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"We're Going Places!" - January 11th-15th

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School Mission Statement

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

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Principal's Office

Hello First St. Families!


This is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of January 11th through January 15th. I hope everyone had a good week back from winter break and that students are settled back into their routines and studies. We have a busy week on tap with 2nd grade GATE testing, "Preparing Families for College" Info Nights (details below), and the school 4th & 5th grade Spelling Bee all taking place next week.


Also, we want to recognize our FSS staff members who have given 10, 15, 20, 25, & 30 years of service to the district :

10 Years - Sharon Leon, Suzanne Novak

15 Years - Maria Desantiago, Veronica Edwards, Anita Moya, Amanda Opperman, Penelope Whitworth

20 Years - Monica Mars, Molly Swesey

25 Years - Bill Justice

30 Years - Norma Lazaro


Please refer to Mr. Leaman's Superintendent "Family Update #83" below for important information from the district. As always feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way!


Have a great week!


Mr. Cubias

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"Roadmap to Reopening" - Highlights from Family Update #83 - Mr. Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent

Hello WPUSD Families and Staff,

Here is the UPDATE for Friday, January 8, 2021. If you want to report a COVID issue please use one of the links below and complete the form. After completing the form, we will contact you.

- English version of COVID Intake Form:

- Spanish version of COVID Intake Form:
- Staff Version of the COVID Intake Form:

ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES

I wanted to update you on administrative changes we have announced to affected school sites over the last few weeks. All of these transitions will take place in the middle of the month!

  • Mike Maul, current principal at Lincoln High School, will be transitioning to principal at Twelve Bridges High School.
  • In his place, Jennifer Hladun, current principal at Lincoln Crossing Elementary will become the principal at Lincoln High School. Jennifer has extensive high school experience and is excited to start this month. Denise Parnell will be serving as interim at Lincoln Crossing through the end of the school year and we will be posting the principal position no later than March.
  • Shamryn Coyle, current principal at Carlin C. Coppin Elementary, has been selected as director of a project to support universal learning based in the Placer County Office of Education. We are going to miss her deeply, but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In her absence, Ruben Ayala will be serving as interim principal at Coppin for the rest of the year as we post the position no later than March.


COVID CASES AND CONTACTS DOWN

We monitored our cases over the break and we are doing well with our numbers given the state of California! We plan on continuing our program offerings for the foreseeable future.

Wear a mask and keep the distance. Our updated COVID cases and contacts are located on our website HERE.


IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ TO SEE IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY THIS - Intradistrict Requests (New or Renewals)

Intradistrict requests are for students desiring to attend another school within our district, other than their school of residence. Approved intradistricts are good for one year and must be renewed annually. The process for requesting an intradistrict is the same for new and renewal requests. Students participating in specialized programs (K-8), such as GATE, Bilingual Immersion, Special Education, and GEMS Honors Academy, housed at specific sites do not have to complete an intradistrict request form.


With the opening of Twelve Bridges High School (TBHS), which means two comprehensive high schools in the District, intradistrict requests are now being implemented at the high school level. TBHS will open with 9th and 10th grade students only. Therefore, current 8th and 9th grade students who reside in the Twelve Bridges Middle School attendance area, will be slated to attend TBHS. Current 8th-11th graders residing in the Glen Edwards Middle School attendance area will be slated to attend or remain in attendance at Lincoln High School. All current 8th and 9th graders wishing to attend a high school other than theirs of residence must submit an intradistrict request. Intradistrict requests for the purpose of pursuing specialized programs housed at one of the high schools will be given priority. Below are the 2021-2022 locations of our specialized programs for our incoming 9th and 10th grade students.

Lincoln High School (LHS)

  • Agriculture and Natural Resource
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Visual Arts (Ceramics)
  • Building and Construction Trades
  • California Cadet Corps
  • Engineering and Architecture
Twelve Bridges High School (TBHS)
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Visual Arts (Commercial Art)
  • Media Arts (Video Production & Graphic Design)
  • Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Information and Communication Technologies
The window for submitting intradistrict requests for all of the aforementioned reasons is now open and will remain open through the end of the school year. However, for those seeking priority in renewal or first time approval, you must submit your intradistrict request form (English Form / Spanish Form) no later than February 19, 2021. Submitting a request form before, on, or after February 19, 2021 does not guarantee approval as approvals are based on space availability and other factors. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school site for assistance.


FOOD SERVICE IN THE NEW CALENDAR YEAR

We are now offering daily meals to In-person learners! Each meal box for Monday through Thursday will have one breakfast and one lunch. Friday's meal boxes will have 3 breakfast and 3 lunches.
Students on InterCONNECT or on home quarantine will continue to be offered to pick-up a week's worth of meals on Wednesdays at Glen Edwards Middle School from 1-3pm. You can sign up HERE.
* Check out the WPUSD Food Service page HERE for more details.


GOVERNOR'S REOPENING PLAN

We are closely monitoring the governor's reopening plan. In its current form, it would have a dramatic effect on our schools. It is not in its final configuration yet, so we are advocating for changes.


TRANSITION KINDERGARTEN/KINDERGARTEN/BILINGUAL IMMERSION VIRTUAL PARENT INFORMATION NIGHTS PLANNED

Please see below to plan on attending the virtual meeting introducing our Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Bilingual Immersion programs for the 20-21 school year.


KEY DATES - Registering for the 2021-22 School Year Starts

- January 5, 2021 –Intradistrict Transfers (on-line) accepted started

- January 11, 2021 -TK/K & Bilingual Immersion Virtual Parent Information Meetings(English)

  • ·5:30-6:00 – TK
  • ·6:15-7:00 - K & Bilingual Immersion

- January 14, 2021 -TK/K & Bilingual Immersion Virtual Parent Information Meetings (Spanish)

  • ·5:30-6:00 – TK
  • ·6:15-7:00 - K & Bilingual Immersion

- January 25, 2021 - at 8:00am - Online Registration goes live & Parents can start turning in complete registration packets to their home school office.

- February 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm –Deadline to submit Intradistrict Transfer Form(on-line)

- February 21, 2021 - at 4:00 pm- All complete registration packets must be turned into the home school office (for TBHS please turn in to LHS office)

- February 24th -Lottery for Bilingual Immersion Program

- February 25th through March 5th-Parent notification/confirmation of Bilingual Immersion placement

- Early March - Notification to TK students of their assigned class (AM or PM) and school


HELPFUL LINKS
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WPUSD Website

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Family/Staff UPDATE #83

Meals for Students - FOOD SERVICE CHANGES IN THE NEW CALENDAR YEAR

New! Meals are being offered DAILY to all In-person learners. Each meal box for Monday through Thursday will have one breakfast and one lunch. Friday's meal boxes will have 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. To add or remove your student from the in-person meal distribution list, please notify your child's teacher or email Ms. Lawson directly (see below for email address).


InterCONNECT or home quarantine students will continue to be offered to pick-up a week's worth of meals on Wednesdays.


For any other questions or concerns please email Christina Lawson at clawson@wpusd.org

5th Grade Ukulele Borrowing Agreement

From Ms. Van Hoy:


Here is the link to the Ukulele Borrowing Agreement link for 5th grade students It is not too late to check one out. Fifth graders will need an ukulele for music lessons January-February. Borrowing an ukulele is FREE thanks to the generosity of the local nonprofit Ukes for Schools.


So far I have about 100 out of 210 fifth grade families checking out an ukulele. A few have their own, but there are still lots of kids who don't have access to one.

Preparing Families for College Info Nights - January 12th (English) & January 13th (Spanish) from 6:30-7:00.

As previously mentioned, we feature a new focus college/university every week to share "College Knowledge" info and videos about, and you can find this week's school (University of the Pacific) further down in our announcements. We want our kids to leave First St. not asking if they can get to college, but asking which college they want to attend...it's all about mindset! In order to support our families in helping to plan for college, we will be hosting a college financial planning Zoom meeting on Tuesday, January 12th (English) & Wednesday, January 13th (Spanish) from 6:30-7:00.


Ken Aquino is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and he is the father of a GEMS and an LHS student as well. He has prepared a workshop for parents entitled, College: Getting There from Here. It is a 30-minute presentation that covers questions to consider as you develop and establish a college payment plan. See the flyer below with a more complete workshop outline.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://edwardjones.zoom.us/j/92046703041?pwd=MWJ2UEhhcGN2dDgweW9DNXp5Ti9xUT09

Meeting ID: 920 4670 3041
Passcode: 456582

"College Knowledge" Focus School of the Week - St. Mary's College

“College Knowledge” Fun Facts of the Week - Our “College Knowledge focus school for this week is Saint Mary’s College, also known as the Gaels! Saint Mary's College of California is a private Catholic college in Moraga, California. Click here to see the St. Mary’s homepage with more information and videos to share.


  • Monday - St. Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys in San Francisco. In 1889, the college moved east across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, California. The location on the corner of 30th and Broadway became affectionately known as "The Brickpile"[5] and Saint Mary's College would call Oakland home until 1928, when it moved further eastward to Moraga after a fire severely damaged the Brickpile.

  • Tuesday - St. Mary’s is a small school with an enrollment of 3,692 students; an average Class Size of 20; a student/faculty ratio of 10:1; and 43 academic majors. Click here to watch a brief overview of St. Mary’s College.

  • Wednesday - Saint Mary's College was chosen as one of only 40 U.S. institutions in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. We are the only Catholic college—and the only California college—in the history of the 40-school compilation that highlights exemplary liberal arts colleges that break the traditional Ivy League mold. Click here to see a video about “Gael Life”!

  • Thursday - With 22 residence halls and more than 1,600 residential students, Saint Mary's is committed to providing a diverse, comfortable, and engaging home for students. The Campus Housing Office helps students select their room assignments for the academic year and assists with facility operations. Click here to see a short video on first year residence halls.

  • Friday - With 16 NCAA Division 1 teams including basketball, soccer, cross-country, softball, and baseball fielded from 2,800 undergraduate students, athletics truly unifies our student body. Saint Mary's sends more than 300 Division 1 athletes to the field, course, court, track, and water to compete at the highest level as the only liberal arts college in the West Coast Conference. Click here to watch a highlight of St. Mary’s on ESPN clinching a birth into basketball’s NCAA Tournament with a WCC Championship over #1 ranked Gonzaga!

Saint Mary's College of California

Free Online Tutoring Available w/ LHS Students!

If you need help with school during this pandemic, or anytime really, Google Meet us at the LHS Homework Center!

3:00 PM-6:00 PM, MONDAY-THURSDAY Google Meet Code = LHStutoring


  • Do you need help with your homework?
  • Do you have tech problems you need to figure out?
  • Do you want to go to a study group with your friends?
  • Do you have more questions than can be answered in class?

* If you need help with school during this pandemic, or anytime really, Google Meet us at the Homework Center! We bet a tutor could help! See the attached flyer below for more details!

Online Roadrunner Store Open for Business!

WHAT IS THE ROADRUNNER STORE?


The Roadrunner Store is the place where kids can "shop" for items to purchase with the BEEP cards they earn here at FSS for Being Safe, Exercising Responsibility, Engaging in Learning, & Practicing Kindness!


Typically, the kids would be able to walk through our Roadrunner Store once a month and shop in person. For COVID safety reasons, we have set up a virtual on-line store. The items currently for sale can be seen in the gallery below. To place an order, kids simply need to print the order form here, mark the item(s) they are choosing, and turn their form into their teacher or the school office. Orders will be delivered to class within two weeks of being submitted! Deadline for this next ordering period will be Friday, January 22nd; orders that made it in on time will be delivered Monday, January 25th.

FSS Face Masks Available for Sale in the School Office

There are 2 different colors/styles but both have the same wording: First Street School - "We’re going places!" The purple masks are $4 and the thicker black masks are $6. All staff and students were given one compliments of FSS CHAMPS!

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Celebrating Our Birthdays!

Here are our birthdays for the week:

Monday, January 11 ~ Ella Lalley

Tuesday, January 12 ~

Wednesday, January 13 ~

Thursday, January 14 ~ Deisy Lopez Villalva and Joshua Sisneros

Friday, January 15 ~ Payton McCarty, Fernando Miguel Roman, Jafet Rodriguez Martinez, and Ryan Roquet

Saturday, January 16 ~ David Banales Godinez and Yarmaneli Martinez Ausencio

Sunday, January 17 ~ Dalton McBride and Wayde South


Next Week:

Monday, January 18 ~ Diego Isauro Garcia and Adelisa Ludovina

Tuesday, January 19 ~

Wednesday, January 20 ~

Thursday, January 21 ~ Damian Munoz

Friday, January 22 ~ Jonathan Armstrong and Theodore Griffith Olmedo

Saturday, January 23 ~ Caroline Boerman and Rafael Vides Becerra

Sunday, January 24 ~ Maricano Garica

Save the Date

1/18/21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - NO SCHOOL

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.

"Week at a Glance"

Monday, January 11th

  • In Person Food Distribution Daily. See above for more details


Tuesday, January 12th

  • GATE Testing Begins - 2nd grade and select 3rd-5th students will take the GATE test.
  • In Person Food Distribution Daily. See above for more details
  • "Preparing Families for College" Virtual Info Nights (English) - 6:30-7:00. Click the link here for access to the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 920 4670 3041 - Passcode: 456582


Wednesday, January 13th

  • GATE Testing Continues - 2nd grade and select 3rd-5th students will take the GATE test.
  • In Person Food Distribution Daily. See above for more details
  • InterCONNECT Meal Distribution - Students can pick up their meals if requested from Glen Edwards Middle School between 3:00-4:00 PM. See above for more details.
  • "Preparing Families for College" Virtual Info Nights (Spanish) - 6:30-7:00. Click the link here for access to the Zoom meeting. Meeting ID: 920 4670 3041 - Passcode: 456582


Thursday, January 14th

  • GATE Testing Continues - 2nd grade and select 3rd-5th students will take the GATE test.
  • In Person Food Distribution Daily. See above for more details


Friday, January 15th - School Spirit Wear Day!

  • Make-up day for pictures
  • 4th Grade Spelling Bee - 9:00 AM
  • 5th Grade Spelling Bee - 10:00 AM
  • In Person Food Distribution Daily. See above for more details

WPUSD Medication and Immunization - Annual Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please review the following information regarding medications and health care plans on campus.


Medication Orders and Health Care Plans:

  • If your student will require medication on campus (including non-prescription medications, inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors...), please visit our website to find the required forms (Student Health Concerns and Medications).
  • Please have your student's health care provider complete and sign the appropriate forms before returning to on-campus instruction.
  • Medication will NOT be allowed on campus without the appropriate paperwork.
  • If your student has a complex/personalized care plan, you will be contacted individually in early August to update their plan. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurses if you have any questions.


Immunizations:

  • Incoming Kindergarten and 7th Grade students will need to be up to date on required immunizations before returning to on-campus instruction. Information about required immunizations can be found on the Shots for School website.
  • See attached flyers for Placer County's Back to School Immunization Clinics.
  • If your family is unable to access medical care or immunizations, please contact your school nurse (see contact info below) for assistance and information.


Kelley Gordon, School Nurse at FSS, COES, SES, GEMS, LHS, and PHS

kgordon@wpusd.org


Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM

mschumann@wpusd.org

Student Accident Insurance (Digital Version)

The safety of our students is one of our most important concerns and we take appropriate steps to protect your child from injuries. Even so, accidents can and do happen during school events and resulting medical treatment (ambulance transport, surgery, hospitalization, etc.) can be very expensive. Please know that the District does not assume responsibility for these costs. However, as a service to you and your child, your school has joined with thousands of others by offering you access to a low cost, voluntary purchase student accident/health insurance program. The program is arranged and administered by Myers-Stevens and Toohey & Co., Inc., a firm that has specialized in such coverages for 40 years. Details and an enrollment form are in the link and accompanying brochure here. Please read it here carefully.


If you are interested in signing up for "Student Accident Insurance" please click on the application link here.

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.

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