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Dance the night away at Friday's spring dance
Calling all Wedgwood Marmots to come and show your school spirit at this year's Spring Dance on Friday, March 27 from 6-8 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
Wear your favorite jersey or team gear to this year's sports-themed dance, sponsored by the second grade. DJ Jambulance will be playing your favorite tunes to amp up the dance floor. Suggested donation for dance entry is $2 per person, $5 for a family. We will also be collecting food and toiletries donations for the Spring Food Drive to support the Lake City Food Bank. See you at the dance!

Auction thanks, and sweet news on fundraising

Thank you, thank you, thank you — to those who attended, those who volunteered, those who donated and all those who supported our big Auction Fiesta. The Wedgwood community came together on March 14 and really came through for our school.
Numbers are still coming in, but we are very excited to report that we have raised more than $60,000. Please keep an eye out for your invoice, coming home through kidmail with your oldest child. Don't forget, many employers will match your donations.
We'll have more details (and many more people to thank) next week.
A special thanks to those who provided the delicious desserts. The dessert dash alone made $2,526.50! Donors, your plates and utensils are on the table in the hallway.
One more note:

Some partygoers left their stylish margarita glasses behind. They can be picked up in the front office. 

Wedgwood's Auction Fiesta this Saturday

We hope you'll join us this
Saturday, March 14, at Wedgwood Elementary's annual PTA Gala and Auction Fiesta!
Wedgwood continues to be a shining example in our district of what can be accomplished for students when you bring talented teachers, a passionate staff, and a supportive community together. Our mission of building an inclusive community (by addressing students' social and emotional needs) while maintaining high expectations for citizenship and academics (by fostering curiosity, independence, and self-motivation) and serving all students' academic needs, is strong. And with your support, Wedgwood will step into an even brighter future in the year to come!
Con el corazón sentí gracias!
Doug Ouellette

Wedgwood March character trait: Cooperation

This month, the Wedgwood school community is focusing on Cooperation, an extension of our Big 3 Character Trait, being Caring.
Wedgwood Character Statement:
Cooperation is being willing and able to work well with others.
Character Book:
Our book this month is Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth. According to
Award-winning artist Jon J. Muth retells the favorite tale of a selfish community who is tricked into creating a delicious soup from stones. Three strangers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village. Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until — together, they have made a feast fit for a king!
(This is an) inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together.
In March, our focus will turn to Self-Control, and Being Frank by Donna Earnhardt.

Beach vacation, bowling parties, much much more

The countdown is on for Wedgwood's Auction Fiesta on March 14 — a fun-filled night where parents can come together for food and drink, socialize without being interrupted by kids, and land some fabulous prizes while supporting our school.
Remember, you can still get your early-RSVP discount and purchase your tickets for $40 each. (Tickets go up to $50 after Feb. 27.) Please visit our Auction web page and buy tickets via PayPal or click here for an RSVP form.
The Auction Committee and our generous community is putting together a fantastic event! Our Live Auction is going to have some amazing opportunities (trips, cruises, sports packages, dinners, etc.)  The full list and descriptions of live items will be available in our catalog the week of the Auction, but here are a few sneak peeks to entice you (and so you can practice raising your bid card!):
  • An amazing 1 week stay at an exclusive luxury beach resort in Baja, Mexico (just north of Cabo San Lucas)
  • Dinner for 6 prepared in your home by the Executive Chef of Barking Frog (and current Wedgwood parent) Bobby Moore
  • Husky VIP Football Experience including game tickets, sideline passes and a tour of the training facilities
  • We also have an amazing collection of raffle baskets and a wide array of "Teacher Features," which give kids opportunities including printmaking with our art teachers, kindergarten movie night, serving as Assistant Principal for the Day and much more. Teachers are still dreaming up new ideas and activities, but here's a list of some of the Teacher Features we have so far.

ONE DAY till Lunar New Year!

Wedgwood's Lunar New Celebration is this FridayOn Friday, wear your happy and lucky color RED to school and to the event and join us for an opportunity to celebrate with your Wedgwood community, watch exciting performances by the lion dancers and martial artists, enjoy music and dance from Wedgwood students, learn to make dumplings and to play traditional Asian games, make cultural arts and crafts and take a walk through the beautiful Asian-Inspired Art Walk. 
Help Create the Magic

Food Drive's final push. The food drive still has a few more days — it wraps up Feb. 20. The drive benefits the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), which has the only food bank in Washington that regularly distributes foods for Asian and Pacific Islander diets. See here for more details.
PTA meeting TONIGHT; please take survey

We hope you'll join us tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our PTA general meeting. This meeting falls at the midpoint of the school year, so it's a great time to learn more about what we've accomplished so far. We'll hear a state-of-the-school update from Principal Ouellette, and we'll vote to approve a nominating committee for PTA officers for next year.

It's also a good time to plan for the remainder of the year, so we want your opinion on PTA events, programs and communications, as well as your thoughts on after-school classes at Wedgwood. Please click here to take a survey that will help us better meet the needs of Wedgwood families.

At our meeting, we'll also hear from a great guest speaker, Julie Hannan of Sparkle Spot Learning. Her presentation will address ways we can help our children with social emotional challenges. She will be discussing social skill development, friendship, and how we can best parent our kids through the challenges they experience in their social lives. Julie is a parent coach, tutor and former elementary school teacher. She leads friendship groups and specializes in social emotional learning.

It's not too late to take advantage of FREE childcare in the KidsTime portable, provided by the WE ARE staff, for children ages 5-12. Please sign up here. Children must be signed up ahead of time so the appropriate number of staff will be present. You can drop your kids off at 6:15 p.m., 15 minutes before the general meeting starts, and pick them up at 8:15 p.m., 15 minutes after the meeting ends.

Halfway point: what we've done, what's ahead

Dear Wedgwood Families,
As of last Friday, we are officially halfway through the 2014-15 school year. At this juncture in the year, our school community has much to celebrate and many exciting things planned for the rest of the year, but we need your input as we start making plans for next year: 
  • Mr. Ouellette: We have a warm and wonderful new principal who can even sing and dance!
  • Fundraising: Thanks to your generous support of our Annual Move-a-thon and our Pledge Drive, we have raised a total of $70,000 towards our goal of $110,000. A special thank you to our $1,000 challenge donor who helped us secure $2,925 from 21 families during the final week of our campaign. And thanks to everyone who supports us through key fundraising events as well as the Kids Used Books Sale and the SCRIP program. Please click here to continue reading.

Updated safety procedures before and after school

Please read the following note from Principal Ouellette:
Dear Wedgwood Parents and Families,
Before and after school are busy times here at Wedgwood, and we want to ensure the highest level of student safety during these activities and transitions. The overall goal is to make sure:
  • Adults in the building during school hours (9:10 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.) are easily identifiable and have a reason to be in the building (such as a pre-arranged meeting with a teacher or volunteering in a classroom.)
  • Students are not in the building unsupervised before or after school.
Therefore, the following updated protocols will go into effect starting Monday, Feb. 9:

Before School:
  • Students should only be in the building before school if they are having breakfast or going to the bathroom — adult supervision is provided in the cafeteria and on the playground. (See below for special procedures for rainy mornings.)
  • Unaccompanied students should enter at the front entrance and walk to the cafeteria or outside to the playground. Students accompanied by an adult should enter the playground through one of the gate entrances.
  • At and after 9:10 a.m., any adult inside the building should follow our procedures of signing in at the front office window and wearing a volunteer/visitor badge while they are in the building. Additionally, the adult should have a purpose for being in the building before school (such as a pre-arranged meeting with a staff member, volunteering in a classroom, or attending an assembly.)

Wedgwood January character trait: integrity

During the month of January, Wedgwood Elementary is focusing on Integrity, an extension of our Big 3 Character Trait, Responsibility.
Wedgwood Character Statement:
Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.
When we returned to school on Jan. 5, we gathered for our monthly Character Trait Assembly. We shared our school definition of Integrity and students brainstormed and shared opportunities both at school and at home to demonstrate integrity. Since this was also our first day back from the Winter break, we also reviewed our Wedgwood Playground Expectations video and discussed ways of showing integrity on the playground as well. If you have not had the chance to see our playground video, you can access it here on the Wedgwood website.
Character Book:
Our book this month is The Empty Pot by Demi. Please click here to read more.

Watch Wedgwood students perform at 3 fun events

There's music in the air! Families will have three opportunities to check out Wedgwood student performances this month.
  • Martin Luther King Assembly: Wedgwood will be holding its annual MLK assembly at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. The assembly, held in the cafeteria, will feature enriching music from all grade levels, poetry, and presentations from the students. Parents are invited, but space is limited, so be sure to get there early!
  • Fifth Graders at Eckstein/Roosevelt Outreach Concert: On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Wedgwood 5th graders will be singing a short program and large combined number with area elementary schools and Eckstein and Roosevelt. This is a great opportunity for students to see music in the programs they will eventually be feeding into, as well as a way for them to show off what they have been working on. Last year the concert was met with an overwhelmingly positive response from parents and administrators alike. Performers, please plan to arrive at Roosevelt High School's auditorium by 6:15 p.m. for a brief rehearsal at 6:30. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for a great concert!
  • All-school winter concert: Wedgwood will be putting on an all-school Winter Concert on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Eckstein Auditorium. Each grade level will perform for a delightful evening. And there will be a special surprise guest! Students should arrive no later than 5:45 p.m. to be in place for the concert.

MTSS: Targeted Support for Students

Over the past two years, Wedgwood has been working to implement a program known as Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). MTSS is designed to respond to students' academic and behavioral needs through an infrastructure of evidence-based, system-wide practices to ensure that students are achieving at high standards. This includes ongoing monitoring of the effectiveness of instruction and intervention with rapid response to student needs.
MTSS, rooted in data-informed practices, explicitly offers a multi-tiered approach. Emphasis is on school-wide, differentiated universal core instruction. Tier 1 refers to the core curriculum delivered to all students that has a high likelihood of bringing the majority of students to acceptable levels of proficiency. Tier 2 provides supplemental instruction to those students who are not responding to the core instruction provided at Tier 1. Tier 3 involves the application of intensive instructional interventions designed to increase the rate of student progress. Tier 3 services may or may not include special education. Please click here for more.

Pitch into the PTA pledge drive

Our kids need your support!
So far, our pledge drive has raised only 10 percent of our $30,000 pledge drive goal. But there's still time to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year.

Between our Annual Pledge Drive, our Move-a-thon and our Auction, our PTA needs to raise a total of $110,000. We got the year off to a strong start with the Move-a-thon, but now we need to keep that momentum going.

Last week we shared some of the things donations pay for. Here are a few more:

  • $25 donated by 20 families will cover the cost of Science Night. These funds allow us to bring in cool exhibits that let our kids get their hands on real science.
  • $250 gets you two FREE tickets to the Auction!
  • $750 pays for a fun family dance night. Did you enjoy our Fall Barnyard Dance? A gift of $750 covers the cost for the food, the DJ and other related expenses. With an employer match, your gift could pay for BOTH the fall and spring dances! Click here to see if your company participates in the matching gift program.
  • $1,500 covers the PTA's annual investment in technology maintenance at the school. For our kids to access technology, it has to be working!

The Wedgwood PTA deeply appreciates your commitment of time and resources to our school in whatever way works best for your family. Thank you for your continued support. To give to the pledge drive online, click here.

Wedgwood December character trait: Gratitude

For December, Wedgwood Elementary is focusing on Gratitude, an extension of our Big 3 Character Trait, Caring.

At our monthly assembly, we introduced our Gratitude Mitten Project. Each student will use a mitten to share something they are grateful for at Wedgwood. All 500 mittens will be displayed in the entryway/hallways for us all to appreciate and enjoy!

Wedgwood Character Statement:
Gratitude is feeling and showing appreciation for what we have.

Our book this month is Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts. According to 

“All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. But Jeremy’s grandma tells him they don’t have room for "want," just "need," and what Jeremy needs are new boots for winter. When Jeremy’s shoes fall apart at school, and the guidance counselor gives him a hand-me-down pair, the boy is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small.

But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy comes to realize that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.”

We hope all of our students will take time to feel and show appreciation for all they have in their lives. Be sure to check out Those Shoes, and our Gratitude Mitten Project the next time you are at Wedgwood!

Wedgwood End-of-Year Pledge Drive

It is time for Wedgwood PTA's Annual Pledge Drive which
helps to fund things such as tutors, educational materials for students, professional development classes for teachers, and community-building events for the whole school

The Wedgwood PTA deeply appreciates both your commitment of time and resources to our school in whatever way works best for your family.  Thank you for your continued support.

Giving Thanks and Thanksgiving Break

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are giving thanks to everyone in our Wedgwood School community — parents, teachers, administrators, staff, tutors, custodians, volunteers, and visitors — who help our students achieve excellence. And of course, we are especially giving thanks for our fantastic kids.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving — the next edition of the Wedgwood Weekly will be on Dec. 3, 2014.

Enjoy the week off!

Wedgwood November Character Trait: Responsibility

For November, Wedgwood Elementary is focusing on our third Big Three Character Trait —

At our November monthly assembly, and in our classrooms, students are learning our Wedgwood character statement and discussing what Responsibility looks like at school, in the lunchroom, in the classroom, and particularly on the playground. 

At our Assembly, we premiered our new Playground Expectations video about how to use the playground here at Wedgwood. Students learned about our five key expectations for the Playground, and watched our new Student Council Officers model positive behavior. We encourage all of our families to view and familiarize themselves with these playground expectations as well (follow this link to the Wedgwood Playground Expectations video on our website) so we have consistency before, during, and after school to ensure student safety at all times. (Please click here to continue reading.)

Putting Names to Faces in Wedgwood's Front Office

Now that you and your kids have really settled into the school routine, we thought it was a good time to tell you a bit more about the (mostly new) crew in charge of Wedgwood Elementary's administration and front office.

We've got five new staff members this year and are welcoming back one veteran employee. Both our full-time and part-time front office positions are paid for with School District funds. (Please click here to continue reading.)
An 805-mile Move-a-Thon! Pledges due Friday

Wedgwood students kicked it into high gear at Friday's Move-a-thon, walking, running and moving a total of 6,438 laps, or 805 miles. That's the distance on the Pacific Crest Trail from Crater Lake National Park to the Canada border, or more than 30 marathons! 

That's not even including Principal Ouellette's mileage: He walked five laps with each grade, so 30 laps in total! A total of 451 kids participated; with an average distance of 1.8 miles per kid in only 20 minutes. 

And how much money did they raise? Pledges total more than $49,000 and counting. 

Please turn in all pledge money by this Friday, Oct. 31. Place checks inside your child's pledge envelope, complete PayPal online donations on the Move-a-thon page, and write total payments on the front of the pledge envelope.

Remember, if your child wants a shot at the raffle prizes, pledges must be turned in by Friday and he/she must turn in at least $100. You still have time to bump your kid's earnings if they're not quite there! 

Raffles and awards will be announced next Monday, Nov. 3 during the school day. Thanks to all participants and volunteers. Please e-mail Danelle Edie, Susan Mills or Lis Sullivan with any questions or feedback about this year's event. 

Follow-up to Wedgwood Curriculum Night & 1st PTA General Meeting

On September 30, 2014
  • Mr. Ouellette presented information on the changes that will be happening at Wedgwood as a result of educational reforms at the national, state and local level. A copy of his Powerpoint presentation is available here. Mr. Ouellette will be providing an even more detailed update to our school community on February 11, 2015, at 6:30 pm. Additionally, Wedgwood is working on providing every student, K-5, with access to a District-approved keyboarding program that can be used both at school and at home.
  • In a record eight minutes, the PTA conducted its required business. If that was a little too fast, you can click  here for copies of the approved revised budget and by-laws.
  • The community learned that, thanks to a grant written by PTA board member Katie Traverse, new sidewalks will be built in front of our school and on some adjacent streets this summer. The grant funds include resources that encourage safe walking and biking routes to school through FeetFirst and Cascade Bicycle Club. Please click here to take a brief survey about how your family gets to school.

Note from the Principal

Welcome back Wedgwood Students and Families! We are so excited for the start of the school year and to hear all about your summer adventures!

Wedgwood has a dedicated community of students, teachers, and parents who continue to make our school one of the most successful academic programs in Seattle Public Schools. Once again, our students performed incredibly well on the state’s Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) Tests. The numbers in the chart (see left) represent the percentage of Wedgwood students who met or exceeded the standards for their grade level.

Our collaborative teaching teams (PLCs), focused on instruction and monitoring students' progress, have ensured our strong performance in these areas. These teams will continue their critical collaborative work this year as we work to strengthen and grow our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) here at Wedgwood to ensure targeted academic support for both our struggling and advanced learners. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!

I look forward to seeing all of you during this, our first week of school – I’ll be in the hallways so stop by and say hello!

Doug Ouellette
Principal, Wedgwood Elementary

2013 Washington Achievement Award: Wedgwood Elementary is a recipient!

Over Spring Break, Wedgwood was notified of its 2013 Washington Achievement Award. Winners are selected using the Washington Achievement Index and criteria from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The award is given in six categories: Overall Excellence, High Progress, Reading Growth, Math Growth, 5-year graduation rate and English Language Acquisition. Wedgwood Elementary is being recognized for Overall Excellence and Special Recognition - Reading Growth. Click here to read the full letter from the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Monthly Citizenship Value = Responsibility

Our citizenship value for the month of April is Responsibility, knowing your job and doing it all on your own. As we talk about responsibility here at school, it will hopefully give you a great opportunity to continue the conversation at home. Everyone from Kindergarten to 5th grade can practice responsibility, wherever they go. We would love for you to use the language of “knowing your job” and “doing it all on your own” with your child so we can continue growing a deep sense of responsibility in all our students! Thank you for your continued support.

- David Lowe, Head Teacher
You helped Marty "get to the party" and beyond!

As we shared a few weeks ago, we reached our fundraising goal the night of the 60th Anniversary Celebration. This is truly great news for all of us. It means the PTA is able to continue funding the key staff support, enrichment programs, and community building activities in our budget. (For a big picture reminder of our budget, please click here.)
  • We netted just over $62,000 against a goal of $60,000. This number is more or less final, though matching funds and expenses continue to trickle in. Click here for a breakdown of fundraising income and expenses.
  • We cannot begin to thank everyone for the effort, time and energy that went into our 60th Anniversary Fundraising Celebration, but we're sure gonna try! Click here for the complete list of recognition.
  • We'd like to share some memories of a great night of fun and community building. Click here for a link to the event night Dropbox. And now, as they say, it's a wrap!
- Heather Pruehs & Petra Smith, Co-VPs of Fundraising

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