Mustang Memo 4.29.22


600 students, 145 chaperones, 81 staff members and 19 buses! Thank you all for a terrific school-wide field trip to the zoo! #strongertogetherwses

Note from Dr. Sheers

Our upcoming Mustang Night (May 25) is an opportunity to learn more about our classmates and fellow WSES families by learning about each other through student projects, performances and food.  

We kick off our Mustang Night events next week by sending home an optional “Mustang Me” project for students to complete. Students can draw pictures, write, cut and paste photos to include in their “Mustang Me” page to be displayed during Mustang Night. Please keep an eye out for a blank “Mustang Me” page in your child’s Thursday folder. You can also download a copy of the “Mustang Me” page here

Additionally, in class, each student will be creating an artifact about themselves to represent who they are, and what makes them feel special. These artifacts will be displayed around the school during our Mustang Night.

Here are some examples of guiding questions which you may ask your child as they consider the things that make them special. This conversation will help your child brainstorm and identify characteristics and parts of their identity which they might like to include in their Mustang Night artifact and on their “Mustang Me” page.

  • What are things that make you special that we can see?
  • What are things that make you special that we can not see?
  • What is something that other people don’t always understand about you?
  • What are you proud of?
  • In what ways are you or your family unique?
  • Who is part of your family?
  • How do you contribute to your family?

News and Notes

Spring Photos
Spring Portraits are now available to view and order online!  Please remember, the online code is the Student ID Number.

Parent questions/concerns regarding portraits can be directed to

Pyramid Art Exhibit
The Pyramid Art Exhibit is an annual art show.  Selected artwork from WSES will be displayed along with artwork from Cardinal Forest, Hunt Valley, Keene Mill, Orange Hunt, Rolling Valley, Washington Irving Middle School and West Springfield High School.  If your child has a piece in the art show, they will receive an official invitation from Mrs. Whitbourne or Mrs. Mahon. 

Art Show Details
Location: Workhouse Arts Center, Building 16
Showing: May 11-May 22
Reception: Saturday, May 14th, 6-8 pm

Field Day
Field Day will take place on May 20th. Students have been working hard learning different games throughout the year and we are making sure they have all the information they need.

We would like to give you some information as well. First, 3rd -6th grade field day will take place in the morning from 10:00 am -12:00 pm and K-2nd grade field day will be in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Don’t miss all the fun! We need YOUR Help! Volunteer here

Rising Kindergarten Orientation

We are excited to begin thinking about 2022-23!  Do you have a child at home who will be five by September 30?  Please start your registration now by filling out this interest sign-up.  If you have any neighbors with little ones, please send this information to them as well. This form simply collects information in order to help us plan for staffing for the next school year. Thank you!

Save the Date - Kindergarten Orientation
Tuesday, May 24 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (bring your child)


SOL Testing Information

It’s hard to believe, but the SOL testing window is approaching quickly!  The window itself is open from April 25 – May 20, with retakes (for qualifying students only) being given the week of May 23.

Here is the testing schedule.  Please be mindful of the dates that your child tests when scheduling appointments.  If your child is absent on a testing day, we will provide time for make-ups upon return.

Tuesday, May 3: 6th Reading
Wednesday, May 4: 5th Reading
Thursday, May 5: 4th Reading
Tuesday, May 10: 3rd Reading
Wednesday, May 11: 5th Math
Thursday, May 12: 4th Math
Tuesday, May 17: 6th Math AND 3rd Math
Wednesday, May 18: 5th Science

Parent Resources

Attend free family and educator webinars to learn the latest information to help your child succeed. Find out more here.

Positivity Project

Positivity Project - Week of April 25
This week’s character strength is Prudence - Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. It's a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. Prudence supports effective individual self-management, whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state. Find out more about Prudence by watching this video. Next character strength:  Purpose

Save the Date

Friday, April 29 - PTA Bingo Night & Autism Awareness Spirit Day (Wear Blue)

Wednesday, May 4 - Mural Reveal and Celebration 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20 - Field Day

Tuesday, May 24 - Kindergarten Orientation

Wednesday, May 25 - WSES Mustang Night

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day (Holiday)

Thursday, June 9 - 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony 10:30 a.m.

Friday, June 10 - Last Day of School/Early Release

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