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Hello Students, Parents and Guardians,

We are excited to let you know about an
after school STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program that will be available to 20 third and 20 fourth grade students.

The Maude Wilkins
after school STEM program (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math)  is the opportunity for 3rd and 4th grade students to get hands-on experience in STEM.  The STEM program is a learning experience that exposes students to the real-world applications of what they are learning in school as well as to what it is like to work in a professional environment.

The
ideal  student is successful in their, Science and Math classes, is curious, committed, and ready to explore the many possibilities STEM provides. Students need to be able to work independently, to persist when faced with challenges, and to communicate well with peers and staff members as necessary.  Students also need to be good citizens and follow the policies of the Maude Wilkins Code of Conduct.

If you are ready to explore STEM at Maude Wilkins please read the application instructions below and join us for a STEM adventure.

Program Information
The program will run on Tuesdays for 3rd grade and Thursday for 4th grade
2:45pm to 4:15pm.  
There is no transportation provided and all students need to be picked up.  Students will not be able to walk home.
The program is a first come first serve basis and only 20 students will be accepted per grade level
All applications must be filled out online at the Maude Wilkins Elementary school page. Students need to be
self motivated and be able show proper behavior as per the Maude Wilkins parent/student handbook code of conduct policies

 Please fill out the form below to apply for the program.  Not all applicants will be admitted to the program.
STEM Club Sign Up _______________________________________________________________________
Dear Maude Wilkins Families,


At this point in the summer, I hope that you and your family have been enjoying the summer months with some relaxation time.  We are looking forward to greeting our students on Thursday, September 7, 2017, which is the first day of school.  The staff and I appreciate your confidence in Maude Wilkins Elementary School and the School District of Maple Shade.  We pledge to do our best for your child(ren).  Maude Wilkins is a very special place!  This year the students are placed in heterogeneous mixed ability classrooms.  The majority of our students will not switch at all.  I would like to take this opportunity to share some important pieces of information with you.


Paperless Forms, Student Schedules, State Testing Reports

In an effort to streamline the yearly paperwork and help with the district’s Green initiative, we will not be sending home student schedules or State Testing scores.  The Genesis Parent Portal will be open for you to fill out forms electronically and view your child’s state testing results from the 2016-17 school year.  It is important that you take the time to review these forms and follow directions listed for each one.  Be sure to update your contact information, including current phone numbers, and your email address.  The Maple Shade Student/Parent Handbook will also be located on the Portal.  Please read this carefully to become familiar with the policies and procedures of the school.  You will be able to access your student information, including a class schedule, after all the forms have been completed. Our target date for the forms to be available on Genesis is August 21st.  If you do not have access to a computer you can come into the Maude Wilkins School and use a computer during the time of 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, August 28th through August 31st.  If you require a paper copy of your child’s schedule after August 31st, please call the office at Maude Wilkins to make the request.


The First Day of School, Thursday, September 7, 2017:

The morning line-up on September 7, 2017 will be outside on the blacktop adjacent to the playground at 8:10 a.m.  In case of bad weather, morning line-up will be held in the gymnasium.  We will have a half day session concluding at 12:30 p.m.  Lunch will not be served on September 7, 2017.  Please pack a snack for your child.


Arrival and Dismissal, Regular (Full) Days of School:

After the first day of school, students can arrive and enter the building after 8:10 a.m.  Each morning, students will enter the building and line-up outside their classrooms.  Students will read a book as they wait for their school day to begin at 8:18 a.m.  Dismissal on a full day of school will be at 2:40 p.m.


Late Arrivals:

If your student arrives to school after 8:18 a.m., the car drop off doors will remain open until 9:30 a.m.  After 9:30 a.m., please bring your child to the main office to be signed in.  If your child is going to be arriving after 9:30 a.m. and would like to order lunch that day, please email or call Mrs. Cray at kcray@msemail.org or 856-779-1129 ext. 3000 with your child’s lunch order.  


Bike Racks/Building Entrance for Students:

Bike racks are located at the back of the building.  Please remember to bring a lock.  All children must wear helmets every day they ride their bikes to school.  Bikers enter the building using the door next to the bike racks.  Walkers enter the building using the door by the main office.

Student Drop-Off/Student Pick-Up:

Our car riding procedures will be the same as in previous years.  All parents will enter the big parking lot from Forklanding Road and weave through the parking lot.  Drop-off will occur at the curb next to the building.  Signs indicate drop-off location.  Staff will be present to assist students out of the cars and into the building.  Please review the attached letter for morning and afternoon drop off/pickup.  It is very important to follow these procedures for the safety of everyone.


After school, pick-up will occur at the same location.  Cars can idle along the curb and wait in line until students are dismissed.  Students will not be allowed to walk through the parking lot to a car!  Once cars have moved away from the curb, other cars in the line will proceed forward.  Parents will exit by making a right turn only onto Forklanding Road.  Staff will also be present to help with the flow of dismissal.  Please do not park in our small parking lot in the front of the building or on Cutler Avenue.  Our walkers are dismissed from this area of the building, and we are also trying to be considerate of our Cutler and Mill Road neighbors.  


New Staff Members:

  • Mrs. Brittany Brown ~ Mrs. Brittany Brown will be our new Behavior Support Program

Teacher


  • Mrs. Ella Sands ~ Mrs. Sands will be a cafeteria/playground aide



  • Mrs. Deborah Watson ~ Mrs. Watson will be an educational assistant


Important Items:

As we approach the start of the school year, I wanted to share additional important details with you.


  • Back to School Night will be Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30 p.m.  I look forward to greeting all of our Maude Wilkins families.


  • The Student-Parent Handbook will be available online.  Please take the time to closely review its contents.  The handbook contains important information about the school and our procedures.


As parents, please stay involved with your child’s education throughout the school year.  Communication is an essential component of a truly successful school and parent partnership.  I encourage you to establish positive communication with your child’s teachers.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the school at any time.  We appreciate your feedback.  At Maude Wilkins, we value your input, and we will assist you in any way we can.


Have a wonderful end of the summer.


Educationally yours,


Steven Ormsby,

Principal


ONLINE BACKPACK

This is a shareable Google folder with some school and community information inside it.   We will still send home paper copies, but we will also be utilizing the Online Backpack.   The link below will take you to the Online Backpack.  We will be sharing important documents such as:

  • Bell Schedules

  • Calendars

  • Upcoming Events

  • Fundraiser Information

  • Back To School Night

  • Little Shaders information

  • Supply List

  • Community Fliers

Click below to see the contents.


Online Backpack

REMIND 101

This application allows you to receive text reminders about upcoming events at Maude Wilkins.  Although this application allows for you to receive texts, it will not be set up for you to respond to the text.   To Sign up for the REMIND 101 Text Feature, Please text the message @wilkins28 To the number 81010



 

 

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