What’s new at John Wetten?

Schools partner with community groups in holiday giving
Again this year Gladstone Schools will partner with Gladstone Fire, Kiwanis, and Rotary to provide 150 Gladstone families with food and holiday gifts. To donate new toys or non-perishable foods, use the blue donation barrels located at Gladstone Fire Department, Gladstone Library, US Bank in Gladstone, Mr. Rooter, Air Stream, Baskin Robbins, Gladstone Card Room, YMCA, Latus Motors, Somerset Lodge [8330 Cason Rd.], and Shari’s @ Oregon City Shopping Center.

Rotary delivers free dictionaries
Continuing a long tradition, the Gladstone/Oak Grove Rotary club last week distributed free dictionaries to all third grade students at John Wetten Elementary, Cascade Heights Public Charter School, and Rivergate Adventist Academy. Project organizer Baldwin van der Bijl shared with students his personal story of using a dictionary to learn English as a child emigrant to the United States.

Third grader wins award for heroic action
The Gladstone Police Department presented a Community Hero Award to Lilly Wiggins, a third grade student at John Wetten Elementary. This fall, while leaning out of her car to get her mail, Lilly’s mother fell out and was run over by the vehicle. Lilly’s calm, quick action to drive the car off her mother limited the extent of her injuries.

Sign up now for winter activities
Looking for a unique holiday gift? Want to learn something new in 2017? Gladstone’s Community Schools program offers classes and activities for adults and kids. From ukulele and Spanish to dance and sports, you will find fun, affordable courses for the whole family! Register now by clicking the Learning for Life button.

Join the Leopard Pride Parents Group!
We invite you to join our community of parents and faculty working together to provide student enrichment.  To get information send an email to JWEPFO@gmail.com.

Water & radon testing in Gladstone schools
This summer the Gladstone School District hired an independent lab to systematically test school faucets and drinking fountains to ensure a safe water supply. More than 500 water samples from the district’s five buildings were analyzed for lead and copper. Complete test results are available here.

“Protecting the health of our students and staff is a top priority,” said Superintendent Bob Stewart. “We moved quickly to remedy each problem identified before school started.”