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Combined Community Service Canned Food Drive is going on now through December 13th. Bring in non-perishable items to the classroom. The class with the most donations wins a Root Beer Float Party!
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Washington STEM Academy sixth-graders plant a variety of plants in the new rain garden at Winona Lake Limitless Park Tuesday afternoon. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.


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David Slone, Staff Writer

The Times Union

WINONA LAKE – With the sun shining and not a rain cloud in the sky Tuesday, volunteers and Washington STEM Academy students got their hands dirty to plant thousands of native plants at Winona Lake Limitless Park.

The Watershed Foundation and the Winona Lake Parks Department were reconstructing 500 feet of Winona Lake Limitless Park’s shoreline and putting in a new rain garden between the park and Cherry Creek. 

Adult volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and today. Students took part from about noon to 3 p.m. While Washington students took part Tuesday, Jefferson Elementary students were expected to plant native species today.

Lyn Crighton, TWF executive director, said 15 volunteers put in 253 shrubs Tuesday morning. The variety of bushes included spice bush, red osier dogwood and smooth hydrangea. 

For the full story, visit The Times Union website here. 
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Registration is now open for all students for the 2019-2020 school year. Students returning to the district may be registered by clicking on the 2019-2020 registration link in the PowerSchool parent portal.

The registration process must be completed for each student, but the process is very simple and can be completed in under ten minutes. Parents/guardians may also indicate that their child is not returning for the 2019-2020 school year by completing the same process and just answering the first question. All returning student households will receive a letter in the mail containing their PowerSchool login. Passwords can be reset by following the process in the letter.

For new families or families requesting a first-time in-district or out-of-district transfer, this process may be initiated by sending an email to wcsregistration@warsawschools.org. Parents will then receive instructions and forms to complete the process.
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Warsaw Community Schools will present parents with an opportunity to learn more about the effects of raising children during a digital age. The film, titled “Screenagers” is directed by Delaney Rutson, M.D. The movie will be followed by a special panel hosted by WCS staff to further equip parents and discuss important points from the film. The event will take place 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center located at 1 Tiger Lane, Warsaw, Indiana.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.

Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, the film reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Topics discussed in the film include: How do personal digital devices affect school life; how does social media affect our relationships; how does screen use affect children’s development; and how vulnerable are we to video game addiction and depictions of violence.

Screenagers is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. After seeing the film, people tell us that they feel more confident and better equipped to establish balance around screen time. Please note, seventh grade students will watch the film in class at both Edgewood Middle School and Lakeview Middle School. 

For more information or to register to attend this free event, visit https://impactflow.com/event/presented-by-tri-kappa-9570. The event is free to attend and was made possible by Tri Kappa. 

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