Webster Weekly


Week of February 19, 2023

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Principal's Message

Good evening Webster families,

I hope that you were able to enjoy our three day weekend and re-energize as we celebrated Presidents Day. According to National Today, Every third Monday of February (February 20) we celebrate Presidents’ Day in all its patriotic glory. Many people relish their day off of work, but they might be surprised to know that that was the point! In 1971, Presidents’ Day moved in an effort to create more three-day weekends for the public in the hope that this would inspire greater productivity nationwide. It was believed that at this point in the year, the restorative effects of the winter holidays have begun to fade and people need another break to regain some of that lost stamina.

We had a great NED Assembly on Friday afternoon. This assembly encouraged children to have a Growth Mindset. Please join us at our PTA meeting on Tuesday, when I will further discuss this and the "power of yet!"

I will also be presenting information regarding Title I funding at Webster. The link to join the PTA meeting remotely is:

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/yjt-hhfi-oeh

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 541-600-2391‬ PIN: ‪696 681 671‬#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/yjt-hhfi-oeh?pin=4750240076533

The Webster Read-A-Thon, which will continue through March 3rd, and the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge are ongoing. Please see the information below.

Cal Fresh will be at Webster on Wednesday beginning at 7:30am.

Also on Wednesday is our Domenico's Restaurant Night. Give yourself a break from cooking and support Webster students!

This is our last week with Ms. Tatoulian, our amazing Theatre Arts resident artist. Our TK - 2nd graders are thoroughly loving their time on stage.

We will have a school tour for any prospective families on Friday at 8:30am. Please spread the word among family and friends.

Mrs. Chapman's class will take a field trip to the Pasadena Museum of History this Friday.

This week, all Webster teachers will be continuing our Anti-racism training. We continue to learn, listen, and reflect. We strive for diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our Webster community.

Thank you to all families who are working with us on a safe drop-off and pick-up for all students and for all of your positive comments.

Parents are not to drive into nor "hover" in the staff parking lot at drop-off nor pick-up. This is a safety concern as well as a matter of respect.

Visit the calendar on our website to see all activities and events scheduled:


Looking Ahead:

  • Feb. 27-March 3: Read Across America Dr. Seuss Spirit Week
  • March 6: See's Fundraiser Kickoff
  • March 16: Spring Picture Day

  • March 17-19: 4th and 5th grade Astrocamp

  • March 24: Staff Development Day (no school) and Spring Fling

  • March 25: Math Field Day

  • March 30: Banked Day 11:55am Dismissal

  • March 31: Cesar Chavez Day (no school)

  • April 3-7: Spring Break (no school)

  • May 9-13: Book Fair

  • May 29: Memorial Day (no school)

  • May 31: 5th Grade Promotion

  • June 1: Last Day for Students 12:30pm Dismissal

  • June 2: Last Day for Teachers



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The NED Show


As you know we recently hosted an all school event called NED’s Mindset Mission. We trust your student was encouraged by the show which taught about having a positive Mindset for learning and life!

Mindset Mission yoyos are still available for purchase to support the free show and message. If your student has already purchased a yoyo, here is an important link to help them get off to a good start with proper string length adjustment, click here.

Additionally, here are a couple of our favorite follow up home resources from the Mindset Mission website. You may want to use these with your child as they are designed to go hand in hand with the program.

NED Coloring Face Masks
Parent Encouragement Notes

If you'd like additional resources, they are available here.

And don’t forget to ask your student what they learned in the show about having a growth mindset from YET the Yeti, Captain Kindly and during NED’s visit on the spaceship!

Educating together!

Restaurant Night at Domenico's in on Wednesday!

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Kids Heart Challenge

Dear Families - Our Kids Heart Challenge program is kicked off on February 9th! We are proud to support the American Heart Association and Be the Torch in the fight against heart disease and stroke! Students will learn how to keep their hearts happy and healthy through physical and mental wellbeing, while helping others with special hearts by raising lifesaving donations. Our goal is to have 100% of our school families join the team and learn Hands Only CPR through Finn’s Mission. Don’t wait, get started TODAY! Students who join the team early will get recognized at our kick-off!

  1. REGISTER at http://www2.heart.org/goto/websterpusd
  2. TAKE THE CHALLENGE to Move More or Be Kind and earn the FREE Be the Torch Wristband when we kick-off!
  3. COMPLETE FINN’S MISSION in your HQ to learn Hands-Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how you can help kids with special hearts!

Thank you for supporting our school and this lifesaving program!

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Cal Fresh Produce Distribution on Wednesday, Feb. 22

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PUSD Student Quarantine Protocol

The shorter incubation period and increased transmissibility of recent COVID-19 variants suggest that a quicker and broader response to contact tracing for cases identified in school settings is warranted. The CDPH and PPHD are therefore encouraging schools to move away from the Individual Contact Tracing approach. PUSD will continue to follow the Group Contact Tracing protocol which will allow schools to provide safe in-person instruction without the intense demand of individual contact tracing.

As per Pasadena Public Health Department Exposure Management Plan dated August 15, 2022, a student who shared the same indoor airspace with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result or clinician diagnosis) while that person was infectious with COVID-19, for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period is considered a potential close contact. Asymptomatic potential close contacts may remain at school if they follow these requirements:

(1) monitor for symptoms;

(2) wear a highly protective mask around others indoors, except when eating or drinking, for 10 days after the last date of exposure; 5 COVID-19 Safety Plan v8 Revised 10.21.22

(3) test with an FDAauthorized viral COVID-19 test (e.g., PCR or Antigen test, including at-home tests) within 3-5 days after the last date of exposure. Rapid antigen tests will be given to potential close contacts.

Astrocamp is March 17-19, 2023

We have a great group going to Astrocamp this spring!

The final payment of $100 is due in January.

Please make all payments out to ‘Webster PTA’ and note the student's name on the memo line.

We are still looking for people to help with Popcorn Fridays. If you are interested,

please sign up using this link.


Please let us know if you have any questions about AstroCamp!

Thank you,

Talia Glasberg and Maya Kogan

Webster Class Trip Parent Coordinators


Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:

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!

School Contacts

Mrs. Rojas, office manager rojas.linda@pusd.us

Mrs. DeabregoPaz, office clerk/registrar deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us

Mrs. Mendez, health clerk mendez.claudia@pusd.us

Mrs. Butler, school nurse butler.karen@pusd.us

Mrs. Forrest, principal forrest.kristin@pusd.us

Mrs. Khrlopyan, instructional coach khrlopyan.arpine@pusd.us

Ms. Musgrove, Special Education TOSA musgrove.lynnae@pusd.us

Mrs. Jahjah, Community Assistant jahjah.arpy@pusd.us

Daily Start and Dismissal Times

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

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

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.

PreK, TK and Kinder student drop-off will be at the Pepper Drive Gate/Kindergarten Playground. PreK parents should look for specifics directly from the classroom teachers. TK and Kinder parents may walk students to the kindergarten playground. Just prior to the 7:50am bell, TK and Kinder students will line up by classes. The teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students into their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground.

You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our kindergarten playground.

Please DO NOT make any three point or U-turns on Pepper Drive. This is extremely dangerous and illegal.

Please do not block our neighbors' driveways.

TK and Kindergarten pick-up is at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot with our 1st-5th graders. Pre-K pick-up is the same as drop-off at the Pepper Drive gate.

Drop-off and pick-up for 1st-5th grade students will at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot. Please pull up as far as possible. At drop-off, 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. You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our walking gate. Walkers and bikers may enter at the gate in between the staff parking lot and the auditorium.

1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will line up on the upper playground. Teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students to their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground.

4th and 5th grade students may line up outside the classrooms. Teachers will meet them at the door. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the field.


Please reach out to Mrs. Jahjah if assistance is needed to acquire school uniforms. Webster does have a uniform policy and students must be in uniform to attend field trips and if acting as a school ambassador at school events. Please support us in contributing to our positive school environment.

Webster Spirit Wear (logo wear) may be purchased through the PTA using the following link: https://my.cheddarup.com/collection/164900/manage?p=items

The uniform policy is as follows:

  • Clothes that are clean and in good repair
  • White, navy blue or light blue polo shirts with a collar
  • Navy blue or tan/khaki pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers
  • Optional Friday uniform -- Webster Wolves t-shirt and jeans or uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers (or wear the regular uniform on Fridays)
  • Athletic or dress shoes
  • Navy sweaters or windbreakers
  • White or navy socks or tights
  • Any heavy jacket
  • Optional Webster Wolves logo items
  • Waistbands should be fitted; otherwise a belt should be worn

Notes: Free Dress Days are held on the last Friday of each month during the year.

Uniforms contribute to a positive school climate for all our students. Thank you for your support.

Traffic Safety

It is very important that the curb at the front of our school is kept clear so that our buses can safely park to drop off and pick up our students. Please be sure to follow all traffic and pedestrian laws to and from school. Please do not make U-turns on Washington Blvd nor on Pepper Dr. It is especially unsafe at our parking lot exit.

Attendance and Tardies

If a student is tardy, he or she is to go directly to the classroom if arriving in the classroom before 8:00am. The teacher will mark the student tardy

If a student arrives at 8:00am or later, he or she is to go directly to the main office for a tardy slip. The office will mark the student tardy or late. Late is arrival at 8:20am or later.

Please call the attendance line or email Ms. Deabrego-Paz to notify us if your child will be absent. (626)396-5740 then press 3 or deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us.

Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee

Celebrate your child's birthday with a personalized message on the Webster marquee. Request and donation of $10 must be submitted by the Thurdsay, one week before it will appear. Pay by cash or check, payable to ANNUAL FUND with "Webster Marquee" in the notes. You may also pay online using the following link.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of

students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Jahjah, our community assistant at jahjah.arpy@pusd.us

All volunteers must provide either: a) proof of Covid vaccination prior to starting any

volunteer work; or, b) proof of a negative Covid test performed by a medical

laboratory provider weekly. Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form of a

Covid vaccination card or a screenshot of a digital record with a corresponding QR


Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of

vaccine administration.

● Proof of vaccination or negative weekly test results for Level 1 volunteer records

should be completed and retained at the school site using the attached “Volunteer

Vaccination/Negative Test Result Attestment” form.

● Volunteers must record their time at the school site using the same “visitors log” that

denotes their name, entry/leave times, phone number, and email address.

● Volunteers are expected to follow the same Covid exposure and quarantine/isolation

protocols that PUSD staff follow as part of the Covid Safety Plan.

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.

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

Special Education AM PreK:
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am

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

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 2022-2023 school year.

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


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/Student Handbook

Use the following link to find the 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.

Office Hours

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.