Werner Weekly

March 11, 2021

Note from Mr. Camp

Dear Werner Community,

It's hard to believe that it is has been one year since we started to feel the impact of this pandemic on such a large level with shut-downs, health/safety protocols, etc. While it has been a challenge, I want to share how much I appreciate all the support and flexibility each of you have shown in this time. We have grown stronger as a result and brighter days are coming.

I have two big pieces of information to share as we head into spring break. One, our big Werner Fun Run fundraiser for the year officially kicks off on March 23. You will be receiving several communication points over the next few weeks, so thanks for listening and supporting. Second, our class placement input process begins this month. This is an optional opportunity to give feedback about your student to help our teacher build balanced classrooms.

I hope you all have a great spring break and enjoy the time to rest if you can. Be safe if you are travelling and stay warm if you are here in FoCo!



Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar

March 12-No School (Staff Work Day)

March 15-19- Spring Break

March 23-April 1 Werner Fun Run Fundraiser

April 2- Spring Picture Day


02 Giving Has Begun 1 Week Out

Werner Fun Run Fundraiser Update

We’re less than 2 weeks away from the start of our Werner Fun Run fundraiser! Our goal is to raise $20,000 for Classroom and Program Budgets for the upcoming school year and other projects to enhance our school. Donating is officially open on funrun.com! Please support our school today - heres how:

  1. REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
  2. SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from funrun.com.

  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.

Also, here are a few things to know about this important fundraiser:

  • All students get to participate in the Fun Run day, regardless of financial participation. Our PSD-V students will also participate through virtual options.

  • This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration

We are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone!

Donating is OPEN

Register on FUNRUN.COM, SHARE, & GIVE!

Fundraiser Kick Off - 3/23

Event Day - 4/1

Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!

2021-22 Class Placement Parent Input

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 (hcamp@psdschools.org).

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 19-April 2. Due to the nature of this year, we 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. Emails and other notes will not be accepted. Input will close at 4:00 pm on April 2.

PSD Family Engagement Survey

You will soon receive an email from PSD (from dschmitz@psdschools.org via Survey Monkey) regarding a family engagement survey we give every few years. Middle and High school surveys went earlier this week. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to share feedback for our school to celebrate what is going well and how we can continue to grow.

Werner March Newsletter

Here is the link for the March newsletter.

Classified Appreciation Week March 22-26

Each year, PSD recognizes our classified staff (paras, office, kitchen, custodian, bus staff, etc.). This year, they have chosen March 22-26 as the week to show that appreciation. While our PTA usually recognizes all staff in May, we thought it would be nice for our classified staff to be recognized earlier as well. Our staff will honor them, but if you are willing to send any encouraging notes, food, gift cards, etc., we know they would appreciate it. Please send with your child to the main office and we will make sure to share with all of them. We have approximately 18 classified staff that support our school.

Volunteers at Werner

As you may know, PSD has decided to allow a limited number of volunteers to work at schools during the second semester. Sites can decide whether to utilize this support, and our team is excited to take advantage of this opportunity to work with you.

The district has established the following COVID-19 protocols for volunteers. These are posted on the PSD website on the Volunteers web page.

· All elementary school volunteers must wear a KN95 mask and eye protection (e.g. face shield) as part of PSD’s contact tracing strategy at the primary level. We will provide these to you on your first day at school.

· Volunteers must always wear required PPE, maximize social distancing from others and wash their hands frequently.

· Volunteer duties are designed to limit the potential for close contact (within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes with a COVID-19 positive individual) as much as possible. These include but aren’t limited to traffic monitoring and recess duties outside, grading, shelving library books or making copies while distanced from others (preferably alone), and more.

Please fill out this short Volunteer Interest form if you are interested in helping us. We appreciate your help!

Transportation Needs

Transportation is beginning to open up a limited number of seats on buses for those that need transportation. For more information about transportation, please go to the district website: https://www.psdschools.org/programs-services/transportation.

If you qualify for transportation and need this, please email Mr. Camp (hcamp@psdschools.org) with your request.

Planning for 21-22 School Year

It's that time of year that we are working on planning for next year and need your help. If you have moved this year, please make sure you let the office know of your change if you haven't already. For those that have moved out of our attendance area, you will need to apply for School of Choice. Also, If you know that you won't be at Werner next year, please let our office know (488-5550). This does not pertain to 5th grade students. If you have any questions about enrollment, please check with our School Secretary, Mrs. Whetsell (488-5550).

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

The COVID-19 Case Dashboard is designed to give our community a transparent look at the prevalence of COVID-19 in PSD. The default dashboard page displays information from Oct. 5, the first day primary students were in session, through the present. There are also pages that display information for the previous 28 days and for each month. Dashboard data are refreshed daily at 5 p.m. and overnight.

Werner Phase 4 Details

Stay up to date with practices and protocols on our Phase 4 Details site. This will be updated throughout the time we are in this phase.

Return to Learn Guidance

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Staff Favorites

We often get questions about our staff and their favorite things (for appreciation, etc.). You can access those remotely at Staff Favorites.

Technology Support Tips

Here are some quick tips for you for technology support: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kIdDrdd0hFk3lusUIx9AKy56KLPtYUGrzzgbDtDD5_U/edit?usp=sharing.

You can also use the Tech Portal for tech support when you need it: https://techportal.psdschools.org/. If you have any other questions about technology, please contact our Media Specialist, Debbie Powers, at dpowers@psdschools.org.

Box Tops for Education

For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

Last year, Werner made $195 from this simple act. For more information, please go to: https://www.boxtops4education.com/. You can also drop off your box tops at the office. Thanks for your support!

Breakfast Menu

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Lunch Menu

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Updates from PTA

Hello Werner Families,

The Werner PTA is very excited for our upcoming spring events, starting with the Werner Fun Run Fundraiser.

Werner Fun Run: The Fun Run will, weather permitting, take place on April 1st. Pledging is already open, so be sure to register at Funrun.com. Once again, we turned to the experts at Boosterthon to run this event in an exciting and safe way that allows our students to support the school while learning some character lessons and enjoying a fun fitness event. Participation is optional so if this activity doesn't work for your family, please remember there are other ways our PTA tries to support and foster our school community through programs like Werner Dines Out, our Amazon Smile Page, Werner Cares and Shares and other events and direct donations are always welcome. If you do wish to participate and make a pledge during the Fun Run event, the easiest and most convenient way is for you to pledge online. If for any reason you prefer dropping off cash or a check at the Werner Office, please make sure to make a note that lists your children and their teachers so we can properly track everything. Much of the event will be virtual this year, so prizes will be sent home directly and there will be less contact with Booster staff during the lead-up to the event, but we hope even with the shift to a more virtual program that there will still be that sense of fun and excitement that students have enjoyed in the past.

PTA ELECTIONS AND OPEN POSITIONS: We elect our officers to two-year terms, most of which will continue on to next year, but we do have two positions that we hope to find enthusiastic volunteers to fill: V.P. Of Programs and V.P. of Fundraising. If you want more information about these roles or the PTA generally, please feel free to speak to anyone on the Board or email our President, Anjani Rogenski at wernerptapresident.com. We have two more meetings left this year in April and May, which we will conduct by Zoom. We will propose our slate of officers at our April meeting, and vote in our May meeting.

EARTH DAY: We are busy planning a wonderful set of speakers and activities, even though much of the event will be virtual. We will send out more details soon.

Be sure to check our Werner PTA Facebook page for more updates!

Werner Business Directory

Dear Werner Community,

The PTA wants to support our Werner families and their businesses. Attached is a directory of businesses owned and operated by our Werner families. We hope that if you have need of any of the services provided by any of these businesses that you give them a call or email. You can also access the directory at this link.

If you have a child who attends Werner or a spouse who works at Werner and you own, or are employed by, a business that you would like to be included on this list, please complete this form https://forms.gle/tM7modi1SHb1X1p99

If you have any questions please email PTA Treasurer, Patti Haswell, at haswellpatti@gmail.com. Please note that this directory is only for families directly affiliated with Werner. Thank you.

Werner PTA

Werner Cares and Shares-March

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Message from PTA

Your PTA knows how hard this year has been and we want to support our Werner families in whatever ways we can. If you have a child who attends Werner or a spouse who works at Werner and you own, or are employed by, a business that you would like to promote, please complete the form below. This information will be compiled and shared with our Werner community so that we can bring more business to each other. If you have any questions please email PTA Treasurer, Patti Haswell, at haswellpatti@gmail.com. Please note that this directory is only for families directly affiliated with Werner. Thank you.


HELP NEEDED: Pictures for the Yearbook

We are still planning to have a yearbook this year and need your help with pictures. Please add any pictures from spirit days, special activities, remote learning, etc. to our Werner Photo Album.


Resources for those facing housing and food hardship

The COVID-19 pandemic has created financial hardships for many in our community, leading to housing instability and food insecurity. There are financial resources available to help families and landlords and protections in place to help people stay housed. The PSD Department of Language, Culture, & Equity has worked with community partners to put together resources to support families.

Please see the LCE Family Resources Information (English and Spanish) for information on support with housing, food, and utilities.

PSD Newsletter-GHH

One of many ways information is shared is through the Great Happens Here community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. GHH is emailed to families and interested community members about every two weeks.

Here is the most recent newsletter from PSD with Great Happens Here. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.

PSD 2020-21 School Year

Stay up-to-date with PSD's plans, protocols, etc. for the 2020-21 school year at: https://www.psdschools.org/psd2020-21. This site will house all the information needed for the different phases and updates throughout the year.

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