Wilburton Family Newsletter
February 1, 2020
A Note from the Administration
Dear Wilburton Community,
At Wilburton we are committed to our Wilburton Family. A community group that accepts all, and embraces each person’s identity, including race and culture, that make each of us special. We are all important. We, as a collective group, can make a difference in our world now and for the future.
We, at Wilburton, are committed to racial equity and inclusion of all in our community and world around us. As administrators, we know we have an amazing staff in our building that love unconditionally and care deeply about each student and family at Wilburton.
This coming week is Black Lives Matter at School across the nation. This is a week of action that focuses on affirming all black identities by centering black voices, empowering students, and teaching about black experiences beyond slavery. Our teachers have been provided resources that they may use this week to emphasize social justice and ethnic studies. Being intentional about recognizing and affirming our students’ identities is paramount to their sense of belonging, feeling welcomed, and an important part of our family. These lessons and learning that focuses on black identities not only benefit our black students but can also be transformative for our nonblack students. The resource, BLM AT SCHOOL – Home (blacklivesmatteratschool.com), is a great resource teachers may be using and can be used by you and your family at home, too, if you wish.
Teachers have been provided resources and will use their professional judgement as to the level of use, engagement, and depth of learning for their unique classrooms, ensuring the content is delivered in an inclusive, supportive, and developmentally appropriate way. For example, in kindergarten, students may discuss, “what makes each of us unique and different from one another?” and creating an “all about me! Poster that shares things about themselves that show how they are unique.” Or maybe in 3rd grade the students might learn and talk about “hurtful words”, teasing, or exclusionary behaviors and how they can be more inclusive and kinder to each other. And finally, maybe a 5th grade class will analyze, discussion, and understand how families are portrayed in media (TV shows, etc.) and compare/contrast that with their own lives.
The theme this year for Black Lives Matter Week is: a Week of Action. A Year of Purpose. A Lifetime of Practice. We invite you to join us in listening, learning, and sharing as part of our family.
Beth and Stephanie
February 9, 2021
5:30-6:30pm: JOIN HERE
Join the Administration and other staff the hear school updates, tips for learning, highlights from the month and ask questions!
· Return to In Person Learning
· Progress Reports for First Semester
· Tips for Learning
· Q and A
Questions for us? Please fill out this anonymous survey so we can be sure to include this information in our LIVE! Event. We will also have opportunity to ask questions during the LIVE! event
|What’s Happening at Wilburton?||
February 4, 2021: BSD School Board Visits Wilburton
BSD School Board is visiting Wilburton this week (Virtual). Please join us for the PARENT SESSION. You will have a chance to hear from the school board, ask questions, share your thinking, and listen to the Board members!
· Intro’s & Educator Session, 7:15-7:50 a.m.
· Student Session, 8:00-8:30 a.m.
· Parent Session, 8:35-9:05 a.m. – register here!
· Classroom Visits 9:15-9:45 a.m.
· Principal Session, 9:55-10:25 a.m.
If you have any questions about the visit please reach out to the Board Coordinator at email@example.com
Kindergarten Return to In-Person Learning Information Night
2/2/6:30pm: Click here to join the meeting
Grade Level Family Information Meetings** Resources
Meeting Audience: Families who will be returning to in person learning
Focus: Transition to In-person Learning information and questions prior to the return to school for each grade level including protocols and processes for arrival and dismissal, further information about the in-person learning, and time for questions to be answered!
· Grade 2 Families: Recording from 1/13
· Grade 1 Families: Recording from 1/19
**these meetings will be a virtual team meeting where we will be able to interact and communicate back/forth via microphones, chat, cameras on/off, etc. (just like your students do each day with their teachers).
BSD Updates and News
Bellevue School District (bsd405.org) has a wealth of information and is constantly updated to so that the information is current!
· The main page has a new banner that will help everyone find the information regarding health and safety in regard to the return to school right at our fingertips!
· Transportation has updated routes and information for the return to school for K-2 students.
· Student Placement is your go to for open enrollment, registration, and more!
· Check out the calendar for district wide events such as school board meetings, Family nights, and more!
PTA Reflections Program
Two of our Wilburton Wolves entrants have moved on to the next level! That means that their entries have been sent on to the State level competition representing Wilburton!
· Outstanding Interpretation: Anastasiia 2nd grade Dance Choreography – “Dance Improvisation”
· Award of Excellence: Evelyn , Kindergarten Photography – “Beautiful Sky Within Reach”
Wonderful job to you both! Check their work out and all all submissions: Wilburton Elementary Reflections Art Gallery (padlet.com)
Dates to Remember
2/2: Kindergarten: Return to Hybrid Family Information Night/ 6:30pm Click here to join the meeting
2/4: BSD School Board Visits Wilburton: Parent Session, 8:35-9:05 a.m. – register here!
2/8 and 2/9: First Grade Hybrid Learning Students scheduled to return to in person learning
2/9: Newsletter LIVE! 5:30pm
2/11 and 2/12: Kindergarten Hybrid Learning Students scheduled to Return to in person learning
2/12: First semester Progress Reports Available via ParentVue
2/15-2/19: NO SCHOOL Mid-Winter Break
2/22-26: ALL Students (K-5) VIRTUAL Learning for the week
3/1: K-2 Hybrid Learning Students scheduled to return to in person learning 3 days a week (M,T,TH)