A message from our Principal
Dear parents, guardians and community members,
From September 15, 2013 to October 15, 2013, everyone in the country celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month. In order to give staff and students time to develop projects and activities to display, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage from September 30, 2013 to October 15, 2013. A culmination of activities like teacher developed lessons on the contributions of people of Hispanic descent, a flag naming competition from Spanish speaking countries, Hispanic Heritage Museum that was visited by students while in Social Studies classes and a Hispanic Heritage Feast.
Concurrently, we had our week of Respect during October 7, 2013 to October 11, 2013. Our Respect Week Committee designed daily announcements. Daily activities were also created for students to perform. Ultimately students earned special tickets for displaying respect to their peers and adults. Everyone was dismissed each day to a respect based song to continue singing in their heads and mouths. Lastly, we ended with our Positive Behavioral Support in Schools (PBSIS) kickoff. You can read more about this spectacular event in that section of the newsletter.
Although we are educators in Roselle, we have decided to seek to provide access to a great education for each child on this planet. During this past month, Grace Wilday along with each school in the district held fundraisers for the Oasis Orphanage in Haiti. We raised $446.67 in one day. It felt so good to give to individuals who are less fortunate than us.
Speaking of fundraisers! With decreasing school budgets and increasing requirements, schools have to find creative ways to get more money for doing creative things. One way we try to raise funds at Grace Wilday is through Box Tops for Education contests twice a school year on things that our families and staff already purchase. The first contest concluded on September 27, 2013. We are still counting the box tops. However, the next competition will end in late March or early April 2014. The great thing is that you do not have to wait to start collecting the box tops. As you find the Box Tops for Education on any and every item you already purchase, please save them for our collection period so we can pay for more creative things for the students at Grace Wilday.
This school year and for years to come, it will be very important to be very involved in your child’s academic progress. Our teachers will be reaching out to you for assistance. This task of educating our future cannot be performed by the school staff alone. So stay tuned for many other events and activities set to occur during this 2013-2014 school year and we hope to see you present and participating.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise