Important Upcoming Dates
Friday, Nov. 9, 1:40-2:20 p.m.: Veterans Day Assembly
Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-16: Scholastic Book Sale
Friday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m.: Fall Dance and Food Drive
Monday, Nov. 12, Veterans Day observed (no school)
Tuesday, Nov. 13: Reflections Art projects due
Thursday, Nov. 15: Make-up Picture Day
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 19-21: Parent Teacher conference (no school)
Thursday-Friday, Nov. 22-23: Thanksgiving holiday (no school)
See the Wedgwood PTA website calendar for even more!
Family Directory: Don't forget to opt in
Parents, please be on the lookout for an email from your room parent requesting information for the directory. This year the Wedgwood Directory is an entirely OPT-IN item and you are not obligated to provide any information – If you would like your student and yourself to be included in the directory please reply to your room parent when you receive that request.
Room parents are coordinating the collection of information in order to expedite the distribution of the directory! Information must be received by November 13.
Last day for Halloween donations!
Too much candy from your trick-or-treating festivities? Feel free to donate any amount of your collected Halloween candy to the bin in the front office by Friday, Nov. 9. Our donations will go to volunteers at Camp Murray in Tacoma who will add it to care packages that are sent to troops stationed overseas. Feel free to contact our PE teacher Mrs. Jansen Becker with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh, snap! It's that time again, all you fly Marmots
Come to the Wedgwood School Dance this Friday, November 9, from 6–8 pm!
What you need to know:
Dancing and games for the entire family
No admittance fee
90’s themed swag for your purchase Thursday after school and during the dance (while supplies last)
We will hold the annual Wedgwood Pantry Food Drive the night of the dance, please bring canned food (soup, meats, fruit, vegetables), beans, pasta, rice & kid-friendly (raisins, mac n cheese, crackers, etc.). If you'd like to donate cash or grocery store gift cards please contact: email@example.com
Volunteers needed: Dude, if you would like volunteer at the dance, please sign up.
Questions: contact Nancy Blackham or Shidan Greene
Support our neighbors at Olympic Hills Elementary through the Book Fair
Greetings from your Librarian!
Did you know that all money for books in our library come from the generosity of our PTA? We recognize that not all schools have a PTA or parent community that is able to raise enough money to give to their librarian. Friday, November 9 marks the start of our Scholastic Book Fair and, this year, Wedgwood families will have the option to donate either $1, $5 or $10 for Olympic Hills Elementary during the sale.
In addition, 55% of all book sales at our fair will come back to our school library! Additionally, through its “All for Books” program, Scholastic will match all funds we collect for Olympic Hills Elementary’s library and donate that amount to another school within the US that is in need of books.
The book fair will kick off during the '90s dance on Friday, November 9. Stop by the library from 6-8 pm – or the following week – and check out books for your child, and please consider giving to Olympic Hills!
Book Fair Hours:
11/9: 6-8 pm
11/13: 7:30 am-3:30 pm
11/14: 7:30 am-2:30 pm
11/15: 7:30 am-3:30 pm
11/16: 7:30 am-10:00 am
Book Fair volunteers wanted
Our annual Scholastic book fair is in November and we need you to help. We still have volunteer spots for next week so channel your inner retailer and sign up and support our library. We can't do it without you!
The 5th grade classes have completed a huge project in the garden! If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at the path behind the garden beds on the East side of the garden. After learning about impermeable vs. permeable surfaces, particle sizes in soil, and discussing solutions for the drainage problem, each class took on a section of the path. They removed the pavers and raised the path, added sand, dug ditches and filled them with gravel, then put the pavers back in. It was a project the students can be proud of. They made the garden a better place for years to come!
The other garden classes at Wedgwood are going great as well! We have already done our transplanting starts unit, the second graders just learned how to identify and save seeds, and now we are moving onto worms! If you are interested in helping out in the garden in any way, please contact Nicole Parish-Andrews, Garden Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical news -- tech crew applications
Cast parents: You should have received an invitation to subscribe to the new Wedgwood Musical website on 10/30. Please accept it and then you can view the site. Check your spam folders for the invite as well. If you didn't get the invitation, please email email@example.com.
All key information about the musical will be posted to the Announcements page of the site. The site is for current year cast and crew only.
Interested in tech crew? Look for tech crew applications to come home in kid mail starting on Monday, 11/5. Once tech crew sign-ups are complete, tech crew parents will also get invitations to subscribe to the site.
Wedgwood PTA launches new website!
On Tuesday, the PTA announced a new website dedicated to PTA news, information and events at Wedgwood Elementary. We recognized the need for a dedicated place families can go for information ranging from the lunch bell schedule to the calendar of events to a breakdown of what the PTA does at Wedgwood Elementary. We hope you’ll find it to be a useful tool and encourage you all to spend some time checking it out! https://www.wedgwoodpta.org/
PTA Reflections art program
Let our imagination fly and unleash your inner artist! Students can choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us what the theme: “HEROES AROUND ME” means to you. PTA Reflections Entry Forms will be distributed to classes this week and contain the entry form and rules. Entries are due on November 13 in boxes located in the school lobby.
Help Wedgwood be more inclusive: Diversity and inclusion meetings
Please join us in the library on Thursday Nov. 8 at 6 pm or Friday Nov 9 at 8 am, as the Diversity & Inclusion Committee explores:
What does diversity and inclusion mean for PTA at Wedgwood?
What can we do to make parent/family participation and engagement equitable and inclusive for every Wedgwood family?
Also, we’ll kick off our D&I “book club” with our first selection, “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”.
The PTA Diversity and Inclusion committee is co-chaired by Aki Carroll and Liza Rankin, and we encourage anyone to participate in the committee. We are here to support you! Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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