Corgi Tales

November 2022 #ourcorgitale

Message from Dr. Fay & Mrs. Henson

Crossroads Parents,


It seems like October absolutely flew by, but when looking ahead I think November is going to be the same. We have several very special events over the next few weeks: Veterans Day and our Thanksgiving Family Luncheon.


For both of these events we are allowing visitors into the building. We are needing everyone who visits our school, for either event, to enter the building with their driver's license in hand. This will assure that we are following our safety protocols and help us to make the process go smoothly. I thank you all in advance for helping us with this process. Be sure if you have a Veteran attending our assembly that they also know to bring their driver's license.


We look forward to both of these events and having them in person once again.


Have a great November!


Dr. Damian Fay & Mrs. Kristen Henson

damianfay@wsdr4.org

kristenhenson@wsdr4.org

Twitter:@Corgi_Tales

Instagram: crecorgi_tales

Just a glimpse of a few days in October!

We certainly do have a lot of fun here at Crossroads!

Message From Nurse Maddie

With the cold and flu season beginning, I wanted to take a minute to review on how to keep our students and staff safe and healthy! To prevent widespread illness in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if he/she experiences flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:


Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest if he/she exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or persistent cough

  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)

  • Headache

  • Mild stomach ache

DEFINITELY keep your child at home for treatment and observation with these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mouth)

  • Vomiting (even once)

  • Diarrhea

  • Chills

  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches

  • Congested (wet) or croupy cough

  • Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently

  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, Coughing or sneezing into their bent elbow, not their hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours (taking no medications for 24 hours to reduce fever). A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the antibiotic for 24 hours before being able to return to school. Often when a child awakes with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding to send him/her to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom. Thank you in advance for helping make the rest of this year at school as healthy as possible.

PTA Update!

PTA Update


Happy November Corgis! October was a busy month but it sure was a lot of fun!


We finished our big fundraiser, Raise Craze, last month and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! Our students completed 2,046 Acts of Kindness and raised $31,444. We met our goal and couldn't be prouder! The students had a great time at our closing ceremony watching Dr. Fay become a human sundae. Check out our Facebook page to see all of the photos. A big thank you all who worked so hard to make this fundraiser a success - we couldn’t have done it without you!


Thank you to everyone who came to our Post dining night last month! It was a huge success and a lot of fun. We hope to see you at Chipotle on November 15 from 4pm – 8pm for our next dining night. Come out to support our school. Don’t forget to tell them that you’re there with Crossroads!


Another highlight of the month was the arrival of spirit wear! Thankfully it arrived just in time for house family day. It was so much fun to see the kids walking around school that Monday, proudly wearing their new shirts. We sold even more a bit later in the month during our first Corgi Store. What a success! Thank you to everyone who helped with spirit wear and the store. It was a lot of work, but so much fun! If you are still interested in purchasing spirit wear, we do have some available. You can shop our store at:


https://crossroads-corgi-store.square.site/


After that, we turned our focus to bringing back Trunk or Treat. What a fun night! The trunks were incredible and the kids had a blast. And the line kept on going! If you weren’t able to join us, check out the photos on social media to see all of the fun. A big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the event, especially our social event chairs Kim LaBarge and Crystal Oats.


At the end of the month, we provided food during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you to all of the families who made contributions to help keep our teachers fed during these crazy days. We provided dinner on Wednesday evening and on Thursday, we provided breakfast, coffee and snacks to keep them going all day. We know how hard our teachers work for our students and we were happy to do what we could to support them during these busy times.


Veterans Day Assembly is Back!

On Friday November 11, Crossroads Elementary will once again be honoring our Veterans who have served, and continue to serve, our great country in person. We are thrilled to be back in person for this annual event. The students and staff will be hosting an assembly to honor our Veterans at 9:30 a.m., followed by a lunch. Please invite any Veterans in your students’ lives who might like to participate and ask that they RSVP by November 7 to us at creveteransday@gmail.com. We also invite you to attend along with them although we do ask that you try to keep the groups to immediate family only due to space constraints.


It takes a lot to make the day happen and we would appreciate anyone who wants to help. Please review the volunteer opportunities on our sign up genius linked below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A8AC29A0FD0-veterans


As a part of our assembly, we will have many different components to honor the Veterans. More information about all of these activities is below. Please participate in as many as you would like.


Student Essay Contest

We invite all students to submit essays on the topic, “Which branch of the Military is your favorite and why?" The essays are due November 4 and one student from each grade will be selected to read their essay at the assembly.


Wall of Honor Flag Display

We will be creating a Wall of Honor with flags colored by students as the backdrop. There is a blank flag template in the packet that was sent home. We are asking all students to color in the flag and return it to the office by November 4. Please make sure to include your name, grade, and a member of the service you would like to acknowledge, if any.


Salute to Veterans Video

A video of photos of Veterans by branch will be created and shown at the assembly. Please submit photos with their name and branch to brianafoster@wsdr4.org by November 4.


We look forward to this opportunity to honor Veterans and to share a deeper meaning of Patriotism with our students, as well as to continue this long-standing Crossroads tradition.

Stay tuned, we’ve got lots of fun events coming up!


11/8 – General PTA Meeting

11/11 – Veterans Day

11/15 – Chipotle Dining Night

12/13 – Corgi Store

12/14 – Sugarfire Dining Night

1/10 – General PTA Meeting

1/18 – Food Drive Begins


Keep an eye out for emails and social media posts for more information!


If you want to stay informed about the PTA, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.


Talk to you next month!


The Crossroads PTA

Child Nutrition

Meal charges resumed on the first day of school, August 22.


Breakfast K-12 ~ $1.95

Elementary Lunch K-5 ~ $3.00

Secondary Lunch 6-12 ~ $3.10

Reduced Price Meals

Breakfast ~ $0.30

Lunch ~ $0.40


Applications for free & reduced price meals are available here or at any school office. In an effort to assist families as we transition back to paid meals, the USDA has increased the income guidelines used to determine eligibility. Click here to see the income guidelines. If you believe your family would qualify for this program, please fill out an application. Applications can be returned by the following methods:

Returned to your child's school

Scan & email - marysanzottera@wsdr4.org

Fax - 636-327-3961

Mail - Child Nutrition Services, 101 Support Service Dr., Wentzville, MO 63385


If you have questions or need assistance filling out the application, please call our office at 636-327-3858 ext. 21330.

Arrival and Dismissal - Please Read Carefully

All of our car riders and our daycare van riders will go to the gym at the end of the day. Once in the gym, a staff member will call students’ names over the radio for them to come out to meet their vehicle. A staff member will escort students to each car.


PLEASE READ: We are no longer allowing parents to walk up to get their children. You will need to drive through the pick-up line.


We will be sending home lime green car tags with all students on their first day of school, 8/22. (They will also be available at Meet the Teacher night.) ***PLEASE USE A THICK MARKER TO FILL THESE OUT***


When you drive through the car lanes, please have the lime green car tag on your dashboard where we can see the names of your students. If you do not have the car tag, we will have to check your ID, radio the office, and wait for them to clear you before we can call your child out. As you can imagine, this will slow down the process for everyone.


A few other things to keep in mind with this process: Please remember, we do not accept dismissal changes after 3:00 pm. Also, our primary focus is student safety and 3:20 is a critical time when children can potentially get lost in the shuffle; it is imperative that we streamline the secretaries’ time to focus only on emergencies that arise. With that in mind, please understand that we will not permit access to the office after 3:20 to check out a student. Please plan accordingly so we aren’t caught in the position to have to tell you no.


Also, remember that you are responsible for calling in to change if your walker will become a car rider during the days with inclement weather. We will no longer be sending a text about rainy day dismissals.


The expectation is all parents will have the lime green car tags ready to go by August 29. If you have any questions or thoughts, please let us know.


Please review our arrival and dismissal maps below:


Arrival Map

Dismissal Map

General Information & Tips

Cafeteria Information

  • Link to Child Nutrition page on the WSD website
  • All meals will be eaten in the cafeteria
  • Breakfast served 8:20 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.

Buying Lunch

  • Students will enter a lunch pin number
  • Teachers have a card with the pin number on it for the first few weeks of school
  • Teachers will send home the pin number and a practice number pad

Bringing Lunch

  • Label all lunch bags
  • Send items students can open by themselves
  • Anything opened will be thrown away


Recess Information

  • Supervision is provided by our Noon Duty staff and classroom teachers
  • Dress for the weather
  • Label clothing items
  • Avoid parking along the playground
  • Visitors are not allowed at recess


Tips from the office

  • All adults visiting Crossroads must sign in at the office and obtain a visitors sticker
  • Please have your driver's license ready to sign in to our Raptor system.
  • When you arrive in a WSD building as a visitor, you will be asked to scan your ID, take a photo and complete the management system’s check-in process.

  • Raptor will screen the information against sex offender databases and locally customized lists of banned or potentially threatening individuals, instantly alert school officials to a threatening presence, and maintain a searchable log of all visitors.

  • Once approved, you will get a customized visitor badge to wear while in the building.

  • Call the office by 9:15 a.m. if your child is absent
  • If your child arrives after 8:35 a.m., please walk them into the office
  • Let the office know of any dismissal changes before 3:00 p.m.
  • Students cannot be checked out from the office after 3:15 p.m.
  • Be sure to update any changes to your contact information in the office


Parent Portal - FAQs

SIS Parent Portal

How do I make changes to my contact information and email address?
Parents may make changes through the parent portal for their email, telephone numbers and emergency contacts. Addresses must be changed in person with office personnel.


Can I call and give my email address over the phone?

Email addresses may not be added over the telephone with the office staff.


What if I have forgotten my Parent Portal password?

Your username is your email address, and you can choose forgot password.

Upcoming Dates

22-23 School Calendar

November 7

  • Picture Retake Day

November 8


  • PTA General Meeting at 7:00 PM

November 11



  • Veterans Day Assembly at 9:30 AM


November 14

  • Late Start

November 15


  • Thanksgiving Family Luncheon
  • Kindergarten 10:30-11:10
  • Grade 1 11:15-11:55

  • Grade 4 12:00-12:30
  • Grade 3 12:35-1:05
  • Grade 2 1:10-1:40
  • Grade 5 1:45-2:15


November 17
  • Wentzville School District Board of Education Meeting at 6:30 ( at Journey Elementary)

November 18


  • Corgi Chorus performs at Dardenne Prairie Tree Lighting Ceremony


November 23-25

  • No School for Thanksgiving Break

Substance Abuse Event

The District is co-hosting a Parent Informational Meeting about Substance Abuse on Nov. 9 at Liberty HS. This event is intended to help educate parents on some of the current drugs/substances that are circulating in our community, as well as, provide warning signs and supports available for students in need of help.

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Work for WSD

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WORK? ... The WSD is hiring a variety of full-time, part-time, and substitute positions to serve our students:


- - Before/After Care

- - Bus Drivers & Bus Aides

- - Child Nutrition

- - Custodians

- - Instructional Assistants

-- and more!

For information and to apply - Join our Team!

Student Birthdays at Crossroads

Please know when students want to celebrate a birthday during the school day with their classmates they are not allowed to bring in food items to share. Only non editable items can be brought in to share with classmates.


Also, students are not allowed to pass out birthday invitations through Crossroads. Please do not send any invitations in nor ask your child's teacher to email the class for you.


Thank you for your understanding.

You Shop, The School Gets Paid!

Did you know that when you shop on Amazon, it’s easy for Crossroads to get a small percentage from your purchase? All you have to do is shop through AmazonSmile instead of Amazon. Once you’ve set up your account, your shopping experience will be identical. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Crossroads Elementary PTA would be grateful to be the charity you choose. Go to smile.amazon.com to get started. Once you’ve set this up, it’s easy to set up your Amazon app to link to AmazonSmile as well.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Crossroads Elementary

7500 Highway N

O’Fallon, MO 63368

Phone: 636-625-4537

Fax: 636-625-4447


Damian Fay - Principal

damianfay@wsdr4.org

Kristen Henson - Assistant Principal

kristenhenson@wsdr4.org

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