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Celebrate the WICKLIFFE WOLVES

Wickliffe neighbors are leading the 23rd anniversary celebration the Wickliffe Wolves and commemorating the dedication of the Hirschi Trace.  They will  be reminding students and teachers about the role Ron Hirschi played in having the wolf be the Wickliffe School mascot.  The Wickliffe Wolf statute will be the site of the wolf presentation, and a former Wickliffe student will read an inscription Ron Hirschi wrote in his book and tell how Ron’s love of wild animals helped her pursue her dream of owning her Madison County horse farm.  They hope that some students, teachers, and parents will gather around one of the yellow Hirschi Trace signs in Fancyburg Park to celebrate the anniversary.  The celebration is scheduled for noon on May 27 at at the Wickliffe Wolf statue.  Please join them!!!

Wickliffe School Wolf and Ron Hirschi

Part of environmentalist Ron Hirschi’s work was to save the wild wolves out west.  Students supported his work by an art auction that raised enough money to pay for the dramatic wolfe statute in Wickliffe School’s front yard. It is in the northwest corner, next to a beautiful plaza.  Students felt that the Hirschi Trace path to the Scioto River linked them to Montana.  They knew an old Indian trail followed the Scioto down to the Ohio River.  Vestiges of the trail can be seen in the Scioto Trails State Park south of Columbus.  Following the Ohio River, students knew they could turn upstream at the Missouri River and end up in Bozeman Montana.  Wickliffe students raised enough money to have a simlar Trace built in Montana.  Quite an accomplishment.

One Wickliffe student, Andrea Waite, had an especially close relationship with Ron Hirschi.  He gave her an autographed copy of his book, with a personal inscription that said “ Brad/Connie have this inscription” (also title of book.  Andrea’s love of nature was so inspired by Hirschi, that she now has a horse ranch/farm in Madison County.  Andrea said, recently, that Ron Hirschi “…opened my eyes to the possibility that I could have a dream and follow it.”

Email from Ron Hirschi (dated May 14, 2015)

I was deeply honored to have a trail created in my name after working for quite some time with the Wickliffe School Community. This is truly sacred space, the pathway from the school to the Scioto. River.  I remember when older students took kindergarteners by the hand and with stop watches, timed how long it took those little legs to cross the busy street (Riverside Drive)  leading to the river.

And, for sure, I remember how the path traced through Fancyburg Park.  A park that was once a pumpkin patch that was eventually donated for a city park, providing it be given its current name. I never met the gentleman who grew the pumpkins and gave them to kids, but imagine he must have been quite the guy.

Kids at Wickliffe inspired me to help literally thousands of other children across the US, mainly because they cared well beyond the usual. Their teachers, parents, and others in the community supported all that is right with our country and our future, teaching compassion for the world. 

I remember a special, tiny moment at the edge of Fancyburg Park. I don’t remember the boy’s name, but he and were looking closely at life in and around an old stump, a piece of the past forest, the old tree world. We found some beetles and ants and he jumped back and exclaimed, “This is the best thing I have ever seen in my whole life!”

If we can preserve and protect places like Fancyburg, then there is hope for the future.

Ron Hirschi

Diane Driessen May 2015 Interview

Diane knew of Ron Hirschi and was instrumental in getting him to come to Wickliffe Elementary School.  He also helped build some gardens at St. Agatha.  Diane is certain that City Council passed a resolution recognizing the Hirschi Trace and allowing signs to be attached to UA City property pointing out the trail through the center of the park.  Dr. Diane Driesen was the Wickliffe School Librarian.  She emailed 3 photos of Ron Hirschi and Wickliffe students in Fancyberg Park. (not included here)

Peggy Harrison May 2015 Interview

Peggy Harrison was the teacher who organized the environmental study program at Wickliffe School.  She said “We worked with the Upper Arlington Senior Center.  We had four Wickliffe School classes involved.  Channel 10 sent out a TV crew. We had a booth at Kingsdale Shopping Center and a petition UA citizens  were asked to sign to end pollution in the Scioto River.  We found all kinds of deformed fish.”  

Our class also petitioned Ohio Department of Transportation to study and change the duration of the traffic light at Route 33 and Nottingham Road, so that children would be able to cross and complete the Hirschi Trace path.  Students did a study to show how much longer it took elementary school children (versus adults) to cross busy Route 33.  ODOT changed the traffic light!  It is no wonder that Wickliffe Teacher Peggy Harrison was selected as Teacher of the Year! She also took students on a field trip to see the source of the Scioto River in Auglaze and Hardin Counties; where they placed a marker.

 

from SNP 1992:

Wickliffe Dedicates Hirschi Trace

By Lisa K Zellner

SNP staff writer

May 20, 1992

Hirschi Trace, Wickliffe Elementary School’s link to the Scioto River, is official.  Students dedicated the path Friday after a week of study with  environmentalist and author Ron Hirschi.

Hirschi has visited the school several times to work with students on environmental projects. Wickliffe students began the pathway project as a memorial to Will Powers, a fellow student who was killed when hit by a car while riding his bike.

The pass route takes walkers from the school through Fancyburg Park across Riverside Drive into Grigg’s Reservoir Dam Park. Bird feeders and bat boxes are distributed along the route where the City has agreed to place signs.

Fifth-graders have spent the last few months leading other classes along the route to point out groups of trees that have been planted and assist them in class studies.

Students are using the path for picnic outings as well as outdoor study projects.  Congressman Chalmers Wyley (R – Columbus) and Upper Arlington Mayor Ginny Barney were among guests at the ribbon cutting Friday.

Hirschi, who worked with the students earlier in the week, was ill and did not attend Friday’s dedication.  

Caption under the photo accompanying the story:  Wickliffe fifth-grader Maggie Bellows show students a sign that will be used to identify Hirschi Trace. 

 

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Wickliffe Service: Food Drive Update

htohThe Food Drive and Service Learning Project by Mrs. Oberlin and Bennett’s Classes has been a great success.  Mrs. Oberlin’s class had a field trip last week to the Heart to Heart pantry to deliver all the items collected.  The class also weeded, mulched, planted flowers, made Mother’s Day Cards, and unloaded 7500 pounds of food from Mid Ohio Food Bank!

The Wickliffe Food Drive collected over 350 food donations for the Heart to Heart Pantry, located at First Community Church Community Outreach Building (1944 W First Ave. Columbus, OH 43212).  Mrs. Oberlin and Bennett’s Classes would like to thank the ENTIRE Wickliffe Community including the Olentangy Longhouse Indian Princesses for all the support and donations.

For more information contact soberlin@uaschools.org or lcbennett@uaschools.org

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COME JOIN THE CELEBRATION!

WICKLIFFE PROGRESSIVE ELEMENTARY PTO SPRING CELEBRATION
Friday, May 8
5:30-8:00 p.m.

Spring-Celebration2Spring Celebration is a Wickliffe Progressive PTO Community Event to be on Friday, May 8th from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Join fellow Wickliffe families as we celebrate the the warmer weather, friends, and the last month of the school year with food, crafts, kid fun, and more.

ACTIVITIES : * Bubble Guy * Cake Walk * Petting Zoo * Inflatables * Photo Station * Sidewalk Chalk * UA Fire Truck *
CRAFTS: * Hair Chalk * Bookmark * Origami * Face Painting *
FOOD: * Popcorn Table * Mikey’s Late Night Slice * Pitabilities * Graeter’s Ice Cream * Giant Eagle *
WICKLIFFE PTO: * Fair Trade * School Spirit Wear * 4th of July Float *
Support Wickliffe by volunteering your time and baked goods! Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa8ac2cabfa7-spring to sign up today!  Volunteers are needed to make this a success.  Please consider helping for one shift (or more).  Middle school and high school students are welcome for all slots unless indicated “adults only”.

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GOLDEN STAR CHOIR PERFORMANCE INFO

GSCWe’d like to thank all of you who donated generously to the gift card pot for the choir teachers! The turnout was incredible, and the teachers will be grateful!!
Here’s what’s coming up if you didn’t see the take-home informational flyer from your child:
THURSDAY, May 7:
Dress rehearsal, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Potluck dinner, 6-6:30 p.m.
 
It’s a long day and afternoon for the kids. Practice is from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m with dinner served at 6:00, so kids can bring snacks if they need to eat one after the final bell and/or during rehearsal breaks. Thanks to all parents who are donating food for the dinner!
FRIDAY, May 8 details:
Choir kids arrive, 8:00 a.m.
Town Meeting performance, 8:30 a.m.
Spring Celebration performance, kids arrive at 6:00 p.m. and go to music room 
 
For both performances, kids must wear jeans or shorts with BOTH front AND back pockets. Pants and shorts must be dark-colored or jeans. Please, no white or neon anything — not pants, shorts, socks or shoes.
For more information check your child’s take-home flyer, choir information packet from January, or email Molly Hinkle, mhinkle@uaschools.org, or Kristin Rodriguez, krodriguez@uaschools.org with questions! Thank you!

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LAST CALL: Parents of Choir Kids

starDear Parents of Choir Kids,

If you are thinking of sending in a voluntary money donation for gift cards for the choir teachers per our email of April 24, please send it in TOMORROW, Weds., May 6, with your child in a marked envelope to give to Sarah Dean at the after-school choir practice. Please remember, this is optional!

We are going to present the teachers with the gift cards at Thursday evening’s rehearsal, so we cannot accept cash donations at that time.

Thanks so much for your support of our awesome choir teachers!

Sherry Dean & Kim Younkin

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Wickliffe 5th Grade Graduation Details and Sign-Ups

Wickliffe 5th Grade Parents & Friends:

GraduationCan you believe the day is rapidly approaching? Wow – where did the time go?

Here is an outline for the upcoming events for the Wickliffe 5th Grade Graduation!

Friday, May 29th – Pool Party at Reed Road Waterpark beginning at 10:30am

Tuesday, June 2 – Graduation set-up beginning at 6:30pm

Wednesday, June 3 – Graduation Day beginning at 8:30am

We are working hard to have some of the costs underwritten. However, if you would like to contribute – we would love it! You can donate here: https://cwsclients.wufoo.com/forms/z7habb319zgqqx/or drop off a check payable to Wickliffe PTO in the Wickliffe office and write 5th Grade Graduation in the Memo Line.

Any left over funds will be made as a contribution from the 5th graders to Wickliffe Progressive School!

Whether you work full time or not, there are many ways you can contribute your time or gifts. Just sign-up below and thank you very much!

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Friend of Wickliffe: Michael J. Rosen

Dear friends and friends of friends…

ROSEN1On Saturday, May 2nd, Michael J. Rosen is participating in two book-party benefits to support Cat Welfare Association. They are an amazing no-kill shelter and adoption center caring for hundreds of Central Ohio’s less lucky feline companions. He will draw YOUR CAT in a copy of his new book of haiku, The Maine Coon’s Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers—“the perfect poetical paean to pussycats,” (starred Kirkus Reviews). Of course, He’ll draw YOUR DOG, too, in the companion volume, The Hound Dog’s Haiku and Other Poems for Dog Lovers—“…poetically, visually—the Tao of dogginess!” (starred Kirkus Reviews).

From 12pm to 3pm, the benefit takes place at Cat Welfare, 741 Wetmore Ave., in Clintonville. In addition to books and pet portraits, there will be family friendly activities, snacks and cookout fare, tours of Cat Welfare’s facility, and a meet and greet with hundreds of adoptable cats.

That evening, from 5pm until 9pm, the benefit moves to GROWL! at 2995 N. High (just south of Weber) in Clintonville. Enjoy craft beers, snacks, and a little haiku in the company of folks who care about our animal companions. Did I mention there would be craft beers? A couple dozen on tap. And a curated selection of wines that you won’t find at Kroger’s and Giant Eagle. (Just saying.)

Both parts of the event are free and open to all. Each book retails for $18 ($8 from each book supports the good cause). If you’d like a portrait of your pet, we’re hoping you’ll donate a minimum of $25. (Actually, we’re hoping you’ll be even more generous.) Books can also be mailed to out-of-towners or folks who can’t attend and would still like to support the benefit…would still like a portrait in a book for a cat- or dog-loving friend.

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Volunteers Needed: Spring Celebration

Spring-Celebration2Spring Celebration is a Wickliffe Progressive PTO Community Event to be on Friday, May 8th from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Join fellow Wickliffe families as we celebrate the the warmer weather, friends, and the last month of the school year with food, crafts, kid fun, and more.

Volunteers are needed to make this a success.  Please consider helping for one shift (or more).  Middle school and high school students are welcome for all slots unless indicated “adults only”.

Thank you in advance for your help!

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Teacher Appreciation Week: May 4-8

Help us show appreciation for our Educators and Staff!

As the school year draws to a close, we would like to take the time to thank all of our AMAZING educators and staff here at Wickliffe Progressive Elementary.  The Wickliffe PTO will be organizing several different activities for all of the faculty and staff throughout the week of May 4th.  In order to make that week a success, we need the kind and generous support of our Wickliffe families.

There are many different ways that you can help show your appreciation:

•       Donate Your Time – We can use volunteers to help set-up before and clean-up afterwards

•       Volunteer Your Amazing Cooking – Show off your talents by bringing in/dropping off a yummy dish

•       Support with a Monetary Donation – If the timing is a challenge, a monetary donation will be put towards catering

We have created a sign-up genius page.  Please check out the volunteer and food donation opportunities, and sign-up before April 28.  If you would prefer to donate money, there are several easy ways to do that as well:

•       Bring a check to Wickliffe and put it in the drop-box in the office (make checks payable to Wickliffe PTO)

•       Return a check, with this flyer, in your child’s take home folder (make checks payable to Wickliffe PTO)

•       The easiest way to donate is via the Wickliffe PTO website here (or use the form below).

PLEASE VOLUNTEER OR DONATE BEFORE April 28

Sign Up Now!

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Weekly Update: Tons of Stuff Going On this Spring

After School Discovery – Classes Still Open

asd_logoAfter School Discovery is a PTO after school enrichment program that runs through the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each session we have a calendar full of fun, educational, and recreational programs designed for our students. Classes vary by grades and interests and are priced reasonably so that our students can discover something new!  Spring Class Registration is OPEN.

register-nowClasses are open to any and all Wickliffe students that fall into the right age category for that class.  Each session we try to offer something new while keeping some of our popular classes throughout the year.  This winter, we have some new classes: Spring Critter Science, Comic Book Creation, and Secret Service and some popular classes from previous years: Emerging Artist, LEGO Club, Sewing, Chess Club, and Basketball.

Food Drive: Donate to Heart to Heart

htohWho: Mrs. Oberlin and Bennett’s Classes

What: Shelf Milk, Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Where: Outside Rooms 217 and 201 and in the Wickliffe Office

When: NOW and until this end of April

WHY: TO BENEFIT AND HELP HEART TO HEART AND STOP HUNGER

http://fcchurch.com/food-pantry/

Contact soberlin@uaschools.org or lcbennett@uaschools.org for more info

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Lunchtime Walking Club is on the way!

Beginning Wednesday April 15th, every M-W-F at 11-12 lunch recess the kids will be given the opportunity to put on their walking shoes and earn some bling! The kids loved this in the fall and are anxious to get back out there. When they come out before and/or after eating lunch, they grab their WC card from their class’s pouch, grab a friend and start walking! For each trip around the field, they get a check mark on their card. For every four laps, they’ve walked a mile and can pick out a colorful foot pendant for their WC chain necklace that they earned with their first mile. The kids are really proud of their accomplishments, and their brains and body are ready for the second half of the day! This is such a great program that is sponsored by the Wickliffe PTO.

We need volunteers to make it happen! It’s easy set-up and really enjoyable. Please consider spending your mid-day with the kids. Sign up with a friend! Please contact Karen Robertson at smutexas@yahoo.com or 614-486-3053 if you are interested and would like to know more.

Sign-up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45adab2da2f85-walking2

 

Wickliffe Wellness: Walking Wednesdays

wc3HAPPY SPRING WICKLIFFE WALKERS!!

Spring break is over and hopefully spring is actually arriving in Upper Arlington. With that, Walking Wednesdays are finally back! If you are not familiar with WW it’s very easy! Over the next week your child should be receiving a Walking Passport. Please put your name on the back and attach it to their backpack. Each Wednesday through May 27 all you have to do is walk or bike to school and have your passport punched in one of three locations. 1. the corner of Wickliffe and Cimmaron 2. by the back door or 3. by the front door of the school. I realize that some of you live outside the walking distance of the school. There are lots of families that drop their kiddos at Fancyburg and walk from there so please come and join us. If you have another location that you like to walk from, let us know so we can have a group coming from another direction. Walking Wednesdays are part of an effort to promote health and wellness but it is a great way to help out with cutting down on traffic around the school and improving safety which has been an issue lately. So let’s take off our winter boots and lace up our sneakers and get walking on Wednesdays!

To make sure that WW runs smoothly I need some volunteers each week to cover the three locations and punch cards. It is just a short 15 min from 8:00 to 8:15. Please sign up here if you would like to help out.

To sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4FAAAF22A5F58-walking2/1978737

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki McCarthy at nikkimc1@me.com

 

Wickliffe Wellness: Adult Classes

URBAN ZEN – Finding Calm in the Chaos

Taught by: Sharon Collaros, RYT –  Urban Zen Integrative Therapist

images-3The time to rest and restore is when you don’t have time to rest and restore.  Come catch the Urban Zen vibe. This uniquely different class is all about integrated relaxation and restoration designed to promote deep muscle release and a substantial calming of the nervous system.  Students (adults only) are positioned in completely comfortable restorative poses using blankets, bolsters, and other props.  Aromatherapy, guided breath awareness, body scan practices and Reiki are all offered to coax maximum release.

  •  Dressing in layers is highly suggested to keep warm.  As the body relaxes, core body temperature goes down.
  • Bring your own yoga mat.
  • Absolutely no yoga experience required.

When:  April 20-May 18 (5 Weeks)
Where: Room 108, Wickliffe
Time:  7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Cost:  $75 to be paid first day of class
Maximum Class Size:  10

To sign up please email Sharon at: scollaros@gmail.com

Wickliffe BOOTCAMP

BootExperienced ACE certified personal trainer programming for all ages and fitness levels. Workouts will be outside weather permitting or in the gym. Six week program is $200 due at the beginning and starts April 2nd on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Contact Jen Calland Personal Training at jencalland26@gmail.com or (614) 554-2426 with questions or to register.

When:  Starts April 2 (6 Weeks)
Where: Wickliffe Gym or Outside (dress for weather)
Time:  7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost:  $200 to be paid first day of class

Get fit and have fun in the sun this spring with us!

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Volunteers Needed: Lunchtime Walking Club

feetLunchtime Walking Club is on the way! Beginning Wednesday April 15th, every M-W-F at 11-12 lunch recess the kids will be given the opportunity to put on their walking shoes and earn some bling! The kids loved this in the fall and are anxious to get back out there. When they come out before and/or after eating lunch, they grab their WC card from their class’s pouch, grab a friend and start walking! For each trip around the field, they get a check mark on their card. For every four laps, they’ve walked a mile and can pick out a colorful foot pendant for their WC chain necklace that they earned with their first mile. The kids are really proud of their accomplishments, and their brains and body are ready for the second half of the day! This is such a great program that is sponsored by the Wickliffe PTO.

We need volunteers to make it happen! It’s easy set-up and really enjoyable. Please consider spending your mid-day with the kids. Sign up with a friend! Please contact Karen Robertson at smutexas@yahoo.com or 614-486-3053 if you are interested and would like to know more.

Sign-up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45adab2da2f85-walking2

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Wickliffe Wellness: Walking Wednesdays Start This Week

wc3HAPPY SPRING WICKLIFFE WALKERS!!

Spring break is over and hopefully spring is actually arriving in Upper Arlington. With that, Walking Wednesdays are finally back! If you are not familiar with WW it’s very easy! Over the next week your child should be receiving a Walking Passport. Please put your name on the back and attach it to their backpack. Each Wednesday through May 27 all you have to do is walk or bike to school and have your passport punched in one of three locations. 1. the corner of Wickliffe and Cimmaron 2. by the back door or 3. by the front door of the school. I realize that some of you live outside the walking distance of the school. There are lots of families that drop their kiddos at Fancyburg and walk from there so please come and join us. If you have another location that you like to walk from, let us know so we can have a group coming from another direction. Walking Wednesdays are part of an effort to promote health and wellness but it is a great way to help out with cutting down on traffic around the school and improving safety which has been an issue lately. So let’s take off our winter boots and lace up our sneakers and get walking on Wednesdays!

To make sure that WW runs smoothly I need some volunteers each week to cover the three locations and punch cards. It is just a short 15 min from 8:00 to 8:15. Please sign up here if you would like to help out.

To sign up, go to:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4FAAAF22A5F58-walking2/1978737

If you have any questions, please contact me at nikkimc1@me.com

Thank you

Nikki McCarthy
nikkimc1@me.com
614-619-4957

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After School Discovery – Spring Registration is OPEN

asd_logoAfter School Discovery is a PTO after school enrichment program that runs through the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Each session we have a calendar full of fun, educational, and recreational programs designed for our students. Classes vary by grades and interests and are priced reasonably so that our students can discover something new!  Spring Class Registration is OPEN.

register-nowClasses are open to any and all Wickliffe students that fall into the right age category for that class.  Each session we try to offer something new while keeping some of our popular classes throughout the year.  This winter, we have some new classes: Spring Critter Science, Hunger Games Training, Comic Book Creation, and Secret Service and some popular classes from previous years: Clay Class, Emerging Artist, LEGO Club, Sewing, Chess Club, and Basketball.

Scholarships Available

Scholarships (partial and/or full) will be made available to those who have financial need. Scholarships are provided for on-site classes only. This offer is limited to one course per child. You can submit a scholarship application on-line.  All requests will be kept strictly confidential.  Click here for the Scholarship Application

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Wickliffe Wellness: Adult Classes

We’ve got Adult Classes starting at Wickliffe that will help get your mind and body ready for summer:

URBAN ZEN – Finding Calm in the Chaos

Taught by: Sharon Collaros, RYT –  Urban Zen Integrative Therapist

images-3The time to rest and restore is when you don’t have time to rest and restore.  Come catch the Urban Zen vibe. This uniquely different class is all about integrated relaxation and restoration designed to promote deep muscle release and a substantial calming of the nervous system.  Students (adults only) are positioned in completely comfortable restorative poses using blankets, bolsters, and other props.  Aromatherapy, guided breath awareness, body scan practices and Reiki are all offered to coax maximum release.

  •  Dressing in layers is highly suggested to keep warm.  As the body relaxes, core body temperature goes down.
  • Bring your own yoga mat.
  • Absolutely no yoga experience required.

When:  April 20-May 18 (5 Weeks)
Where: Room 108, Wickliffe
Time:  7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Cost:  $75 to be paid first day of class
Maximum Class Size:  10

To sign up please email Sharon at: scollaros@gmail.com

Wickliffe BOOTCAMP

BootExperienced ACE certified personal trainer programming for all ages and fitness levels. Workouts will be outside weather permitting or in the gym. Six week program is $200 due at the beginning and starts April 2nd on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. Contact Jen Calland Personal Training at jencalland26@gmail.com or (614) 554-2426 with questions or to register.

When:  Starts April 2 (6 Weeks)
Where: Wickliffe Gym or Outside (dress for weather)
Time:  7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Cost:  $200 to be paid first day of class

Get fit and have fun in the sun this spring with us!

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Wickliffe Wellness: Spring Guidance Classes

children_at_playWith spring break right over, the Guidance Team are gearing up for four new lunch groups. Through Felice Kassoy’s years of experience offering these opportunities (and supported by the research literature)  She knows that there are positive outcomes for children with common life experiences to find support in a group experience.

Please find the list and a brief description of each spring offering below. At the end of this letter is a permission slip to consent for your child’s participation in any of these groups.

Worry Warriors

Anxiety is a helpful part of our biological make-up. But metaphorically speaking, some children have a hard time distinguishing between a “paper tiger” and a “real tiger.” When anxiety begins to interfere with daily activities, it is time to take control of our worries instead of them controlling us. This group is for kiddos who need to develop tools for managing their worries.

 

Friday Friends

 

Some children struggle with making and keeping friends. This group will incorporate a mentor/mentee approach to social coaching and strengthening the prosocial skills that underlie successful friendships. This group will be designed and led by Erika Andrews, my practicum student from Northern State University in South Dakota.

 

Gender Creative Kids

 

This group is designed for gender non-conforming kiddos who’s gender expression doesn’t feel like a perfect match with the their biological sex—they may identify as both genders or don’t feel strongly tied to a gender identity at all. The goal of the group is to give the kids a place to find kindred spirits, get social affirmation, and to experience emotional safety and comfort in being their authentic selves at school.

 

You might wonder, “Isn’t elementary school a little young for this?” Current research is showing that children develop a clear gender identity around age 6 and that it doesn’t always align with their biological sex. This group is about gender identity, which is separate from sexual orientation.

 

Talking about Some Tough Stuff

 

This group is designed to give children a safe place to understand and express feelings about a family member who is ill (or has been in the past). As we know, illness can bring about many changes that can “upset” the balance in the family. Everyone responds differently to try a cope. In this group we will read stories, participate in activities, use art, and create personal journals to help these children find their voice for talking about the illness and family dynamics at this time.

 

As always, If you have any questions about these groups…please feel free to call Felice Kassoy or e-mail her (487-5150 or fkassoy@uaschools.org).

 

Felice Kassoy, School Counselor

Katie Monda, OSU Counseling Intern

Erika Andrews, NSU Counseling Practicum Student

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UACA Golden Apple Awards

ga1It is that time again for the Golden Apple Awards! Nominations for teachers, administrators and staff are currently being accepted through March 31, 2015. The Upper Arlington Civic Association (UACA) accepts nominations from public and private high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, and pre-schools located within Upper Arlington.\

Nominate your Wickliffe favorite teacher HEREhttp://directors1933.uaca.org/wordpress/events/golden-apple-awards/nominations/

The UACA accepts unlimited nominations and awards one per school except for the pre-schools in which one is awarded for all of the pre-schools. Competition is usually fierce, so the committee and the association considers each nomination with exceptional care. The recipients are teachers, administrators, and staff members who have demonstrated outstanding practices, unsurpassed student support, and a committed willingness to better education for all Upper Arlington students.

Students, parents, peers, administrators, and the community can tender nominations. The past award winners have received nominations from all groups. The nominations are reviewed by the UACA Directors. In addition to the pre-schools located in UA, the eligible schools are Barrington, Greensview, Hastings, Jones, St. Agatha, St. Andrews, Tremont, UAHS, Wellington, Wickliffe, and Windermere.

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Wickliffe Wellness – Jump Rope For Heart

ahaWe are thrilled to be supporting the American Heart Association to help teach our students and families how to take care of their hearts through the Jump Rope For Heart program. What does your child get out of participating?
YOUR CHILD learns about the importance of the heart—how it works, and how to take care of it: With the educational programs from the American Heart Association, our students learn how the heart works, how exercise affects their hearts and how to stay FIT FOR LIFE! Approximately 80 percent of the funds raised go directly to the mission, funding extensive research efforts, heart education and programs to help us all live healthier lives.
jrhYOUR CHILD reaches out to friends and family: The safe online tool makes it easy for your child to set up a web page and send emails to support their fundraising efforts and to share life-saving information. The new app for smartphones also makes it easy for your student to text friends and family to join their campaign to be a heart hero. When your kids talk about their reasons for participating (such as a lost loved one or a family history of heart disease), it helps them connect the dots to a healthier life (and might even inspire a few other family members).
YOUR CHILD feels good for making a difference in people’s lives! Funds raised support the heart association’s research and education initiatives that save lives in our community. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans and more people die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association is second only to the U.S. government in funding research in heart disease and stroke. Additionally, the school earns money for PE equipment so we can keep our kids MOVING!
We hope you are as excited as we are to support our students in this important experience. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please let me know. Visit www.heart.org/jump to get started today!

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Food Drive: Donate to Heart to Heart

htohWho: Mrs. Oberlin and Bennett’s Classes

What: Shelf Milk, Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Where: Outside Rooms 217 and 201 and in the Wickliffe Office

When: NOW and until this end of April

WHY: TO BENEFIT AND HELP HEART TO HEART AND STOP HUNGER

First Community Church Community Outreach Building
1944 W First Ave. Columbus, OH 43212

http://fcchurch.com/food-pantry/

Contact soberlin@uaschools.org or lcbennett@uaschools.org for more info

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What’s Happening at Wickliffe This Week?

Dear Wickliffe Community,
Things are changing up this week. It’s March, and it’s a 5 day week! This week at Wickliffe we hope you will be able to join us for the following events:

Block Party: Block Learning and Teaching in the Classroom

yhst-94871585808183_2267_87008513Wickliffe Principal Chris Collaros & Dr. Julie Eirich will facilitate a discussion on the benefits of Block Play in the Classroom: Math. Measurement. Balance. Negotiation. Collaboration. And fun.   This will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

You might call blocks the anti-app: These smooth maple pieces need no recharging and no downloading.
As a community, we will gather for a brief general Wickliffe Progressive PTO Meeting and then explore recent studies concerning Block Play.

Checkout this piece at NRP.com: Behold The Humble Block! Tools Of The Trade

Scholastic Book Fair Family Night 

book-fairWednesday March 11th 4-8pm
We will be staying open late for our Family Night which will include the Wickliffe PTO Fair Trade sale and a Wickliffe Daisy Troop 860 cookie booth.  Stop in and grab a few goodies for Spring Break!

 

Wickliffe Helps Out

We currently have a Wickliffe family who could use our support.  Gift cards (gas, grocery, or fast food) is what is most helpful at this time. Dr. Julie Eirich will put an envelope in her mailbox for anyone who would like to provide a donation (no amount is too small!) Thank you all for your consideration.

May the sun find you this week!

Warmly,
Cat Hiller
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Scholastic Book Fair Starts Next Week

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Scholastic Book Fair Family Night is at 4-8pm on March 11th.
We will be staying open late on Wednesday, March 11th, until 8pm.  Our Family Night will include the Wickliffe PTO Fair Trade sale and a Wickliffe Daisy Troop 860 cookie booth.  You can find great gifts, books, and cookies all in one place while supporting your PTO!