APRIL 2021

Important April Dates

4/2-4/11: SPRING BREAK

4/12-4/23: Phase III

4/12: Spring Track & Field season begins

4/13: Quarter 3 report cards distributed via email

4/13: WDMS PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm, WDMS Cafeteria

4/16: Cohorts A & C in-person instruction

4/16: Deadline to submit for 8th Grade Electives

4/23: Cohorts B & C in-person instruction

4/23: Deadline to submit permission slip and payment for 6th Gr. Camp Ockanickon trip

4/29: Deadline to submit permission slip and payment for 8th Gr. Great Adventure trip

4/26-6/18: Phase IV Begins

Deadline for 8th Grade Electives, Friday, April 16th

Attention 7th grade parents/guardians: the deadline to submit your child’s choices for 8th grade electives is Friday, April 16th. The elective booklet (including hyperlinks from the teachers to learn more about their courses) can be found HERE.

The online course selection form can be found HERE.

Attendance Update!

There is no change to our attendance procedures until Phase 4, beginning April 26th. Students will continue to take their Qualtrics Attendance Survey during Phase III (April 12th - April 23rd).

Beginning Monday, April 26th, students will be logging into their homeroom by 7:45 am via their 1st period video conference link (students’ homerooms and 1st period classes are the same, with the exception of band/choir homeroom students).

8th grade students that have a 1st period study hall will receive a Google Classroom invitation no later than Wednesday, April 14th so they can access a video conference link on the days they have study hall for homeroom/1st period.

Please email Kate Donocoff (kdonocoff@wdeptford.k12.nj.us) should you have any attendance-related questions.

Lunch/Recess in Phase 3 & 4

In preparation for Phase 3 and 4 this month, here is some important information to relay to your middle school students about lunch and recess:

  • Before lunch, students will go to their next period class and leave their partitions/materials.

    • 5th grade places belongings/partitions in 7th period class on assigned desks

    • 6th grade places belongings/partitions in 4th period class on assigned desks

    • 7th grade places belongings/partitions in 6th period class on assigned desks

    • 8th grade places belongings/partitions in 5th period class on assigned desks

  • Lunch:

    • Students will be assigned to sit by their pod (math class)

    • Students will be assigned a numbered desk in cafeteria

    • Trash cans will be wheeled around

    • Snack bar is closed (for now)

    • If students have to go to the bathroom, they should raise their hand and a staff member will provide them with a pass.

  • Recess:

    • Students must wear masks outside for recess

    • Do your best to social distance

    • If inclement weather, students will be assigned to a classroom for indoor study hall based on their pod (math period)

Mile Run for PE

All students will be taking the Mile Run Fitness Test during their PE class within the next week or two (beginning April 12th), weather depending. Please have students dress in appropriate PE attire and sneakers when in-person and scheduled for Physical Education. Teachers will put reminders on Google Classroom and will discuss expectations with full virtual students. Students will be outside and socially distanced during their mile run fitness test, therefore, they will not have to wear masks for this fitness test but may wear it if they so choose.

Bring a Water Bottle to School

With the warmer weather, longer days, and increased physical activity, PLEASE remind your child to bring a reusable water bottle on their in-person days. The water spickets are still covered and unavailable for use on our water fountains in the hallway. HOWEVER, our refillable water stations are available for students to refill their water bottles. Please remind your child to drink plenty of water daily. It’s important to stay hydrated!

Cell Phone Reminder

Just a reminder, students are not permitted to use their cell phones while at school. We understand that the pandemic may have caused some rules to become laxed, but students may not use their cell phones while at school. Cell phones should be kept in their lockers or, if a student does not use a locker, students must keep their cell phone turned off and in their bookbag. Failure to do the above will result in disciplinary action per the code of conduct.
Submit a Staff Shout-Out!

What better way to salute our WDMS Teachers than to submit a Staff Shout-Out! We hope to recognize staff weekly!


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