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WICKLIFFE FAIR TRADE MARKETPLACE

WICKLIFFE FAIR TRADE MARKETPLACE WILL BE FEATURED AT PREMIER AT SAWMILL ATHLETIC CLUB’S 7TH ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR

FairtradeJOIN US SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2015 from  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Premier at Sawmill Athletic Club has graciously offered a 1-WEEK FREE, FAMILY PASS to anyone who purchases from our FAIR TRADE MARKETPLACE at the event.

Place custom orders from our featured Fair Trade Partners by emailing Wickliffefairtrade@gmail.com

Our Vendors:
Dsenyo: http://www.dsenyo.com
Equal Exchange Partners: http://equalexchange.coop
Global Crafts: http://www.globalcraftsb2b.com
Global Goods: http://globalgoodspartners.org
Matr Boomie: http://matrboomie.com
Swahili African Modern: http://www.swahiliwholesale.com
World Finds: http://www.worldfinds.com

GIFT-GIVING MADE SIMPLE. THINK FAIR TRADE FIRST.

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Upcoming Events at Wickliffe

image1Dear Wickliffe Community,
I hope you are enjoying the wonders of this white Ohio winter and our unexpected time off.

Although it looks calm and quiet, it is actually a very exciting and busy time at Wickliffe. Many important opportunities are unfolding, all before Spring Break! So get out your calendar & prepare to be a part of these exciting Wickliffe events.

Wickliffe Kindergarten Information Meeting 
February 26th @ 6:45
Staff will gather in the gym for an informal presentation on our Wickliffe program. 

UA District Informal Program Information 
March 3rd @ 6:30
Barrington & Wickliffe staff will gather in the Barrington Elementary school cafeteria. If you have ever wondered “How is Informal different from the other programs?” This would be a great meeting to attend. 

Informal Affair Wrap up & 2015 Pass Off
March 4th @ 6:30
The Daily Growler (2812 Fishinger Rd, Upper Arlington, OH 43221)
We will celebrate our hard work & prepare for a successful 2015 Informal Affair. This is a great meeting to attend if you have ever wanted to get involved with the IA process. We will even feed you Donato’s Pizza! Bring a friend, you will need a break after all of these snow day

Block Party
March 12th @ 6:00
As a community we will gather for a brief general PTO meeting and then explore the benefits of Block Play. Our Wickliffe staff will guide us through recent studies & plans to incorporate blocks into every classroom. We plan to facilitate & discuss much like the evening we watched August to June. 

Things To do On A Snowy Day:

  • Make a snow man or a snow castle or monster even! Send us a picture and we will post it for others to see!
  • Go sledding. Scioto River, near the Fishinger bridge has great runs & you can get a hot cocoa at Colin’s Coffee afterwards to warm up!
  • Grab a book! Get lost in the pages!
  • Bake with the kids!
  • Have a snow ball fight. Have you seen those snowball molds that make 8 at a time? Whoa!?
  • Play Monopoly or Risk. Both are long board games that are big fun for the family.
  • Snow paint. Put some water and food coloring in squirt bottles and become a snow Picasso.
  • Pick a trilogy & expose your children to some of the classics.
  • Make pizza together!
  • Do crossword puzzles.
  • Make a family calendar. Put all of the important Wickliffe dates on it!
  • Take a nap.
  • Help a neighbor shovel snow. Very good karma, who knows you could need the help one day.
  • Catch snow flakes on black paper. No two are alike!

 

Stay Warm,

Cat Hiller

Wickliffe PTO President

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Classroom News: Blocks Rock!

Those who attended the Informal Affair may have seen information on the upcoming Wickliffe PTO Block Party fundraiser.  The goal is to provide a set of blocks for each Wickliffe classroom. But why blocks?

Blocks aren’t just for preschool anymore. Research shows significant learning benefits of block play for children throughout elementary school and beyond. This was demonstrated in a “Keva City” project that organically emerged at recess in Mrs. Giles second and third grade class this fall.

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POWER WOLVES NEEDS YOU!!!

pwLogo_earth-smallPower Wolves are Wickliffe volunteers that change the world through service projects.  The Power Wolves logged about 120 service hours last year. Last year our wolves;

  • Sent a batch of 30 thank you cards to veterans and soldiers.
  • Made 150 cat toys for Cat Welfare. Visited the cats and played with them with the toys that were created.
  • Made posters for Wickliffe Goes Global campaign.
  • Raised $124 at bake sale at Spring Celebration. Proceeds were donated to World Wildlife Fund for the symbolic adoption of a Snow Leopard.
  • Raised $520 at the Roll-a-thon for the Red Cross for victims of hurricane Sandy.

Wickliffe PTO is looking for a few dedicated, parent volunteers that can lead this group.  Meetings are typically held from 3-4pm in the teacher’s lounge in March, April, and May.  Please contact wickliffepto@gmail.com if you can help.

Our goal is to complete 3-5 projects and connect members with other volunteer opportunities at Wickliffe.

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PTO School Directory

ptodirHave you been looking for the PTO Directory in your kid’s backpack? Here are some reasons that it hasn’t been published:

  • In order to comply with FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), the Wickliffe PTO can not get class lists or some contact informaton from the teachers, the administration, or the school district.  Government officials (at both the State and Federal levels) have crafted laws that put local school districts in legal peril if they give us your information and we publish it (even with your permission).
  • Wickliffe PTO hasn’t found enough people resources to finish the directory.  We have asked for volunteers (via this website and Facebook), but no one has stepped up to help finish the process of formatting and coordinating with a printer.

Wickliffe PTO volunteers have obtained advertisers and cobbled a lot of your information from other sources, so if you have unyoking of desktop publishing experience and are interested in putting the Wickliffe PTO directory together and joining a great bunch of volunteers (that are passionate and already helping out with many Wickliffe PTO activities), please email wickliffepto@gmail.com.

Thanks,
Wickliffe PTO

 

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Wickliffe Fundraiser: Shopping & Cocktails

Processed with MoldivWhat a wonderful collaboration! The Wickliffe PTO and Wickliffe parent-owned businesses present to you our first ever night-out event with Shopping & Cocktails.

Wickliffe parent, Meredith Piccin is founder of Honey Rose & K.  Her jewelry line is now carried at Bohindi. Honey Rose & K has been featured in many of the most popular fashion magazines on the market including Seventeen, People Style Watch, and Oprah magazine.
Wickliffe parents, Greg and Leigh Lehman will be providing Watershed Distillery cocktails for the event.  To those who attended the Informal Affair, you know what a treat this will be!
Wickliffe parent, Michele Slone-Rapp is owner of the Jr. Explorer’s Club.  She has offered to provide an exciting night of entertainment for the kids, so they won’t miss you for a second.  Ages 3+, 3 hours/$25.
Bohindi, Honey Rose & K, and the Jr. Explorer’s club will be donating 20% of their proceeds from the night to the Wickliffe PTO.
Please let us know if you’re coming and RSVP on Facebook
When: February 12, 2015
Where: Bohindi, 2134 Arlington Avenue
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Who:
Honey Rose & K http://honeyrosenk.com
Please join us for a pre-Valentine’s Day night-out with the love of your life . . . and your girlfriends, of course! 
Cheers!
Wickliffe PTO
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Wickliffe Wellness – Urban Zen

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:  February 9-April 13 (No class on February 16, President’s Day and March 23rd, Spring Break)
Where: Room 108, Wickliffe
Time:  7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Cost:  $120 to be paid first day of class
Maximum Class Size:  10

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

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Do your socks have holes in them? Sign your kids up for SEWING 101

Introduction to Sewing is for any kid who wants to learn how to sew.  Our sewing classes have always filled up, so this one will too.  Kids will learn beginning sewing, including basic needle and thread techniques and stitches.  Self-paced class will have several simple projects to choose from to sew.

Classes start Thursday, February 5, 2014, so sign up ASAP.

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Does your kid need more STEM? Try MINECRAFT MATH

imageMinecraft Mathematics is an after school enrichment program that uses the Minecraft video game. Minecraft not only engages students but helps develop many desirable skill sets including teaching math, engineering and programming as an added benefit. Students collaborate with one another by solving various problem scenarios and creating wonderful, imaginative structures and worlds. Also, this program utilizes the design cycle steps of brainstorm, design, build, evaluate, modify, and share which supports our commitment to helping students develop 21st Century Skills. We believe that the skills that are developed by playing Minecraft can help students develop creativity and problem solving skills while collaborating with their friends and learning math concepts at the same time!

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Wickliffe Skate Party at Skate Zone 71

Join us at Skate Zone 71 on February 4th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM for a Wickliffe Progressive PTO fundraiser and SKATE PARTY. This is an EARLY DISMISSAL DAY, so all you’re friends will be there.

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After School Discovery – Classes starts next week

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Classes start during the next two weeks, and there are still spots available in many After School Discovery Classes.

After 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!  Winter Class Registration is OPEN.

Classes 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:  Minecraft Math, Kitting, Arcade Science, and Clay Class and some popular classes from previous years: Chess Club, and Basketball.

 

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After School Discovery Class: Intro to Sewing

imagesNEW AFTER SCHOOL DISCOVERY CLASS ADDED!!! Wickliffe Progressive PTO has made a late addition to our ASD classes: INTRODUCTION TO SEWING due to the high demand for the Advanced Sewing Class.

Since our Advanced Sewing Class is so popular (and filled up so fast), we decided to have a special sewing class for beginners.  Kids will learn beginning sewing, including basic needle and thread techniques and stitches. Taught by Wickliffe mom and PTO President Catrina Hiller, this class will be AMAZING.

There are still other exciting classes still open for winter registration, such as Basketball, Drama, Yoga, Minecraft Math, and Clay Class.

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Boxtops and other Loyalty Programs

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!
 
Please get all your boxtops to the painted house receptacle labeled BOXTOPS located near the office before February 1, 2015.  

We also are collecting Tyson A+ labels (http://projectaplus.tyson.com) and “Labels for Education” (http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products).  These are great, easy ways that Wickliffe can earn money and support our students.

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School-age Child Care Program (SACC) – 2015-2016

1405705553573UPPER ARLINGTON SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE PROGRAM 2015-2016 Enrollment Policies and Procedures

The Upper Arlington School-Age Child Care Program provides quality school-age programming for children attending Barrington, Greensview, Tremont, Wickliffe, and Windermere Schools. Children must attend the SACC program at the school they attend daily. Parents cannot request to have their children bused to another site. The program is designed to be a link between school and home for the working parent. To insure the safety of the children and the quality of the program, SACC enrollment will be controlled by the space and staff that is available at each site, and as mandated by the Ohio Department of Education.

REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 11. VISIT THE UPPER ARLINGTON SCHOOLS WEBSITE, GO TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS. CLICK ON SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE. REGISTRATION INFORMATION WILL BE LOCATED UNDER THE SACC INFORMATION HEADING.

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Fair Trade Marketplace

ftradeWickliffe PTO Fair Trade Marketplace will continue into the new year.  Join us in the Wickliffe lobby, from 4:00-6:30 pm for our monthly Fair Trade Marketplace.  Each month will feature fresh, new items, as well as our top sellers.  Sale dates are on the following Wednesdays:

January 28, 2014
February 25, 2014
April 1, 2014
April 29, 2014
May 27, 2014

If you can’t make these dates, you will be able to place custom orders.  Look for a flyer coming home in your kid’s backpack, and check our Wickliffe PTO Facebook page for details.

The products we offer are hand made by artisans across the globe who are paid a living wage for their work.  The craftsmanship is beautiful and all profits go to our PTO to fund many learning experiences that would not be possible were it not for your support.

We are also looking for new volunteers, even kid helpers!  If you’d like to assist with our sales, please sign-up today at Signup Genius!

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After School Discovery – 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!  Winter Class Registration is OPEN.

Classes 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: Balloon TwistingMinecraft Math, Kitting, Arcade Science, and Clay Class and some popular classes from previous years: LEGO Club, Sewing, Chess Club, and Basketball.

Winter Classes Dates:

  • January 5th: Winter Registration opens.
  • January 25th: Winter registration closes.
  • Week of January 26th: Winter classes begin.
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 5th Grade – Service Learning Project

Before Thanksgiving break, Mrs. Lindsay Bennett’s 5th grade class had an amazing conversation about helping others. The children shared the ways that their families do this already. After reading (one of Wickliffe’s favorite authors/poets) Michael J. Rosen‘s new poem about childhood hunger, the kids identified a specific interest in helping to fight hunger. Here are some quotes from that conversation:

  • “When listening to the poem, it made me realize all the stuff that we have, and all the stuff that I have. They should have the same.” –Bryce
  • “We can go downstairs and eat whatever we want, but they wake up with growling stomachs.” –Lorenzo
  • “The poem is saying that you can do it. It inspires you to go out and make a change.” – Peter
  • “It makes me want to do something to help!” –Mary

After these conversations, fellow Wickliffe 5th grade teacher Sarah Oberlin and Lindsay Bennett met with one of UA’s former teachers and Service Learning expert, Mrs. Jane Hubbard. After researching and working with Jane, they made a few decisions. They thought that a field trip would be a great way to kick off a service learning project.

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Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Break

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We will be back in 2015 with new After School Discovery classes and more great activities for all our children.

–Wickliffe PTO

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Last Minute Shopping – Fair Trade Holiday Sale – Need Volunteers

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Our “last chance” Fair Trade Holiday Sale is on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Wickliffe lobby, from 4:00-6:30 pm. We have some new items to sell, and we have refreshed our top sellers from our last sale. We do need a couple of volunteers to hang out and help sell to our Market Day pick-ups, teachers, staff and SACC parents if you’re avaliable.

DATE: 12/17/2014 (Wed 4:00PM – 6:30PM)

LOCATION: Wickliffe Lobby

The products we offer are hand made by artisans across the globe who are paid a living wage for their work. The craftsmanship is beautiful and all profits go to our PTO to fund many learning experiences that would not be possible were it not for your support.

If you’re only available for part of the sale, please note that in the comments.

Lots of Good Cheer and Happy Holidays!

 

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LogoPINKWORDSonlyThanks to everyone for your supporting another great INFORMAL AFFAIR