Bulletin Boards for Codie Bascue!

02-28-2018

The Elementary School has created Bulletin Boards for Codie Bascue!

We are all proud and wish him the best of luck!

Good Luck Codie Bascue!

02-27-2018

The Elementary School wishes Codie the best of luck this weekend in his first Olympic Bobsled Race!

Notice from the Superintendent

05-01-2018

To the Whitehall Community, The terribly tragic school shooting in Florida as well as the recent Arrest in Fair Haven have prompted me to reach
out in an effort to support our students, educators and families as we attempt to process all we are hearing and
seeing in the media over the last 48 hours.
Many parents are asking We all want to protect our ch ildren and keep them from hearing about the horrors of the world, but we live in a day
and age in which violence permeates our lives. We encourage parents to have age-appropriate conversations with
their children and use these opportunities to teach important lessons.
Watch the news with your children. Interpret events in a way in which they can understand at their age. Children
absorb your emotions, so if you are upset or nervous, they will be too.
Limit exposure. The 24-hour news cycle might lead children to believe that traumatic events are an everyday
occurrence. Children need a limit to the amount of graphic sounds or images they are exposed to.
Take their fears seriously. Encourage your children to talk about what they may have seen or heard. If you notice a
change in their behavior, they may be trying to process the information. Help them understand their fears and
concerns are normal by sharing how you felt when you heard about the event.
Learn together. Some older children may want to learn more about why an event happened. Be present when they
research and talk it through.
Stick to your routine. In a chaotic world, a normal schedule can be comforting to children. If transition times like
bedtime are problematic, be patient and understanding as children may not verbalize they need comforting.
Look for the positive. Highlight the heroes in tragic events, and talk about ways in which the community worked
together to help each other.
Encourage play. Children process worries and fears through play. Allow them to play make-pretend as long as it
doesn't get aggressive.
If you see something, say something. Rep9rt serious indicators of mental illness to law enforcement, including
changes in behavior, anger problems, excessive and foolish comments about guns and shootings, etc. If you hear or
see something online (on social media or blogs), report it- it is the job of police to talk to those individuals.
Be alert to your surroundings. If you're in a public place, take note of the exits and entrances.
If you can watch a quick video about how to respond in an active shooter situation, that is the least you can do. If you
can run through a reality-based training, that is even better.
Unfortunately, violence isn't just a school problem or a law enforcement problem or a gun control issue. This is a
community issue that demands the involvement and collaboration of all to prevent, respond, and help each other
through it. We urge you to access your school social worker and counselors if your child needs additional support.
In an effort to be proactive and vigilant about this item, the principals and I are planning to host a meeting with local
law enforcement in the very near future to allow us to review our current safety procedures and gain additional advice
from law officials. The safety of our students, faculty and staff continue to remain our highest priority.
Sincerely,
Patrick

February Important Dates

02-28-2018

Friday, February 2nd – Report Cards go home

Thursday, February 8th – Dinosaur Rock

Thursday, February 8th - Family Tech Talk – Cyber Series HS Auditorium at 4:30 pm

Friday, February 9th- Family Movie Night HS Auditorium at 6:00 pm

Monday, February 19th- Friday, February 23rd – Mid-Winter Recess - Classes not in session

Tuesday, February 20th - Family Swim from 6-8pm

Monday February 26th – Board Meeting LGI at 6:00pm

Kindergarten Registration

02-28-2018

Whitehall Elementary kindergarten registration will begin on Monday, February 26th, 2018. If you have a child that will be turning 5 by December 1st, 2018, please register them for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents will need to pick up registration packets in the elementary front office.
Please share this important information with anyone you know who has a child turning 5 before December 1, 2018.
Parents should bring the following information when registering:
 Child’s birth certificate
 Immunization record
 Medical Physical
 Proof of residency (a mortgage, a pending contract, utility bill, a copy of a lease or a property tax statement will be accepted as proof of residency)
* Note: A driver’s license or vehicle registration will not be accepted as proof of residency.
Schools must have the physical and immunization record on file prior to the first day of school or students will not be allowed to attend school. If the date of the current physical and immunization record on file exceeds 12 months from the first day of school, an updated physical and immunization record is required before the first day of school.
Kindergarten screening will take place May 16th- May 18th at the elementary school. Please call the elementary front office to schedule a screening time.
For any questions please call the elementary front office at (518) 499-0330

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Parent Portal *NEW*

The schooltool Parent Portal is back. Please contact the High School Guidance office at wcsguidance@railroaders.net to confirm your information and your account will be activated.

The schooltool Student Portal is now back online, and students can use the "Sign-In with Google" button to log-in on their Chromebooks.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Keep Calm Team USA, Codie's Driving

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