Faye Wright Falcons
January Monthly Newsletter
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A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL COYLE
I hope that the holiday season was safe and rejuvenating for your family. As we start 2022, we are excited to welcome all our students back and we look forward to continue serving you through the remainder of the school year.
The start of school after a significant time away, like winter break, provides a good opportunity to re-establish a focus on school expectations and learning. We will be spending time during this first week back, reviewing expectations with students in all settings of the building, reminding them what it means to be safe, respectful, and responsible. We’ve also welcomed several new students into our school since September, so this is a great opportunity for everyone to be on the same page. I am so proud of how our students have adjusted to being back in school full time, and I can’t wait to see the growth that they demonstrate over the full course of this school year.
At the end of this month, we have another round of parent-teacher conferences. This is a great chance to check in with your child’s teacher and celebrate successes as well as set new goals. All students will be completing the winter benchmark assessments in both reading and math, so we’ll have updated information that shows progress your student is making. We also want to remember that making up for lost time in person cannot happen overnight – it takes time – but it will happen. All of our staff are committed to supporting students and families on this journey and doing whatever is necessary to help students achieve their full potential.
Wishing you all the best that 2022 has to offer!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE IMPORTANT DATES!
Monday, January 3rd - Return to school from Winter Break
Tuesday, January 11th - PTC Meeting 6pm (watch for link soon)
School Board Meeting 6pm (see District website)
Monday, January 17th - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, January 18th - School Board Meeting 6pm (see District website)
Thursday, January 20th - Special Education Parent Listening Session 6pm (see District website)
Tuesday, January 25th - K-5 Vision Screening
School Board Meeting 6pm (see District website)
Monday, January 31st - Conferences - NO SCHOOL for students
Tuesday, February 1st - Conferences - NO SCHOOL for students
DO NOT SEND AN ILL STUDENT TO SCHOOL
Please call the school office between 7a - 3:30p at (503) 399-3198 to notify us if your student is ill. The decision tree below gives examples of when your student should not be in school.
If your student's symptoms are related to a chronic condition, contact the school and follow school policies for chronic condition management.
If it is after office hours and your child will be absent due to illness, please call our Absence Reporting Line at (503) 399-5503. Leave a detailed message with your student's first and last name, their student ID number if you have it, the date they will be absent, and exactly what symptoms your student has. Someone may be calling you for more information if needed.
To help protect all students, please notify the school if your child is diagnosed with any of these diseases: chickenpox, COVID-19, diphtheria, E. coli, diarrhea, hepatitis, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, salmonella, scabies, shigellosis, tuberculosis, or another disease as requested. The school will protect your private information as required by law. [OAR 333-019-0010].
With consent, the school nurse may consult with your doctor about your student's health in order to keep your student safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
If your student falls into the 10-day quarantine section, please contact the office so that we can excuse these absences and communicate with your student's teacher. Their teacher will then reach out to you regarding school work that can be done at home during this time.
Thank you for helping us keep our school safe!
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HEAD LICE
Please review the following information regarding head lice and how you can help reduce an outbreak in our school. Please contact our office if you have found head lice on your student. Thank you for your help!
Each year, we are required to conduct a lockdown drill within the first two weeks of the start of the school year, as well as a second lockdown drill within two weeks after returning from winter break. Please know we are not trying to scare students and these drills will not be a simulation of a threat. We do want students to take the drills seriously so they are familiar with lockdown routines and procedures. Part of the drill will be practicing a shelter-in-place procedure. This means students will practice moving to the safest location in their classrooms. These drills are helpful for any circumstance. In the event of any potential hazard, it is useful for us to practice lockdown drills, just like fire drills and earthquake drills. If you ever have any safety concerns, or notice any gaps in our security, then please let us know. As parents, you have a valuable perspective that can help us improve our safety procedures.
- Every Wednesday is a one hour late start. Student school hours are 8:50am until 2:20pm every Wednesday.
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday student school hours are 7:50am until 2:20pm.
- If your student is sick, please keep them home and communicate their symptoms as soon as possible to our office staff. Please review the DO NOT SEND AN ILL STUDENT TO SCHOOL section above.
- 2pm is the cutoff time for early pick-up before the 2:20pm dismissal. Please make arrangements accordingly.
- If you have not signed up for ParentSquare, please do so as soon as possible by clicking this link: ParentSquare. All school and district communication will take place through ParentSquare.
- If your student forgets their facemask, we will provide them one at the school.
- Please encourage your student to bring a water bottle to school every day!
VISITING OUR SCHOOL
Students Leaving Early: If you need to pick up your student from school early please call the office at (503) 399-3198 when you are on your way so that we can have your student ready to go. 2pm is the cutoff time for early release due to end of the day dismissal at 2:20pm, so please make arrangements accordingly. You will need to come to the front entrance and ring the buzzer to the left to sign your student out. Please bring your ID with you as well.
IMPORTANT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
- There is no adult supervision on our campus until 7:35a on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 8:35a on Wednesdays. If you need to drop your student off earlier than that, please be advised that there is no supervision.
- When dropping your student off by car, please pull forward completely before allowing your students to exit the vehicle. We have staff members outside to assist, so please feel free to stay in your vehicle and we will help as needed. This will help the long line of vehicles trying to drop off their student move much quicker.
- REMINDER - Please do not drop students off in the bus lane in front of the school by the road. This is a safety precaution and will be strictly enforced.
- Doors open in the morning at 7:40a (8:40a on Wednesdays) for students to pick up breakfast from the cafeteria or go straight to class. Please remind your student to enter through the front doors if they are eating breakfast at school.
- Students who are not in their classroom by the time the 7:50a/8:50a bell rings will be marked as an Unexcused Tardy.
- We begin dismissing students promptly at 2:20p each day. Traffic tends to back up when cars arrive too early, so we ask that you plan to pick up by car no earlier than 2:20p.
- If you are planning to walk and pick up your student, please check in with our staff at the north end of the building on the grassy hill.
- If you want your student to walk home with a sibling, friend, or unaccompanied, let us know and we will dismiss them through the cafeteria.
SPEAK TO OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Our weekend food program has started and bags will be sent home with student's every Friday! If you have not already done so, please reach out if you are interested. If you have signed up, please check your student(s) backpack every Friday. Weekend food will go home on Thursday if there is no school on Friday.
IMMUNIZATION EXCLUSION DAY IS FEBRUARY 16, 2022
OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE FOR YOUTH
Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.
Click the link for more information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage: https://healthcare.oregon.gov/Pages/find-help.aspx
CONTACTING WRIGHT ELEMENTARY AND OTHER IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
All school and district communication will take place through ParentSquare. Please see the ParentSquare link in the IMPORTANT REMINDERS section above if you have not signed up yet. Please continue to call our office or Absence Reporting for anything that has to do with your student's attendance.
Fax: (503) 391-4090
Absence Reporting: (503) 399-5503