Happy Halloween!

Parents, here are some friendly reminders to help ensure your kids have a great Halloween this year. Stay Close to Mom and Dad – Young children should always have adult supervision when trick-or-treating. If you can’t go with them, see if another parent can take them. Kids should never go into a stranger’s house or even ring their doorbell unless a trusted adult is with them. Older kids should stay together as a group and check in or call home frequently. Stick to the Curfew – Follow your city or neighborhood’s curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with plenty of homes, so your kids can get in as much trick-or-treating as possible in a few hours’ time. Set a time when your older c

Down On The Farm

The Perfect Pumpkin It’s that time of the year again to go in search of the Great Pumpkin. Have you ever wondered how your pumpkin grew? Gather your family and let’s head to your favorite pumpkin patch and find out. Your pumpkin’s life started a few months ago. The farmer had to carefully choose the spot for planting the patch - a large area with sunshine. Sometime after the earth had warmed from the winter and the mornings were no longer frosty in late May and early June, the pumpkin seeds were planted into the dark, rich soil. The sun continued to warm the earth and rain fell on the land. Deep in the soil, the pumpkin seed grew roots and leaves began to appear out of the dirt. The leaves

All About Michigan

Did you Know? Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state. Michigan includes: 57,022 square miles of land area -- 16,439 square miles in the Upper Peninsula 1,194 square miles of inland waters 38,575 square miles of Great Lake water area 3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline - more fresh water coastline than any other state) 19,000,000 acres of forest cover Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties touch at least one of the Great Lakes. Anywhere in Michigan, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. You are never more

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, solve the gumball math and then use the key to color all the gumballs! Then graph your results based on the number of different colors. Finally, use the chart to find the values of some names that are important to you! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Webberville Elementary News

71st Annual Ox Roast​ In celebration of the 71st Annual Ox Roast, Leroy firefighters sponsored an art contest for WES students. Kindergarten through fifth graders were given the theme Who is your Hero? Students had a month to create and submit their artwork following this theme. Firefighters Tom Coe, Mike Flynn and Jordan Hague judged and selected the first, second, third place winning artwork. The winning pictures are on display at the fire hall during the Ox Roast festivities. Congratulations to these students for their prize-winning artwork: Hank Marshall, Tyler Kubiak, Mason Campbell, Bodi West, Mia Durfee, Cayden James, Conor Kiernan, Ashlyn Kulas, Jonah Spencer, Kira Ritz, Samanth

Middle Ground!

RUN YOUR ENGINE IN THE 'ZONE' Preparing to take a test is more about mental preparation than it is about studying or cramming. Manage your anxiety first. You must get into the 'zone' where your mental engine will run at full capacity. Unfortunately an overwhelmed brain actually shuts down thinking and will favor a fight-or-flight intensity. Try as you might, your body just will not let you hear new information while in this state of being. The only way to be able to learn and hear reason is to de-escalate. Use a meditation moment to put your self in the best frame of mind before studying. It's simple - set a timer for one minute. Concentrate your focus on your breath or on a word that repr

Sports and Fitness

It's almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not know about football, especially this time of year! Millions of people consider autumn to be football season. Football is a very popular sport that is played at high schools, colleges, and professional stadiums. It involves running, passing, kicking, and body contact. A football game is played between two teams of 11 players each. A team scores points by moving a ball across the other team’s goal line. The team that scores more points wins. Learn more about football and its history in today's Sports and Fitness! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Music

Did you know that drums are the world’s oldest and most widely used musical instrument? A drum is a musical instrument that is struck with the hands or with a drum stick (a stick for hitting a drum). A collection of drums and cymbals is called a drum kit, or drum set. Drums are used to keep a steady beat in a song. They give music of many kinds a sense of feeling. For example, to make a song to be slow or fast, the drums play slower or faster. Learn more about this timeless instrument in today’s All About Music! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Down On The Farm

Kids enjoy planting seeds, watching them sprout, and eventually harvesting what they have grown. Allowing children to become involved in the planning, caring, and harvesting of a garden not only gives parents a unique opportunity to spend time with their children, but it helps the kids develop an understanding of nature. Children also develop a sense of responsibility and pride in themselves, which can ultimately improve self-esteem. One of the best ways to encourage enthusiasm for gardening is appealing to a child’s senses by adding plants not only for the eyes, but those they can taste, smell and touch. Vegetables are always a good choice for young children. They not only germinate quickly

Travel With Us

REPUBLIC OF CHINA China is the most populous country in the world as it is home to almost one fifth of the world population. Did you know, that China is slightly smaller in size than the USA? Although China is so large, there is only one timezone! Most people in China live in the eastern parts of the country, the western parts are only sparsely populated. The Pacific Ocean forms the natural border in the east and southeast and southwest of the country. In the west, there are the Himalayas Mountains, which is the highest mountain range in the world. Most of the western parts of the country lie on the Tibetan mountainous plateau and in fact, mountains make up the majority of the landscape, dom

Let's Make It!

A Hungry Dinosaur! The dinosaur known as the Brontosaurus is now called the Apatosaurus. It was one of the largest land animals that has ever existed. This dinosaur lived in what is known as the Jurassic Period, 150 million years ago. The Apatosaurus, hatched from enormous foot long eggs and may have lived long enough to celebrate 100 birthdays! This huge dinosaur was an herbivore which means it ate only plants. The hungry Apatosaurus must have spent his entire day munching and crunching on plants to maintain his massive body. In today's Let's Make It!, make and decorate your very own dinosaur! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Puzzle Fun

Here are some Halloween-themed puzzles to stretch your brain and have some fun! Only 14 days until Halloween! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Coloring Corner

In today's Coloring Corner, help bring color to the Halloween costumes! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Science Fun!

Why Do Evergreens Stay Green All Year Round? Evergreen trees - also known as conifers (because of the cones that hold their seeds) include spruce, fir and pine trees. Unlike deciduous trees which lose all of their leaves at the same time, evergreens do not. They are able to make new leaves before the old ones fall off. Some evergreens can keep their leaves a few years before they fall off! Evergreens have adapted to live in climates where there may be limited annual sunshine and/or available water. They thrive in cold climates. Their leaves have adapted to make the most of this. The evergreen leaves look like needles. Botanists discovered that the needles are actually regular leaves that ar

Math Adventures

Count the pumpkins in each row and then color the boxes to show how many pumpkins are in each group! Then, try three Thanksgiving Brain Teasers to test your story problem skills! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Cookin' Fun

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have some Halloween Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try Chocolate Brains, Butterfinger Caramel Apples, Howlin' Candy Corn Cookie Bark, and Cockroach Clusters! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

STEM in Sports!

People have used advances in science and math to make sports safer for athletes. Science, technology, engineering and math are known as STEM - and STEM has a big impact on every sport that's played. FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Work with a parent to solve these challenging word problems based on a high school football game! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Use Your Imagination

My Dream World In today's Use Your Imagination, write about your favorite book! What was your favorite book? What made you like it so much? If you were to write a book, what would it be about? Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Visit The Wildside!

The Giraffe Giraffes grow about 4 feet (1.2 meters) in their first year of life. A newborn giraffe is about 6 feet (1.9 meters) tall at birth and weighs about 150 pounds. Many young giraffes, called calves, die from lion attacks during their first year of life. Once a giraffe reaches adulthood its height is often enough to protect it from lions. Adult giraffes, however, must still be careful of lions when they are bending down to drink water or rest. Usually giraffes will drink or rest in shifts so that at least one giraffe is always on the lookout for approaching predators.​ ​The giraffes' height and excellent vision give them a wide view of the grasslands where they live, making it easy t

Spotlight On Health

Colds and Kids As the autumn weather grows cooler and cooler, cold season is right around the corner. The ‘common cold’ is caused by viruses (germs) that infect the nose, throat and sinuses. Colds are most common in the fall and winter when people are indoors and in close contact with each other. It may seem like your child has one cold after another all winter. Young children haven’t built up immunity (defenses) to the more than 100 different cold viruses that are around. That’s why they can get as many as 8 to 10 colds each year before they turn 2 years old. Once you have had a cold virus, you become immune to that specific germ. That’s why children get fewer colds as they get older. How

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