Walsh Wolf News

September 2021

School Happenings

Happy September! Thank you for an amazing first few weeks. We thank you so much for your courage, strength, perseverance, and patience as we navigate welcoming all of our students back.

As a reminder school starts at 8:20. We love to see kids lined up on the blacktop by 8:15. Students are welcome to come eat free breakfast from 7:45 on. Additionally, we gather every Friday on the blacktop for a schoolwide pledge and to recognize our Wonderful Walsh Wolves. You are always welcome to attend.

We ask that you continue to monitor your child's health and keeping them at home when they are sick. Please call in any absences 201-6500 extension 2. This communication piece is very important.

Lunch is also offered free of charge. Each lunch includes a salad and most recently students have had blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. YUM! In attempt to stress good nutrition, we are asking you NOT to bring fast food when you drop off lunch. If you don't have time to prepare a meal-no worries-they can have our school lunch. We also have healthy breakfast snacks to offer students. If students bring their own snacks, please encourage your student to bring a healthy snack and avoid bagged chips and candy. What we eat directly affects how we feel and how we learn.

APEX Fundraiser is back. We had an amazing time with our Apex team raising money for Walsh and doing our Remix Dance while online last year. This year we will have "Mystic" Mike come kick off the week of learning about being a leader and the importance of physical activity on the 14th. The final event will be an outdoor fun run during the school day on the 23rd. All of the money raised will help support our teachers and students in many different ways. Look for more information next week!

Parent Square This unified communications platform is designed to keep parents and guardians informed and encourage greater engagement and connection with Morgan Hill Unified School District. It provides a safe way for district administrators, school principals, teachers, staff, and parents to:

  • Send and receive school and class information

  • Share pictures and files

  • See calendar items

  • Sign up to volunteer

  • Schedule parent-teacher conferences

  • and much more . . . all in one centralized place!

Parents—Getting Started Video

We will continue to use Class Dojo while we transition to this new communication method.

Mark your calendars

Sept 6th-No school-Labor Day

Sept 9th-Picture Day

Sept 14-School Site Council Meeting @3pm-The School Site Council (SSC) is intended to be a decision-making body that represents all stakeholders of the school community. The school principal, teachers, other school personnel, parents and students (secondary level) make up this group.

Sept 14-Back To School Night

Sept 15-Home and School Club Meeting-learn about volunteer opportunities and our upcoming events. Astronomy Night is coming.

Sept 21-ELAC meeting-The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs.

COVID Exposure Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a student in my son/daughter's class has Covid?

All classmates are considered close contacts. Since the students are masked indoors the email will state that students may continue to come to school but should get tested the day of the exposure notice and 5 days later if they do not have any symptoms. If your child has any symptoms please keep them at home and call us.

Can my child attend extracurricular activities if he or she is exposed?

No, the student may attend school but all after school activities are suspended until the student takes a covid test on day 5 after exposure or may attend on day 8 of exposure if no test has been administered.

How will I be contacted?

An email will be sent to the email that we have on aeries. The letter will be in English and Spanish. Please scroll down to read the letter in Spanish. Please make sure we have your current email.

What is the school doing to keep our students safe?

We continue to follow our district safety policies to minimize exposure. Students are required to wear masks while in class at all times. We are cleaning high touch surfaces such as bathrooms, handles and desks. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles and we have both water fountains and our filtration system for them to refill throughout the day. Teachers have hand sanitizer, extra masks and have allowed time in the instructional day for handwashing.

Check out the what you need to know about MHUSD's approach to a safe 2021-2022 school year! The Reopening Booklet can be found HERE.

Creating a Caring Walsh Community!

Social and emotional learning is happening every day at Walsh! Every Tuesday and Thursday students are engaged in school-wide social and emotional learning to help them get adjusted to the rhythm of school.

Social and emotional learning is where young people acquire and apply the knowledge skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships and make responsible and caring decisions.

Our Walsh students are practicing and learning about self-awareness, self-management, honesty, respect, how to ask for help, how to build a community, and how to manage their emotions.

Here is are the lessons our Walsh community participated in this week.

Wellness Centers

There are four Wellness Centers throughout the district that will serve all of our 8,500 young people, In order to meet those needs, flexible hours will be offered, including Saturday hours, multiple resources, and opportunities to connect with community agencies to extend supports beyond the Center. They will provide a menu of services that will include short-term therapy, check-in & out, restorative justice practices, small group sessions, mind & body wellness, mindfulness workshops, and meditation.

Wellness Center is to create a safe and welcoming space on a school campus that will offer mental health support, healing from trauma, social-emotional wellness, and connections to local community agencies and other service providers that will support our young people, families, staff, and community.

Information about the Wellness Centers are available on the District Website: https://www.mhusd.org/departments/educational-services/wellness-center.

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Congratulations to the following teachers that are recipients of $500 through their adopt a classroom program. Teachers were chosen to help grade level moves, providing support to all students and being team players.

Senida Burns*Erin Andrews*Samantha Seacrist*Sarah McDonald*Lori Shoemaker*Katie Cahill