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Principal's Desk

Wayside Family,

We are excited for the beginning of the school year. This newsletter is packed full of information to help prepare you for the first day of school, August 20th. Please take some time to view the video links below that explain first day procedures, schedule information, as well as how students can get logged into their Canvas account to engage with your classes.

We look forward to getting to see all of you soon!


John Fahey


**Video below gives information about picking up athletic attire for Blues/Greys night next week. Those dates have been postponed at this time. More details will come out next week.

Wayside Welcome 20 21
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We are asking that you log into your SSO and canvas before day one. Watch this video for how to do that!

How To Log In First Day

Our teachers couldn't wait to introduce themselves. Click the links below for their videos.

to start the videos just click on the white arrow inside the blue circle at the top of the screen

6th grade

7th grade

8th grade

How to access all the learning platforms

By using the SSO you have one easy access to all of the platforms needed to be successful this year. Click here for a short video.

Overview of SSO, O365, and Canvas for Students and Families

This video is an overview of three of our main distance learning platforms – Single Sign-On, Office 365, and Canvas. Please click here to go to that video


Bell Schedule

Our bell schedule changed to four minute passing periods. Please click the link below to find the bell schedules.


Laptop Distribution Information

If you missed the grade level laptop pickup this week, you still have an opportunity. There is no sign up needed prior to pick up.

  • All Grades - August 17th from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

To help with pick up please follow the following guidelines:

  • All laptops will be picked up in the front of the school
  • Please wear a face mask when coming up to the campus
  • Students will need to log onto the laptop before they can take it home
  • Student username is their ID number. Their password is first initial (capital), last initial, and birth date i.e. UN: 000111 PW: Jf041408
  • Please allow for 5 - 7 minutes to get your laptop set up
  • Once computer has logged on, student may take the laptop and a charger home.

"I have a computer, will it work for Remote Learning?"

EMSISD Remote Instruction is going to depend on Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams and Canvas as the primary applications for instruction and interaction with teachers. All students are provided a Microsoft 365 account. A computer or tablet needs to support Office 365 applications, the operating system and have a method to connect to the internet. For best results your device should have the following.


Desktops: Windows, Mac OS X,

Laptops: Windows, Mac OS X,

Tablets: iPad – 5th, 6th, and 7th Generation, Windows tablets except Windows RT

Operating Systems

Windows: 10, versions 1803, 1809, 1903, 1909 (Windows 10 S is not supported at this time) Mac OSX: 10.13, 10.14, 10.15 iOS: 12, 13


Windows: Intel x86 (32 or 64 bit) Mac OSX: Intel-based models iOS: Any

Memory (RAM)

Windows: Minimum 4 GB recommended - Mac OSX: 2 GB (4 GB recommended) iOS: 1 GB (2 GB recommended)

Minimum Screen Size - 9.5 inches for Tablets – 13 inches for laptops

Minimum Screen Resolution - 1024 x 768 for all devices

Keyboard - ** Physical keyboard required for assessments with essays. Wired keyboard and mouse are strongly recommended.

Back To School Information

This link provides lots of helpful information including transportation, nutrition and immunization information.

School Supply List

Click here for a link to the Wayside School supply list. This site also allows you to order directly from the site. Also, each student will be required to have a mask and have their own headphones or earbuds.
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Join Wayside's PTO

our time & resources will support the school, students, & teachers. Membership forms are available in the office or via the link. Please return completed forms to the front office, & your membership card(s) will be sent home with your student.

Upcoming Events

August 20th First Day of School

August 25th Virtual Open House (Details Coming Soon)

September 7th Labor Day Holiday (Student & Staff Holiday)