Carpool Arrival and Dismissal
Safety is and will continue to be our first priority!
Carpool Students: Parents should not park in the parking lot and let students out of the car. All vehicles should enter the school grounds through the front entrance as students exit all vehicles while following carpool procedures.
Cars will enter through the carpool loop and wait for a staff member to open the door. Once the child is out of the car, you will receive a signal to exit the loop. Please do not pull around to the side of the building and let students out of the car. Please follow the process to ensure the safety of all our students. It only takes a few minutes to complete the process. Remember safety first for all students.
Cars will enter through the carpool loop and wait at the entrance of the carpool lane. The caller will call 15 callers from one lane and 15 cars from the other lane. Please make sure you have your carpool number visible for us to see. If you do not have your tag, you will be asked to park, go inside and show your ID before we release your child to you. This is a safety measure in place to protect your child. Remember safety first for all students.
We are committed to the safety of our students so I would like to remind our parents of the following points:
1. Students should not be dropped off at school due to no supervision. Staff do not report to work until 8:40. Students may enter the building at 8:45 each morning. They will go directly to breakfast and then to the classroom to eat.
Parents of Morning Carpool Students: Please follow the directives of our Carpool staff each morning. If a student arrives in a car, that car must follow the carpool procedures which includes remaining in the car as the child exits the car at the appointed time. For example, the adult may not park the car in the parking lot while the child walks in the building. Plus a car may not park off campus as an adult walks the child onto school property. A student is a walker if he/she WALKS from their residence. Safety is our number one concern so we need all car riders to follow school procedures for the safety of all students and carpool staff.
2. If there is a change of afternoon transportation, it must be in writing. Phone calls and emails will not be accepted as we cannot verify or document phone calls.
3. The end of the school day is very important as teachers end instruction and close out the day. Students may not be checked out after 3:00.
Your child, our student, is our focus and concern. The above procedures are all about the safety and well-being of your child.
All volunteers who were approved for the 2014-2015 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 30, 2015. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet. Access to the volunteer system is: WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration. Don’t delay! Reactivate Now! Any new volunteers must register and have an approved criminal record check prior to engaging in volunteer work.
Reading is Fundamental to Success
We read menus, street signs, food labels and text messages effortlessly. We read for enjoyment, and to learn about our ever-changing world. We read to better ourselves and our careers. Hopefully we also read to our children! Our children will need strong literacy skills to learn new information as they grow. What can you do to help? Set up a place and time for your child to read independently each night. And show a positive attitude about reading by reading together for fun.
Reading aloud to your child has major benefits. It strengthens your relationship as you tell connected stories. It increases your child’s vocabulary, language development, emotional intelligence, and background knowledge. Through conversations sparked by events or illustrations in a book you learn more about one another.
Joyful reading experiences nourish the love of learning that will lead them to higher levels of success in school and in life. Let your child choose the books, or share your childhood favorites. Spend some quality time together, cuddle up and read for just 10 minutes each night before bed! Even that little investment of time can make a difference.
Jasmine Barcelona, MS.Ed,NBCT
K-2 Literacy Coach
Wilburn Elementary School
Curriculum/Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT) Corner
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! A few things I would like to remind you of as we move forward with the new school year:
These are a few great ways to increase our student’s learning through our school/home connect. I encourage you to look out for upcoming events at school that will support content areas specific to your child’s grade level.
Any support needed, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher or contact me, Ms. Sides at the school.
Thanks again and welcome back!
Ms. Q. Sides
News from our School Psychologist
Hello Wilburn families!
I am Jennifer Garcia, the school psychologist for Wilburn Elementary School. My job is to collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
As we begin the school year, I look forward to working with parents and teachers to help our students develop positive academic motivation and bring out their natural love for learning and discovery. What is positive academic motivation? It is when our students believe that they can be successful if they try hard, work in order to master the material, and are motivated in improve their performance rather than just to better than other children.
Together, we can help our students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally!
Occupational Therapist News!
Occupational Therapy at Wilburn Elementary School
Occupational Therapy services within the Wake County Public School System are designed to promote a student’s ability to successfully participate in their education within the entire school. We evaluate students when the IEP team feels it would be helpful to look specifically at a student’s ability to function within several different areas and then participate in the students’ IEP meetings to help develop a yearly educational plan for students receiving special education services.
These evaluations and the follow-up IEP plans can include the following areas. OT’s frequently assess a child’s fine motor skills which is the student’s ability to perform small, coordinated movements with her hands – such as hold a pencil or scissors correctly and then use them appropriately within the classroom, hold and use a spoon or fork functionally at lunch, and independently manipulate buttons and zippers on the student’s clothing to allow for independent toileting and putting on or removing a jacket. We address visual-motor/visual-perceptual needs, such as handwriting, drawing, cutting with scissors, and word-processing. Occupational Therapists also help to support students who experience sensory-processing challenges, such as tolerating being touched by peers in the lunch line, sitting still in their chairs during morning meeting, story time on the carpet, or moving smoothly through the school environment.
OT’s work both individually with students when needed and also work with several students together when it is more appropriate. We also sometimes work within a classroom either directly with students or when it is most beneficial to support a student by supporting the teachers who work with them every day throughout the school day. Please feel free to contact me, Lynn Lake OTR/L, if you have any questions or would like more information regarding Occupational Therapy services within your school system.
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