March 11, 2021
Note from Mr. Camp
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!
NEWS FROM WERNER
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 - here’s how:
- REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
Classified Appreciation Week March 22-26
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!
If you qualify for transportation and need this, please email Mr. Camp (email@example.com) with your request.
Planning for 21-22 School Year
COVID-19 Case Dashboard
Werner Phase 4 Details
Return to Learn Guidance
Technology Support Tips
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
NEWS FROM WERNER PTA
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 email@example.com. Please note that this directory is only for families directly affiliated with Werner. Thank you.
Werner Cares and Shares-March
Message from PTA
HELP NEEDED: Pictures for the Yearbook
NEWS FROM PSD
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.
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.