News & Events

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

Special Activities:

Welcome Back!Welcome Back. Welcome back to the WASC 2012-2013 School Year. WASC opens at 12:30 PM and closes at 6:00 PM every school day of the regularly scheduled school year. We will expect your child on the days you have registered and been enrolled for. Please see the Program Director Terese if you have any changes to your current schedule so we may make every effort to accommodate. We look forward to providing your family with the best quality care available, and we always appreciate your opinion and value your comments.

DirectorKindergarten Schedule. By now all new Kindergarteners are trying to get a grasp on the K-September schedule. It is true, everyday your child will be released from school at 12:30 PM throughout the entire month of September. WASC is available for extra care with a small fee during the month of September, if needed. You must contact the Program Director Terese if you want your child to attend any extra time during the month of September. Your child will start the normal A/B Group schedule beginning in October 2012.

Parent OrientationParent Orientation. Got questions? We've got answers! WASC will hold its annual Parent Orientation on the night of Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Williams Elementary School Auditorium for all WASC family parents. This is your opportunity to take part in our interactive presentation and overview of our 2012 Parent Handbook and to review our afterschool child care program policies and procedures, concluding with an open forum Q&A session.

Fabulous FridaysFabulous Fridays. Every Friday is a new adventure at WASC. The children are entertained with a variety of unique activities, such as marshmallows and pretzels creations, bubble blowing contests and movie days. Each week a new and exciting planned activity will add a unique experience to end the long scholastic week on a positive note to begin the weekend. Woo Hoo!

Kempo KarateKarate Class. The children will learn a system of self defense created in the Orient that does not advocate the use of weapons. Instead, it is based on a philosophy that believes in strengthening the mind and body through self discipline, fitness, and awareness. Each child will be taught the fundamentals of Martial Arts by combining the time-tested Eastern philosophy of Martial Arts with a modern approach of Western teaching philosophy by a well-balanced program structured for children that emphasizes self-esteem, fitness and integrity. This program focuses on fostering defensive abilities rather than aggressive tendencies to provide the skills each child needs to protect themselves. This class is taught weekly by a highly trained instructor from Clark's Self Defense. The first class of the next weekly session starts on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012, from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM each week.

PiratePirate Day. Ahoy there matey, come on aboard me ship! On Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 we celebrate "Talk Like A Pirate Day" with our very own WASC Pirate Day adventure. The day's activities will incorporate everything that is associated with Pirates. The children will be entertained with arts and crafts activities and participate in pirate-themed games, such as Pirate Trivia. The children will create their own pirate adventure into a movie production to be premiered later in the month. The day will end with a WASC Treasure Hunt adventure.

RingmasterSimply Circus. Step right up! The perfect class for the student that isn't sure what to take, but wants to try all things associated with the circus. Each child will learn basic manipulation and equilibristic skills. Juggling is always a big part of this class, but students will learn a wide variety of Circus Arts. This class is taught weekly by the very well trained instructors from Simply Circus. The first class of the next weekly session starts on Monday, September 24th, 2012, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM each week.

ChessChess Class. Checkmate! Chess develops logical thinking, promotes imagination and creativity, and helps develop the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions; but more importantly, Chess is fun! The children will learn the basic fundamental strategies of the classic game of Chess, as instructed and taught weekly by senior chess master Joseph Shniper. The first class of the next weekly session starts on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM each week.

Hip Hop at WASCHip Hop Class. All the children are chillin' as we set up the groove, pumpin' up the volume with this brand new beat. So get on board, because everybody's dancin' to this whole new hip hop move. Hip Hop is a dance style that incorporates break dance, pop and lock, street, funk, club and house dancing. Hip Hop focuses on energy and strength. This class is taught weekly by a highly trained instructor from The Dance Academy. The first class of the next weekly session starts on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM in the Gymnasium each week.

Kid ChefWASC Kitchen. Get those chef's aprons ready! We've put together a class that'll give the children a fresh understanding of food, and the fun of cooking it themselves. This hands-on cooking class not only makes cooking fun, but also educational. Besides science and math, each child will learn about following directions; engage in sensory exploration; and develop an appreciation for how food is made. This cooking class will introduce lessons in food safety and healthy eating, as well as preparing individual deliciously nutritious servings of food. Recipes of each activity are sent home at the conclusion of each cooking class, where the recipes can be reproduced at home for all of the family to enjoy. The first class of the next weekly session starts on Thursday, September 27th, 2012, from 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM and 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM each week.

Movie DayMovie Day. The children and film critics of WASC roll out the red carpet for a big movie gala and gather in the Williams Elementary School Auditorium from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM on Friday, September 28th, 2012 to watch the WASC motion picture movie premiere of their very own WASC Pirate Day Adventure. So grab your popcorn and beverage, have a seat and enjoy the presentation.

TIP of the month:

Stop Bullying Now!Identifying Bullying. Bullying is classically defined by the actions of hitting, name-calling, exclusion, or other behavior that is meant to hurt another person, often carried out by someone who has more power against someone who has less power. Bullying is like child abuse, rape, sexual harassment, and racism in that there is an imbalance of power, the aggressor blames the target for causing the harassment, and targets often come to blame themselves. Case studies of playground observation research have found an average occurrence of one incident of bullying every seven minutes, adult intervention taken place in 4% of incidents and peer intervention in 11% of incidents.

Adults can intervene effectively to reduce bullying. The first step is to identify unacceptable peer actions, including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, or pushing), or verbal aggression (taunting, teasing, threatening, starting rumors, or hate speech) and exclusion from activities (systematically excluding others).

More information and resources on this topic to learn what you can do are available via Stop Bullying Now!

SUGGESTED reading:

Schools Where Everyone Belongs"Schools Where Everyone Belongs: Practical Strategies for Reducing Bullying". This second edition, written by Stan Davis, details practical guidelines and proven strategies for implementing a by and large approach for reducing bullying. Each chapter covers a wide range of topics, including myths about bullying, acknowledging positive behavior, effective discipline, working with parents, relational aggression, empowering bystanders, and preventing disability harassment.

Drawn on theory and research, as well as over two decades of experience, the author uses real life examples and the opportunity to work through the steps in the reflection process. Through a visual of a rubics-based discipline, interventions to help aggressive youth internalize rules and develop conscience are paired with methods for helping targets of bullying. The rubics easily explains to students the consequences of their actions if they participate in bullying activity. We recommend this adult reading for all parents and educators alike.