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Principal’s Message

August 31st, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We hope that you and your child have had an enjoyable summer and are ready for a wonderful new school year at Henry D. Ward Elementary School! Our goal is to make this an enjoyable and challenging year for WES students. Our theme this year is “Building Success at Ward Elementary” and we are committed to challenging our students to achieve excellence academically by providing enriching and engaging instruction. A STEAM approach to learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) will drive a lot of our learning and teaching this year and we are excited about the learning projects we will complete with our students. STEAM education helps to encourage a growth mindset in our students and we will be emphasizing the importance of goal setting and the idea that growth happens with sustained effort. Through STEAM projects, our students will begin to learn the traits of perseverance and determination as they work to solve real world problems through authentic learning experiences.


We are excited to welcome STEAM as a part of our resource schedule and every student in K-5 will have the opportunity to visit our STEAM Lab each week! During this time, students will complete various hands on projects that will incorporate learning standards from their respective grade levels. We will be facilitating a school wide, multi-grade level STEAM project this year by working with our students, teachers, parents, and larger community to create an outdoor classroom for our students! We cannot wait to collaborate with our school community to make our outdoor classroom a reality!


We also challenge our parents this year to get involved by participating in our Ward Strong Parent Honor Roll! This will be a point based system where parents can earn points for attending various school events and simply getting involved. We will be sharing more during our Open House and send home flyers outlining this program to parents. Also, Ward will be starting a Parent Advisory Committee this year to ensure that we are hearing the voices of our parents. Parent Advisory will meet quarterly to discuss updates on Ward and ways to continue to help our school achieve excellence in all areas. If you are interested in learning more about Parent Advisory, sign-up to attend our introductory meeting that will take place at the start of the school year during Open House.


Furthermore, there will be several other changes you will notice this school year.  The first change you will notice upon entering our building is that Ward has new security doors in the front hallway of the school. All visitors to the building will only be able to gain access to our building after signing in at the office and enter the interior of the school through a door in the main office. We are excited to have this new feature to continue ensuring the safety of our students.


We are also pleased to inform you that Ward will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018-19 school year. All students enrolled at Ward are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to families each day of the school year. As a result, no families will need to complete or submit a meal application!


Lastly, beginning this year, students in grades 1-5 will order breakfast items in advance and have their breakfast delivered to their classrooms each morning. This change will give students more time to eat breakfast by avoiding the breakfast line and allows teachers to begin the instructional day on time. Kindergarten students will continue to go through the line for breakfast each morning and eat their breakfast in the cafeteria.


I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students of Ward Elementary School, fantastic parents and community members, and our talented faculty and staff this school year to “build success” at Ward. Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you soon!


Yours in Education,

Ms. Chatman

Proud Principal

Ward Elementary School


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