Runner In Me Rescheduled
WC Friends and Family,
Due to the inclement weather forecast for this weekend, the WC PTO Runner in Me 5K has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 18th. Due to the busy May schedule, the race has been rescheduled for 1:30 during the school day. Sadly, not all registrants may be able to participate, but this will still allow all students the opportunity to run in the race. We apologize for the inconvenience, but felt this move was best for student and runner safety.
We would still like to invite all of our registrants and families to participate if possible. If you have not registered, but would like to join us for the event, you may do so that day. While we will not have our Little Leader Run for preschool-aged children, we will still have our competitive grade level mile races. For those who have already registered, race T-shirts will be sent home with students in May to have for the day of the race.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support of our school! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our school office at 417-831-4440.
Just a reminder if you have a child that will be 5 by July 31 please call the office to make an appointment for Kindergarten Screening. The screening date is April 11. You will need to bring in the following paperwork on screening day: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Shot Records and Proof of Residency (utility bill or lease.) Please call 831-4440.
Save the Date!!!!
Grab that sticky note and mark your calendars now for the PTO WC Family 5K Fun Run. Our first ever “Runner in Me 5K” will be April 29th. There will be a Little Tikes fun run, competitive grade level mile races and a family-friendly 5K. Games and concessions are also on the docket for the day. Look for registration information in the coming weeks to get signed up for the festivities and your Runner in Me 5K t-shirt. Save the date for April 29th as we Sharpen the Saw together!
Leader in Me Parent Training
Just a reminder if you would like to participate in our Leader in Me Parent training if you could return your form tormorrow Friday, February 17th to help us plan for your attendance.
Change a Life 2017
Every year we work to raise money to support the Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation (WCCF). Willard Children’s Charitable Foundation was established in 2005 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Its mission is to raise, manage and distribute funds to benefit children in the Willard community and school district. WCCF provides both direct assistance to children and families in need and supports programs that benefit children throughout the district.
The WC Caring Kids Student Action team has selected the WCCF to be our next mission. We are asking all students to bring a monetary donation to school the week of February 6-10th, to turn in to their teachers during Community Time. We will collect donations all week. All money will be exchanged one for one, for Dr. Medlin bucks for their classroom to use at an exciting auction that will take place February 13th during community time. Teachers will represent their class to purchase fun events for the students of their classroom.
Our goal, this year, is to raise $1200. This is equivalent to each student providing $4 a student.
Thanks in advance for helping us meet our goals, and assisting the WCCF continue to provide outstanding support the Willard Kids.
The Willard Central Caring Kids Student Action Team
4th Grade Celebration
We are excited to announce this year's 4th grade celebration to honor our students' hard work at Willard Central Elementary. This year our students will put their etiquette training to the test with dinner at the White River Conference Center. We have started a DonorsChoose project to help fund this event. Please visit our DonorsChoose page if you would like to contribute. Parents, information will follow at a later date for you to reserve a space if you would like to attend as well. To help us get started with this event, donations up to $50 can be doubled by adding the promo code LIFTOFF at checkout for the next 7 days.
Read along as we enjoy the of Andrew Clements’ Frindle, a story about a boy named Nicholas, his creative ideas, and the power of words. Listed is a reading plan to help follow along.
Week of: read chapters
Jan. 9th: 1 & 2
Jan. 16th: 3 & 4
Jan. 23rd: 5 & 6
Jan. 30th: 7 & 8
Feb. 6th: 9 & 10
Feb.13th: 11 & 12
Feb. 20th: 13 & 14
Feb. 27th: 15
The culminating event will take place at Family Reading Night on March 9th from 5:30-7:00pm.
No School January 5th!
Due to road conditions in parts of our district Willard Schools are CLOSED Thursday, January 5.
Coming up next week December 12th at 6:00pm is the December PTO meeting. All are welcomed to attend. There will be snacks and child care prvided.
This next Thuesday, December 1st from 6-7pm Willard Central would like to invite all parents and students to our Math Night. Come see Envision Math 2.0 in action. Engage in problem solving with your child, participate in math games, and learn about how to login and use online resources.
PTO November Minutes
Check out the wonderful things going on with our PTO. Click on the image below to view this months minuets. PTO would love to hear your input at our next meeting December 12th at 6pm.
Just a reminder if your family is in need of holiday assistance for the 2016 Christmas season, please call Mr. Gann or email him at email@example.com for an application. Application are due tomorrow November 18th.
Looking ahead to next week Willard Central is in session next Monday and Tuesday all day. Students and staff will be out of school Wednesday November 23rd through November 25th in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. School will be back in session November 28th.
Parent-Teacher Conferences/ Fall Break
Just a reminder that this week is parent-teacher conferences, please make plans to attend. If you have any questions please contact the main office. We also want to remind you that Friday November 4th and Monday, November 7th and Tuesday the 8th, there is no school. If needed Schools Out Camp will be at Willard North and Willard South. If you would like to sign up please contact Mrs. Puckett for details.
In honor of Veteran's Day and to show appreciation to our troops currently serving, this year we will be collecting items to send in care packages. Each grade level is assigned specific items, however you are welcome to donate any item on the list. Monetary donations are also welcome to help cover cost of shipping. We will collect items through November 16th. Drop off items at the front lobby display.
Red Ribbon Week
Next week October 24-28, is Red Ribbon Week. Willard Central will celebrate our choice to live Drug Free with a week full of activities! Check out the following schedule to help celebrate.
Half Day of School
Just a reminder that tomorrow October 14th is a half day of school. Students will be released at 12:30. Tiger Tales is available after school if needed. If you have questions please contact the front office.
We hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and was able to sharpen the saw with family and friends. WC Teachers and staff would like to invite all our parents out for our 2016-2017, Parents Orientation. This year’s parent orientation will be this Thursday, September 8th. This is a great opportunity to hear from your child’s teacher, and learn the expectations and routines that take place in your child’s classroom. New to the schedule this year is a Leader in Me Orientation. This is going to be an opportunity for parents to learn more about Leader in Me. To better accommodate parent schedules, each teacher will provide 2 parent orientation sessions.
Session 1: 6:00-6:30 with teachers
Leader in Me Orientation in Gym: 6:35-6:55
Session 2: 7:00-7:30 with teachers
If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the Willard Central Office at 417-831-4440
Today, Mr. Robert our fundraiser coordinator was in the building. Meaning that today kicks off the yearly PTO fundraiser. The money raised from this fundraiser goes directly back to students for things like our school t-shirts, new playground equipment, and technology equipment, along with special events throughout the year. Students will be bringing their fundraiser packets home today and they’re due back September 16th.
1st Day of School
Classrooms are all set, and things are all ready to go which means summer break is officially coming to an end! Be proactive tonight and lay out your new backpack and back to school clothes and be ready to be here tomorrow morning for the 1st day of school! Doors will open to parents and students at 8:15am. We hope everyone gets a good night’s rest and is refreshed and ready to go for another great school year!
Meet The Teacher Night
Please join us for Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, August 9th from 6:00-7:30pm. Our PTO will be grilling hot dogs for all of our school families. WC is always looking for parents to join the cause. If you are interested in helping our PTO serve at this event, please contact the school office at 881-4440. Enjoy this time getting settled in your child's classroom and connecting with friends to kick off the new school year!
No School Friday
Just a reminder there is no school on Friday! Enjoy your day off and hope that you can find a way to Sharpen the Saw and get ready to finish the year strong!
Looking ahead this week teachers will be making contact with parents to update parents on their child's success, so keep an ear out for a phone call. Also This Friday March 25th, there will be no school, so make plans to Sharpen The Saw. Also next Monday, the 28th is a snow make-up-day so make sure to set your alarm clock, so that you are not late to school!
Are You Ready for Kindergarten?
Just a reminder if you have a child that will be 5 by July 31 please call the office to make an appointment for Kindergarten Screening. The screening date is April 12. You will need to bring in the following paperwork on screening day: Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Shot Records and Proof of Residency (utility bill or lease.) Please call 831-4440.
Join us Monday, March 14th at 6:00 pm in the WCE Library for our PTO Meeting. The meeting will begin with information from the district office regarding the upcoming April 5th School Bond Issue. We hope you can join us to learn more about the Bond Issue and our wonderful PTO!
Mark your calendars and spread the word for the Willard Central School Concert on Thursday, April 7th. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm and feature the music of Broadway performed by students from Kindergarten-4th grade. The concert will be at the Willard High School Gym, so invite the entire family
Just a Reminder!
No School Next week due to Spring Break, March 7-11th. Everyone have a wonderful break and we will see you back next week!
Have No Fear! Today Is A Half Day!
Just a reminder that students will be dismissed today at 12:30PM due to a teacher work day to finish up the end of 3rd quarter. Tiger Tales is available for anyone who would like to utilize them. For questions please contact Sydney Wooldridge, WC Tiger Tales Coordinator.
Half Day of School
This Friday, March 4th is a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:30PM. Tiger Tales will be available. If you have questions about tiger tales please feel free to contact Ms. Sydney
9th Annual Family Reading Night
Your entire family is invited! This Thursday evening, March 3rd from 5:30-7:00PM. We hope you’ve been enjoying our All-School Family Book Club choice: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We will be celebrating the end of this year’s book with our Family Reading Night event. There will many activates to enjoy. See you Thursday!
Don’t forget tomorrow, Tuesday, March 1st we are celebrating grandparents! We hope all our grandparents have RSVP'd and can come see all the great things things we do here at Willard Central.
3rd Grade - 9:00-9:45
4th Grade - 10:00-10:45
2nd Grade - 11:00-11:45
Kindergarten - 1:15-2:00
1st Grade - 2:15-3:00
Don't Miss Out
Starting tomorrow the book fair is coming to Willard Central. All week make sure to drop by and see Mrs. Roth and take a look at the wonderful books that she has for sale at the book fair.
Don't forget next Friday March, 4th we have a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. Tiger Tales will be available. Ms. Sydney can help with any questions. Also don't forget Spring Break is coming up as well. March 7th-11th.
Don't forget tomorrow is Spring Picture Day! Don't forget to comb your hair and brush your teeth, so that you look good for spring pictures.
Love for LEGO MAN!
Please join us Wednesday, Feb. 24 to support our friend Joey B. fighting cancer at St. Jude's. We are asking students to wear their favorite superhero gear on Wednesday to show our support for Joey as he "HERO UPS" starting chemotherapy. Students and families are also invited to make a donation to help support Joey's family traveling and other expenses while he isin Memphis. Several of his classmates have also started the "Joey FOundation" for students to donate Legos for Joey to play with while he is going through treatmenst.
Money and Lego donations can be turned in to WC. Our school family will be working on a larger fundraiser to support Joey and his family in the coming months when he is able to be home and share some time with us. Thank you for helping us support Joey and his family!
PTO Valentines Parties & Half Day of School
Just a reminder, this Thursday, February, 12th from 2:45pm to 3:14pm is our PTO Valentines Day Parties. Also don't forget Friday is a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:30. Tiger Tales will be available for your convince. Please check in with Ms. Sydney for details.
All-Family Book Read & Candy Grams
Today was a very exciting time in Community Time. Our 4th grade teachers helped us review parts of our All-Family Book Club. This week we are reading chapters 21-24, and next week we are reading chapters 25-27. Also don’t forget if you would like to purchase a candy gram from our business leaders for .50 cents, tomorrow is the last day!
WC 7 Habits Matrix
This week the first, third, second grade students have helped re-introduce our expectations for the bathroom, bus, and on the playground using the 7 habits as a framework. Students continue to apply the 7 habits to their surroundings and continue to display what it means to be a leader.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 1st for Grandparents' Day at Willard Central Elementary. Grandparents will be welcomed to WC by our student ambassadors. Student leaders will share about our school and some refreshments with grandparents before our guests head to the classroom to do an activity with their student. Here is the schedule for the day:
3rd Grade - 9:00-9:45
4th Grade - 10:00-10:45
2nd Grade - 11:00-11:45
Kindergarten - 1:15-2:00
1st Grade - 2:15-3:00
We would like to congratulate our very own Dr. Shane Medlin! Today Dr. Medlin successfully defended his dissertation. As a school we are so proud of him and what he has accomplished. Congratulations Dr. Medlin and thank you for showing us what it means to be a leader!
Remember To Read
What a wonderful first week back! To help us get back into the swing of things third grade teachers helped us review what we have already read in chapters 1-3 in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This week we are reading in chapters 4-6. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend!
Willard Central would like to welcome Nurse Becky Meagher (pronounced Mayer). Nurse Becky comes to us from Jordan Valley Clinic and the Jordan Valley Mobile Unit. Nurse Becky has several years of pediatric experience and is willing and ready to answer any questions or concerns that may come her way. Willard Central would also like to welcome to our full time staff Mr. Ron Freeman. Mr. Ron has been helping us out a couple nights a week, but we are excited that he is now our full time evening custodian. Welcome Nurse Becky and Mr. Ron! We are so excited that you are now part of our Willard Central family!
The Week Before Christmas Part 2
What a wonderful last part of the week! Yesterday students celebrated the holiday season with their classmates, with our annual PTO Christmas Party. There was lots of food and fun! Thank you PTO parents for helping us celebrate. To finish up our week, Mrs. Bradshaw, one of our wonderful substitute teachers came and read our annual Christmas story to us at community time. This year’s story was entitled “The Invisible Thread.” Mrs. Bradshaw did a wonderful job! Thank you for coming and spreading some Christmas cheer. And finally students and staff get to kick the Christmas holiday off with a half day of school. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 today. We want to wish everyone the best of Christmas’ and a wonderful New Year. We will see everyone back January 4th.
It’s hard to believe that we are finishing up second quarter. Looking ahead over the next couple weeks we have lots going on.
Tuesday, 14th- PTO Meeting at 6pm
Thursday, 17th- PTO Christmas Parties at 2:45pm.
Friday, 18th- Early Dismissal, Students will be dismissed at 12:30. Tiger Tales is available that day. If interested please contact Ms. Sydney Wooldridge for more information.
December 21st thru January 1st- Christmas Break, No School
The Week Before Christmas
Willard Central is anticipating Christmas! Mrs. Laflen’s class this week had a guest visitor come and play Christmas carols for them. Mrs. Lassley’s class joined them in the Christmas fun! Thank you Mr. Jones for bringing us some Christmas cheer! Some teachers have decorated their doors to celebrate the holidays, and some have even been making some Christmas gifts. But wait! The festivities are not over yet. This Thursday at 2:45-3:15 we have the PTO Christmas parties, and of course we have our two week Christmas break start this Friday when students are dismissed at 12:30. Make sure and fuel up for an exciting last part of this week!
This week students are learning habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. Habit 7 is all about finding ways to take care of yourself: body, heart, mind and spirit. Student examples of habit 7 have been exercising, reading a favorite book, helping someone else, find a place to relax, and spending time in prayer or meditation.
This week students and staff are learning about habit 6: synergize. Many times we think of synergize as just working together as team, but it does not only mean to work together it also means to value each other and the strengths that each person brings to the team
At community time students helped Mr. Medlin explain habit 5 (Seek First to Understand; Then to be Understood.) These students helped act out different scenarios to explain, that we first fully listen before we respond to someone, and they also helped us to understand that we also need to have the courage to share our thoughts and ideas in a respectful way.
Think Win-Win isn't about being nice, nor is it a quick-fix technique. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Many people think in terms of either/or: either you're nice or you're tough. Win-win requires that you be both. It is a balancing act between courage and consideration. To go for win-win, you not only have to be empathic, but you also have to be confident. You not only have to be considerate and sensitive, you also have to be brave. To do that--to achieve that balance between courage and consideration--is the essence of real maturity and is fundamental to win-win.
Habit 1: Be Proactive is about taking responsibility for your life. You can't keep blaming everything on your parents or grandparents. Proactive people recognize that they are "response-able." They don't blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior. Reactive people, on the other hand, are often affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn't, it affects their attitude and performance, and they blame the weather. All of these external forces act as stimuli that we respond to. Between the stimulus and the response is your greatest power--you have the freedom to choose your response. One of the most important things you choose is what you say. Your language is a good indicator of how you see yourself. A proactive person uses proactive language--I can, I will, I prefer, etc. A reactive person uses reactive language--I can't, I have to, if only. Reactive people believe they are not responsible for what they say and do--they have no choice.
This week our students focused on Habit 3. Our Kindergarten leaders shared ways they take care of business with the school. From finishing your school work before playing, to eating your food before talking with your friends at lunch, to getting dressed before you leave your house for school, they gave lots of great examples on how to Put First Things First.
Last week our students worked on Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind. To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you’re going so that you better understand where you are now so that the steps you take are always in the right direction. Student goals ranged from tying their shoe laces to earning their black belts to learning to play the violin to reading all of the Mark Twain Award nominated books. Not only are students focusing on setting goals, they are working on the action steps to accomplish these goals and monitor their own progress along the way. We are excited to see our students grow to new heights this year!