Collegewood Chronicles

Developing Minds Nurturing Hearts- September 28, 2020

A Note From Dr. Wendland

Hello, Collegewood Families,

I hope you were able to join us online Saturday morning for our annual Parent Symposium! We had two wonderful speakers that highlighted some great points for us to remember as we lead our children through these challenging times of uncertainty. A few points to think on are below.

We can do these 4 things to reduce anxiety in ourselves and our children:

    • CARING: Keep our own stress levels down so that we can be champions for our children instead of projecting our own fears and stresses onto our children

    • CONNECTION: connection reduces stress - we can ask our children questions about people we know or characters in a book to help them connect with others and widen their perspective. A couple of questions to consider include: How would you feel if that happened to you, what would you need to feel better

    • COPING: Identify stress signs. Breathe deeply, repeat a positive affirmation, chunk your fear (let's just do one minute, let’s just take one step) Create a calm down kit or corner in your home

    • CHEERFULNESS/OPTIMISM: Look for the helpers. Share the good news. Put empathy into action- how can we help others? Think of a family action project to help a neighbor or people in need

Our current times give us many reasons to feel fearful. Kids notice things and carry their own stress. Take a deep breath and know that you are doing a wonderful job with your kids. Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Be safe and Be well,

Dr. Wendland

Mark Your Calendar

Important Dates This Week

Mark Your Calendar:

  • Monday, September 28th School Site Council @ 2:30 p.m
  • Monday, September 28th Minimum Day for Parent Conferences
  • Tuesday, September 29th Minimum Day for Parent Conferences

Friday Flag Salute

Friday Flag Salute With Friends

If your child would like to lead our school in the Friday Flag Salute, please follow the steps below.

1. Record your child while holding your phone horizontally <----- --------->

Good morning, my name is ( first name, last name) I am in _____ Grade with (teacher's name)

Please stand for the flag salute (wait 5 seconds)

Put your right hand over your heart (wait 5 seconds)

Ready.... Begin

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America

And to the Republic for which it stands

One nation, under God indivisible, with liberty and justice for all

Peace on earth

**It has been Collegewood tradition for many decades to say "Peace on earth" at the end of our salute**

2. Download the video as an mp4

3. Email me the video at

I will be adding videos on Fridays throughout the school year.

Community Club Corner

Community Club News

Although we aren’t physically at school, our goal is to make it a memorable year for our students and families. We continue to collaborate to bring some fun experiences and spirit for our students. Cougar Wear is available online now, so you can get those Collegewood T-shirts and More! Please CLICK HERE to order your Collegewood gear!

We also kicked off our Annual Booster Drive on Aug 24th, we will continue to fundraise through October 2nd to help our students for the 2020-21 school year. Please check out our flyer for details and information on what your donations support. Click HERE to view all the details and donate online today!

*Please note: You can still choose to send in a check at checkout. Please mail your check directly to the school address attention Community Club:

Collegewood Elementary School

Attn: Community Club Booster

20725 E. Collegewood Drive

Walnut, CA 91789

BOX TOPS have gone digital. Box Tops for Education is a fast and easy way for you to help out from home. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: buy participating products and use the Box Tops mobile app to scan your store receipts... even if you’re shopping online or doing grocery pickup, you can simply submit your e-receipts and earn for Collegewood! Your earnings may seem small, but they really do add up. The more people that participate, the bigger the impact to our school. Download the app today, and make sure to select Collegewood as your school.

Thank you in advance to all our Collegewood Families for their support… Let’s make it a great year!

Sincerely, Collegewood Community Club

Thank you for your consideration and support! We greatly appreciate it!

All my best,

Katie Daher

News From the District Office

USDA Extends Free Meals Waivers through December 31st

Students will be able to receive meals at no cost. Meals can be picked up at several curbside meal distribution locations by a parent/guardian. Meals can be picked up for all your students at one location. Student does NOT have to be present.

Breakfast & Lunch are served daily from 11:30 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

If you choose to purchase a school lunch for your child, please adhere to the procedures below.

1. Enter the parking lot with a mask on.

2. Place a piece of paper with your child's first name, last name and student ID number on it

3. Follow the traffic directions

4. Roll the window down and lunch will be provided to you

5. Meals will be charged according to eligibility status: Free, Reduced, or Paid.

o A Free/Reduced-Price meal application is available online at

*It is important that you remain in your vehicle at all times*

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All About Collegewood

Collegewood is an award-winning school that has been recognized for the Golden Bell award (2019) and the PBIS Platinum Award. We are a learning community that works to develop the minds and hearts of our students.