Werner Weekly

February 10, 2023

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar
  • Feb. 14- Valentine's Parties (Classroom Party Guidance)
  • Feb. 20- No School, Staff Exchange Day
  • Feb. 23- Werner International Night, 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Mar. 1- 1st-4th Music Programs, Fossil Ridge High School, 5:30-7:30 pm


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Werner International Night-Feb. 23

Please RSVP by clicking the link below if you plan to attend Werner’s First International Night on February 23rd.


2023-24 Class Placement Parent Input- Feb. 3-Feb. 24

Dear Parents,

One of the most critical and time-consuming tasks for teachers, and for me, during this time of year is class placement for next year. The procedure we follow to ensure the best classroom environment possible for each child has several steps and takes several meetings.

This task is even more challenging when we receive a large number of parent requests in the spring. Before we developed a policy on class placement requests, we would receive up to 140 requests for specific class placements each spring. When teachers began to make class lists, we found it impossible to have these requests and still maintain the balance in each classroom that is necessary for kids to have the optimum environment in which to learn.

Fortunately, Werner’s class placement policy, developed some years ago by our Werner Council, has worked well for us. Please take the time to read the policy. My hope is that it will answer your questions or concerns. If it doesn’t, please let me know (hcamp@psdschools.org).

Please do not feel that you need to give us written input. In other words, do not feel obligated to write a letter unless you have a specific reason to do so. You can be sure if a teacher has questions about class placement for your child, they will ask you for information. We believe that input is any information about your child that will help us know their situation better. Input is not a request for a specific teacher. Input asking for a specific teacher will not be included in the Class Placement Process. All input will be shared with current and next year’s teacher.

If you do choose to give us input, the window this year is Feb. 3-24. We are offering the opportunity for input to happen online through the Werner Class Placement Input Form. Please complete a new form for each child. This is secure and confidential, but input will be shared with your child’s current teacher as they consider class placement. Emails and other notes will not be accepted. Input will close at 5:00 pm on Feb. 24.


Hayden Camp


Classified Appreciation Week- Feb. 13-17

Each year, PSD sets aside time to show our appreciation to our Classified Staff. These amazing people are the paraprofessionals, office staff, custodians, lunch staff, bus drivers, and countless other support personnel across the district. We are so fortunate to have a great team of that serve our school! Our staff will be celebrating them during the week of Feb. 13-17. If you would like to send a note of "thanks", please send in with your child! All of our staff are listed in the Staff Directory on our website.

Reminder from the office staff

Please call the front office at (970)488-5550 for all student messages. Teachers are not always able to check email before the end of the day. Thank you!

Upcoming Music Programs

Music Programs:

1st and 2nd Grade: March 1st @ 5:30 at Fossil Ridge High School Auditorium

3rd and 4th Grade: March 1st @ 6:30 at Fossil Ridge High School Auditorium

More info will be provided later.

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.

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.


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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). we'll be handing out the signs on the playground at the School Supply Drop Off, Monday, August 15th. (Registration is per person, not per household)


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?


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Family Engagement Survey

Hello PSD Families,

Poudre School District (PSD) wants to better understand, and continuously improve, the student and family experience within PSD schools. Please take 15 minutes to click on the survey link below and answer questions that have to do with student transitions between schools and between grade levels, the welcoming and inclusive environment of our schools, communications between school and home, and supporting student success.

Your individual responses will remain anonymous in all reports. The information collected

will be aggregated to produce actionable school-specific feedback that will be shared with the staff of each school. PSD administrators and teams of educators take your input seriously and look forward to continuing to provide a world-class education experience here in Northern Colorado. For questions or comments, please contact Dwayne Schmitz at dschmitz@psdschools.org or (970) 490-3693.

Thank you for taking a moment to provide us with your input and thoughts. This survey closes 2-10-23 at 5:00 pm.

Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

The number of PSD families and youth experiencing homelessness has risen by 10% since last year, and their needs have risen exponentially. Currently, one out of every 27 students is experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity in our district. Students experiencing homelessness encounter many barriers to their education. Our department works to help youth and families overcome these barriers, including transportation, access to extracurricular activities, before and after-school care, and meeting basic needs. We do this along with case-management to help them reach independence.

Your generous donation allows the Language, Culture and Equity Department to support these students and families with personal items, temporary shelter, provisions, clothing, etc.

The need has never been greater.

Please help us reach our goal of raising $40,000 to support PSD students and families facing housing insecurity and homelessness.

*All donations are tax deductible, and an automated email will provide you with your tax receipt.


You can now easily donate via this link: All donations are tax deductible. Please share this message far and wide, anyone can donate through this link. The opportunity to give does not end now, this link will be live throughout the holiday season.

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.


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.


Transfort Feedback Needed

Transfort, the transit agency owned by the City of Fort Collins, seeks community input on permanently changing to a fare-free transit system.

In March 2020, Transfort eliminated fare collection as part of the agency’s response to COVID-19. Although COVID restrictions have been lifted and Transfort has resumed regular operations, Transfort has not resumed fare collection, opting instead to explore whether fare free operations are possible on a permanent basis.

Community members can provide feedback by taking Transfort’s survey at www.fcgov.com/transfortsurvey. The survey contains a section of fare-related questions as well as other transit-related questions, including what factors community members consider when making decisions to ride (or not ride) Transfort.

The survey will be open until Feb. 15, 2023.

Thank you


Transfort, la agencia de transporte propiedad de la Ciudad de Fort Collins, busca la aportación de retroalimentación comunitaria con respecto a cambiar permanentemente a un sistema de transporte sin tarifas.

En marzo de 2020, Transfort eliminó el cobro de tarifas como parte de la respuesta de la agencia al COVID-19. Aunque se han levantado las restricciones de COVID y Transfort ha reanudado las operaciones regulares, Transfort no ha reanudado el cobro de tarifas, optando en cambio por explorar si es posible o no la operación sin tarifas de forma permanente.

Los miembros de la comunidad pueden proveer retroalimentación tomando la encuesta de Transfort en www.fcgov.com/transfortsurvey. La encuesta contiene una sección de preguntas relacionadas a las tarifas además de otras preguntas relacionadas al transporte, incluyendo cuáles son los factores que los miembros de la comunidad consideran al hacer decisiones sobre si viajar (o no viajar) en los autobuses de Transfort.

La encuesta estará abierta hasta el 15 de febrero, 2023.


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