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Duello Students Teach Us a Lesson in Friendship
Duello 3rd grader Olivia Jones had her head shaved a couple of weeks ago as a sign of support for her friend Keira who is battling Rhabdomyosarcoma, and she invited Keira and her mom Robin to help her do it. Olivia and Keira have been friends since preschool and Olivia, who lost both of her grandmothers to cancer, has been concerned about Keira losing her hair since learning of her relapse last spring. According to Olivia’s mom, Heather Jones, she did not want her friend to feel alone. Despite being very weak from chemo and exhausted from pain, Keira and her mother worked together to shave Olivia’s head. “I love the heart of this little girl,” Robin shared. “We are all so proud of Miss Olivia!” In the days that followed, another Duello student, Sophia Holland shaved her head as well, sharing she was inspired by Olivia's kindness.

Steve Harris, from KMOV Channel 4, ran this story last week about Olivia's act of kindness that has inspired others, including Sophia. Sometimes the greatest lessons come from our youngest learners. #WSDcares

Duello Kindergarten Teacher Named Outstanding Beginning Teacher
Duello Kindergarten teacher Julie Lembke has been named an Outstanding Beginning Teacher by the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). Every two years, the MACTE accepts nominations for the awards. Missouri Baptist University nominated Lembke and she will receive the award on March 29th at the MACTE Spring Conference in Columbia, Missouri. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Lindenwood University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Missouri Baptist University in 2016. Lembke completed her student teaching at Crossroads Elementary in the 2015-16 school year, and is currently in her first year of teaching at Duello Elementary. #WSDproud
Board of Education Candidates
The following candidates have filed to run for the WSD Board of Education in the April 4th election. The WSD will have three seats to fill that are currently held by Courtney Tieman, Kurtis Daniels and Barbara Fine. Each open seat is for a three-year term. Candidate biographies have been requested by the end of the month and those we have received will be posted on the District website during the first week of February.
 Betsy Bates 
62 Briarchase Court
Lake St Louis, MO 63367

Saundra “Sandy” Garber 
7 Vienna Court 
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Barbara Fine 
8 Provence Drive
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 

Heather Reiter 
5 Sailmast Court
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 

Ed Shew 
2000 Abby Court 
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 
February is National Heart Month
 Remember to Wear Red on Friday, February 3rd
The American Heart Association has designated February as “National Heart Month” and Friday, Feb 3, 2017 as “Go Red Day.” Heart disease is our # 1 killer; yet it is 80% preventable by making good food choices, exercising regularly and not smoking, according to the AHA. Many of our schools will be participating in Jump Rope, Hoops, Dodgeball for Heart, Wear Red days and other activities to raise awareness and funds for The American Heart Association. Last year, WSD students and staff raised $84,000 for the AHA.

The WSD would like to proclaim Friday, Feb 3rd as “Go Red Day." Please encourage your fellow staff and students to wear red that day and donate to help save lives through their school campaigns. Almost all donations stay in Missouri for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness. Heartfelt thanks!
Liberty High Hosts Salute to Service Game
Kindergarten Registration Dates Set
Dates have been set for the WSD's kindergarten registration/screening process. This event is for all children who will turn five BEFORE August 1, 2017. If your child has not been screened at the Parents as Teachers office or his/her preschool this year, appointments are required and can be made by contacting the Parents as Teachers office at 327-3863, ext. 22281.

Screening appointments are filled on a first come, first served basis. While every effort will be made to accommodate you at your child’s school, it is a possibility that you may be required to have a screening at another elementary school in the district. With the new schools and the new elementary boundaries for the 2017-18 school year, your child’s completed records will ultimately be transferred to the school your child is slated to attend. For more information, please visit the District website.
Immunization Requirements for Next Year

In preparation for the 2017-2018 school year we would like to inform you of the immunization requirements in the state of Missouri. State law and health regulations require students to be properly immunized and provide verification to attend school, unless they are exempt.

*Students entering 8th grade will need a Tdap vaccine (Tetnus Booster) and MCV (meningococcal vaccine)

*Students who are entering 12th grade must have two doses of MCV (unless the first dose was administered after the student's 16th birthday, then only one dose is required).

*All new students and incoming kindergarten students must be up-to- date on all required immunizations.

Your child’s medical provider can provide more information concerning vaccines and requirements. Vaccines are also offered through the St. Charles County Health Department

Please provide proof of immunizations by August 1, 2017 to your student's school nurse. 
Liberty High School Cheer Clinic


Just a friendly reminder that Monday, February 6th is a LATE START day for middle and high school students in the WSD. 

WSD Foundation Trivia Night is February 25th
The WSD Foundation provides thousands of dollars in teacher mini grants and student scholarships each year. Over $72,000 has been raised to date through the annual Trivia Night fundraiser. All are invited to participate and put together a table for this fun-filled evening!
The entry fee is $160 table (maximum of eight players). To reserve your table, you must pay in advance. Make checks payable to Wentzville School District Foundation and drop off or mail to Mary LaPak, One Campus Drive, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information call 636-327-3800, ext. 20352.

 Trivia Night Flyer

K-6 Boundaries Approved for 2017-18
The Board of Education has unanimously approved new boundaries for all elementary schools beginning next fall with the 2017-18 school year. 

The K-6 Plan for Growth was formulated by the Board of Education following the passing of Proposition E in April of 2015. The plan moves sixth grade out of the three existing WSD middle schools and into the eleven District elementary schools in order to relieve overcrowding at the middle schools without having to request an additional tax increase from WSD residents. We have two new elementary schools that will open in time for the 2017-18 school year to facilitate the switch to K-6 elementary buildings - one on Highway Z in Wentzville (funded through Prop E), and one on Golden Gate Parkway in Foristell (funded partially from reserves). All elementary schools are affected by the boundary change. Middle and high school boundaries are NOT changing.

Please take a moment and use the online locator tool to plug in your address and confirm where your child will attend school next year. Feel free to contact Community Relations or Administrative Services with any questions.

Inclement Weather Reminders
Timely communication with our District families is always a priority, but especially important in emergency school closing situations. If WSD schools are forced to close due to inclement weather or other factors (i.e. power outages, water main breaks) parents/guardians and students will be notified in the following ways:

District Phone Call/Text/Email
You always have the option of how you would like to receive notifications (you can turn off the call and only receive texts and/or emails for example). Simply contact the Community Relations office to change your delivery preferences by calling 636/327-3800, ext. 20357 or email Kathy DeLaquil.

KTVI - TV Channel 2
KMOV - TV Channel 4
KSDK - TV Channel 5
KMOX Radio 1120 AM
KWRE Radio 730 AM 
KFAV Radio 99.9 FM

The District website will be updated with any emergency school closing information. Please check on the homepage.

Facebook and Twitter

WSD App Push Notification
The WSD also has an app you can download and choose to follow your child's school. The app is an additional notification tool used in the event of a school closing or emergency to send followers a push notification directly to your phone. You can download the WSD app from iTunes or Google Play.

WSD Announces First Ever Film Festival
The WSD is holding its first ever Film Festival in the spring for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are encouraged to submit videos on topics they are passionate about. The deadline to submit entries is February 27th. #WSDlearns
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Download the WSD App Today!
Are you new to the WSD? Be sure to download the WSD app to have important information right at your fingertips. The app is available for both Android 
Apple devices. 

Do you have a cost saving suggestion?
The WSD welcomes stakeholder input on how the District can be more efficient. If you have a suggestion to share, please email with your idea(s). Thank you!

Progress as Promised
PROGRESS AS PROMISED...In April, 2015, voters approved Proposition E which generated approximately $50 million in construction projects to accommodate the WSD's continued enrollment growth. To view the status of Prop E projects, visit the WSD website. #WSDcommunity

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
~Nelson Mandela


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