Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hat Day on Friday, February 2 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

     Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving information to donate for various causes in the month of February.  The first one will be for this week and all donations will benefit the northern Ohio Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  We have partnered with this society over the past five years and have raised close to $9,000 in the time period!  These donations go directly to local families who are in need of financial support for medical costs and treatments as well as funding research to fight the blood cancer.  Due to participating in the Feed My Starving Children event in the late fall, this year we are doing a one-day drive (not multiple weeks) on Friday, February 2.  All students need to do is donate at least $1 by this Friday and they can wear a hat to school.  Obviously, more that $1 will also be accepted.
     Additional information will also be coming out later this week about supporting the Panther Pride's Foundation theme of "28-day Change Challenge."  Each week will be a theme for giving during the month of February.

     Lastly, our physical education teachers, Mr. Sheridan and Ms. Lipstraw, will be conducting a "Jump Rope for the Heart" campaign in the coming weeks.  I encourage you to find a cause that is close to your "heart" and please consider contributing to the variety of great causes that are happening this month.

Dr. Neiderhouse
WT Principal

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2nd Annual Serve Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 turns into a day of Service for Wayne Trail Students

     On Monday, January 15 over 30 students participated in voluntary service in their communities.  Wayne Trail Elementary partnered with First Pres of Maumee to set up an entire day where students enjoyed serving others in the morning and then headed to First Pres to eat lunch, play games and watch a movie.  We are very grateful for our continued partnership with them for this day and other serving events!  Below are a few pictures of students living out our district's vision of proactively engaging and inspiring student learning, involvement and service.  In addition, MLK Jr. believed, "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve!"  These students were great and served a wide-array of groups including those who are disabled, senior citizens in assisted living centers and local citizens living in poverty.  Thanks to your donations and student council organizing the food drive before winter break, we were able to donate over 10 boxes full of food!
     On another note, the Princess Ball has been rescheduled for Feb. 23 at Gateway from 6:30-8:30pm.  The parent groups are looking for volunteers.  If interested, please visit: http://signup.com/go/dySaFGK.

Lakes of Monclova

Lakes of Monclova 

Lakes of Monclova 

Sunshine Creating Community  

Sunshine Creating Community

Under One Roof Food Pantry

Under One Roof Food Pantry 

Under One Roof Food Pantry

Monday, January 8, 2018

First WT Maker Day

January 8, 2018

Maker Day at Wayne Trail Elementary

      When students returned from Winter Break on January 4, they were engaged in their first ever "Maker Day!"  It was actually scheduled for a Thursday and Friday two-day event, but due to weather conditions, school was canceled on Friday.  Nonetheless, one-day was enough to get a taste of our  S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum approach to provide students hands-on and creative learning opportunities.  We received supplies from parent donations the whole month of December and still bought other items to add increased challenges.  The title of "The Great Arctic Circle STEM Challenge" was fitting with the weather and provided students a very relevant approach to learning.  We kicked off the day with an assembly explaining the "Why" we are setting aside a whole day for a Maker Day and to set a foundation for how we would be following the Engineering Design Process (pictured below) to complete the challenges.  To create a buzz in the air, I passed out marshmallows as students entered the assembly because marshmallows is what one challenge called for as a resource.  We also rewarded our winter break reading winners at the assembly to start with excitement and praise!  Following the 15-minute assembly, students returned to class to choose a challenge, form into groups and start to establish jobs/group roles.  The rest of this day will be depicted through the pictures below with captions.  Overall, it was a fun and successful way to start the second semester with learning and getting students to think outside of the box.

 Whole school assembly kick-off!

 Teachers setting challenges and adding goals

STEM job and descriptions

Students working together to brainstorm ideas to begin their projects

Students working together to problem solve the next steps

The students researching their topics on Chromebooks with matching tropical picture on the screen

 Students using Virtual Realty goggles to see the Arctic and learn about glaciers...too cool!

Indoor recess challenges in the gym

Who could built the tallest skyscraper out of cardboard?

Who could built the best shelter to block out the cold?

Total engagement and freedom to play and explore during recess!

The aftermath of cardboard challenges during recess...students are also good at cleaning up :)

Lookout Mountain Challenge

Build a Bridge Challenge

Lookout Below: Design a Parachute

Arctic Architect: Construct an Igloo

Lookout Mountain Challenge 

Arctic Architect: Construct an Igloo 

Arctic Architect: Construct an Igloo 

  School theme of Superheroes was

 incorporated to challenge students!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Serve Week

Happy to Help!

A quote by Albert Schweitzer states, "The only really happy people are those who have learned how to serve."  As Wayne Trail's commitment to service-learning continues, the week of Nov. 27 was a successful Serve Week!  When we serve, we often give ourselves deeper purpose and meaning and that nearly always leads to greater happiness.  However, we don't serve for ourselves, we serve for others.  The Feed My Starving Children event that took place Nov. 30-Dec. 2 was truly a difference maker.  I was so proud to see the students learning what it means to helps others in need and make a global impact.  Students all had a job to do and they took great pride in packing the meals that are sent to malnourished children in over 50 countries.  This could not have been possible without local businesses, churches and community members coming together to volunteer and raise funds for the food.  We were fortunate to have local news stations and newspapers come out to document and share this important event.  You can read one article below:

I hope your students also shared what they accomplished.  The final numbers are below.  If your son or daughter enjoyed the serve event, stay tuned for a serve day letter coming home this week that is taking place on January 15 (MLK Jr. Day) when students are off of school.  This is another great opportunity for your child to work with other classmates to give back.


WT donated over $1,900 in one week!
We finished out the event with 28 pallets packed.
This equates to 217,728 meals!
Volunteers – 850
Boxes – 1008
# of kids fed for a year – 596!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Much to smile about at Wayne Trail Elementary!

November 25, 2017

 Much to smile about at Wayne Trail Elementary!

     November was an exciting month at Wayne Trail!  We hosted our annual Veterans Day Assembly to start the month and honored close to 100 Veterans with songs, speeches, videos and doughnuts.  Our students did an excellent job of singing and showing respect for our current and past armed forces.  Mid-November, students were engaged with Hockey Week, where students learned how learning core academic content can relate to sports, particularly hockey.  For instance, math teachers had students discover how to find the area and perimeter of a hockey rink.  One team even had students select fantasy hockey players and manage their team for player salaries, budgets and travel costs.  It was a lot of fun as we had Spike from the Walleye visit and superb news coverage with 13abc, The Blade and Mirror.  Before Thanksgiving break, the main dance of the year was the OSU v. UM dance.  There is always a great turn out for this dance as there was a live DJ, photo booth and many treats!
     As we close out the month, Wayne Trail will focus on Serve Week!  This is a week we set aside to carry out our district's mission of teaching students how to be contributing members in their community and beyond.  Students will be proactively engaged in a large-scale service-learning at the end of the week call Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).  Leading up to this event, students will be learning about different cultures and climates countries around the world, nutrients and ingredients in certain foods and how natural disasters can impact entire nations.  On Friday, Dec. 1, we will be hosting this community and school event for the second time.  Students will be applying what they are learning in their classrooms to a hands-on meal packing event, where they will be helping to pack nearly 225,000 meals for starving children around the globe.  Students will hopefully learn the meaning of giving to those in need and develop an understanding that they can make a difference in the world around them.  If you would like to know more or volunteer at the FMSC event, you can access: maumeefeeds.org.  We are still in need of financial support for this project for the meals so students can donate during lunch anytime during the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1.  I also added an extra incentive that if we raise over $1,200 (approx. $3 per student) as a school, I will be duct-taped to a wall! What am I thinking :)....for a great cause!

 $1,000 grant presented to Wayne Trail at Walleye Game during Hockey Week!
 Lieutenant Timothy J. Stratton as guest speaker during Veterans Day Assembly
OSU v. UM Dance

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Fest 2017

October 26, 2017

 Fall Fest

     We had wonderful weather for the 2017 Fall Fest last week!  Rescheduling definitely worked to our advantage.  As the pictures indicate, there was a nice balance of learning and fun throughout the day and I bet the students were tired as they arrived home last Friday.  The Wolcott House was a great host and I want to thank Dan McMaster (British Soldier), Fort Meigs and the PTP for pulling off the event!  We are very fortunate to have such historic and educational resources in this area.

Other notes for this week and next week are listed below.  With so much going on, please feel free to email or call if you have questions:
  • School Mall (address booklets) are due Friday, Oct. 27
    • Prizes will be handed out tomorrow
  • Mobile Dentist forms are still being accepted until Monday, Oct. 30
  • Parent-Teachers conferences are next week (Nov. 1 and 2)
    • No school for students on Nov. 2/3
  • The book fair starts tomorrow and runs until Nov. 2 
  • Hockey week (Walleye Field Trip)
    • $5 is due Nov. 2
  • I will have a November newsletter available next week

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Spirit Week at WT

Oct. 11, 2017

Spirit Week at WT

     Last week, students and staff participated in Student Council's spirit week.  Below are a few pictures of the fun!  Student council also collected funds from students who wanted to donate to support ISOH/Impact and their Hurricane Relief efforts.  They were able to donate over $200!  I saw more students and staff participate more this year when compared to past years.
     It is surprising to say that next Tuesday, Oct. 17 is the last day in the first quarter!  Grade cards will be sent home the following week.  We have fun and educational events coming up next week as well.  The 19th is the first quarter PBIS reward when students will get rewarded for meeting our 5 R expectations.  Students will be engaged and amazed in watching a magician!  The 20th is the rescheduled Fall Fest with a history theme where we will be partnering with the Wolcott House.  Last reminder is that the 17th is the Fall Fundraiser pick up at WT from 3:45-6:00pm.  I hope you and your family gets some time to enjoy all of the Fall festivals in the area!

Swap day...Dr. Neiderhouse
 Superhero Day!
 Pizza Party with the Principal!
 Superhero Day!