News & Events

Some planned activities and events to look forward to this coming month are as described.

Special Activities:

Kids Care ClubKids Care Club. It is important to teach earth awareness, green ways and social consciousness to the children. After all, they are the future! Throughout the months of April and May, our Kids Care Club will be running several Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Care About Others awareness programs. Some ideas generated by the children for this activity are to make a milk jug bird feeder, put together a Help the Animals fair, and creating an Earth Friendly Clean Up kit, to name a few. Information about these activities will be posted in the WASC room as well as the Go Green page. If you would like to share some ideas or donate any supplies to these worthy programs, we welcome that input and together we can make the world a better place.

WALK with WASCWalking Club. Experts agree that physical activity is one of the cornerstones for good health, and walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active. All you need is a good pair of shoes, and you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. There are several health benefits of walking, such as reducing your risk of certain medical conditions (such as high blood pressure and heart disease), reducing depression, and helping you sleep better. Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM, the WASC Walking Club will trek a different route with various exercise stations throughout the course of the walk. Each participating child is given the opportunity to lead in an exercise itinerary of their choice involving 10-12 repetitions. Our goal is to cumulatively walk 26.2 miles before the end of the school year. We will track our collective progress and post the results.

Star WarsStar Wars Day. On Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 the Force is with WASC. We will visit the planet Naboo and learn the basics of becoming a Jedi Knight. All Jedi Knights will test their lightsaber skills and knowledge of the WASC Jedi. Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo have been known to make an appearance. May the Force be with you, young Jedi Knights!

The On-Site Afterschool Of ChoiceTen Year Anniversary Celebration. The Williams After School celebrates its tenth year anniversary of providing affordable, quality on-site afterschool child care services for the families and children of the Williams Elementary School community on Thursday, May 10th, 2012. All WASC families, including alumni, are invited to join us from 3:15 PM to 6:00 PM and share in the festivities. We will have a variety of entertainment, ranging from a music dj, face painting and balloon creations for the children to participate in. We will also have plenty of snacks, cupcakes, beverages, and Wally's ice cream treats for all in attendance. We look forward to seeing you.

WASC Legion of SuperheroesSuper Hero Day. On Monday, May 14th, 2012 the children of WASC "Hero Up!" with a wide range of super hero activities provided for our legion of superheroes squad. Throughout the day, the children will be split up into four groups and spend equal time on a wide range of super hero related activities, including the history of comics, everything you would need to know about comic book creations, the dna of super heroes and the existence of their arch enemies, and also a full-interactive production of how to create your own super hero.

Art ShowArt Show. Join us on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 for our on-site Art Show. For the past two months the children have been working on a variety of arts and craft projects which will be displayed at WASC. Join us from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in the Williams Elementary Galleria for a limited engagement event featuring the exhibition of works of art from our local artists, proudly presenting "Earth Day, Flowers & Wire Art" works of art.

NATIONAL NURSES WEEK:

National Nurses WeekNational Nurses Week – Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow. Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, they work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. Nurses have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6, also known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Visit nursingworld.org to learn more about the American Nurses Association (ANA) and see how nurses improve health for all.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY:

Lady With The LampFlorence Nightingale: An Online Story About Her Life. Florence Nightingale earned the nickname "The Lady With the Lamp" for her tireless nursing of British soldiers during the Crimean War. Her life was dedicated to the care of the sick and war wounded and to the promotion of her vision of an effective public health-care system.

In 1837 she felt she heard a call from God, though the nature of the calling was unclear. She became interested in nursing and, despite opposition from her parents, trained as a nurse and began work in a London clinic. Her unprecedented efforts to lead a group of three dozen nurses to Constantinople to serve in British military hospitals during the Crimean War helped change terrible conditions in the hospitals, thus earning the gratitude of soldiers and a measure of public fame. When the war ended in 1856 she returned to London and continued her reform campaign there. Her outspoken publications helped create changes in hygiene and overall treatment of patients. She also founded the groundbreaking Nightingale Training School for nurses, and in later years published dozens of books and pamphlets on public health. Nightingale was awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria in 1883, and in 1907 became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit.

Take the interactive online story book adventure to learn more about the life of "The Lady With the Lamp".