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    Principal's Communications
    August 11, 2017

    Hello Wedgwood Families!

    I hope you are enjoying your summer and finding time to relaxing with family and friends!  I would like to take this opportunity to give you some updates about the upcoming school year, which is coming up quickly.  In this message, you will find more information about staffing changes, clarification about Advanced Learning at Wedgwood, and a few logistics that will help you plan the start of the school year.

    New Staff:

    Christy Smith – Assistant Principal

    Donna Guise – Resource Room Teacher


    1st Grade Teacher

    4th Grade Teacher

    5th Grade Teacher

    Art Teacher

    Instructional Assistant in the Distinct classroom


    Kindergarten – 4 classrooms (Gotchef, Hoisington, E. Kelly, Tice)

    1st grade – 4 classrooms (Benfield, Breitbach/Voelk, Papke, TBD)

    2nd grade – 3 classrooms (Hafzalla, Lucas, St. John)

    3rd grade – 3 classrooms (Brickett, Wahl, Williams)

    4th grade – 3 classrooms (Clark, Jacobs, TBD)

    5th grade – 3 classrooms (S. Kelly, Wolfe, TBD)

    Distinct – 1 classroom (Dermody)

    Bell Times:

    • Regular Student Day – 7:55 am to 2:25 pm; Student drop-off starts at 7:40 am
    • Early-release Wednesdays for Students – 7:55 am to 1:10 pm
    • Morning bell will ring at 7:55 am – Students are expected to be on campus and ready to enter their classrooms at 7:55 am.
    • Only one morning bell at 7:55 am, the late bell has been eliminated

    Advanced Learning & Increasing Rigor for All:

    • We will meet all students where they are and provide quality instruction, intervention, enrichment, and challenge 
    • We are still required by state law to provide accelerated learning and enhanced instruction to students with the AL designation
    • Pre-assessments will be used to determine student flexible grouping in math and literacy
    • Flexible grouping will replace walk-to-math in each and every Wedgwood classroom

    Important Dates:

    Friday, Sept. 1 – 1st through 5th grade class placement letters sent to parents

    Wednesday, Sept. 6 – First Day of School for 1st through 5th grade students

    Wednesday, Sept. 6 – Welcome Reception for parents – 8:00 am in cafeteria

    Friday, Sept. 8 – Kindergarten class placement letters sent to parents

    Friday, Sept. 8 – Back to School BBQ – 5:00-7:00 pm on the playcourt

    Monday, Sept. 11 – First Day of Kindergarten

    Monday, Sept. 11 – Welcome Reception for Kindergarten parents – 8:00 am in cafeteria

    Monday, Sept. 11 – PTA Board Meeting – 6:30-8:00 pm in cafeteria

    Thursday, Sept. 21 – Curriculum Night – 6:00-8:00 pm in cafeteria

    Knowing that you may have questions about certain changes occurring at Wedgwood this year, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please feel free to contact me with questions and/or to arrange a time to meet.  You can reach me at or you can call my office phone number at 206-252-5711.  Thank you for being a wonderful partner with Wedgwood Elementary to ensure the success of your student(s)!


    Steve Liu
    Wedgwood Elementary