Wolf Branch Elementary News

December Edition

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Celebrating our Veterans

Our November 10th Veterans' Day assembly was a special one for Wolf Branch School District this year. Our committee of veterans, Mr. Harres, Mrs. Posey, and many others spent countless ensuring that our veterans were truly honored and that the new Veterans Plaza at the middle school was given a proper unveiling!

All K-8 students displayed the utmost respect for the many veterans on hand that day by being attentive and well-behaved. This has always been an awesome opportunity for our students to showcase their talents. From the students that presented the colors, to those who had a speaking part, to alumni that played in the high school band, to our first graders who shared their poetry, and to our eighth grade class that participated in some way or another, you make Wolf Branch proud!

Announcement Helpers

Each month our students have the opportunity to spend their "paw pride" tickets at the Paw Pride Store. Students earn these tickets for good behavior, hard work, good character, and going above and beyond. One of the items offered for the past few months at the store is the ability to help with the morning announcements. Several of our students have bought this reward, and I have enjoyed watching them each day. Check out the pictures below of some of my helpers!

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PTC Notes

I'd like to give a special shout out to our PTC for providing dinner to our staff on the first evening of parent teacher conferences. Also, we appreciate that during the November meeting, time was allotted so that Swansea Police Chief Johnson was able to speak about community safety, and the Illinois State Police gave a presentation on internet safety.

Currently the PTC is busy preparing for Santa's Cottage and making plans for our annual auction. Santa's Cottage is a makeshift store set up at school the week of December 13th-16th. Students will be given an opportunity on one of those days to shop for holiday gifts for their family members if they so choose. PTC will be sending out more details soon. The annual auction is our main fundraiser for the band boosters, sports boosters, eighth grade class, and PTC. Due to COVID the event hasn't taken place in a few years. Please mark your calendars for March 5, 2022.

Please consider being a "head room parent". Due to current restrictions, the role of a head room parent has changed. The head room parent will collaborate with the homeroom teacher to provide snacks for the last holiday party. Additionally, this person will help create or collect an auction item for their child's homeroom. In the past, classrooms have created momentos to donate, or a classroom basket has been compiled. If you are interested in this role, please contact your homeroom teacher.

4th Grade Action Project

On Monday, November 29th, our fourth grade class began collecting pajamas for local children in need. Their goal is to collect 200 pair of new, newborn, toddler, and children sized pjs.

Our fourth graders created posters hanging around the school to advertise this initiative, began collecting throughout the building, and are busy sorting and counting them each day. After just two days, they are almost halfway to their goal!

I am so proud of the fourth grade in their efforts to support a local cause! I am also proud to be part of such a supportive community that will make the fourth grade goal a reality!

Dates to Note

Dec. 3 Swansea Lighted Holiday Parade

Dec. 13-16 Santa's Cottage

Dec. 14 Board of Education Mtg., 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 16 PTC Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 19- Jan. 3 No School, Winter Break

Character Counts

At Wolf Branch Elementary School, we pride ourselves in growing good citizens! We will continue to introduce new character words to our students and reward those that are demonstrating those character traits. The word of the month for December is KINDNESS.

Our "character crew" will be out and about placing yard signs in the grade level winner's yards for the November word, cooperation. Please check out our Wolf Branch District 113 Facebook, Twitter, or the website live feed for pictures of our winners.

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