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Extra-curricular Activities at Wickliffe

There are quite a few other extra-curricular activities at Wickliffe not sponsored by Upper Arlington Schools.  Most of this information used to come home in our kids’ backpacks, but now we have the Flyer Connection.   The District recognizes the value in providing information to our families and students about opportunities within our community that promote the intellectual, physical, personal and social development of our students.  Click MORE to find out additional information about some other activities…

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INFORMAL AFFAIR News

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It’s only the beginning of the school year and hard to believe, but we are already planning the Wickliffe PTO INFORMAL AFFAIR.  The INFORMAL AFFAIR is the primary fund-raising event for Wickliffe PTO.   We need LOTS of help to pull this off, so please go to www.wickliffepto.org to find out more about this year’s event to be held November 14 at St. Agatha Parish Hall!

 

We need your help!

Volunteer
  • Interested in helping with the planning of the awesome event? Email Hilary Newlin for more details! cnewlin1@yahoo.com
  • Want to volunteer your time the evening of the event? Email Anjanette Keck for more information! anjkeck@gmail.com
Donate
  • Interested in donating money, services or auction items for the event?  Email Hilary Newlin cnewlin1@yahoo.com
Create
  • Interested in helping our kids create one-of-a-kind classroom art?  Email Jessica Sanford for more details!  sanford@battelle.org

Tickets and T-shirts – On-Sale Now

Order Your Tickets Now! and don’t forget to order an Informal Affair T-Shirt as well!

Tickets are $15 each or $25 for a pair and can be ordered now online at www.wickliffepto.org. After Oct. 31st (including at the door sales) ticket prices are $20 each or $30 for a pair. Please purchase your tickets NOW! This helps us plan for food and drink as well as simplify the checkout process and the assignment of auction numbers. Bid numbers will be assigned at the check-in desk the night of the event.

No paper tickets are required – please just check in at the entrance of the event

Meeting Schedule:

Sep
14
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Sep
28
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Oct
5
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Oct 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Oct
12
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Oct
19
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Oct
26
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Oct
28
Wed
Informal Affair: Donations Due
Oct 28 all-day
All donations should be dropped at :
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Nov
2
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ TBD
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Business donation volunteers meet at 6:30 PM

All others meet at 7:00 PM

Nov
6
Fri
Informal Affair: Basket Weekend @ TBD
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day
Nov
9
Mon
Informal Affair: Volunteer Meeting @ Wickliffe - Room 108
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Nov
13
Fri
Informal Affair: Gallery Hop / Preview Show @ Wickliffe Gym
Nov 13 all-day
Informal Affair: Setup @ St. Agatha Parish Hall
Nov 13 all-day
Nov
14
Sat
Informal Affair @ St. Agatha Parish Hall
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 

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Golden Bear Bash: Volunteers Needed

DATE:  Sunday, September 6, 2015 – 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
LOCATION: Tremont Center

Bash Logo.templateUpper Arlington Education Foundation’s Golden Bear Bash is Sunday, September 6, 2015, and Wickliffe PTO needs volunteers to help sell drink and raffle tickets for 1 hour during the Bash.  Come join us for a fun night raising money for a great organization! Please click on the link below to view the online sign up sheet.

All the funds raised through reservations and auction sales at the 2015 Golden Bear Bash! will benefit the Upper Arlington Education Foundation – an established and dynamic organization that funds and supports programs, materials, and opportunities that maintain, strengthen or enrich the students’ environment and education experiences, the expenses of which exceed the budget of the Upper Arlington City Schools.  Upper Arlington Education Foundation recently provided support the Wickliffe lobby re-fresh.

Please sign up under your child’s school as a volunteer for the Upper Arlington Education Foundation’s Golden Bear Bash on Sunday, September 6 at Tremont Center.  UAEF enables the funding of programs and materials that are beyond the scope of the budget of the Upper Arlington Board of Education, and helps contribute to the enrichment of the academic, extracurricular, and athletic lives of our students.

As a volunteer, you will need to purchase a ticket to the Bash ($50) and work for one hour during the Bash selling raffle and drink tickets.  If you have not been able to attend a Bash yet, it is a lot of fun and a great fundraiser that enables programs and activities that enhance our kids experience at the UA Schools!

A member of the Bash committee will contact you regarding specific details and volunteer time slots closer to the date.  Thanks for committing to be a volunteer!

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Wickliffe Re-fresh

The next time you step into Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School, we hope you will notice a few changes.  Wickliffe PTO has been collaborating with staff to create more inviting learning spaces.  As an informal, progressive school, Wickliffe hopes to offer spaces that are welcoming for both adults and children.

In the lobby, we have added carpet, benches, and high-top tables for parents & students, as well as a LEGO wall for students & siblings. We hope to open and spark the minds of all who enter Wickliffe.

Upstairs we have added area rugs, tables, and lamps to encourage group gatherings, lounging readers, or a break from a busy classroom.

These changes were made possible by the Upper Arlington Education Foundation & the Wickliffe PTO.

 

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Back-to-School Coffee

coffee-cupPlease join us on the first day of school for coffee, juice, and food at the courtyard outside the school library.

We will gather at 8:15 to celebrate the end of summer, share the excitement for the start of a new school year, and welcome the new faces in to the Wickliffe family!

Ariel Silver
PTO President

 

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School DROP-OFF/PICK-UP Procedures

school-crossing-signIf you are picking up or dropping off your child at the beginning or the end of the day and a vehicle is part of the mix, please be mindful that many of our students are walkers or riding a bicycle. While we remind our walkers and bikers to cross at crosswalks only, and we remind our bikers to walk their bikes until they have crossed over Eastcleft, Cimmaron, or Wickliffe, and while we have Safety Patrollers on duty, PLEASE WATCH  FOR CHILDREN! So as adults, please remember to

 SAFETY REMINDERS

  1. IF YOU’RE DROPPING OFF IN A LINE OF CARS, DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR TO HUG, KISS, SAY GOODBYE, WALK YOUR CHILD TO THE DOOR, OR HELP YOUR CHILD UNLOAD (THEIR CELLO).  IF THEY NEED HELP UNLOADING, PARK YOUR CAR ON THE STREET AND WALK TO SCHOOL TOGETHER.  DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR!
  2. Wait patiently in the line of cars if you pick up or drop off your child in the Eastcleft parking lot near the playground/Castle Park-Big Toy or in front of the school. Don’t attempt to go around, cut off, or pass a car already in line.
  3. Be mindful at the corners of Eastcleft/Cimmaron and Wickliffe/Cimmaron where our Safety Patrol students are positioned. All walkers, including adults, should cross at the crosswalks always.
  4. When using CROSSWALKS, use care to cross Cimmaron to get to your car parked on the west side of Cimarron.  DO NOT CROSS the street or walk in-between the waiting buses during dismissal.
  5. Ensure your child exits the car on the sidewalk side during drop-off wherever you are.  Have them go out on the sidewalk side of the car and walk to the  corner to cross.
  6. Drive slowly and cautiously. I understand there are schedules to keep. But there is no schedule to keep that outweighs a child’s safety.

Thank you for keeping an eye out for all of our children at these busy times in the day.

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FREE LUNCH: Build Your Back to School Lunch with Whole Foods Market

Event:              Build Your Back to School Lunch with Whole Foods Market
Date:               Tuesday, August 18th
Time:               4:00-6:00pm
Location:         1555 W. Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington, Ohio  43221
Registration:    No registration required! Just stop by. This event is FREE!

Bring your Back to Schoolers to Whole Foods Market in Upper Arlington to build their own free brown bag lunches – including a sandwich, granola bar, juice box, and a piece of fresh fruit! Live music will be provided by Captain Captain of the Shazzbots and students will also have the opportunity to build a snack bag that will be donated to Choices for Victims of Domestic Violence.

On Tuesday, August 18th, 4-6pm, kids attending Wickliffe Elementary will be able to build a lunchbox for their first day of school for FREE!

Students in all grades will be able to pack their first lunchbox of the year with a sandwich, granola bar, juice box, and a piece of fresh fruit. You can be sure that everything offered will follows our Everyday Quality Standards–which means products are free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats.

Whole Foods Market is also offering a limited number of coupons valid for free items with purchase, including our Baked-In-House Sandwich Bread FREE with purchase of our sliced-in-house deli meat and our 365 Organic Spaghetti FREE with purchase of our 365 Pasta Sauce.

For more information:

Call (614) 481-3400, visit http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/upperarlington , or at: Facebook.com/wholefoodsupperarlingtonTwitter.com/wholefoodsuaInstagram.com/wfmupperarlington.

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2015 Community Cardboard Challenge

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 am – Noon

Wickliffe Progressive Elementary has been selected as one of our sites for the 2015 Community Cardboard Challenge, organized by the Columbus Museum of Art and the Past Foundation! We are so excited to be involved in this day where creativity and all its key elements including idea generation, critical thinking, imagination, collaboration, and play are celebrated and practiced through similar events around the world. This event is very much in-line with our commitment to thinking, play, and experimenting as tools for learning. Together with other sites in the Columbus area we will make the 2015 Community Cardboard Challenge a city-wide celebration of creativity!

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How we can support this event:

  • Volunteers to help out on the day of the event.  Sign up here: signupgenius.com
  • Help us collect cardboard and recyclables for the event.   Most items needed
    for your Cardboard Challenge can be found around the house, so please start saving boxes, tape, old toys for prizes, and other miscellaneous items.  A list of suggested materials can be found HERESuggested Materials
  • Can you help contact local businesses (grocery stores, drugstores, hardware stores, bookstores. etc.) and see if they have used boxes or supplies to donate?

MORE ABOUT THE CARDBOARD CHALLENGE and The Imagination Foundation

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SPIRITWEAR: The Strength of a Wolf comes from the Pack

Wickliffe PTO will be selling spiritwear in student sizes during the School Supply Sale on Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  UA-branded shirts, socks, and shorts will be available in girls and boys styles and sizes.

This year, we are selling a special Wolf Pack t-shirt.  Child sizes will be available  at the School Supply Sale.  Adult pre-orders of the “The Strength of a Wolf comes from the Pack” t-shirt will be available for pre-order until September 4, 2015 and will be delivered around September 21, 2015.  Two Adult styles are available in two colors:

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Questions?   Contact – Amy Rice at therices1039@ameritech.net

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Message from the Principal: Chris Collaros – August 10, 2015

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Dear Wickliffe Families,
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year!

I think we are nearly ready! Mrs. McGee and Mr. Myers, along with Mr. Minton and Ms. Chapin, have been preparing in all those ways so critically important and mostly unseen. A very large “THANK YOU” to each of them.

Throughout last year, the Upper Arlington community, including its residents and school district staff, engaged in numerous conversations on behalf of the children attending its schools. The resulting three-year Strategic Plan’s goals explicitly state respect for the whole child; intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Its vision statement, Uniquely Accomplished students prepared to serve, lead, and succeed (with its emphasis on service and leadership) follows closely a definition of Progressive Education attributed to the cofounder of the Progressive Education Network, Tom Little, who writes in Loving Learning; How Progressive Education Can Save America’s Schools (2015):

Progressive Education prepares students for active participation in a democratic society, in the context of a child-centered environment, and with an enduring commitment to social justice.

The Informal Program, Upper Arlington’s interpretation of these ideals, is now entering its 45th year of serving the children and families of the UA community. As we do so, know that we are honored that you have chosen to share your children with us. We will continue to grow in our understanding of how we can help children cultivate their capacity to serve, lead, and succeed in a democratic society, always understanding that the child before us is so much more than a collection of academic skills.

We are most excited for the opening of school, Wednesday, August 19th!

Sincerely,

Chris Collaros

Chris Collaros

Parent Information Nights

  • First Grade                             Wednesday, August 12th from 6:00-7:00
  • Kindergarten                         Monday, August 17th
    • AM Kindergarten Parents from 6:30-7:15
    • PM Kindergarten Parents from 7:30-8:15
  • Second and Third Grade      Thursday, August 27 from 6:30-7:30
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade        Thursday, August 27 from 7:30-8:30

*Rooms/locations TBA

Popsicle Back-to-School Night

On Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 join us for a Popsicle on the playground to simply say hello and visit on an evening sponsored by our fabulous PTO!

Other School Calendar Dates:

  • Wednesday, September 16 – First Grade Literacy Night
  • Tuesday, September 22 – PTO General Meeting Kick-off
  • Friday, October 2 – Fall Celebration

 

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SCHOOL SUPPLY SALE ENDS TONIGHT

PLEASE HELP: Volunteers are Still Needed

We are looking for volunteers on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for the following shifts:

Sign Up Now!

This is a great way to get your kids to get service hours at UA High School and Hastings/Jones Middle Schools.

School Supply Pre-Sale Ends Tonight

ss3Don’t forget to order your school supplies at our on-line store.  Shopping/Pick-up Hours on August 13th, 2015 are 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Your school supply sale order guaranties we will have your complete school supply list for you on August 13th.  Join us for Popsicles on the Playground at 6:00 pm on the Kindergarten playground.

Come shop with us and catch up with friends before the new school year starts!  You have two options for purchasing your supplies this year…

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INFORMAL AFFAIR – T-shirts: NOW AVAILABLE to Order

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Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14, 2015 for Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School’s INFORMAL AFFAIR at St. Agatha Hall.

This is a wonderful event for adults only that celebrates community, children, art, and much more though music, works of our children, gifts from our families, and time to get to know one another.

The Wickliffe PTO knocks this event straight out of the park!

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If you would like to volunteer: signups will be posted soon at www.wickliffepto.org

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Order an INFORMAL AFFAIR T-Shirt

INFORMAL AFFAIR T-shirts are available for pre-order.  The t-shirts are black, crewneck-unisex style and available in adult and child sizes. ORDER DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2015.  

T-shirts will be delivered around September 18

Pay By Cash or Check

If you want to pay by cash or check, please download this PDF and bring it to the Wickliffe office: T-shirt Order Form

On-line Orders

Order your Wickliffe PTO INFORMAL AFFAIR T-shirt at our on-line store.  Adult S, M, L, XL, XXL and Youth M, Youth L, Youth XL sizes are available HEREhttp://wickliffepto.org/product-category/informal-affair/

 

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Retail Loyalty Programs/Rewards

Did you know that the Wickliffe PTO has many fun, easy and even free ways to keep the spirit of school fundraising alive at our wonderful school?  Just some of the great ways Wickliffe parents, grandparents, families, friends, teachers and staff can help include:

Amazon Smile – What is AmazonSmile?

smileAmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  Use this link to start shopping: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-0089282

Kroger Community Rewards

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Use your card online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com or call call 877-576-7587.  You must re-enroll every year for us to continue earning rewards.  Our organization number is:  84887
Use your Kroger Plus Card and Wickliffe PTO earns money when you buy groceries!  
 

Boxtops for Education

logo_btfeWickliffe receives 10 cents or more per box top which literally turns into hundreds of extra dollars every year for our kids’ benefit!  All you you have to do to help with this cause is neatly clip box tops from your items at home and deposit them into the painted house receptacle labeled BOX TOPS located near the office.  Also, log onto http://www.boxtops4education.com/ for coupons, recipes and more!
 
 

Target

target-bullseyeWickliffe receives 1% of Target guest card and Target Visa card purchases made at Target stores and 1/2% of Target Visa purchases made elsewhere.  Go to http://www.target.com/ and enter Wickliffe school code 83441 to make sure your child’s school is getting the credit it deserves (and remember, family, friends and grandparents can do this, too!).
 

Giant Eagle

GiantEagleUse your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points towards educational items for our children. Register your card online at http://www.gianteagle.com/ or call 800-474-4777 and choose our school to start letting Wickliffe reap the benefits of your regular shopping.  Out ID code is 4052.
 

Meijer

meijer-logoJoin the Meijer Community Rewards program online at http://www.meijer.com/rewards and enter our school code 943935.  Wickliffe receives a variable percentage of qualified purchases. 
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UPDATE: School Supply Sale

Volunteers Still Needed

We are looking for volunteers on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for the following shifts:

Sign Up Now!

This is a great way to get your kids to get service hours at UA High School and Hastings/Jones Middle Schools.

Pre-order School Supplies

ss3Don’t forget to order your school supplies at our on-line store.  Shopping/Pick-up Hours on August 13th, 2015 are 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Your school supply sale order guaranties we will have your complete school supply list for you on August 13th.  Join us for Popsicles on the Playground at 6:00 pm on the Kindergarten playground.

Come shop with us and catch up with friends before the new school year starts!  You have two options for purchasing your supplies this year…

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Volunteers Needed: School Supply Sale

We need your help at the Wickliffe PTO School Supply Sale!

We are looking for volunteers on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for the following shifts:

Sign Up Now!

This is a great way to get your kids to get service hours at UA High School and Hastings/Jones Middle Schools.

Pre-order Your School Supplies

Don’t forget to order your school supplies at our new on-line store.

 

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School Supply Sale Instructions

Wickliffe PTO is holding the School Supply Sale on August 13th, 2015

Come shop with us and catch up with friends before the new school year starts!  You have two options for purchasing your supplies this year:

Option 1) Pre-order your student’s supplies on-line by midnight Sunday, August 9, 2015

ss3With this option you order your supplies on-line, and all of the supplies (except Kleenex, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and anti-bacterial wipes) will be pre-packaged and ready for you at the School Supply Sale on August 13, 2015. It is a fast & convenient option during a busy time of year!

Also, the pre-order package price is less than the cost of purchasing the items individually. For your convenience, you can also purchase the PTO membership (which will include a student directory and early access to After School Discovery registration) for a fee of $20 per family.

How to do this:

  1. Go to www.wickliffepto.org
  2. Click on the SHOP tab
  3. Make your choices for the pre-order package
  4. Pay with online with our secure, credit card checkout
  5. Come to the School Supply Sale from 10am-1PM or 2pm-6pm, and pick up your supplies on August 13, 2015.

Option 2) Purchase your student’s supplies yourself at the Supply Sale

How to do this:

  1. Come to Wickliffe on August 13, 2015 (10am-1PM or 2pm-6pm)
  2. Go to the Gym, pick up the supply list for your child’s grade, and select the items you wish to purchase.
  3. Pay for your supplies, spirit wear, and your PTO membership with credit card, check, or cash with our cashiers.

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Questions?? Contact wickliffepto@gmail.com if you have any questions and/or are available to help with the sale on either August 11 /12 (set up) or August 13 or go to Sign up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4faaaf22a5f58-wickliffe6

Shopping/Pick-up Hours on August 13th, 2015 will be 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm

Join us for Popsicles on the Playground at 6pm on August 13, 2015

Spirit Wear

We will have new Wickliffe and UA spirit wear available to purchase at the School Supply Sale.  You can see the spirit wear catalog at our  Spirit Wear Shop.

 

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Message from the Principal: Chris Collaros – July 20, 2015

Dear Wickliffe Parents,

Wickliffe LogoThe dust is settling a bit. Your children have been away for awhile. Furniture is being moved, Floors are being waxed. Records are being shuffled (and not in a jukebox!)

And it is oddly quiet. But preparations have begun!

To that end, I wanted to get a couple of calendar dates/pieces of information out to you for your planning purposes.

Classroom Assignments

A postcard will be mailed to all new students and rising kindergartners, first graders, second graders and fourth graders letting them know who will be their new classroom teacher in the first week of August. All rising third graders and fifth graders have the same teacher as the year prior unless new to Wickliffe.

Letters from specific teachers will follow shortly after post-cards land.

School Supply Sale

Wickliffe’s School Supply Sale will be held at Wickliffe on Thursday, August 13th. This PTO Fundraiser, like all of the others, makes many educational experiences possible for our children that otherwise would not occur.

You will have the opportunity to purchase school supplies online through the Wickliffe’s PTO website prior to August 13, 2015. Information related to how this works will be coming from the PTO very soon via email. School Supplies are listed by grade level configuration.

There are two classrooms configuration-wise that are unique in a School Supply List way:

  • A straight 3rd grade classroom taught and facilitated by Mrs. Chung who is looping with her straight 2nd grade classroom from the 2014-15 school year
  • A 4th/5th grade multi-age classroom taught and facilitated by Ms. Gildersleeve that includes her 4th graders (now 5th graders) from 2014-15 and rising 4th graders, as well. (I have already notified families in this classroom via email so they can look for the 4th/5th Multi-age School Supply List)

First Day of Classes

Wednesday, August 19th is the first day of classes!

Parent Information Nights

  • First Grade                             Wednesday, August 12th from 6:00-7:00
  • Kindergarten                         Monday, August 17th
    • AM Kindergarten Parents from 6:30-7:15
    • PM Kindergarten Parents from 7:15-8:00
  • Second and Third Grade      Thursday, August 27 from 6:30-7:30
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade        Thursday, August 27 from 7:30-8:30

*Rooms/locations TBA

Popsicle Back-to-School Night

On Thursday, August 13th at 6:00 join us for a Popsicle on the playground to simply say hello and visit on an evening sponsored by our fabulous PTO!

Wickliffe Informal Affair

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14, 2015 for Wickliffe Progressive Elementary School’s Informal Affair at St. Agatha Hall.

weblogo600pixwideThis is a wonderful event for adults only that celebrates community, children, art and much, much more through music, works of our children, gifts from our families, and time to get to know one another. The PTO knocks this event straight out of the park!

I will be sending out in due time a letter that has more to do with our school hopes and dreams for the year, many of which you will play a significant role as we work to grow our Foundational Principle of parents as co-educators in meeting the needs of the children we share.

Until then, please continue enjoying the summer!

Sincerely,

Chris Collaros

Chris Collaros

 

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May your days be long & your hearts be full this Summer

SPACE_TALK_FS_5Dear Wickliffe community,
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful year. Yes, it flew by. No, I can’t believe the year is over. It has been a year filled with many challenges, joys, & reasons to celebrate. We welcomed several new staff members, and I am proud to say that our own children helped make the transition seamless by showing them “The Wickliffe Way.”

Although our year has come to an end, the we will continue to work on a few projects over the summer. To name a few: Wickliffe PTO will be installing a new Wickliffe rock on the corner of Cimmaron & Wickliffe. One of our own students noticed these rocks all around town and questioned why we didn’t have one. With the help of central office, Wickliffe will have a rock of our own in the coming week. We can’t wait to take pictures in front of OUR rock.

Wickliffe PTO will also be installing new furniture in the lobby. We hope that these additions will create a space where children, parents, grandparents, and other members of our school community can gather. We hope to create a more welcoming entrance for our building as well as better utilize our space in the halls and stairwell. We can’t wait for you to see the additions in the fall.

Speaking of fall, our PTO Board and Committee Chairs for 2015/2016:

2015-2016 Chairs:
President: Ariel Silver
President Elect: Courtney Ruppert
Treasurer: Sandee Reim
Treasurer Elect: Meredith Brown
Secretary: Katy Britt
Secretary Elect: Tina Tomeo
Media Communications: Ross Sanford
Fundraising Chair: Dana Grimes
Fundraising Elect: YOU?
Volunteer Coordinator: Karen Robertson
Wellness Officers: Nikki McCarthy & Cat Hiller
Informal Affair: Hilary Newlin & Chris Mockabee

It has been an honor and a joy to head up this group of parents. Thank you for the opportunity. Wickiffe and the people invested in its success will forever be a part of me.

May your days be long & your hearts be full this summer,

Cat Hiller

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THANK YOU!!!

GraduationDear Wickliffe Community and especially our 5th Graders and their families –
What a glorious 5th grade graduation celebration we all had! We believe it was a testament to the great learning and teaching that happens each day at Wickliffe when most of our students chose to make speeches before taking the next step in their educational journeys. The poise and confidence that each of them showed in grasping the microphone or politely declining reinforced to me what an outstanding community we have at Wickliffe – and one which the Trents will miss dearly!
There are so many thanks that we want to make for all of those who helped to make the “graduation days” an incredible success!
First our fearless leader and master of ceremonies, Mr. Collaros. What can we say Chris? Clearly your leadership and passion for our community was clearly demonstrated at graduation and throughout the year. For that we want to thank you.
Our 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Blair, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Oberlin – wow, the relationships that each of you built with every student was clearly obvious. There is no doubt that we have the most talented, caring and exceptional teachers. Your teamwork and assistance with coordinating all the events was second to none.
Lisa Card was our pool party coordinator. Aloha!  Thank you Lisa for all your hard work! It truly was fabulous.
Kate Ozello made sure that all of our kiddos had nutritious snacks that they could all enjoy. Thank you Kate!!
What can I say about Jessica Sanford and Rona Boehm. They were the “bomb” for the graduation extravaganza. A special thanks to Mrs. Zelnik and the rest of the Wickliffe staff for all of their hard work.
Many thanks to Chip Elam for all of the pool party video footage! What a fabulous job you did. Between interviews and our guest appearance from Johnny DiLoretto it was a test of our dedication and endurance! But it did allow Rich and Dara Cheung to creates those beautiful DVDs that will help us all to relive “the best field trip ever” over and over!
It was great to see Mr. Warner and Percy. Thanks for being a part of this memorable day.
Thank you to all of the parents who decorated, baked, bought and cleaned-up. We certainly could not have done it without you!!
Finally I would like to recognize my partner in crime and dear wife Kelly. She not only picked up the slack but also attempted to keep me organized – not an easy task, mind you!
To the entire Wickliffe community, please know the Trents will all miss you much but please do expect a visit from us every now and then!  Many thanks and have a great summer!!
All the best – Lori & Kelly Trent
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5th Grade Graduation

Graduation5th Grade Graduation is on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 3rd.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 8:30 am, so those attending should plan to arrive early enough to find parking and a seat.  We hope to conclude by about 10:00 am.

The kids need to wear their graduation t-shirts (designed by Isabella Reyes and Claire Lebron!) to the ceremony.  5th grade teachers will pass them out to the class first thing Wednesday morning.  (The shirts are gray with black ink.)

There will be a reception in the gym afterwards to take photos and enjoy a sweet treat.

Thanks to all who contributed to this event.  If you signed up to help on Sign Up Genius, please be at the school at 6:30 PM on Tuesday night.  4th Grade parent helpers are still needed after graduation, so if you can be at Wickliffe at 10:00 AM to assist with food, drink, and clean-up, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040944acaf2da57-wickliffe