Werner Weekly

August 19, 2022

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar
  • Aug. 30: 5th grade Orientation Meeting, 5:30-7:00 pm, Gym
  • Sept. 6: Kindergarten Orientation, 5-6 pm
  • Sept. 7: 1st grade Orientation, 5-6 pm/ 3rd grade Orientation, 6-7 pm
  • Sept. 8: 4th grade Orientation, 5-6 pm/ 2nd grade Orientation, 6-7 pm
  • Sept. 16: NO SCHOOL, Staff Work Day
  • Sept. 21: Picture Day
  • Sept. 23: Fall Fun Festival, 4:30-7:00 pm
  • Sept. 24: Werner Jazz Cat Choir @ Colorado Rockies Game
  • Sept. 30: Community Football Classic @ Canvas Field, 7-9 pm

NEWS FROM WERNER

Werner Spirit Gear Drive-Open until August 29

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Werner Jazz Cat Choir-Begins August 23

It’s choir time! Hello and welcome to a new school year. This year will be filled with fun and exciting experiences for your student. One of those experiences could be choir!

I believe that music is an essential part of a child’s education and teaches them how to be creative, use self-expression, become critical thinkers, and learn how to work well with others. Choir will also introduce students to new cultures and experiences. Being an active participant in music will build confidence that can last a lifetime.

If you are in 4th or 5th grade and love to sing and have a good time with friends, please consider joining the Werner Jazz Cats Choir. I believe that everyone who wants to be in choir should be and I will welcome anyone who is committed and enthusiastic about learning and being a part of this team.

Choir rehearsals will be once a week on Tuesday mornings from 7:40 – 8:40 in the music room. Our first rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 23rd.


To join choir please fill out this google form, or scan the QR code above.

Save the Date- Werner Choir @ Colorado Rockies Game-Sept. 24

The Werner Jazz Cats Choir have been selected to sing at the Colorado Rockies Game on September 24th.

We will be a part of the Colorado Rockies Fall Choir Day including 200-400 elementary students from around Colorado.

Report time for the students will be an hour before the game (approx. 5:00) at a designated location inside the ballpark.

Everyone (including your choir student) will need a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at www.rockies.com/CHOIR. The website is updated and ready for you to purchase tickets!

There is a specific button for Werner, and each ticket purchased through our school’s button will include a $2 kickback to Werner Elementary.

Feel free to invite all your family, friends and neighbors! We would love to see the entire school community and beyond supporting our choir and enjoying the game!

Back-to-School Parent Orientation Meetings

Classroom Teachers will host Back-to-School nights on the following dates/times:


  • Aug. 30- 5th grade/Eco Trip Info @ 5:30-7:00 pm, Werner Gym
  • Sept. 6- Kindergarten @ 5:00 pm

  • Sept. 7- 1st grade @ 5:00 pm and 3rd grade @ 6:00 pm

  • Sept. 8- 4th grade @ 5:00 pm and 2nd grade @ 6:00 pm


The purpose of these times is to orient parents to the grade level curricular program and expectations. We look forward to seeing you attend these important nights. These meetings are for parents only.

IMPORTANT HEALTH REMINDERS FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed childcares to be vaccinated against certain diseases, unless an exemption is filed. Please provide an updated immunization record to us or complete an exemption.


Exemptions

There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption:

  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider OR
  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.
  • Parents of students in grades K‐12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must file one annually.
  • Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.


Downloadable Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption:

English | Spanish (Español) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) | Arabic (عربى) | Korean (한국어) | Chinese (中文) | Russian (русский) | Somali (Soomaali)


Health Concerns

Your child is unique. Please give us the details that will help us be of assistance to your child at school. If he/she has a health concern, contact your school nurse or health technician.

Information you provide will be reviewed by the school nurse and a Health Care Plan may be

developed.


Medication at School

All medication given at school, whether doctor prescribed or over the counter, must be

accompanied by the PSD Authorization to Administration Medicine form (available on the PSD website under the Parent tab, Health Services), signed by both the parent/guardian and the physician. Medication must be provided and brought to school by a parent, in the original

prescription bottle or over the counter container. Pharmacists may provide you with two

bottles if you ask them to label one for school use. If medication changes or medication is

discontinued during the school year, please have the child’s doctor fax us the new or correct

orders.


Authorization for medication administration MUST BE COMPLETED YEARLY and health care

plans updated annually.


Last tip on school meds: PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE MEDICINE YOU SEND FOR USE AT SCHOOL HAS NOT EXPIRED.


Phone Numbers

It is important that we have your home and work phone numbers, as well as emergency

contact(s) and phone numbers(s). Should your child become ill or hurt while at school, we

MUST be able to reach you. If changes occur during the school year, please notify the school

office.


Thank you!

Jenny Whetsell

(970) 488-5550 or jwhetsel@psdschools.org


Lynne Ryan, RN

(970) 556-5908 or eryan@psdschools.org

School Lunch and Fee Payment Information

Paying for school fees and/or lunches is easy using SchoolPay. Below is the link for signing your student up, paying fees and/or adding funds to your student’s meal account.


PSD offers an easy and secure way to make payments to your child’s school on-line with a credit/debit card for fees and other charges as well as your child’s meal account through the District’s payment portal, SchoolPay.* The Pay Fees/Charges web page has information and instructions on paying fees and other charges online or go directly to the SchoolPay website.

Fees may also be paid in person at your child's school, paying with cash or check.


Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Drop-Off Procedures

  • School begins at 8:50 am. Students may arrive no earlier than 8:30 am.
  • Make sure students are prepared to immediately exit with their backpack, etc.
  • Students should exit the passenger side of the car if dropped off in Drop-Off Lane.
  • Keep pulling forward in the drop-off lane until you get near the front entrance.
  • Students will proceed directly to the classroom door and may leave their backpack and go play on the playground.
  • Breakfast will be available in the cafeteria and students will go through the office to access cafeteria. Breakfast begins at 8:30 am.
  • Parents may walk their students up to the building if they need assistance (please park in appropriate areas). If you need to assist your very young child out, please park in south parking lot, or along surrounding streets (Roma Valley, Highcastle, or Mail Creek)
  • Students arriving after 8:50 will need to enter through the main office.
  • If your student rides their bike, please remind them to walk it while on school grounds.


Pick-Up Procedures:

· Students are dismissed at 3:28 p.m.

· Students will walk out exterior classroom door to where you have agreed to pick them up (Pick-Up Lane in South Parking Lot, Highcastle Lane parking area, Roma Valley Lane, Mail Creek Lane north of school).

· If you are picking up in the Pick-Up Lane, please wait patiently in your car and keep pulling forward. Please do not get out of your car. If you have difficulty finding your student, please find a staff member. Staff will be on duty to help direct students. Staff will help student find you and get in the car on the passenger side.

· If you are parked along one of the surrounding streets, parents may wait on school grounds after 3:20 pm. (Please note, there is no parking along Mail Creek Lane adjacent to the parking lots.)


Please do not drop-off or pick-up in the north parking lot unless you have a disability parking placard. This lot is for staff parking and buses.


Be patient, understanding, and kind. Our staff will do our best to load kids safely and efficiently into cars.

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Safe Routes to School-Walkers/Bikers

If your student will be walking or biking to school, check out the Safe Routes to School site for more information for safety. Please work with your child about plan for when there is inclement weather. For those that bike, we recommend purchasing a bike lock. Please remind your student to walk their bikes once they are on school grounds.

Werner Photo Album 2022-23

Please share your school-related photos for our yearbook throughout the year at Werner Photo Album 2022-23. Please be mindful this link is open to the public.

NEWS FROM WERNER PTA

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FALL FUN FESTIVAL-Save the Date-September 23

Our annual Fall Fun Festival is back on Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:30-7:00 pm! More details will come later.
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Werner Weekly-August 19

PTA General Meeting

Tuesday, September 13 | 9:00 am | Werner Teacher Lounge

Save the Date for our first General Meeting of the year! You do not have to be a member to attend meetings.


Join the Werner Elementary Parent Teacher Association!

Receive a Wildcat’s Roar yard sign as a FREE GIFT when you register with our PTA! Membership is a $10 donation and does not obligate you to volunteer hours or to attend meetings. We'd love your support any way you can give it. Please fill out this Google form and submit your donation with our PayPal link (you don’t have to have a PayPal account).


PTA Host’s the FALL FUN FEST!

Friday, September 23rd | 4:00 pm | Werner Elementary Playground

Save the Date! Our most popular event of the year. You won’t want to miss it!


FREE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL!

Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?

  • If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.

  • If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.

  • If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.


Your Werner PTA

Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events, Werner Families, and see what the PTA is up to.


Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!


PTA President | Nicole Kidd

PTA Vice President | Open

PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell

PTA Secretary | Juliana Schump

PTA VP of Community Programs | Marissa McNulty

PTA VP of Fundraising | Megan Bright

There Is No Wrong Way To PTA. How Do You PTA?

NEWS FROM PSD

Code of Conduct Acknowledgement

July 20, 2022


Dear PSD parents/guardians and secondary students,


We hope you have enjoyed the summer break so far and that you are looking forward to the start of the new school year in a few short weeks.


Each year, we ask our parents/guardians and secondary students to provide a digital acknowledgement after reviewing the updated Student Rights and Code of Conduct, which is a compilation of rules, policies and regulations regarding student behavior.


The 2022-23 Code of Conduct is now available on the PSD website in multiple languages.


How to complete your digital acknowledgement

Parents/guardians


  • Log into the ParentVUE parent portal.
  • Read the Acknowledgement text box.
  • Click on the link at the bottom of the page to download the 2022-2023 Code of Conduct.
  • Write your name on the signature field exactly as it appears on your ParentVUE account.
  • Click “Yes.”
  • Parents/guardians will not be given access to ParentVUE until they electronically sign the acknowledgment.


Parents of secondary students (6-12)


  • Your student will also be asked to acknowledge having received and reviewed the Code of Conduct when logging into StudentVUE for the first time this school year.
  • Families new to PSD or those who have never accessed their ParentVUE account will receive a separate email with instructions for how to log into ParentVUE.
  • If you have questions regarding ParentVUE or StudentVUE, see the ParentVUE FAQ or contact your school.


Changes to be aware of


  • A summary of changes to the Code of Conduct, from the 2021-22 to 2022-23 school year editions, is available on the Code of Conduct web page.
  • Although not included in the Code of Conduct, new and updated district policies are now noted specifically on the District Policies web page.


Please contact your school principal if you have questions about the Code of Conduct.


Thank you for your continued partnership, and we look forward to a successful start to the 2022-23 school year.


Sincerely,

Poudre School District

PSD Now Newsletter

One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.


Here is the most recent newsletter of PSD Now. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.

FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM

It’s not too late to apply for the Free & Reduced Meal Program for this school year. By doing so your student’s approval to the program carries over for the first 30 days of next school year. Also, there are advantages to being on this program with discounts given throughout our community for student summer programs. Check out fcgov.com/reducedfee website for more information. The before and after school program, AlphaBest, also gives a 15% discount. Apply on-line at www.myschoolapps.com. Please note that August 1, 2022 is the first day you can apply on line for the 2022-2023 school year. Families do have to apply each school year unless they receive a letter stating otherwise.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

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Blue Moose Art Gallery

Past Werner parent, Julie Grillo, is an owner of the Blue Moose Art Gallery. The Moose offers 24 Adult Art classes every month, and now they are offering Kid’s Art classes this fall. The 4-week series includes 4 different mediums with 4 artist instructors and will be held in the gallery classroom.


The Blue Moose would love to share this art opportunity with your 4th to 8th grade students. High school students are always welcome to join in our adult classes. Thank you!


www.BlueMooseArtGallery.com/classes