February 24, 2017
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!