Hello, my name is Ms. Warren.  After serving eight years in the United States Army, I later started my journey to become an educator by earning my Bachelor's Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology in 2010.  My first teaching job was with the Richmond Public School system from 2011 to 2018, where I was the lead science teacher, a mentor teacher, and Wellness Champion.  Also during this time, I earned my Special Education license from Old Dominion University in 2014, and subsequently received my Master's of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Richmond in 2018.  While attending the University of Richmond, I also received a certification in Trauma Inform Care.  Woodbridge, Virginia became my home the summer of 2018.  This is my second year teaching with Westridge Elementary School, and my enjoyment here comes from assisting students who have learning differences.  If you need assistance with anything, please reach out to me.  My email address is warrentd@pwcs.edu.

   I miss all of you and I hope to see you again soon.  Students, be sure to log onto Dreambox daily.  This will help you to brush up on your math skills while we are out.  Also, remember to use your strategies and show your work. You are smart, you are amazing, I love you and we can do this.  If you get overwhelmed, step away from the assignment and come back to it when you are ready.  Please ask your parents if you don't understand something or need assistance.  Do your best to stay safe until we see one another again. Friday Treat will be amazing when we return.

     My hope is that all of you enjoyed your spring break. I have researched some websites that will help our children during this time. Check them out and tell me what you think.
 Here they are: 

     Here are some new websites that cover science and reading. The reading website actually has the book read to the students. I think they will like them.
Here they are:

      These are games and activities that will keep our students intrigued and actively engaged. They are designed to adapt and meet each student where they are. Again, let me know what you think and I will continue researching new and exciting sites.

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our
 School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.  

Good Morning Parents,

Report cards and progress reports are being sent today. Be sure to check your emails. Stay safe and well.
Events May 11th-15th
Ol Pejeta Conservancy | Rhino Horn Poaching
May 11th @ 9:00am eastern

Join Lucy Vigne, researcher specializing in ivory and rhino horn trade for over 30 years and Richard Vigne, Conservationist and Managing Director, Ol Pejeta Conservancy for a discussion about rhino poaching. Learn about issue and the challenges Ol Pejeta faces to protect its rhino population.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000-acre conservancy located in central Kenya,
home to the largest black rhino population in East and Central Africa, the last two northern white rhinos and a safe haven for endangered species including rescued chimpanzees and the big 5.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Lauren Saville | Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
May 11th @ 11:00am eastern

Lauren in an educator and scientist who loves all things related to primates. She works at the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada managing the youth sustainability program, Roots & Shoots. She has studied primates in the lab and out in the field in Kenya and Tanzania. She will be sharing the story of Jane Goodall and how as a young woman she changed how we viewed our closets living relative, the chimpanzee. She will also speak about what primates are, why they are so cool to study and her own adventures following monkeys around the African Savannah. 

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Explorer Classroom | Joe Cutler: Live Tide Pool Exploration
May 11th @ 12:00pm eastern

Join Joe at low tide as he explores tide pools on the coast of California to reveal the incredible diversity of life found within.

Leeches, bot flies, wasps and tsetse flies – Joe Cutler has been bitten or stung by each one, all in search of tiny freshwater fish. Cutler is a National Geographic Explorer, ichthyologist (someone who studies fish) and conservationist in Central Africa. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and currently works with The Nature Conservancy in Gabon. Over the past four years, Cutler has conducted seven fish sampling expeditions, collecting hundreds of fish species including dozens that are new to science. Using his fish sampling data coupled with museum records, Cutler provides guidance to Central African governments and conservation-NGOs on balancing development and freshwater conservation.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Live at the Toronto Zoo | Day of Action Against Litter
May 12th @ 11:00am eastern

Have you ever wondered how litter affects animals and the environment? To mark the provincial Day of Action Against Litter we’re sharing how litter affects our native species. The Toronto Zoo is committed to a world where wildlife and wild spaces thrive and we’ll promote ways we can all limit our impact on the world around us!

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Exploring the Lakebed in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
May 12th @ 11:00am eastern

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary with research coordinator Stephanie Gandulla. 

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Ocean Exploration Trust and the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. Using an autonomous surface vehicle and the research vessel Storm, Ocean Exploration Trust and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary explorers mapped unexplored areas of the sanctuary with the goal of discovering new shipwrecks. Join us to learn about the highlights as the project’s lead scientist, Stephanie Gandulla, recounts the expedition. 

***These events are run through Go To Meetings, really easy to join (Joe will still be hosting). All groups join the same way, right in the webinar. We won't see or hear you, but you can type your questions.

Register for the event: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/live/watch.html
SNOLab with Dr. Erica Cadon
May 12th @ 12:00pm eastern

SNOLAB is a world-class science facility located deep underground in the operational Vale Creighton nickel mine, near Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. The combination of great depth and cleanliness that SNOLAB affords allows extremely rare interactions and weak processes to be studied. The science programme at SNOLAB is currently focussed on sub-atomic physics, largely neutrino and dark matter. At 2km, SNOLAB is the deepest clean room facility in the world. Dr. Erica Caden completed her PhD at Drexel University working on the Double Chooz neutrino experiment. As a research scientist, Erica is involved in the neutrino projects at SNOLAB (SNO+ & HALO) as well as science education and outreach activities. For SNO+, she is the detector manager responsible for keeping the experiment running smoothly day to day.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Joe Grabowski | Galapagos Expedition
May 13th @ 11:00am eastern

The Galapagos are often referred to as the Enchanted Isles, and for good reason! Join Joe as he shares his explorations on these volcanic islands and the incredible wildlife he encountered, most found nowhere else on the planet!

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Explorer Classroom | Kristen Lear: Bat Biologist
May 13th @ 2:00pm eastern

Kristen Lear is a bat conservationist and environmental educator. She got her start in bat conservation at age 12, when she built and installed bat houses for her Girl Scout Silver Award project. Since then, she has traveled the world, including the US, Australia, and Mexico, to learn how to protect endangered bats and to share her passion with the public. In this session, Kristen will provide a glimpse into the world of bats, sharing some specialized research equipment and providing hands-on tips for how students can build their own bat houses and contribute to bat conservation in their own backyards.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Cecile Sarabian | Primate Research
May 14th @ 9:00am eastern

Cecile is a French-Iranian cognitive ecologist at Kyoto University Primate Research Institute in Japan, working on hygiene and disgust. Her research looks at parasite avoidance strategies in primates through field and lab experiments, behavioral observations and parasitology. So far, her research took her in lots of places from a small island in Southern Japan inhabited only by Japanese macaques(!) to the Equatorial forest of the Democratic Republic of Congo where bonobos live. Better understanding infection-risk avoidance behaviors can have implications for both conservation and public health by informing the design of interventions important in disease control, as well as mitigating human-wildlife conflicts.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Duke Lemur Center | Matt Borths
May 14th @ 10:00am eastern

Matt is a paleontologist who studies the evolution of animals in Africa, particularly the evolution of carnivorous mammals – including some of the oldest meat-eaters to chase down our primate ancestors! As the Curator of the Lemur Center’s Division of Fossil Primates (DFP), he oversees the DFP’s 30,000+ specimens – among them the world’s largest and most important collection of early primates. The DFP’s skeletal specimens of extinct giant lemurs from Madagascar are also unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Live at the Toronto Zoo | Toronto Zoo Bat Conservation Pt 1
May 14th @ 11:00am eastern

Have you ever wondered why bats are so important and need our protection? What can we do to protect these amazing animals? Join us as we talk to a Bat Researcher with the Toronto Zoo’s Native Bat Conservation Program. We’ll learn all about bat boxes and what the Toronto Zoo is doing to help wild bat populations in Ontario.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Sand Tiger Shark Feeding
May 14th @ 1:00pm eastern

Join an aquarist as they feed the sand tiger sharks at the aquarium. Learn about their ecology and have a chance to ask questions about these awesome looking predators.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9
Pablo Garcia Borboroglu | Global Penguin Society
May 15th @ 10:00am eastern

Join Pablo from his home in Argentina as he talks about the incredible work he does protecting penguins around the world! He'll share some of the equipment he uses to study them in the field.

Pablo is the founder and President of the Global Penguin Society (GPS), an international science-based conservation coalition that protects the world´s penguin species. He is also the founder and co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Penguin Specialist Group, Researcher at the National Research Council in Argentina and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. Since 1989, he has worked in the field of marine conservation. His work focuses on different aspects of the ecology, management and conservation of seabirds, with special emphasis on penguins. He leads a global conservation effort to benefit penguins in several countries at different scales, including the creation of large marine protected areas in land and in the ocean and the improvement of penguin colony management.

Register for the event:
Exploring the Depths of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
May 15th @ 11:00am eastern

Take a virtual field trip into the depths of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with expedition lead scientists, Dr. Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser and Dr. Calvin Mires. 

In 2019, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries partnered with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Marine Imaging Technologies to explore marine life and shipwrecks in the depths of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Aboard the R/V Connecticut, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary explorers used a variety of innovative marine technologies to conduct archaeological and biological surveys of the region’s most iconic shipwrecks. Join us to learn about the highlights as lead scientists recount the expedition by showing stunning photos, videos, and three-dimensional models. 

***These events are run thought Go To Meetings, really easy to join (Joe will still be hosting). All groups join the same way, right in the webinar. We won't see or hear you, but you can type your questions.

Register for the event: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/live/watch.html

The Turtle Hospital
May 15th @ 1:00pm eastern

The Turtle Hospital opened its doors 1986 with four main goals: 1) rehab injured sea turtles and return them to their natural habitat, 2) educate the public through outreach programs and visit local schools, 3) conduct and assist with research aiding to sea turtles (in conjunction with state universities), and 4) work toward environmental legislation making the beaches and water safe and clean for sea turtles. The Turtle Hospital contains up-to-date equipment needed to perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles. There are 7 species of sea turtles throughout the entire world. Five of the seven are found in Florida: Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Kemp’s Ridley.

Register for the event: https://forms.gle/ufr9azmcE892KrjZ9

     I hope all of your enjoyed your Mother's Day. I am sharing some websites for virtual field trips that will be available next week. Stay safe and well.

Love Always,
Ms. Warren


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DAY 1: PE  
DAY 3: PE 

Daily Schedule 

Tardy bell 9:10
Core Extension (F.A.I.R)
Lunch 11:56 - 12:26
Language Arts
Specials/Encore 2:55-3:40 (see schedule below)
Dismissal 3:50