At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, all Warsaw Community Schools fifth grade students will have the opportunity to hear from Chicago Cubs Organization baseball player Chris Singleton at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center.

Singleton will speak with students about overcoming hardship and heartbreak after losing his mother at the hands of a white supremacist. Singleton’s story inspired the nation and his city after he publicly forgave the man who murdered his mother stating “love is stronger than hate.”

We are very excited about this unique opportunity and encourage you to follow up with your child about the convocation!

Please note WCS students will be dismissed from school on Monday, Jan. 21, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

For calendar related questions, please see our most recent calendar at www.warsaw.k12.inusThose interested are invited and encouraged to attend the annual CCMLK event that day to hear Singleton's story. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the program is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on the Grace College campus.

Looking for a fresh start and new career? Join us for an interview to join our Food & Nutrition Department! Open interviews are Jan. 10, 11, 14 and 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 850 E. Smith St., Warsaw, door #15. For more details call 574-371-5086 ext. 4 or visit

Warsaw Community Schools is proud to honor an Edgewood Middle School Student for his continued dedication to raising awareness on the detriments of smoking cigarettes.

Cayman Blake, son of Dan and Heidi Blake of Warsaw, has inspired many through his mission to advocate toward raising taxes on cigarettes as well as the legal age to purchase tobacco products. While still in elementary school, Blake was invited to speak by Indiana Representative Charlie Brown after the two met during a tobacco-free advocacy event held at the Indiana Statehouse.

Cayman shared with Brown his passionate commitment to a tobacco-free future was fueled by the loss of his grandfather to tobacco use when he was only 59 years old. This loss prompted Cayman to try and safeguard others from this kind of loss through joining campaigns for tobacco-free kids and teens in our community and beyond.

Blake visited the Indiana House Committee on Public Health while in the sixth grade at Madison Elementary to share his support in regards to raising taxes on cigarettes. Though the house bill did not pass the full house vote, he has continued working to enrich the lives of others by continuing to raise. In January 2019, Cayman has again been invited to participate and speak before the House Panel. In addition to this, his personal story will be released around Indiana over the next several weeks in preparation of the next legislative session beginning in January 2019.

On Dec. 17, the Warsaw Community School Board of Trustees was proud to honor Blake for his mission to enrich the lives of others. His quest to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and advocacy against childhood tobacco use has inspired many locally and throughout the state.

The Warsaw Community Schools orchestra program invites you to the orchestra holiday concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Center. Orchestra is under the direction of Mrs. Heather Brannock.

There is no admission charge for the concert, and members of the community are welcome to attend.

The WCHS Dance Department will present their Winter Dance Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the WCHS Performing Arts Center. Support friends and family in the WCHS Dance classes as they demonstrate grace and elegance in a variety of styles of dance.

Tickets are $6 general admission adults/students, children five years old and under are free, and all proceeds go directly back to the dance program for the purchase of costumes and shoes for future dance students.
submitted by Lisa Secrist

The Christmas season is now upon us marked with decorated trees, caroling, parties, colorful lights, nostalgic movies, snowy weather, and of course, holiday shopping. It is that time of year when people rush to the stores to buy the latest toys and other gifts to give to their loved ones for Christmas. All the hustle and bustle leads to the anticipation of Christmas morning as we watch our loved ones open the gifts we bought for them.

In all the excitement of buying gifts, it is easy to forget about toy safety. Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are used in the wrong way. So before making your toy purchases this year, keep safety in mind, so Christmas can be an enjoyable time instead of a scary memory.

Inspect toys before you buy them. Avoid sharp edges, small parts, or loose parts - THINK LARGE so babies and small children don’t choke on small parts. Do not give toys with ropes, cords, or parts that can heat up. Crayons and markers should be labeled non-toxic.

Choose age-appropriate toys. Make sure you choose the right toy for the right age and skill level of the child you are buying for.

Check for the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) label on every toy that proves it meets safety standards. Electronic toys should be “UL” approved. Read warning labels. Teach your child how to use the toy in the right way.

Buy toys that are well-made. Plastic toys should be strong so they won’t break easily. Stuffed toys should have seams and edges that are secure and intact.

Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for recalled toys.

Safe toys can be a fun way to interact with your family and friends. Card games, puzzles, board and table games are generally safe choices. So this Christmas season, put away the electronic devices and enjoy playing with safe toys that stimulate creativity, encourages face to face interaction, and creates lasting memories with your family and friends. Make this a safe holiday season by following the tips mentioned above and celebrate this holiday season by spending time with those you love. Merry Christmas and be safe!

Toys. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 12 Dec 2018.

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