WRMS Weekly Update

April 30, 2021

School Health Information

According to the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix, Bergen County is an “orange/high risk” region, which requires public schools to follow specific protocols. Below is important information from the Department of Health that all staff, parents, and students must adhere to effective immediately.


Students and staff must stay home and notify the school nurse if they have:

  • Tested positive (viral test) for COVID-19 or are awaiting results because of symptoms or a close contact

  • Exhibit COVID-19 symptoms: Daily COVID-19 Home Screening Checklist for Students

  • Potential exposure to COVID-19:

    • Close contact with a person with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. (Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.)

    • Travelled to an area with high levels of COVID-19 transmission in the past 14 days:


If someone in a student or staff member’s household exhibits symptoms, students/siblings/staff member must also stay home from school until the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result. If the symptomatic individual tests positive, the students/siblings/staff member will need to self-quarantine and must contact the school nurse for further instructions.


Updated Out of State Requirements:

  • The State of NJ has updated their travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. This webpage has the updated information.

  • Receiving Travelers

    • Families receiving guests from an area on the NJ travel advisory list are not required to quarantine their children.

    • Students only have to quarantine if someone in the house, resident or guest, becomes symptomatic and tests positive.

    • However, as a precaution, parents may choose to proactively self-quarantine their children.

    • Anyone who proactively chooses to self-quarantine must notify their school immediately.


If you have any questions on these protocols, please contact your school nurse directly as they are the most knowledgeable on our staff to answer your health and safety questions.


If the local health department calls, please answer the call and provide any requested information to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.

In-person Learning Checklist

Please make sure your students brings the following with them each day to school:


  • 2 masks (1 on + a back-up)
  • A fully charged, school-issued chromebook & charger
  • Headphones
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Tissue packs
  • Individual hand sanitizer
  • Other materials according to their teachers

Current Items

Change in Current School Year Calendar

Yesterday evening, the Board approved the return of the unused snow days. As such, the following changes are in place:


Friday, May 28th - District Closed

Tuesday, June 1st - District Closed

Thursday, June 24th - Last Day for Students


The Hybrid Schedule Overview - Revised has been updated to include these changes as well.

Next Phase

Things continue to go well with our increased occupancy. It's wonderful to have the students back, and they and teachers overwhelming share it's great to be closer to normal!


With Fridays no longer needing to rotate as they have, we have updated our daily class schedules: Hybrid Schedule Overview - Revised. The weekly schedule will continue to be listed at the bottom of each weekly update. The overall day will continue, from 8:15 - 12:36 and 1:45 - 3:04, as it has, but which days are "forwards" (1-7) and "backwards" (7-1) will change.

2021-2022 Scheduling

This week, Mrs. Sparno met (virtually) with our incoming 6th graders to go over scheduling. Forms are due today, thank you!

Yearbook

Our 2020-2021 yearbook is now available to order! You must order it in advance to secure a copy. Orders close today, Friday, April 30th! Here is the flyer with more information.

Westwood Traffic Advisory

Starting Monday, May 3rd, resurfacing will begin on Kinderkamack Road from the Old Hook intersection to Lincoln Boulevard in the Borough of Emerson. Traffic will be diverted along the route to other open streets (including Sand Road). Work is anticipated from 4 AM to 4 PM through May 7th, weather permitting. Please see this notification from WPD with more information.

Pre-ordered Lunches

ALL MEALS MUST BE PREORDERED USING THE DISTRICT’S PREORDER SYSTEM at Payschools Central by MIDNIGHT on Sunday before the pickup week.


EFFECTIVE APRIL 12, 2021 Meals will be distributed as follows:


STUDENTS ATTENDING 5 HALF DAYS A WEEK: Students will be able to pick up meals daily at the same locations listed below. One meal each day.


FULL REMOTE STUDENTS: Students will select to pick up their Meals at 1 of the 6 School Locations. They will be able to pick up their meals twice a week from 12:30 – 1:30. On Monday(s) they will be given meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday(s) they will be given meals for Thursday & Friday.


· Berkeley School: At the covered area located to the Right side of the Main Entrance

· Brookside School: Front Door of the Building

· George School: Back of the Building by the All Purpose room Door

· Washington School: Front Door of the Building

· Westwood Regional Middle School: Front Door of the Building

· Westwood Regional High School: HS Cafeteria enter through the courtyard


STUDENTS ATTENDING FULL DAY PROGRAMS: Students will be served lunch daily at the school they attend.


REMINDER – ONLY STUDENTS THAT PREORDER WILL RECEIVE MEALS


Friendly reminder that all lunches must be pre-ordered through our online system PaySchools Central. We cannot accept phone calls or messages. Please visit our Food Services website for more information. Thank you!

Evening Program for Parents and Students in Grades 6-12:

Please join us on May 4th at 7:00PM for a virtual program presented by Mark Farrell.


Mr. Farrell, a passionate speaker, NYC radio host and on-camera personality, will speak about overcoming adversity, respecting differences, drugs and alcohol, and promoting positive mental health. Registration is required for this event. Please register HERE.


Please see the attached flyer for more information about the event.

PSO Information

POCKETBOOK RAFFLE

Please support the WRMS 2021 8th grade graduating class!!


This is the first 8th grade class that is graduating from the new Westwood Regional Middle School and we’d like to make their send-off memorable. The proceeds from the raffle will directly benefit the 8th grade students at WRMS and the year-end activities that are planned.

Each ticket is $10.


Drawing will be held on May 14th at WRMS’ main office.


All 8th grade families are selling tickets – please contact an 8th grade family or order a ticket through the following link: https://forms.gle/fAjoDyBnHxu9yZZS8


Thank you for your support!!

8th Grade Committee


Submit Your Box Tops and Make Money for Your School!


Did you know you can submit Box Tops electronically? In fact, although you can still hand in clipped Box Tops, the system has transitioned almost entirely to electronic submission. Download the Box Tops app, select Westwood Regional Middle School, and scan your store receipt within 14 days. The app will automatically find your Box Tops products and credit WRMS.


Shopping online or getting a digital receipt in store? You can still submit your Box Tops via the app or on the website, boxtops4education.com.


Need help? Read more at https://www.boxtops4education.com/emailgroceryreceipts or contact Sue Chevrier at chevsil@juno.com.


And don’t forget to click on the special bonus offers to earn even more money for our school!

Nutrition News

Pomptonian is happy to announce another edition of the Nutrition News with award-winning pediatrician, author and keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino. Dr. Jill and Pomptonian’s Corporate Dietitian, Toni Bowman, will be discussing Physical Activity


Here is a link to the video: https://www.pomptonian.com/nutrition-news/

Important Reminders

Chromebook Issues

If you need help with your school-issued chromebook, please have your student email tech.help@wwrsd.org from their school account.

Student Support

The Guidance Counselors are available every day to meet with students regardless of whether they are scheduled for in-person or remote learning. In an effort to maintain current safety guidelines, students are strongly encouraged to request meetings with their counselors by emailing them. Counselors will contact the student as soon as possible to schedule an online or in-person meeting. Counselors will continue to see students on an emergency basis, as well.


If your student is having difficulty, be is academic, technological, social emotional or more, please reach out to us! Our trained staff is here to support them whether we are in-person or remote!


Counselors:

Nurses:

Assistant Principals:

Free Peer Tutoring

The Westwood Regional High School National Honor Society is pleased to provide free peer tutoring throughout the academic year. The National Honor Society (NHS) is a selective organization of students who have excelled academically and demonstrated consistent character, leadership and service within their school and community.


NHS students are seniors who can provide extra help in various subjects. This year, during our Hybrid schedule, NHS students are available to meet individually with a limited number of middle school students via Zoom, Google Meet, Facetime, or phone call. Students who are having difficulty in a particular class, want to review before an assessment, or need help with a particular topic should reach out to their grade level Guidance Counselor for more information about how to get involved with the NHS Peer Tutoring program.


Bergen County Mental Health & Community Support Resources

Please find a Bergen County Mental Health resource document (updated 3/1/21) for your reference and support. You can also check out the resource page on www.BergenResourceNet.org regarding resources about inclusion, social consciousness and understanding, etc. Recently, they shared with us some Self-Care Strategies for Resilience as well.

Community Flyers

Need help buying groceries? NJ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is New Jersey's food assistance program that can help you buy groceries. Learn more about NJ SNAP at www.njsnap.gov or see their flyer for more information.


Spring Middle School Afterschool Sports Programs: All WRMS students are welcome for flag football or multi-sports games. Please click here for more information and the link to register.


Please click here to access an online library of electronic flyers for our community partners.

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for important upcoming events...


  • 4/30 - Yearbook orders due
  • 5/3 - 5/7 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/4 - Motivation: Find Your Drive Assembly, 7:00 PM
  • 5/13 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • 5/21 - End of Quarter 4 Progress Report period
  • 5/25 - 8th Grade Field Day
  • 5/26 - Rain Date - 8th Grade Field Day
  • 5/27 - Progress Reports posted online
  • 5/28 - 6/1 - No School


June 23, 6:30 PM - 8th Grade Culmination

June 24, Time TBD - 8th Grade Culmination rain date


Upcoming schedule:


  • Monday, 5/3: B Day, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
  • Tuesday, 5/4: A Day, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
  • Wednesday, 5/5: B Day, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
  • Thursday, 5/6: A Day, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
  • Friday, 5/7: B Day, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1