Willow Creek Newsletter

February 19th, 2021

Mid-Year Registration Confirmation

We sent an email home today 2/19 at 2pm to all families that contained information about learning model on April 5th. This email contains your response from our hybrid survey sent out in early February. We have carried forward these responses for our learning model change on April 5th. So, if you registered for hybrid, we are opting you into in person learning. If you selected distance learning, we have left your student into distance learning for April 5th. If this is not the choice you would like to move forward with, please call the office at (507) 328-5900 to let us know your preference to change this. We need your answer by February 26th.


A generic version of the email with more information can be found here.

Schedule for the week

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Block Scheduling for Distance Learning

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Students will attend periods 1-4 on day 1 and 5-8 on day 2. (Please note that period 1 is Willow Creek's Advisory period. Students will not meet the entire hour). We will be incorporating a 4 day rotation for A and B day course offerings.


Also note that students will not be meeting with teachers during Target classes. Target is similar to a study hall. However, help is available via Google Meets using code: WCtarget.

Distance Learning + Supports

In-Person Support

We are able to allow students to enter the building to receive support from staff on a limited basis. If you are interested in your student receiving support in person, please contact their Counselor. Email links are below:

Jessica Olson - 6th Grade

Tracy Lund - 7th Grade

Dawn Johnson - 8th Grade


Virtual Supports

Willow Creek has several things in place to provide virtual support for your student during distance learning.


  • Support during Target hours by utilizing the Google Meets code: WCTarget.
  • Our Schoolwide open hour for students following their Advisory from 8:55 - 9:20 on day 1's. All teaching staff are available using the Google Meets codes attached here.
  • Please connect directly with Teachers and Counselors to set up further individualized supports in specific classes as well.

Conferences - March 4th

Willow Creek will again be hosting Virtual Conferences this Spring on Thursday March 4th. These will again include videos from each teacher at Willow Creek with information pertaining to their classes. We will also provide the opportunity for families to request a conference with their students’ teacher(s). Please look for more information coming on March 4th.
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WC Afterschool Activities

New Community Education offerings start soon. Click the link to see this sessions offerings.

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Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being Team

If you would like to touch base with our Emotional and Mental Health Well-Being Team, see the website here for more details. As always, please reach out to us with any questions.

Yearbooks

Buy your full color, hard cover, 2020-2021 Willow Creek Middle School yearbook for just $33! Prices go up January 30th.


Click here to purchase!

Grade Level Weekly Student Planners

Attendance

If your student is going to be absent from school or class, please notify the office either by entering the absence into Skyward family access or calling our attendance line at (507) 328-5910.


*Please do not only notify a teacher of an absence. They do not have a way to excuse it in the Skyward system. Please route all absence reporting through the Main Office.

Remote Distance Learning Technical Support

Great News! RPS has announced a student and family Tech Support line to help solve technology issues that arise during distance learning. The support line is available Monday - Friday from 7am to 7pm. Give them a call at 1-800-789-0051.

COVID-19 Communications

What if I or my child are experiencing COVID symptoms?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided a Decision Tree for individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. To keep students and staff safe and healthy, Rochester Public Schools will follow this guidance to determine the length of time students will need to remain away from school when exposed or exhibiting symptoms. This exclusion guidance is designed specifically for schools and child care programs by MDH, therefore, these guidelines may differ from businesses or employers.


Prior to coming into a school building, students and staff should use the At-Home COVID Screening tool to determine if they are well enough to come to school that day. Individuals experiencing symptoms should remain home and talk to their health care provider about being tested for COVID-19. A Daily Symptom Monitoring Tool is available to help families track their child's symptom screening each day.


We understand that these are challenging times. The safety, security, and health of students and staff is our top priority. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe and healthy.

Curbside Library Pick-up

We are offering curbside library pick-up for students that would like to utilize the library. Please see the instructions below for the instructions on how to check out a book!
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This week’s Second Step® Lessons at Middle School

6th Grade - Managing Your Emotions

In this week’s lesson, your child will learn and practice several emotion-management strategies to help them make good decisions when they’re feeling a strong emotion.


Question

Ask your child what strategy they like to use when they realize they need to manage their emotions. Share a strategy you like to use and see if it’s also helpful for them.



7th Grade - Reframing Unhelpful Thoughts

In this week’s lesson, your child will learn ways to reframe unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts.


Question

Ask your child to explain the difference between helpful and unhelpful thoughts. Tell your child about an unhelpful thought you had today and how you were able to change it to a helpful thought. Ask your child if they had an unhelpful thought and how you can support them in changing it to a helpful thought.



8th Grade - Strategies for Managing Stress

In this week’s lesson, your child will learn some strategies for managing stress. These strategies include: slow breathing, reframing unhelpful thoughts, positive self-talk, and progressive muscle relaxation.


Question

Ask your child what makes them feel stressed and how they cope with that stress. Share your own stressors and helpful ways you manage stress.

Parenteen Connect

ParenTeenConnect.org is a free resource for parents that provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

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