March is a busy month here at Wealthy Elementary! I am hopeful Spring is around the corner as students (and staff) are looking forward to sunshine and warmer temps. My fingers are crossed that we have almost reached the end of Winter.
This past week was magical as our students performed Shrek, Jr. the musical! Each year, this PTO sponsored event involves over half the student body. I am continually amazed at the many ways in which our students grow because of this unique and empowering opportunity. The cast, crew, lights, and sound are all run by students. Even our first and second grade students had the chance to be a part of the show. To view the first grade video stars please click here. Our second grade chorus appeared in scene one as ducks and frogs. Congrats to all our rising stars!
A huge thank you goes to Mrs. Siegel for coming out of retirement to direct the play! Her love of working with children was evident at each and every rehearsal. Thank you, also, to the many parents, staff, and volunteers who participated by helping with the set, costumes, props, playbill, publicity, microphones, decorations, photography, cast party, and so much more. We even had former students come back to assist with rehearsals and performances. I am thankful for how the school musical brings our community together and provides meaningful opportunities for students.
To view our Flickr album for Shrek, Jr., which will continue to be updated, please click here. Photo booth pictures from the cast party may be found here. If you have additional pictures, please share by sending them to email@example.com. (Subject: “Shrek, Jr.” and Message: leave blank).
Author Visits and March Book Madness
Although we consider every month to be Reading Month, we do have some special activities planned for March. Tomorrow, our Kindergarten through Third grade students will have an opportunity to hear from author Denise Brennan-Nelson who wrote Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes, Willow, and many more wonderful books. To learn more about her, please click here. This visit was made possible by our PTO with support from the Friends of the East Grand Rapids Library and KDL. Thank you for your strong support of literacy in our community! Next week, author Gary Schmidt will be visiting with our Fourth and Fifth graders. To learn more about him, please click here.
March Book Madness will also continue to run through Spring Break. This year’s theme is “the character’s journey” with a focus on diverse books. Voting begins soon, and we will be comparing our building results to other schools from around the world. I look forward to seeing the results! Thank you to the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation for supporting us by purchasing copies of the picture books and novels for our grade level libraries.
EGR Now&Forever Get Together
I hope many of you will join us this Thursday at 8:30 AM or 6:00 PM to learn more about EGR Now&Forever, a sustainable source of predictable funding for our schools. You’ll hear the latest from EGR Schools Foundation Executive Director Amy Stuursma, along with parents and teachers. We will be meeting in the Wealthy Elementary Learning Commons.
PTO Scholastic Book Fair & Drive
Our Scholastic Book Fair will kick off this Sunday, March 10 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Learning Commons! We hope you will join us to browse new book titles while enjoying some popcorn and games run by our Student Leadership Team. As you consider adding new books to your child’s library, we hope you will also think about donating a gently used one. All week, we will be collecting gently used books to donate to a local elementary school with a high population of disadvantaged students. This is one way our students will be Making a Difference in their community. To view the hours of the Book Fair, please visit the calendar on our Wealthy Elementary webpage found here.