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Special Edition | Preschool | Elementary | Barnyard | September Calendar
Back to School Night is Coming Up!
Oxnard Campus
Thursday, August 30, 2018 @ 6:00-8:15 pm
6:00 pm Welcome Address from Preschool Directors (Rooms 1-7, 11, 12)
6:20-7:00 pm Preschool Classrooms (Rooms 1-7, 11, 12)
6:30-8:00 pm Book Fair and Extracurricular Activity Booths will be open
7:00 pm Welcome Address from Preschool Directors and Elementary Principal (Rooms 8-10, 14-19)
7:30-8:15 pm Pre-K & Elementary Classrooms (Rooms 8-10, 14-19)

Collins Campus
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 @ 6:30-8:00 pm
6:30-7:15 pm Toddler & 2-year-old Classrooms (Rooms 1-4)
6:30-8:00 pm Book Fair and Extracurricular Activity Booths will be open
7:15-8:00 pm 3-year-old & Pre-K Classrooms (Rooms 5-10)
 
Donations & Birthday Books
Your donations are appreciated. Thank you for thinking of WHPS and helping to make a difference!

Booth Family - Toys/Art Materials
Easley Family - Manipulatives
Roe Family - School Supplies
 
Recess Revolution Family Playdate
Tuesday, September 25 @ 5-7pm

WHPS is hosting an exciting new program this year: Recess Revolution Family Playdate. The program is for parents and children.

Part 1: The Science Behind Play
The evening will begin with a brief overview of the science and research behind play, especially as it relates to the most critical skills needed in the 21st century workplace (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration). During the talk, children will go to FREE childcare and enjoy a snack.

Part 2: Loose Parts Family Playdate
Parents and children will join together for a Loose Parts Playdate. This will be an opportunity to apply what you just learned and help your child think creatively to play using loose parts. Recess Revolution likes to use tires, cardboard boxes and tubes, wood planks, fabric, clothespins, linoleum, rope, netting, buckets, spools, hoses, crates and more.

RSVP Required - Limited to 50 Participants
WHPS is sponsoring the cost of the event, but space is limited to 50 participants. Please only RSVP if you are sure you can make it. There is no cost to attend, but there is a cancellation fee for no-shows or cancellations after September 20.

RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recess-revolution-family-night-tickets-49570793578

Password: woodland

 

Special Edition | Seth Pozzi - Head of School

We are excited to have your family in our community for the 2018-19 school year. Over the past several months, we have gathered a great deal of information from the 2018 Parent Survey and discussions with families, staff and students. With all of this information, we have learned that there are some things our families feel we are doing exceptionally well.

According to the 2018 Parent Survey data:

  • 100% of parents [who have experienced a transition - preschool to elementary or elementary to middle school] stated that our graduates were well-prepared for their next level of education!
  • 97% of parents [who have experienced a transition - preschool to elementary or elementary to middle school] stated that the school creates smooth transitions for families.
  • 97% of parents cited emphasis on academic, cognitive, social and emotional growth in children as an area of strength.
  • 97% of parents cited fostering positive, healthy social groups as an area of strength.
  • 93% of parents cited critical thinking as an area of strength.
  • 89% of Elementary Division parents stated their child had taken part in opportunities for advanced academics.

We have also identified some areas in which we could do even more. This year, you can look forward to:

Enhanced Parent Partnerships
  • ASQ®-3 - Last year, Oxnard Preschool launched a free service for parents, the ASQ®-3 screening tool, which helps identify children’s strengths as well as any areas of concern reaching developmental milestones. We are making ASQ®-3 available to all preschool parents this year. You can pick one up in the preschool office and fill it out. Our preschool directors are trained in the ASQ®-3, and they will be pleased to go over your child’s results with you.
  • Intake Conferences - The majority of Elementary Division parents felt that Student-Led Conferences were a valuable tool for empowering, motivating and fostering personal and leadership development in children. But, there was also a desire for increased formal communication between parents and teachers. This year, we launched Intake Conferences to lay the foundation for strong parent partnerships before the year even began.

Technology

Last year, the Elementary Division launched 1:1 student devices in grades 4-5 and began a Technology-Integration initiative. While we found that many technology skills were addressed and utilized directly in the classroom, we believe there are still some skills that are best taught by a dedicated technology teacher. We have hired a brilliant Technology Integration Specialist, Jill Miller, to serve as a teacher and provide staff development. Some things to get excited about this year include:

School Safety
  • Last year, we trained our entire staff (as well as other area preschool directors) on latest safety/security techniques. This year, we are working on a number of enhancements specific to the Oxnard Street campus. Please refer to the August 16 email for more information.

Cutting-Edge Program
  • The 4-Cs of 21st Century Learning (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication & Collaboration) - Preschool teachers have been engaged in professional development for utilizing Loose Parts to foster these 21st century skills. We are hosting a Recess Revolution Family Night on September 25 for parents to learn more about Loose Parts and come for a fun playdate with their child(ren). This is event is open to both preschool and elementary.
  • Columbia Teachers College Phonics - This year, Lower Elementary is launching a new program, considered a game-changer in literacy instruction, that was developed at Columbia Teachers College (we are among the first schools in the country to get our hands on it). Watch for more information as we roll out this highly anticipated, creative and engaging program.
  • Critical Thinking in Mathematics - Over the summer, teachers and administration attended professional development for Eureka and Singapore Math, two programs that research has shown to be the strongest in fostering critical thinking. Stay tuned for more information as we complete a thorough math program evaluation this year.

As is the case every year, there are even more hopes, goals, and ideas we would love to incorporate. While we may not be able to do everything right away, we are excited as we look ahead to our year together.

Warm regards,
Seth Pozzi
 
Preschool News
Collins Campus
Robin & Ms. Ailin
Oxnard Campus
Ms. Tracy & Ms. Christine
Building Rhythm, Ritual, & Routine
As we start a new school year, we want to warmly welcome all of our new preschool families and also welcome back our many returning families.

Parents often comment on how well the children listen to their teachers or how surprised they are to see their child trying new things at school. Many parents wonder aloud about how the teachers are able to work such magic in the classroom. There are definitely some tricks that teachers can share but probably most important is that we work together, parents and teachers, to create a positive and memorable preschool experience.

At School
During these first weeks of school, as parents adjust to the new year, our teachers devote this time to helping children settle into the rhythm, ritual, and routine of preschool.
Children will quickly learn the rhythm of the day, and before long, the rhythm of week. They will know what they can expect from their teachers and what they can expect from themselves. Our teachers work to help children understand that they are safe, secure, and loved in preschool. Children learn to trust the teacher and begin to feel comfortable with the ebb and flow of the school day.
Teachers will build rituals into the daily life of the preschool classroom. They will find special little ways to connect with the children and to help them find moments that are unique to the preschool day. This can include yoga poses before class begins, silly songs before snack time, high fives, blowing kisses, or pushing Mommy or Daddy out the gate. These are the rituals that let the children know they are loved and valued.
Together, as a class, routines are being built each day. The children are learning what to expect after they are dropped off, during circle time, before snack, and more. Routines are essential to young children who have not yet fully grasped the concept of time. They instead organize their days by the sequence of events that take place. This is why routines are at the cornerstone of the preschool day. A child may not understand that Daddy will be back at three o’clock, but they do understand that Daddy will be back after lunch.
At Home
We encourage our families to develop your own rhythm, ritual, and routine with your preschooler. Recognize the unique rhythm of your family life and create rituals that your child will remember always. A favorite song every morning on the way to school or a special goodbye wave, for example. Aim to provide your child with predictable morning and evening routines. Most importantly enjoy this time because it flies by all too fast!
 
Elementary News | Jacey Dexter - Elementary Principal

Creating our 2018-2019 Classroom Community
Congratulations! Your children have made it through the first couple weeks of school. You have survived the summer to fall transition, gotten into the groove of waking up early again, hit your stride in the “morning routine,” and have your sights set on making this the best year ever for your student.


We, too, are in the middle of our summer to fall transition. For our teachers, this means creating the classroom community that will drive the rest of the school year. You may wonder how our staff set the stage for the entire school year in a matter of a few weeks.

In the beginning of the year, we focus a lot on:

  • Giving each student a sense of belonging and significance in the school community, in part through Morning Meeting
  • Establishing key routines through Interactive Modeling
  • Helping each student set goals and get excited about what they will learn and accomplish in the year ahead

Morning Meeting
Each classroom holds a Morning Meeting
EVERY morning. Morning Meeting helps children transition from home to school, builds community, teaches social skills, and often blends in some academic content. Morning Meeting is one of the most important pieces of your child’s day, and is hard to repeat if it is missed. You may have seen the recent viral video about a Kindergarten class in Texas that practices a daily greeting ritual (you can find the video here). While it's wonderful to see the class in Texas greeting one-another, this is something our entire elementary school experiences every day!

Interactive Modeling
Our students have been busy practicing routines, which include simple things such as: how to line up, how to make a request (e.g. bathroom or question), and how to find materials in the classroom, to name a few. One of the biggest mistakes we can make is to establish expectations of students without taking time to model and practice what is expected. Instead, we use Interactive Modeling to set students up for success. Students also develop a greater sense of empowerment and ownership in their learning. Yes, even in TK & K!

Setting Goals
Finally, our teachers spend time helping students get excited about what is to come in the new school year. In the first 6 weeks, all of our students set their PIGs (Personally Important Goals) and WIGs (Wildly Important Goals) and work with the teachers to make a plan on how to reach their goals.

I’m looking forward to working with ALL of you this year and supporting our students in their growth. Cheers to celebrating many successes in the year to come and maintaining a strong partnership with your family.

Happy Back to School!
Jacey Dexter

 
"Our Barnyard" News | WHPS Science & Nature Center
 
Hello Barnyard Friends! It's time to return to school, which also means its time to be with our animal friends again! With the temperatures cooling off, our animals are excited to see the children and help us learn.
 
We will be starting off with an overview of the barnyard rules. Many of our students are returning for another great year, but it’s always good to have a reminder on how to to keep ourselves and the animals safe and have fun in the barnyard.

Elementary will then delve into their specialized units of study on: Ecology, Evolution/Genetics, and Animal Husbandry. Preschool will begin their learning by meeting our mammals and learning about their different characteristics.

Barnyard Visiting Hours
Barnyard is open to anyone to come visit between the hours of:
  • 7:30 am - 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
  • 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesday and Friday, we let our larger animals out to roam around Our Barnyard, which was previously known as "Friday Funday."
Mrs. Tanja and Mr. Matthew are both excited to see everyone in the barnyard again. For those of you who took the summer off, we’ve missed you!
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September Events - 2018
Check out our Google Calendar for all upcoming events!
Date Collins Oxnard
3 Labor Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
5
School CLOSES at 5pm
Back to School Night
@ 6:30-8:00pm
First PAWS Meeting of the Year @ 6:30-7:30pm
8   PAWS - Welcome Picnic
@ 11am-2pm
10 Fall Extracurricular classes begin
12   PAWS - Board Elections & Room Parent Meeting
18 First PAG Meeting of the Year
@ 5:30-6:30pm
PAWS - Restaurant Night - The Stand
19 Room 6 - Farmer’s Market  
20 PAG - Restaurant Night - BJ’s in Woodland Hills @ 11am-11pm PAWS - Second City Event (Elementary)
21 PAG - Kids Night Out @ 6-10pm PAWS - Jersey Jim the Magician
(Preschool)
PAWS - Babysitting Night @ 6-10pm
25 Parent & Child Workshop #1
Recess Revolution Family Playdate 5-7pm
25-27 Collins School Pictures
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