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Back to School at Collegewood!

Dear Collegewood Families,

I am so excited to welcome our kids back to school on August 10th! Although this is a period of change that requires us to be flexible, I am confident that our community will continue to support and encourage one another.

As new information and requirements have been shared by local governing agencies, the health department, and our district, I want to provide you with up to date information about the start of school. Please review this newsletter carefully.

The first day of school will look a little different this year, but the joy our kids feel when they are learning and connecting with friends will still fill the air. I hope you will join me in welcoming the school year ahead!

Be safe and be well,

Mary Wendland, Ed.D

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School Information

All instruction across WVUSD will be provided online until further notice. A few important details you need to know about the start of school are below. I hope you will join me at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5th for an informational meeting with details about the opening of school. You can access the event HERE

  • August 10th is the first day of school
  • August 10th is a minimum day. The school day will end at 11:30 for TK and Kindergarten students. The school day will end at 12:30 for students in grades 1-5
  • Your child's teacher will be reaching out to you by 3 PM on August 7th to provide you with information about logging on to learning platforms
  • SCHOOL HOURS HAVE CHANGED FOR THE DURATION OF DISTANCE LEARNING TK and Kindergarten will be in school from 8:00-2:30. Student Support time will be from 12:10-2:30. Students in grades 1-5 will be in school from 8:00-2:30 p.m. MONDAY-FRIDAY. WE DO NOT HAVE EARLY RELEASE ON FRIDAYS DURING DISTANCE LEARNING

Daily Schedule

Walnut Valley recognizes the need for parents to have some consistency with learning schedules to support your children at home with distance learning. Thus, all schools in WVUSD will follow the universal start, lunch, and end time.


    • Student start 8:00AM

    • Recess (varies by grade level)

    • Lunch 12:30

    • Student Support/Tutorial Time: 12:30-2:30

    • Day ends 2:30

Your child needs to be available for learning during these times. Some learning will be provided via live instruction. Learning will also take place through videos, small group, and whole group instruction. Attendance and early out will be monitored and all work will be graded.


Nutrition Services’ staff will be available at all sites to serve meals. While in a “Distance Learning” format, meals will be made available from 11:20 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. and must be consumed off-site as congregating will not be allowed. You can collect your meal by drive-thru or walk-up at the following locations:

  • Walnut High School – Staff parking lot
  • Diamond Bar High School – Main parking lot
  • Elementary & Middle School Sites – Main parking lot

Below is some additional information on cost and payment for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program:

  • Meals can be picked up by a household member. Your student’s ID or ID number is required.
  • We will accept your student’s ID card with a barcode from the previous year.
  • Meals will be charged according to eligibility status: Free, Reduced, or Paid.
  • A Free/Reduced-Price meal application is available online at
  • Please deposit money into your student’s account via eFunds or send cash/check to your school site. Checks should be made payable to WVUSD - Nutrition Services and include student name/ID# in the memo section. · Efunds online prepayment option is available on our website
  • Breakfast Price: $0.30 (reduced) or $2.00 (paid)
  • Lunch Price: $0.40 (reduced) or $3.00 (paid)

We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time. For any Nutrition Services questions, please contact us at or through Let’s Talk ID: WV1951. The Let’s Talk link can be found on the District website under COVID-19 School Closure Inquiries.

Mark Your Calendar

August 3rd: Re-Registration You will need to complete the registration forms online prior to your child beginning school. Please see the information below for detailed information.

August 5th: Back To School Night Parent Information Meeting:
On Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. I will be hosting an informational meeting for parents I will review overall practices and general school information. You can access this presentation HERE

Teacher Back to School Information: You will hear from your child's teacher by Friday, August 7th at 3 p.m. You will be informed of class information and receive directions on accessing learning for the first day of school. You will receive all information regarding classroom information by August 28th. You may receive this through a live presentation, PowerPoint, or handouts. Be sure to check your emails daily so that you do not miss important information.

August 10th: First Day of School School will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. with live interaction from your child's teacher. Attendance will be taken and students will begin the school year. This is a minimum day for our students across the district. School will be dismissed for TK and Kindergarten at 11:30 and school will be dismissed for students in grades 1-5 at 12:30.

September 7th NO SCHOOL in honor of Labor Day

Re-Registration Process

Please CLICK HERE to complete online registration forms prior to the start of school. Collegewood uses this process for all students using the AERIES Parent Portal. This process is required each year so that contact and health information is current. If you forgot your password to access the portal, please click on FORGOT PASSWORD. You will receive an email that prompts you to reset your password. The email will be sent to the email you used to initially register your child. You will be able to log-in to the portal on AUGUST 6TH to see who your child's teacher will be.

Please CLICK HERE if you need directions on how to complete this process

Please CLICK HERE for a short tutorial video on the process


As we prepare for the opening of the school year with Distance Learning, your children are welcome to use home computers to access the daily instruction. However, if you have not already checked out a device and require one from our school for Distance Learning, we have them available. If you need a Chromebook, click on the link below and complete the form. If you do not need to check out a Chromebook, please ignore this message.

Once you have completed the form, you will receive additional communication from the district to let you know when and where to pick up the device.

Student Instructional Material Pick Up- August 7th - MORE DETAILS TO COME NEXT WEEK, STAY TUNED.

I realize that many of you are eager to pick up your child's textbooks and learning materials. The school staff is returning to work on Monday. We will work together to prepare materials and create a schedule for pick up. I will send this out to you next week.

1. Please come during your assigned time. We will not have textbooks or materials available for any grade level other than the one listed.

2. Please arrive at your designated LOCATION and TIME

3. For the safety of all...DO NOT EXIT your cars. Masks must be worn at all times

4. Open your trunks from inside your car.


6. Hold up a paper with your child's name and teacher. (Please prepare this paper prior to arriving.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Will the start and end time follow the typical school schedule?
  • A: The basic schedule is above, but teachers will send out specific break down of instruction. Students need to be ready to participate in learning Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • Q: Will attendance count?
  • A: Attendance will be taken DAILY and will be documented, Your child may log off to work on assignments provided by the teacher and then log back in throughout the day. Your child must participate in all online learning sessions.

  • Q: Will Grades be given?
  • A: Yes, Grades will be documented and assigned

  • Q: What is the process for parents needing to come to campus?
  • A: All parents and non-staff will need to schedule an appointment with our administrative assistant, Tamie Liptak. She can be reached at:

Back to School Readiness

Many parents are concerned about academic gaps that may have occurred during the school closure. I want to assure you that our intervention program is strong and daily, live instruction with small group time will help teachers meet the needs of our students. Do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child's teacher. We will be working diligently to provide support to all students. You can help your child prepare for the upcoming school year with some tips below:

Preparing for Online Learning

We believe that learning is best provided in person with opportunities for social interaction and hands-on learning experiences. The learning environment we are preparing is in response to the world-wide COVID-19 Pandemic. It is important to prepare your child for learning in this way because developmentally, children at this age are wired to move and be social during instruction. With this in mind, please consider the following pieces of information:

  • Create a learning space that is free of distraction in a well-lit part of your home
  • Make sure devices are fully charged the night before
  • Remind family members that if they walk behind your child's computer, they will be in view of all students and their respective family members. It is important that clothing and language be appropriate for an elementary school setting.
  • Maintain a schedule that you would follow if your child was to attend school on campus. Make sure your child has time to eat breakfast before starting class. Your child should be dressed for school when online instruction begins.
  • Respect instructional time. If you have questions or concerns you want to address with your child's teacher, you can email him or her to set up a time to talk outside of class time. Parents and care-givers should not interrupt instruction to talk with the teacher.
  • Respect the relationship between the teacher and your child. We do not expect parents or caregivers to take on the role of the teacher. If your child is in class and requires help or has questions, allow the teacher to respond to your child.
  • Respect the educational setting and save snacks and meals for times that are outside the online learning sessions.
  • Prepare your child for this learning environment and involve them in setting up the learning space to help them feel excited about starting school.


  • Daily reading across different genres and sharing information about what your child has read, will help shape comprehension, reading, and writing
  • Math skills can be practiced for free at
  • Writing can be developed by keeping a journal, sending emails to friends and families, writing travel brochures etc...
  • Playing board games help kids develop critical thinking and sportsmanship
  • Many museums and aquariums offer virtual field trips

Socially and Emotionally

  • Your child will need to be able to sit and focus on instruction for about 25 minutes at a time. One way you can prepare your child for this is to read stories or put puzzles together for 25 minutes before taking a break and limit screen time.
  • Foster independence and self-advocacy by encouraging your child to ask questions and let you know when they need something. Help them learn appropriate times to ask the teacher for help and discuss different ways they can do that during class (emails, raising his or her hand, chat boxes)
  • Help your child name their feelings so that they can advocate for themselves in school. For example, help your child understand the difference between feeling sad, mad, frustrated, and scared.
  • Discuss internet safety and appropriateness with your child. It is important that they understand how to use computers as learning tools and let you know if any inappropriate ads pop up online. Anything a student searches for is monitored by our school's online security.

Being engaged in online learning requires a partnership and shared responsibility between home and school. If there is anything our team can do to support your child's learning, do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child's teacher.


If you have an incoming kindergarten student that has not completed all their immunizations. LACOE and the CDC have extended the deadline. No student will be excluded from Distance Learning if they do not have their current immunizations.

However, when we return to in-person learning, all students will be required to have their immunizations up to date, or they will be excluded from school until they become current.

Key Contacts

Mary Wendland- Principal

Laura O'Donnell- Elementary Learning Specialist

Tamie Liptak- Administrative Assistant

Gaby Manganiello- Office Assistant

Annette Sanchez- Health Technician

Erica Robledo- School Counselor

All About Collegewood

Collegewood is an award-winning school that has been recognized for the Golden Bell award (2019) and the PBIS Platinum Award. We are a learning community that works to develop the minds and hearts of our students