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4/16/2018

Good morning Walteria,

 

We have an exciting week, this week. Make sure to stay informed about what is happening at Walteria by visiting our website, walteria.tusd.org

 

One of our biggest events of the year, Family STEAM Night, is scheduled for this Thursday, from 5:30 - 7:30. The night kicks off with a PTA association meeting and the recognition of the Honorary Service Awards. That is followed up by a wonderful presentation by Mad Science- don't miss this talented science presentation. And finally, our very own Walteria students will be presenting STEAM booths alongside Mad Science. Come out and enjoy an evening of learning and get excited about the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics that surround us every day. 

 

Also going on this week, the school will be starting ELPAC testing. If you have an English Learner, ELPAC has replaced the CELDT test. No longer will you have to schedule your summer around this important, State-mandated assessment. ELPAC takes place during the school year, and you will be receiving this scores over the summer. Again, test is only for our EL learners. Have any questions about this, please reach out to the office or myself at ponce.efren@tusd.org. If you are a library parent, please check in with your teacher. The library is closed for ELPAC testing all week. 

 

Next week, we will be hosting our monthly Spirit Assembly. We will be recognizing our recently redesignated students. Assembly starts at 1:15 and goes to the 2:00 dismissal. 

 

Hope to see you on campus this week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our PTA:

Mother-Son Hoedown

Save the Date!!  The Mother-Son Hoedown Dance is Friday, May 11th, from 6:30-8:30pm.  Advance tickets are on sale now for $10/pair ($5 each additional tix).  Tickets will be $20/pair at the door ($5 each additional tix).

 

Box Tops for Education

Help support the school by turning in all those Box Tops you have lying around the house!  The class that has the most Box Tops will win a prize!  For more information on Box Tops for Education see the following link:  www.boxtops4education.com.

 

PTA Association Meeting

There will be a PTA Association Meeting this Thursday, April 19th immediately preceding the start of Walteria’s STEAM Night.  The PTA will be electing its officers for the 2018-2019 School Year, announcing its 2018 Honorary Service Award recipients, and approving the mid-year budget and audit.  Please support the PTA and attend.  Attached is the agenda for reference.

 

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From Richardson Middle School for our 5th graders:

5th Grade Parent Night at RMS - April 24th 
Parents of 5th graders...the Richardson Middle School PTSA will have RMS Wear for sale at this week's meeting.  
T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Trucker Hats, and more will be available (check or cash accepted).  
Your student will be ready to represent as a Rattlesnake!

 

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Enrichment opporunities @ Walteria!

Academic Chess (New classes starting soon!)

Art to Grow (New classes starting soon!)

Bricks for Kidz

Empower Youth Club Basketball (New classes starting soon!)

Empower Youth Club Soccer (New classes starting soon!)

Engineering for Kids (New classes starting soon!)

Golf Squad

Kidz Cooking it Up

4/9/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

We are counting down to the State testing window! Next week, we will begin testing all of our EL students with the new English Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) test. This test has replaced the old CELDT test that EL students were taking over the summer. For this and more information about what is going on at Walteria, please check our website, walteria.tusd.org

 

We have a couple of things happening this week that our families should be aware of:

  • The Multicultural Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, 4/10, at 3:15 in room 6. If you are interested in showcasing a culture or helping out in putting on this event, come out to the meeting and get involved. This is a great opportunity for our young Wildcats to learn about many of the different cultures that surround them and make our society great. Contact Mrs. Lulejian (lulejian.michele@tusd.org) or the office for more information. 
  • Our Love, Peace, and Friendship Fun Run was a great success on Friday. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who came out to help make this event possible. The students had a great deal of fun, and they could not help but share with me how many laps they ran during the event. The highest number I heard was in the mid 40s- very impressive. The rewards lunch for the winning students will be held this Friday, 4/13. 
  • Thursday, 4/19, is Walteria's STEAM Night. Plan to come out and enjoy a wonderful night filled with science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics with Mad Science kicking off the event. A short PTA association meeting will start off the night, recognizing our winners of this year's Honorary Service Awards. 

Have a great week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our PTA:

PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN

Thank you to all those that helped out in last Friday’s PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN.  The weather cooperated and it was a lot of fun.  Thank you to all those who made a pledge.  Your support helps the PTA fund school activities, field trips, assemblies, classroom & school supplies, and much more.  Please remember all pledges are due this Friday, April 13th.  Also, for those students who pledged enough for the frozen treat and/or pizza lunch, that will take place this Friday as well.  

 

Bike Rodeo Results

Congratulations to this year’s Walteria Bike Rodeo winners.  They will move on to compete in the District Bike Rodeo.  Good Luck Wildcats!!

 

3rd Grade Girls

1st   T. Park

2nd   C. Gerlach

 

3rd Grade Boys

1st   S. Martinez

2nd   P. Richards

 

4th Grade Girls

1st A. Barr

2nd K. Jamison

 

4th Grade Boys

1st D. Kennedy

2nd A. Darlak

 

5th Grade Girls

1st M. Ziatabari

2nd K. Murakami

 

5th Grade Boys

1st E. Im

 

 

Art Attack “Shine” Performance

In an effort to promote the arts to the kids of Torrance, the Art Attack Foundation has donated free tickets to its upcoming performance of “Shine” on Saturday, April 21st at 11am.  Details about the Art Attack Foundation and the show are below.  The PTA will raffle off the free tickets.  If you would like to be considered, please e-mail ptapres@walteriaelementary.org with the number of tickets you would like.  Winners will be announced this Wednesday- get your requests in before then!

 

 

 

The Art Attack Foundation is proud to present

SHINE – A Cirque Extravaganza

 

SHINE is a show for the entire family including aerial silks, hoop, cyr wheel, contortion, acrobatics, Japanese drumming, stilt walkers, roller skating, dancing & much, much more !! 

Some of the renowned performers in this show are, Stiltworld & KnightRollers featuring Trey Knight, master juggler Jack Kalvan and his wife and juggling partner Jeri, the drumming of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, and the amazing cirque talents from Le Petite Cirque.

 

Come with us on a magical journey filled with colorful characters who laugh, dance, flip, fly, play, & love.  As the journey unfolds you will be drawn into their world, and will share in the transformation from ordinary life into revelation and pure joy.

 

Performance will be on Saturday, April 21st  – 11am at the James Armstrong Theatre located at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

 

Founded by Dan Watt, the Art Attack Foundation’s mission is to inspire community leaders, businesses, and individuals to participate and contribute in the education, enhancement and development of young performing artists.  AAF is dedicated to providing opportunities, funding, and encouragement to assist young performers in realizing their full artistic potential

 

The Art Attack Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and any donations are tax-deductible.  Visit www.artattackfoundation.org to learn more.

4/2/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

I hope you had a great spring break with your young Wildcat(s). We have been busy here at school making those final arrangements that should take us through the rest of the school year. For more information on these or anything else Walteria, please check out our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the latest information. 

 

Today, 4/2 is Walteria's TK registration for the 2018/2019 school year. If you know of anyone with a TK student, let them know that they need to register their child at the District Office to secure their place at Walteria this upcoming school year. Placement at Walteria is not guaranteed, even if Walteria is your home school. Once TK space at Walteria is full, new registrants will be assigned to neighboring schools with space. 

 

Our students will have an exciting week this week, with the Rocket Man making presentations to our students, the Fun Run, the Bike Rodeo, Adventures in Art, and Gardening taking place. We are excited to have our young Wildcats on campus and look forward to an excited end of the year. 

 

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our wonderful PTA:

 

Upcoming PTA Events for your calendar:

 

DANCE Committee - THIS Tuesday, April 3rd

Calling all Volunteers!!  We are starting the planning process for the Father/Daughter (Friday, June 15th) and Mother/Son (Friday, May 11th) dances.  If you are interested in helping, please meet at the front of the school gate on Tuesday, April 3rd at 2pm.  If you cannot make it, but are still interested in helping, please leave your name, phone number, an e-mail in the office or contact Angela at (310) 962-5051 or gressky@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

 

BIKE RODEO - THIS Wednesday, April 4th 

The annual Bike Rodeo has been rescheduled to after school this Wednesday, April 4th.  See the attached flyer.  3rd-5th Graders are invited to attend and test their bike skills!  Top winners in each grade will move on the the District Bike Rodeo on April 14th.  Make sure your child has a signed permission slip, their bike, and helmet to participate.  We need parent volunteers to help out.  E-mail Mark Redman at mar730@ca.rr.com, if you can help.

2018 Bike Rodeo

2018 Bike Rodeo permission slip

 

PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN - THIS Friday, April 6th

The PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN has been rescheduled to this Friday, April 6th!  It’s not too late to turn in your pledges.  For those that have pledged $15 or more, shirts will be going home starting this week.  Don’t miss out.  No pledge is too small.  All proceeds go towards providing for the students field trips, assemblies, special events, classroom & school supplies, and more.  All monies are due after the run on Friday, April 13th.  The lunchtime prizes will be awarded also on Friday, April 13th.  Remember- every kid must have a signed permission slip (located on the envelope) to run.  We need volunteers!

 

PTA Association Meeting & STEAM Night - Thursday, April 19th

Save The Date!!  The Walteria PTA Association meeting with the election of the 2018-2019 Board of Officers and Honorary Service Award presentation, will be held at the beginning of STEAM Night on April 19th.  Come out and vote for next year’s PTA and then enjoy a ton of family fun at our annual STEAM Night.  We will have plenty of exciting, educational, hands-on, stations for the kids to experience.

3/19/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

We have made it to spring break. We are very excited for the break, and will be looking forward to testing and closing out the year when we return. Remember to check out our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information on everything happening at school. 

 

Once again, we are looking at a wet week. Please check the website and update your contact info on PowerSchool to ensure that you are receiving emails, voicemails, and text alerts about last minute changes to planned events. If you are having trouble with this, please let me know and the office and I will assist you. Also, please ask your young Wildcat to return jackets, sweaters, water bottles, and lunch boxes to you. We will be clearing out the lost and found at the end of this week. 

 

Spring break begins Monday, 3/26. We return to school on Monday, 4/2. 

 

Dr. Ponce

 

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Upcoming PTA Events for your calendar:

 

BIKE RODEO - Wednesday, March 21st 

The annual Bike Rodeo is after school this Wednesday, March 21st.  See the attached flyer.  3rd-5th Graders are invited to attend and test their bike skills!  Top winners in each grade will move on the the District Bike Rodeo.  Make sure your child has a signed permission slip, their bike, and helmet to participate.  We need parent volunteers to help out.  E-mail Mark Redman at mar730@ca.rr.com, if you can help.

 

2018 Bike Rodeo

2018 Bike Rodeo permission slip

 

PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN - Friday, April 6th

The PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN has been rescheduled to Friday, April 6th!  It’s not too late to turn in your pledges.  For those that have pledged $15 or more, shirts will be going home starting this week.  Don’t miss out.  No pledge is too small.  All proceeds go towards providing for the students field trips, assemblies, special events, classroom & school supplies, and more.  All monies are due after the run on Friday, April 13th.  The lunchtime prizes will be awarded also on Friday, April 13th.  Remember- every kid must have a signed permission slip (located on the envelope) to run.  We need volunteers!  A new volunteer flyer will be going home this week.

 

PTA Association Meeting & STEAM Night - Thursday, April 19th

Save The Date!!  The Walteria PTA Association meeting with the election of the 2018-2019 Board of Officers and Honorary Service Award presentation, will be held at the beginning of STEAM Night on April 19th.  Come out and vote for next year’s PTA and then enjoy a ton of family fun at our annual STEAM Night.  We will have plenty of exciting, educational, hands-on, stations for the kids to experience.

 

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Other news:

 

Looking for a great way to enrich your child's mind? Take a look at all of the Enrichment Opportunities that are available to you on our website. Prices vary, but all classes are child-centered and scheduled for after school. 

3/12/2018

Good morning Walteria,

 

It is going to be a wet week for us at school this week. Stay on top of what is happening at Walteria by checking out our website: walteria.tusd.org.

 

Please remember that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are early dismissal days for the students because of Parent-Teacher conferences. K and TK are out at 2:00 as always, but the 1st through 5th graders are out at 2:12. Please plan for on-time pickup on these days. With that said, I would also like to remind our families how important it is to follow all of the traffic laws and, almost as important, please follow all of our valet line rules. These rules are there to protect all of our students. When we work together, parents move through the valet line rather quickly. Please help us out by adhering to the following:

  • Drive slow and with care
  • Pull forward as much as possible to drop off or pick up your child
  • Teach your child to be ready to exit the vehicle with backpack and other belongings on hand.
  • Because of the risk of a fender-bender, do not have your child go into the trunk of your car. 
  • Please, please. please do not park your car in our valet and leave it unattended. It really messes up the flow and it takes everyone much longer to get through. 

If we work together, drop off and pick up can be relatively quick and smooth. But, more importantly, it will be safe for our young Wildcats!

 

 Yearbooks are on sale for $25 now, but the price is going up ($30) after Spring Break. Make sure to lock in your savings now by submitting this form and dropping off your check or payment into the folder in the front office. 

 

Enjoy the week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our PTA: 

 

PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN is coming!!  Walteria PTA is holding its annual Fun Run on Wednesday, March 14th.  Along with our Direct Donation campaign at the start of the year, the Fun Run is a major fundraising event that helps the PTA provide field trips, assemblies, science labs, educational materials, and classroom and school support.  Permission slips and pledge envelopes went home with your child.  Please return them BEFORE the run on March 14th.  Pledges totaling over $15, will get a specially designed PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN shirt (make sure to notate your child’s size on the form).  Pledges $25 or more will get a PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN memento.  $50 or more and they will get a frozen treat at lunch on Friday, March 23rd.  $75 or more will get your child a pizza party lunch on March 23rd.  See the attached flyers for information.  We are also looking for volunteers for the event! This event may be postponed if it is raining or if the fields are too wet on Wednesday. date TBD.

 

* 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade parents- the annual Bike Rodeo is coming up after school on Wednesday, March 21st.  See the attached flyer.  3rd-5th Graders are invited to attend and test their bike skills!  Top winners in each grade will move on the the District Bike Rodeo.  Make sure your child has a signed permission slip, their bike, and helmet to participate.

 

Links:

2018 Fun Run

2018 Fun Run Prize Sheet

2018 Bike Rodeo

2018 Bike Rodeo permission slip

 

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Other news:

 

Looking for a great way to enrich your child's mind? Take a look at all of the Enrichment Opportunities that are available to you on our website. Prices vary, but all classes are child-centered and scheduled for after school. 

3/5/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

We are still very disappointed that Dr. Seuss Day was cancelled last week. I cannot tell you the number of students who voiced disappointment throughout the day. And, although it was not pouring, it was a good call. Campus was cold and wet- what a difference from last year. Please remember to check our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information about changes to any of our events. 

 

Our wildcats are rounding the final turn and finishing up with trimester 2 this week. They and their teachers have been working hard to ensure that this year's standards are being mastered. For the parents, we have the 2018 CAASPP (State testing) parent meeting scheduled for Thursday, 3/8. If you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student and want to learn more about the State's accountability testing system, come join us. Parents will learn about the CAASPP system and see a demo of the testing platform that their students will be utilizing. Also on the calendar for the following Thursday, 3/15, a parent informational meeting on Walteria's Emergency Preparedness. With the sad and tragic news about the dangers that surround schools today, parents have reached out and voiced a desire to know more about what we do with our young Wildcats to prepare them for what we all pray will never happen. Join us for information about this and add to the ongoing conversation about safety at schools. 

 

Coming up on the 14th, our PTA will be hosting our annual Fun Run. This year, the theme is Peace, Love, and Friendship. See our PTA President's notes below for more information about the event. Help us make this event a great success!

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our PTA: 

* Unfortunately, Dr. Seuss Day and the PTA Association meeting were cancelled due to rain.  As a result, the PTA Association meeting along with the election of the 2018-2019 Walteria PTA Board, will be held at STEAM night on Thursday, April 19th.  At that time we will also be honoring our Honorary Service Award winners.  Please join us for a fun-filled night!

 

PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN is coming!!  Walteria PTA is holding its annual Fun Run on Wednesday, March 14th.  Along with our Direct Donation campaign at the start of the year, the Fun Run is a major fundraising event that helps the PTA provide field trips, assemblies, science labs, educational materials, and classroom and school support.  Permission slips and pledge envelopes went home with your child.  Please return them BEFORE the run on March 21st.  Pledges totaling over $15, will get a specially designed PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN shirt (make sure to notate your child’s size on the form).  Pledges $25 or more will get a PEACE LOVE & FRIENDSHIP RUN memento.  $50 or more and they will get a frozen treat at lunch on Friday, March 23rd.  $75 or more will get your child a pizza party lunch on March 23rd.  See the attached flyers for information.  We are also looking for volunteers for the event!

 

* 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade parents- the annual Bike Rodeo is coming up after school on Wednesday, March 21st.  See the attached flyer.  3rd-5th Graders are invited to attend and test their bike skills!  Top winners in each grade will move on the the District Bike Rodeo.  Make sure your child has a signed permission slip, their bike, and helmet to participate.

 

Links:

2018 Fun Run

2018 Fun Run Prize Sheet

2018 Bike Rodeo

2018 Bike Rodeo permission slip

 

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Other news:

 

Looking for a great way to enrich your child's mind? Take a look at all of the Enrichment Opportunities that are available to you on our website. Prices vary, but all classes are child-centered and scheduled for after school. 

2/26/2018

Good morning Wildcat families,

 

We are looking forward to a very exciting few weeks, here at Walteria. First, we have our yearly Dr. Seuss Day on Friday March 2nd. This promises to be a great event, as we are making some changes to it to make it more enjoyable for our families and students alike. The event is scheduled to take place from 11:55 - 1:15, giving you twice as much time to sit and enjoy lunch with your son, daughter, or both. Our teachers have agreed to clear out the staff parking lot for this event, which will alleviate what is probably the biggest headache in coming to school during the day- the parking situation around any school. We will have a table for you to check in from the parking lot going into campus for the first 15 minutes or so, if you are parking in the teacher lot. If you are running late or simply coming in through the front gates, please check in as you would normally. Although the teacher lot will be available for this event, there is very limited room in that lot. Keep in mind, if you walk to school, you will definitely not have to deal with parking! Note: In the event of rain, this event will be canceled. 

 

Another event going on this week is our spring book fair. That is going on in room 30 (the old library). It is open to students before school and during lunch. It is open to parents and students after school. Students have had a chance to preview the book fair, and they are asked to do two things this week. #1: Students must have lunch before going to the book fair. #2: To control for overcrowding, the book fair is only open to students wanting to purchase something during the day. Browsing is only allowed after school, with parents. 

 

Our Walteria Academic Alliance is putting on a dinner night this week. If you are looking for an easy, but delicious, option for dinner on Wednesday night, consider coming out to BJ's for good food and great company. Click here for the flyer, and don't forget to show it. 

 

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you on Friday,

Dr. Ponce

 

 

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Other news:

 

Looking for a great way to enrich your child's mind? Take a look at all of the Enrichment Opportunities that are available to you on our website. Prices vary, but all classes are child-centered and scheduled for after school. 

2/20/2018

Good morning Walteria Families,

 

We are coming up on a couple of very busy, hopefully incredibly fun, weeks. Make sure to keep an eye on our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information on what is happening on campus. 

 

This week. we have Vision and Hearing tests with all of our students. As our little Wildcats get home on Tuesday and Wednesday, don't be surprised if they tell you that they have been screened for both. It is a yearly check-up for the students. Also this week, we are having our monthly Spirit Assembly on Friday. It starts at 1:15, and it should be a lot of fun for our students who are incredibly well behaved and make the school a wonderful learning environment for everyone here. 4th and 5th GATE testing is scheduled for this Thursday. If you petitioned to have your student tested, and he/she qualified, you should have received notice of this and the testing is scheduled for Thursday morning. 

 

Get your self ready for the 2nd annual Family Game Night @ Walteria!  Starting at 6:00 PM on Friday, 2/23, our incredible PTA will be hosting our families for a night of fun and family time. Come out and play Bingo, giant chess, connect four, jenga. Or, bring your own game and spend time reconnecting with friends! WaltTeria is a great school within an even greater community. Come, mongle and enjoy the company of other families like yours. Pizza and snacks will be for sale (limited supplies) for anyone needing some energy at the end of the day. 


 

The Track Team starts this Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-4:00. Students that are interested in staying active and joining a fun group of students can join this group. You do not have to be a long-time runner- all are welcomed to join the group being coached by parent volunteers. Looking to volunteer yourself? Come join the group. More information to be posted on our website this week, so check in and find out more information.

 

Next week is Dr. Seuss Day. This is always an very eventful day. You can bring your student lunch, sit and read a book to them, and enjoy our community at large as we model for our students a passion for reading that will ensure that they are better prepared for the challenges of the world. Being literate is the absolute best predictor of academic success, so come out and support this great event. Police, Firemen/Firewomen will be here to read with out young Wildcats as well. More information about this event to come, so keep an eye out for room parent emails and our website for more information. 

 

Enjoy the week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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Other news:

 

Looking for a great way to enrich your child's mind? Take a look at all of the Enrichment Opportunities that are available to you on our website. Prices vary, but all classes are child-centered and scheduled for after school. 

2/13/2018

Good morning Walteria!

 

We had a wonderful, 3-day weekend with our third annual Poker Tournament as the center piece. Make sure to check out our website, walteria.tusd.org, for more information about WAA, the Poker Tournament, and any other event taking place at school. 

This week, we are hosting our Jump Rope for the Heart event through our PE classes. As part of the American Heart Association's program, our students will be doing activities that tech them the importance of being conscious of heart health. Check out their monthly newsletter by clicking the image. 

 

Registration for TK and Kinder at Walteria Elementary starts this week. If you have a student that is eligible for Kinder or TK in the fall, make sure to visit the Family Welcome Center at the District Office to register your son or daughter to join us in the fall. Our Kinder and TK classes fill up fast, so spread the word and register your young Wildcat during registration. Click here for more information. 

 

The PTA is selling Valentine Grams after school on Tuesday, 2/13. They will be delivered to your beloved Wildcats on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Lastly, as a reminder, there is no school on Monday 2/19 in observation of Presidents' Day. 

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Ponce

 

 

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Other news (click on the images for more information):

  • Walteria Game Night: Join us for a night of games and fun

 

 

 

  • From the American Heart Association:

Walteria is jumping for heart health! Over 40 students have the taken the heart healthy challenge online- Let’s get to 100% by our Jump Celebration day on February 14th.

There is still time to take the challenge and raise life saving donations to reach our school goal of $4,500- we can do it!!

Please register with your student and take the challenge here: Walteria Heart Heroes

Make a donation on line- your student will earn their first two monsters: Jax and Charger

Send emails to family and friends asking them to take the challenge too- and they can donate in your student’s name.

 

Don’t forget you can double your donation! We can save twice as many lives through matching gifts.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Click on the link below and enter your employer's name to find out if your company has a matching gift policyhttp://www.matchinggifts.com/aha/

The search engine will direct you to your company’s employee website where you can log in and print out a Matching Gift form.

2.    Print out your company’s Matching Gifts form.  Please indicate your student’s first and last name and his/her school name on the form.

3.    Scan and email the form to Kim.Siehl@heart.org or include it in the donation envelope.

2/5/2018

Good morning Walteria families!

 

Wow! What a great Superbowl. We hope you had the opportunity to hang out with family and friends this weekend. Please continue to check out our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information on what is happening at Walteria. 

 

This week, we have a couple of things to look out for. The first, and most important has to be the 3rd annual Walteria Academic Alliance (WAA) Poker Tournament. The event is scheduled for Saturday February 10th from 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM at the Redondo Beach Center for Spiritual Living (907 Knob Hill Ave. Redondo Beach, CA 90277). WAA is still looking for participants and you can register online by clicking here. WAA has been a huge help to Walteria students, contributing almost $30,000 to bring our 3rd - 5th grade classes to a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio. WAA is currently working to improve the Chromebooks available to K-2 students, and the poker tournament is a wonderful way to come together and raise funds for this cause. Don't play? That's okay. It is easy to learn in this low-stress environment. Come out and enjoy the company of other amazing and supportive parents like yourself. 

 

Also this week, we have our third graders participating in a recycling program put on by the city of Torrance. They will be learning about composting and the importance of protecting our environment.

 

On Tuesday, there is a meeting for parents interested in helping to put on the Multicultural Night this year. If you are interested in working together with other parents who want to introduce our children to the various cultures represented at our school, come out and help plan out this event. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 2/6, in room 6. 

 

On Thursday, we will have students participating in the PTA sponsored Heathy Ever After program. Students will be learning about making good nutritional choices and sampling some delicious treats. And, finally on Friday, 2/9, our kindergarten students get to participate in our PTA funded school gardens program. They will be learning about gardening and also sampling a nutritional treat. 

 

It will be a busy week for us, and we hope that you can make it to one or all of our events. The Poker Tournament is one not to miss. 

 

Dr. Ponce

1/22/2018

Good morning Walteria Families,

 

This week, we have a parent night for parents of 3rd through 5th grade students that are interested in knowing more about the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), or the California Dashboard. These systems are all part of the State's accountability system which both assesses students and reports back to the schools and families about that progress. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM in the cafeteria. This is what you can expect:

  • An introduction to the California Dashboard
  • An overview of the CAASPP system
  • An overview of the SBAC testing platform
  • And, and overview of the State's parent report of test results

If your student took the SBAC test last year, bring the State's report with you. You will be able to follow along as some of the details about the report are discussed. 

 

The week will not be all work, though. There is a Wildcat Spirit Assembly scheduled for this Friday. Our Wildcats will be rewarded for their hard work at adhering to our behavioral expectations and helping us make Walteria an incredible school for our community. During this assembly, the American Heart Association will be introducing the Jump Rope for the Heart event for this year. Students will prepare for the event, scheduled for February 14th. Make sure to ask your young Wildcat what they learned and how they can stay heart-healthy. 

 

We'll see some of you on Thursday. And to the rest, have a great week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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Other announcements (click on the image for more information):

  • Our Academic Alliance (WAA) is hosting its third, annual Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament. Whether you are a long time player or just wanting to have a night out with friends, think about joining us for this great event. The WAA has helped Walteria bring more technology to our students, allowing us to have a 1:1 student to Chromebook ratio for 3rd through 5th grade. They are currently helping to update the Chromebook carts for Kinder through 2nd grade. Come out and have some fun, while supporting this very important group on campus. Click here to register and for more information. 


 

1/16/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

Please continue to check our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most recent and up to date information on what is going on at school. 

 

We hope that you enjoyed the long weekend, taking a moment to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions to our society. We have a short, but eventful week this week. On Thursday, the 3rd grade group will be taking a trip to the Science Center. We are almost half way through the second trimester, and progress reports go out with the students this Friday. Please continue to have conversations with your student's teacher to stay on top of progress and ways to mutually support your child. 

 

Next week, on Thursday 1/25, there is a CAASPP (State Assessment) parent informational meeting for 3rd-5th grade families interested in learning more about the State's accountability system and the assessment students will be taking this school year. Bring your CAASPP reports if your child took the test last year, as the report itself will be analyzed and discussed. This meeting will take place in our Cafeteria. 

 

Have a great week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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Other announcements (click on the image for more info):

  • These are three after school enrichment opportunities that Walteria students have. Classes start soon; Don't miss out. 

                     

 

We are approaching our annual Heart Healthy drive. Keep your health in mind as we start talking to the kids about taking care of theirs. 

   

1/8/2018

Good morning Walteria families,

 

We are very excited to be back at school this week. Continue to check out our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current and up-to-date information.

 

It is the beginning of winter, and with that will come the cold and the rain. We know that you are sending your kids to school in warm and comfortable  clothing, but make sure that they are getting those items back to you in the afternoon. Every year, we have tons of clothes that are hanging on our lost and found hangers for months that are never picked up. These items are donated to a local charity, but I am certain that you'd rather have these very nice items back at home. 

 

We are kicking off our Edible Gardens program through PV School Gardens this week. Our first graders will be the first to experience the CCSS aligned gardening curriculum. If you would like to volunteer to help out during these 30 minute lessons in your child's class, contact your room parent or child's teacher. This is sure to be a fun experience, and each grade level is scheduled for 3 sessions this school year. 

 

Intervention classes begin for students invited to those sessions next week, 1/15. If you have a student that is invited to an intervention session, please make sure to accommodate for those classes. As we move through this part of the school year, getting any and all students to meet grade-level standards is our goal. 

 

Our second graders will kick off the year on a wonderful field trip to the Natural History Museum on Friday, 1/12. If you have questions about this trip, please check in with your room parent or your child's teacher. 

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Ponce

 

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From our PTA:

The Walteria Elementary PTA would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  It’s been a great 2017, but we are looking forward to continuing the fun in 2018!  We have a few items we’d like to bring to your attention:

 

Straw Ballot

The nominating committee for the Walteria Elementary PTA will be meeting in the near future to create the slate of officers for the 2018-2019 year. To help this committee in making selections, your input would be greatly appreciated.  Please take a few moments and review the attached Straw Ballot. You may nominate yourself, suggest more than one name for an office, and you may leave some slots open.  Straw Ballots are due to the office by Friday, January 19th.  If you are interested in learning more about the positions, you can visit http://capta.org/pta-leaders/run-your-pta/job-descriptions/or you can stop by our next PTA meeting this Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm in Room 2.

 

Edible Garden Program

The PTA is sponsoring a new program at Walteria that starts THIS week and we are looking for a few interested people to help out.  The program is run by Palos Verdes School Gardens.  Each week they will give a half hour lesson to one of the grades.  The grades will rotate each week, eventually getting 3 lessons each.  The lessons will be interactive and hands-on.  Students will learn how to grow and cultivate gardens and the environment. Lessons are on Fridays (schedule attached).  If you are interested in helping out there is an orientation THIS Wednesday, January 10th at 9am.

 

PTA Honorary Service Awards
Each year the PTA honors and acknowledges both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in our community.  Attached is a nomination form for this year.  There are a lot of forces that go into making Walteria a great school for our kids.  Please consider nominating one of them so they can be recognized! Nominations for consideration are due to the office by THIS Friday, January 12th. Click here for the form. 

 

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From WAA:

The Walteria Academic Alliance's yearly poker tournament is just around the corner. If you are a poker player, or if you simply want to have a great time, make sure to buy-in to this event. More information to come, but you can already sign up (click here). Join us on Saturday February 10th for this event. 

12/18/2017

 

Good morning Walteria families,

 

We are very excited to be in school for this final week before winter break. Please make a note on your calendars that Walteria Elementary (and all TUSD schools) will be closed for winter break starting Friday, 12/22. 

 

Also, please continue to check our website, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information about what is going on at school. 

 

We are winding down for the winter break, but there are a couple of things to keep an eye out for:

  • Tuesday 12/19, our Academic Alliance is hosting its 3rd Dinner Night. Make it a pizza night with your family or friends, as Blaze Pizza generously donates 20% of the sales between 5:00 and 8:00 on that day. Our Academic Alliance (WAA) continues to work towards improving Walteria's access to technology for our students. Come out and support this cause- the great pizza is an added bonus! click the image for more info. 
  • There are tons of activities planned out for our students. The Kinder group is performing on Wednesday in the quad area, and our Second graders are having a musical performance on Thursday. Make sure to keep your information updated with your room parent to stay informed about these and other in-class events. 
  • Finally, the PTA Honorary Service Award nomination process (click here for the form) has begun. As you know, our PTA works tirelessly to support Walteria, providing our students with enriching, supplemental experiences that they will remember for a lifetime. These things include Adventure in Art, Magic of Music, field trips, end of the year activities, and in-call support for teachers to name a few. These things are not only made possible through financial support, but more importantly through dedicated parent and teacher volunteers. Take a moment and nominate one of our hard working individuals. They all do an incredible job, this is just our chance to let them know we appreciate their hard work. 

Dr. Ponce

 

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School Handouts (click on the images for more info):


 

12/11/2017

Please remember to check out website, walteria.tusd.org, for the latest information about what is going on at school.

 

We are halfway through our scheduled parent conference meetings for trimester 1! Teachers will continue to meet with their students' families to discuss progress and goals for trimester 2. Make sure to keep your appointment and be on time so that everything runs smoothly. We are still on minimal day schedule, which means all 1-5th grade student is out of school at 2:12. Please make plans for on-time pick up every day. 

 

This week, we have our first GATE lunch scheduled with our 4th, 5th, and newly identified 3rd grade GATE students. These sessions are informative and will allow your GATE student to work with others like him or her, while learning about themselves and how to leverage their talents. 

 

On Thursday, Walteria is incredibly excited to present its winter chorus performance. This year, the performance will be held at the newly renovated Torrance High School Auditorium. Even if your child is not one of the 75 students performing in the chorus, come out and enjoy an evening of holiday cheer. Our volunteers and students have been working hard to being you a wonderful experience. 

 

Finally, our Spirit Assembly is scheduled for Friday. We will be presenting our monthly drawing for students that have exemplified our behavioral expectations of being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible. During that assembly, we will also be announcing the winners and participants of the PTA Reflections competition. We are extremely proud of all of the participants and many of our Wildcats have moved ahead and are competing at regional levels. Congratulations to them all!

 

Enjoy the week,

Dr. Ponce

 

Note: Parents are concerned about dogs coming to school. They are reporting that their child is scared of dogs and go home concerned about being bitten or attacked. I'd like to ask that if you have a pet that comes with you to school, please stand at a distance from the gate or the pathways which the kids use when they enter or leave the school. Please be considerate of the children; this is their school. Thank you. 

12/4/2017

Good morning Walteria!

 

Remember to check our website (walteria.tusd.org) for the latest information on what's going on at school.

 

Our parent conferences start this week (sorry for any confusion caused by the e-blast last week). Please keep a couple of things in mind as you come visit with your child's teacher:

  • TUSD elementary schools utilize a standards-based report card. This means that teachers are assessing whether your child has demonstrated mastery of the grade-level standards. At this point in the year, it is not uncommon for students to be "progressing towards skill" in many or all the standards. 
  • Please keep in mind that teachers schedule conferences back-to-back. If you are late to your meeting, it creates a domino effect with the proceeding conferences. If you are late, please be prepared to wait or reschedule with the teacher. 
  • Although we are well aware of how difficult parking can be, the staff parking lot is for employees only. Handicap parking is available in that lot for non-employees.  
  • If you are on campus during school hours, make sure to check-in in the office. All visitors on campus during school hours must wear a visitor's badge. 

Other things happening at Walteria the next couple of weeks:

  • 5th grade goes on a walking field trip on 12/8 to view Wonders.
  • Walteria's Winter Chorus is scheduled for 12/14 at the newly renovated Torrance High School auditorium. Come out and support our wonderfully talented singers and the volunteers that make the Walteria Chorus possible. 
  • 12/15 Walteria Spirit Assembly 

From our PTA:

* The PTA would like to give a big THANK YOU to all those who contributed to our Direct Donation campaign so far. Because of your continued support, our Wildcat students will get the additional educational programs and experiences they otherwise wouldn’t- like field trips, music, art, interactive assemblies, and much, much, more!

* Spirit Wear fire sale! This Wednesday the Spirit Cart will be selling clearance t-shirts for $2 and sweatshirts for $5, in your favorite vintage styles. Also, the newly redesigned Wildcat t-shirts will be available in youth sizes for $15.

* Holiday Spirit Grams - Starting this Wednesday the PTA will also be selling holiday spirit grams for $2.  Spirit Grams are cards that family, friends, or fellow students can purchase, fill out, and turn in.  They will get delivered to the designated student recipient, with a treat, during class on Thursday, December 21st.

 

I'll be looking forward to seeing you all on campus in the next couple of weeks.

Dr. Ponce

 

Last notes:    

 

11/27/2017

Good morning Walteria Families,

 

Please make sure to check our website (walteria.tusd.org) for the latest information on what is going on at school. We are very excited to be hosting our families this week and the next as part of our trimester 1 parent-teacher conferences. A couple of reminders for the conferences:

  • Come prepared with questions that you may have about what you see at home with your son or daughter. 
  • Please make sure to be on time for your scheduled meeting. Being late has a domino effect on all of the other scheduled meetings for the day, and thus you may have to wait or be rescheduled. 
  • If your son or daughter is not yet meeting the standard in any one area, there is no reason to panic. Mastering the grade-level standards is a year-long process and the teacher and students are continuously revisiting mastery throughout the year. If you are concerned, ask questions about how you can support your son or daughter at home as well as inquiring about what the teacher is doing in class to ensure mastery before the end of the year. 
  • Please do not use the staff parking lot. The lot is for employees only. 

This Friday, students will be taking home their trimester 1 report cards.

 

Our PTA supports the Healthy Ever After (HEA) program at Walteria. This program teaches the students about eating healthy and being healthy for life. If you would like more information about this program, please come by the office. Families can opt out of the taste testing portion of the program by submitting this form. HEA #2 is scheduled for Thursday Dec. 7th for all grade levels. 

 

Enjoy the week,

Dr. Ponce

11/20/2017

Good morning Walteria families,

 

Make sure to visit our site, walteria.tusd.org, for the most current information.

 

This is going to be a really short week for us. Being the principal of such a wonderful school, set in such a wonderful community, the Walteria staff and I are thankful to be a part of your team. 

 

It is not too late to order your mixed bags for those small holiday gifts (click here for more information). 

 

11/21 marks the end of trimester one for us. We are excited to meet with our families starting Monday to discuss your child's progress. 

 

Lastly, December 14th in mind. That evening, the Walteria Chorus will be performing their Holiday performance at the newly renovated Torrance High School auditorium. Our students and the volunteers have worked incredibly hard to make this a wonderful experience for their guests. 

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Ponce

11/13/2017

Good morning Walteria families,

 

Make sure to check out our website for the most current information on all of the events happening at Walteria: walteria.tusd.org

 

This week bring some exciting events to our school. Besides the usual great things going on in all of our classes, we are also looking at our PTA Movie Night this Friday. Put it on your calendar and make sure to come out to enjoy the timeless experience of hanging out with friends and watching a great film. We will be opening the gates at 5:15 for this event, with the film starting at 6:00. 

 

Being the hardworking and dedicated parent and teachers that they are, our PTA also has two other events going on that support Walteria Elementary: the Family Portrait Night which provides families with great photographs for the holiday season. And our Mixed Bag fundraiser. This fundraiser is a great opportunity to purchase those bags we all need to carry anything from groceries to every-day items. 

 

Finally, stay on top of what is available to our students in the form of after school enrichment classes. Check our website for opportunities to have your little ones join classes such as the Kidz Cookin It Up that starts this Thursday. See our website for more info on this and other classes being offered at Walteria.

 

Have a wonderful week,

Dr. Ponce

10/30/2017

Boy, that Fall Carnival is always such a treat for all of our children and our families. And, this year's event was exactly that- a wonderful experience that brought the Walteria community together. I want to thank Stacey Launius and all of the volunteers that made that event possible. We had hundreds of visitors, taking in the games, the food, and the company, not to mention the Trunk or Treat event. Just another example of what makes Walteria a special place in Torrance. 
 

The weather for this week is completely the opposite of what it was this last week. It is going to feel like fall has finally arrived, so please make sure to send your little ones bundled up. With that, please urge them to come by the Lost and Found to retrieve any items that he or she might have left behind. We have tons of these items that are never claimed, which we donate as we go into Winter Break. Please remind your students to drop by and search for their items. 

 

This week's Halloween Parade will be the highlight of the week for many of our Wildcats. For the event, students are welcomed to come to school dressed in their costumes. We remind our families that any and all costumes must comply with the school/district dress code. Students' costumes should not include any weapon or weapon look a like items. Modesty is always a must. And, students cannot wear masks to cover their faces. We are looking forward to a memorable event on Tuesday. 

 

Lastly, there is a PTA meeting on Thursday this week at 6:30 PM in room 2. Come by and get involved. One of the items that the PTA is putting out is the attached PTA Handbook. It has tons of useful information about the school and what the PTA does for our Walteria students. 

 

Dr. Ponce

 

10/23/2017

Walteria Parents and Guardians,

 

We have a lot of information for you this week, it is a busy one. Before we get to that, please make sure to visit our new site (walteria.tusd.org) for the most current information on what we have going on at school. 

1. This is the final week to join our Walteria team for the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship walk. Join us for a leisurely walk while helping to support the Torrance Education Foundation (TEF) and Skechers in providing funding for schools across the Southbay. Just make sure to join the Walteria Team to ensure that our school receives the funds generated by this event. Our goal is to reach 100 participants (both walkers and virtual walkers). If we meet our goal, Walteria's GATE program will receive an extra $1000 to use for its program this year. If you have any questions, come by and see us. 

 

2. Direct Donation Campaign It’s not too late to support the PTA and to receive your donor incentives with donations of $150 or more.  Though we appreciate donations year-round, incentives bonuses will end Friday, October 27th.  Installment payments and credit cards are accepted on the Walteria website. 

 

3. This week is Red Ribbon Week. Help spread the news that we want our kids to be drug and alcohol free. Students are encouraged to show solidarity while having fun in the week's events:

MONDAY 10/23: “You have the Power to Say No to Drugs” (Wear your favorite superhero gear and show how powerful your NO can be.)

TUESDAY 10/24: “Sock It to Drugs and Keep Your Future Bright” (Wear your crazy or mismatched socks to school.)

WEDNESDAY 10/25: “Hats Off to Being Drug Free” (Wear a hat or crazy hair to support your drug free position.)

THURSDAY 10/26: “Put Drugs to Sleep” (Show drugs and alcohol who is boss, wear your pajamas to school.)

FRIDAY 10/27: “Rock Your Red” (Wear a red shirt to celebrate our commitment to saying NO to drugs and alcohol.)

 

4. GATE testing for our 3rd graders is this Thursday. 

 

5. Our annual and highly anticipated Fall Festival is this Friday. Make sure you come out and enjoy some wholesome family fun with our teachers and staff. 

 

6. Make-up pictures are happening today! If your child missed his or her picture, they will be able to take their picture this morning.

 

7. Our first Wildcat Spirit assembly is this Friday. Get ready as we build spirit this year with our monthly gatherings, they are sure to be fun and exciting. 

 

Don't forget:

*Yearbook Presale for PTA Members

Special $20 presale price for people who paid for a PTA Membership ends Friday, October 27th

 

Spirit Wear Presale

Please turn in your orders by Friday, October 27th.

 

Hope you have a great week,

Dr. Ponce

10/16/2017

Hello Walteria Families,

 

Thank you to all of you who joined us for the Brock Edwards Magic Extravaganza. That was a great, family-friendly night with good humor and entertainment. I have talked to a number of students who were in awe of the magic tricks performed and the surprise "surprise guest" that was sawed in half. Officer Scott has always been a great resource for Walteria, and I'd like to give him one more "happy birthday!" and a big thank you for his willingness to participate in the show. 

 

This week, we are continuing to encourage our families and their friends and families to participate in the Sketchers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk (click here for more info). This is a great opportunity to be active with our kids and hang out as a community. Remember, all of the money raised for the Walteria Team will be given to Walteria Elementary School. If we reach 100 participants, the Torrance Education Foundation will also donate and extra $1,000 to our school. Help us get there by joining the Walteria Team today. 

 

The Walteria Academic Alliance (WAA) will be hosting its first Dinner Night of the year (click here for more info). You have to eat eat on Tuesday, 10/17, and WAA intends to continue to help Walteria reach its goal of having more technology available for our students. Join us at Chipotle from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Chipotle will be donating 50% of the sales from anyone who tells them they are there to support Walteria Elementary. You can show them the flyer (paper copy or on your phone) or simply tell them that you are there to support our school. Tell your friends, tell family members. Heck, tell anyone who will listen. WAA's generous donations have allowed us to take all of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to a 1:1 Chromebook to student ratio. Come out and support this event. 

 

Finally, on Thursday, Walteria will be participating in the Great Southern California Shake-Out. This is an emergency preparedness drill that simulates a major earthquake in the area. It is a great opportunity for you to talk about emergencies like these, inform them about what your plan is to reconnect with them, and to assure them that they will be taken care of until you are able to be back with them. If you are interested in participating in the Walteria Emergency Preparedness Committee, contact Dr. Ponce. We are looking for parents and community members to provide input for our plan to deal with emergencies. 

 

We will be busy this week, but it will prove to be an exciting and productive week. 

 

Dr. Ponce

10/11/17

Wow! We have had two wonderful and very needed days of professional development with our staff, here at Walteria. I would like to thank our families, whom I know have had to juggle having our young Wildcats at home these last two days. 

 

Please remember to check out our website: walteria.tusd.org for the most current information on anything happening in school.

 

The rest of October is going to be very busy for Walteria and our community. We have some great events planned out and many others that are worth considering. 

 

One event is the annual Sketchers Pier to Pier Friendship walk. I love to teach my kids to be healthy. Thus, having them participate in activities such as 5Ks or Walks of any type provides me with an opportunity to do just that. Add to this the fact that we can raise money for a school, and I am all in. The Torrance Education Foundation has teamed up with Sketchers for this walk, and our school can benefit from it. Please consider signing up for this event. All money submitted to the event from anyone that signs up to join the Walteria team will come back directly to the school What a wonderful way to teach our kids to stay active and raise funds for the school. Let's get together and represent Walteria at the event! It is scheduled for Sunday, October 29th. (click here fore more info.)

Another is the Brock Edwards Magic Extravaganza. This event  is scheduled for this Thursday (10/12) from 6:30-8:00 pm. You are not too late to purchase tickets to this event at the pre-sale price of $10. Pre-sale ends first thing Thursday morning. The price of the event at the door is $12. Come out and enjoy a great show! There will be pizza, drinks, and a bake sale at the event. Our PTA will host a table with our Spirit Wear and information about everything Walteria- including our Direct Donation drive. 

 

The Fall Festival will round out the month. It is a cornerstone event, one that should not be missed by anyone- young or old. More information about this event will follow, so keep an eye out for it. 

 

And, we are not all play here at Walteria. This Friday marks the midway point of the first trimester. Our young Wildcats will be going home with progress reports from their teachers. Make sure to communicate with your son or daughter's teachers about their progress and what can be done at home and at school to better support their learning. 

 

Again, thank you for covering for us the last couple of days. We look forward to having our students back in class Wednesday morning. 

 

Dr. Ponce

10/2/2017

Welcome to October, Wildcat families. 

 

Remember to check our website for all of the latest information: walteria.tusd.org

 

We would like to thank all of the families that joined us for Back to School Night. It is always such a pleasure to have our families come out and connect with their new teachers. There was a lot of information disseminated, so if there was anything that you missed or simple cannot remember, connect with your child's teacher via email or by phone. 

 

This week, we have an exciting event. Walk to School Day is scheduled for Wednesday 10/4. Click here for more information.  If you are tired of the traffic or simply wanting to stretch your legs in the morning, meet us at De Portola at 8:00 AM. The group will then walk to Walteria at 8:15. Hope to see you there.

 

For those wonderful parents who have volunteered to be a part of Adventures in Art, the orientation docent meeting will be on Thursday at Ken Miller. If you have ever thought about volunteering to do something fun with your child's class, think about volunteering for this fun and enriching program. 5th grade classes need volunteers for 4 of the 5 classes. 

 

Lastly, don't forget that out PTA Direct Donation Drive is still on its way. It runs through the end of October. Help us provide enriching learning opportunities to all of our students, donate today if you can. Any amount is appreciated. 

 

Have a great week,

Dr. Ponce

9/25/2017

Good morning Walteria Families,

 

Make sure to visit our website for the latest news and information: walteria.tusd.org.

 

This is an exciting week for us at Walteria. Our annual Back to School Night means that we will be hosting all of our families for the first time this school year. Drop on in and get to know your child's teacher. Each will explain his or her classroom procedures and expectations, giving you the information that you will need as we continue to work with your student. The book fair will be going on during the evening, and there will be a PTA meeting as well. There is a lot to take in that evening, so grab a Starbuck's coffee and be ready for all of the information that we have for you. 

 

Some reminders to be aware of:

  • Parents are reminded to please use the crosswalks when picking up and dropping off students. Keep our students safe by being a good role model. 
  • Parents dropping off their kinder student should not use the valet line. Kinder students need to be handed off to staff, and blocking the valet causes huge back ups and frustration for other parents
  •  Please check PowerSchool to make sure that all of your information, including emergency contact info, is updated. 

Other things that are coming up this week:

  • Scholastic Book Fair (9/25 - 9/29; Room 30, old library)
  • Student assembly: Brock Edward's Magic Show Extravaganza: Stand Up Against Bullying (9/26)
  • Back to School Night (9/28)

Hope to see you at our event this week,

Dr. Ponce

9/18/2017

We are on the move, here at Walteria. With the first full week of school now behind us, there are a lot of events taking shape in the next couple of weeks. Take a moment and visit our new website: www.walteria.tusd.org. We will be adding things to this everyday, so keep checking in. And, if you would like to see something added to the site, drop on in and let us know.

  •  Participate in our annual PTA direct donation drive. Our goal is to raise the funds necessary to continue to provide great learning experiences for all of our students- Advenetures in Art, Adventures in Music, field trips, classroom resource support teachers, Scholastic readers, and school assemblies. Let's all come together and donate, any amount is welcomed and it will go a long way in meeting our fundraising goals! Our PTA is a wonderful group of committed Walteria parents that work tirelessly and donate large amounts of time to make sure that every student at Walteria has an enriching academic experience. 
  • Check our calendar (also on our website) to stay informed about all of the things happening on campus. 
  • With our valet up and running, please make sure that you are being a good example for our young Wildcats. Keep these pointers in mind:
    • Please use the crosswalks to cross the street. Crossing right in front of the school might save you a second or two, but our kids are looking and they learn that they too can cross here, creating a very dangerous situation. 
    • Please be patient and utilize the valet line both before and after school. If everyone uses the valet the correct way, drop off and dismissal is not only safer for our children, but it is actually pretty smooth and fast. Remind one another to follow the valet line rules if you see someone creating a problem. 
  • PowerSchool is also up and running. By now, all of our families should have received information on how to access the system. If you are having trouble with this, please drop by and see us. 

I hope that your son or daughter has a wonderful week, as we start getting ourselves ready for Back to School Night on September 28th. We will be thrilled to have you visit us on campus. 

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Ponce