life: Middle School.” The middle schoolers in the film remind students that to achieve your goals you’ll need support from your family and friends and when you get there, the view is amazing! Of course, we’re not quite ready to say good-bye to our amazing 5th grade students, but we will be with them every step of the way as they climb toward achieving their goals!

 

And speaking of relentless support for students, Wednesday, is Educational Assistant (EA) Appreciation day. What a great reminder to take pause and say an extra huge thank you to our dedicated EAs: Ms. Mary Lou, Ms. Megan, Ms. Lupe, Ms. Elaine, Ms. Laura, Ms. Tina, Ms. Stephanie, Ms. Judy, Ms. Melanie and Ms. Ori. They are truly gems; constantly giving, patiently listening, and always stepping up to take on any task that needs doing! On any given day, they can be found reading with students one-on-one, teaching children the responsibility of cleaning after themselves in the cafeteria, supporting small student groups with focused practice in math or reading, or comforting a sick child, and the list goes on and on. Please join us in expressing our heartfelt gratitude each and every day for the tireless work of our stellar Educational Assistants!

 

Thanks for all you do,

 

Erin Northern, Principal Intern

 

 

 

 

Important Dates:

  • February 28, Multiple Class Field Trips to Coppélia Ballet at the Kimo Theater – please check your child’s backpack for permission slips & let teachers know if you would like to chaperone
  • February 28, end of second trimester
  • Wednesday, March 1, Educational Assistant Appreciation Day
  • Thursday, March 2, Read Across America Day, Family Literacy Night and Title 1 Family Engagement Policy and School Compact meeting 5:30-7:00. And pizza!
  • Thursday, March 2, 5th Grade Tour at Washington Middle School
  • March 2-8, LWES Read-a-thon & Student Council Dr Seuss Week
  • Friday, March 3, Parent/Principal Coffee, 9:00
  • Saturday, March 4, Honor Choir concert at Eldorado HS(8 students)
  • Thursday & Friday, March 9 & 10, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, March 15, Sandia Labs Family Math Night 5:30-7:00
  • Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 Mobile Food Pantry. Please contact Ms.Ori if you are able to volunteer and/or a family who could use the support. You can call the school, stop by in the afternoon, or email her at oriandi.delarosa@aps.edu.
  • Friday, March 17, STAR Student Lunches
  • March 20-24, Spring Break, no school
  • Monday, March 27, School resumes
  • Thursday, March 30, K/1st Music Performances for families, 10:00
  • Thursday, March 30 PTA meeting 4:00
  • Friday, March 31, 2nd/3rd Music Performances for families, 9:30
  • Tuesday, April 4, Picture Day
  • Wednesday, April 5, National Day of Hope
  • Friday, April 7, Parent/Principal Coffee and STAR Student Lunches
  • Friday, April 14, Vernal Holiday, no school
  • Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5:30, Mobile Food Pantry in our gym
  • Thursday, April 20, Explora Night!

 

 

Pennies for Peace: After reading Listen to the Wind by Greg Mortenson, Ms. Ortiz’s class was inspired to get involved with the Pennies for Peace program, and they are inviting the school to join them. Pennies for Peace is a program sponsored by Central Asia Institute, in which school children in the United States raise pennies to help fund CAI's educational projects. Education provides the opportunity to break the cycle of extreme poverty, terrorism, and war.  If you wish to participate, they can place any change in the "Pennies for Peace" jars either in their child's classroom or in Ms. Ortiz’s room. They will be collecting money until April 1. Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

Dr Seuss Week, March 1-8: Our amazing Student Council is sponsoring a week of fun-filled Dr Seuss themed spirit days to support our school Read-a-thon! We hope you join the fun & creativity – Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!

 

March 1 Theme: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut – Wear a shirt you can read!

 

March 2 Theme: Book Character Day – Dress up as a favorite character!

 

March 3 Theme: Thing 1, Thing 2 – Dress up as twins with your BFF!

 

March 6 Theme: Fox in Socks – Wear Crazy socks!

 

March 7 Theme: Cat in the Hat – Wear a crazy or favorite hat!

 

March 8 Theme: Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Dress for the career/job you will have when you grow up!

 

 

Volunteering/Chaperoning: Don’t forget to get your background clearance before any field trips or volunteer opportunities that you want to take part in. The cost is $12, and you can fill out a volunteer application on the APS website at: http://www.aps.edu/community/volunteer-with-aps

It takes a couple of weeks for clearance to come through, so apply early. Clearance is good for two years, at any APS schools.

 

 

 

New Gaming Club: We’ll have a new club coming soon – a Wednesday afternoon gaming club from 12:40-1:40, led by Lew Wallace dad, Kenny Mahen. I’ll let you know as soon as those sign-up sheets are ready! 

 

 

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Posted by: Mike Suarez
Published: 2/24/17