It Was a Good Week To Be a Bear!

This past week was a very busy week!  Here is a run down of the great things that happened at Winterfield.

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6, 2016)

This year our Teacher Appreciation Week Theme was “Our Teachers Are Superheroes”.  Education has the power to save the day for children. Teacher superhero capes may be invisible, but the work you do every day makes a big difference.

We were blessed to receive a $2,000 donation from an anonymous Heart Tutoring volunteer to fund our celebration.  And we really celebrated!  The funds were used to purchase gifts for teachers, amazing food, and gift cards for daily raffles.  We also had a ton of parent support.  Many parents sent gifts for their teachers and we were fortunate to receive additional gift cards for our daily raffles.  We were able to raffle off at least $70 per day in gift cards to staff.

  • Monday, May 2nd-Send a thank you card for your child’s teacher and students can dress like a teacher day.

There was tons of great food!

  • Tuesday, May 3rd-Send flowers and candy for your child’s teacher
  • Wednesday, May 4th-Hats off for teachers.  Students can wear a hat in honor of their teachers.

Principal Grant and AP Irby made pancakes for the staff!

  • Thursday, May 5th-Gift Day.  Students can bring a small gift for their teacher.  WES teachers received a lot of gifts this week:
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    The WES Kindergarten Team wearing their  new “I’am a Teacher!  What’s Your Superpower?” T-Shirts.

    Just a few of the gifts our Teachers received this week in honor of their hard work!

  • Friday, May 5th-Superhero Day.    Super hero creator Stan Lee defines a super hero as a person who does heroic deeds and has the ability to do them in a way that a normal person couldn’t. So in order to be a superhero, you need a power that is more exceptional than any power a normal human being could possess, and you need to use that power to accomplish good deeds. I believe teachers are superheroes!  Some have the power to make a child believe in him or herself even when every person who should love them doesn’t show it. Others have the power to make math make sense. I’ve seen many WES teachers help kids turn symbols into words and stories. Teachers use super powers to accomplish the good deeds of reading, writing, speaking, solving, listening, and thinking in our building every day. Our work is not the work of regular, normal folks.

Here are some photos of Superhero Day at WES

 

 Beacon Rookie of the Year

On Tuesday May 3rd,  I was fortunate to attend the 1st Annual Rookie of the Year Celebration to acknowledge the amazing work of outstanding 1st year teachers  in the Beacon Initiative.  Two of Winterfield’s 1st year teachers, Ms. Fucci and Ms. Trifilo were honored.  Guest speakers included Brian Schultz, CMS Chief Academic Officer and Brigida Mack, of WBTV News Charlotte.

Here is a photo of Ms. Fucci with Brigida Mack and Proud WES Principal, Ms. Grant

The Winterfield Youth Orchestra End of Year Concert

We held our End of Year Concert on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.  This program involves second through fifth grade students in a free, after-school instrumental music program at Winterfield Elementary School in east Charlotte. Students learn to play the violin, cello, flute, clarinet, or trumpet through weekly instruction from professional Charlotte Symphony musicians and other local artists. Inspired by the internationally-acclaimed Venezuelan el Sistema model, the program builds community through the collaborative act of music making. The program currently involves over 40 students.

The concert included a number of performances, recognition of the 5th graders, and a community potluck reception.

Audience comment:

“Wow! What a great final concert this evening! The children really turned it on and enjoyed playing for their audience! Congratulations to everyone involved! It is truly a team effort and we have the best! Outstanding!”

 

2nd Annual WES Career Fair

On Wednesday May 4th, 2016 the Student Support Team sponsored the 2nd Annual WES Career Fair.  This amazing event was organized and led by our school Counselor, Carol McCormick.  She did an amazing job bringing together an amazing group of professionals to help our students learn about different careers!

 

 Dancing for Diversity

Forty-four students from Albemarle Road Elementary, Huntingtowne Farms Elementary, Merry Oaks Elementary, and Winterfield Elementary schools came together to perform cultural dances at the 8th Annual Dancing for Diversity on Thursday, May 5th at 6:15 P.M. Padres y Padrinos is made possible with main funding support from Sisters of Mercy, Duke Foundation, Food Lion, and Wells Fargo Foundation. 

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Dancing for Diversity is the cultural component of LAWA Padres y Padrinos, a tutor, parenting, and social development program. Latino students and their non-Latino peers receive 15 weeks of dance classes from teaching artists from El Alma de la Luna Dance Academy. This component of the program enhances the social development of students by promoting appreciation for the arts and cultures, increasing self-esteem, class participation, diversity, and inclusion. Dancing for Diversity marks the culmination of LAWA Padres y Padrinos program for the current school year.

 

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