“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history”
George Orwell-English Novelist
Hello Jewel Parents and Caregivers,
I hope this communication finds you and your family well. Last week I informed you that our students were taking the Cycle 2 Benchmark Assessments to demonstrate their academic growth since the 1st quarter.
So far, the results have been amazing! Our scholars are learning and growing every day at WRJ and it is showing in their work. I am grateful for teachers who work hard to deliver high-quality instruction. I am equally thankful to you for partnering with us as was continue to Change the World, One Student at A Time!”
Your child’s teacher will share their individual growth with you, directly.
BHM Events this week
This week we will be visited by the Buffalo Soldiers.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. It is believed that his nickname was given to the Black Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. Soon all African American Calvarymen were referred to as Buffalo soldiers. The last unit of Buffalo Soldiers was deactivated in 1951. Its soldiers were integrated into other units in Korea. Click this link to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers
February 14 WRJ Celebrates Heart Health Day
Students are encouraged to wear red. They will participate in a rotation of heart-healthy events throughout the day, including Hoops, Jump rope, Yoga, and Art.
February 14 Student Council delivers Candy Grams
Students can purchase positive messages to send to classmates for $1. Candy Grams are available for purchase in Homeroom.
February 9, 2023, Buffalo Soldiers Assembly/Parade
Our students will hear from the historical heroes at an all-school assembly.
Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given to the Black Cavalry by Native American tribes who fought in the Indian Wars. Soon all African American Calvrymen were referred to as Buffalo soldiers. The last unit of Buffalo soldiers was deactivated in 1951. Its soldiers were integrated into other units in Korea. On December 12, 1951, the last Buffalo Soldier units, the 27th Cavalry, and the 28th (Horse) Cavalry were disbanded.
Click this link to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers
Upcoming Black History Month Events
*February 17 Nettie Nana Puppet Show
*February 23 Theater Arts Presents “The Soul of America” at Willingboro High School
*February 27 Fourth Grade Blacks in Wax Walkthrough
*February 28, Students will present at an all-school assembly during the day with an encore performance for families that evening.
In case you forgot…
Students are encouraged to wear Red, Black, Yellow, and/or Green or African Attire on Fridays in February in honor of Black History Month
Report cards will be released electronically on February 10, 2023
Our partners at Parkway Baptist Church are hosting a Black History Month Contest and have extended an invitation for all of our community to participate. Please consider participating. Information was shared in the last weekly message. Please reach out to Principal Ash if you need the information shared again.
There is no supervision for students being dropped off to school before the teacher start time at 8:40 AM. If you arrive before that time with your child you must remain with them until teachers are on duty. Dropping students off before 8:40 AM and leaving them unattended on school grounds places your student in a situation where there is no adult available or responsible for being sure they are monitored.
If you want to avoid the congestion in the school lot, you may park on the street along the walkway connected to the school or on any of the adjacent streets. There are crossing guards on duty to assist you and your child with crossing on to the property safely.
Student parties are not hosted in school. Treat bags and other party items will be passed out to students at the end of the school day.
Willingboro School District has a uniform dress code. All students are required to adhere to the policy. This is not a Principal Ash rule. This is a board-approved mandate that is enforced by all teachers and staff at WRJ, including Principal Ash. If you are concerned about your child being cold please be sure that they wear a long sleeve shirt underneath the uniform shirt. If you need more uniform attire, please contact Ms. Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please be reminded that uniform violations are a Code of Conduct violation and may be responded to with board-approved disciplinary actions, including but not limited to withdrawal of privileges, such as participation in extracurricular activities, recess and field trips)
Hoodies are not part of the dress code and should be removed when the student enters the classroom.
All for one and one for all
Uniform closet that provides free, clean uniforms to any student who needs one (Donations are welcome)
A Cold weather closet for students who need jackets and coats (Donations are welcome)
School supply chest for students who need to replenish school supplies throughout the year