West Homer Elementary

October 2021

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Dates to Remember:

October 4th - School Board Meeting @ 6pm

October 14th - Orca Fun Run - 2:45pm to 4:00pm

October 15th - In-Service - No School

October 26th - Picture Re-takes!

October 28th - 29th - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School

Orca Ovation Recipients

Information for parents:


KPBSD COVID Universal Masking in a school (4/5 of these metrics will trigger a conversation with the site admin)


  • School Community Positivity 3%
  • Student Absenteeism 25%
  • Local and Regional Hospital/ICU Capacity
  • Community Red Risk Level (# cases per 100K)
  • High Staff Absenteeism Rate and Impact


Other factors to consider:
  • Bus Routes • Spreader Events
  • Site ability to physical distance


Continuation or removal of a two-week mask requirement:
  • District looks at data on day 6-7-8-9 of original 2-week mask requirement
  • School Community Positivity 1% or less
  • Student Absenteeism 25% (i.e. # of students close contact)
  • Local and Regional Hospital/ICU Capacity
  • Community Spread Red Risk Level (# cases per 100k)
  • High Staff Absenteeism Rate and Impact


Process to determine if required masking should continue:


  • Administration continues to monitor data if numbers are high or approaching high
  • District Office Admin starts conversation
  • Decision is made to continue or remove 2-week mandate
  • Review school data on Day 6-9 of 2 week mask mandate
  • District Office admin and principal monitor, discuss data (looking at trends)
  • Day 9 tentative decision is made with a final check-in with school admin on Day 10 to verify no new information is present
  • Communication process is initiated with school stakeholders

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Ms. Kristy's Book Recommendations

The World according to Humphrey

You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course). With lots of friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that-doesn’t- lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, wasn’t out to get him!

The Kingdom of Wrenly - The Lost Stone

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

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