WRMS Weekly Update

February 19, 2021

School Health Information

According to the COVID-19 Regional Risk Matrix, Bergen County has now been identified as a “orange/high risk” region, which requires public schools to follow new protocols. Below is updated and 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

  • 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.


OUT OF STATE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Traveling Out of State:

    • Families traveling to an area on the NJ travel advisory list will be required to have their child(ren) quarantine for 14 days upon their return to NJ.

    • Please notify your building administration if you will be traveling to such an area so that your child can be set up for temporary remote instruction.

  • 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

Each day your student is in-person, please make sure they bring each of the following with them:


  • 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

Yearbook & 8th Grade Ads

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


New this year - 8th grade ads! Please see the flyer for more information on how to create and order your ad. Ads are due by April 2nd!

Girls volleyball

We are excited to announce that we will be able to have a girls volleyball team this year! Registration is now open on Family ID. This is a doc that has instructions and useful resources to assist families in the registration and medical clearance process. Tryouts start on March 15th. We will share information about a preseason meeting with the coach shortly, but registration is open to families now.

Coat Drive

The National Junior Honor Society is hosting a coat drive from February 17- March 3 that benefits One Warm Coat, an organization that delivers free coats to people in need.


The NJHS has arranged for 6 drop-off locations to donate new or gently used coats at.


WASHINGTON TWP:

- Little Chef (in Town Center)

- Washington Twp Public Library


WESTWOOD:

- WRMS (old entrance)

- Mount Everest

- Huntington Learning Center

- Westwood Public Library


If you have any questions please email Mrs. Adams. Brianne.Adams@wwrsd.org

Broadcasting Games

We will be broadcasting our home basketball games! The link will be available on our YouTube channel just before gametime. Please visit our WRMS Athletics page - Broadcasting Games, for more information!

8th Grade Design Your Class Apparel Contest

Deadline for entries has been extended to Monday!


8th grade parents, please check out this flyer with information about the 8th Grade Design-Your-class Apparel Contest. Please send entries to middleschoolpso@wwrsd.org.

PSO Information

The PSO is kicking off the spring fundraiser with Meadow Farms. This is an online fundraiser, so please see the flyer on how to setup your account. Start date is 2/17 and ends 3/12. If you wish to have a brochure please pick up on in the main office. Thank you!



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!

2021 WWRSD has heART

We are thrilled to announce that the Art Department will be, once again, organizing the annual WWRSD has heART event! Submissions are due by February 26th! Please visit their website for more information.

Incoming 9th Grade Orientation Video

Hello 8th Grade students and parents! My name is Mr. Connelly, proud principal of Westwood Regional High School! We are excited to welcome you to our high school family in September. Please see the following link for our Incoming 9th Grade Orientation. All Pictures/videos are from before the Pandemic! If at any time you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Please follow us on facebook and twitter!

High School Website: https://www.wwrsd.org/o/westwood-hs

High School Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wwrhs/

High School Twitter: https://twitter.com/WestwoodRegHS

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.


Important Reminders

Pre-ordered Lunches

Friendly reminder that all lunches must be pre-ordered through our online system PaySchools Central. We cannot accept phone calls or messages. Thank you!

Please Dress Warmly!

We still want to be able to take our students outside and leave windows open as much as possible. Please make sure your students are dressed appropriately so that they can be comfortable. Layers are highly recommended!

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:

Attendance & All Remote/Hybrid Status

We have a number of students who are missing one or two classes during the course of a remote day. Please be proactive in communicating with Mrs. McDonough and your student's assistant principal (below) if this is a planned absence or technical issues. Our assistant principals will be reviewing each student's attendance to ensure students are attending class when they should be, and discipline may be assigned accordingly.


Also, if you would like to transition your child from all remote to hybrid or from hybrid to all remote, please email your student's assistant principal:


Grade 6: michael.corso@wwrsd.org

Grade 7: barry.albert@wwrsd.org

Grade 8: michael.attanasio@wwrsd.org

Kindergarten Registration

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!

Bergen County Mental Health & Community Support Resources

Please find a Bergen County Mental Health resource document (updated 2/8/21) 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.

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.


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...


  • 2/22 - 8th Grade Apparel Contest entries due
  • 2/25 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • 2/26 - WWRSD has heART submissions due
  • 3/12 - Meadow Farms orders due
  • 3/15 - Volleyball tryouts begin
  • 3/17 & 3/18 - Picture Retakes, 11-2 (weather permitting)
  • 3/18 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • 3/19 - Quarter 3 Progress Reports available in Genesis
  • 3/24 & 3/25 - Picture Retakes (rain date)
  • 3/29 - 4/2 - No School


Upcoming schedule:


  • Monday, 2/22: A Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
  • Tuesday, 2/23: B Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 1-5, lunch, 6-7
  • Wednesday, 2/24: A Day, Group 1 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
  • Thursday, 2/25: B Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1
  • Friday, 2/26: A Day, Group 2 in-person, periods 7-3, lunch, 2-1