Hello, Fouse Parents!
Here is this week's update, which contains information about upcoming events at Fouse, the weekly rotation schedule and other general tips and reminders:
Schedule For The Week
2/20 (Mon)......President's Day (No School)
2/21 (Tues).....A Day
2/22 (Wed)......B Day
2/23 (Thurs)....C Day
2/24 (Fri)........D Day
Westerville Bowl-A-Thon Made a Striking Difference!
Pins went flying as Westerville community members and leaders spared no expense in creating fierce competition at the 2017 Westerville Bowl-A-Thon held last Saturday, 2/11.
This fun, friendly and sometimes competitive afternoon of bowling, hosted by the Westerville Scholarship Foundation, the Westerville Education Foundation and the Westerville Symphony, serves as the largest Westerville fundraiser benefiting Westerville students and educators. The three non-profit organizations will utilize funds generated by the Bowl-A-Thon to finance scholarships to students of all ages; provide grants to educators; and offer musical performances and programs to classrooms in Westerville.
Generous donations from Westerville community members and businesses allowed the Westerville Bowl-A-Thon to gross nearly $29,000 to support Westerville students and educators.
Chairperson Tara Trigg said, “Thank you to the volunteers, sponsors, bowlers, in-kind contributors and community advocates who made the 17th annual Westerville Community Bowl-A-Thon a striking success!” This year, with the help of a few brilliant Westerville South High School students, the event was rebranded with a new website and logo. With this makeover and the unwavering support of so many, the Education and Scholarship Foundations and Symphony will be well funded for 2017.
Thank you very much to the Fouse staff team who represented our school at the event!
For more information, please visit http://www.westerville.k12.oh.us/11/News/5264#sthash.B9MiIpL0.dpbs
Westerville Concert Band - "A Musical Safari" Children's Concert - Today, 2/19!
You are invited to join the 75-member Westerville Concert Band for an entertaining, exciting and educational program of dynamic music! A unique hands-on experience with musical instruments in an instrumental "petting zoo" is also included. The concert is at 3pm today, Sunday, February 19th, at Westerville Central High School. Admission is free. For more information, please visit www.westervillebands.org and refer to the attached flier.
Social/Emotional Learning & Bullying - Focus Group Conversations & Discussion
Tami Santa, WCS Student Assistance Programs Facilitator, is reaching out to help collect parent/caregiver thoughts on experiences and programming as it relates to social/emotional learning and bullying. She has put together two opportunities to share thoughts and then learn about a potential measuring tool to gauge the progress of district efforts in this area.
"What are we doing well? Where are the gaps? Where can we improve? How do we get there?"
Topics and Dates of these discussions are as follows:
Winter Box Tops Contest Ends this Friday, 2/24
Only a few more days to turn in your Box Tops! A contest flier and a labeled sandwich baggie was sent home with all students to help easily collect and submit the Box Tops you've been saving. The grade who collects the most Box Tops will receive a fun surprise, compliments of the PTO! The contest runs now through end of day, Friday, February 24th. Please review the contest flier for all details; a copy of the flier is attached for your reference.
As of Saturday, 2/18, here is where each class currently stands:
Looks like 3rd grade is in the lead but it's a pretty close contest at this point! Good luck to all!!
Family Reading Night – Thursday, 3/2
Please mark your calendars for Family Reading Night on Thursday, March 2nd, from 6:30-8pm! This year’s theme is "Spy/Mystery Training"! During Reading Night, you are invited to stop in and see the 4th Grade Art Show, which will be taking place in the art room. We look forward to seeing our Fouse families there! Please see the attached fliers for details.
Westerville Partners for Education Presents "Tomorrow's Learning Today"
Westerville Partners for Education and Westerville City Schools are excited to present a new series called "Tomorrow's Learning Today". They are bringing together community leaders, outside experts and school representatives to facilitate an ongoing conversation about what WCS is doing to understand the needs of tomorrow's workforce and fully prepare students for tomorrow's world of work. The first of their "Tomorrow's Learning Today" series will focus on Hands-On Project Learning and The Maker Movement. Please join them on Monday, March 6th, from 7-8:30pm at Westerville North High School. Please see the attached flier for full details.
Indoor Recess Activities - Donations Requested
Even though it's going to be beautiful and unseasonably warm this week, there will certainly be many more days ahead where are students will be spending their recess indoors. It has come to our attention that there is a need for additional new or gently used items for the Duty Aides to distribute among the classrooms during indoor recess. Please review the following list and if you have any items that you would like to donate, please send them into school with your student to drop off in the office:
· Board Games (any games would be wonderful but we have heard of a specific request for Checkers!)
· Coloring Books
· Blank paper for coloring
If you have any questions, please let us know at email@example.com. Thanks very much for your help ensuring that our students make the most of their recess time spent indoors on these chilly days!
Fouse Health Clinic - Clothing Donations
The school clinic has a great need for gently used clothing. If you have any unwanted clothing, please consider donating it to the clinic. Items in the greatest need include the following:
· Sweatpants/Track Pants
· Tennis Shoes/Slip-on Shoes (no boots)
Items are needed in sizes 4-14 for both boys and girls. If you have any donations, please drop them off in the office at Fouse. Thanks very much for your consideration, your donation is greatly appreciated!
A+ Employee Recognition Program
Applications are being accepted through Friday, March 10th, for the Spring 2017 Westerville City Schools A+ Employee Recognition Program, which celebrates extraordinary staff members. Honorees will be invited to attend a Board of Education meeting where the superintendent and board members will recognize their contributions. Awards are presented twice during each school year – once in the fall, and once in the spring – to employees who distinguish themselves through a single or ongoing demonstration of exemplary performance.
The selection committee’s decision is guided by evaluating how each nominee’s actions demonstrate:
Not all nominees will receive an award. Nomination forms can be found on the Westerville City School District’s website, www.wcsoh.org.
Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018
Westerville City Schools (WCS) has started the registration process for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. All elementary schools in WCS, including Fouse, offer Half-Day and All-Day Kindergarten. All-Day Kindergarten is a fee-based, lottery program. Those who wish to apply for All-Day Kindergarten may do so beginning January 31st after 5pm. Additional details are available online at http://www.wcsoh.org/ADK.
For details regarding the enrollment process can be found at http://www.wcsoh.org/enroll. For additional information regarding Kindergarten in Westerville, please visit http://www.wcsoh.org/Content/664.
Westerville Education Foundation - Artful Affair
The Westerville Education Foundation invites adults, students and school employees to participate in its upcoming AN ARTFUL AFFAIR fundraising event; an art auction and benefit to be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Everal Homestead and Barn. Details about the event may be found here: https://www.westervilleeducationfoundation.com/news/detail/pid/2/id/42#.WJzLc8U8KnN
Westerville Parks & Rec - Arbor Day Poster Contest
In celebration of Tree City USA, the Westerville Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce the 2017 Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year's contest is open to all 3rd-5th grade students in the Westerville School District or City of Westerville. One grand prize winner will be chosen to have a tree planted in their name at their school or favorite park in the City of Westerville. All participants and their families are invited to join us for the Arbor Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 28th, at 9am at Everal Barn. For an entry form and additional details, please visit https://www.westerville.org/home/showdocument?id=25408.
Library Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers in the library are critical to helping all of our Fouse students have a positive experience in our library. The library is open on A, B, D and F days. Library volunteers can choose which days they want to help. They are not required to commit to any specific schedule and background checks are not required. If you are available to help in the library, please use this link to sign up for specific day(s) and time(s): http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4aafa728a64-sign
If you have not already done so, we encourage you to "like" our school's Facebook page. You can find our page here: https://www.facebook.com/Fouse-Elementary-PTO-612228052137109/. All of our upcoming events are also on Facebook - don't forget to get those on your calendar, too! https://www.facebook.com/pg/Fouse-Elementary-PTO-612228052137109/events/?ref=page_internal
To learn more about the PTO, please visit our website: http://fousepto.weebly.com/
As always, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We hope you enjoy your day off from school tomorrow! Have a great rest of the week!
Dates to Look Forward to:
· February 20 – President’s Day (No School)
· March 2 – Family Reading Night, 6:30-8pm at Fouse
· March 10 - Last Day of 3rd Grading Period
· March 13 - First Day of 4th Grading Period
· March 16 - Early Release (2:30pm)
· March 23 - Variety Show Preview Night, 6-8pm at Fouse
· March 27-31 - Spring Break (No School)
· April 7 - Fouse Variety Show, 7pm at Westerville Central High School