Washington Elementary Newsletter

March 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL STENLUND

Hello Washington Families!

On behalf of Washington Staff we are extremely excited to have students back in the building! K-1 students as well as 2nd and 3rd grade students have begun the hybrid model. Half of the students are in school Tuesdays and Thursdays, then the other half of the students are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please reach out to us if you have any questions about when your child comes to school for in-person learning. Students will be working from home and they will have PE, Music, Guidance from our counselors, and other academic activities to accomplish, please check with the Canvas or Seesaw pages for additional details.

Please know that we are following all state and district safety guidance so that all students and staff are safe when in school. Our staff has been working extremely hard at making sure the procedures are being followed by students and staff. We are very excited for our 4th and 5th grade students to begin Hybrid learning on March 16th. Remember that Spring Break is the week of March 22nd and we return back to school on March 30th.

Reach out if you have any questions! We are here to serve you!

Sincerely,

Mr. Stenlund, Principal, Washington Elementary

CHARACTER TRAIT OF THE MONTH - PATIENCE

The characteristic for the month of March is Patience

We will need to practice patience as we transition from CDL learning to Hybrid Learning.

Patience with our new schedules,

patience with all the new rules, expectations and...

patience with each other as we all navigate our way through this new learning experience.

ELEMENTARY HYBRID LEARNING START DATES

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has important information for elementary families in preparation for welcoming students back for in-person learning!

Students who participate in elementary multi-grade special programs will also transition to hybrid learning on March 2. These programs include Emotional Growth Centers (EGCs), developmental kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms, Developmental Learning Centers (DLCs), Life Skills Classrooms (LSCs), Social Communication Intervention Program (SCIP) and Educational Resource Centers (ERCs).

RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS DURING HYBRID LEARNING

Riding the school bus during hybrid learning

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 1

Students must be five years old on or before September 10


Register at your neighborhood school


What you need to bring with you:

Proof of age (birth certificate)

Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)

Immunization records

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IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER (IDT) APPLICATION WINDOW

MARCH 1-31, 2021

Please talk to school office staff if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE STUDENTS:

APPLY FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER MARCH 1 - 31, 2021

Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2021-2022 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2021.


IDT applications received after March 31, 2021 will not be considered.

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

Detailed information is available at:

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

Key dates for Salem-Keizer Public Schools

March 15 - K-12 Conferences

March 22-26 - Spring Break

March 2 - Hybrid Learning begins: grades K and 1

March 9 - Hybrid Learning begins: grades 2 and 3

March 16 - Hybrid Learning begins: grades 4 and 5

FREE GRAB-N-GO MEALS

Please check the Salem-Keizer District website for updates on Grab-n-Go Meals!

Link below - select "List of Sites"

Grab-N-Go meal sites across Salem and Keizer communities will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for school-based locations and 11 a.m to 1 p.m. for bus stop locations.


Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.


BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.



SCHOOL & BUS STOP

Grab-N-Go Meals are available at schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at bus stops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days at the locations listed below.


Go to this link for :

SCHOOLMESSENGER - NOTIFICATIONS

At the start of each school year, information from student registration forms is input into the student information database.


SchoolMessenger, the system the district uses to send out phone notification to parents, receives updated information from this database once each day.


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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