Roadrunner Weekly

"We're Going Places!" - May 17th - May 23rd

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School Mission Statement

"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."

Principal's Office

Hello First St. Families!


Here is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of May 17th through May 23rd. The school district has established the following instructional timeline to close out the school year:

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 – Last day for teachers to assign classwork
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – Last day for students to complete work and turn in Chromebooks
  • Friday, June 5, 2020 – Last day of school and last day teachers are available


As for student personal items, spring pictures, and Starstruck DVD's, teachers have begun passing those back through our instructional materials distributions (see "Week at a Glance" and "Save the Date" below for dates); we hope to have Yearbooks ready for our final distribution on Friday, May 29th.


The next few sections below also contain information from our superintendent and other important updates and links to websites and resources for easier access, so please read through them all. Lastly, please check out our staff websites as I have asked teachers to continue to update them with relevant information throughout our time away from school.


Stay healthy and safe, and remember to feel free to email your teachers and myself directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way!


Mr. Cubias

Download Our First Street School App!

We have another way for you to stay connected with school events! You can now download our school App in iTunes or Google Play by typing First Street School in your "Search" window. The school App gives you access to all of our school info. It will also allow you to send absence information directly to our school office and receive "Push Notifications" of important school information. Download our school App now! Also, please contact us if you are interested in having scrolling advertising space on our App.

Updates from Mr. Leaman - Superintendent

Budget

As I know many of you have seen in the headlines, the budget for education is looking at dramatic cuts for next year. California education is unique because we are funded on a percentage of the state budget. Most states fund education based on local property taxes established by a local school board. With the dramatic decrease in revenues in California, our percentage of the “pie” to spend on education decreases too. We will be looking at the local effects of the budget in the next few weeks and planning out options with our constituents. This is not the first downturn our district has seen, and we will continue to provide quality education with the budget afforded us!


The Survey!

I want to thank everyone for taking the survey. We had over 1,500 responses, which is amazing. I want to make a very important point – the survey was NOT offered to find out what most parents want and only offer one option. Our desire was to find out, generally, what parents might request and offer different options based on your desires. Kerry Callahan, our Deputy Superintendent, is forming a committee of WPUSD teachers to look at different educational options for families next year. We are on it!


Here are the results from the main survey:

If the State of California allows schools to open on August 20, 2020 and the district follows all health guidelines, will you send your kid(s) to school?

80.4% = Yes

17.2% = I would want a modified program of some type

2.4% = No


If the District follows all health recommendations in place at the time, what type of program would you like for your student(s) in the fall?

75% = I would like a full-day program

18.4% = I would like a hybrid with students learning a percentage of time at home and school

5.9% = I would like Independent Study (students at home with district assistance)

0.6% = I am going to homeschool my students without district assistance


Along with the responses, we had over 500 written responses. We will forward those to the committee!


Medication Pick Up

Another Opportunity to Pick-Up Student Medication - Thursday, June 4 from 10:00 - 2:00

The district nurses will be in the Health Services Office located in the ECAT portable on the north end of the parking lot at Lincoln High School from 10:00 - 2:00 on Thursday, June 4 for medication pick up. Any families who had meds at a school site may pick them up during this time. All meds not picked up will be properly disposed of after June 4.


If you need to make alternate arrangements to pick up your meds or have any other health services related needs, you can email our nurses Kelley Gordan kgordon@wpusd.org or Madi Schumann mschumann@wpusd.org

Celebrating Our 5th Graders!

As the year wraps to an unconventional ending, we want to make sure we are giving our 5th graders an appropriate farewell as they transition to middle school next year. One of our plans involves giving parents the opportunity to create personalized lawn signs (see example below) that we can put out on our school front lawn and display for all to see! We are planning a farewell car parade on Friday, June 5th, but we did want to get the signs out to you with plenty of time to get them decorated. Feel free to add pictures, personal messages, etc.


We have another leftover instructional materials pick-up scheduled for this coming Tuesday, May 19th, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please stop by and pick-up your blank sign if you have not done so already. Completed lawn signs can also be returned on May 19th as well.


We are also working on some other ideas, so stay tuned! Feel free to email me or your 5th grade teacher if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

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Update on Loaner Chromebooks & Tech Support

From the District Office & Tech Dept.:


New Loans

As of Friday, May 1, 2090, we are no longer loaning Chromebooks. We have completed three distributions and loaned many more on an informal basis.


Chromebook Damage

You have two choices should your loaned Chromebook break:

  1. You can pay $350.00 and immediately receive another loaned Chromebook
  2. Call our district office (916.645.6350) or email kcallahan@wpusd.org to arrange a drop off the Chromebook. Our tech department will assess the amount to repair the device. Once you pay for the repair, you will be loaned another Chromebook.


Return

We will be returning Chromebooks as part of the checkout this year on Friday, May 29th. We will refresh the devices and get them ready for either use at home or relocating them back to the classroom they were used in.


If you are having a problem with technology from home, the tech department can help! Just follow one of the these links from any computer and they will assist:

Website: https:// helpdesk.wpusd.org

Email address: helpdesk@wpusd.org

Meals for Students - Tuesday, May 19th

From the District Office & Food Service Dept.:


PLEASE HAVE ROOM IN YOUR CAR TRUNK OR REAR OF YOUR SUV FOR THE FOOD. THIS WILL HELP US MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING AND KEEP OUR WORKERS AND YOU SAFE.


We are set for food distribution on Tuesday, May 19th, 2020, starting at 10:30 at four locations. We are preparing 14,000 meals serving 1,400 students. We had adequate food for our last distribution so we are hoping to do the same next week.

Here are the details (please read all of the bullets):

  • We will provide meals (breakfast and lunch) to all WPUSD area students who are 18 years of age or younger.
  • Both breakfast and lunch meals (cold packs) can be picked up at the locations below

(McBean Park, Lincoln High School, Glen Edwards Middle School, & Sheridan Elementary)

  • Each student will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • The distribution will begin at 10:30 with a late 4:30 PM pick-up at GEMS.
  • There is no charge for the food and you do not need to qualify as low income to receive the meals. All our students are welcome.
  • An equal amount of food is at each location, pick the one most convenient to you
  • Students must be present to receive food
  • Please follow the directions of personnel on site so we can maintain social distancing. All personnel will be wearing masks and gloves based on the recent Placer County Health recommendation.
  • There is no onsite eating allowed.
  • Please remember some of the meals you will receive, contain items that must be refrigerated within two hours of receiving them. Leaving food out too long at room temperature can cause bacteria to grow and therefore will be unsafe to consume.

* The Placer County Food Bank is active in Lincoln and I have attached their flyer at the end of this email."

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Bus Pass Refund Process

We have calculated a refund that represents the prorated amount of unused Annual or 2nd Semester Bus Pass for the school closure period.


Please send the actual BUS PASS to:


WPUSD - BUS PASS REFUND

600 Sixth Street, Suite 400

Lincoln CA 95648


Annual Pass - $ 81.20

Prorated Refund - 2nd Semester Pass - $ 75.60 prorated refund


Bus Pass Refund Process:

1. Bus Pass must be mail into:

WPUSD - BUS PASS REFUND

600 Sixth Street, Suite 400

Lincoln CA 95648

2. Payment will be confirmed in District receipt records.

3. Refund will be issued to parent on file for student.

4. Refund request must be received by last day of school – June 5, 2020

Refunds for Punch cards will not be available as Punch cards can be used in the next school year (no expiration date).

Refunds/Retrieving Items/Graduation

From the District Office:


"Refunds - I wanted to update you on the status of refunds. We know many of you donated money for activities or sports that your students were unable to participate. The school secretaries are compiling this information for us and we act on giving refunds as soon as possible.

Retrieving Items – Many families are calling to retrieve items that were left behind when we closed schools. With the current Shelter in Placer order, individuals are not allowed to go in and retrieve items. We will do this before the end of the school year on June 5, 2020.

Graduation/Promotion – Our middle schools are planning a commemoration for 8th grade promotion and the high schools are looking at many options to celebrate our 12th grade graduates. 5th grade activities will be coordinated by individual school sites, so be on the lookout for info from your site principal and/or 5th grade teacher. More on this soon."

Mental Health Support & Free Online "Love & Logic" Parenting Course

I wanted to send out an important bit of information from our district elementary psychologists. Click here to read this letter sharing ideas and resources to support families during this challenging time - very helpful. Also, note in the letter that there is a link (also shared here) to a free online "Love & Logic" parenting course currently being offered!

5th Grade Puberty Education

FSS 5th grade families,


One of the things we normally cover in 5th grade is puberty education. Specially designed for 5th grade girls and boys, the Always Changing & Growing Up Puberty Education Program offers resources to help educators and parents teach the important topics of puberty and development.

Typically, this would be something we could cover with your kids at the end of 5th grade (with your permission). This year, however, due to our school closure, we will need to share our resources with you and let you decide how you would like to share them with your 5th grade student. Attached below are the following:

- Parent Permission Letter
- Teacher Instructional Guide
- Teacher Presentation

Click the following links to view the videos:
- "Always Changing and Growing Up | Girls Puberty Education Video"
- "Always Changing and Growing Up | Boys Puberty Education Video"

Additional resources can be found by clicking this link and visiting the P&G School Programs site itself. If you have any questions, feel free to email your 5th grade teachers and/or me, and we'll be glad to help in any way we can.

District Office Update on Grading During School Closures

From Kerry Callahan - Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services


"Student grades/proficiency levels must be frozen, and reflect their standing at the time of the closure. Any activities completed moving forward must only improve their grades/proficiency levels. Students’ failure to complete activities has a natural consequence as they will be unprepared moving to the next grade level. This fact should be the basis for motivating students and families to engage in the activities provided. Our expectation is that students complete the activities, to minimize the impact of the closures on their progress, but we also want families to know that students will not be negatively impacted via grades/proficiency levels. All students, unless determined prior to closures, will promote to the next grade.”



End of the Year Instructional Timeline

Now that it is May, we have established a instruction timeline for the rest of the year. We will use following dates to close out the school year:

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 – Last day for teachers to assign classwork
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – Last day for students to complete and turn in work
  • Friday, June 5, 2020 – Last day of school and last day teachers are available

Access to Instructional Links

One of the main questions we receive is where to go to find links for the various school learning tools and resources available. Click here to go to the "Homework Help" link. It can also be found under "Students" on our First St. School website.


From there, you can also access the Clever link which I've attached here directly. This is the site where kids can log in with their badges if they use them or with their district email and student ID number (if you need help finding either, please email me or your student's teacher). iReady and other instructional sites and resources can be accessed here.


Another important location to check frequently is the teacher websites themselves which can be found by clicking here. Teachers will be updating these throughout the week(s), so check back once or twice a week to stay current on classroom, school, and district updates.


And lastly, If you are looking for additional educational websites to help your child learn from home, here is a list taken from an article posted on Swing Education (20 Online Learning Resources to Get You through Coronavirus School Closures). Here's the link to the article: https://swingeducation.com/resources/20-online-learning-resources-to-help-you-get-through-coronavirus-school-closures/ Many, if not all, of the websites are offering FREE online learning opportunities for students, so it's worth exploring them with your children.


1. Khan Academy - khanacademy.org

2. Code - code.org

3. Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids - almanac.com

4. Sesame Street - sesamestreet.org

5. PBS Kids - pbskids.org

6. CoolMath - coolmath.com

7. National Geographic Kids - nationalgeographic.com

8. Starfall - starfall.com

9. The KIDZ Page - thekidzpage.com

10. How Stuff Works - howstuffworks.com

11. Scholastic - Scholastic "Learn at Home"

12. Fun Brain - funbrain.com

13. Exploratorium - exploratorium.edu

14. BBC History for Kids - bbc.co.uk

15. Nick Jr. - nickjr.com

16. Learning Games for Kids - learninggamesforkids.com

17. TIME for Kids - timeforkids.com

18. Disney Jr. - eyjunior.disney.com.au

19. Duolingo - duolingo.com

20. Highlights Kids - highlightskids.com


And a few others...

- youcubed - Math

- Epic - Online Reading Books

- Mystery Science (being used by Mr. Justice - see his website here for specifics)

- Virtual Museum Tours - Social Studies

- Scratch - Coding Program

Staying Fit!

Well, Sami's Circuit fans out there, you'll be happy to know that Sami Kader will be putting out daily motivational YouTube videos during our period of school closure. Click this link to his Facebook page to find out how to view the videos and stay connected to Sami...You Got This!


And if you're still looking for more fun, interactive movement activities, Go Noodle is another great site that kids are familiar with through school. Don't let your kids become screen zombies - keep them moving!

Celebrating Our Birthdays!

We typically give a morning "shout out" to our kids and staff who have birthdays on a daily basis. Since we can no longer do that, we'll begin sharing them here weekly:


This Week:

Sunday, May 17 ~ Ayden Bowling, and Esmeralda Loyola Ruiz

Monday, May 18 ~

Tuesday, May 19 ~ Myles Bellotti and Guadalupe Leonides Tomas

Wednesday, May 20 ~

Thursday, May 21 ~ Zachary Hauenstien and Hunter Jacobs

Friday, May 22 ~ Harvey Balisalisa, Yajayra Martinez Ausencio, and Charisma Pulido

Saturday, May 23 ~

Sunday, May 24 ~ Luccas Rodarte

"Week at a Glance"

Today - End of the School Year - Schools Closed!


Tuesday, May 19th

  • Food distribution will happen starting at 10:30 at Glen Edwards Middle School, Lincoln High School, McBean Park, and Sheridan. There is also an additional pick up for those that can’t make it during the day at 4:30 at Glen Edwards Middle only.


  • Leftover Learning Materials Pick-up - This is a reminder that if your child's teacher had instructional materials ready for them last Friday and you were not able to pick them up, the leftovers will be available today from 8:30-10:30 AM & 2:30-4:30 PM out of staff room back door. This can also be another opportunity for 5th grade families to pick up a blank yard sign to decorate for your 5th grade student!

Save the Date

  • 5/25/20 - Food distribution will happen starting at 10:30 at Glen Edwards Middle School, Lincoln High School, McBean Park, and Sheridan. There is also an additional pick up for those that can’t make it during the day at 4:30 at Glen Edwards Middle only.


  • 5/29/20 - Final FSS Curbside Pick-up & Drop-off from 900-3:00 PM. This is a chance for your student(s) to pick up their Yearbooks, Spring Pictures, return Chromebooks, and drop off completed work for review; this is also one of the last times that 5th grade families can return completed lawn signs for display on Friday, June 5th!


  • 6/4/20 - Another Opportunity to Pick-Up Student Medication from 10:00 - 2:00 - Health Services Office located in the ECAT portable on the north end of the parking lot at Lincoln High School


  • 6/5/20 - FSS Final Farewell Car Parade:
  • Kinder - 9:00-11:00
  • 1st Grade - 10:00-12:00
  • 2nd Grade - 11:00-1:00
  • 3rd Grade - 12:00-2:00
  • 4th Grade - 1:00-3:00
  • 5th Grade - 2:00-4:00 This will be the time that 5th grade families can take a spin through the school parking lot to view the farewell lawn signs and say goodbye to our First St. staff!



End of the Year Instructional Timeline

Now that it is May, we have established a instruction timeline for the rest of the year. We will use following dates to close out the school year:

  • Friday, May 22, 2020 – Last day for teachers to assign classwork
  • Friday, May 29, 2020 – Last day for students to complete and turn in work
  • Friday, June 5, 2020 – Last day of school and last day teachers are available

CHAMPS Corner

C.H.A.M.P.S. (formerly known as PTC) stands for "Committed to Honoring and Motivating Parents and Students". Parents play a vital role in helping to fundraise, plan school functions, and guide the direction of our school. See the flyers attached below for more information, and please contact Lisa Chandra at lisac.fss.ptc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Peachjar

Our school district has invested in a great new way to communicate with our families. Peachjar is a program that sends flyers out to families and also saves and organizes them on our school websites for future viewing. Click here to go to our First Street School Peachjar page.

PowerSchool Parent Portal

Please click here to view and update parent and student information.

"My School Bucks" Account

Click here to enroll and manage cafeteria accounts and balances.

Free and Reduced Priced Meal Application

Click here to found out eligibility criteria.

About Us

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