Weddle Elementary

October 2021

Fall Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences 2021

Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday 21

No School October 20 and 21 due to Conferences

Looking ahead To November:

5 - Spirit Day! Crazy Hair Day!

11 - Veterans' Day Holiday / No School

18 - Picture Retakes

24 - No School

25 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday / No School

26 - No School

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SAFE RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION

Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working to develop plans despite rapidly evolving data and shifting circumstances. We understand these plans will impact all of you, and we are committed to a thoughtful approach that is inclusive of students, parents, staff and the community.

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School board proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

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Reminders About Traffic Around Our School

It’s a new school year and a good time to share a few reminders about traffic around the school.

Students, parents, buses, staff and school neighbors all share the same travel routes through the neighborhood to and from the school. Peak travel times can create congestion and increase the need for safe and courteous travel practices.

Here are a few ways parents can help us create a safe, respectful and positive environment when driving near the school:



  • Please drive slowly. Remember, the speed limit in a school zone when lights are flashing is 20 miles per hour.
  • Please don’t park in neighbors’ driveways at any time, even if the driveway is open.
  • Don’t block streets, stop in intersections or crosswalks, and please obey crossing guards’ instructions.
  • Remind children to stop and look both ways before crossing streets, and to respect neighbors’ property – for example, don’t make shortcuts through neighbors’ yards.
  • When lining up to pick-up or drop-off students, leave at least three feet of space between your car and the nearest driveway opening.
  • Avoid lining up early for pick-up or drop-off to help minimize congestion.
  • Don’t drive in bus lanes, even if no buses are present.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

KEY DATES:

  • October 8: No school - Statewide Inservice Day
  • October 20-22: No School - Fall Conferences
  • October 31: Halloween 👻

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GUIDELINES FOR FACE COVERING

As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. All employees, students and visitors must continue to wear a face covering indoors, this includes sporting events.


All students, staff, volunteers and visitors are not required to wear face coverings outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to: athletic events, outdoor PE, outdoor music, recess and arrival & dismissal. Until additional updates are provided, all physical distancing and other related requirements still apply.


If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.

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For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines

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2021-22 MEAL PRICES: FREE!

Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

EDGE Student Meals

Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at your resident school daily from 8:00am to 8:45am in your cafeteria kitchen.

SAVE MILK!

If a student doesn’t want the milk, that’s okay! A student does not have to take a milk if they do not take an entrée.

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PANDEMIC FOOD BENEFITS INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

Oregon families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will get pandemic food benefits. This includes students that attend a school where all students eat meals at school for free, children in foster care, children of migrant workers and youth experiencing homelessness.

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SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH - You are not alone

As a Salem-Keizer Public School community, we have grown through some challenging times. We continue to have the opportunity to show up for each other. Pain is not always noticeable and someone experiencing emotional pain can often feel isolated. People who experience depression may appear angry, irritable, withdrawn, and/or quiet. If there is any concern, lean in, trust your instincts, and ask yourself, “is this behavior different for this person?” Your show of care and concern may help someone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Asking “are you thinking about suicide?” opens the door for a caring conversation about how someone might be hurting and how you might be able to support.

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PARENTSQUARE

We are excited to introduce ParentSquare, a new two-way communication platform that will streamline and improve communication with families and staff. It has the functions of both Remind and SchoolMessenger and will eventually replace both platforms. It also includes appointment scheduling options, which may be very helpful for conference sign ups.

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.


The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.


Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

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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.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.

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HOW DO I STAY CONNECTED?

Read our newest format of the school Newsletter via email, remind or on the school website!

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Download the free ParentSquare App on your phone. ParentSquare - Apps on Google Play

Check your email inbox. Update your email in ParentVUE if it's not accurate.