March 25, 2022
- March 1-31- Werner Reading Challenge
- March 29-April 21: State CMAS Testing (see below)
- March 29: DEI Committee Mtg., Media Center, 7:45-8:30 am
- March 30: Running Club, 3:30-4:30 pm
- March 31: Music Performances @ Timberline Church- 1st/2nd-5:30 pm, 3rd/4th-6:30 pm
- April 4: 5th Grade ECO Trip Parent Meeting @ 5:30 pm, Werner Gym
- April 8: Spirit Day-Hat Day
NEWS FROM WERNER
Classified Employee of the Month-Janet Unfug
Janet Unfug, our 4th/5th paraprofessional, was selected as Classified Employee of the Month for PSD!
Kailah M. won the SuperArt award for Werner! Her art work will be displayed in the PSD Board Room through next year.
4th grade Battle of the Books
The Library Legends (Bea, Beckett, Lucas, Raegan, and Zach) won the 4th grade Battle of the Books this week for Werner.
Classified Employee of the Month-Janet Unfug
WERNER READING CHALLENGE
In honor of National Reading Month, we encourage students to read every day and join in our Werner Reading Challenge. The goal is to read as many minutes as possible over the month of March.
- Each day, students will write the name of the book and the number of minutes read on the Student Reading Log. Being read to will also count in the challenge!
- For any student that turns in a Student Reading Log at the end of March, they will receive prize (any number of minutes).
- For students that read at least 400 minutes for the month, they will receive a token for the book machine.
- If our whole school reads over 100,000 minutes, we will have a special prize for the whole school!
After March 31, students will turn in their Student Reading Log to their teacher. Have fun reading Wildcats!
Also, students will receive one of the paw bookmarks (see picture) from their teacher in the coming week as part of the celebration of reading.
Class Placement Input-Due April 1
One of the most critical and time-consuming tasks for teachers, and for me, during this time of year is class placement for next year. The procedure we follow to ensure the best classroom environment possible for each child has several steps and takes several meetings. This task is even more challenging when we receive a large number of parent requests in the spring. Before we developed a policy on class placement requests, we would receive up to 140 requests for specific class placements each spring. When teachers began to make class lists, we found it impossible to have these requests and still maintain the balance in each classroom that is necessary for kids to have the optimum environment in which to learn.
Fortunately, Werner’s class placement policy, developed some years ago by our Werner Council, has worked well for us. Please take the time to read the policy. My hope is that it will answer your questions or concerns. If it doesn’t, please let me know (email@example.com).
Please do not feel that you need to give us written input. In other words, do not feel obligated to write a letter unless you have a specific reason to do so. You can be sure if a teacher has questions about class placement for your child, they will ask you for information. We believe that input is any information about your child that will help us know their situation better. Input is not a request for a specific teacher. Input asking for a specific teacher will not be included in the Class Placement Process. All input will be shared with current and next year’s teacher.
If you do choose to give us input, the window this year is March 11-April 1. We are offering the opportunity for input to happen online through the Werner Class Placement Input Form. Please complete a new form for each child. This is secure and confidential, but input will be shared with your child’s current teacher as they consider class placement. Emails and other notes will not be accepted. Input will close at 4:00 pm on April 1.
2022 Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS)
Werner’s annual state CMAS testing for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics starts on March 29 for students in third grade and April 5 for students in grades 4 and 5. Additionally, CMAS Science will be administered to 5th graders the week of April 18. To minimize interruptions, please try to avoid scheduling events that would cause your child to be out of school during testing sessions. Electronic devices are not allowed in the room during testing. This includes e-readers, phones, tablets, and wrist devices.
To assure your child has a positive testing experience, make sure they get a good night’s sleep prior to testing and be sure to offer some encouraging words on test day. Thank you.
If you have any questions, please contact our Assistant Principal, John Passantino, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPREAD THE WORD INCLUSION DAY-MARCH 31
Spread the Word Inclusion is continuing our success through an ongoing effort by Special Olympics, Best Buddies and our supporters to inspire respect and acceptance by advocating for inclusive words and actions so that we can end discrimination of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
The annual day of awareness will be held March 31st.
Respectful and inclusive words and actions are essential to the movement for the dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities.
At Werner Elementary we want to help our students understand ways that they can include their peers and help them feel welcome. We are bringing this to their attention so we can continue to have a welcoming environment that Werner is.
Our students with disabilities will be sharing a video with Werner students showing them different ways to be inclusive and what inclusion is. There will also be an inclusion banner set up outside of lunch for our students to sign and Pledge to join the inclusion movement. We encourage you to go to the following link: https://willpromo.com/soco_ucs/shop/home to purchase a shirt for your student to wear on March 31st.
For more information, contact:
When your student will be absent due to illness, an appointment and/or trip, please contact the attendance line at 970-488-5551. You may also use the attendance feature on the ParentVUE app.
While letting the classroom teacher know about an upcoming absence is helpful, the front office also needs to be alerted when your student will be absent during the school day.
Plans for Next Year (2022-2023)
We often get questions about our staff and their favorite things (for appreciation, etc.). You can access those remotely at Staff Favorites.
NEWS FROM WERNER PTA
Upcoming General Meeting
Tuesday, April 12 | 6 pm | TBD
PTA Presents Screenagers Screening Event
Thursday, April 14 | 4:30 – 6:30 pm | Werner Gym
$5 per family. Tickets available HERE!
Recommended for Adults and children ages 10+.
If cost is a barrier for your family, please reach out to email@example.com
Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience—a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.
Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events
We are excited to host multiple events in April and May!
SAVE THE DATE!!! Signups will become available for these events shortly.
Mugs with Mentors | April 21st
Earth Day | April 22nd
Teacher Appreciation | May 2nd – 6th
May the 4th Spare Change Drive | May 2nd – 6th
International Night | May 13th
WE NEED YOU! Open 2022/23 PTA Board Positions
Secretary: Records the minutes of the PTA Board and membership meetings. Is prepared to read all minutes of the membership and Board meetings at any meeting. File and maintain all records of the PTA. Maintains a current membership list and files membership list with the State and National PTA.
VP of Programs and Events: Acts as the liaison between our program and event chairs and the board. Ensures that chair positions are filled, and chairs are supported by the PTA. Runs annual spirit wear drive.
VP of Fundraising: Acts as the liaison between the fundraising event chairs and the board. Ensures that chair positions are filled, and chairs are supported by the PTA. Is responsible for presenting fundraising options for the membership to vote on for the following year.
Send request for application to PTAWernerElementary@gmail.com
PTA Spirit Wear
Like our Cool PTA Mom tees? The Werner PTA has designed some Grownup Tees and Coffee Mugs for purchase to show your PTA spirit!
Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events and see what the PTA is up to at the school.
FREE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL! Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?
- If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.
- If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.
- If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.
Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!
PTA President | Anjani Rogenski
PTA Vice President | Nicole Kidd
PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell
PTA Secretary | Chelsea Padgett
PTA Board member | Juliana Schump
Connect with us at PTAWernerElementary@gmail.com
There Is No Wrong Way to PTA. How Do You PTA?
NEWS FROM PSD
We need your input on the PSD literacy review
We want every Poudre School District student to graduate with multiple options for their future – whether that is enrolling in higher education, enlisting in the Armed Forces, or entering the workforce. Key to this work and another district priority is ensuring that all students are literate, so they can have high-quality academic experiences that align with their pursuits.
To support these efforts, PSD contracted national education nonprofit TNTP to conduct a literacy review designed to help identify areas where our district can improve. Our school is one of 26 PSD elementary, middle, and high schools that TNTP randomly selected for this review.
Later this spring, TNTP staff will visit some of our English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms to see a typical week of school from the perspective of our students. They will focus on the parts of school we know have the biggest impact on our students’ futures: what students experience in the classroom during lessons and the kinds of work teachers ask students to complete.
Nothing collected will be used to grade or evaluate our school, teachers, or students. The goal is for TNTP staff to listen and observe to better understand the experiences students are having in our school every day, so that we can make that experience as positive and powerful as it can be.
Additionally, TNTP is convening small groups of parents and guardians to discuss their experiences engaging with our school. Your perspectives are critical to our improvement efforts. Please complete this brief Family Focus Group Interest Form (in English or Spanish) if you are willing to share your experiences with our school through a confidential focus group with TNTP, and you will be contacted about participating.
Later this summer, TNTP will share back findings from their site visit, which will give us new information to continue to improve the ways we work with you and your children to help them reach the big goals we know they have. Information from all schools will be part of a comprehensive document with analyses and recommendations for PSD as a whole.
Should you have any questions about this work or how your child is doing, please reach out to our school anytime. Thank you for your continued partnership.
PSD Now Newsletter
One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.
Here is the most recent newsletter of PSD Now. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.