WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL STENLUND

Hello Washington Families!

This is Mr. Stenlund the principal of Washington Elementary. Hybrid learning is going wonderfully, thank you all for making sure you send your child to school with face masks. Our students are doing a wonderful job of keeping their masks on and following all district and state health and safety guidelines. Now that we have all the proper safety procedures in place and our staff and students are following these procedures we are focusing the month of April on academic growth and progress. We need your help! Please continue to encourage your child/children to engage in their learning when at home. This is critical for their academic growth. Our staff has worked hard to make sure that the activities on Canvas and Seesaw are beneficial towards academic growth and success.

Please continue to reach out to our Washington staff if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help and support you. Keep up the great work of having your child arrive on time for school.

Sincerely,

Scott Stenlund, Principal, Washington Elementary

COUNSELING CORNER

RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS DURING HYBRID LEARNING

Riding the school bus during hybrid learning

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Enrolling your child in school early allows our school to prepare for the best possible education. Although the district will not know how school may look next fall, enrolling early, your kindergarten students are sure to thrive with the support of trained educators with in-person and online learning options.


Children who will be 5-years-old on or before September 10, 2021 are eligible to register for free, full-day kindergarten with SKPS. Learn more about how to complete online registration on our district website.


To complete registration, you will need an updated record of your child’s immunizations, proof of residence and your proof of age with you to register.

We welcome all students, regardless of nationality or place of birth. To learn more about kindergarten registration, how to prepare your child for school and Salem-Keizer Public Schools, please visit our district website.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

Updates to 2020-21 academic calendar

In February, the Salem and Keizer communities were hit with severe inclement weather, causing widespread power outages across the district. With students and staff accessing classes through comprehensive distance learning, ongoing power outages impacted the ability for classes to continue, causing a week of school closures for our students.

Due to these school closures and the transition to hybrid learning for students in grades K-12, the district needed to make the following adjustments to the 2020-21 academic calendar:


Key changes for SKPS parents/guardians:

  • April 8 – School day for Elementary/ No student contact day for Secondary (EDGE program continues as previously scheduled)
  • April 9 – School day for Elementary/ No student contact day for Secondary (EDGE program continues as previously scheduled)
  • April 12 – Updated to full student support Monday, previously partial grading day for secondary
  • June 8 – Additional day added for SKPS high school graduation ceremonies
  • June 17 – Last day for students, previously June 15


The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.

SALEM-KEIZER PRESCHOOLS REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022

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Salem Keizer Preschools Registration for

2021-2022

Open Enrollment starts April 1, 2021

Your child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before September 10, 2021.


Preschool Office

6425 Fruitland Rd NE • Salem, OR 97317

503-399-3148


For more information on tuition, fees, times:

GUIDELINES FOR FACE COVERING

As more students and staff return to in-person learning, face coverings are required when in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools building, with situational exceptions. They should be worn both indoors and outdoors, including during outdoor recess.


If a student needs a face covering, the school has them available for students.

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For more information on face covering, please visit our site for more guidelines

FREE MEALS AVAILABLE

Meals available at all elementary, middle, and high schools

While your student is in school for hybrid learning, they will receive all their meals at school, at no cost. Hybrid learning students will be fed breakfast and lunch on site and will be offered a supper as they leave. Each student is allowed one breakfast, one lunch, and one supper per day so that means parents cannot pick up meals from the Grab-N-Go sites when their student is on site for hybrid learning. On the days your student is not on site for hybrid learning, meals are available at any of the Grab-N-Go sites throughout the community.


Grab-N-Go meal sites will be open at all elementary schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all middle and high schools distribution from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.


Breakfast, lunch and supper

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.

Go to this link for :

APRIL GRAB 'N' GO MEALS

SCHOOLMESSENGER/REMIND

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.


The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.


Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

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OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE FOR YOUTH

Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

The Small Enterprise Fund

The small enterprise fund provides one-time relief to Oregon businesses ineligible for federal relief assistance programs


Award sizes range from $7,000 up to $25,000 depending on the size of your business and COVID impact.



To be eligible, a business must:

Be owned by an ITIN holder or similar

Be a for profit business operating in Oregon

Not have received Federal funds from the Paycheck Protection program

Be a business that has experienced a decline in revenue since February 1, 2020 due to COVID impacts

Still be active and plan to remain open


Learn more at www.workerrelief.org or call 1-888-274-7292

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for Covid-19-Related Deaths

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.


More information regarding this assistance can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance- FEMA.gov

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