Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Week of December 6, 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello Webster Families,


Chilly and foggy December has arrived. We are expecting rain this week. Please refer to our Rainy Day Drop-off procedures:


In the event of a rainy day:

Kindergarteners will be dropped off at the kinder gate and will be directed to enter the building to be supervised in the auditorium.

1st, 2nd and Ms. Benn's class will be dropped off at the drive thru and will enter the main building to be supervised in the auditorium.

Ms. Froeschle's class, 4th and 5th will be dropped off at the drive thru and will line up outside of their classroom doors under the breezeway where they will be supervised.


Please reach out to the health office if your child has any health conditions that we should be made aware of. You may notify Ms. Mendez at mendez.claudia@pusd.us.


Parents of 4th and 5th graders interested in a 4th/5th grade spring trip, please see the information below.


Thank you to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses for celebrating our student artists. I had a great time celebrating Elizabeth K. from Ms. Jones's 4th grade class along with her parents at the Parade of Roses!


As you drive by Webster, you will notice that the front of the school received a much needed facelift. Boy Scout, Jacob Bellew, from Troop 351 chose Webster as his Eagle Scout Project. Jacob, and his Eagle Project team moved our roses and bird and butterfly friendly plants so that the entire area can more easily be maintained. This project has definitely increased our curb appeal. Thank you, Jacob, his mom Ms. Velasco and BSA Troop 351!


Thank you to those families who chose to give to Webster's Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday! Please remember, there is still time to give if you are looking for an end of the year donation opportunity. To donate, visit our online donation form. These funds will be used to financially support our music and arts programs! Webster Annual Fund is a 501-C3 non-profit managed by Pasadena Educational Foundation, Tax ID 23-714-9451.


Our PTA membership drive is continuing through December 31st. Please see the information below and consider becoming a Webster PTA member if you have not already done so.


Webster's Boon Supply Fundraiser is in full swing through December 13th. Please see detailed information below. Webster will receive 40% of all proceeds!

https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/615288-daniel-webster-elementary-school-pta


Webster Wolves are Strong and Smart!!

Boon Supply - Holiday Shopping Made Easy

All of us are trying to do our part to serve the world. Boon Supply brings those decisions to one eco-conscious place. From detergent strips, to reusable bamboo nesting bowls, to refillable deodorant, here, the little things add up.

Every time you shop, Boon makes it easy for you to give 40% back to Webster PTA.

The beautiful catalog and information sheet were sent home before Thanksgiving break.


https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/615288-daniel-webster-elementary-school-pta

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Open Enrollment First Lottery in January 2022

The sibling and priority application window has closed. However, families will have another opportunity to participate during the first lottery in January. Pre-enrollment for schools of residence will begin on November 29, 2021. It is for:

  • New to PUSD K-12 students who prefer their school of residence

  • Kindergarten students turning 5 by September 1, 2022

  • New to PUSD students entering Transitional Kindergarten

  • Current PUSD students who are promoting to 6th or 9th grades and prefer to attend their school of residence: pusd.us/findmyschool

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Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

Please join us and become a member today! We invite every parent, teacher and neighbor to join with the PTA as we work to make Webster the best school of choice in PUSD and a great place for our kids!

Webster PTA has and does support our students in the following ways:

  • The Music & Instrumental program
  • Playground equipment and shade structures
  • IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Supplies
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

Professor Egghead is Back!

Calling all Scientists! Professor Egghead is back this Winter for a new round of STEM Science Classes. This session, Eggheads will need to use their Detective skills as they dust for fingerprints, decode secret messages, and use real forensic science to help solve cases! The best part? They get to take their experiments home after each class! Registration is open now at professoregghead.com/register. Please email losangeles@professoregghead.com with any questions.

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4th and 5th Grade Educational Trip

Hello 4th and 5th grade parents,


My name is Davina. I’m the parent of a 4th grader. Myself, along with Eliza and Debbie whose children are in 5th grade and 4th grade, have been talking with Principal Forrest in regards to having a trip this year.

Traditionally, in the past you might remember popcorn Friday’s which was how 4th graders helped fund a trip to Sacramento. This year, and hopefully going forward, we are looking to organize a trip not just for 4th graders but also 5th graders since they couldn’t go on their trip last year. Not only are we changing who normally goes on the trip; we are changing where they go as well. This trip would take place in May before the end of the school year. We are planning on having a zoom meeting to discuss the details. If you are interested in possibly having your child participate please contact us at websterclasstrip@gmail.com. Please include your name as well as your child's name and teacher.


Thank you,

The Webster Trip Team

Pasadena LEARNs 2021-22 After School Program

PasadenaLEARNs currently has openings in grades Kinder, 1st , 4th, and 5th.


Programs will operate Mondays-Fridays every regular school day from dismissal until 6 pm.* Program offerings include:


  • academic support
  • enrichment opportunities (STEM/STEAM, visual and performing arts, and much more)
  • structured recreation/mindfulness
  • social-emotional learning/leadership/team building
  • healthy and nutritious supper

Click on your child's school to apply. Spaces are limited! Apply now!


*Program dates and times subject to change.

Webster

Parker Anderson Enrichment

Dear Parents,

Thank you for enrolling in Parker-Anderson Enrichment

Please note that we have pushed back the starting date for our classes, in an effort to boost enrollment and prevent cancellations. The classes were originally set to begin next week. Here is our new flyer with the revised dates…


www.parker-anderson.org

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Interested in purchasing Webster Logo Gear?

Please use the following link if you are interested in ordering Webster Logo Gear through PTA.

my.cheddarup.com/c/wolf-logo-gear

Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee

Please us the following link to celebrate a student's birthday on the Webster Marquee.

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Webster

The cost is $10 for a full week. Please make the payment and let us know your child’s name and the date you’d like the message to go on the marquee.

Updates from Health Programs

COVID-19 NEWS

Health officials are monitoring a new “variant of concern” called Omicron recently identified in California. Our strategy remains the same -- making sure that everyone 5 years and older gets fully vaccinated or receives their booster dose as quickly as possible.


During the break, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) and Pasadena Public Health Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh stopped at McKinley’s vaccine clinic. They urged parents to vaccinate their children because it is the best way to reduce transmission of the virus and it will allow us to continue in-person learning.


District Health Program Director Ria Apodaca and her team successfully vaccinated 269 students between ages 5 and 11 at this, our first three-day pediatric clinic.


PUSD clinics that are planned for ages 5 to 11.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, at Willard Auditorium

  • Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2:30 - 4:00 PM, at Madison Elementary


This month we are also partnering with local pharmacies to offer additional clinics for children ages 5 - 17.

  • Friday, Dec. 17, 3:00 - 7:00 PM, at Vons Pharmacy, 2355 E. Colorado Blvd.

  • Saturday, Dec. 18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, at Vons Pharmacy, 2355 E. Colorado Blvd.


To make an appointment for a vaccine or booster, visit myturn.ca.gov. Our goal is to have all eligible students and staff fully vaccinated before returning from Winter break.


If you have questions, you are encouraged to ask a trusted physician or check with the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/children-teens.html


One more note, all 133 tests conducted at our drive-through clinic last week came back negative. If families cannot get to a District clinic, there are several other local options for vaccinations and testing.


https://www.albertsons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html


https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine


https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19


https://www.vons.com/pharmacy/covid-19.html

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of

students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Rojas, our office manager at rojas.linda@pusd.us.


All volunteers must provide either: a) proof of Covid vaccination prior to starting any

volunteer work; or, b) proof of a negative Covid test performed by a medical

laboratory provider weekly. Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form of a

Covid vaccination card or a screenshot of a digital record with a corresponding QR

code.

Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of

vaccine administration.

● Proof of vaccination or negative weekly test results for Level 1 volunteer records

should be completed and retained at the school site using the attached “Volunteer

Vaccination/Negative Test Result Attestment” form.

● Volunteers must record their time at the school site using the same “visitors log” that

denotes their name, entry/leave times, phone number, and email address.

● Volunteers are expected to follow the same Covid exposure and quarantine/isolation

protocols that PUSD staff follow as part of the Covid Safety Plan.

Tax Deductible Giving through Webster's Annual Fund


Daniel Webster Elementary School has been honored as a California Distinguished School. Great teachers, strong leadership, and parent involvement make Daniel Webster a great school to send our children.

In addition to the great education our students receive, they are also provided with various opportunities to participate in our music and arts activities. We're asking for your support to continue this legacy by donating to the Daniel Webster Annual Fund and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

These funds will be used to financially support our music and arts programs, and to support the instructional goals set forth by the School Site Council
We would like to see every family donate at least $1.00 per week ($50 for the school year) for each child they have enrolled at Daniel Webster.

Think of it as donating less than the cost of a weekly cup of coffee or soft drink to help ensure that your child receives a high quality education.


If you can donate more, we would encourage you to donate towards our Giving Tree. We have various levels of donations:
Bronze - $100
Silver - $200
Gold - $300
VIP - $500 or more

If you are not able to contribute financially please consider donating your time and talents.

To donate:

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing at the School Site

At its regular meeting on August 26, 2021, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education took decisive action to bolster safety measures that protect students and employees from COVID-19. The Board of Education voted unanimously to:


  • ratify an existing testing plan that places mobile testing teams at schools for students and employee testing and now requires

    • all students under age 12 to get weekly COVID-19 tests with informed consent from parents/guardians


Testing will be offered at Webster Elementary on Thursdays from 7:45am to 3:30pm.

PUSD offers COVID-19 PCR oral or nasal swab tests on campuses


Testing teams will be at each elementary and middle school site for one day to conduct the testing program. PUSD Health Programs will not test students who have not submitted informed consent.


How can parents give informed consent?


Parents can provide informed consent through two ways:

  • Register through the online platform: https://home.color.com/covid/sign-up/start?partner=cdph094

  • Complete the hard copy registration forms in English or Spanish which will be provided for you by the COVID-19 Response Team.

  • The COVID-19 Response Team will also bring posters of the QR code that connects directly to the testing link.



If you or your child are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to school for testing. Stay home. You can come to the PUSD Primary Care Clinic at 351 S. Hudson Ave. Please call 626-396-3600 xt 88180 for an appointment.

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months, recovered, and are not showing any symptoms, are not recommended to test.


COVID-19 TESTING THROUGH THE PUSD PRIMARY CLINIC


  • Get Tested! We strongly encourage all students not yet eligible for vaccination to get tested. PUSD is providing incentives for students to get tested. These include gift cards, water bottles, stickers, and drawings for gift baskets for the family.

    How and Where PUSD Students and Staff Can Get Tested

    See PUSD's Testing Implementation Plan


SELF-SCREEN BEFORE YOU LEAVE HOME

  • Stay home if you’re sick.

    • Before leaving home all students, employees, and parents must conduct a self-check. Ask yourself these questions:
      • Do I have a fever?
      • Do I have a cough?
      • Am I experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
      • Am I experiencing any other symptoms?
      • Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
      • In the last two weeks, have I been directed to quarantine, isolate or take a COVID-19 test?

    • If you respond "yes" to any of the questions, you must stay home and contact your school or office. It is recommended that you contact your primary care physician for further medical advice. If you have a fever with cough or shortness of breath, you are urged to contact your primary care physician as these symptoms may be attributed to COVID-19.

    • Upon arrival at school, school staff will perform a brief check-in to verify that students have completed a symptom screening.

Visitors

Visitors must wear masks, including those picking up students from the after school programs. Please remember that visitors are by appointment only. Visitors may make an appointment by emailing our office clerk, Ms. DeabregoPaz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us or our office manager, Linda Rojas at rojas.linda@pusd.us or by calling (626)396-5740.

Webster Daily Start and Dismissal Times

TK-5th Grade:

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm


Special Education PreK:

5 hour program
Mon- 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm


AM
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am


PM
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm

Save the Dates

Link to Webster Elementary School Calendar of Events 2021-2022

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kx8Xp42eKL3SmH9_BJR5sJE_fVr2SXD5/view?usp=sharing

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PTA Activities for the Year!

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PUSD Announcements including Independent Study Option

Important notifications for the new school year are posted at https://www.pusd.us/Page/9474 and are listed below:


Recent Legislation

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 104 was passed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student performance during the 2020/21 school year. This legislation temporarily modifies practices regarding student retention, grading, and graduation status for eligible students during the 2020/21 school year ONLY. Read the letter

  • Amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 130 require school districts to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The TK-12 Independent Study Program in the Pasadena Unified School District will be held virtually through the Center for Independent Study (CIS). Read the letter

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


Amazon Smile - As you are doing your shopping, please keep Webster in mind. Amazon Smile donates money from purchases back to our school at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and enter Daniel Webster Elementary PTA as your charity of choice.


Annual Fund - Visit our online donation form

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.


Box Tops - Box Tops can still be clipped and put into an envelope or ziplock bag and turned into the school in the Box Tops box provided under the shade structure at the drive-thru. You can also upload the virtual version off your receipt. The app is called “Box Tops”. Select Webster as your school of choice and follow the instructions to set up an account to get credit.

Parent Portal

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. You can update all important contact information on the parent portal. Aeries Parent Portal is a wonderful resource that all parents need to sign up for in order to access student attendance, grades, and teacher information to name a few. If you do not yet have an Aeries Parent Portal account, you can go to https://www.pusd.us/Page/6203 and follow the instructions to create an account. Please make sure you have set up your account before school starts so you know what class your child has been assigned to for the 2021-2022 school year. Our office will reopen on August 4th and will be able to provide you with needed information on or after this date.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD has prepared a COVID-19 Dashboard to support timely and transparent information related to known COVID-19 cases connected to our school campuses while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The dashboard will be updated biweekly. www.pusd.us/covid19dashboard

Parent Leader for the Arts at Webster

Please let Mrs. Forrest know if you are interested in being a parent leader for the arts for Webster. A parent leader does the following:

  • Serves as a representative for DAT/CAT meetings

  • Supports communication of arts events to all stakeholders

  • Advocates for arts education priorities for your site and the district

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Use the following link to find the 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Staff and teachers will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible which is normally within 24 to 48 business hours.