Thursday, July 7, 2016

Super Summer Escape

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer so far.  Super Summer Escape will be back in session this week on Tuesday from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm.  Walnut Cove Elementary students are invited to come to the Media Center at school to participate in our summer reading and enrichment program.  If this will be the first time your child has attended Super Summer Escape, please come to the Media Center to fill out a brief information sheet.  Students may be picked up at the back of the school in the car rider area at 2:00 pm.  We look forward to a big crowd this week.  Super Summer Escape will continue each Tuesday through August 2nd so if you're not able to attend this week, we'd love to see you in the future.

On another note, I know most of you received the phone call from our new superintendent, Dr. Brad Rice, concerning my return to South Stokes later this month.  I want you all to know that I absolutely loved my time at Walnut Cove Elementary working with a wonderful group of students, families, and staff and never would have imagined my stay here would be short.  I am thankful that my new appointment will allow me to work with you and your children again in the future.  I know you are all committed to helping your children acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful both now and in the future and that you will continue to encourage them to be their personal best each and every day.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Super Summer Escape & Summer Reading Challenge

Super Summer Escape

Don't forget that Walnut Cove Elementary offers Super Summer Escape on Tuesdays from 12 Noon until 2 pm.  Students who attend can choose from activities like reading, art, and playing with technology.  We also do read alouds and provide snack during this time.  We encourage all WCE students to participate if they are free on Tuesdays!  Our next Super Summer Escape will be this coming Tuesday, June 28.  Other dates for the summer are July 12, 19, 26 and August 2.  We will not have Super Summer Escape the week of July 4.  Please be sure to walk your child in on the first day they participate and pick children up in the car rider line at the back of the school at 2:00.  We hope to see you on Tuesdays for Super Summer Escape!





Summer Reading Challenge

We encourage all of our students to complete the Summer Reading Challenge.  You can download a game board below!



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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Weekly Updates - June 5, 2016


Good evening, this is Johnna Cheek, Principal at Walnut Cove Elementary School.

What a great week we had this past week!  Students worked hard to finish up End of Grade Tests, we celebrated our AR point club winners, and we enjoyed a great Field Day.  A special thank you to Mrs. Hill for organizing a scavenger hunt and special treat for the AR Point Club winners and Ms. Hall and all of our volunteers who helped make Field Day a huge success.  This coming week we will have our last Blue Ribbon Celebration of the year and several celebrations and awards presentations.

Kindergarten Celebration will be Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 am.  Awards Day will be held Wednesday, June 8.  PK-2nd grade Awards Day will be at 8:15 and 3rd-5th grade will be recognized beginning at 9:30.  On Wednesday afternoon, our 5th graders will be celebrating their completion of elementary school at 1:00 pm.  We hope families will join us for these end-of-year recognition and awards ceremonies if they are able.  The last day for students is Thursday, June 9, which will be an early dismissal at 11:00 am.

I do want to let you know about a couple of summer opportunities for all students at Walnut Cove Elementary.  We will be holding Super Summer Escape on Tuesdays from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm beginning June 21, 2016.  Super Summer Escape will not meet the week of July 4 and the last day will be August 2, 2016.  Super Summer Escape is only open to current WCE students.  We look forward to having your children join us this summer to read, write, draw, and use technology here in our library this summer.

Also, Jr. BLAST would like to invite Walnut Cove students to attend summer camp on June 27-July 1
at Germanton Elementary.  Camp will start at 8:00 and end at 2:00. The camp will be Science-themed and will include tons of fun activities, including rocket design and launches, team building, arts/crafts, physical activity, a field trip, family involvement opportunities, and more.

Registration is free. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Limited transportation is
available from London Elementary to Germanton Elementary.  Registration forms were sent home with all students. Spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. You will be notified if your child is selected. Please complete a registration form for each child if you are registering siblings. If you have questions please contact Brittany Newsome at (336) 577-1803.

We know this last week will be a great one and we hope you will join us for some of our special awards and recognition ceremonies.  Thank you and have a good evening!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weekly Updates - May 29, 2016

Good evening, this is Johnna Cheek, Principal at Walnut Cove Elementary, calling with your weekly updates.

First I want to say "Thank You" to all of our students, parents, and teachers for a successful week of reading and math EOGs.  We had very few absences and students were at school ready to begin testing on time.  Just one more day of testing for our 5th graders on Wednesday when they will take the Science EOG.  Third through fifth grade students are encouraged to wear their EOG shirts on Wednesday in support of our 5th graders who will no doubt do their personal best on the test.

Please don't forget that Monday, May 30 is a holiday for students and staff in observance of Memorial Day.  When we return on Tuesday, we have a full schedule planned for the final days of school.

Wednesday, students who reached AR point club goals will participate in a special treat at the end of the day.

Field Day will be on Friday, June 3.  We are in need of donations of bottled water and volunteers for the day.  If you are interested in helping and haven't returned in your sheet, please do so as soon as possible or contact the school and leave a message for Ms. Hall.

Kindergarten Celebration will be Tuesday, June 7 at 8:30 am.  Awards Day will be held June 8.  PK-2nd grade Awards Day will be at 8:15 and 3rd-5th grade will be recognized beginning at 9:30.  On the afternoon of June 8, our 5th graders will be celebrating their completion of elementary school in the afternoon at 1:00 pm.  We hope families will join us for these end-of-year recognition and awards ceremonies if they are able.  The last day for students is Thursday, June 9, which will be an early dismissal day.

As I mentioned last week, as we approach the end of the year, be sure to return all library books, pay any cafeteria fees, and return pictures or picture money.  All materials must be returned and fees paid in order to participate in field day.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Have a good evening!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Weekly Updates - May 22, 2016

Good evening, this is Johnna Cheek, Principal at Walnut Cove Elementary, calling with your weekly updates.

EOGs begin this week.  At our EOG Pep Rally on Friday, students and teachers competed in events that stressed the importance of being prepared for testing this week.  Third, fourth, and fifth grade students know they should get plenty of sleep, dress comfortably, get to school on time, eat breakfast, follow directions, and check back over their answers to do their personal best on the test.  I know they are prepared to demonstrate their knowledge and they just need to come and do their best on test day.  The Reading EOG will be on Thursday and the Math EOG will be on Friday.  All students will have the opportunity to eat breakfast before the EOG's and we ask that they be at school before the bell rings at 7:50 to get settled and ready for the test.

Other dates to remember include the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 30 when there will be no school for teachers and students.  The Science EOG for 5th graders will be Wednesday, June 1.

Field Day will be on Friday, June 3.  We are in need of donations of bottled water and volunteers for the day.  If you are interested in helping and haven't returned in your sheet, please do so as soon as possible or contact the school and leave a message for Ms. Hall.

Kindergarten Celebration will be Tuesday, June 7.  Awards Day for all students and the 5th Grade Celebration will be Wednesday, June 8.  The last day for students is Thursday, June 9, which will be an early dismissal day.

As we approach the end of the year, be sure to return all library books, pay any cafeteria fees, and return pictures or picture money.  All materials must be returned and fees paid in order to participate in field day.

I hope everyone has a great week.

Have a good evening!





Sunday, May 15, 2016

Weekly Updates - May 15, 2016

Good evening, this is Johnna Cheek, Principal at Walnut Cove Elementary, calling with your weekly updates.

 
Our PTO met this past Thursday to make plans for next year.  If you are interested in being involved, please contact a PTO officer or the school.  Even if your time is limited and you can only help with one event or activity we'd love to have your help!

This week on Tuesday, the Walnut Cove Rotary will be coming to present some school supplies to our 5th graders as they prepare for the transition to middle school.  If you know someone in the Rotary Club, be sure to thank them for their support of our school.

All of our students will attend the EOG Pep Rally on Friday as we cheer on the efforts of our third, fourth, and fifth graders who continue to practice for the upcoming EOGs.  We are proud of their hard work and ask that you help us continue to encourage and support them as we approach the end of the school year.

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders will continue with End of Year Assessments this week.  Parents, please encourage your child to do their best on the assessments by thinking carefully about their answers and not rushing through their work.

Other events for the remainder of the school year include:

EOGs will begin on Thursday, May 26 with the reading test and Math will be on Friday, May 27.  Monday, May 30 is a holiday for all students and staff.  The Science EOG for 5th graders will be Wednesday, June 1.  Please check your calendars now to make sure all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be at school on EOG days.

Field Day will be on Friday, June 3.  We are in need of donations of bottled water and volunteers for the day.  If you are interested in helping and haven't returned your sheet, please do so as soon as possible or contact the school and leave a message for Ms. Hall.

Kindergarten Celebration will be Tuesday, June 7.  Awards Day and 5th Grade Celebration will be Wednesday, June 8.  The last day for students is Thursday, June 9 which will be an early dismissal day.

It is that time of year when students are getting excited about the summer.  Please join us in encouraging our students to work hard these last few weeks of school, being respectful and responsible at school, on the buses, and at home.  As always, thank you for working with us to meet the needs of your children!

Have a good evening!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Weekly Updates - May 9, 2016


Good evening, this is Johnna Cheek, Principal at Walnut Cove Elementary.  A big thank you to all the parents, students, and the PTO for helping celebrate our teachers.  The PTO prepared a delicious lunch for our teachers and provided each with a special gift.  I also want to thank the parents who joined us for 3rd-5th grade parent visitation day this past week.

This coming week should be a relatively quiet one at Walnut Cove Elementary as we work to complete End-of-Year math and reading assessments and prepare for the EOGs.  This week we will be encouraging our students to also recognize and thank our cafeteria ladies and custodians for their hard work each day.

On Monday, May 9 at 2:45 we will have our monthly School Improvement Team Meeting.  On Thursday, May 12, Stokes County will be holding the district-wide Title I meeting at 3:30 pm at Poplar Springs Elementary School.  All parents and teachers are invited to attend.  If you would like more information, please let Mrs. Cheek know.

PTO will also meet on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 pm for their final meeting of the year.  Please be sure to attend the PTO meeting on the 12th as we review this year and elect officers for the 2016-2017 school year.

May continues as Star Wars and Wildcat month.  You'll probably notice our teachers wearing Star Wars and Wildcat wear throughout the month as a reminder that we are working towards preparing all students to do their personal best each day.

Thank you for helping us keep our students safe during drop-off and dismissal and encouraging your children to work hard these last few weeks to finish the year strong.  I hope everyone has a great week.



Notes about Student Safety During Drop-off and Pick-ups:

Parents, we are having several issues at drop-off and dismissal times that create unsafe situations for students and we need your help.  First, students should not be dropped off before 7:20 am in the morning.  There is no supervision before 7:20 am.  Also, once the bell rings at 7:50 am and Mr. Collins or Mr. Lineberry come in from the car rider line.  Students who are tardy should be escorted into the building and signed in.  Several students are being dropped off and left to enter the building themselves.

Also, at dismissal, we continue to have many students being picked up early or calls being made to change transportation arrangements at the last minute.  All bus or car rider changes must be called in prior to 2:00 pm.  After 2:00 pm we cannot get in touch with teachers about changes due to a high volume of traffic in the office.  Likewise, students should not be signed out between 2:00 and 2:30 pm unless they have a scheduled appointment.  At pick-up time, car riders may be picked up in the car rider line.  If you choose to come in to pick up your child, you will need to wait in the lobby area until the bell rings at 2:30 and then walk down to the lower hallway exit to pick up your child so the teacher can verify who is picking the child up.  Students cannot be sent to the office at dismissal time due to supervision concerns.  We work hard to serve the needs of all students and families and your cooperation in these matters is appreciated.