White City Elementary fifth graders participate in Law Day

White City Elementary fifth graders participate in Law Day

Kristin Helser, a local attorney practicing civil law, recently visited White City Elementary with her mother. The two guests addressed fifth grade students about the laws governing our state. Their commitment to helping the students of St. Lucie County is certainly valuable to our community and we are glad to have them as part of our White City family. Pictured, from left, Kristin Helser, Johnnie Mathis, Ms. Helser’s mother and Spelando Sauveur.

White City Elementary first graders earn honor

White City Elementary first graders earn honor

First graders in Kathleen Saunders’ class at White City Elementary celebrated success by being inducted into the Captains’ Club. These hard working students have already mastered the first grade words required for the year. Each student received a captain’s hat and is already working on a new goal. Pictured, from left, are Denise Negrete-Gasca, Luz Gahn Torres, Ethan Stabile, Addly Osne, Kiara Melgar and Diamond Torres.

White City Elementary is Implementing Grace Packs

White City Elementary is Implementing Grace Packs

White City Elementary is a school which has 100% of its students receiving both free breakfast and free lunch based on the poverty level of our families. But often, when they go home, there is little or no food to eat. These families have been impacted by loss of jobs, illness or choosing to pay a utility bill over a food bill because of necessity. We are trying to help our students by instituting Grace Packs, a program whose goal is to provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner food items at the end of each school week to students whose families may be food insecure. But we desperately need your help in donating food items to our food pantry or making a monetary donation that will be able to let us buy these items. Currently we have 40 children receiving a grace pack each week but there are over 45 students on our waiting list! We need your help to enable us to add these students to our program and to sustain the grace packs until the end of the school year. Items we need include:
gracecanned meats and pasta
oatmeal
cereal bars
canned vegetables
mac and cheese
soups
crackers
tuna fish
juice boxes
peanut butter jelly
canned chili

 

White City Elementary Kindergarten Students Skype with Famous Author

White City Elementary Kindergarten Students Skype with Famous Author

Students in Mrs. Irby’s and Mr. Tuner’s Kindergarten classes got a special visit in honor of World Read Aloud Day (February 24, 2016). Using Skype video calling technology, picture book author Stacy McAnulty read aloud from her newest book Excellent Ed. Students were able to ask questions and have them answered by the author. She then gave book recommendations to the students. A fun, engaging, time was had by all!

 

White City Elementary kindergartners learn from a special visitor

White City Elementary kindergartners learn from a special visitor

White City Elementary kindergartners had a special visitor from the community share about her cultural heritage.  Mrs. Yatabe grew up in Japan near Tokyo.  The students learned about Japanese customs and traditions and compared and contrasted them with American customs and traditions.  The students  also learned about origami and made their own samurai helmet! They tried the origami samurai hat on a stuffed Pokemon beanie baby.   She concluded the lesson by writing the word “dream” using Japanese symbols and helped each student to write their own name in Japanese.

White City Elementary –  Math/Science Night  a Huge Success!

White City Elementary – Math/Science Night a Huge Success!

The walls were bursting at the seams with the nearly two hundred students and parents who attended White City Elementary School’s Math/Science Night and Scholastic Book Fair last Tuesday, December 8th.  Fun was had by all as they ate dinner, played math games, shopped for books, and finished the evening with a sweet treat of a science activity with Mr. Lewis, our Teacher of the Year.  All families took home a deck of cards as a door prize to practice the math games they learned.
 

White City Elementary   –  Million Father March

White City Elementary – Million Father March

White City Elementary had a great turnout for our Million Father March – “Donuts for Dads” this morning. We had close to 70 parents bring their children to school and have donuts with them. We gathered 41 pledges with others pending that were taken home and promised to send back. Attached are some pictures that show our parents and students in the cafeteria with their children.

White City Elementary Participating in Healthy Schools Program

White City Elementary Participating in Healthy Schools Program

White City Elementary School in St. Lucie County,  has a great after school workout for students, says Katrina Gonzalez, Wellness Champion.  Students meet after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30.  They have over 53 students signed up so far.  The hour starts out with a warm up that might include pushups, toe touches, jumping jacks, stretching and running laps.  After a short water break, students then get to choose a sport, for example, soccer or basketball.  At the end of the hour, students enjoy another break which includes water and healthy snacks.  Students can either bring their own snack, or the school provides fruits and vegetables.  The program is gaining momentum and the kids love it!!   Kudos to White City for leading the way in student wellness!!

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary Partners with Community

White City Elementary  is partnering with the community.  The residents of the Lake Forest Park Villa Association provided a lobster dinner to support White City Elementary School. A special thank you goes out to the Lake Forest Park Villa Association for supporting White City Elementary.  Proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for the teachers and students of White City Elementary.

White City Elementary Reading Pals

White City Elementary Reading Pals

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The newest additions to the WCE library, Reading Pals, thanks to a generous donation from a PSL resident, Samantha Folk. On behalf of all Wildcats, our second graders thank you, Noe Rodriguez, Brianna Perrigin, Kammaria Grant, Mary Hills, and Adrian Lopez-Ardiano.

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

White City Elementary students build lunar habitats for NASA

Students in Andrea Logue’s fifth grade science class at White City Elementary completed a real-world engineering project based on the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) initiative. Students were “NASA engineers” for the day and competed against other engineering teams to design and build a lunar habitat model using only straws, masking tape, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap.  Each model needed to be airtight, have an airlock, and a renewable energy source. Pictured, from left, are Brecia Trejo, Torris Henderson, and Dazia Fernandez.

White City Elementary students celebrate their love of poetry

White City Elementary students celebrate their love of poetry

Students in Edward Strivelli’s first grade classroom at White City Elementary have been writing class poems throughout the year as part of their word families study.  In each ‘silly’ poem, the  students used words containing a target sound.  At the end of the week, the children read to an audience filled with students from Lois Peith’s second grade class. After their poems were presented, the students joined together and read more class poems from the first graders’ class poem journal.

White City Elementary students enjoy visit by therapy dog

White City Elementary students enjoy visit by therapy dog

Students at White City Elementary enjoyed a visit from Commack, a very special Golden Retriever. Commack is a therapy dog certified by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc. He has been specially trained to support students as they read and spend time with him. Students are looking forward to future visits from Commack!

White City Elementary students have a ‘whopper’ of a time

White City Elementary students have a ‘whopper’ of a time

A local Burger King restaurant recently helped White City Elementary fourth grade students celebrate their hard work in preparation of FCAT Writes. The store manager has donated this treat to White City Elementary for three years and the students of Karen Maxwell, Brenda Newman, Heather Ricksecker, and Adam Seal show their appreciation!

White City Elementary Students Pay Tribute to Armed Forces

White City Elementary Students Pay Tribute to Armed Forces

White City students are paying tribute to the members of the Armed Forces.  As a part of their writing instruction, students wrote letters and made cards to send to the members of our Armed Forces. Students took time to express their care, concern, and gratitude for those who serve and protect this great nation.

   

White City Elementary students spend their riches to decorate cookies

White City Elementary students spend their riches to decorate cookies

White City Elementary students enjoyed a recent schoolwide PBS activity. Students earn ROARing Riches whenever they demonstrate our schoolwide expectations: Respectful to Others, Always safe, and Responsible. For a cost of 10 ROARing Riches per cookie, students were able to choose from a variety of toppings to decorate their cookies including icing, M&Ms, cinnamon red hots, and hearts. What a “sweet” way to celebrate excellent behavior!