11/19/2019

  • Today we will be following the A-Day schedule. That means you’ll be attending periods 1, 3, 5, and 7 — so be sure to double-check that you’ve got the correct books and binders for class. Again, this is an A-Day. See your TA teacher with any questions.
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  • And now, we’d like to welcome a pair of special guests to the WOLF-TV studio — to continue our celebration of KINDNESS WEEK at WMS. Everyone say HELLO to Ms. Brenckle and Ms. Shoomaker!!!
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  • BRENCKLE:  Good morning, Williamsburg!! I’m Ms. Brenckle, your 8th grade counselor.
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    SCHOOMAKER:  And I’m Ms. Schoomaker, your counselor-in-training.  It’s Kindness Week here at WMS — and today we’d like to talk about the importance of being kind… to YOURSELF.
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    BRENCKLE:  That’s right.  You see, all too often, we’re our own worst critics.  People tend to focus on the NEGATIVE — which makes it that much harder to be successful.
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    SCHOOMAKER:  Instead, we encourage you to try to use POSITIVE self-talk — it’s like “looking on the bright side!” Positive self-talk helps us to get out of our rut; to move forward; and to find solutions, optimism, hope, and joy in any given situation.
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    BRENCKLE:  Here are some examples of NEGATIVE versus POSITIVE self-talk.  Instead of saying “I failed and embarressed myself,” try saying “I’m proud of myself for even trying — that took courage!”
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    SCHOOMAKER:  If your team loses a tough game, don’t say “I let everybody down by not scoring” — instead, say “I tried my best. We win together, and we lose together — as a TEAM.”
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    BRENCKLE:  Or when a problem is particularly difficult, don’t say “This will never work”  — instead, say “I haven’t found the answer yet — but I know that I’ll get it eventually.”
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    SCHOOMAKER:  Positive self-talk not only helps you overcome adversity — but can even help to improve your heath!  An optimistic attitude can improve your immune function, lead to better cardiovascular and physical well-being, reduce stress, and even lower your blood pressure.
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    BRENCKLE:  And best of all — positive self-talk is all within your OWN control. It just takes a little practice — so try to say something positive about yourself, every day.
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    SCHOOMAKER:  Be kind to YOURSELVES, wolves…
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    BOTH:  And Be a Part of the Pride!!
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  • Thanks Ms. Brenckle and Ms. Schoomaker!  Up next — If you participate in a club or after school program here at Williamsburg — then we’ve got a very important announcement for YOU. The WMS Yearbook will be taking pictures of all WMS groups and activities over the next few weeks. First up — TODAY during ASP 1 will be the Wolfbots Robotics club. Then on Wednesday — the Dance Club picture is during TA, Brain Stretchers during all grade-level lunches, and the Check-In Program picture will be held right after school.  Members of those clubs should plan to get there ASAP so they’re not left out of the picture! Stay tuned for more information about additional Yearbook club pictures coming soon.
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  • Calling all math lovers! Math Counts will be meeting TODAY during ASP 1 in room WW 1. All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to do math problems, play math games, and perform many other math activities. It’s all math — all the time at Math Counts!! See Mr. Mencarini for more information.
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  • The WMS Inked Club will NOT be meeting today — nor for the rest of the month.  Again, Inked Club meetings have been CANCELLED both this week and next week.  But Inked Club will resume the first Tuesday in December.  See Ms. Martin with any questions.
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  • Calling all Best Buddies! The Best Buddies field trip to the International Spy Museum is scheduled for December 4th — but members are reminded to turn-in your permission slips by this WEDNESDAY at-the-latest in order to participate. The field trip is certain to be a blast — so you won’t want to miss it. See Ms. Parris with any questions. Thanks, buddy!!
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  • Attention all TAB members! This is a reminder that your field trip — to Swanson Middle School to see author Ibi Zaboi — is scheduled for TOMORROW morning.  Participants should come to the library on Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the ride over — and don’t forget a water bottle and snacks.  See Ms. Lord with any questions.
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  • Calling all 7th grade writers! Are you passionate about writing? Are you always making up stories or creating movies in your head? Join the 7th grade NaNoWriMo writing team, during lunch in room C106, to create, write, and share ideas. You can challenge yourself to write a certain word count and even draft an entire novel in just one month! See Ms. Han or your English teacher for any details or questions.
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  • And now it’s time for WOLF PACK PRIDE!!  The local results are in for the 2019 PTA Reflections Contest!  Over the next few days — we’ll be sharing the winners in all the various categories.  First up — let’s hear it for dance choreography, film production, and musical composition!
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    In Dance Choreography — Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme goes to Grace F.; while Matthew M. won the Award of Excellence.
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    In Film Production — Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme goes to Eric C.; while Gavin D. won the Award of Excellence.
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    And in Music Composition — Outstanding Interpretation of the Theme goes to Michael D.; while Jacob L. won the Award of Excellence. Congratulations, artistic wolves!! [clap]
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    Up next, all of the Outstanding Interpretation winners will move on to the County-wide Reflections competition.  Good luck, wolves!!
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  • 2020 Teacher of the Year -- student QR codeAnd finally today — teachers and staff here at WMS work hard every single day to make our school — and its students — the very best they can be. But in your opinion — does one teacher “stand out” from all the rest? It’s time to pick the 2020 WMS Teacher of the Year! Just use your iPad to scan the provided QR code — then place your vote from among the nominees. Once again, everyone is encouraged to vote for the Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced this FRIDAY! Thanks for your participation, and may the best teacher WIN!!