PRINCIPAL NEWS AND NOTES

DECEMBER, 2020

WHAT IS THIS SEASON ABOUT?

My morning announcement to students today:


We are heading into what many call the Season of Giving. Should we need a season to give to others? There are those that are less fortunate and always in need of something. It's never to late to learn the importance of giving and paying it forward. It's not how much you can give, but how much love you put into giving.


We are in the last month of the year. It has been a year of different challenges, pain, loss, frustration, and uncertainty for many, if not all of us. With all of that, we're still here. Fortunate to start each day with a grateful heart. As you look back on the year, look past the negatives to see the good that happened in your life. The "things" you did not have to go without, your needs that were met. As you think of those things, consider giving to someone that went without this past year. Give back, pay it forward. In the words of Samuel Walter Foss, author of The House By the Side of the Road, "Let me live in a house by the side of the road and be a friend to man."

LOVE, PEACE AND BLESSINGS IN THE NEW YEAR

MAKE THE HOLIDAYS MERRY AND BRIGHT FOR EXTON FAMILIES

Holiday Giving Tree at Exton Elementary School 2020

We are having our annual “Giving Tree” at Exton Elementary school this year to fulfill holiday wishes for our families at Exton. The tree will be filled with ornaments indicating the wish the family has requested.

The tree will be up and ready, tomorrow, December 4, 2020. If you would like to fulfill a wish, adults may take an ornament from the tree in the vestibule and print name on sheet with the coordinating number of the gift. Pease giftwrap the present and return it to the office on or before Monday, December 14, 2019. Please be sure to attach the original ornament gift tag, so that we can match your gift to the correct family.

Thank you for your generosity

&

Holidays to you and your family!

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REPORT CARD TIME

The end of the trimester was yesterday, December 2nd. Report cards will be visible on the Parent Portal on December 17th. Families will receive an auto dial message that they are available for viewing. Below is a recap of how to understand report cards.


  • Grades K-2 - WCASD utilizes standards-based reporting. Each child will receive a 1, 2, 2+, 3, or 4 for each standard addressed this trimester. N/A means that the standard has not yet been assessed. This year, your child may also receive N/A if we do not have enough data/information to accurately assess your child. Please remember the goals are end of year standards/expectations. In December, you may see many 2’s and some 1’s which is appropriate for this time of year. The expectation is that students meet the standards with a 3 by the third and final report card in June. In addition, please know that 4’s are rare to receive, even at the end of the school year. For a child to reach that level, he/she is performing significantly and consistently above the standard expectations.


  • Grades 3-5 - WCASD utilizes numeric grades (45-100) that correspond to letter grades (A, B, C, F) for core subjects. Please know that standard grading (1, 2, 3, 4) does not correlate to a letter grade. Teachers utilize various assessments and assignments to determine an overall grade. Parents are encouraged to stay abreast of progress via Parent Portal over the course of the entire trimester. Click here to set up parent portal weekly emails if you have not already done so. This will help you stay on top of your child's grades.


  • Learning support students and reading support students will receive progress reports at the same time that report cards go live on Parent Portal in December.


  • LRBS- Learning Related Behaviors are assessed for all students: (NI) needs improvement, (P) progressing, or (DC) demonstrates consistently (DC). This year, your child may receive N/A if there is not enough data/information to accurately assess the LRB.


  • Special Area Subjects for grades K-5, we utilize standards-based reporting as noted above for K-2.

ABSENCE NOTES

You should have received an email from Dr. Leigh Ann Ranieri, informing parents that the district will start accepting parent notes via email for students who are absent from school. An original signature is not required. The email address must be registered in Power School and will be verified by the attendance secretary when the note is received. Parents can still choose to submit notes in paper form within five school days of the absence. The email needs to be sent directly to the building attendance secretary (KNagorny@wcasd.net), not through Schoology or Seesaw. Phone calls will not be accepted as documentation of a student’s absence. This will go into effect starting December 14, 2020 and will remain in place until otherwise notified.

NEED TECH SUPPORT?

If/when your student experiences issues with technology, who you gonna reach out to?

Tech Support @ Home – WCASD website with important information:

· Schoology / Seesaw Support

· Laptop / iPad Support

· Additional Resources

If there is an issue with your 1:1 device please email EXEtech_support@wcasd.net.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS NOT FEELING WELL

Do the Daily Home Screening checklist with your child every day, and follow the guidelines for keeping sick children home.

https://www.wcasd.net/cms/lib/PA02203541/Centricity/Domain/6199/How%20to%20Screen%20Your%20Child%20for%20COVID-19%20Symptoms.pdf


Contact your health care provider if your child has symptoms.


Contact the nurse’s office if your child or another person in the household is getting a test for Covid-19. Keep your child home if he/she is waiting for test results or if your child has a known exposure to someone who tests positive for Covid-19.


Nurse: Polly Stavely - 484 266-1406, PStavely@wcasd.net

EXPRESSIONS OF EQUITY

The Equity Team and several staff members embarked on a book discussion that is sure to help in our professional growth in the area of providing an anti-racist school environment for students. The featured book is, Unconscious Bias In Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism.


Unconscious Bias in Schools describes the phenomenon of unconscious racial bias and how it negatively affects the work of educators and students. Through personal anecdotes and real-life scenarios, Tracy A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman provide an essential roadmap for addressing these issues directly. They draw on literature on change management, leadership, critical race theory, and racial identity development to provide guidance for creating conditions necessary to do this work - awareness, trust, and a "learner's stance."


Check out another good read aloud below.

Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester

RETURN TO HYBRID INSTRUCTION


STUDENTS RETURN DECEMBER 14TH

COHORT A

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU BACK IN THE BUILDING!