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March 13th, 2019

Welcome to The Paw Print! Here is what’s happening at Edgar Road:

All school PJ Day tomorrow!!

Schnucks Eat a Rainbow
Today you will find a Schnucks Draw + Give coloring sheet and Simply Schnucks Magazine in backpack mail. This is a great opportunity to talk about healthy foods with your child and making healthy recipes together over Spring Break. As a service project, your child can complete the coloring sheet and bring it to your local Schnucks to be displayed. Schnucks will donate food to a local food bank for each sheet turned into the store by March 22nd.

From The Secretary
Celebrate Reading Academy
The Celebrate Reading Academy is Webster Groves School District’s new, tuition free summer program, offered to students who will be entering first through seventh grade during the 2019-20 school year, and who would benefit from extra literacy support.

Attached you will find a flyer for the summer school program focused on literacy. In the flyer you will find a link to the website. You can also use this https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/Page/22500 This will take you to the description page and you find the online registration tab on the left side of the page.

Registration for the Celebrate Reading Academy will be open until April 15th.

*Students can participate in both the SEE program Celebrate Reading Academy with lunch and recess in between.

Summer Exploration Experience K-5
The Summer Exploration Experience is WGSD’s all new summer program offered tuition free to all district students who will be entering first through sixth grade during the 2018-19 school year.

  • Students will enjoy 25 days of hands-on/project based learning.
  • Students will have a voice in the direction of their learning.
  • Children will drive their own personalized final project, reflecting on their interest in a topic.
  • The program will be taught by certified staff who are trained in project based learning.

Dates: Thursday, May 30, through Wednesday July 3rd
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 each day
Location: Avery School

Registration applications due TOMORROW, March 14th (due to staffing, no late registrations will be accepted). Return applications to Tom Havrilka or Mahasin Bias.

For more information contact Tom Havrilka: havrilka.tom@wgmail.org

Freedom Schools Program
Deaconess Foundation will sponsor a network of CDF Freedom Schools summer programs for children in grades kindergarten (children must have completed kindergarten) through five in the St. Louis region. The seven-week program provides summer enrichment around five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutritional, physical, and mental health.

The program provides literacy building and personal-empowerment activities, meals, snacks, and field trips at no charge to families. The CDF Freedom Schools model also includes extensive testing and evaluation to measure academic progress.

The program dates are Monday-Friday, June 10-July 26, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please see the attachments for more information.

Attachments:
Freedom School Program Information
Freedom School 2019 Scholar Enrollment Form
Summer Reading-Celebrate Reading Academy

From the Counselor
March 13, 2019
This week, students in K-2 finished their counseling lessons. We focused on the different career paths and types of careers that are in each path. Your students may come home talking about jobs and job choices and ask you about your career!

Third and fourth grades will work on good test taking strategies to use on their upcoming MAP assessment the week we come back from spring break.
Fifth grade has two more Team 5 service dates and then they will be finished for the year! Please congratulate your fifth grader on their important service work to the school.

Spring break is a great time to decompress and refresh as a family. Hopefully the weather will be cooperative and your child will be able to get some time in outside. Some great spring break/family bonding ideas are:

  • Movie night or watching a movie in a blanket fort
  • Playing board games
  • Going to the Arch, Zoo or Forest Park
  • Reading books together
  • Going on a nature hunt - look for clues spring is coming!

I hope that this next week provides some time for each of our families to enjoy each other's company!

Reminder:
Our MAP testing window is from April 15 - May 17. We will start testing for grades 3, 4 and 5 on April 16th. All testing will begin in the morning and go through until lunch. Please be mindful when scheduling appointments during this time. When we come back from spring break, I will have a schedule for testing dates for all three grade levels.

An Exciting Announcement from Art Class!
District Wide Fifth Grade Art Show!
Every fifth grade student will have a masterpiece on display!

The Old Orchard Gallery 39 South Old Orchard Avenue 63119

So, mark your calendars for the week of April 8-12!
The gallery hours are from 9:00am.-5:00pm. We will host an Opening Reception for students and families from Clark and Edgar Road on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (The space is not big enough to hold all district families and students on the same night.)

If you can’t make it to the Opening Reception please feel free to drop by any other time during the week to see the show! The students have been working hard to impress you with their amazing talents. We hope you will be able to see their creations on display. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs.Lee at lee.kelly@wgmail.org

A Note from the ER Music Room
SAVE THE DATE!
Kindergarten and 1st Grade music performances are coming up! K and 1 will be performing on April 11th. Kindergarten at 6pm and first grade at 7pm. There will be a school performance that same day at 2pm. Check out the images attached for details about their themes!

Attachments:
KDG Save the Date
1st Save the Date

District News
Frequently Asked Questions About Proposition E - April 2
Proposition E is a no-tax-rate increase $22 million bond issue on the ballot April 2 to improve safety, accessibility and other space issues in district buildings and relieve overcrowding in elementary schools. Six million dollars would be used for safety and accessibility enhancements that include secure doors and controlled, single point of entry vestibules for all buildings, asbestos abatement, secure interior and classroom doors, secure exterior doors, as well as elevators and chair lifts to improve accessibility, in accord with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The bond issue would include $16 million to add space at Hixson Middle School so that sixth grade can be moved there and to convert the Steger Sixth Grade Center/Givens School campus into a single elementary building.

You can find additional information – as well as survey results, studies and other material – on the Proposition E page on our website, at this link

http://bit.ly/Prop_E

Didn’t the district just increase classroom space at the elementary schools by installing modular units?
Resident enrollment in the district has increased eight percent since 2009 and is expected to trend up through 2024. Three schools currently have modular units (Avery, Clark and Edgar Road). Nine percent of the district’s elementary students will attend class in a modular in 2019-20. Avery and Clark each have one; Edgar Road has two and the district is purchasing another for next year. If the bond issue is approved, the district would gradually discontinue use of or repurpose the modulars.

Is the district enrollment growing?
Enrollment in the Webster Groves School District has been growing for quite a few years. Since 2009, elementary resident enrollment has increased by 8% and total resident district enrollment has increased by 11%. While a few factors surely attribute to this increase, the data shows an upward trend in the number of children born in the district and a notable increase in the number of students who had attended private/parochial schools prior to entering the district (second-highest of any regional school district from 2009 - 2013).

While we monitor actual district enrollment on a regular basis, the district is in its third year of contracting with Dr. Charles Kofron to develop five-year rolling enrollment projections. Dr. Kofron’s projections are based on the number of children born within district boundaries and the number of resident children who enter kindergarten in the district. While a projected decrease can be observed in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 kindergarten cohorts (2023-24 based on 5 months of actual births and seven months of projected births), resident district enrollment is still expected to increase 2.3% between now and 2023-24, and resident elementary enrollment is expected to increase by 4.1% within the same timeframe.

Why does the district recommend converting Steger Sixth Grade Center/Givens School into one elementary school?
Converting the Steger/Givens campus into one elementary school would provide considerable relief to the overcrowding in district elementary schools, offering the district more space for a longer time than other options considered. Using this space would increase elementary capacity in the district by 396 students.
In addition, use of the Steger/Givens building in this way furthers district efforts to become a more equitable school system by providing more students and families with a neighborhood elementary school.

Upcoming Events
No School - Friday, March 15th
Spring Break - Monday, March 18th - Friday, March 22nd
School Resumes - Monday, March 25th
PTO Coffee - Friday, March 29

Did you know WGSD has an app?? You can even personalize the app by identifying a school(s) and that the calendar, food, etc. will all be from our school. You can also sync the calendar to your calendar. It’s a great app! Here’s the video to show you what it offers: https://videopress.com/v/tthlAbCd.
Staying Connected
Use any or all of the following links to see all of the amazing things at Edgar Road!
Website: goo.gl/16Myz3
Twitter: @WuchDr
Facebook: Edgar Road Elementary
PTO Website: goo.gl/Jod3Bp
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214002695300701/

Parents – Please note that we update our social media photos and announcements regularly. Please check out what we’ve posted.

Freedom School - DF CDF FS 2019 Program Information.pdf
Freedom School - 2019 Scholar Enrollment Form- WGSD.pdf
Summer Reading - Celebrate Reading Academy (002).pdf
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