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Wea Ridge

Middle

October 2018 

NEWSLETTER

Message from the Principal

Fred Roop

As many parents know, middle school is a time when communicating with your child begins to become more challenging.  How many times have you asked your child, "How was school today?" and been frustrated by the lack of response? As a parent, I was guilty of asking my sons this question all the time. As a principal, I have often wished that kids would share stories of the awesome things we were doing with their parents.  Here is a list of questions that draw out important information.

  • Tell me about a moment today when you felt excited about what you were learning.
  • Tell me about a moment in class when you felt confused.
  • What's something you'd like to know more about?
  • Were there times today when you felt that one of your classmates demonstrated care for you?
  • Were there any moments today when you felt proud of yourself?
  • Tell me about a conversation you had with a classmate or friend that you enjoyed.
  • What was challenging about your day?
  • What do you appreciate about your day?
  • What did you learn about yourself today?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • Is there a question you wish I'd ask you about your day?

How and when we ask these questions makes a big difference in the information we receive from our kids. You don't want to ask all of these questions on the same day. After a while, you'll figure out which ones elicit the most meaningful responses. You'll also want to ask during a time when you have the ability to focus so that your child feels they have your full attention.  I appreciate the many ways our parents engage students about their school day and demonstrate the importance of school and value of education.

Picture Day

School Pictures

 

School pictures were sent home with students last week.  If you haven't seen them yet, please remind your student to bring them home.  If you would like to have different photos or missed picture day, we will have retakes available to students during lunch on Wednesday, October 17.

 

Papa John's

2018 Riley Walk-A-Thon

Huskies Helping Others!

The 10th annual Wea Ridge/Riley Children's Hospital Walk-A-Thon will be on Thursday, October 4th.  In the week leading up to that date, students will have a chance to make a $5 donation that will go to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis.  In exchange, students will receive the privilege to walk during one class period on that day.  Not only are Wea Ridge students supporting their community, but they also get the chance to listen to music provided by B102.9's DJ "Joe" while spending time walking with friends.  Students are also encouraged to display their school colors to show unity in our support of Riley Kids.

Over the past decade, Wea Ridge students have raised over $25,000 in support of Riley Hospital.  It also is amazing how many Wea Ridge students and staff members hold Riley Hospital "near and dear" to their hearts due to having used their services or family needing care from Riley.  Last year, the Lafayette Eagles Lodge and Stidham Methodist Church made sizeable donations to put us past our goal of raising $3000!  We appreciate both in their support of WRM and Riley Hospital.  We encourage anyone in the community who wishes to support our cause to donate to the front office here at WRM or contact Jill Shambaugh about donating.  Every dollar counts towards helping Riley Kids!!  

**Organized by the WRM Student Council and WRM Honor Society Members**

 

Parent Teacher Conferences
Husky Parent AssociationThe Husky Parent Association will be sponsoring a restaurant night on November 5th from 5-9pm at Arni's on Veteran's Memorial Parkway.  The HPA will receive a portion of all sales from dine-in or carry-out orders.  You must present this flyer at the time of the visit.  Consider supporting our parent association with some delicious pizza for your family on Nov. 5th.
Text Alerts

TSC and WRM Text Alerts

 

We still have a few months before our winter weather creates problems with arrival to school.  It is important to make sure you are signed up for TSC's emergency notification system. If you haven't done so in the past or need to add WRM alerts, please go to the TSC Alerts and Notifications section of the TSC Webpage. In order to sign-up you use your same username and password for the Parent Portal. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance. Once you have signed up for the notification system, you will receive the TSC's alert information, such as weather delays and cancellations of school. 

Tech fit

Start with Hello

 

The week of September 24th – 28th, Wea Ridge Middle School participated in Start with Hello Week.  This week began as part of the Sandy Hook Promise.  The focus is on eliminating social isolation.  Each day of the week, students were given a challenge of increasing social inclusion and were greeted by different members of our school and local communities.  A huge thank you to these volunteers for giving of their time!  The students loved seeing more faces as they began their day!

Monday - Lafayette Fire Department and Wea Township Fire Department
Tuesday – Lafayette City Police Officers & Tippecanoe County Sherriff's Officers
Wednesday – Wea Ridge Teachers
Thursday – Wea Ridge Student Council Members
Friday – Woodland and Wea Ridge Elementary Teachers

Intramural Sports

Student Council

 

Spirit Days
The first Wednesday of every month will be a theme day for the Huskies! 

October 3rd - Sports Team/Jersey

October 4th – School Spirit Day for the Riley Walk-a-thon

November 7th - Neon/Tie Dye

December 5th – Superhero Day

 

Gotcha Program! 

Our Gotcha Program is going strong again this year! Teachers hand out Gotchas to those students who are "caught" doing the right thing and treating people right.  Weekly drawings take place for small prizes such as candy, markers, t-shirts, makeup bags, etc.  At the end of the 9 weeks, one big prize per grade level will be given out!  If you would like to donate a prize, please get in touch with Mrs. Wilson or Mr. Roop.  So far this school year, the winners of the Gotcha were as follows:

6th Graders                   7th Graders                    8th Graders

Maya Watson                 Caleb Graham                 Grant Royer

Abygail Alareon              Cayla Blevins                  Brenton Woodrow

Lillia Evans                     Damareon Williams        Gerardo Gomez

Jaxon Akridge                 Pedro Baptista                Abby Driscol

Andrew Johnson             Adrian Willerd                  Israel Tapia

Carmen Alcala                Katelyn Warren                Ben Guillemette

Zach Schwendener        Jayden Erb                      Sinai Dominguez

Elizabeth Oswalt            Alex Perez                       Sarah Henedy

Madison Bradshaw        Mitchell Selzer                 Wilson Bernardez

 
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Red Ribbon Week

 

Red Ribbon Week is October 22nd – 25th.  Student Council will sponsor spirit days and candy to go with a theme about being drug free to be handed out during lunch!

 

The spirit days will be as follows:

Monday, October 22nd – Pajama Day – Wear slippers and your school appropriate pajamas.

Tuesday, October 23rd –Throwback Day – 70s, 80s, 90s – Pick a style and throw it back!

Wednesday, October 24th –  Twin Day – Find a twin or group of people and dress alike!

Thursday, October 25th – Crazy Hair Day – Break out your favorite crazy hairstyle

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Student Pickup and Dropoff

 

Please help us maintain efficient student drop-off in the morning by following these guidelines.

  • Stay in the line of cars as it progresses through the parking lot
  • Beware of the Special Education busses 
  • Please pull past the door to the end of the yellow curb to allow more cars by the door
  • All students should exit on the curb side of the vehicle.
  • Please do not park on the west side of the drive.  This lane has two-way traffic and is needed for cars and buses to exit the parking lot.

Thank you for your courtesy and consideration of other parents and students.  This is a congested area and we need to maintain the safety of all students.

 

Homework Help

Husky Homework Help

 

Husky Homework Help is every day after school. Students are expected to collect their belongings and come straight to room 209. If you don't have homework, you are asked to go home. This eliminates distractions for students working. We study from 2:30-3:15. Parents need to make sure there is a ride at school by 3:15. While here, students are expected to work quietly.  Mrs. Kellogg will be available for help with assignments.   

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ILearn

 

The Indiana Deparment of Education has adopted a new standardized test for use in the 2018-19 school year.  This computer adaptive assessment will be given at the end of April to students in grades 3-8.  Here is a link to information on ILearn.

Trip to Greece

Husky Travel Club

 

The Husky Paws Travel Club is traveling to Greece during Spring Break week in 2020 and we want you to join us! We have less than 10 spots remaining for this trip.  Please join us for an informational meeting about our trip on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 in the WRM Media Center. Currently this trip is open to any WRM student and their family.  The reason to join our group early is to secure the best price. A $95 deposit holds your spot for this trip. There is also a $200 discount through the end of October. At the end of the month the cost of the trip will increase and the discount will expire. This is the month to sign up if you are still considering going. Come to the meeting to get all the details.  Hope to see you on the 17th! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Michelle Sanson.  Here is a link to our trip and all that we will see.

Box Tops

Box Tops Collection

 

The Husky Parent Association (HPA) will be sponsoring a Box Tops for Education collection during the first two weeks of October.  Students should take their box tops into homeroom.  The homerooms with the most BoxTops for Education will receive a prize from the HPA.

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Purdue is offering a FREE "Innovation to Reality" (I2R) program with hands-on engineering and science activities for 6th - 8th grade students (girls and boys).   

 

Fall 2018 Session:  Engineering Efficiency in Transportation

4-Week Program: Thursdays, October 25 –  November 15  

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. @ Purdue's West Lafayette Campus

 

150 years ago, our main source of transportation was by foot or by horse.  Today, we can travel thousands of miles with nothing more than the click of a mouse.  This Fall, I2R is celebrating Purdue's 150th anniversary by looking at how far engineering has taken our systems of transportation and how we can engineer them to be even more efficient in the next 150 years.  Journey with us as we explore how engineers transform these systems and the boats, rockets, and automobiles that take us across the globe and beyond! 

 

To apply, click here:  I2R Application  Please note:  Participants are expected to be at all 4 sessions in order to be accepted into the program

 

Application deadline is Friday, October 5th.  Participants will be notified of acceptance by October 11th.     

If you have any questions, please contact Sue Bayley 

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TSC E-Flyers

 

TSC supports 'green' efforts and as such to help ensure students receive information about community services or events, flyers from non-profit outside organizations are posted online in a section called E-Flyers. All E-Flyers can be accessed from any TSC School Website: www.tscschools.com by clicking the 'students' or 'parents' link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. E-Flyers will be posted on the 15th and 30th of the month so be sure to check regularly for newly posted information. If your qualifying organization is interested in posting an E-Flyer, go to www.tscschools.com E-Flyers section to submit the information.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

October 4  WRM Walk-a-thon

October 6  Speech Meet @WRM  8am

October 10  8th grade Choir Festival @McCutcheon 6pm

October 12  End of first 9-weeks

October 16  8th grade Band Festival @McCutcheon 7pm

October 17  School Picture re-takes

October 20  Speech Meet @BGM  8am

October 26-29  Fall Break - No School

 

November 5  HPA Night at Arni's  5-9pm

November 10  Speech Meet @WRM  8am

November 12  Veteran's Day Program  9:30am

November 21-23  Thanksgiving Break

November 30  School Dance  2:30-4:30pm

 
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4410 South 150 East • Lafayette, IN 47909 • (765) 471-2164

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