Thursday, September 2, 2021
Welcome To A Cooler September!
I have had the pleasure of reading to each classroom and have enjoyed getting to know so many new faces, along with friendly waves and warm hugs from familiar faces. Together we read Mae's First Day of School. Feel free to read this to your child, or listen together if your child is feeling worried or nervous about coming to school or going somewhere new.
We have a few very exciting WEPA events coming up!
- WEPA Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 14 at the Wayland Park - more details below
- Please look for Walk-A-Thon notes and an envelope in your student's backpack. This event will take place on Friday, September 24.
You can expect our Baker Bits newsletters to begin coming to you every other week.
Enjoy your long weekend!
Principal - Baker Elementary
Wayland Union Schools
Fri, Sept 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Weekend
Mon, Sept 6 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Weekend
Tues, Sept 14 - Coffee Talk with WEPA
Wed, Sept 15 - School Wide Picture Day
Thurs, Sept 16 - Alternative Day Pictures for Preschool
Thurs, Sept 16 - 6:30pm - WEPA Parent Meeting at Steeby Elementary Media Center
Fri, Sept 17 - Dot Day
Fri, Sept 24 - WEPA Walk-A-Thon
Fri, Sept 24 - Homecoming Football Game
Fri, Oct 1 - Progress Reports Publish to the Parent Portal
Mon, Oct 4- Parent/Teacher Conferences
Wed, Oct 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
Mon, Oct 11 - NO SCHOOL - No Staff or Students
Mon, Nov 1 - NO SCHOOL - No Students - PD Day for Staff
Tues, Nov 2 - Picture Retake Day
Nov 24th - Nov 26th - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
School Times 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Drop Off Lane - Begins at 8:55 AM
Pick Up - Gates open at 3:55 PM - There should be an adult waiting outside the gates by 3:55. All students should be picked up no later than 4:00 PM.
Baker Office Hours
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:10 AM to 4:10 PM.
The school office is also CLOSED during student drop off and pickup times. Office staff is assisting with kids coming off the bus between 8:55 and 9:05, as well as, assisting with student pick up between 3:50 - 4:05.
Spare Clothing & Spare Mask
It is also a really good idea to send a spare change of clothing in the backpack. Having an extra set of clothes on hand is very helpful. Learning new routines will take time. If a child is on the playground and needs to use the bathroom, it takes time to assist a child back to their classroom bathroom. Please help us by reminding your child to use the bathroom before school and also to remind them to try to use the classroom bathrooms before their class goes to recess each day.
We have had a few mask malfunctions this week. (Learning curve!) If you are able, please send an extra mask in your child's backpack.
WEPA Meet & Greet
WEPA Walk-A-Thon - Friday, September 24
- Parents are invited to join us outside.
- Classes will walk for 30 minutes.
- Preschool 9:15 - 9:35
- Young Fives + Kindergarten 9:45 - 10:15
- First Grade 10:30 - 11:00
- Walking will happen around the staff parking lot.
- Envelopes will go home Thursday, Sept 2 with all students.
School social worker and counselor at Baker Elementary, Alexis Prins, wants to help all students learn how to peacefully and appropriately handle conflict. With the help of Kelso and his Choice Wheel, the students at Baker Elementary will be taught several positive ways to deal with conflicts. At school the students will be taught the difference between big problems and little problems. Students will be reminded they need an adult's help to solve big problems but they can try to solve little problems on their own or with the help of Kelso and Lilly, our friendly frogs!
This school year we want to give students the opportunity to learn how to use their conflict resolution skills at home. We have all experienced difficulties during this time and using Kelso’s Wheel might be a great way to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, be kind, patient, and inclusive to their peers and siblings.
ALL Students Can Now Eat FREE!! PLEASE READ THROUGHLY
ALL BREAKFASTS and LUNCHES are FREE to ALL CHILDREN!!
Great news! ALL students will again be eligible to receive FREE breakfast and FREE lunch from the school cafeteria during the school day! Participation is optional and there is no registration required. This is great news for so many of our families and a great way to come back to school!
Please note that milk-only purchases are NOT included in the FREE meal benefit available to all students. Student lunch accounts will be charged $.60 when milk is purchased individually. Parents are responsible for all purchases their students make to their lunch accounts. Money can be added to student lunch accounts through the Parent Portal using a credit or debit card.
Remember to fill out a Free & Reduced Price Meal Program application! The percentage of students in the WUS District that qualify for the Free & Reduced Price Meal Program is an important reporting tool used by the District to qualify for additional funding from various sources. Due to less households having filled out applications this year, our numbers do not accurately reflect the need in our community. Please help improve the accuracy of our numbers by completing a Free & Reduced Price Meal Program application if you have not already done so this school year.
Electronic application forms can be completed through the Parent Portal (found under the MORE option of the main menu) or paper copies can be obtained through the office. Please contact WUS Food Services if you have any questions or concerns.
To view menus, please visit https://wayland.nutrislice.com/
Have questions or a special need request? Email Us!
or call 269-792-3150
WEPA - Wayland Elementary Parent Association
Who To Contact???
If you have questions about your parent portal or need help with you log-in and password - you will need to contact the technology department. They are the only office that can help parents with confidential information. 269-792-6611.