It has come to my attention that there has been a struggle to acquire the Outsiders from any library in Anoka County. I apologize for that frustration. I have attached a link below to purchase the Outsiders from amazon for $7.99. If this is not an option for your family, please let me know and we can find an alternate book for your student. Thank you for your patience and support.
HERO Art Supplies for Tuesday
I am not sure if your student shared their syllabus for their HERO art class with you, but the syllabus asks for some extra supplies for art for the semester.
WOS will cover most supplies and paid the resupply fee but asks for your support with the supplies listed below:
-Variety pack of nylon brushes
-1 bottle of school glue
-Canson Watercolor Tablet, 9x12 140lb
-Folder for artwork (perhaps your student brought an extra to school)
Thank you for understanding and for your support!
We apologize for the short notice, this HERO and WOS relationship is newly forming and we are still working on our communication lines.
If these supplies could be sent with your student no later that Tuesday, the 25th (for HERO), that would be great.
NWEA Testing Letter
Dear Elementary and Adolescent Parents, Beginning Monday, September 24th, The Way of the Shepherd will be administering standardized assessments to our 3rd-8th grade children in language, reading, and math. For the past couple of years we have been using NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress MAP assessment. We have enclosed a description of the MAP test at the end of this letter. Because the MAP test is focused on individual students’ progress throughout the school year, educators use it to help teach children at their level and guide them toward success at the end of the year. We continue to learn more about how this data can help us meet the needs of your children. The MAP test can be administered 2-3 times a year. Our fall assessment helps our teachers set annual learning goals for individual students. In the spring, the assessment gauges whether or not students have met their individual learning targets for the year. We may elect to administer the test to some of our students in the winter if we feel we need more data to help meet academic goals. If this occurs, we will let parents of those children know. Each child will take three assessments—reading, language, and mathematics. Each test takes about 45 minutes to an hour, but the assessments are not timed. Only one test will be given to a child each day. Tests will be taken through a secure web browser on school laptops. Remember, this is not a high stakes test, so we will not be prepping children on specific topics, but we will help children familiarize themselves with the test format. It is important that children are well rested and eat a good breakfast so that they can be most successful and do their very best. Also, we would love some help encouraging children to perform as best as they are able to ensure we set challenging yet reachable goals. Once again, we will be giving parents access to scores on the MAP assessment. We ask that you prayerfully discern if/how you want to share this data with your children. It is our recommendation that you keep the information private and work with your child’s teacher to set appropriate learning targets and encourage the child’s progress on those topics. Please let us know if you have any further questions or would like more information about the MAP tests. We are looking forward to what NWEA’s MAP assessment will add to our ability to serve your children’s learning in the best ways that we can!
Here is the link to sign up for band! Hurry because lessons start this Friday, September 14th!
Erdkinder Packing List
◻ 2 Bandanas or other multipurpose cloths for napkin use, hand-drying/nose
◻ Mess kit (bowl, plate, cup, spoon, fork, knife) with mesh bag
◻ 5 pairs of socks
◻ Underwear for 4 days
◻ 4 t-shirts
◻ 1 long sleeved shirt
◻ 1 – 2 pair shorts
◻ 1 pair long pants – some work is safer in long pants
◻ 1 sweatshirt
◻ 1 pair close-toed shoes
◻ 1 other pair of sandals or shoes
◻ Sleeping bag, sheet, and pillow
◻ Raincoat or poncho
◻ Towel -- small, and washcloth
◻ Gallon ziplock bags for wet transport
◻ 1 pair old tennis shoes or work shoes – see boot explanation below
◻ 1 pair work boots (optional) sometimes fields are muddy
◻ Work gloves
◻ Hat (optional)
◻ Toiletries – no makeup
◻ Reusable water bottle
◻ Rosary and Bible
◻ Ground pad for cushioning (optional)
Do Not Pack
◻ Electronic equipment
◻ Food and drink – including candy/gum
A1 Classroom Wishlist
If you have anything in your home that you are looking to Goodwill or donate to the classroom, we would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for all you do for your student, WOS, and the community, I am very humbled and grateful to each of you.
Hello A1 Parents,
We are planning to go to Bunker Park on Friday afternoon to take the Adolescents hiking and learn some plant and tree identification skills. We have parent volunteers driving and chaperoning. We will depart from North Campus at noon and arrive back in time for normal dismissal.
I will ask that you remind your adolescent to pack a sack lunch as we will be hiking and eating lunch outside. Please have their lunch be completely disposable, in a paper bag (except for water bottles).
In addition, I will ask that if you purchased their Lands End athletic clothes that they bring those to change into before we depart. This include black shorts, black joggers, maroon t shirt and grey hoodie if they desire. If they do not have those clothes,I will ask that they bring mid to knee-length black or navy athletic shorts and a neutral colored tshirt: grey, black, white, or maroon, with tennis shoes.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Weekly Update 9/4
Hello A1 Parents,
I hope you are staying dry and awake today - it sure is a sleepy day.
We had a beautiful morning of processing around Glen Cary and having Father Blume lead us in blessing our space. We sang songs, prayed to Our Lady, and used incense and holy water around the church, through it, and through our environments. What a beautiful event to be a part of and a lovely, Spirit filled way to begin the school year.
This week we have some new events: our bus system began today as well as Spanish.
Tomorrow is our first run-through at COSP. Your child should be dropped of at 7:30 if they are serving as sacristan or altar server, otherwise 7:45 if they are attending the practice. If tomorrow or any other Wednesday you intend to drive them from COSP to Glen Cary, please let me know as I must take attendance and they are under WOS supervision while at COSP. Be sure to have them wear black shoes to COSP if they are serving in any way.
Thursday we will celebrate Sarah Turner's birthday by a little celebration in the classroom. We will doing a going out at a restaurant by combining her celebration with others in the month of September. Be on the lookout for that information.
Friday we will have our Second Great Lesson as well as venture out hiking to Bunker Park. Your adolescent should bring wear their special athletic clothes (black shorts/joggers, maroon tshirt, grey hoodie) to change into for the afternoon.
Finally, I would like to share with you the HERO registration policies. WOS is registering your student for you, but wanted you to be aware of the information and policies that you and your student are signing acceptance for. See the attached documents below.
One final note - the Adolescents are not drinking as much milk as predicted - I will ask that families on the milk and laundry schedule pause bringing weekly milk unless I email asking for it. I do not want to waste the milk or your money. Thank you so much for being so willing to contribute to the environment.
As always, let me know of any questions or concerns.
I will send an email at the end of the week detailing next week and homework assignments for the weekend.
First Mass Practice 9/5
Hello dear A1 families,
I hope this email finds you well.
Just a reminder that dropoff is at Church of St. Paul tomorrow for your altar server or sacristans - they should be dropped off at 7:30.
In addition to Official School Uniforms they are responsible for wearing their black shoes to serve tomorrow and every Wednesday. I will remind them before dismissal today but I thought it would be helpful to remind you as well!
As always, let me know of any questions or concerns. More information about the week is to come!