Join Us For A FREE Valentines Dinner and Show!

Our fabulous PTA is hosting a FREE spaghetti dinner and a showing of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”, presented by Virginia Opera, on Wednesday, February 14th at 5:15!  Dinner will begin at 5:15 p.m. in the cafeteria and the show will be in the auditorium from 6:15-7 p.m.  There is a paper coming home with students this week and we need RSVP’s by February 9th so we have enough food for everyone.  There is no RSVP needed if you’re coming for the show only and not the dinner.  Remember, this is all FREE!  We hope you all will choose Matthew Whaley to be your valentine and join us for dinner and a show!

Who’s Ready for Puppy Bowl?!? Jan 30-Feb 2

The Matthew Whaley SCA has one question for you…who will win the Super Bowl this Sunday: The New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles??  We want your vote!  Not just any old vote….we want you to vote by donating items to the Heritage Humane Society of Williamsburg!  The Heritage Humane Society helps animals find their forever home, but they can’t do it alone.  They need many items to run their organization.  There will be two bins set up in the center hallway this week:  one for the Patriots and one for the Eagles.  All we need YOU to do is vote for which team you think will win the Super Bowl this weekend by donating an item in the bin of the team you choose.  All week we will be keeping track of your votes.  On Friday, we will announce the “winning” team and everyone can wear a sports shirt or jersey!  Please note:  we will continue to accept donations for another week after Feb 2nd due to the days off from school.  Help the furry friends of Williamsburg this week!  Go Patriots!  Go Eagles!  Go Heritage Humane Society!  Check out the following fliers for more info and a copy of the Heritage Humane Society wish list:

Heritage Humane Society Wish List

SCA Puppy Bowl 2018



W&M Parents Read to Kindergarten Too!

One of our kindergarten parents took a break from teaching at William and Mary to do some storytelling in Mrs. Armbruster’s class last week.  We love having readers in our classes, especially parents!



Come Join Us For Tribe Spirit Night Feb 1st!

We are partnering with the Tribe Basketball Team at William & Mary for a spirit night on Thursday, Feb 1st!  Order forms for tickets  are due Tuesday, January 30th.  Order forms are coming home this week and are also available on the school website.  Come enjoy a fun night out watching Tribe basketball and showing your Matthew Whaley Pride!  Please see the flier for more details.

Tribe Spirit Night 2018

Important Info About Upcoming Gifted Eligibility Screenings-UPDATED!

The Williamsburg-James City County Program for Gifted Students is currently accepting referrals for the following students:


· Initial referrals for current K-4th grade enrichment;

· Initial referrals for current 4th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and/or mathematics)

· Initial referrals for current 5th grade students for specific academic classes (language arts and social studies)

Referral Deadline: February 15, 2018


If you are interested in learning more about this program, or would like to know if your child is a candidate for screening for gifted services, please contact the gifted resource teacher for grades 3rd-5th (Debbie Besnier, or for grades K-2nd  (Diane Huebner,

Mrs. Alis’ Second Graders Have a Dream!

Last week, Mrs. Alis’ second graders celebrated the inspirational life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the best way possible!  They talked about, read, and listened to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. They in turn created and wrote their own “dreams!”

Snowman Creations with Book Buddies!

Reading buddies last Friday was a blast with Miss Terrones and Mrs. Soderholm! They had to use a snowman checklist to create their own snowman and add all the things a snowman needs! Bringing some winter decorations to our classrooms is the best!

Food Justice League Has Come To MW!

Are you interested in food?

Do you want to be a superhero?

How about joining a super secret, super hero organization?

Sound interesting? You’re in luck! The Food Justice League is recruiting new FJL Operatives from Matthew Whaley!  To be an FJL Operative, you must be ready to work undercover at your own school. Each week, at our after school meeting, President Spaghetti will provide FJL Operatives with a fun, high energy mission that must be completed using their FJL badge, super-secret code name, and super smart brains before time runs out!

Food Justice League (1)


Join Us in The Great Kindness Challenge! Jan 22-26

The Great Kindness Challenge will be the week of January 22-26!  There will be checklists coming home with each student to encourage them to complete as many acts of kindness as they can during the week.  In addition, Matthew Whaley will be celebrating with some fun spirit days:

Monday:           Kick Into Gear and Help Someone Near- Wear different color socks or shoes
Tuesday:          Crazy For Kindness- Crazy hair day
Wednesday:   Score Points By Helping Others- wear sports or dance attire
Thursday:       Patriot Kids are Kind- wear your MW shirt or red, white, and blue
We are looking forward to spreading kindness everywhere not only during the Great Kindness Challenge, but every day as well!  The checklists are below if you’d like to access them now: