Come to school with all your clothes inside-out!
COPY CAT TUESDAY
Find a friend, or two, or three (or more) and match your outfits.
WES PRIDE WEDNESDAY
Come to school showing your Wakefield pride! WEar blue & white or your Wakefield shirt.
CRAZY HAIR/HAT THURSDAY
Today is the exception - hats are okay in class! Come to school with the craziest hair or wearing the wackiest hat.
Go back in time! Come to school dressed like someone from another time: go retro or old-fashioned.
SPIRIT NIGHT AT PDQ
Thursday, December 12
Join us for the last Spirit Night of the year! Some of your favorite teachers will be on hand - Mr. Hill, Mrs, Jenny, Mrs. Kirk and Miss Dunbar will be back rocking the microphone!
Remember to let them know you are there to support Wakefield Elementary, so we get a percentage of the sales!
Mrs. Basile was born in Rockville Center, Long Island, New York. Despite her south shore origins, she spent most of her life on the north shore. She moved there in third grade, specifically Manhasset, and lived on the north shore until she met her husband and got married.
When asked about which subjects caused her the most challenge during her elementary school days, Mrs. Basile emphatically said, “Math!” and indicated that it was always a subject with which she struggled, even as she was older. Mrs. Basile said that having that experience enables her to empathize with children struggling with reading, as she understands what they are going through. She said that she lets her students know that they are in it together, and she teaches them techniques to cope with the stress some of them experience during reading tests. For instance, simply getting them to do some deep breathing, particularly before a reading fluency test, can make a world of difference.
Perhaps not surprising, given her chosen career, Mrs. Basile’s favorite subjects at school were English and Reading; she was able to excel at both. She attended a small college called Wagner College, on Staten Island, New York, and enjoyed the small school experience.
Mrs. Basile’s then future husband went to Vietnam when she was in college, and upon his return, he attended college himself on the VA Bill, and studied Biology. Research into pharmaceuticals was just taking off, and he was fortunate to get work in a large pharmaceutical company. They married in 1976, two years after finishing college.
After college, Mrs. Basile taught special needs kids in New York. She did this for four years, having also gotten her Masters in Special Education. New York was soon to be a place in her past though, as her husband’s work caused him to have to relocate. They moved to Columbus, Ohio and lived there for 10 years. She taught Kindergarten for special needs children for a while and then had three children – two daughters and a son.
They were in the process of building their third home, when her husband was transferred to Maryland. They remained there for three years. Mrs. Basile stayed at home with the children when they were young, and would help at school occasionally. They then moved to Connecticut and stayed for three to four years.
Work then relocated the family to New Jersey. One day, Mrs. Basile was teaching Religious Instruction at her church, when a lady came up to her and commented that she liked the way Mrs. Basile worked with children, and thought there may be an opportunity at the neighboring school at which her husband was the principal. By this stage, her children were older, so Mrs. Basile decided that it wouldn’t hurt to meet the principal. They met, and she was offered the job, working as the Resource Room person for two years. She was very happy there, and they were interested in sending her to Rutgers University. Alas it was not to be, because as had happened previously, her husband’s work relocated him, this time to North Carolina.
They moved here in August 1999, and then mere months after arriving, Mrs. Basile contracted breast cancer. Thanks to her wonderful family and neighbors, she got through the ordeal, dealing with chemotherapy treatments and the resulting hair loss. It was in fact as she was recovering, that she saw an ad for a reading specialist at Wakefield Elementary. She was unsure as to whether she should apply, but she said that having survived breast cancer, made her put things into a different perspective, that one should pursue things that make one happy. In her case, what really makes her happy is being in the presence of children, and so despite her misgivings at the thought of having to attend her interview wearing a wig, she applied.
Happily, she got the job. She had to attend more training, as the position required 18 credits beyond a Masters with reading. She completed it, and in October 2000 started working at Wakefield Elementary and has been here ever since, with the exception of a few months, when she worked at Baileywick Elementary as a result of a cut in funding. During her entire time at WES, she had been in the same role, albeit the titles have changed over the years – from Accelerated Learning Program to Tier 2 Intervention, however they generally refer to it as “Reading Club”.
Outside of school, Mrs. Basile is an avid reader. She loves to read all genres – fiction, biographies and autobiographies. She is part of a neighborhood Book Club, where they go to dinner, select a book and then the next time they go to someone’s house and review the book. She has enjoyed many books, particularly “Lovely Bones”, “The Secret Life of Edith Wharton” and “The Secret Life of Bees”. Since moving to the South, she has also enjoyed reading the works of southern authors. She finds it hard to select an all-time favorite author, although she did enjoy Nora Ephron.
Mrs. Basile loves walking in the woods and nature. Conversely, she loves shopping, fashion, clothes (anyone who has ever met her can testify to her style and elegance!) – and sales, although she isn’t tempted by the madness of Black Friday. She would like to do more travel – go out west and visit the national parks. In June 2001, she visited Ireland and Italy, and would like to return. She would also love to visit Spain and even Australia (her children have traveled to the latter and New Zealand).
Mrs. Basile’s mother is now 91, and although she lives in a lovely retirement community, she does spend a lot of time with her. She has three sisters – one in Wilmington, another in Connecticut and the third in Wyoming. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her sisters too.
When asked if there is anything on her “bucket list” of things she would like to do, Mrs. Basile replied that her dream would be to make a lot of money and use it to try and change the literacy problem that we have in the United States. A worthy goal indeed! Until that happens, the families at WES are happy to have such a dedicated teacher, who tries to make a difference in the lives of our children, by helping make reading less of a challenging ordeal, and instead a beloved subject. We are thankful that we have her.
YEARBOOK PRE-ORDERS ON SALE NOW!
Deadline Extended to January 15, 2014
Our publisher has extended our deadline, so that means you now have till January 15, 2014 to submit your order!
We will be producing an 80 page book full of the events that have taken place in the school year, including the Fall Festival, Costume Bingo, Scary Skate, our various spirit nights and of course grade level and specialty pages!
Cost is only $17, so order yours today!
You may pay via check to WES PTA or cash (download flyer here).
If you prefer to order online, click here.
If you have any questions, or would like to submit some photos, contact Rosemary Ros at email@example.com.