Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - September 29, 2017

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Community Facilities Task Force releases survey to test needs priorities

Following 13 months of study and extensive research, the eighteen-member Community Facilities Task Force is seeking a second round of public input on its work to date. Based on staff and community survey engagements last spring, in addition to comprehensive facility analysis performed, the committee is recommending practical renovations of Walla Walla High School, Lincoln High School, and Pioneer Middle School. Other facility needs across the district like roofing, heating and cooling systems and life safety have also been identified as priority projects. The district is eyeing November 2018 as a potential date for a bond issue and has declared this school year as one dedicated to community input and engagement.

Step one of this year’s input process begins with a survey testing the facilities improvement priorities established by the Community Facilities Task Force. Information gathered from this survey will help shape bond package options the Community Facilities Task Force will present to the school board in December. The school board will then seek further community input on these potential bond packages following winter break before making a final decision in May on a November 2018 bond proposal.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your thoughts. The survey remains open through Oct. 11. Hard copies of the survey are available by request at the district office. Participants may wish to preview the draft concepts first prior to completing the survey. Conceptual drawings and project details for Walla Walla High School, Pioneer Middle School, and Lincoln High School can be viewed at http://www.wwps.org/fp/facilities-planning

To access the survey please visit one of the following links:

English survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GC6ZJY7

Spanish link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PV3KTM7

Walla Walla Public Schools and United Way of Walla Walla Combine Forces to Create “Adopt-a-Blue Devil” Program

This year when United Way of Walla Walla reaches out for donations in support of its 2017-2018 Annual Fundraising Campaign, community members will have an opportunity to check the new Adopt-a-Blue Devil program box to help support students in financial need participate fully in school activities. This exciting new program is a collaboration between Walla Walla Public Schools and United Way of Walla Walla.

“Whether a student is lacking money to pay for a pair of cleats, rent a band instrument, purchase a graduation cap and gown, or pay dues to join a school club/activity, the newly-created Adopt-a-Blue Devil Program is here to help,” said Superintendent Wade Smith. “One of our four strategic district goals involves engaging students in our academic, athletic, and co-curricular programs. Unfortunately, many of our students lack the financial resources nowadays to participate. This program will serve instrumental in ensuring that no willing student in Walla Walla is turned away due to their family’s limited financial capacity.”

The Adopt-a-Blue Devil concept took shape this fall when Superintendent Smith and Executive Director of United Way of Walla Walla Christy Lieuallen met to discuss collaborative efforts between their two entities. Smith shared with Lieuallen how impactful poverty levels have become in Walla Walla as nearly 60% of the district’s students qualify for free and/or reduced lunch. This figure has jumped three times what it was 25 years ago. This school year the district lowered ASB fees and eliminated middle school pay to participate fees. Smith reports there are still significant costs related to other programming and student participation that limit involvement.

“Last school year the district’s employee sponsored United Way campaign program generated $14,000 district-wide through payroll deduction,” said Lieuallen. “We are hoping that this year, with the Adopt-a-Blue Devil Program and additional support from other outside entities, we will be able to double that amount.”

All Walla Walla Public Schools payroll deductions for the Adopt-a-Blue Devil fund will be maintained and accounted for by United Way of Walla Walla. Requests to access the resources may be submitted by teachers, coaches, club advisors, and students. All funding requests will be reviewed and approved by Walla Walla school officials.

“We encourage staff to consider a $20 dollar per month pledge to give a Blue Devil or future Blue Devil (middle school student) a chance to prepare for college, learn new skills, stay engaged and make new friends without the worry of how their family will pay for it,” states Lieuallen. “However, any contribution level will help to sponsor a Walla Walla Public Schools student in need.”

Walla Walla Public Schools employees will receive an email with a link to the online payroll deduction form. Community members wishing to donate may visit the United Way of Walla Walla website: http://www.unitedwayww.org/

School Board meeting Oct 3

- Tuesday, Oct. 3
- 5:30 p.m.
- Location: Anne Golden Boardroom (District Office – 364 S. Park St.)

Remember to vote – November 7

- General Election: November 7
- Ballots mail out to voters October 18

Fall  2017 – Parent/Teacher Goal-Setting Conference Schedules

Berney Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Blue Ridge Elementary
Monday, Oct. 9: 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 3:00- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Edison Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 2:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Green Park Elementary
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Prospect Point Elementary
Monday, Oct. 9: 3:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 3:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sharpstein Elementary
Tuesday, Oct. 10: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Garrison Middle School
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (Classrooms): 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (Classrooms): 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (Arena): 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Pioneer Middle School
Monday, Oct. 9 (Drop In): 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In): 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (Scheduled): 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lincoln High School
Tuesday, Oct. 10: 3:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 11: 3:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Walla Walla High School
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In-Arena): 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (Classrooms): 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SEATech Skills Center
Wednesday, Oct. 11 (Drop In): 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 12 (Scheduled): 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Taste Washington Day brings local fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias

Bergevin donates corn to district schools
Walla Walla Public Schools is hosting Taste Washington Day Wednesday, October 4 at district schools. This event introduces students to locally grown fruits and vegetables. This year school cafeterias will feature sweet corn, peaches, plums, cherry tomatoes, and pears. Students will help kitchen managers shuck the corn. This helps students connect with farm to table, according to Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson. Special thanks to local farmer and parent Robert Bergevin for donating two bins of corn for each school for parents to take home and enjoy with their families. Just bring sacks to school Tuesday to carry the corn home.

Family and Community Engagement program announces parenting classes

1) Ready for Kindergarten: Preparing your child for school success begins early. Learn how to interact and play in fun and purposeful ways that will set children on the right track for entering school at grade level. For parents with children ages 1-5. Each free workshop focuses on different learning targets. Parents receive a free bag of toys to use at home as they learn how to play with a purpose. Workshop dates: Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5. Walla Walla Community College, 5:30-7:30. A light meal is provided as well as free childcare. Spanish and English classes. A huge thank you goes to Walla Walla Community College for partnering with us!

2) 10 Steps to Positive Discipline: Learn the discipline techniques of Dr. Becky Bailey, Ph.D. Reduce power struggles, communicate effectively and lovingly, understand and respond to children’s needs, instill empathy and much more. This is a free 4-session workshop: Oct 17, 19, 24 & 26 at Green Park. 5:30-7:00. A light meal is provided as well as free childcare. Spanish and English classes.

3) Parenting the Love & Logic Way (morning class): This is a free 5-session parenting course that will help provide practical tools for parents to achieve a respectful, healthy relationship with their children. This is a morning class scheduled at the Children’s Museum, 77 Wainwright Dr., on Oct 24, 31; Nov 7, 14, & 28. Classes are on Tuesdays from 9:30-noon. This class is in English only. A huge thank you goes to Walla Walla Community College for partnering with us!

4) Parenting the Love & Logic Way (evening class): This is an evening version of the above class. The class dates will be Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 and Dec 6 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge. This is an English only class.

5) Becoming a Love & Logic Parent (Spanish class): This is the Spanish equivalent to the above class. The class dates will be Nov. 1, 6, 8, 13, & 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge.

Wal-Mart makes generous school supplies donation

Thanks to Wal-Mart for donating three pallets of school supplies to the school district. A variety of supplies were donated including crayons, pens, glue and tape. The supplies are being distributed to students in need.  

School Stories

Elementary wrestling program returns in October 

Following last year’s success, Walla Walla High School wrestling coach Jacob Butenhoff announces the return of the Elementary Wrestling program for boys and girls in grades 4-6. The program runs Oct 9 to 25 in district schools. Practice is one hour after school three days a week. Butenhoff says the program is an excellent opportunity to learn the basics, build confidence and have fun. Look for flyers in schools. Contact Coach Butenhoff for more information: (509) 521-0068 / jabutenhoff@wwps.org. 

Free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops offered in October

October 3, 18, 23 - 5-7:30 p.m. at Wa-Hi Library

Walla Walla High School and WSU GEAR UP are holding workshops for Walla Walla High School seniors and their families to provide one-on-one support in filling out and filing their Free Applications for Federal Student Aid.

All workshops will take place in the Wa-Hi library and will consist of open computer time with trained GEAR UP staff available to walk families through the online process of filing this important document. Parents need to bring their 2016 tax statements. Please contact the GEAR UP office at Walla Walla High School for a complete checklist of the information needed to properly file the FAFSA.

For more information contact:

Becky Schwartz

Food Truck Lunch returns to Wa-Hi

A student favorite returns to Walla Walla High School as the World Languages Department sponsors Food Truck Lunch Thursday, October 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local food vendors will be parked on Abbott Road in front of the school. This year’s vendors include Why Not Pizza, La Monarca, El Taco Loco, Crêpe Café, Maple Counter Waffle Truck, Agapas, and Sour Grape. 

Stu Cabe featured speaker at Wa-Hi Big Blue Weekend 

Walla Walla High School is bringing back a school favorite as Big Blue Weekend is scheduled for Oct. 28-29. Juniors and seniors have the first opportunity for spots. After today, the event is open to all grade levels. Donations are being accepted for scholarships to pay for students in need. Send money to Wa-Hi ASB.

Quick facts about the BBW event
- October 28-29, 2017
- Capacity: 250 students (all grade levels may attend)
- Location: Camp MiVoden, Hayden Lake, ID
- Cost: $110/person. Includes transportation, housing, 3 meals, programming, speaker and sweatshirt. You also need an ASB Card, which is $10
- Speaker: Stu Cabe
- Activities: Camp fire on the beach, canoeing, 3 small group sessions, trust building activities, beach volleyball, cornhole, swimming, indoor and outdoor games, music, and free time.

Community Stories
Friends Free Family Fun Festival September 30

Join Friends as it helps kick off Resiliency Month (October).
- Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Gesa Power House Theatre
- Fire Department Trucks and Ambulance
- Bicycle clinic and helmet give away
- Whitman basketball clinic
- Treats, community information and activities
- Entertainment: Switchgrass Band, Ballet Folklorico, Rock Camp Bands

October is Resilience Awareness Month!

The Fifth Community Awareness Campaign to promote resilience in area children and the community to create a brighter future for all is underway. The City has proclaimed October as Resilience Awareness Month. By understanding the impact trauma has on our health and development, we can help buffer negative experiences by building resilience strategies. The Community Resilience Initiative¹--a Walla Walla grassroots team of organizations, parents and providers--has been working for over five years to develop community well-being through Resilience. Visit our website at www.beatACES.org to learn more.

The month-long campaign includes:
- Kick-off event with Friends of Children of Walla Walla, Sept. 30, 10-4, GESA
- “Got Resilience?” Yard Signs, Posters, Banners and Flags throughout town
- “Heart Matters: What is your emotion?” display at Land Title Plaza
- Art Extravaganza: Expressing our Emotions through Art. October 24, 6-8pm, Edison Elementary, Pizza & Salad & Art Fun! Discover how art helps us express our feelings!
- Resilience (Oct. 17) and Paper Tigers (Oct. 19) screenings, 7pm, Maxey Hall@Whitman

Dia De Los Muertos 2017 – October 21-22

Walla Walla Public Schools students and staff will be actively involved in this year’s Dia De Los Muertos festival Oct. 21 and 22 form 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Farmers Market. Free activities, music, dance and theater will be featured.

Oct. 21 – 4:30 p.m.: Processional starts at First Congregational Church and proceeds to the Downtown Farmers Market where a concert will be held at 6 p.m.
Oct 22 – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Festival at the Downtown Farmers Market

Ballet Week comes to Walla Walla

Danza Classica Ballet Foundation (DCBF) is inviting students to experience “Ballet Week” at The Dance Center of Walla Walla, October 2-4. DCBF is a nonprofit organization created to promote the art of ballet, particularly youth ballet, through the valley. All students with an interest in ballet are invited to join an age appropriate class at the Dance Center. Class times, days, and age levels are as follows:

Monday 4-5pm – Pre-ballet, ages 4-6
Monday 5-6pm – Ballet 2, ages 8-10
Tuesday 4-5pm – Ballet 3, ages 10-12
Wednesday 4-5pm – Ballet 1, ages 6-8
Wednesday 5-6pm – Ballet 2, ages 8-10

On Saturday, October 7, it’s Dancing with Dad from 1-3pm where you and dad can enjoy ballet together.

Classes take place at The Dance Center, 129 E. Alder, Suite B, Walla Walla.
Questions: Christine Janis, 525-8586

Free Sheep to Shawl event September 30 at Kirkman House

- Saturday, September 30
- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Don’t miss this annual event which is held at the Kirkman House Museum, 214 N Colville Street, Walla Walla.
- Admission for the entire family is free and includes self-guided tours of the museum.
- You’ll enjoy meeting the sheep dogs and watching sheep being sheared.
- Demonstrations include wool carding, felting, spinning and weaving.
- Enjoy hands-on activities including: Wheat Weaving
- “Accidental Color” ice dyeing (from 10:00 to 1:00)

City Council Candidate Forum

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a City Council Candidates Forum Thursday, October 12 at the Courtyard by Marriott Walla Walla to hear from candidates in the running for seats on the Walla Walla City Council.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Forum starts at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in doing so may submit questions for the candidates in advance by emailing Brian Duvall at bduvall@wwvchamber.com.

2017 Ability Walk and Roll September 30

The Walla Walla Valley Disability Network presents the 2017 Ability Walk and Roll Saturday, Sept. 30 at Eastgate Lyons Park from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Join individuals with special needs and/or disabilities and those who love them during this walk and roll along Mill Creek to Tausick Way and back (approximately 1 mile). Lunch, medal and activities are included as part of the registration fee of $10 per person. Children under the age of three are free. For more information and registration forms, visit: www.wwvdn.org.

City Parks and Recreation Update

Pumpkin Carving Contest - October 27 - Ages 3-12 years - Free

For more information on these programs or to register, please go to http://www.wwpr.us
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