WHEELOCK SCHOOL - FEBRUARY NEWS

FIRST SESSION BUDGET HEARING
On Saturday, February 10th, the First Session will occur.   At this meeting, Keene taxpayers can choose to amend the budget (up or down) if they can gain enough support from the members of the audience.  Please remember, if the public votes to amend the budget and increase it, they do not have control over what the new monies will go toward- ultimately the board can decide what to do with the money and it may not go for the specific intention of the person who made the amendment.  Only registered voters will be allowed to vote during this session.  This is at Keene High School, Saturday, February 10 at 9:00 AM.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Oftentimes parents find that they need to change their phone numbers.  Please remember to include the school in notifying us of your change of phone number.  When your child is absent, we will call your number as well as any other numbers we have on your emergency contact list, to verify that your child is safe and ok.   A few weeks ago we also sent home a mid-year enrollment verification form for you to verify your contact information.  Thank you for your help with this. If you need another copy, please contact the school office.

WINTER WEATHER
It is still cold out.  Please be sure your child packs their Frosty 5 winter wear items every day.  They need boots, snow pants, a jacket, mittens or gloves and a hat or ear covering. If you need help providing any of these items, please let us know.  We still go out every day unless it is raining or under 12 degrees.  Also, remember to pack sneakers for PE and to wear inside.

PTA
Thank you to the PTA for buying snow shovels and sleds for students to use at recess.

The FUN PASS 2018 due date has been extended to Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Books are $35 each and support the Wheelock PTA and Breathe NH.  Each book contains discounts to top family attractions in NH, MA, ME, VT, CT and RI and saves you money on great places to visit with your family!  Contact the school if you need an order form.

LOST AND FOUND
Our lost and found is growing.  We have sweatshirts, gloves, hats, mittens, shirts, and even one lonely boot.  Please stop by and check the lost and found for missing items.



REMINDERS:

School Delays and Closings
Please be aware that the Keene School District is part of SAU 29 which includes the towns of Harrisville, Marlborough, Nelson, Westmoreland, Chesterfield, and Marlow.  When a school delay or cancellation is determined, it is based on the weather of the entire SAU.  These decisions are based on road conditions and all decisions are made in the best interest of the safety of our students.  For school delays and cancellations please check your voicemail/email/text from the Keene School District and/or listen to the radio at 103.7 WKNE or on television on Channel 9 WMUR. For more information see the Family Letter from Superintendent Malay.

Winter Playground Expectations
We do go out for recess unless the conditions are too slippery or if the temperature with the windchill is 12 degrees or below.  In order to fully access all parts of the playground, students need a coat, snow pants, boots, mittens or gloves, and a hat or ear covering like ear muffs.  If students are not prepared with the 5 items required they will go out, but they will be restricted to play on the blacktop only.  These items are important as they provide warmth and keep clothes underneath dry.  If students are in need of winter clothing, please feel free to call the school as we do have extra items on hand.

In order to maintain a safe environment, we do not throw snow, throw snowballs, or kick snow at others on the playground or any school grounds.  Thank you for helping to support this!

Attendance
Just a reminder- school begins at 8:20 am.  When students arrive late, they may miss morning meeting, instruction, and the overview of the day.  Please do your best to support students arriving to school on time.

In November, we have partnered with the Cheshire County’s Sherriff’s office in hiring a truant officer.  State law defines truant as “5 days of unexcused absences.”  We will be closely monitoring student attendance and making referrals to the truant officer as warranted.  Students need to be in school every day unless they are too ill to do so.  When students miss large amounts of instruction, it is hard for them to catch up.  Please do your best to ensure your child is present in school every day.

PETS 
Please be aware that pets are NOT ALLOWED on school property.  There has been an increasing number of parents bringing pets to school at drop off and pick up.  Safety of our students is our priority.  In order to ensure that all students, staff, and parents are safe, please do not bring your pets to school.  Thank you.

BUS
Please be aware that on any given day the buses may arrive home in the afternoons at different times due to the time of departure, number of kids riding, traffic/construction, etc.  Please remember that adults MUST be visible to the bus driver in order for students to be dropped off (grade K- 1). If parents are not present, students will be brought back to school.

PARKING AND STUDENT SAFETY
One of our challenges at Wheelock is parent parking.  At morning and afternoon drop off, parents have been parking in “No Parking” areas and in crosswalks.  This can certainly lead to a ticket from the police department, but also is causing some safety concerns as student visibility can be impacted.  In an effort to avoid an accident or injury, please park in marked spaces only on the appropriate side of the street.  Parents and children should cross in crosswalks.  Parents should not make U-turns in the middle of Adams Street.  Please help us to ensure everyone is safe and that there are no accidents!