"We're Going Places!" - November 16th-November 20th
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School Mission Statement
"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."
Roadrunners in Action - A Tribute to Our Community's Active and Retired Military!
Here is our Roadrunner Weekly for the weeks of November 16th through November 29th. I wanted to begin by again paying tribute to our active and retired military for their service to our country - we thank you for your courage and sacrifice. And speaking of "thanks," this is our final newsletter prior tp Thanksgiving break. We wish all of our Roadrunner families a joyful and safe Thanksgiving!
As was mentioned last week, we feature a new focus college/university every week to share "College Knowledge" info and videos about, and you can find this week's school (University of Nevada Reno) further down in our announcements. We want our kids to leave First St. not asking if they can get to college, but asking which college they want to attend...it's all about mindset! In order to support our families in helping to plan for college, we will be hosting a college financial planning Zoom meeting on Tuesday, January 12th (English) & Wednesday, January 13th (Spanish) from 6:30-7:00. More info can be found below.
Continue to stay healthy and safe, and remember to feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way!
Have a great week!
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Cookie Dough Fundraiser Pick-up Info!
The items from our recent cookie dough/holiday sale will be ready to pick up on
Wednesday, November 18th between 3:00 -5:00pm. In order to comply with the
current health protocols distribution will take place as follows:
* Distribution will be done in a “drive-by” manner at the front of the school.
* Volunteers will greet each vehicle and request the name of the teacher and student whose order you are picking up.
* Orders will be brought directly to the car and volunteer will ask that you sign for what you have received.
*If the time frame listed above doesn’t work for you please contact Vickie at 916-532-0174 or email her at email@example.com to make other arrangements.
* Please note that if you have any problem (missing items/damage) with your order please contact Vickie as well.
We would like to thank all of you for your support of this project and help in making it a success!
First Street School CHAMPS
"Roadmap to Reopening" - Highlights from Family Update #75 - Mr. Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent
Hello WPUSD Families,
Here is the UPDATE for Friday, November 13, 2020. There is information about COVID cases in schools, ParentSquare, meal distribution, and more.
SCHOOL COVID UPDATE
We had a great beginning of the week, then this Thursday had a few cases. All and all, we are holding our own and still see a downward trend in the number of students and staff needing to quarantine. Our positive cases have remained at about 6 per week since we opened. Our case count will be updated Monday and is located on our website HERE. I probably sound like a broken record, but masks work! The second issue is gatherings of people outside your home. Based on our data, cases are not coming from our schools. Our local health officer was recently quoted as saying,” Forty-eight percent of people who tested positive reported being in close contact with someone who had the virus, and 20% of new cases were generated from large gatherings in the last month. County epidemiologists determined that outbreaks in schools and nursing homes have remained small and are not a driving factor in the current surge." In my conversations, gatherings are a huge factor. You also can see schools are not a source of transmission from our health officer's quote.
- Friday, November 20, 2020 – transfer window opens
- Week of November 23rd – Schools Closed, District Office open 10:00 – 2:00 on Monday and Tuesday
- Friday, December 4, 2020 – Transfer window closes WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP AND WHERE ARE THE CASES COMING FROM?
WHEN CAN I TRANSFER TO IN-PERSON OR INTERCONNECT?
When parents made a selection in September, we let you know there would be an opportunity to transfer programs in December. Next week we will open the transfer form and it will be open until December 4, 2020. Transfers will take place on January 5, 2021, when we return from break. If you want to have your student stay in their current program, you don’t have to do anything!
THANKSGIVING IS AROUND THE CORNER, PLEASE BE SAFE!
Our county went into the red tier this week and is poised to go into the purple tier next week. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we are very concerned that family gatherings are going to lead to an uptick in cases in schools. Please, please, please keep your distance and wear a mask. Other tips are on the Placer County website HERE.
WE ARE PROBABLY GOING INTO PURPLE, WILL SCHOOLS CLOSE?
Schools are not mandated to close based on the color-coding system. We are not anticipating our schools closing, but we continue to monitor the number of cases. If cases rise to a level that we have operational difficulties or there is an excessive number of students in quarantine, we would need to look at closing. We are not considering this at the current time.
IF A FAMILY MEMBER TESTS POSITIVE PLEASE DON’T SEND YOUR STUDENT TO SCHOOL
This week’s tip is to not send students to school if a family member in the household has tested positive. Please call the school to find out the protocol if a family member contracts a positive case.
GLEN EDWARDS AND TWELVE BRIDGES HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE
I know parents haven’t been able to visit Glen Edwards but the school is transformed. I wish you could experience all the improvements for our students. There is a pictorial display on our website HERE. Likewise, Twelve Bridges High School is opening next year! HERE is an update on that site.
FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION NEW INFORMATION
WPUSD Food Service is excited to offer FREE meals to both in-person and InterCONNECT Students through June 30, 2021.
In-Person Instruction - Meals will be distributed at all schools at the end of the school day on Tuesdays & Fridays. Each meal bag will include breakfast/lunches for multiple days, including weekend meals.
InterCONNECT - Meal distributions will occur once per week at Glen Edwards Middle School, Wednesdays from 1pm-2pm. Please submit a Meal Bag order form HERE.
Scott Leaman, Superintendent
Preparing Families for College Info Nights - January 12th (English) & January 13th (Spanish) from 6:30-7:00.
Ken Aquino is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and he is the father of a GEMS and an LHS student as well. He has prepared a workshop for parents entitled, College: Getting There from Here.
It is a 30-minute presentation that covers questions to consider as you develop and establish a college payment plan. See the flyer below with a more complete workshop outline.
Meeting information is the same for both nights (1/12/21 and 1/13/21) starting at 6:30 pm PST.
Meeting ID: 920 4670 3041
Free Online Tutoring Available w/ LHS Students!
3:00 PM-6:00 PM, MONDAY-THURSDAY Google Meet Code = LHStutoring
- Do you need help with your homework?
- Do you have tech problems you need to figure out?
- Do you want to go to a study group with your friends?
- Do you have more questions than can be answered in class?
Online Roadrunner Store Open 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 can be seen in the gallery below. To place an order, kids simply need to print the order form here, mark the item(s) they are choosing, and turn their form into their teacher or the school office. Orders will be delivered to class within two weeks of being submitted! Deadline for this first ordering day was this past Friday, November 13th; orders that made it in on time will be delivered this week.
FSS Face Masks Available for Sale in the School Office
There are 2 different colors/styles but both have the same wording: First Street School - "We’re going places!" The purple masks are $4 and the thicker black masks are $6. All staff and students were given one compliments of FSS CHAMPS!
"College Knowledge" Focus School of the Week - University of Nevada Reno
“College Knowledge” Fun Facts of the Week - Our “College Knowledge focus school for this week is the University of Nevada, Reno, better known as the UNR Wolfpack! The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada, the University of Nevada, or UNR) is a public university in Reno, Nevada. It was originally founded on October 12, 1874 in Elko, Nevada. It has a total enrollment of just over 20,000 students. Click here to watch their official campus video.
Click here to see the UNR homepage with more information and videos to share.
Monday - It is home to the state's first medical school, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, with a campus in Nevada's major urban center in Reno and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada. The medical school includes 16 clinical departments and five nationally recognized basic science departments. It is also home to the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism, which has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners.
Tuesday - What began as a single building – Morrill Hall – the University of Nevada Reno's campus now covers 290 lush acres with 180 buildings, 60 research facilities, 12 museums and galleries and 11 schools and colleges. During the past decade, we've added more than half a billion dollars in new, state-of-the-art facilities – and there's more to come. Nevada Bound Program.
Thursday - Known as one of America's best small cities, Reno is a growing tech area that offers lots of year-round activities, including sporting events, food festivals, performing arts, concerts and more. It is a dynamic region with local flair, such as the Midtown District – filled with local shops, eateries and more. Whether it is the Great Reno Balloon Races or Burning Man, a baseball game with the minor league Reno Aces or an evening at the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, there is something for everyone here. Click here to watch this video about things to do in Reno, NV.
Friday - UNR’s Wolfpack football team is a division 1 program that plays in the Mountain West Conference. They are currently 3-0 and Miss Betty’s (our campus supervisor) son, Julian Diaz, is the punter and place kicker for the team! Check him out in action in this video!
Meals for Students -Tuesday, November 17th & Friday, November 20th
From the District Office & Food Service Dept.:
FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION REMINDER
The USDA has allowed us to provide FREE meals to all WPUSD students 18 years or younger regardless of their eligibility status through December 31st of 2020. For students who are coming back to school for in-person instruction, meals will be distributed to your student's class at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Fridays. The meals will be delivered in plastic bags and have enough breakfast and lunch items for 3-4 days. If you would like your child to receive these free meals but you did not complete the meal distribution survey that was due last Monday, or if your student just did not receive their meal, please notify our school office ASAP so we can add their names to the distribution list.
If your child is going to be staying on distance learning and you would like to receive the free meals, InterCONNECT meal distributions will occur once per week at Glen Edwards Middle School. Our next InterCONNECT meal distribution will be Wednesday, November 4th from 1pm-3pm. Please submit a Meal Bag order form HERE.
For additional information regarding meal distribution or other food service items in general, visit our WPUSD Food Service page here.
For any other questions or concerns please email Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating Our Birthdays!
Here are our birthdays for the week:
Monday, November 16 ~
Tuesday, November 17 ~ River Winters
Wednesday, November 18 ~ Owen Kiefert
Thursday, November 19 ~ Paola Jimenez Ramos and Madilyn Rogers
Friday, November 20 ~ Mrs. Wagner
Saturday, November 21 ~ Emily Guillen and Tyler Scott
Sunday, November 22 ~ Sherlin Tapia Sanchez and Anthony Juarez
Monday, November 23 ~
Tuesday, November 24 ~ Selena Echavarria
Wednesday, November 25 ~ Chloey Cederholm
Thursday, November 26 ~ Mrs. Medina
Friday, November 27 ~
Saturday, November 28 ~ Arlette Ausencio, Miles Martin, and Marilyn Miguel
Sunday, November 29 ~
Monday, November 30 ~ Briseida Sandoval Jimenez and Keyla Ortega Magdaleno
Tuesday, December 1 ~ Dominic Gaitan
Wednesday, December 2 ~ Delilah Clark
Thursday, December 3 ~
Friday, December 4 ~ Josiah Espinoza, Emmanuel Martinez, John Patja and Ellena Sandoval
Saturday, December 5 ~
Sunday, December 6 ~ Gael Fernandez and Carla Ramos Angel
"Week at a Glance"
Monday, November 16th
- First Roadrunner Store Online Order Distribution Day - Click here to learn more!
Tuesday, November 17th
- In Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details
Wednesday, November 18th
- InterCONNECT Meal Distribution - Students can pick up their meals if requested from Glen Edwards Middle School between 3:00-4:00 PM. See above for more details.
Thursday, November 19th
- Placer County Food Bank Distribution Day! First Baptist Community Church 1545 1st St. from 12:00-1:00 PM (See Flyer Below)
Friday, November 20th - Spirit Dress Day
- In- Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details.
Save the Date
Saturday, November 20th - Sunday, November 29th - Thanksgiving Break
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 email@example.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.
- 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
Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM
Student Accident Insurance (Digital Version)
If you are interested in signing up for "Student Accident Insurance" please click on the application link here.
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.