Werner Weekly

September 2, 2022

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar
  • Sept. 5: No School, Labor Day
  • Sept. 6: Kindergarten Back-to-School Night, 5-6 pm
  • Sept. 7: 1st grade Back-to-School Night, 5-6 pm/ 3rd grade, 6-7 pm
  • Sept. 8: 4th grade Back-to-School Night, 5-6 pm/ 2nd grade, 6-7 pm
  • Sept. 16: NO SCHOOL, Staff Work Day
  • Sept. 21: Picture Day
  • Sept. 23: Fall Fun Festival, 4:30-7:00 pm
  • Sept. 24: Werner Jazz Cat Choir @ Colorado Rockies Game
  • Sept. 30: Community Football Classic @ Canvas Field, 7-9 pm


NO SCHOOL, Monday Sept. 5-Labor Day Weekend

Back-to-School Parent Orientation Meetings

Classroom Teachers will host Back-to-School nights on the following dates/times:

  • Aug. 30- 5th grade/Eco Trip Info @ 5:30-7:00 pm, Werner Gym
  • Sept. 6- Kindergarten @ 5:00 pm

  • Sept. 7- 1st grade @ 5:00 pm and 3rd grade @ 6:00 pm

  • Sept. 8- 4th grade @ 5:00 pm and 2nd grade @ 6:00 pm

The purpose of these times is to orient parents to the grade level curricular program and expectations. We look forward to seeing you attend these important nights. These meetings are for parents only.

Volunteering at Werner

One of the most important components of the success of our school is the involvement of our community to provide for volunteer needs. We have all kinds of opportunities to support our great school and more communication will come at Back-to-School meetings. If you have not registered as a volunteer before, please go to the PSD website (Volunteers)to do that. You will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteering when you attend Back-to-School nights.

Vison/Hearing Screening-Help Needed

We are seeking caring individuals to help with important hearing and vision screenings. No experience necessary. Training will be provided. Questions? Please email our school nurse, Lynne Ryan at: eryan@psdschools.org

If interested in VOLUNTEERING for Vision & Hearing Screenings, please follow the instructions below:
1. Login to your Volunteer Portal through this link: https://apps.raptortech.com/Volunteer/Login/NjA0MzpWb2x1bnRlZXI6ZW4tVVM%3d

2. When logged in, click on Events within the Navigation Menu

3. Review the details of the Event you wish to sign up for and click “Sign-Up”.

What to do if your child is absent

Reporting Absences to the office is required by calling the attendance line: 970-488-5551 or

ParentVUE - Parent/guardian guide. If you do not contact the school, your student will be marked as unexcused.

What is the ParentVUE Report Absences feature?
Parents can submit attendance for a single date or range of dates by clicking on ‘Report Absences’ from the PVUE home screen; a note is required to excuse the absence. Absences submitted will be reviewed by the school attendance clerk. Absences submitted without a note are subject to being delayed, denied, or unexcused when reviewed by the attendance clerk. Schools may take up to 24 hours to process absences. Future absences are not visible in PVUE until the date of the absence.

Why would I enter attendance in ParentVUE?
If a student is not going to be attending school for a day or series of days, or arriving late from an appointment, the parent can document this absence in PVUE instead of making a call and leaving a voicemail to the attendance clerk. Once saved in PVUE, the attendance mark will then be reviewed by the attendance clerk.

As a parent, how do I report absences for my student?
1. Log in to ParentVUE
2. Focus to the student for which you are entering attendance
3. Click on ‘Report Absences’
4. Set attendance mark of ‘A – Absent’ or ‘I – Illness’
5. Add a note
6. Click Save

Enrichment Opportunities @ Werner

Check out the flyers down below (under "News from Community") for opportunities for enrichment here at Werner or the community. Chessmates is coming back to Tuesday afternoons, so look for that flyer soon!

Save the Date- Werner Choir @ Colorado Rockies Game-Sept. 24

The Werner Jazz Cats Choir have been selected to sing at the Colorado Rockies Game on September 24th.

We will be a part of the Colorado Rockies Fall Choir Day including 200-400 elementary students from around Colorado.

Report time for the students will be an hour before the game (approx. 5:00) at a designated location inside the ballpark.

Everyone (including your choir student) will need a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at www.rockies.com/CHOIR. The website is updated and ready for you to purchase tickets!

There is a specific button for Werner, and each ticket purchased through our school’s button will include a $2 kickback to Werner Elementary.

Feel free to invite all your family, friends and neighbors! We would love to see the entire school community and beyond supporting our choir and enjoying the game!


Colorado law requires all students attending Colorado schools and licensed childcares to be vaccinated against certain diseases, unless an exemption is filed. Please provide an updated immunization record to us or complete an exemption.


There are two ways to file a nonmedical exemption:

  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider OR
  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.
  • Parents of students in grades K‐12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must file one annually.
  • Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.

Downloadable Certificate of Nonmedical Exemption:

English | Spanish (Español) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) | Arabic (عربى) | Korean (한국어) | Chinese (中文) | Russian (русский) | Somali (Soomaali)

Health Concerns

Your child is unique. Please give us the details that will help us be of assistance to your child at school. If he/she has a health concern, contact your school nurse or health technician.

Information you provide will be reviewed by the school nurse and a Health Care Plan may be


Medication at School

All medication given at school, whether doctor prescribed or over the counter, must be

accompanied by the PSD Authorization to Administration Medicine form (available on the PSD website under the Parent tab, Health Services), signed by both the parent/guardian and the physician. Medication must be provided and brought to school by a parent, in the original

prescription bottle or over the counter container. Pharmacists may provide you with two

bottles if you ask them to label one for school use. If medication changes or medication is

discontinued during the school year, please have the child’s doctor fax us the new or correct


Authorization for medication administration MUST BE COMPLETED YEARLY and health care

plans updated annually.


Phone Numbers

It is important that we have your home and work phone numbers, as well as emergency

contact(s) and phone numbers(s). Should your child become ill or hurt while at school, we

MUST be able to reach you. If changes occur during the school year, please notify the school


Thank you!

Jenny Whetsell

(970) 488-5550 or jwhetsel@psdschools.org

Lynne Ryan, RN

(970) 556-5908 or eryan@psdschools.org

School Lunch and Fee Payment Information

Paying for school fees and/or lunches is easy using SchoolPay. Below is the link for signing your student up, paying fees and/or adding funds to your student’s meal account.

PSD offers an easy and secure way to make payments to your child’s school on-line with a credit/debit card for fees and other charges as well as your child’s meal account through the District’s payment portal, SchoolPay.* The Pay Fees/Charges web page has information and instructions on paying fees and other charges online or go directly to the SchoolPay website.

Fees may also be paid in person at your child's school, paying with cash or check.

Werner Photo Album 2022-23

Please share your school-related photos for our yearbook throughout the year at Werner Photo Album 2022-23. Please be mindful this link is open to the public.


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FALL FUN FESTIVAL-Save the Date-September 23

Our annual Fall Fun Festival is back on Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:30-7:00 pm! More details will come later.
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PTA General Meeting

Tuesday, September 13 | 9:00 am | Werner Teacher Lounge

Save the Date for our first General Meeting of the year! You do not have to be a member to attend meetings.

Join the Werner Elementary Parent Teacher Association!

Receive a Wildcat’s Roar yard sign as a FREE GIFT when you register with our PTA! Membership is a $10 donation and does not obligate you to volunteer hours or to attend meetings. We'd love your support any way you can give it. Please fill out this Google form and submit your donation with our PayPal link (you don’t have to have a PayPal account). we'll be handing out the signs on the playground at the School Supply Drop Off, Monday, August 15th. (Registration is per person, not per household)


Friday, September 23rd | 4:00 pm | Werner Elementary Playground

Save the Date! Our most popular event of the year. You won’t want to miss it!


Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?

- If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.

- If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.

- If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.

Your Werner PTA

Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events, Werner Families, and see what the PTA is up to.

Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!

PTA President | Nicole Kidd

PTA Vice President | Chelsea Padgett

PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell

PTA Secretary | Juliana Schump

PTA VP of Community Programs | Marissa McNulty

PTA VP of Fundraising | Megan Bright

There Is No Wrong Way To PTA. How Do You PTA?


PSD Now Newsletter

One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.

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


It’s not too late to apply for the Free & Reduced Meal Program for this school year. By doing so your student’s approval to the program carries over for the first 30 days of next school year. Also, there are advantages to being on this program with discounts given throughout our community for student summer programs. Check out fcgov.com/reducedfee website for more information. The before and after school program, AlphaBest, also gives a 15% discount. Apply on-line at www.myschoolapps.com. Please note that August 1, 2022 is the first day you can apply on line for the 2022-2023 school year. Families do have to apply each school year unless they receive a letter stating otherwise.


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LEGO Engineering @ Werner Elementary School

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Hello Werner Families,

I wanted to let you know about a couple of morning yoga & mindfulness classes that will be starting soon at Werner. Robin Hughes is an ELD Teacher at Werner and also happens to own a yoga studio in town. She did yoga classes at Werner before the pandemic and is excited to be able to offer them again now. Attached is the flyer with more information and instructions on how to sign up. Let me know if you have any questions!

-Patti Haswell

VP of Enrichments at Werner Elementary

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Blue Moose Art Gallery

Past Werner parent, Julie Grillo, is an owner of the Blue Moose Art Gallery. The Moose offers 24 Adult Art classes every month, and now they are offering Kid’s Art classes this fall. The 4-week series includes 4 different mediums with 4 artist instructors and will be held in the gallery classroom.

The Blue Moose would love to share this art opportunity with your 4th to 8th grade students. High school students are always welcome to join in our adult classes. Thank you!