Willow Grove Principal's Message ~ November 10, 2023

Willow Grove Principal's Message ~ November 10, 2023

Dear Families,

What an exciting week we had in our early learning center! This week kindergarten students learned about the voting process with an election to determine if Buddy should order pizza or a hot dog from our cafeteria. Pizza was the winner and Buddy visited each kindergarten lunch to grab a slice!

All students enjoyed an author visit (more information in the following message).

This is a friendly reminder to please consider volunteering for our Window to the World Cultural Fair (details in repeat information). We are extending the volunteer due date to November 21st in the hopes for more volunteers. The link to sign up is in this message's "REPEAT Window to the World" section. Without parent support, we will need to cancel the event. Currently, we don't have the volunteer base we need to pull this off. We appreciate your consideration!


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 *Author Visit*

Wow- what a great author visit- thank you Willow Grove PTO.  If you are still interested in ordering Rekha Rajan's latest book, Can You Dance Like a Peacock?, please purchase a copy on Amazon and send it to school with your child by November 21st. Rekha will return to Willow Grove to sign any books that have been purchased. Please include your child's name and teacher's name on a Post-it on the front cover.  Please fill out this Google Form so that we can make sure all of the books are signed.

If you have any questions please email Mrs. Martinez at [email protected]

NEW *PTO Updates*

In the latest edition of the PTO blog, the Spirit Wear store is open and closing on 11/17, make sure to get your orders in. Additionally, learn more about winter party volunteers, Pizza Bingo Night call for prizes, November's Dine Out Night, and more! For specific information please read the latest edition of the WG PTO Blog.


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 21 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 *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 *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.