WRMS Weekly Update
November 20, 2020
In-person Learning Checklist
- 2 masks (1 on + a back-up)
- A fully charged, school-issued chromebook & charger
- Refillable water bottles
- Tissue packs
- Individual hand sanitizer
- Other materials according to their teachers
Early Dismissal Class Schedule
Lunches for Next Week
- Group 1 and Full Remote on Monday, 11/23 (5 meals)
- Group 2 on 11/24 (5 meals)
- No meals will be distributed on Wednesday, 11/26
This is a reminder from the Westwood Regional School District Medical Department that if you are planning on traveling out of State, whether it’s for a day, weekend or an extended vacation, you should check the NJDOH Travel Advisory, NJ Travel Advisory Hub, prior to leaving.
This site is continually updated, but if you travel to another state that is on the list, or if the state you are visiting is added to the list while you are there, you will need to quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to school and/or work. If you return from a listed state on Sunday, 11/29, then your student can return to in-person learning on Monday, December 14.
Recent clarification from the Department of Health regarding “traveling through a state” specified that if you are traveling and stop at a rest stop, short layover, etc., and do not visit anyone in that state, then you would not have to quarantine. However, if you stay less than 24 hours in a designated state that is on the list and visit someone in that state, even for a short period of time, you would have to quarantine for the 14 days because you have then increased your risk factor for contracting COVID-19.
Feel free to contact Mrs. Penn for any questions regarding this matter.
Survey Results & Planning for the Future
Students: 541 responses
81% can meet academic demands; 16% unsure; 4% disagree
83% engage during all remote times/days; 11% unsure; 6% disagree
60% feel connected to teachers; 29% unsure; 10% disagree
80% have a structured routine; 13% unsure; 7% disagree
Families: 85 reponses
72% can meet academic demands; 16% unsure; 12% disagree
71% engages during all remote times/days; 7% unsure; 22% disagree
52% feel connected to teachers; 28% unsure; 20% disagree
91% have a structured routine; 4% unsure; 6% disagree
Great improvement from the spring
Great appreciation for the hard work of the faculty
Students are very happy to see their teachers
Screentime is a concern
More breaks between classes
We are currently focusing on expanding our 5 day offerings to our at-risk student populations, and are having discussions on how to bring more students in with greater frequency. Given the increase in COVID cases and groups of students rotating between classes, those discussion will continue, but moving forward with bringing in large groups of students will be on hold for now.
Mental Health & Coping with the Challenges of a Pandemic
Click on the following link to be able to click on the links in the presentation: Mental Health & Coping with the Challenges of a Pandemic
The Westwood Regional School District will open online Kindergarten registration for the 2021‑2022 school year on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. This is a pre-registration only; students will not be considered enrolled until parents/guardians submit the required documentation at an in-person registration appointment.
Be aware that your child must reside in the Borough of Westwood or Township of Washington and be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2021 to enter Kindergarten next September.
For more information, click here. We look forward to welcoming your kindergartener!
Grade 6: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade 7: email@example.com
Grade 8: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
6th Grade - Ms. Fabrocini (email@example.com)
7th Grade - Mrs. Androulakis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
8th Grade - Mrs. Sparno (email@example.com)
- District Head and Middle School Nurse - Mrs. Penn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Part-time nurse and RN - Mrs. Galow (email@example.com)
We are a Box Tops school! Even though Box Tops has gone digital, there are still some products out there that have unexpired traditional clips. If you see the traditional clip on the box, you can still get credit for those as long as they are not expired! Please have your student turn those in by the new main office and keep scanning your receipts!
Bergen County Mental Health & Community Support Resources
Please find a Bergen County Mental Health resource document (updated 11/17) 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.
Save the Date!
- 11/25 - Early Dismissal
- 11/26 & 27 - District Closed
- 11/30 - Report Cards available in Genesis
- 12/9 & 10 - Picture retakes (weather permitting)
- 12/17 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 PM
- 12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Recess
Next week's schedule:
Monday, 11/23: B Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
- Tuesday, 11/24: A Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
- Wednesday, 11/25: B Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 7-1, early dismissal schedule
- Thursday & Friday - no school