Roadrunner Weekly

"We're Going Places!" - September 6th - September 10th

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School Mission Statement & AVID Mission Statement

"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."


“AVID’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”


* To read more about our school vision and my commitment to you as your principal, please click here to read my "Principals Message" posted on our school website.

Roadrunners in Action! - "College Spirit Day" Snapshots!

Principal's Office

Hello First St. Families!


This is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of September 6th-September 10th. I hope everyone is enjoying their 3-day weekend! Remember, tomorrow (Monday) is a Labor Day holiday. This past week I sent out this video of my regular "Back to School" Parent Presentation in case you missed it earlier. I've also attached the slides themselves below with the active links.


Also, we have been receiving questions asking for clarification of when to keep kids home and when to send them to school. For more guidance, please see the "WPUSD Symptomatic Student/Staff Guide" below.


Thank you so much for your faith in us and your commitment to our First St. School community. It's a special place, and we wouldn't want to be anywhere else! As always feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way! The school office will be open daily from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM.


Have a great week!


Mr. Cubias

WPUSD Symptomatic Student/Staff Guide

RED Tier

(MUST GO/STAY HOME)

  • Fever (100.4 or above)

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • flu or cold like symptoms

  • body aches

  • chill

  • shortness of breath

  • any combination of 2 or more symptoms from the green tier

  • The individual MUST quarantine

    • If no test, isolation for minimum of 10 days from symptom onset AND 24 hours fever-free w/o fever reducing medication AND improvement in symptoms

    • If test and negative, 24 hours fever-free w/o fever reducing medication AND improvement in symptoms


GREEN Tier

(PLEASE STAY HOME & NOTIFY OUR OFFICE FOR FURTHER GUIDANCE)

  • Headache

  • runny nose

  • isolated vomiting

  • stomach ache

  • cough

  • sore throat

  • diarrhea

    • If a student/staff is experiencing ONE of these symptoms and…

      • the symptom is gone when the individual wakes up the next morning

        • return to school/work

      • the symptom continues when the individual wakes up the next morning

        • If no test, isolation for minimum of 10 days from symptom onset AND 24 hours fever-free w/o fever reducing medication AND improvement in symptoms

        • If test and negative, 24 hours fever-free w/o fever reducing medication AND improvement in symptoms

        • If positive result, continue to quarantine returning on day 11 after symptom onset as longs as fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved

Meet the Newest Members of Our Team!

"Parent Update" Recap 9/3/21 - Mrs. Callahan, WPUSD Superintendent

Hello WPUSD Families,


In this update you'll find reminders about our 2021-2022 household income form, our School Board vacancy, and our COVID cases, etc. Additionally there is a reminder (from our Roadmap) regarding masking and distancing, which aligns with CDPH's mandate, and can be found on our District website. New in this update is information regarding extracurricular activities as CDPH recently updated their info to provide clarification around these activities on school campuses. Additionally, we are looking to fill many job within our school, so you'll see an advertisement for employment. Please consider coming to work for us, or sharing this information with anyone you know who may be looking for work.


Have great long weekend!


2021-2022 HOUSEHOLD INCOME FORM - REMINDER

Families: Please Complete a 2021-22 Household Income Form to Help Your School Maximize Its Funding!

DID YOU KNOW?

A portion of every school's funding is determined by the needs of its students. Extra funding is usually distributed to schools based on free/reduced meal applications but they are not required this year. For the 2021-2022 school year all students are eligible for FREE meals, so extra funding will be distributed differently. Please complete this Household Income Form to help us maximize our schools' funding!

WHY FILL OUT THE FORM?

- additional support staff for schools, like Instructional Aides, Intervention Support Providers, and after school tutors
- more resources for classrooms and teachers
- additional health and wellness services
- fee waivers for college applications
- fee waivers for college admissions exams (i.e. SAT/ACT/AP)

It’s a quick process and only needs to be completed once for each household. By taking the time to fill out this form, you are taking part in a process that might provide thousands of dollars in funds to the school your student attends.

You can also request a paper copy of the form from your school office or the District Office, 600 Sixth Street, Suite 400, Lincoln, CA 95648

If you need assistance in completing this form please contact your child's school office or the District Office (916) 645-6350 and we can help!

Click on the form below to complete:

WPUSD 2021-22 Household Income Form (English)

WPUSD 2020-21 Household Income Form (Spanish)

Thank you so much for your time and support!


BOARD OF TRUSTEE VACANCY - REMINDER

Trustee Brian Haley has submitted his resignation, which was accepted by the Placer County Office of Education on August 3, 2021. As a result, the Western Placer Unified School District is now looking to fill a vacancy on its five-member Board of Education in Trustee Area Two (2) - Sheridan. On August 17, 2021, the Western Placer Unified School District Board accepted Mr. Haley's resignation and approved the process for filling the vacancy. Information and documents needed to assist interested candidates, residing in Trustee Area 2, in completing an application of candidacy for consideration of appointment to the Board on September 21, 2021 can be found on our District website HERE.


COVID CASES IN WPUSD - UPDATE

Last week, Aug 23-27, we had 33 cases of COVID and many close contacts. Our cases for this week are still being compiled but, as a reminder, you can monitor our weekly COVID case counts (updated each Monday) on our website, HERE. We are working hard to avoid outbreaks within our schools/district, which may require us at times to be more aggressive with our quarantines. We are working closely with PCPH to address cases and quarantines in an effort to keep our schools open.


CLOSE CONTACT QUARANTINES - REMINDER

Under the guidance of Placer County Public Health, masked students who are identified as a CLOSE CONTACT are eligible for a "modified 10 day quarantine" to ATTEND SCHOOL IN PERSON. In order to attend school in person, your child needs to either be vaccinated or attest to undergo testing 2x over the 10 day on campus quarantine period. In the event that your child is identified as a CLOSE CONTACT and in order to limit disruption to your child's education, we are asking if your child is NOT vaccinated, that you complete this form to attest to have your child tested during any 10 day quarantine they may have. If your child tests positive at any time, you agree to share those results with the school and isolate your child immediately. This form only needs to be filled out ONE time PER FAMILY for the 2021-2022 school year for your unvaccinated children. If your child has already been a close contact this year, we are asking that you complete this new form. Please note: if your child is NOT vaccinated for COVID-19, and you do not complete this attestation form, your child will have to quarantine at home if determined to be a close contact to a positive case at the school site. This is per CDPH guidance.
English Attestation: https://forms.gle/JWvKrACwuQBbYCgSA
Spanish Attestation: https://forms.gle/PpXDf5ymC4bWz1k39


MASKING & DISTANCING

**Taken directly from WPUSD Roadmap, in alignment with CDPH Guidance
MASKING
In accordance with California Department of Public Health, all individuals must utilize face coverings:

  • On campus at all times while indoors, regardless of vaccination status
  • While riding the bus, regardless of vaccination status
  • Face coverings are recommended for all individuals while outdoors on campus
DISTANCING
  • Per state guidelines, classrooms no longer require a minimum distance between students
SPECIAL NOTE
If a student becomes a close contact (within 6ft of a positive case for 15 min or more in a 24 hour period) they are subject to quarantine. If a close contact occurs while unmasked (allowable while eating/drinking or outdoors) then an unvaccinated student must quarantine at home. An unmasked vaccinated student is also encouraged to quarantine at home.
Teachers may encourage students to distance (indoors or outdoors) to minimize close contact quarantines. Teachers may also encourage students to mask (outdoors), especially when distancing is not a viable option, to again minimize close contact quarantines. That said, students are not required to distance (indoors or outdoors) or mask (outdoors).


CDPH UPDATE REGARDING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITES

On September 1, 2021, the CDPH issued an update (See #16 in CDPH Guidance linked below) clarifying that the current education guidance requiring all individuals (adults and students) to wear a mask indoors at a K-12 school, regardless of vaccination status, does apply to extracurricular activities, including sports and sporting events sponsored by K-12 schools. It further clarifies that this guidance also applies to student athletes while competing in an indoor sport. For sports where wearing a mask during play has been determined to pose a choking hazard by a well recognized health authority, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (at this time, sports currently identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics are competitive cheer, gymnastics while on an apparatus, swimming, diving, water polo and wrestling), one of the following options is required:

  • Conduct these activities outdoors.
  • Perform at least weekly screening testing with either PCR testing (1:1 or pooled PCR) or antigen testing of all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated.
CDPH will continue to assess conditions on an ongoing basis, and will determine no later than November 1, 2021, whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.
The CDPH Guidance document can be found, HERE.


COME WORK FOR WPUSD!!

Enjoy flexible scheduling, great pay, and the same holiday/break schedule as your student(s). WPUSD is looking for interested applicants for the following open positions:
- Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide
- Food Service Assistant
- Substitute Teacher

We have great schools, and even better students (as you already know)! We hope you can join us and can experience it for yourself. The district will cover all application related expenses including fingerprint clearance fees and any substitute permit fees.

Paraprofessional/Instructional Aide

  • Min qualifications: AA degree or able pass the Para Educator/Instructional Aide test
  • Pay: $16.58-$21.09/hour
  • Work directly with students and teachers in the classroom
  • 6 open positions
Food Service Assistant
  • Min qualifications: high school diploma preferred, but not required
  • Pay: $15.12-$19.17/hour
  • Help prepare and serve student meals
  • 6 open positions
Certificated Substitutes
  • Min qualifications:
    • BA/BS Degree
    • Pass the CA Basic Skills Test (CBEST)—paid by the district
    • Sub permit $102.50-paid by the district
    • Consortium Member Fee $75–paid by the district
  • Pay: $150 day / $90 half-day—highest sub pay rate of public school districts in Placer County!
  • Flexible schedule: work when you & where you want

If you would like to find out more about any of these positions or how to apply, please call the Personnel Services department at the district office at (916) 645-5293. You can apply online and/or view all open district positions via EdJoin, HERE.

September 3, 2021 - Update #8 (2021-2022)

First St. Spirit Store Re-Opens Until September 9th!

The beginning of the year was such a blur that many folks missed the opportunity to order school "Spirit Wear" and have asked us to re-open the online Roadrunner Spirit Store. Please see attached flyer and link below along with your access code. The online store reopened today and closes on 9/9/21. Allow 4-5 weeks after shop is closed for apparel to arrive at your home. We also have a few First St. "Trucker Hats" still available for sale in our office for $25.

https://www.bsnteamsports.com/shop/BZuAooTx6b ACCESS CODE: BZuAooTx6b


Thanks, all, and have a great upcoming Labor Day 3-day weekend!

Mr. Cubias
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District Information About Hotspot Availability During 2021-22 School Year

Hotspots will be available for the following students who have home internet access needs to complete classroom work:


  • Students on Short Term Independent Study (Travel Study) - due to COVID-19 Quarantine
  • ATLAS students - Long Term Independent Study Program
  • In-Person students needing internet access to complete class assignments at home after school


Below is the process to obtain a hotspot:
  • T-MOBILE & GLOBAL hotspots will be issued to students based on student/parent request. (Verizon hotspots will be reserved for staff needs).
  • All hotspots will be issued, returned or exchanged at the District Office during regular business hours.
  • Hotspot agreements are to be completed and signed by parent/guardian when picking them up.
  • Hotspot package consists of a hotspot, charger/cord and box
  • Hotspots will be kept by students for the entire school year (or short term independent study (travel study) period due to quarantine) but MUST be returned the last week of school or at the end of the short term independent study (travel study) period.
  • Failure to return or damaging a hotspot will result in a charge of $100.

The Book Fair Come to First St. Next Week - September 7th-10th!

Hello First Street Staff, Parents and Students,


The Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting our school September 7th through September 10th!
Students will have the opportunity to visit the fair during their regular library schedule, and also
before school, 7:55 to 8:15am. Take a minute to check out our Book Fair home page to preview titles, set up an e-wallet for your student, or shop online. All profit earned from this book fair will benefit our school library!

Thank you for supporting this event!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Desantiago
FSS Library

"College Knowledge" - Chico State University

“College Knowledge” Fun Facts of the Week - Chico State University

Our “College Knowledge focus school for this week is CSU Chico! Mr. Justice, Mrs. Fauske, and Ms. Van Hoy are Chico State graduates. Click here to see the Chico State homepage with more information and videos to share.

  • Monday - Chico State, home of the Wildcats, is a California public school that is part of the California State school system which also includes...

    • California State University, Bakersfield.

    • California State University Channel Islands*

    • California State University, Dominguez Hills.

    • California State University, East Bay.

    • California State University, Fresno.

    • California State University, Fullerton.

    • Humboldt State University.

  • Tuesday - California State University, Chico has been building a reputation for high-quality, high-value education for more than 130 years (founded in 1887). Better known as Chico State, they are a Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers more than 100 degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • Wednesday - Chico State sits at the west end of Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. Bidwell Park’s 3,670-acres of hiking, biking, and walking trails offer endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Click here to watch a mountain bike tour of Bidwell Park.

  • Thursday - Why choose Chico? With one of the highest 4-year graduation rates in the CSU system and lowest average student debt amounts in the country, Chico State is committed to helping you graduate on time with a budget you can afford. Click here to see the accompanying video.

  • Friday - Reasons to Choose University Housing:

    • Healthy & Fresh Food - On-campus dining has it all.

    • Convenient on-site laundry services.

    • Location, location, location! Want to simply roll out of bed, catch a shuttle, and get to class? We offer the best location and convenience of transportation!

Stay healthy, stay centered! We're located within easy walking distance to the Student Health Center, Counseling and Wellness Center, Meriam Library, Wildcat Recreation Center, and so much more. Click here for a tour of University Village, one of the Chico State residence areas.

CSU, Chico Campus Video Tour

Celebrating Our Birthdays!

Here are our birthdays for the week...

Monday, September 6 ~

Tuesday, September 7 ~ Adrian DeHaro and Lilly Garcia

Wednesday, September 8 ~

Thursday, September 9 ~ Jonathan Garcia and James Sipert

Friday, September 10 ~ Mrs. Matiska

Saturday, September 11 ~ Kevin Rodriguez, Kevin Sojo Gonzalez, Damian Ochoa, Juliana Plascencia, Emmett Farrell, and Ms. Suzanne

Sunday, September 12 ~

"Week at a Glance"

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day - No School


Tuesday, September 7th


Wednesday, September 8th

  • Book Fair - 7:55 to 8:15am. Take a minute to check out our Book Fair home page to preview titles.

Thursday, September 9th

  • Book Fair - 7:55 to 8:15am. Take a minute to check out our Book Fair home page to preview titles.

Friday, September 10th - Roadrunner Spirit Day

  • Book Fair - 7:55 to 8:15am. Take a minute to check out our Book Fair home page to preview titles.
  • Save the Date

    Family Resource Information

    We know that raising a family takes a village, and we are committed to working with and for you to support your efforts. This section will be an ever-growing list of supports, both for family needs and educational resources, so please check back her often if you need some help. You can always reach out to us directly at anytime by emailing me at rcubias@wpusd.org or calling our school office: (916) 645-6330.


    - Love & Logic - Info & Parenting Tips & Tricks

    - Placer County Office of Education - Prevention Supports & Services

    - County of Placer - Network of Care

    - Smile, California! - Oral Health and School Readiness

    Online Roadrunner Store Will Soon Reopen for Business!

    WHAT IS THE ROADRUNNER STORE?


    The Roadrunner Store is the place where kids can "shop" for items to purchase with the BEEP cards they earn here at FSS for Being Safe, Exercising Responsibility, Engaging in Learning, & Practicing Kindness!


    Typically, the kids would be able to walk through our Roadrunner Store once a month and shop in person. For COVID safety reasons, we have set up a virtual on-line store. The items currently for sale will be updated and shown here soon. To place an order, kids simply need to print the order form from the Roadrunner Store website (under new construction), mark the item(s) they are choosing, and turn their form into their teacher or the school office. The first turn in day of this school year will be Friday, September 24th! Deliveries will come the following week!

    CHAMPS Corner

    C.H.A.M.P.S. (formerly known as PTC) stands for "Committed to Honoring and Motivating Parents and Students". Parents play a vital role in helping to fundraise, plan school functions, and guide the direction of our school. See the flyers attached below for more information, and please contact Lisa Chandra at lisac.fss.ptc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

    WPUSD Medication and Immunization - Annual Update

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Please review the following information regarding medications and health care plans on campus.


    Medication Orders and Health Care Plans:

    • If your student will require medication on campus (including non-prescription medications, inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors...), please visit our website to find the required forms (Student Health Concerns and Medications).
    • Please have your student's health care provider complete and sign the appropriate forms before returning to on-campus instruction.
    • Medication will NOT be allowed on campus without the appropriate paperwork.
    • If your student has a complex/personalized care plan, you will be contacted individually in early August to update their plan. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurses if you have any questions.


    Immunizations:

    • Incoming Kindergarten and 7th Grade students will need to be up to date on required immunizations before returning to on-campus instruction. Information about required immunizations can be found on the Shots for School website.
    • See attached flyers for Placer County's Back to School Immunization Clinics.
    • If your family is unable to access medical care or immunizations, please contact your school nurse (see contact info below) for assistance and information.


    Kelley Gordon, School Nurse at FSS, COES, SES, GEMS, LHS, and PHS

    kgordon@wpusd.org


    Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM

    mschumann@wpusd.org

    Student Accident Insurance (Digital Version)

    The safety of our students is one of our most important concerns and we take appropriate steps to protect your child from injuries. Even so, accidents can and do happen during school events and resulting medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.) can be very expensive. Please know that the District does not assume responsibility for these costs. However, as a service to you and your child, your school has joined with thousands of others by offering you access to a low cost, voluntary purchase student accident/health insurance program. The program is arranged and administered by Myers-Stevens and Toohey & Co., Inc., a firm that has specialized in such coverages for 40 years. Details and an enrollment form are in the link and accompanying brochure here. Please read it here carefully.


    If you are interested in signing up for "Student Accident Insurance" please click on the application link here.

    Peachjar

    Our school district has invested in a great new way to communicate with our families. Peachjar is a program that sends flyers out to families and also saves and organizes them on our school websites for future viewing. Click here to go to our First Street School Peachjar page.

    PowerSchool Parent Portal

    Please click here to view and update parent and student information.

    "My School Bucks" Account

    Click here to enroll and manage cafeteria accounts and balances.

    Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application

    Click here to found out eligibility criteria.

    About Us

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns you might have, and follow us on social media! You can also download our school App in iTunes or Google Play by typing First Street Elementary in your "Search" window.