Words from Weston

A Monthy Newsletter from Weston Elementary

December, 2020 Issue


Kasie Allen, Principal / Debbie Case, Secretary / Ronda LeBrasseur, Clerk

Greetings Families,

As we conclude 2020, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make Weston wonderful. From the classroom, to our living rooms, and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion, commitment and a willingness to work together. We are so lucky to have students who work hard, parents who encourage, and teachers who are dedicated and truly care about each child.


I am so grateful for our talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, and resilient students. Often, they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always, they make us think. Most of all, they make us better. The faces of our children best express the true meaning of this holiday season. They radiate a sense of enthusiasm, hope and joy for life and the opportunities that await them.


Parents, of course, are such a critical part of all we hope to accomplish. I am grateful to you for doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, yet most rewarding job of all. Thank you for trusting us with your most precious gift and for everything that you do for our school and students.


It is also during this time that I am reminded of my own good fortune to serve as the proud principal in a building full of caring and hardworking staff members who truly embrace the richly rewarding opportunities to teach and learn from our students.


Thank you to all for your help, support, and sense of community. I hope that each one of you are able to take time to enjoy the winter break. Please have a safe and joyous holiday season.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Kasie Allen

Weston Principal


P.S. The month of December brings some fun activities. Spirit Week will be the week of December 14th. (Please see below.)

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Assessments in the Virtual Learning Environment

There are times when teachers will need to conduct assessments in the virtual environment. These assessments provide important information for teachers to evaluate their previous instruction and plan for future lessons that meet students' needs. Because of the way these assessments are used, it is important for teachers to be able to collect accurate assessment information. Therefore, when students are taking assessments at home, please allow them to generate their answers on their own. If your child comes to a problem he cannot solve, or a question he cannot answer, reassure him and say that it's OK not to know that yet - we are learning! Then, encourage him to make his best guess, or move on.


All Weston students will take the STAR test virtually when the holiday break concludes in January. This testing must be concluded prior to January 22, so please watch for information about this from your child's teacher.

Congratulations to Our Students of the Month!

Students who go above and beyond to demonstrate elements of good character are recognized as Students of the Month. Congratulations to the following students for being selected as last month's Students of the Month!


Mr. Chambers: Lilyonna D.

Ms. Jones: Carly G.

Ms. Becker: Leena J.

Mrs. Berlin: Oliver A.

Mrs. Hays: Kendyl W.

Mrs. Kacel: Anna T.

Mrs. Simms: Sawyer S.

Mrs. Cichowicz: Sibella D.

Mrs. Lobsinger: Timothy M.

Mrs. Brockman: Maxwell B.

Mrs. Howell: MeKayla D.

Mrs. Ogans: Silas W.

Ms. Webster: Michael E.

Parent Group

Meetings are held every other month. For the time-being, meetings will be held virtually. We are in need of new members. If you are interested in connecting with the PTO, please email: westonelempto@gmail.com

Mode of Learning

If you are wondering about changing your child's mode of learning for the second semester, please review the following important considerations:
  • Changes to learning modes may result in teacher changes.
  • Students must remain in the same mode of learning for the entire semester, due to staffing constraints.
  • Parents of face-to-face learners must keep students home when ill or when exposed to any individual who has tested positive for Covid-19 and adhere to required quarantine periods. If your child is ill at school, immediate pick-up will be required and quarantine periods may be necessary.
  • Online learners are provided with a device to access learning at home.
  • Face-to-face learners wear a mask all day, except when eating lunch. The only exceptions are those accompanied by the form available on the district website and signed by a physician.
  • Backpacks and non-educational items (such as toys) from home are not permitted in school for the time-being. Water bottles are allowed, and cold lunches can be sent in disposable packaging.
  • Changes in learning mode cannot be made after the survey's due date of December 17.


For those who wish to change their child's mode of learning for the next semester, please keep an eye out for the letter and survey that will be sent out to all families on December 10. The survey will be due on December 17, and only those parents who wish to make a change need to complete it.

Office Staffing and Hours

Beginning this week, our office staff will be spitting shifts on site, meaning the office will only be staffed with one person at a time. This allows for increased distancing. For the time being, the office will be staffed from 8-3 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8-4 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Tech Help

Having trouble with your device? Please reach out to the Tech Department: kearhelp@kearsleyschools.org or 249-1266.

Attendance

We value the importance of your child being at school every day and learning as much as possible. For the 2020-2021 school year, according to the State of Michigan, the district must report the number of students "engaged in pandemic learning." Therefore, please have your student log in to classes daily and stay in touch with the teacher if your child has to be absent. We will not have negative consequences regarding attendance, as long as kids are completing their work.

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Reading At Home

During Winter Break, remember to have your child read for 20 minutes or more each day. Reading is such a powerful tool for building a child’s mind, and it is the best way for a parent to support a child's learning. Please call our office if you would like books. We would be happy to get them for you!
Parent Guide:Support Your Child During Virtual Learning

Tips for Parents and Caregivers Managing Online Learning

Make Sure You're in the Know!

Please go to the district website at: www.kearsleyschools.org and fill out the information for Ed Alerts, right hand side about halfway down. That is how all important information is shared.


A quick and easy way to keep in touch with your child’s teacher is through email. Email addresses are generally the first initial and last name of the teacher @kearsleyschools.org.

Mark Your Calendar

December 14-18 (specific day will vary by teacher): Packet pick-up at Weston - Individual teachers will communicate which day during this week that packets will be ready. Households with multiple children, wishing to pick up all materials in one visit, may pick up on Friday.

December 17: Learning Mode Election Survey Due - only for parents wishing to make a change

December 21-31: No School, Winter Break

January 4: Classes Resume

January 29: End of Semester 1

Polar Express

One of the BEST Weston traditions…below is a link to the Famous Handsome Harry reading The Polar Express

the reading of the polar express by handsome harry the conductor