Brittany Woods Broadcast

March 15, 2021

Message From the Principal

Dear BW Families,


It’s hard to believe that around this time last year, school buildings across our region and country began shutting down as we worked to figure out how to navigate Covid. It’s amazing how far we have come in this last year but most of all, it’s been incredible to watch our young people navigate the pandemic. There are a lot of emotions connected to the pandemic and many of us have been through some difficult situations and loss. Through it all, I’m encouraged by our kids. Through the ups and downs, it’s the deep wisdom and joy of our kids that provide the hope that we will be okay. It will not be easy but we will be okay.


I hope you are all able to find joy and rest during our Spring Break as we recharge and reconnect with each other. Be safe, be well and we will “see” you in the virtual world on March 29th when ALL of us return to Virtual Learning.


With gratitude,
Grace

Upcoming Dates

  • March 22-March 26 – Spring Break

  • March 29-April 2 – Virtual Learning for ALL students
  • April 5 – In person learning resumes in the building
  • April 6 – No School for ALL students, PD and Election Day
  • April 7 – Asynchronous Learning
  • April 8 – In person learning resumes in the building

Vaccination Clinic

We are fortunate that our staff has been offered the opportunity to receive the vaccine on Thursday. Our schedule for school will shift slightly this week to the following:

· Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: In Person Learning and Virtual Learning

· Thursday and Friday: Asynchronous Learning for ALL students (virtual and in-person)


Please note that Wednesday is regularly an asynchronous day but due to the vaccination day for staff it will be a regular school day with both in person and virtual this week.

Course Selections for 2021-2022 School Year

Last week, counselors began meeting with students to talk about elective course selections for next year (2021-2022). Course selection forms are due back on Wednesday, March 17th to your child’s Science Teacher. Virtual learners will have an electronic form shared. To help navigate all of the great elective choices, here is a website with short videos from the teachers describing their classes, https://scetro.wixsite.com/bw-electives .


Course catalogs for each grade and the course selection forms are below.

Spring Break and Virtual Week

Spring Break begins on Monday, March 22nd and continues until Friday, March 26th. ALL students will return to VIRTUAL learning Monday, March 29th through April 2nd. In person students will return to the building on Monday, April 5th. Again, there will be NO IN PERSON LEARNING from March 29th-April 2nd and ALL STUDENTS WILL BE VIRTUAL. In person students will return to school on Monday, April 5th.

Student Pictures

This year, picture day was a little different than years past. We invited a local photographer in to capture our students a few weeks ago. Once our photographer is done editing the photos, a digital copy will be emailed to all families. The school picture is a gift from our BW family to yours! We will let you know when the digital photo file will be emailed so you can be on the lookout for it.

Note from the Nurse

Attention Parent/Guardians,


If your student typically has Spring allergy symptoms: coughing, runny nose, watery/red/itchy eyes, scratchy throat, etc now is the time to consider restarting their daily medication for seasonal allergies. Spring allergies can also trigger asthma symptoms. Please contact the nurse if you would like to keep an inhaler at school as needed. The School District of University City does not supply allergy or asthma medication; your student may need to go home if necessary during the school day with Covid considerations.


Contact me if you have any questions: 314-290-4286


-Dena Bashiti, RN, BSN

Return to School Handbook

The Return to School Handbook, will be able to share some of the changes to our typical school practices. Please read through with your child in order to prepare for some of the changes they will see at school.

Back to School Videos

If you missed the 6th grade Student Webinar, here are the links for our back to school video and 6th grade webinar with Mr. Flinn.

COVID Hotline

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The hotline provides a place to obtain general information about COVID-19, district policies, testing locations and ways to access to primary care physicians. The hotline further provides parents with ways to directly contact a school nurse and general information regarding testing, exposure, quarantine and isolation.

After School Activities

To see information about the activities offered this year, please click here.

Tutoring Help

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Online Tutoring Available

Free online tutoring is being offered by St. Louis County Library from 10 AM - 10 PM.


Tutor.com connects students in grades K-12 with live tutors in a safe and secure online classroom. Students can access academic tutoring, homework help and test prep assistance. Resources are also available for early college students, adult learners and job seekers. Anyone with a valid St. Louis County Library card can use tutor.com.

Live tutoring is available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day of the week. Students may also upload a document 24/7 to receive tutor feedback.

To get started, visit tutor.com and log in with your last name, library card number, and PIN.

This program is part of the Digital Equity Initiative, announced in July 2020 by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page.

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Virtual Curriculum Night

In case you missed it, please click this link to view our Virtual Open House. You will see a map of our building and teacher's names in the areas where their classrooms are located. Enjoy your visit and we hope to see you in person soon.

Contact Information

Grace Lee, principal – glee@ucityschools.org

Pablo Flinn, 6th assistant principal – pflinn@ucityschools.org

Kellie Willis, 6th counselor – kwillis@ucityschools.org

Yvonne Rooks, 7th assistant principal – yrooks@ucityschools.org

Emily Bardot, 7th counselor – ebardot@ucityschools.org

Cate Pautsch, 8th assistant principal – cpautsch@ucityschools.org

Rashaad Davenport, 8th counselor – rdavenport@ucityschools.org

Stephani Hudson, SSD area coordinator – shudson@ucityschools.org

Allegra Grawer, school social worker – agrawer@ucityschools.org

Dena Bashiti, school nurse- dbashiti@ucityschools.org

Tech support- wo@ucityschools.org

Brittany Woods Main Office – 314-290-4280