WHPS RLE Community School

October 16, 2020

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon,


Thank you for taking time to review the updates and information below. We will continue to share newsletters every other week and ongoing email updates for specific items as needed.


As shared by Superintendent Moore last week, we will continue our Remote Learning School (RLE) option for West Hartford families. Elementary students attending school in-person will shift from a hybrid to a regular school schedule on October 21. This change in "brick and mortar" school schedule will impact our online RLE staffing/schedule for specials (art, music, physical education) and World Language workshops, so please stay tuned for School Messenger email updates and updates from your classroom teachers next week.


Have a great weekend and stay safe,


Kerry Jones

Remote Elementary School Principal

Director of Elementary Education

WHPS Remote Learning Experience (RLE) School Website

Click the blue button above for our district website accessible in multiple languages through a translate feature.

UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Remote Learning Toolkit Pick-up

Remote Learning Toolkits for each Grade PreK-5 child are available for pick-up this Wednesday, 10/21 for families who were not able to pick-up these materials last week. Please make every effort to pick-up your child's toolkit as teachers will be assigning students work and using these materials in class.

Pick-up location is at Town Hall (entrance near the parking lot flagpole) on


  • Wednesday, October 21 from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.


In the event of inclement weather (rain or thunderstorm) we will cancel pick-ups and send an email that morning by 10:00. Families have shared feedback that an outdoor pick-up location is preferred.

We will schedule pick-ups later this fall for any additional needed materials to support student learning. Please note if you are in the PreK ELC you already have the materials you need.

Remote Learning Elementary (RLE) School Community Directory

Please click here for the Remote Learning Elementary (RLE) School Directory for 2020-2021 as of October 2.


We have new families who join our school each week. If you are a new family who would like to be added to the Directory or a family who has not yet completed the RLE Directory Survey, please complete by clicking here by October 23. Updates to the RLE Directory will be added and shared in the newsletter at the beginning of each month.


Please note that the RLE Directory will not include any student or family information without your permission or completion of the survey. If you wish to update information in the Directory, please contact Sarah_Falvey@whps.org in our RLE School Office by October 23.

Student Responsible Use of Technology

Click on the blue link above to eview these important technology expectations for students and families. As noted, students and parents/guardians should have signed off on these guidelines in Powerschool by 10/1

CURRICULUM

Veterans Day 2020

Students will be learning about Veterans Day during Morning Meeting on November 11. They will understand why we celebrate and honor veterans on this day. We will provide through asynchronous learning postings the opportunity for students to engage in oral history interviews with veterans in their lives and/or writing Thanksgiving letters to those currently serving in the military.

Grade 5 Human Growth and Development

Please read the information letter and reply to this form by October 30 to confirm your child's participation in Human Growth and Development lessons in December. Please contact Lisa Daly, Department Supervisor for Health and Physical Education at Lisa_Daly@whps.org with any questions.

Message from the West Hartford Public Library Outreach Committee

Hello West Hartford Community,


The West Hartford Public Library (WHPL) Outreach Committee would like to let you know of all the fantastic opportunities that await you at your local branch of our nationally recognized library!


With your WHPL library card you can:

  • Take out books that open up so many new worlds to you and spark your imagination! These are available in hard copy, ebooks and audio.
  • You can also download movies and series for viewing.
  • You can take advantage of our computer instruction, printing, copy, fax and scan availability.


Sign up for the eNewsletter to keep you up to date with all the wonderful opportunities that await right in your own backyard of our 3 branches – Noah Webster, Faxon and Bishops Corner.


All of this just by going to www.westhartfordlibrary.org. It's incredibly easy to obtain a WHPL library card.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ConnectEd: Strategies for Supporting Social-Emotional Wellness at Home

Please join us for a learning opportunity for all PreK-12 Parents and Caregivers of

West Hartford Public Schools.

What: A presentation by Parents and Educators/Clinicians from West Hartford Public Schools. "ConnectEd: Strategies for Supporting Social-Emotional Wellness at Home"

A discussion and opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about strategies for supporting emotional regulation, socialization, and academic success at home. The night will include a presentation and time for Questions & Answers.

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 7 - 8 PM

Who: All Parents and Caregivers of the West Hartford Public Schools are welcome.

See this link for more information

Elementary RLE Parent Meetings

Our next Principal Coffee Meet-Ups will be held on October 19 at both 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

Important note: See *NEW* unique links for these virtual principal coffees below which include both Google Meet links and call-in numbers. If you saved the old meeting links from the previous newsletter, please disregard and use these new links.


10:00 a.m. Principal Coffee Meet-up

Join by Google Meet: meet.google.com/btz-ndrg-vdy

Join by Phone

(‪US‬)‪+1 575-586-5356‬

PIN: ‪130 999 144#‬

5:00 p.m. Principal Coffee Meet-up

Join by Google Meet: meet.google.com/zbj-eipk-zop

Join by Phone

(‪US‬)‪+1 224-475-1942‬

PIN: ‪220 420 277#‬

Remote Learning Elementary (RLE) Community Parent-Teacher Council (rescheduled)

October 26 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join by Google Meet: meet.google.com/kiu-iztv-nwx

Join by Phone

(‪US‬)‪+1 304-790-6378‬

PIN: ‪523 597 592#‬


I apologize for the unanticipated technology issues we had with our initial Remote Learning Elementary (RLE) Community Parent-Teacher Council on Tuesday night this week which prevented us from meeting. The link was not accessible by all or accessible only by phone for some families. I recognize that many of you made special arrangements to attend. I will be in touch by email with those who expressed interest in participating on the Council or requested more information. Meeting rescheduled to October 26 with new links!


In the meantime, if you are interested in serving our school as a representative on the districtwide Parent-Teacher Council (PTC), please email Kerry_Jones@whps.org by Monday 9:00 a.m.. The first district PTC meeting is next week. Serving as a representative is a commitment of five Monday evening meetings (7-8 p.m.) this year plus attendance at our Remote Learning Parent-Teacher Council Meetings (anticipated 5 meetings this year).

CALENDAR & EVENTS

School Calendar

District Calendar 2020-2021


October

  • Monday, 10/19 Principal Coffee Meet-Up 10:00 am and 5:00 p.m. (see new links)
  • Wednesday, 10/21 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Remote Learning Toolkit Pick-up (*only for families who did not pick up items last week)
  • Friday, 10/30 RLE School Newsletter publication


November
  • Tuesday, 11/3 Election Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, 11/11 Veterans Day (Morning Meeting)
  • Friday, 11/13 RLE Newsletter publication
  • MONDAY, November 16-Friday, November 20 Parent-teacher conferences (modified school schedule AM only and PM virtual parent-teacher conferences; info forthcoming in separate communication)

Principal "Coffee" Meet Up

Monday, Oct. 19th, 10-11am

This is an online event.

Join Mrs. Kerry Jones, Principal, Remote Learning Coordinators and other staff to meet other caregivers and share your celebrations, questions, or concerns.


**UPDATED LINK**

Join by Google Meet: meet.google.com/btz-ndrg-vdy

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 575-586-5356‬

PIN: ‪130 999 144#‬

Principal "Coffee" Meet Up

Monday, Oct. 19th, 5-6pm

This is an online event.

Join Mrs. Kerry Jones, Principal, Remote Learning Coordinators and other staff to meet other caregivers and share your celebrations, questions, or concerns.


**UPDATED MEETING LINK**

Join by Google Meet: meet.google.com/zbj-eipk-zop


Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 224-475-1942‬

PIN: ‪220 420 277#‬

RESOURCES

Who are the teachers in our school?

The WHPS Elementary RLE School is comprised of professional elementary educators and support staff from across the district. Staff member names are posted to the district website: http://whps.org/remotelearning.

How do I contact the remote school office?

Our remote school office has a dedicated phone line for elementary and secondary schools (860) 561-6609. Please call that number to report absences or contact our office team with any questions or concerns.


Mrs. Angela Tokarz is the remote school secretary for both the elementary and secondary remote schools and can be reached at (860) 561-6609 or angela_tokarz@whps.org. Mrs. Sarah Falvey provides office support to the elementary remote learning school via the number above or email at sarah_falvey@whps.org.

WHPS Tech Tips

Click on the blue button above for Technology Tips from our Information Technology (IT) Services Office

Updated Contact Information and Technology Responsible Use Form needed

We need to be sure all parents/guardians update contact information and sign an electronic Student Responsible Use Guidelines Form for technology use through our Powerschool Parent Portal: https://www.whps.org/powerschool.


When you are signed into the PowerSchool parent portal, go to the Forms icon in the menu to access those forms. You will find a Contact Phone and Email form, an Emergency Contacts form as well as a Student Responsible Use Guidelines form.


Please see this New School Year information Tech Reminders for instructions on how to create and navigate your account in the portal.

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http://whps.org/remotelearning

Mrs. Kerry Jones, Principal & Director of Elementary Education

Mrs. Angela Tokarz, Remote School Secretary

angela_tokarz@whps.org

Mrs. Sarah Falvey, Remote Elementary School Office Support

sarah_falvey@whps.org