UCONN Field Trip: Grade K
Ms. Bourbeau's Class
We enjoyed a GREAT field trip to UCONN on Monday, April 25th! The class was excited about the bus trip in and of itself, but enjoyed the rest of the day as well. UCONN gave each student a hardcover book, The Three Ninja Pigs, which students had time to read both on their own and in a small group in one of the campus buildings. Then, we had time to play in the bounce houses and with games with some UCONN student athletes before eating a yummy lunch in the tent. After lunch we sat outside together, with our sweet ice cream treat and had a surprise visit from the Husky mascot. Thank you to UCONN for providing us with this free trip! Thank you to Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Taylor (Waddell's very own Literacy and Math coaches) for arranging this trip! And, last but not least a special THANK YOU to my parent chaperones!
Grade 2 Writer's Celebration
Mrs. Doherty's Class
$8, 099.73 !! That's the total amount of money raised by Manchester Public Schools (cash, checks and online donations) for the CCMC (Connecticut Children's Medical Center) in the PJ fundraiser! Ms. Bourbeau's class wrote a letter together to attach to each of the amazing flower bouquets that students created for children at CCMC.
A great big THANK YOU to Ms. Bourbeau's special guest readers on Read Across America Day! We also enjoyed a surprise visit from The Cat in the Hat (also known as Mr. Field, our Dean of Students)! And, UCONN gave each student their own copy of What Pet Should I Get by Dr. Seuss to bring home. What an exciting day!
A UCONN athlete came to read to Ms. Bourbeau's class on Monday, March 7th! They left two copies of the book, Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share!, by Julia Cook and Illustrated by Kelsey DeWeerd as a gift to our classroom. Thank you UCONN!
Flashlight Reading with UCONN Athletes
Read Across America
Dr. Seuss's Birthday
Waddell's Science Fair
Waddell's Science Fair was a huge success. Thanks to our STEM teachers Ms. DeSantis and Ms Brodeur for organizing the event and for mentoring our young scientists and inventors.
Grade 4 Students Explore Circuits
Waddell Grade 4 students explored circuitry during their STEM class with Ms. DeSantis. Using conductive and insulating dough, students created designs that could light up!
SMARTtable Debuts in Grade K
Waddell coaches Karen Taylor and Amy Sanchez debuted the SMARTtable in Mrs. Wlochowski’s Kindergarten class. The students collaborated while practicing their literacy and numeracy skills. The students interacted with a SMARTtable activity for beginning sounds by matching pictures and letters. A numeracy activity gave the students the opportunity to build a caterpillar with the numbers from 1-20.
Grade 2 Informational Writing
Second grade students experimented with the scientific process using forces and motion and then wrote a labreport as part of writer's workshop.
Narrative Writing Celebration
A few weeks ago, great storytellers came together to share their stories with friends and family! Mrs. Medynski's third graders worked very hard to publish stories that they had revised, edited, and published. They were so excited to share what they have written. Cheers to the exciting end of narrative stories and onward to nonfiction books!
Flashlight Reading with UCONN Athletes
Waddell's Food Drive
The Waddell Family Resource Center, as part of its positive youth development program, hosts a Student Ambassador program. Student Ambassadors have a variety of jobs within the school. One group of ambassadors chose to focus on Community Projects. This group meets weekly for lunch with Mrs. Bryan, FRC Coordinator, and Mrs. Lawton, School Social Worker, to identify needs within the Waddell Community. Students led a food drive to create 15 full Thanksgiving meals for families. They made signs, flyers, morning announcements, sorted and collected the food. They collected over 400 non perishable items. With generous donations collected from Waddell staff and families, they were able to purchase turkeys. Our MELC program decorated boxes for each family.
Reader's Workshop Celebration!
Ms. Bourbeau and Mrs. Medynski arranged to get their classes together for a Reader's Workshop Celebration. First graders chose a couple of their favorite stories to read to their Kindergarten buddy. After reading, both partners had a chance to discuss the books and share either their favorite part or Wow page. All of the students had fun celebrating by reading together!
Waddell School Honors Veterans
The 5th Grade Student Ambassadors are collecting nonperishable items for our Holiday Food Drive. Running from November 2nd to November 20th, all non-perishable food items will be accepted. Preferred items include: stuffing, mashed potatoes, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, and dessert mixes.
Fire Prevention Month
On Friday, October 23, firefighters from Manchester's 8th Utilities District Fire Department came to Waddell to teach students about fire safety and prevention!
Family Resource Center Snapshot
Waddell's Family Resource Center, in collaboration with the Youth Service Bureau, has organized a Bird House Building activity for our students. Waddell students are building birdhouses that will be placed on local trails. In addition, they are learning to identify birds.
Grade 1 made applesauce to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's Birthday!!
Grade K Classroom Snapshot
Kindergarten students in the classrooms of Mrs. Alexandrin, Ms. Bourbeau, and Mrs. Wlochowski use strategies learned from our Social Thinking curriculum to negotiate turn taking, sharing, and working together at constructive play centers.
Over the past two years, the PTA has been dedicated to raising funds for a new playground to serve the Waddell students. After raising $17,200, the PTA, with help from community members and surrounding businesses, participated in a community build of the new playground on August 8th. On behalf of the Waddell School community, I would like to thank the following for their contributions over the past few years to make this playground a reality and for their inspirational work that teaches children that they can achieve anything they set their minds to:
The Project Playground Committee: Autumn Struk (Project Playground Lead), Jill Terry, Nicole Farnham, Tracy Maio, Allison Peek, Robyn Willard, Jenifer Mooney, Laura Tartaglia, Melissa King, Tammy Mumley, and Denise Curran
Participants in Community Build Day: the Struk Family, the Semmens Family, the Peek Family, the Besselsen Family, the Farnham Family, the Johanson Family, Brian Kenny, the Hills Family, the Bidwell Family, the Nodelman Family, the King Family, the Stefanovicz Family, the Hayes/Tartaglia Family, the Madore Family, Jill Terry, Tracy Maio, the Mooney Family, Chris Mead, Stephanie Viets, the Outley Family, the Everett Family, the Mumley Family, the Kycia Family, the Abbott Family, the Then Family, the Osella Family, the Willard Family, the Cardosa Family, Darrell Crowley – Town Creative Recreation – Playground Company
Special Thanks to:
- Chris Parent and Scott from A&A Movers/Move Mom & More/Packaging Store (a local Manchester Company) for digging our 48’x41’12” plot to lay the playground on
- West Middle Turnpike Dunkin Donuts for allowing us to keep donation buckets at their location and for all the food/coffee donations to our Fundraisers and Community Build Day
- Rockville Bank for donating $700 that was used for the new Picnic Table on our Playground
- TLC – The Learning Center for donating $500
- Manchester Stop & Shop for donating grinders to our Volunteers for Community Build Day
On behalf of the Waddell School community, I would like to extend the deepest gratitude to the custodial staff for their hard work and dedication this summer. They have worked tirelessly to ready our classrooms and ensure that we have a clean, organized, and accessible start to our school year. Chris Huhtala, Eric Dziadul, and Tom Terry, thank you for all that you do for us!