Thursday, June 18, 2020

Weekend Update June 19, 2020






Dear Stonehedge Family and Friends, 
Well, what a year it has been?!?  It is hard to believe I have been a part of this amazing family for a year now.  And, what a joy it has been! Certainly, it was not the spring semester that any of us planned for or wanted, the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop us!  Our students, families, and teachers continued to work as hard as they could and persevered through it all.  I'd like to give a special shout out to the teachers and staff... your support, dedication, and flexibility during these last several months have been unforgettable. I wish everyone a wonderful summer filled with love, laughter, and READING! We are hopeful that we will return to a pretty much normal start to the school year on September 8, 2020. The district will be sending out updates as state and federal guidelines continue to be released.  Please feel free to reach out to me over the summer if you have any questions at all. I can be reached at asimmons@westgenesee.org 


Library Books

We still have about 400 library books outstanding.  If you have library books, would you please return them to the school (there are carts in each lobby) or the public library is also taking our books for return.


5th Grade Virtual Jump Rope Club Performance 

We are excited to present to you our FIRST EVER 5th Grade Virtual Jump Rope Club Performance Video! We are SO proud of our 5th graders! Their jump rope skills, perseverance, and overall resilience during this crazy time is truly amazing. While we are saddened to not be able to have our highly anticipated annual live performance, including partner and group tricks, we are EXCITED that we have the ability to still share all their hard work and creativity with you! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtoyaI4cdtI&feature=youtu.be



Yearbooks

The Stonehedge 2019-2020 yearbooks have not been shipped to us yet. We will notify parents when they arrive later this summer. As soon as we receive the yearbooks, we will share a plan for distributing them to all students. 




Happy Summer - DanielJana | Shazam

Friday, June 12, 2020

Weekend Update June 12, 2020





Summer, Here We Come!

Wow--What a year 2019-2020 has been! I miss the students, families, and staff so very much. I can not wait to return in the fall and see you all again (Fingers Crossed!). I hope you have a summer filled with sunshine, laughter, and READING!  Please check out the distance learning portal where you can find activities for Art, Music, Library, and PE.  Don't forget to get those assignments turned into your Google Classrooms. You probably noticed a CKLA workbook in the bag you picked up from school.  This will be great practice and review for your child this summer. 

School Supply Drive

For eleven years, the WG District Council has been providing school supplies for students in need.  Click here for information on how to register your child. 




Report Cards

Report cards will be open on Schooltool starting Wed., June 24.  The report cards will be comments only due to the school closure.  Click here to access the instructions to view the reports. This is a short video that explains how to access the reports on Schooltool, too.   If you need a paper copy of the report cards mailed to you, please contact the building secretary Sue Tschernjawski at stschernjawski@westgenesee.org by June 23rd.


Chromebook/Laptop Return
Please return your Chromebook/laptop to the transportation building, which is located between the high school and Applebees, on one of the following dates. Remember to bring the power adaptor. If you have any questions, please contact wgtechhelp@westgenesee.org.
June 16 and June 18, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
June 17 and June 19, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



P2 Character Strength Focus: Be Present 

It is important to be present.  We have an increasing number of distractions all around us. Life's notifications all have a tendency to pull us away from the present moment and what’s really important to us.  Don't forget to BE PRESENT in the moment and appreciate all that is around you.

Pictures from Around "School"








Friday, June 5, 2020

Weekend Update June 5, 2020


Recently Superintendent, David Bills, wrote: "West Genesee Schools remain committed to the important conversations of social awareness, acceptance, and celebration of uniqueness that is part of our being stronger together."  I understand this can be a difficult topic to explain to our youngest students. On Saturday morning, June 6 at 10:00, Sesame Street is hosting a Town Hall for parents and kids called Coming Together: Standing up to Racism.  According to the overview found in this link, "The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding."  This website has information about how to watch the Town Hall and how to submit questions for the discussion. 

Distance Learning

We are starting our last full week of school.  Keep up the good work and we are almost to summer vacation Don't forget to visit the online learning portal for library, PE, Music, P2, and counseling activities.  I hope that this June Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center will give you some ideas to use with your family to continue to find connection and joy! If you didn't order a yearbook, but still would like one.  Please email me at asimmons@westgenesee.org

Report Cards

Student report cards will be available through SchoolTool at the end of June.  Next week I will send a reminder about how to access report cards.  However, if you are in need of a paper copy, please email me or your child's teacher with that request.   We have one more full week of learning ahead.  Stay motivated, and finish the school year strong! 

 Student Belongings

Thank you to all of the families who came to pick up their child's belongings.  It was wonderful to see so many of you.  We still have about 100 bags and many items in the "lost and found." If you have not come in, please do so on Tuesday, June 9th between 9 AM and 1 PM.  For the remaining lost and found items, you can rest assured that we will do great community service by making a donation to the local Rescue Mission. 
Are you missing any of your things?

P2 Trait of the Week Creativity.

Creative people are able to look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences and have an imaginative and independent thought process. They are able to generate lots of different ideas and have the capacity to go after certain ideas they’ve generated with energy and enthusiasm. Creativity is a process that takes courage. Anytime you’re putting your original ideas into the world, you risk being criticized or even ostracized.

Pictures from Around "School"


Memorial Day Celebrations!

Ceci has been exploring the great outdoors!


CHANCE! Awesome work awarded by the Post Standard


Friday, May 29, 2020

Weekend Update May 29



Check out this week's Stonehedge SHOUT OUTS

Distance Learning

I can not believe we are starting another week of distance learning.  I hope you are all doing very well.  I have been trying hard to find the silver linings during this closure. Hopefully, everyone is making the best of the current situation. We have two full weeks, plus one day, of instruction left.  Teachers report that you are doing a great job and we are ALL so proud of you! Don't forget to check out the distance learning portal on the website and have your child(ren) complete the weekly PE exit ticket. Thanks!


Retrieval of Student Belongings





Please wear a mask, maintain a 6 ft. distance between others, and only bring the necessary children and adults. Please remember to pick up medication in the nurses' office (if necessary), visit the Lost and Found near the exit doors (which will hopefully be outside), and follow the one-way traffic flow.  Also, please remember any books you may have borrowed from the Library or our Instructional Specialists. You will enter through the main entrance, check-in, go to the 1st or 2nd hallway, and exit out the back parking lot doors.  You might find it best to park in the bus loop. Again, if you are unable to come at your assigned time, please contact me and we will arrange for an alternate pick up time (asimmons@westgenesee.org).

Please check-in at the front door.


Don't forget those library books!

Be sure to go down the hallway and out the back doors.


Please check out the Lost and Found near the exit.

If it is nice, we'll have the Lost and Found outside. 



Chess Tournament

If your child plays chess, please consider having them participate in the West Genesee Chess Club online tournament which will be held on June 10th. Here is a link to the WG Chess Website. There is a page on the website that needs to be filled out to register for the tournament. Thank you to Mr. Mercado!




P2 Character Strength is Perseverance! 

Perseverance is often about overcoming obstacles. Perseverance is an important character trait it helps us to achieve our goals. It helps us handle setbacks while trying to reach our goals.  We have really needed to show our perseverance while school has been closed.  Sometimes, it is hard to make ourselves do our school work when it is nice outside or when you'd rather play a game.  I bet some parents have used the trait of perseverance to manage through this pandemic!


Pictures from Around School







Friday, May 22, 2020

Weekend Update for May 22

Memorial Day office and facility closings, garbage pick-up still ...



Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  I hope you have a chance to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. As today is an instructional day, please use today to catch up on any work and visit the portal to see special area activities. 


Time to Pick Up Student Belongings

The week of June 1-5 will be for families to come to STB to pick up personal belongings.  Letters have been mailed to our only and youngest students regarding timing and procedures.   As indicated in the letter, if you are unable to come at your assigned time, please contact me and I will give you an alternate time.  Also, don't forget to bring back any library books and/or books you may have borrowed from our reading teachers. If you need to pick up medication, please plan to visit the nurses' office.  We will have Lost and Found tables set up near the entrance... please check for any items your child may have lost over the year.  Here is a copy of the letter if you didn't receive it.

Kindergarten Screening

If you have an incoming kindergartener, you will be receiving a letter stating that Kindergarten Screening scheduled for the end of June has been postponed. We have tentatively rescheduled for the week of August 24th.

P2 Character Trait

Bravery can take many forms. Physical bravery involves overcoming fear of bodily injury or death. Moral bravery occurs when an individual does what he/she believes is right in the face of social and/or financial consequences. Mental bravery occurs when people overcome their everyday fears and anxieties.

Pictures from Around School

(Feel free to email pictures to asimmons@westgenese.org)



Friday, May 15, 2020

Weekend update May 15, 2020

Greetings!  I hope everyone enjoyed the virtual mental wellness week.  This certainly is a difficult time for everyone.  I often find myself feeling isolated and missing interaction with people.  It helps me to focus on the things I am grateful for and find time for some emotional renewal.

I know there are challenges with distance learning.  However, I have seen such powerful interactions between students and teachers via zoom.  Teachers continue to work hard on creating engaging lessons for all of our students.  Many teachers post Special Area activities on their google classrooms, but they are also available on the portal.  Additionally, Mrs. Abbot started a book club on Artemis Fowl.  I hope you will listen in!

The P2 character trait for next week is gratitude.  What an important trait to focus on during this time!  Simply put, to have gratitude is to be aware and thankful for that which is good.

PTA News: Mr. Suddaby and I met with several PTA members.  We are working on a plan for students to get their yearbooks.  More information to come soon.

Check out the Stonehedge SHOUTOUTS from Mrs. Abbott


Next week:

Friday, May 22 No School

Pictures from "Around School"








Friday, May 8, 2020

Weekend Update May 8, 2020



Check out this week's Stonehedge SHOUT OUTS:
 https://shorts.flipgrid.com/watch/9754089452208430

Thank you for all your warm wishes you sent to the staff of Stonehedge in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Your kindness is so appreciated.  And, we send that appreciation right back at you.  Teachers and Families working together as a team is always key, but in this pandemic, it is even more important.





As Teacher Appreciation wraps up, we want to celebrate Mother's Day.  A special wish to all of you Moms out there.  Many moms who have also taken on the role of teacher to your own students during this closure.  Thank you for all you do.  I wish you and your family a fantastic weekend.  I hope it is full of JOY, LOVE and HAPPINESS.


Coming Up Next Week

Let’s honor all we have accomplished and overcome to get this far -- being “Stronger Together” as Wildcats. The West Genesee Mental Health Team wants your help to come together as a school community as we take a moment to focus on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Each day helps us be a little more mindful of ourselves and each other.  This all leads up to Fun Friday filled with choices to help you students and families recharge and reset.

Monday: “Mindful Monday”- Do a random act of kindness for someone

Tuesday: “Take Time Tuesday”- Take time today for yourself


Wednesday: “Wellness Wednesday”- Do something active, eat healthy foods, look up new recipes, drink more water, read a book--just for fun

Thursday: “ Thankful Thursday”- Write a Thank You note or make a sign for someone you love or an essential worker

Friday: “Wildcat Wellness Day” - See the Choice Board on your google classroom or visit it here. Show your Wildcat Pride and celebrate being a Wildcat! #wildcatstrong

Want to join the Artemis Fowl virtual book club?

Mrs. Abbott will be doing a daily read-aloud of Artemis Fowl to get ready for
the movie premiere on Disney+ on June 12th 2020. You can listen live on
zoom at 1pm every weekday. The readings will be recorded if you can’t join
us at 1. Join the Artemis Fowl Google Classroom you can get the code from your teachers' Google classroom.  You’ll be able to access the zoom link from there. See Mrs. Abbott’s blog
for details.


Other People Matter Printable Classroom Decor Home Office | Etsy Positivity Project

P2 Trait for Next Week is Other People Matter Mindset. We start thinking about the character traits we have learned about.  #OtherPeopleMatter is our motto, hashtag, and the spirit of the movement
Other People Matter--Anything that builds relationships between and among people is going to make you happy!  What makes you happy?  What traits do you bring to make your family, neighborhood, and community better!  Go out this week and share those wonderful traits you have with others.

Pictures from "Around School"













Feel free to email pictures for "Around School" to asimmons@westgenesee. org