"We're Going Places!" - October 19th-October 23rd
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School Mission Statement
"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."
Roadrunners in Action! Shots from Within the FSS Bubble!
Here is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of October 19th through October 23rd. Well, week 2 of hybrid in-person/InterCONNECT instruction is in the books! As you can see from the shots above, the kids and teachers are definitely settling into COVID-cautious instruction. Each day that passes, the kinks get ironed out and instruction gets better and better!
Remember, our school day is 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. We will have supervision available beginning at 8:00, but gates will not open until 8:15. If possible, please drop your kids off at their appropriate gate between 8:15-8:25. Our school library will also be open each morning from 8:00-8:25. For an update from the district, please see the "Highlights from Mr. Leaman's Parent Update #71" which are below.
One big point that I need to make clear is the distinction between in-person and distance learning. If you have chosen to have your student return to school, they will be expected to be in-person everyday unless there is an illness other valid reason to miss school. In-person students CAN access distance instruction if they need to miss school, but they will still be counted as absent in terms of our school attendance recording. Also, we appreciate people being cautious about potential exposures, but be aware if you are keeping your child home when the protocol does NOT call for it, they will be marked as "Unexcused". Please call the office before keeping your child home if you are unsure.
Continue to stay healthy and safe, and remember to feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way! And thanks for supporting our cookie dough fundraiser! More info can be found below.
Have a great week!
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Cookie Dough Fundraiser!
First Street Elementary School's fundraiser started this week, and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 for school site needs.
It's as simple as 1, 2, 3!
- Register TONIGHT at www.ShopFund.com
- Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.
- Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.
REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.
- How To Videos - (https://bit.ly/31c2Fh6)
- Kick-Off Videos - (https://bit.ly/32EHmpj)
- Parent Letter - (https://bit.ly/2SEieJ7)
- Prize Program - (https://bit.ly/2BnoqQS)
*Two catalogs went home with your kids: one being the OTIS cookie dough and the other is a holiday assorted gifts catalog. (Profit would be 40% on both of them.) To view catalogs go to: www.believekids.com, click on "Food Fundraisers".
*Each student received the catalogs along with the information to log in for online ordering.
*FYI: Parents have the options of home delivery for any items purchased from the gift catalog and still have their cookie dough sent in the main order to First St. for curbside pick-up on distribution day.
*Timeline is as follows:
~Catalogues/online info goes home October 13th
~End of order taking would be around October 29th
~Anticipated delivery would approximately 3 weeks late.
* And, there is a "Weekend Challenge" going on with a chance to earn bonus prizes! See the attachment below.
On behalf of myself and the staff at First Street Elementary School, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success.
"Roadmap to Reopening" - Highlights from Family Update #71 - Mr. Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent
Here is the UPDATE for Friday, October 16, 2020. There is a plea to keep our school open, information about COVID cases in schools, InterCONNECT information, bus transportation, meal distribution, and more. Changes are in BOLD.
A PLEA TO OUR FAMILIES SEND STUDENTS TO SCHOOL
On October 6th, we began offering more hours of in-person instruction than any other district in Placer County and we need your help. This week we saw a number of cases and needed to quarantine over 110 of our students based on 7 new cases. It is wonderful that we have 5,000 students coming to school now, but our hearts break when we need to tell a student they are going to be excluded from instruction. We both have a part to play in schools staying open.
The District is implementing protocols to keep children as safe as possible and deliver education. We are asking families to take precautions to lessen the chance of children contracting COVID. Based on our information, none of the positive cases so far have come from transmission at school.
My plea is as follows:
- Please continue to wear masks when outside the home in public places and ask your middle and high school student to do the same.
- Try to maintain 6 feet from people that live outside your home and ask your middle and high school students to do the same.
- Follow these protocols even when you are with extended family. We all want to spend time with our loved ones, but we need to do it in a safe manner.
- With Halloween approaching, continue to follow the protocols and refrain from going to a party or event where people outside your family are mixing indoors without masks or social distancing. Please ask your middle and high school student to do the same.
Thank you to everyone that are already following these protocols! We strongly desire to keep everyone safe and continue to keep our schools open. The best way for that to happen is to lessen the amount of positive cases.
When we went to in-person instruction last week, our InterCONNECT program went from a distance only program to one that is taught by the same teacher delivering in-person instruction. I am happy to report we have completed our network upgrade to 2 gigabytes a second and should not have bandwidth issues. We are also working through some of the sound issues with students being able to listen at home. We are offering an enhanced microphone which should do wonders! I appreciate your patience as we work through the beginning implementation of our program. If you have concerns about the change and your InterCONNECT student, please contact your school so the administration and teacher can make adjustments and your student is served.
ONLY HEALTHY STUDENTS SENT TO SCHOOL
I want to thank you for keeping students that don’t feel well home from school. You all have been fantastic at this! Let’s keep up the good work! If your child tests positive for COVID, or has been tested for COVID and you are awaiting results due to symptoms, please keep them at home. Thank you!!
Our students are wearing masks unless they have an exemption (the exceptions are outlined in the guidance located HERE) when they may wear a shield. Masks do not have to be worn when eating or drinking, or in special “outdoor classrooms,” some schools are offering.
Just as a reminder, please wear a mask if you are going to be on campus, including the offices, at any time. I do want to let you know you may observe some people in the offices not wearing masks based on State office protocols.
The guidance for PE and masks includes, “Activities that require heavy exertion should be conducted outside in a physically distanced manner without face coverings.” Students in PE are not dressing out and will not be engaging in heavy exertion until masks are not required.
Parents, remember to model good social distancing out in front of the school while you are waiting for your students.
This is the 70th update since March and I don’t want to cause update overload. With our schools starting in-person instruction this week and probably sending out more information, Tuesdays’ update is going to be a verbal update with the large update happening every Friday. Thank you for your diligence this year.
InterCONNECT – SAME NAME, DIFFERENT DELIVERY
When we went to in-person instruction this week, our InterCONNECT program went from a distance only program to one that is taught by the same teacher delivering in-person instruction. If you have concerns about the change and your InterCONNECT student, please contact your school so the administration and teacher can make adjustments and your student is served.
With Halloween around the corner, I am so sorry to let you know students will not be able to exchange candy, treats or items under the current guidelines. I feel like I’m taking away part of the fun of being in school, but it just wouldn’t be safe.
We have a bottleneck and a solution as to why students are sitting at Lincoln High School on the bus and waiting to be transferred after school. All buses are arriving at Lincoln High for the transfer around 12:45, except the bus from Twelve Bridges Middle with about 7 students that arrive at 1:10. This delays the departure of all buses for about 30 minutes and the students have to wait. This is not safe in today’s environment. Our district doesn’t provide transportation in the city limits and the Twelve Bridges Middle School bus is an in-city bus with only 7 students on it. We are going to eliminate this route with its last run on Wednesday and all students should get home about 30 minutes earlier. All students currently on Route 1 are going to be contacted personally.
Reference the transportation schedules are HERE for a change in the bus drop off times starting next Thursday!
THE COMPLETE "ROADRMAP TO REOPENING" DOCUMENT
This "Roadmap to Reopening" document represents the foundation to start our school year. Click here to see the complete document in English and Spanish. As we have learned from the last few months, change is inevitable, and we will continue to hone the guidelines as our school year continues. In planning for this year, we were guided by the following principles:
- Student and staff safety
- Educational program quality
- Students and staff returning to a physical school site for in person learning
- Parent choice in programs
- Staff engagement, training and support
- Offering a quality distance learning program
- Collaborating with surrounding districts, Placer County Office of Education, Placer County Health Department
This road map is just a map. There will be many decisions and changes along the way. But the roadmap also gives us a way forward to continue our essential duty of educating and supporting students.
Scott Leaman, Superintendent
Meals for Students -Tuesday, October 20th & Friday, October 23rd
From the District Office & Food Service Dept.:
GOOD NEWS! FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION NEW INFORMATION
The USDA has allowed us to provide FREE meals to all WPUSD students 18 years or younger regardless of their eligibility status through December 31st of 2020. For students who are coming back to school for in-person instruction, meals will be distributed to your student's class at the end of the day on Tuesdays and Fridays. The meals will be delivered in plastic bags and have enough breakfast and lunch items for 3-4 days. If you would like your child to receive these free meals but you did not complete the meal distribution survey that was due last Monday, or if your student just did not receive their meal, please notify our school office ASAP so we can add their names to the distribution list.
If your child is going to be staying on distance learning and you would like to receive the free meals, InterCONNECT meal distributions will occur once per week at Glen Edwards Middle School. Our next InterCONNECT meal distribution will be Wednesday, October 14th from 1pm-2pm. Please submit a Meal Bag order form HERE.
For additional information regarding meal distribution or other food service items in general, visit our WPUSD Food Service page here.
For any other questions or concerns please email Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org
"College Knowledge" Focus School of the Week - UC Davis
- Monday - UC Davis, home of the Aggies, is a California public school that is part of the University of California school system which also includes UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA (Los Angeles), UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, & UC San Francisco. UC Davis is located 45 minutes west of Lincoln off of Hwy. 80. They have 39,000 kids attending school there!
- Tuesday - For undergraduates, living on campus for the first year helps ease the transition between home and college. UC Davis residence halls and transfer student apartments offer support resources. They're also where to find campus dining commons. Click here for a video tour of the residence halls.
- Wednesday - UC Davis prizes itself on academic excellence. More than 500 of our faculty have earned prestigious national and international honors and awards. One of the top universities in the world, we are ranked as the world’s leading university for veterinary medicine — and we have many other top-ranking programs across the disciplines. Click here to watch a video on how they repurpose sturgeon waste water to nourish their greenhouse.
- Thursday - UC Davis students compete in 25 Division I varsity sports, 39 clubs sports and 29 types of intramural programs. The Aggies have won conference championships in men's basketball, women's basketball and men's water polo. UC Davis also holds individual conference titles in gymnastics, swimming and diving, and track and field.
- Friday - UCD students compete against other schools in an off-road style racecar design and built competition. Click here to watch the team in action!
Celebrating Our Birthdays!
Here are our birthdays for the week:
Monday, October 19 ~
Tuesday, October 20 ~ Artem Dianov
Wednesday, October 21 ~ Brianna Fine
Thursday, October 22 ~ Arlyn Baggot and Gabriel Mauricio Calistro
Friday, October 23 ~ Alexia Jaime
Saturday, October 24 ~ Mia Ruiz, Evelyn Fuller, and Mrs. Balderas
Sunday, October 25 ~ Cadence Cardoso
Here are our upcoming birthdays:
Monday, October 26 ~ Camille Thomas
Tuesday, October 27 ~ Julian Granillo and Riley Lindauer
Wednesday, October 28 ~ Mrs. Contreras
Thursday, October 29 ~ Natalie Cervantes Gonzalez, and Jazmine Garcia
Friday, October 30 ~ Ana Cardoso Lazaro, Leland Feldman, and Omar Medina
Saturday, October 31 ~ Kailer Warrington
Sunday, November 1 ~
"Week at a Glance"
Tuesday, October 20th
- In Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details
Wednesday, October 21st
- InterCONNECT Meal Distribution - Students can pick up their meals if requested from Glen Edwards Middle School between 3:00-4:00 PM. See above for more details.
Friday, October 23rd
- In- Person Food Distribution - All students who completed the survey discussed in the "Meal Distribution" section above will have bagged meals delivered to their classroom prior to the 12:00 dismissal time. See above for more details.
Save the Date
Monday, November 2nd - Now a School Day - Originally, this day was scheduled as a teacher in-service day, but was since switched with this past Thursday, October 1st.
C.H.A.M.P.S. (formerly known as PTC) stands for "Committed to Honoring and Motivating Parents and Students". Parents play a vital role in helping to fundraise, plan school functions, and guide the direction of our school. See the flyers attached below for more information, and please contact Lisa Chandra at email@example.com if you have any questions.
WPUSD Medication and Immunization - Annual Update
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please review the following information regarding medications and health care plans on campus.
Medication Orders and Health Care Plans:
- If your student will require medication on campus (including non-prescription medications, inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors...), please visit our website to find the required forms (Student Health Concerns and Medications).
- Please have your student's health care provider complete and sign the appropriate forms before returning to on-campus instruction.
- Medication will NOT be allowed on campus without the appropriate paperwork.
- If your student has a complex/personalized care plan, you will be contacted individually in early August to update their plan. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurses if you have any questions.
- Incoming Kindergarten and 7th Grade students will need to be up to date on required immunizations before returning to on-campus instruction. Information about required immunizations can be found on the Shots for School website.
- See attached flyers for Placer County's Back to School Immunization Clinics.
- If your family is unable to access medical care or immunizations, please contact your school nurse (see contact info below) for assistance and information.
Kelley Gordon, School Nurse at FSS, COES, SES, GEMS, LHS, and PHS
Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM
Student Accident Insurance (Digital Version)
If you are interested in signing up for "Student Accident Insurance" please click on the application link here.
Our school district has invested in a great new way to communicate with our families. Peachjar is a program that sends flyers out to families and also saves and organizes them on our school websites for future viewing. Click here to go to our First Street School Peachjar page.