JANUARY 28

#WilburInspired

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CHANGE IN GRADES 4 AND 5 SCIENCE/SS STATE TESTING FROM MAY TO APRIL 12! (Please note this!)

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ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK: STARTING NEXT WEEK!

As I mentioned last week, we are starting our new One School, One book reading on February 1. Again, the idea is for families to read together each night for 10-15 minutes throughout the month of February. Your child will be bringing home his or her book on Monday, 1/31....please be on the lookout for it and the reading calendar that lists the portions we are reading each night.

EARLY DISMISSAL REMINDERS!

  • Due to our dismissal procedures, there are no early dismissals after 3:00 p.m.
  • Even though it is cold, for safety and security reasons, we are not allowing visitors in the building. If you come for an early dismissal, we have to find your child and get them from wherever their class is at that time. This makes for a longer wait for you...and, if we have multiple dismissals at one time, it stretches that time even longer.
  • Best case scenario, unless it is an emergency, avoid early dismissals!

CAR LINE PARENTS

A few things have come up over the past few weeks that I need to remind everyone of:

1. Please communicate to anyone else who may be dropping your student off in the morning that they should not get upset when we signal that they need to pull ALL THE WAY UP. We are trying to get a lot of cars through the line in as quick a time as possible and if any car stops and starts letting out without pulling to the front of the line, it can cause delays for hundreds of other parents!! Yes, even in the rain this has to happen....


2. Due to back ups at the stoplight, to keep the line moving, you probably have noticed that we have started to move all exiting vehicles to the left hand side of the drop off area. This then allows us to pull up the next group on the right hand side to continue with arrival. If you are turning right, you can move into the right lane once you pass the stop sign. Again, if we didn't do this, we would have to hold all the cars in the waiting car line until the light turned green each time and would delay everyone. The more 'in order' the cars exit and move to the left, the easier it is so, again, if you need extra time to get your child into the car, please pull into the lot and they can cross at the brick walkway with a staff member.


Thank you in advance!

ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW!

We are working on crafting our 2021-2022 Wilbur Elementary yearbook at this time! Yearbooks will be delivered to students during the last week of May and you can place an order starting today. It is unlikely that we will have any yearbooks for sale in person so we are asking everyone who wants one to order them online by April 12. Follow the directions on the flyer below.
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ONE SCHOOL, ONE BOOK IS COMING SOON!!!

Our school will be embarking on a special project for the fifth year: a whole school book club called One School/One Book! Through Title I funds, every Wilbur family will receive a copy of the same book and be asked to read it aloud with their children at home during ‘I Love To Read Month’ from February 1st through February 28th. I am personally asking you to make the time in your schedule in the coming month so your family can participate in this special activity. We weren't able to have this special event last year due to half our school being remote so we are excited to bring it back now!


Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School/ One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, principals, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians - will be participating, and we want your child to be a part of this as well.


We will be announcing this year’s book title on January 31st to kick off our One School/One Book program. Your child will receive a copy of the book that day. The reading calendar, which will show which days we will read each chapter, will come home with the book so you can make sure your child is on track. Generally you will be asked to read a chapter a night aloud to your child, Monday through Friday. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes per night.


In school, your child will be invited to answer daily trivia questions to encourage and reward great listening skills. You will soon find that your child will take pride in knowing and anticipating the details of the story. In class, there may be various activities that discuss or explore the book. Throughout the month, everyone at Wilbur will be talking about the book. See the video below to get more of an idea of what One School/ One Book is all about!

One School, One Book Cartoon Manifesto

PIVOT AND PIVOT......

COVID has been hitting Wilbur and our district hard over the past few weeks. I want to stress that at any time, a classroom, a wing, or even the school may have to go virtual for a short amount of time to keep everyone safe OR if we can't safely operate the building due to a lack of staff. Our goal is to keep kids in school because we know that is where they learn best, but we all have to be prepared to pivot one way or the other at any time. Unfortunately, things that affect this happen quickly and we don't always have time to give much notice. An example happened this week when two buses had to be shut down due to staffing issues. The district will give as much notice as possible when things like this happen, but it is often happening at such a rapid pace that we don't have much notice. In this crazy time, I appreciate more than ever working with families that understand that we are doing our best and that our goal is to get you the information you need as soon as we have it!

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR WEEKLY COVID TESTING FOR MY CHILD?

I've had a few parents ask so....in order to have your child participate in the weekly covid testing (now on Fridays here at Wilbur), you would need to go to this link and sign up: https://my.primary.health/l/colonial-schools. There is no cost involved.

SNOW DAYS

Since the weather has started turning colder and we've even had some snow this week, I wanted to provide you with some updated information on snow days. If we have inclement weather that impacts our buses getting to school safely, there are three possibilities that could occur:


1. A delayed start to school (typically either one or two hour delays)

2. A traditional snow day (where students have off school totally)

3. A Virtual day (where students have school on zoom from 9:00-12:15)


The decision about which scenario will happen is made at the district level and will be communicated as soon as they have made a final decision about that day. I always follow up the district communication with a text alert from me to ensure all families get the information. When this communication comes out, please let your child(ren) know if they have a day off OR if they are going to zoom. :)


So you are prepared for a Virtual Day, I wanted to provide you information now about the schedule for remote learning. Spanish immersion families will have a specific schedule sent to you from your child's immersion teachers, but ALL students will have the hours of 9:00 to 12:15 on any snow day. Before 9:00 a.m. on the first snow day that we have, your child's teacher will make sure you have their zoom link and information.

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MAKE SURE YOU GET LAST MINUTE INFORMATION AND REMINDERS: SIGN UP FOR WILBUR'S TEXTS TODAY!

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CAR RIDERS

Especially as the weather gets colder, we ask that your child be ready to jump out of the car as soon as you get pulled all the way up in the car line in front of the building. If you feel you need to get out of the car to assist your child, pull into a parking spot in the visitor's area at the front of the building. You can then have your child walk on the sidewalk along the back of the parking spots to the brick walkway where one of us will cross them safely.


So that we can get our hundreds of cars through the line in a timely manner, even in the extreme cold or rain or snow and regardless of which wing your child is in, we must have cars pull all the way to the front of the line as far as you can go. Again, if this is an issue for you, please pull in a spot and we can cross your child at the brick walkway, or you can come towards the end of the car line time - between 8:55 and 9:00 - since there are less cars coming through at that time.


Another reminder - once you get past the active car line drop off area, there are two lanes of traffic. If you are turning left at the light, you should be on the left side. If you are turning right, on the right. We have had left turners blocking all the right turners because of being in the wrong lane. Thanks for helping us to keep everyone's frustrations down!


We appreciate your help in making our car line as efficient as possible, especially in the cold weather!!!

PIK MY KID

This year, our school will be continuing to use the PikMyKid program to help organize the school car rider dismissal process and improve safety. This program is a phone application downloaded onto your smart phone (found in the app store) and will allow you to notify the school of pick-up changes, authorize others to pick-up your child from the car line, and alert you when your child has been picked up, as well as help organize the car line during pick-up.



The registration process is easy and we ask that all parents register with the phone application as soon as possible, even if your child is a bus rider. All dismissal changes must be done through the PikMyKid app this year. Dismissal changes stop at 3:00 p.m. so we can prepare for a smooth dismissal. With all procedures being tightened up due to COVID restrictions, there will be no exceptions to this rule. I'm sorry in advance for any inconvenience!


Several resources are included below to help you understand how to use the application and assist you with this transition. Please make sure you register with your personal current mobile phone number or the app will not allow you to access your child’s information for security reasons.



If you do not think the school has your mobile number on file or if your child does not appear in your app’s home page, contact support@pikmykid.com mailto:support@pikmykid.com after registration, with your child’s name, school, grade, and updated contact information for you.



Anyone who will be picking up your child should also register themselves with the application. Their screen will be blank and they will not have any authorization until you allow it within the app.



Also, please keep a look out for the new car tags going home in the coming week. Thank You for your cooperation!



Please note: If you want to know more, go to this link https://www.pikmykid.com/features/for-parents/

THE DAILY HEALTH SCREENER QUESTIONS

The Delaware Department of Education and Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health have requested that we provide you information regarding practices related to COVID-19.

We request that students and/or their families complete a health assessment consisting of a self-screening every morning before leaving for school.

Please answer the following questions EACH MORNING:

  • In the past 14 days, have you been near(within 6 feet for at least 15 minute) a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours., have you had any of the following symptoms
  • Fever of 100. 4 For above ( or symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating)
  • New cough
  • New trouble breathing, shortness of breathe or severe wheezing
  • New chills or shaking with chills
  • New muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, congestion, runny nose (with no other known cause such as allergies}

If you answered YES to any of the questions above, DO NOT send your child to school today. Instead contact your child’s primary health care provider.

The Colonial School District shall not discriminate in its employment practices or its educational programs and activities of students on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, domicile, marital status, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.