Willow Grove Principal's Message ~ November 3, 2023

Willow Grove Principal's Message ~ November 3, 2023

Dear Families,

I hope you had a fun-filled (and not too cold and snowy) Halloween! We had so much fun at our parade and party. Thank you to our families and PTO who helped organize all the activities. There were smiles and laughter throughout our exciting day. 

Parents, you outdid yourselves with costumes! Your kids were incredible! Speaking of "incredible," I saw Incredibles characters, community helpers, superheroes, princesses, witches, and to my utter joy and excitement, not one, but TWO Buddy the Bears! Of course, our staff got in on the fun! There were favorite book characters, classroom animals, movie villains, Care Bears (or what we called, Buddy's friends), and more! Take a look below!

Happy Halloween from Willow Grove Staff

Students enjoying the Halloween festivities


Jenny Smith, Principal

November At-A-Glance

  • 10 - Report period ends, EC-Grade 8
  • 17 - Trimester 1 report cards issued
  • 22 - NO SCHOOL - District Holiday
  • 23 - NO SCHOOL - District Holiday
  • 24 - NO SCHOOL - District Holiday

District 2023-2024 School Year Calendar

New *Cold Weather Reminders*

Please remember to send your child to school daily with proper outerwear. Weather permitting, students go outside for recess every day. In winter the temperature, including wind chill, and weather conditions are monitored throughout the morning. When the temperature or wind chill is below zero degrees, students will be kept inside for recess. We weigh options when the temperature or wind chill is between zero to ten degrees, to determine if we have indoor or outdoor recess, such as how damp it is outside. We do try to allow the children to go outside whenever possible, so please help them to come prepared. If snow is on the ground, children must have a coat, snow pants, hat, mittens/gloves, and boots to play in the snow. If they aren't prepared with these items, there is a cleared blacktop area for kids to play on. Feel free to keep an extra set of these items at school. Most importantly, label everything! Thank you!

Repeat *November 7 Author Visit & Book Signing Information*

Thank you to our PTO for providing an author visit at Willow Grove! Author Rekha Rajan is visiting Willow Grove on November 7th. If you are interested in having a book signed by the author please use the following Amazon links to purchase the book(s) and then send the book(s) to school with your child by November 6th. Please write your child’s name and classroom teacher on a Post-it note and attach it to the inside cover of the book(s). 

This is Music Drums

This is Music Horns

This is Music Strings

Can you Dance Like a Peacock?

Amazing Landmarks

Please also fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM so that we can make sure the books are signed by the author.

If you have any questions please email Ms. Martinez


REPEAT *Willow Grove ~ Window to the World - Calling All Families! Volunteer Now!*

On the evening of December 14th at 6:00 PM, we’ll be having a fun family event, showcasing the many cultures represented in our school community. We are excited to learn from and celebrate each other! We cannot do this without your support and are looking for parents who would like to share artifacts and traditions from around the country and globe with our students and families. Parents who are interested can share about holidays, traditions, clothing, games/toys, geographical locations and landmarks, music, art, food, etc. Children or families may do a short performance (dance, music, etc.). Ideas families choose to showcase are not limited to places outside of our own country. Families can share about areas right here in the USA, including our own community, and/or what makes their family unique to help us all learn about one another. We are so excited for this event! We hope that you’ll consider sharing with our school community. We would all love to learn from you! Please also know you may partner up with others and do it with a group. If you would be interested in participating, please CLICK HERE by November 13th to complete this brief survey.  THANK YOU!  

Click here to see a video from a previous cultural fair. This will give you an idea of what the event is all about. Here is even a second glimpse if you're looking for inspiration.

Mark your calendars for the evening of December 14th.  This will be fun for the whole family!

REPEAT *Willow Grove PTO Updates*

In the latest edition of the PTO blog, we want to thank all of the families that have made the events the
past few weeks a success. We are excited that the book fair is continuing virtually and thrilled to announce the launch of the Willow Grove Spirit Wear store online. For specific information please read
the latest edition of the WG PTO Blog.

Click here for the Willow Grove PTO Blog to keep up on all the Willow Grove happenings!

REPEAT *Lightspeed Systems - Kindergarten Only*

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As a part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring a safe and secure online environment for our students, we are excited to announce that we will be offering the Lightspeed Systems Weekly Student Online Activity Report to all parents and guardians of our school community.

You will receive an email from District 96 that will enable you to register for the Weekly Student Online Activity Report. Once you receive the email from our school district you will have the ability to register. Simply choose to register and follow the prompts to sign up for the Weekly Student Online Activity Report.

The Lightspeed Systems Weekly Student Online Activity Report is a valuable tool that will allow you to gain insights into your child's web history while using the school's iPad. This report will provide an overview of the websites visited by your child while using the iPad. The report is designed to promote transparency and communication between parents and the school, fostering a safer digital learning experience for our students.

The weekly activity report is only accessible to parents and guardians registered for this service. It will not be shared with any external parties, and the data collected will be used solely for the purpose of improving the online safety measures at our school. Parents/guardians will not start receiving weekly reports until their child has at least a week's worth of browsing data.

Lightspeed Parent/Student Enrollment Email Schedule: Families will begin to receive LightSpeed Parent report emails from Lightspeed. This email correspondence will allow you to enroll and begin receiving your child’s reports from Lightspeed for the following grades on or near the following dates below.

  • October 23, 2023 (8th Grade)
  • October 30, 2023 (7th Grade)
  • November 6, 2023 (6th Grade)
  • November 13, 2023 (5th Grade)
  • November 20, 2023 (4th Grade)
  • November 27, 2023 (3rd Grade)
  • December 4, 2023 (2nd Grade, 1st Grade, Kindergarten)

Please note that while we encourage parents to use this tool to stay involved in their child's online journey, it is essential to have open conversations with your child about their internet use. Establishing trust and communication around digital practices will enhance the overall safety and well-being of our students.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Weekly Student Online Activity Report or need assistance with the registration process, please feel free to reach out to the IT department at [email protected].

Thank you for your continued support in creating a secure and nurturing learning environment for our students.