Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Information for the week of August 23, 2021

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Principal's Message

Hello Webster Families,


Thank you all for joining our teachers at our Webster Virtual Back to School Night on August 19th. We had a great "turnout." As you witnessed, we have the very best teachers at Daniel Webster!


Join our August Virtual General PTA Meeting on Tuesday at 6:30pm. Use this link to join:


Join Webex Personal Room meeting


‪(US) +1 415-655-0001‬ (toll)

Access code: 133 553 6552


Unfortunately our PTA Movie Night originally scheduled for this Friday is being postponed.


I am looking forward to seeing Webster Wolves at our Chipotle Restaurant Fundraiser on Saturday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. 33% of the proceeds will be donated back to Daniel Webster! Please see the flyer below.


Remember to send students to school with filled water bottles. Students may refill them throughout the day.


Visitors are by appointment only. Visitors may make an appointment by emailing our office clerk, Ms. DeabregoPaz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us or our office manager, Barbara Kolb at kolb.barbara@pusd.us or by calling (626)396-5740.


Our office hours are Monday 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Staff and teachers will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible which is normally within 24 to 48 business hours.


Remember that WEBSTER WOLVES ARE STRONG AND SMART!


Have a great week!

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Updated PUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan



In order to continue to maintain a safe environment, please note that part of our COVID-19 safety protocols state that visitors may not enter our campus unless by appointment. This includes our playground and school buildings.


Please note that masks are to be surgical masks or tightly woven multi-layered cotton.


Please visit this link for our most updated PUSD COVID-19 Safety Plan. https://www.pusd.us/cms/lib/CA01901115/Centricity/Domain/2709/PUSD_Covid_Safety_Plan_Revised_v5_8-11-21.pdf


En Espanol:

https://www.pusd.us/cms/lib/CA01901115/Centricity/Domain/2709/V5COVID19Distrito%20Escolar%20Unificado%20de%20PASADENA.pdf

Webster Daily Start and Dismissal Times

TK-5th Grade:

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm


Special Education PreK:

5 hour program
Mon- 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm


AM
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am


PM
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm

Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Please prescreen at home for fever and other signs of COVID19 such as cough, runny nose or exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID19.


Supervision will begin at 7:30 am. Please do not drop off before 7:30 am.


General Ed PreK, TK and Kinder student drop-off will be at the Pepper Drive Gate/Kindergarten Playground. Just prior to the 7:50am bell, students will line up by classes. The teachers will meet the classes on the playground.


TK & KINDERGARTEN PICK UP WILL BE AT THE DRIVE-THRU AROUND THE STAFF PARKING LOT with the 1st - 5th graders.


Drop-off and pick-up for 1st-5th grade students will be at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot. Please pull up as far as possible. Students should have backpacks with them inside the car to be most time efficient. Make sure to not block the left lane. The left lane will be reserved for thru traffic. DO NOT park in the staff parking lot as we need the spaces for our staff. Walkers and bikers may enter at the gate in between the staff parking lot and the auditorium.


Upon being dropped off, 1st, 2nd and Ms. Benn's students will be directed by staff to their class line on the upper playground where they will be supervised by staff. Teachers will meet the classes on the playground.



Self Contained Special Education classes will be dropped off at the north driveway on Pepper Dr. but PICKED UP at the KINDERGARTEN PLAYGROUND GATE on Pepper Dr. (Same as in the Spring)


Students in after school programs will be directed to their locations.

Save the Dates

Link to Webster Elementary School Calendar of Events 2021-2022

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kx8Xp42eKL3SmH9_BJR5sJE_fVr2SXD5/view?usp=sharing

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PTA Activities for the Year!

*Our Aug. Movie Night, Sept. Book Fair and Grandparent/Special Visitor lunch are postponed

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Pasadena LEARNs 2021-22 After School Program

PasadenaLEARNs is currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year! Programs will operate Mondays-Fridays every regular school day from dismissal until 6 pm.* Program offerings include:


  • academic support
  • enrichment opportunities (STEM/STEAM, visual and performing arts, and much more)
  • structured recreation/mindfulness
  • social-emotional learning/leadership/team building
  • healthy and nutritious supper

Click on your child's school to apply. Spaces are limited! Apply now!


*Program dates and times subject to change.

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PUSD Announcements including Independent Study Option

Important notifications for the new school year are posted at https://www.pusd.us/Page/9474 and are listed below:


Recent Legislation

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 104 was passed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student performance during the 2020/21 school year. This legislation temporarily modifies practices regarding student retention, grading, and graduation status for eligible students during the 2020/21 school year ONLY. Read the letter

  • Amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 130 require school districts to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The TK-12 Independent Study Program in the Pasadena Unified School District will be held virtually through the Center for Independent Study (CIS). Read the letter

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


Amazon Smile - As you are doing your shopping, please keep Webster in mind. Amazon Smile donates money from purchases back to our school at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and enter Daniel Webster Elementary PTA as your charity of choice.


Annual Fund - Visit our online donation form

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.


Box Tops - Box Tops can still be clipped and put into an envelope or ziplock bag and turned into the school in the Box Tops box provided under the shade structure at the drive-thru. You can also upload the virtual version off your receipt. The app is called “Box Tops”. Select Webster as your school of choice and follow the instructions to set up an account to get credit.

Parent Portal

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. You can update all important contact information on the parent portal. Aeries Parent Portal is a wonderful resource that all parents need to sign up for in order to access student attendance, grades, and teacher information to name a few. If you do not yet have an Aeries Parent Portal account, you can go to https://www.pusd.us/Page/6203 and follow the instructions to create an account. Please make sure you have set up your account before school starts so you know what class your child has been assigned to for the 2021-2022 school year. Our office will reopen on August 4th and will be able to provide you with needed information on or after this date.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD has prepared a COVID-19 Dashboard to support timely and transparent information related to known COVID-19 cases connected to our school campuses while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The dashboard will be updated biweekly. www.pusd.us/covid19dashboard

Parent Leader for the Arts at Webster

Please let Mrs. Forrest know if you are interested in being a parent leader for the arts for Webster. A parent leader does the following:

  • Serves as a representative for DAT/CAT meetings

  • Supports communication of arts events to all stakeholders

  • Advocates for arts education priorities for your site and the district

Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

Please join us and become a member today! We invite every parent, teacher and neighbor to join with the PTA as we work to make Webster the best school of choice in PUSD and a great place for our kids!

Webster PTA has and does support our students in the following ways:

  • The Music & Instrumental program
  • Playground equipment and shade structures
  • IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Supplies
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

Tax Deductible Giving through Webster's Annual Fund


Daniel Webster Elementary School has been honored as a California Distinguished School. Great teachers, strong leadership, and parent involvement make Daniel Webster a great school to send our children.

In addition to the great education our students receive, they are also provided with various opportunities to participate in our music and arts activities. We're asking for your support to continue this legacy by donating to the Daniel Webster Annual Fund and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

These funds will be used to financially support our music and arts programs, and to support the instructional goals set forth by the School Site Council
We would like to see every family donate at least $1.00 per week ($50 for the school year) for each child they have enrolled at Daniel Webster.

Think of it as donating less than the cost of a weekly cup of coffee or soft drink to help ensure that your child receives a high quality education.


If you can donate more, we would encourage you to donate towards our Giving Tree. We have various levels of donations:
Bronze - $100
Silver - $200
Gold - $300
VIP - $500 or more

If you are not able to contribute financially please consider donating your time and talents.

To donate:

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Use the following link to find the 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.