Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,
Welcome back! It was exciting to see all the smiling faces this morning. I enjoyed the time with my family in the Florida Keys, but it was wonderful to welcome the students and see them filling our hallways and classrooms again this morning.
The first semester concluded prior to the holiday break. Report cards will be available to parents online through Skyward Family Access this Friday, January 11. A specific email communication announcing the availability of report cards will also be sent to parents as a reminder. In the meantime, if you need assistance in learning how to access Skyward, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Allchin in the main office.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Assembly
The Cultural Ambassadors Committee has been planning our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assembly and Dream Keeper activities. Each year, we hold a whole-school assembly on a common theme that aligns with the teachings of Dr. King. Following the assembly, our students will participate in an outdoor, silent march. One way we extend this learning for our second through fifth grade students is by participating in Dream Keeper groups. Students will hear and discuss a picture book, learn a little about Dr. King’s life, and create an artifact to remind them of our theme. Our kindergarten and first grade classrooms also participate in a modified version of the lessons.
This year, teachers will read aloud the picture book, “The Day You Begin” written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by Rafael López. The book is about finding the courage to connect with others. In preparation for our activities, all students are creating Identity Webs to explore who they are as a person right now. Students will have an opportunity to connect with one another as they share their Identity Webs.
This year’s theme is, “Begin With…” and will focus on ways each of us can begin to connect with one another whether it is by beginning with kindness, respect, a smile, etc. Students will be decorating a rock with a word of their choice. Our hope is that they will take these rocks and place them somewhere in the community or beyond on MLK Day as a way to spread MLK’s message. We will also be individually creating a small piece of artwork that we will combine into a whole school display. Our MLK Day activities are one way we teach the appreciation of diversity. Our staff will continue to deepen these lessons throughout the year.
Wealthy Elementary Principal