Werner Weekly

September 3, 2021

Sept. 3 Safety Precautions at Schools Communication

Mid-Day Update


Sept. 3, 2021


Dear PSD community,

This is the second update for staff and families about today’s events.

As we communicated by email this morning, PSD and Fort Collins Police Services were made aware of a possible shooting threat shared on Snapchat. The post referenced a possible shooting to take place on Friday at “Fort Collins schools.” FCPS immediately investigated and confirmed there is no verified threat toward any specific school or individual.

We wanted to reiterate that in response to this information, PSD and our law enforcement partners increased safety measures across the district as a precaution. This includes:

  • School Resource Officers are more visible at schools today as a precaution.

  • Law enforcement officers are spending more time patrolling near schools.

  • PSD Safety and Security and Facilities staff are out in schools.

  • The PSD Mental Health and Employee Assistance Services team are available to support students and staff at schools.

  • We are in close and frequent communication with our law enforcement partners, including FCPS, which continues to investigate.

We also want to correct a high volume of misinformation that is being shared in our communities by sharing what is true. For the most-accurate information, please rely on verified sources, including PSD and Fort Collins Police Services (through the PSD and FCPS websites and social media). We know the following to be true:

  • No PSD school has needed to go into secure status or evacuated today because of this possible threat. This includes rumors at Rocky Mountain and Poudre high schools, and Blevins and Boltz middle schools. Olander Elementary School was in secure status for a few minutes Friday for an unrelated situation.

  • Photos of officers and a man at Horsetooth and Taft Hill roads have been incorrectly associated with the possible school threat. FCPS responded to a report of an individual wearing tactical-style clothing. He was contact by FCPS and cooperative. There was no basis for charges, and the man was released.

This situation may prompt a range of feelings, for our students, staff and parents/guardians.

For students and families: If your student wants to talk with someone, they may connect with the mental health professional at their school. The following are other resources:

For staff: If you want to talk with someone, Employee Assistance Services is always available. Call 970-488-4925 if you would like to make an appointment or need to talk to someone.

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority in PSD.

Thank you for your continued partnership.


Sincerely,
Poudre School District



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Dear PSD community,

Some of you may hear about a social media post that referenced a possible school shooting threat about “Fort Collins schools.”

Fort Collins Police Services immediately investigated. Although the nature of the threat was vague and there was a lack of information about the original source, the following steps have been implemented today as a precaution:

  • Schools will operate as usual.

  • SROs will be more visible at schools today as a precaution.

  • Patrol officers will spend more time today patrolling near schools located in their assigned areas.

We know this information may be unsettling. If your student wants to talk with someone, they may connect with the mental health professional at their school. The following are other resources:

Those with information about this situation are asked to report it directly to their School Resource Officer or Contact SRO Cpl. Keith Maynard at 970-224-6035. As always, if you see something, say something – either to an adult at school or through Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233.

Sincerely,

Poudre School District

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar

Sept. 6: NO SCHOOL-Labor Day

Sept. 7-9: Back-to-School nights (see below)

Sept. 14: PTA Meeting (9-10 am on Werner playground; agenda below)

Sept. 17: NO SCHOOL-Staff Work Day

Sept. 22: Picture Day

Sept. 24: Fall Fun Festival (More Details to Come)

NEWS FROM WERNER

Updates


  • Breakfast: This is a friendly reminder that students may not arrive before 8:30 am. Breakfast will begin at that point. If you need child care, please consider enrolling your child in AlphaBEST.
  • Arrival/Dismissal- Please remember to stay off your cell phone for safety sake. Also, please be patient and drive slowly while going through the pickup lanes. Thanks for your help with this!

  • Volunteers- We are getting more clarity on usage of volunteers this year with our COVID protocols. Teachers are beginning to assess needs and will be communicating later. Just a reminder that all volunteers must be registered with PSD before they can volunteer. For more information, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/community/volunteers.

  • PSD Fall COVID Protocols- This flier has information about what to expect this fall to with our health/safety protocols.

Back-to-School Nights

The purpose of our Back-to-School nights is to orient parents to the grade level curricular program and expectations. Our 2nd-5th grade Classroom Teachers will host Back-to-School nights, virtually, on Zoom this year. The Kindergarten and 1st grade teams will host in-person nights for parents only (distanced in one of three locations on campus). Teachers will send separate communication with more details. Please mark your calendar for the following dates/times:


  • Sept. 7: Kindergarten @ 5:00 pm and 1st grade @ 6:00 pm

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

  • Sept. 9: 3rd grade @ 5:00 pm and 5th grade @ 6:00 pm

Pictures Needed

Throughout the year, our yearbook committee collects pictures. Please share your pictures of your student to our Werner Photo Album.

Virtual Author Visit

Werner 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade families,

We are excited to host a virtual conversation with author John Patrick Green on October 4 here at Werner where he will be sharing about his InvestiGators series (fun graphic novels!) Old Firehouse Books is sponsoring this event for our students for FREE. If students would like to buy a book and support our local bookstore, please go to their website and order between now and October. See information at this link or email Mrs. Bean with questions. tbean@psdschools.org

A Note from Our Health Office

Link to immunization information:

https://www.psdschools.org/programs-services/student-health/immunizations

Exemptions

· If your student cannot get vaccines because of medical reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Medical Exemption to your school, signed by a health care provider licensed to give vaccines. You only need to submit this certificate once, unless your student’s information or school changes.

· If you choose not to have your student vaccinated according to the current recommended schedule because of personal belief or religious reasons, you must submit a Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption to your school. Nonmedical exemptions must be submitted annually at every new school year (July 1st through June 30th of the following year).

· Two ways to file a nonmedical exemption, certificates and online education module:

o File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR

o File the Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.

o Downloadable certificates and online education module are available on the CDPHE website here.

Werner Health/Safety Protocols

For more information about Werner's Health/Safety protocols and routines, go this site. It will remain updated throughout the year.

What's Happening in Music?

Update from the Library-Mrs. Powers

We are so excited to start the beginning of the school year with regular library check out this year! Every class will have a consistent library check out day (see below). This should make it easier to remember when to bring those books back. Students can bring back their books any day of the week, but for now will always be checking out on their scheduled days. Because Mrs. Rider (the new Mrs. Seavey) is new to the library we are starting out simple to get the hang of things. There will not be reservations or book holds right now. We have increased the amount of books younger students may check out so they have more opportunities for reading at home. Please help them return their books so they can keep checking them out. Here is the library check out schedule with amount of books each grade can check out. Just know that we lowered the amount of books for the first checkout but will be increasing the number with successful returns.
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NEWS FROM WERNER PTA

Message from PTA

Upcoming General Meeting

September 14th at 9 am | Open to all Werner Grown Ups | Picnic tables on the Playground

Meeting Agenda

Mr. Camp’s Update

Fall Fun Fest Planning

Guest Speaker for October meeting

Open Positions and Volunteer Opportunities

Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events and see what the PTA is up to at the school.

Volunteers Needed for FALL FUN FEST. We are super excited to be planning the return of Fall Fun Fest, September 24th! We have some major fun in store for Werner Families and need at least 10 grown-ups to volunteer so we can make it a success. Sign up HERE. Spots available for set-up, pizza and water, cashier, and clean-up.

Join Us! We have a couple positions open this year on the PTA Board. Check them out and send an email to Anjani, the PTA President, if you might be interested.

VP of Community will assist with organization of community events like, Mugs with Mentors & Donuts for Grown Ups.

VP of Fundraising will assist with organization of our fundraising events.

Community Service Chair will partner with the VP of Community for our Werner Cares & Shares outreach programs like, the Fall Food Drive and Holiday Giving Tree.

Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!

PTA President | Anjani Rogenski

PTA Vice President | Nicole Kidd

PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell

PTA Secretary | Chelsea Padgett

PTA Board member | Juliana Schump

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

NEWS FROM PSD

PSD 21-22 School Year Updates

Keep updated on PSD's plans for the 21-22 school year on the PSD website

Interested in Subbing?

PSD is accepting application for our substitute pool. You can find more information at: Subbing for PSD.

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.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

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