Weekly Update From Principal November 8

Photo of Ms. Hinrichs

Good Evening Tiger Families,

Don't forget to "Fall Back" and gain an extra hour as Daylight Saving Time 2021 ends tomorrow. Here is an interesting article about the history of DST and how it works!

https://www.nj.com/news/2021/11/daylight-saving-time-2021-when-does-dst-end-clocks-fall-back-daylight-savings-time-explained.html

Monday, November 8, 2021, is an A day and begins an Orange Week.

Early Dismissal

Don't forget that FCPS has an early dismissal for Teachers Workday on Wednesday, November 10th.  WGMS will run the following abbreviated class schedule:  Periods 1A, 2A, 6A, 4A, and 5A with dismissal at 12:00 noon.

School Picture Day- Monday, November 8th

School pictures order forms have been distributed during TSA classes. Pictures may be prepaid online OR students may bring the order form and payment back on Picture Day, November 8.  Teachers will not collect forms or payment.  The student must hand order forms to the picture personnel when they are photographed.  

Virtual students may be photographed from 3:00-3:30 in the gym.  No appointments are necessary for virtual students. Please see the attached order form for the company's online ordering option.

WGMS School Pictures Order Form.pdf 

Tiger Pride Cards

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

We began implementing the Tiger Pride cards reward system on Wednesday, and in just 3 days, 200 cards were awarded by 46 staff members, including Administration, teachers, para-educators, and bus drivers to our Tigers!  We are pride of our students and look forward to awarding many more Tiger Pride cards to our students daily!

Academic Planners

If you haven't done so, please explore your student's academic planner. Every WGMS student has been issued an academic planner.   It is a great organizational and educational tool that students can use to prioritize work in the "This Week" spot; write down assignments given in every class; practice new vocabulary words each week;  keep track of all activities, not just school-related activities; record A or B days; sharpen trivia skills with a weekly history lesson; and learn what it means to be a person of good character with a weekly theme and discussion topic about character. The planners have handy reference tools such as the Periodic Table of Elements, the World Map, the Branches of Government, list of US Presidents, the Bill of Rights; Parts of Speech, punctuation rules, spelling rules, math symbols and formulas, a multiplication table, and tips to build study skills and test-taking skills. The planners also contain pages of hall passes so you can review how often your student is leaving the classroom. Please encourage your Tiger to use the academic planner.

Laptops

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.

October 22nd Second Dose Gift Cards

Due to privacy rights under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), the Rappahannock Area Health Department is not allowed to share the names of the students who  had their 2nd Pfizer vaccination on October 22 at Walker Grant Middle School or James Monroe High School.  For the division to be able to issue the incentive for the 2nd dose, each student will need to provide the administration with a copy of their vaccination card.  If this card cannot be located, please contact the Health Department.

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 the school has your updated phone number.

Reminders:

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! 

Forever Tiger Strong, 

Mrs. Hinrichs