Thursday, December 15, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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Happy New Year to you all.
Enjoy the winter vacation! We know we will as we spend time with our families and our friends!

Suggestions for the winter break:
  *Spend a day in your jammies watching old movies with your children and playing board games!
  *Bake a favorite family recipe
  *Cook a favorite meal
  *Go for long walks
  *Build snowmen
  READ
   READ
     READ

*At some point, put your cell phones and computers away!  We will also try doing this!

*Do an Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Project (STEAM)- more about that in the January 6th blog!
*Journal about your winter adventures
*SLEEP IN!
*Listen to music
*ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!  and RELAX!




Friday, December 9, 2016

December Worthy Wildcats

Congrats to the following students who demonstrated Kind, Safe and Responsible behaviors this month!  They were nominated by our students/staff and then selected by students from the "Caught Being Good" committee facilitated by Mrs. Cooke.  Well done, Wildcats!

Cindy X.

Jenna S. 

Jose G. 

Lalitha R. 

Matt A. 
Mia P.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

ABC/25 Foundations Grants Approved for Windsor School



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Thanks to ABC/25 Foundation, Windsor was awarded 8 Karen Wessel Barr grants this school year. We are delighted that these grants were seen as innovative, creative and supporting the mission of ABC25. In addition, and most important, the materials and ideas will help our students to grow in school! We thank all of you that have joined ABC/25 as your membership help fund these grants that ultimately benefit our Windsor Wildcats! Did you know that ABC stands for A Better Community for District 25? ABC/25 has been a Foundation since 1991. Each year, it grows in its membership. Look for the Windsor School ABC/25 Drawing information to come out when we return to school in January. The drawing will have some new items on it this year and we are excited to share all the information with you. The drawing benefits the ABC/25 Scholarship and Grants Programs.

Here is the list of the grants that were funded this school year.





Legos for Learning- these will be used to teach, reinforce and assess throughout the primary grades and the curriculum. After learning about story elements during literacy, students will be able to design the setting of story. The Legos can also be used in math to understand attributes, fractions, adding on and more.

In Kindergarten, teachers received toobaloos. These look like elbow piping and help students hear themselves read softly aloud. They will use magnet erase boards to help work on writing during word work.

In music, the children will "travel" to Africa and having different opportunities to perform at each grade level as they work together.

The Predictive Early Assessment of Reading and Language (PEARL) is a universal screener for decoding and language skills for Kindergarten. Story Champs has a multi-tiered language curriculum that targets improving students in the development of story structure and language.

The students will enjoy learning how to use the new 3D printer in the LMC as they will need to problem solve to bring their ideas to life!

Fourth grade students will get to "STEAM" it up with their exploring of Rasberry Pi as they will learning about computer science as they utilize small, inexpensive computers that teach basic coding and programming. This help assist our children in being future ready thinkers.

Third graders at all reading levels will use Non-Fiction and Fiction Short Reads to help them practice their reading strategies and critical thinking skills.

Our Spanish dominant English Learners will benefit from new books in Spanish that explore our content studies like the Revolutionary War and the Symbols of the USA.

We look forward to getting all of these materials ordered and to begin to use them throughout our school day!

The Season of Giving!


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As we approach this holiday season, it is a great time to reflect on how fortunate we are for all we have.  No matter what holiday you celebrate, it is apparent all around us by the hustle and bustle.

This is also a good time to think of those who are less fortunate.  Many children have already spent time looking through toy catalogs, writing out wish lists, and telling their family and friends what they want this holiday season.  Wouldn’t this be a good time to also teach our children about the importance of giving?  Could we spend some time with our children volunteering our time to those in need?  What great lessons we can teach our children, so that as they write out those lists, not only are they enjoying their own holiday season, but also considering others to help make their holiday just as wonderful.

Volunteer opportunities in our area can be found: