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Welcome New Teachers!
 
Yesterday we welcomed our new teachers, all 120 of them! New teacher orientation is going on this week over at Discovery Ridge Elementary. We continue to enroll new students daily and they will be pleased to know our new class of teachers is the "cream of the crop" - given we had over 2,300 applicants for their positions. These newest teachers join an elite group of award-winning educators in the WSD. They are learning all about District curriculum and technology, as well as teacher evaluation and certification, and we are helping them fill their “teaching toolbox” with everything they need to be successful. Welcome to the fastest growing school district in the state, where student success is always our top priority!
 
Proof of Immunization Required
 
DOES YOUR STUDENT HAVE THE SHOTS THEY NEED TO START SCHOOL? ...A significant number of WSD students have not turned in their proof of immunization necessary to start the school year. Requirements vary by grade level, so to see if your child is up to date visit the WSD website or contact your school nurse. State law and health regulations require students to be properly immunized and provide verification to attend school, unless they are exempt. TO ATTEND ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, ALL STUDENTS MUST BE PROPERLY IMMUNIZED. The St. Charles County Health Department has regular hours available by appointment if you can't get in to see your family doctor before the first day of school on August 17th. Visit their website for more information. The WSD wants to ensure all students are ready for their first day of school. Welcome Back!
 
Countdown to Two New Schools
 
Check out the District website for information about the two new schools opening for the 2017-2018 school year. 
 
Countdown to the Eclipse
 
On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1918, a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the United States. Our District will be in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. The WSD has been busy planning to make this once in a lifetime event a unique learning experience for our students. On August 21, 2017, all District students will be allowed to go outside and participate in activities and view the period of totality (“Solar Eclipse Viewing”). Classroom teachers will be providing additional details regarding viewing location for their particular class as the event approaches.

As always, student safety is our top concern. Looking directly at the sun is unsafe. The only safe way to look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses.” Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. The District has purchased and will provide all students, staff and a limited number of participants who attend the outdoor activities, eclipse glasses to wear during this event. The eclipse eyewear the District purchased are made in the USA and verified by the American Astronomical Society. Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures including pre-education to make students aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. Please talk to your student about the importance of following adult direction during the eclipse viewing. For additional safety tips, visit the NASA website.

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in outdoor viewing activities planned on August 21st for the eclipse, please review, sign and return this form as soon as possible and your child will participate in an alternative indoor activity during that time.

We are looking forward to sharing this historic experience with our students!
 
Late Start Supervision Registration
 
The WSD will be providing supervision for K-6 students who need to be dropped off at the regular start time on scheduled Late Start Days in the 2017-18 school year. This is separate from our Before Care Program through Chautauqua, so if you are registered for Chautauqua, please do not fill out this form.

The fee is $10 per child for each late start day you would like to register for. Please fill out the REGISTRATION FORM first prior to paying. If you choose to use PayPal, there is a sliding scale charge assessed to cover processing costs. You also have the option to send a check in to your child's school.
 
WSD Back to School Fair
 
The Wentzville School District hosted the seventh annual “Back to School Fair” for Wentzville School District families on Saturday, August 5th. The event, held for the first time at Timberland High School, drew over 4,000 people - the largest crowd in the history of the Fair. The Back to School Fair featured 125 vendors, free school supplies, free helmet fittings (thanks to SSM Healthcare), free games and fun activities for children.

Over $8,000 worth of school supplies were given away to District students. "The Back to School Fair is a valuable partnership with our community organizations and businesses and a tremendous resource for our families," said Chief Communications Officer Mary LaPak. "Every year it grows and helps to ensure all our students have the basic supplies they need to start off the new school year prepared to learn.”
 
 
2017-2018 School Supply Lists
 
Barfield ECSEC

Elementary K-3

Elementary 4-6

Middle School 7-8

High School - we do not have supply lists for students because course requirements vary. We suggest bringing a notebook and pen or pencil the first day to record specific teacher requests.

 
WSD Notice of Non Discrimination
 

August 9, 2017
 
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
IS AUGUST 17th!

What's New in the WSD?
 
Check out the District website for What's New for the 2017-2018 School Year.

Need to Enroll Your Child?
 
If you are new to the District and have a child that is not already enrolled for the 2017-18 school year, now is the time to enroll! This is especially true for any child who will turn five before August 1, 2017 and will start kindergarten this year. Check the District website for the following important information:
2017-18 Enrollment Packet

Immunization Information

Liberty Holds Future Belles Dance Clinic
 
The Liberty High School Dance Team is holding two clinics, one for girls in K-6th grade and one for middle school girls. Students will learn an age appropriate routine from the Liberty Belles Dance Team and are invited to perform at the football pregame on September 22. The $30 fee includes a clinic tee shirt and admission to the game on September 22. Students do not need to be Wentzville School District residents to be eligible to attend the clinic. To register, complete THIS FORM. For more information, contact Amanda Miller.

Parent Resources
 
Five Things to Know About the Opioid Epidemic & its Effect on Children

Targeting Bullying Blind Spots

Have You Downloaded the WSD App?
 
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips.

Since the launch of the app in 2015, over 11,400 people have downloaded and customized it in order to follow their child's school, view news stories, reminders and important alerts - all from a smart phone.

The app is available for both android devices and
iPhones.

WSD Hiring Bus Drivers
 
Are you looking for work? Consider a position with the WSD Transportation Department. Both full-time and substitute positions are available. Apply on the District website under Work for WSD. #WSD Grows

DonorsChoose.org
PledgeCents.com
 
 
The District has established an approval process for teachers who would like to solicit materials from donors via DonorsChoose.org and PledgeCents.com. The WSD recognizes the potential resource this could prove to be for teachers and we appreciate innovative ideas that promote differentiated learning for our students. If you would like to support a classroom initiative in the WSD, visit DonorsChoose.org and search "Wentzville" or by zip code, or visit PledgeCents.com and click the "Classroom Needs" link, then filter the list by location and organization type.

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