Weekly Update from Principal Hinrichs November 15

Photo of WGMS principal Angela Hinrichs in front of tiger mural.

Good Morning Tiger Families,

Every year, American Education Week is held a week before Thanksgiving. This year, it starts on November 15 and ends on November 19. Have you ever wondered how American education grew to be what it is now? American Education Week is celebrated to remind and reinspire us to make education in America even better, as we celebrate the pace-setting contributors to the educational system. 

Monday is a "B" day and begins a white week.

Interim Reports

Teachers will print and distribute interim reports to students on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, during each block. Interim reports for virtual students will be printed and submitted to the School Counseling Office by Tuesday, November 16, 2021, and mailed home to virtual students on Wednesday, November 17 , 2021.

W&M's Saturday Enrichment Program 

The College of William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education is excited to share their Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) with your family.  SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.  The program is not meant to replace the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able children to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and the arts.   There are spring virtual courses available in the areas of engineering, music, STEM, coding, writing, social science, and many more.  Visit the website or view the flyer for more information and to register

Free Tickets to Holiday Pops Concert

Thanks to a grant, the Fredericksburg Symphony is offering two free tickets to our Holiday Pops concert on Friday, December 3rd. The concert will be a special seasonal celebration, great for all families.

The offer is to faculty and staff, as well as students. There are a limited number of free tickets (2 per family), so if you want to go, you'll need to respond by next week. See the attached flyer below for details.

Holiday Pops Informational Flyer 

Updates and Reminders:

Tiger Pride Cards

WGMS Faculty and Staff continue to catch our Tigers doing great things!  When students are seen exhibiting positive behavior, our staff is randomly acknowledging the positive behavior with Tiger Pride Cards. Students can drop their cards in the Tiger Pride box in the Main Office for a chance to win a prize during our weekly Friday drawings. 

Last week, I shared with you that in 3 days we had over 200 Pride Cards awarded. From those entries, we awarded 12 lucky winners prizes on Friday.  This past week, we had over 430 Tiger Pride Cards submitted. Even more lucky Tigers will be awarded prizes on Friday, November 19th. Let's keep up the great work, Tigers and Tiger Team!

Laptops and Chargers

Please remind your students to bring their laptops to school everyday, fully charged.  We are limited in the number of loaner laptops and chargers we can issue each day.

Update your phone records  

Please be sure your phone numbers are updated in our student information database for emergency use and important communication.  Also, if you would like to receive an abbreviated version of my weekly message via phone, please be sure WGMS has your updated phone number.

Tiger Pride Tutoring Academy

WGMS is proud to announce the opening of our Tiger Pride Tutoring Academy designed to offer after-school assistance to your Tiger student. If you are interested in having your child receive extra help with English, Math, Science, or Social Studies during our new after-school tutoring academy, please see the form below for more details.  Complete the form in the link below to enroll your student in our tutoring academy.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nOtJEi86KECeR4iL0tXrz2WyMNPbo4lIhYdDjD5JEYlUNFY0OVcxOVdaSk5LSUMzN0w2R05KS1o2Vi4u

Laptop Charger Fees

Effective October 4, there will be a $15 fee to replace lost laptop chargers.  Damaged chargers can be exchanged and replaced with a new charger for a $7.50 fee. 

Earbuds

Earbuds are a required school supply item.  Students are responsible for bringing earbuds to school.  Earbuds will be available for sale for $1.00 should students need earbuds while at school. 

Vaccination Requirement for Winter and Spring Athletics Remember that our athletes who play on Virginia High School League (VHSL) teams will need to provide proof of vaccination to participate in winter and spring sports. You can visit FCPS Athletics COVID Guidelines at our website at https://www.fxbgschools.us/resources/covid-info

See below the most relevant points related to exemptions.

  • Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide the reason for their religious exemption to the school in writing. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from the doctor stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine on the doctor's office letterhead.  
  • These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.

COVID Symptoms

 As we continue our in-person learning, we are again asking parents and guardians to assist us in keeping our schools safe by closely monitoring your child’s health. Please keep students home who are sick or are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms. The symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The Importance of Communication

Parents, guardians, and caregivers are asked to report new diagnoses of COVID-19 to the school and public health authorities to facilitate contact tracing and communication planning for cases and outbreaks. As families become aware of positive and presumptive positive cases within their household, as well as close contacts with positive cases, we encourage you to contact Mrs. Hinrichs's office by phone so we may complete the processes for contact tracing. Please leave a message with the Principal's Secretary if you are unable to connect with Mrs. Hinrichs directly.

Thank you to all families who have contacted the school regarding new diagnoses or close contacts with positive cases. Without your communication, it would have been even harder to stop the transmission of COVID-19 in our school. You are greatly appreciated!