WELCOME TO WILLIAM PERRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MISSION STATEMENT
William Perry Elementary School, in partnership with parents and community,
strives to create life-long learners
with the understanding that
we are all connected, responsible, and actively involved

in making our world a better place.

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Students involved in Panther Power Hour tutoring will stay after school on Monday and Wednesday this week until 4 p.m.  A reminder that the after school bus can take up to 45 minutes to deliver all students.  This Wednesday will be the last day for this session.  Tutoring will start back up late Winter or early Spring.


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Thursday
Thursday is an enormously exciting day and evening at William Perry Elementary School!  We are declaring November 15th a day to celebrating reading! It is Favorite Book Character Day!  Students and staff are encouraged to create and wear an outfit to represent their favorite book character!  

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On Thursday evening, families are invited to our Family Read ing Night!  This event starts at 6 p.m. and everyone who attends will have a free opportunity to win a raffle basket!  Those that attend will also learn about easy strategies that can be done at home or on road trips that will help to improve the reading level or reading fluency of children.   Parents and students will go to their grade level hallway to learn about the strategies.  We look forward to partnering with you to make your child a better reader!

On Thursday, Immediately following the Family Reading Night and the awarding of the raffle baskets, the first grade class will conclude the night with an amazing concert that features songs about reading!  First grade students need to be in the music room by 6:40

 

Friday
Teachers are entering all current grades into the PowerSchool grading system this week.  Student grades  in the parent portal will be current this Friday, November 16th, 2018.


Next Week:


Monday

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Monday, November 19th, there will be a P.T.O meeting at 7 a.m. in the school cafeteria!  We love to hear ideas and input from parents!  Please join us!!


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Moooooooo!  Moooooooo! Also, a week from tomorrow, the Southland Dairy Farmers will visit with their mobile classroom!  Many students will go outside to see the dairy cow!  Please make sure that your child has a jacket if the teacher indicates that he or she will be participating in this outside classroom opportunity. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Are you the parent of a 4th or 5th grader?  On Tuesday, November 20th, students will come home with a Family Life Education letter and permission slip.  

It will also be a the last FULL day of school before Thanksgiving Break!


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Wednesday, November 21st-Sunday, November 25th!


Additional Announcements:


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We have been close to meeting our school wide attendance goal of reaching 98% or higher.  Let us work together to reach that goal in the next 7 days before Thanksgiving Break!  Fewer tardies, absences and early dismissals means few disruptions to learning.  We also want to have the bragging rights of being the elementary school with the best attendance in the district!


All information, such as class field trips, are not included in phone messengers.  It is important to check teacher newsletters and Tuesday folders.

For safety, it is very important to keep transportation consistent 98% of the time.  Transportation changes should be for emergency situations.  With over 400 students in the school, daily transportation changes are extremely difficult to manage and are disruptive to instruction  Transportation changes and early dismissals can not take place after 2:15 p.m.

  

 


 

Transportation Information:

The safety and security of your child is VERY important to us at WPES!!!

Below is a diagram of our Parent pickup (Car Rider) traffic flow pattern in the morning and in the afternoons. Below you will find important details about this process.

Arrival ~ Drop-off time 7:40-7:57
If a vehicle pulls into the parking lot after 7:57 a.m., an adult must walk the student(s) into the school and sign them in for the day.

Instruction begins at 8:00 a.m. Each school day, WPES staff will be on the sidewalk at 7:40 to assist students into the building. After the first four days of school we will not have as many human resources for supervision. For safety, security, and instructional purposes we ask that all parents/guests refrain from going beyond the security doors or office after the first four days. If a student continues to need support getting to class, a WPES staff member will assist the students to class.

Dismissal ~ Pickup time starts around 2:45 until 3:00 p.m.
For safety and security, school staff will use walk talkies to communicate during dismissal. WPES staff members will walk students to vehicles. We highly encourage parents stay in their vehicle during dismissal. Parents who choose to park and get out of their vehicles should wait on the sidewalk near the front entrance. In an effort to clear vehicles off of King Avenue, the Waynesboro Police Department requires us to load students into vehicles before we release students to parents who are waiting on the sidewalk. If you choose to park, it is best to park away from the flow of traffic to avoid fender benders.

We will load approximately 7 vehicles at once and then ask the "8th" vehicle to drive forward to the front spot in order to load approximately 7 more vehicles. At the beginning of the year, this is a slow process but it becomes much more efficient after the first month of school.

For safety, parents, visitors, and their vehicles are not allowed in the bus loop behind the school. 
For safety, students should not be dropped off in the parking lot at random places in order to avoid the car loop traffic. If the driver of a vehicle chooses not to use the car loop, s/he should park their vehicle and walk the student(s) to a WPES staff member who is on duty outside. Please do not sit in the vehicle or stand outside the vehicle and watch the child walk/run across the parking lot.

Students can only be picked up by parents and individuals listed on the emergency contact form. 
With nearly 500 families, we may ask to see identification.

For student safety, early dismissals are not allowed after 2:15.

Also for student safety, transportation should stay the same (either bus rider or car rider) every day unless there is a true emergency. Transportation changes must be made before 2:00 p.m.

Students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Visits during the school day:
Contact your child's teacher and the school office ahead of time if you or someone listed on the emergency contact list wishes to eat lunch with your child. Again, for safety purpose, we may ask to see identification. To avoid traffic jams during arrival and dismissal times, please do not park and leave your vehicle unattended, in the car loop, during the following times: 7:00-8:00 a.m. & 1:00-3:00 p.m.




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William Perry Elementary 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 2018-2019 School Year.

What does this mean for you and your children attending William Perry Elementary School?

Great news for you and your students! All enrolled students of William Perry are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2018-2019 school year. No further action is required of you. Your children will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.

 

If your children transfer from a CEP to a non-CEP school within Waynesboro Public Schools, and the student is not eligible for free meals by direct certification, a household income application for free and reduced price meal benefits must be completed and submitted to the school within 10 days of enrollment in the new school. An eligibility determination will be made and the parent will be notified.

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f you have any questions or need further information, please call the School Nutrition office at
 
540-946-4607 ext. 118
 or 144.

 

Menus, letters to parents and other resources are on our new Waynesboro Public Schools School Nutrition and fitness. 

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dult Prices for staff & visitors:
Breakfast:  $1.90 
Lunch:       $3.50
Milk           $0.50


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Friday is an early dismissal day for students.  11a.m. is the cut off time for making transportation changes and picking up your child early.  Buses leave school at 11:30 sharp.  All students must be picked up by 11:50 because teachers have meetings beginning at noon.  Bagged lunches are available if ordered on Friday morning.
Friday is an early dismissal day for students.  11a.m. is the cut off time for making transportation changes and picking up your child early.  Buses leave school at 11:30 sharp.  All students must be picked up by 11:50 because teachers have meetings beginning at noon.  Bagged lunches are available if ordered on Friday morning.
Next week, October 9 through October 12, will be Homecoming week for the Quarterback Club and we will celebrate by having a William Perry Spirit Week!  Please see the William Perry PTO Facebook page or the William Perry Website to see the theme for each Spirit Day listed!!
Next week, October 9 through October 12, will be Homecoming week for the Quarterback Club and we will celebrate by having a William Perry Spirit Week!  Please see the William Perry PTO Facebook page or the William Perry Website to see the theme for each Spirit Day listed!!

Principal's Message

 Meet Ms. Hipes

I am very honored to be the principal at William Perry Elementary School!  This is my 27th year in education and my 3rd year as principal at WPE.  My teaching career in Waynesboro Public Schools began at WPE in 1999 and I taught at WPE for nine years!  Those nine years were the best years of my career and I feel like I have returned home!   

I am now experiencing the privilege of interacting with children of my former WPE students!   I am so proud of my former students and the parents they have become!

After leaving William Perry, I had the pleasure of teaching health and physical education at Waynesboro High School for three years. I also had the opportunity to coach during much of my teaching career in Waynesboro.  After teaching at WHS, I was one of the assistant principals at Kate Collins Middle School for four years.  It was really amazing to be able to see my former William Perry students grow and develop into young adults while I was at WHS and KCMS. 

Prior to teaching in Waynesboro, I taught middle school math, reading, writing and mostly science in both Rockbridge and Augusta County.  

William Perry Elementary School:

We have an AMAZING group of approximately 530 students at William Perry Elementary School!  Teachers and staff work very hard to establish good relationships with students, families and one another.   Our REMARKABLE faculty and staff have high expectations for themselves, each other and for our students.  They are highly qualified, nurturing, creative and inspiring!  They work diligently to provide the best education possible for all students by monitoring student progress on a regular basis in all core subjects and beyond.  

Teachers will communicate with you throughout the year regarding the progress that your child is making in all areas.   However, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) or our office at anytime throughout the year if you have concerns or celebrations!

An important component to academic success is parent involvement and excellent attendance.  Here are just a few ways to stay involved and boost your child’s success:

  • Be one of our WATCH DOGS
  • Complete a volunteer application and volunteer
  • Chaperone a field trip
  • Stay in contact with your child’s teacher (phone, email, or face-to-face meeting) (Attend parent-teacher conferences)
  • Eat lunch with your child (no fast food please)
  • Attend a Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting
  • Help with a PTO event
  • Attend a family movie night
  • Bring the Family to Reading Night or Math Night
  • Make attendance a priority (avoid tardies/early dismissals)

 Our 2017-2018-school theme this year is P.A.W.S:

Practice Respect!

Accept Responsibility!

Work Together!

Stay Safe!

 

WE ARE READY FOR A PAWS-ITIVE SCHOOL YEAR!  We look forward to working collaboratively with parents and community members to provide our students with a safe, authentic, well rounded and engaging learning environment that focuses on high expectations that will prepare students to be responsible and successful students and citizens during their middle school years and beyond.   

Thank you for continuing to partner with us to make a difference in your child’s education and future.

Tammy Hipes
Principal

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