Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
March 24, 2021 Newsletter
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Del Escritorio del Sr. Franke
The start of Trimester III
Greetings Woodcrest families,
I am happy to have had the chance to welcome back all of our students yesterday. We have begun the last trimester of the school year. Families of students learning at school, please take a few minutes to review updated health screening guidance, and if applicable, the recommendations from the CDC for after travel. We are doing all we can to continue health and safety protocols both on site and away.
The time away from school during break was punctuated with a number of current events. Shootings in Boulder and Atlanta, the preparation for the trial of Derek Chauvin that will begin next week and other headlines are creating conversations and bringing forward a lot of different emotions and responses. As Superintendent Ronneberg shared in his message yesterday, each day we work hard to create a safe, welcoming learning environment for each student. Our Woodcrest staff is here to support our kids. We also have a list of resources in today’s newsletter for families. Please reach out to us if your family needs additional support.
These upcoming weeks will be a busy, challenging, and exciting time for all of our students. Our staff here at Woodcrest is ready and look forward to partnering with you.
Pandemic food benefits mailed by March 31
Families with students who qualify for free and reduced price meals will receive additional food benefits in the mail. Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children in grades K-12 who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. One benefit card per child (like a credit card) will be mailed to homes by March 31. The card will contain funds families can use to purchase food. Keep your card(s) safe. Cards will be loaded with additional benefits in later months. See more information about the P-EBT program.
It's not too late to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meals application. For more information, contact Jane Sweney, Nutrition Services Program Assistant at 763-600-5041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trimester 2 Elementary Report Cards (Grades K-5) Reporting on student learning
Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year. Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards. All grades received reflect student learning that occurred during Trimester 2. Grades for K-5 include:
- MS: Minimal progress toward standard
- AS: Approaching the standard
- S: Met the standard
- ES: Exceeds the standard
- You may see two other marks on the report card:
- An NA indicates that students did not have opportunities to learn this outcome throughout Trimester 2. Any learning outcomes marked as NA for Trimester 2 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
- An NE (No Evidence) grade indicates that students had opportunities to learn this outcome during Trimester 2, but did not submit any evidence of their learning. As a result, there is no evidence to determine where they are at toward meeting the learning outcome. Any learning outcomes marked as NE for Trimester 2 will be addressed throughout the rest of the year.
Trimester 2 report cards will be available beginning today, March 24, 2021 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card through Campus Parent Portal.
Daily Health Self-Screen for Symptoms Reminder
All students and staff must self-screen their health before coming to school each day. Please stay home if there are one or more of the more common symptoms (fever greater than 100°, new cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell) or two or more of the less common symptoms (sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, extreme fatigue, new severe headache, new nasal congestion or runny nose). View the Daily Health Self-Screen for COVID-19 Symptoms document.
COVID-19 Testing for Students and Families
MDH announced a recommendation for all school-age youth returning to school, youth sports, or extracurricular activities, and their families, to get tested every two weeks through the end of the school year. While it is not a requirement, regular testing complements other safety measures already in place, such as masking and social distancing. For more information about community testing sites and at-home kits, visit the MDH website COVID-19 Testing for Kids and Families.
Resources for families: Responding to current events
Our news headlines have been dominated by the upcoming trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd last summer as well as recent mass shootings including events in Atlanta that have highlighted the issue of ongoing racism, violence and harassment toward Asian Americans.
At home, you may be looking for resources to help your children process current events. There are many available and here are just a few you may find helpful:
- Resources to Help Educators, Adults Respond to Racism, Violence and Trauma (MDE)
- Talking to Children about Tragedies & Other News Events (AAP)
- Anti-Racism for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide for Fighting Hate (Parents)
- Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism (PBS)
- Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Parents and Educators (NCTSN)
For additional support in the coming days, please reach out to our school office with specific requests. We are here to help.
Where to find the latest COVID-19 information
We continue to update our "hub" of information for this unusual school year. Find the latest information about the learning models, health and safety measures (including procedures for quarantine), the weekly dashboard and archive of parent communication related to COVID-19 at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/Plan2020. Not finding what you need? Submit a question on the website and you should get a response within 24 hours.
CDC's 'After You Travel' recommendations
For families that traveled over the break, please be sure to read the CDC Travel During COVID-19 resource that's available online. The After You Travel link also recommends individuals get tested 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if the test comes back negative. Now that we've returned from Spring Break, our schools will continue to follow health and safety mitigation strategies. We appreciate all members of our school community taking precautions to help us keep our classrooms open for learning.
Nothing can stop us from learning!
Los estudiantes de primer grado han estado trabajando en pequeños grupos con la Sra. Arango. Aquí tenemos a dos amigos que están practicando problemas de matemáticas.
Students from first grade have been working in small groups with Sra. Arango. Here we have two friends practicing their math facts.
Spring Family Activity Bags
Thanks to a generous donation by WCSI parents, each student will be receiving (or already brought home) two new books as part of the read-a-long last month. WCSI PTO wanted to add to this fun by giving each student a Cozy Up and Read Activity Bag. It includes tips on reading with your student(s), fort building ideas, star gazing info, a flashlight and a snack for at home. We hope you enjoy this special time with your child(ren).
FREE Digital Games Available
Free Digital Family Game Night for all via Breakout EDU! New puzzles have been released for the month of March. Complete one to be entered into the monthly prize drawing. Sign up online with code OQXAW6
Scholastic Book Club
Woodcrest PTO is offering Scholastic Book Club. Please visit Scholastic and enter class code NJ89V. All purchases will help earn FREE books which will be used to support children's literacy at Woodcrest. Questions about Scholastic Book Club can be emailed to PTO.
- April 2 - No school for students at Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
- April 12 - PTO Meeting at 6 p.m.
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