Willow Creek Newsletter

February 26th, 2021

Schedule for the week

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Block Scheduling for Distance Learning

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Students will attend periods 1-4 on day 1 and 5-8 on day 2. (Please note that period 1 is Willow Creek's Advisory period. Students will not meet the entire hour). We will be incorporating a 4 day rotation for A and B day course offerings.


Also note that students will not be meeting with teachers during Target classes. Target is similar to a study hall. However, help is available via Google Meets using code: WCtarget.

Distance Learning + Supports

In-Person Support

We are able to allow students to enter the building to receive support from staff on a limited basis. If you are interested in your student receiving support in person, please contact their Counselor. Email links are below:

Jessica Olson - 6th Grade

Tracy Lund - 7th Grade

Dawn Johnson - 8th Grade


Virtual Supports

Willow Creek has several things in place to provide virtual support for your student during distance learning.


  • Support during Target hours by utilizing the Google Meets code: WCTarget.
  • Our Schoolwide open hour for students following their Advisory from 8:55 - 9:20 on day 1's. All teaching staff are available using the Google Meets codes attached here.
  • Please connect directly with Teachers and Counselors to set up further individualized supports in specific classes as well.

Conferences - March 4th

Willow Creek will again be hosting Virtual Conferences this Spring on Thursday March 4th. These will again include videos from each teacher at Willow Creek with information pertaining to their classes. We will also provide the opportunity for families to request a conference with their students’ teacher(s). Please look for more information in your email on March 4th at 3pm.

Willow Creek Virtual Book Fair - Feb. 26th - March 11th.

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from February 26-March 11.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:
https://www.scholastic.com/bf/willowcreekmiddleschool

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

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WC Afterschool Activities

New Community Education offerings start soon. Click the link to see this sessions offerings.

Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being Team

If you would like to touch base with our Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being Team, see the website here for more details. As always, please reach out to us with any questions.
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Yearbooks

Buy your full color, hard cover, 2020-2021 Willow Creek Middle School yearbook for just $33! Prices go up January 30th.


Click here to purchase!

Grade Level Weekly Student Planners

Attendance

If your student is going to be absent from school or class, please notify the office either by entering the absence into Skyward family access or calling our attendance line at (507) 328-5910.


*Please do not only notify a teacher of an absence. They do not have a way to excuse it in the Skyward system. Please route all absence reporting through the Main Office.

Remote Distance Learning Technical Support

Great News! RPS has announced a student and family Tech Support line to help solve technology issues that arise during distance learning. The support line is available Monday - Friday from 7am to 7pm. Give them a call at 1-800-789-0051.

COVID-19 Communications

What if I or my child are experiencing COVID symptoms?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided a Decision Tree for individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. To keep students and staff safe and healthy, Rochester Public Schools will follow this guidance to determine the length of time students will need to remain away from school when exposed or exhibiting symptoms. This exclusion guidance is designed specifically for schools and child care programs by MDH, therefore, these guidelines may differ from businesses or employers.


Prior to coming into a school building, students and staff should use the At-Home COVID Screening tool to determine if they are well enough to come to school that day. Individuals experiencing symptoms should remain home and talk to their health care provider about being tested for COVID-19. A Daily Symptom Monitoring Tool is available to help families track their child's symptom screening each day.


We understand that these are challenging times. The safety, security, and health of students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Curbside Library Pick-up

We are offering curbside library pick-up for students that would like to utilize the library. Please see the instructions below for the instructions on how to check out a book!
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This week’s Second Step® Lessons at Middle School

6th Grade - What Works Best for You?

In this week’s lesson, your child will practice choosing an emotion-management strategy that works best for them in a given setting. They’ll look at several different settings and pick a strategy they think will work for them.


Question

Discuss different scenarios that might happen at home or school where your child might need to use an emotion-management strategy. Talk through the scenarios and ask your child to share their thinking and reasoning with you.



7th Grade - Practicing Positive Self-Talk

This week, your child will practice a strategy called positive self-talk to help them reframe unhelpful thoughts.


Question

Ask your child to explain what “negativity bias” is. Share with each other one or more good things that happened today.



8th Grade - Changing Strategies and Getting Help

In this week’s lesson, your child will analyze stressful situations and decide if they need to change their strategy or get outside help to manage their stress.


Question

Tell your child about a time you needed help managing stress.

Parenteen Connect

ParenTeenConnect.org is a free resource for parents that provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

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For assistance in (your language), please call 328-5900

Para asistencia en español, por favor marque al 328-4241.

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