Weekend Wire

April 26, 2020



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04/30--LAST DAY for Continuing Student Online Registration for ALL Returning Students

Thank you!

Thank you for all of the support and encouraging words. If you have not already had a chance to reach out to your child's teacher, please take a moment to send them a word of thanks. As you can imagine they have been asked to change everything about how they deliver instruction and interact with students on a dime. No one signed up to be a virtual teacher. They love their students and this is rough. They are working well beyond any schedule they have had in the past to provide students with meaningful work, appropriate support, and positive experiences. Your thanks goes so far in helping us stay encouraged!


Jennie MIkels

Counseling Corner by Mrs. Zucchet

Many Westwood parents are asking how to manage sibling conflict right now. If your children are arguing more often these days please know that you are not alone. Sometimes just knowing that what is happening in your household is also happening in many other households helps parents to not feel so overwhelmed. These are unique times and it makes sense that from time to time the frustration and uncertainty that kids are feeling might lead to more sibling difficulties. Keep in mind, that emotions are contagious so as parents we can do a lot to bring tense emotions down to a calmer place. Below are a few more resources to help enhance sibling relationships right now.


A great article that discusses how to build stronger sibling bonds during this time.

12 Tips to Build a Stronger Sibling Bond During Lockdown

Another article that specifically addresses sibling conflict.

Keeping Siblings From Each Other's Throats During Quarantine Forced Togetherness

My favorite book on this topic. A quick read with lots of helpful information by parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Siblings Without Rivalry


When kids are feeling calm and centered there will likely be fewer sibling arguments. Research shows that by doing good things for others we always boost our own mood. Yes, we need to distance ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. We will get through this sooner if we take care of ourselves and each other (without risking contagion). Kindness is a powerful tool. Below are ideas of things kids and families can do now to spread kindness to others.

Random Acts of Kindness Resources

Children also feel better (and are therefore less likely to argue with siblings) when they feel like their questions are getting answered. The World Health Organization has written a book for children of various ages to understand the COVID 19 pandemic. It can be downloaded at the link below in English and many other languages. There is also an English read a-long video. It is written from an inclusion perspective and should be relatable to students from many different backgrounds.

My Hero Is You

In Wellness,

Teresa Zucchet

Westwood Elementary School Counselor

Office Hours: Mondays 1 pm - 3 pm and Tuesdays 2 pm - 4 pm



If you have not yet done your registration, please take some time to do so now. We must receive a completed digital packet for all returning students by Thursday, April 30, 2020. This will allow for proper placement of your student for the 2020-2021 school year and ensure that your child has a spot at Westwood. This annual digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. If you do not have access to any computing device or internet connection, your student’s school will provide access to complete the packet.

Now is the time to confirm that you know your parent login username and password. This information will be needed to complete the registration packet. Please take a moment and ensure you can login to https://sis.powayusd.com . If you do not know your username and/or password, you can visit https://password.powayusd.com to retrieve your login credentials.

Please email Kholmes@powayusd.com as soon as possible if you do not plan to return to PUSD for the 2020-2021 school year.

Thank you for your attention to this important process.


We hope you enjoy this week's episode of Roadrunner TV



Yard signs are a popular way to celebrate your students promotion to another school or mile stone in their educational career. We know there are many business out there to choose from but we found a local business with a wonderful product that meets the needs of our current unique community situation. We would like to share the information with you. The payment of your yard sign goes directly to the vendor and the purchased item will be shipped directly to you. This process helps alleviate the financial and social hurdles we must take into consideration at this time. No Flyers, No collecting money, No worries about deliveries. Just click, pick, pay, and ship.

There are two styles of yard signs to choose from a standard sign and a customized sign. Small modifications can be made at no additional cost to the yard signs, for example face masks or toilet paper rolls on the zeros in 2020 or other small adjustments (see attachment for example). Please review the provided link for dimensions, sign choices, payment options and other information.

We look forward to celebrating our students accomplishments the best way we can during this unprecedented time in our lives.

Westwood Elementary Lawn Sign Form


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OPTION #2 for Yard Signs

Would you like a lawn sign for your 5th grade graduate? Price is $6 for a generic (no name) sign or $11 for a personalized sign. If so, you can order one by filling out the form in this link:


At this time, an order for 25 generic signs has already been placed and we will order more as interest rolls in. Personalized signs will be printed once we have 25 orders for those. We are still working out how to get the signs delivered to those who order so please keep an eye out for more information.

Questions contact Lynn Trang at lynnt47@gmail.com

Arts Attack

PTA would like to provide access instructions to the Art Attack program during the distance learning time frame so students can continue to have Art lessons. We realize some students may not have the required supplies on hand so you are allowed to use substitute materials to create your masterpiece. For example, if the project calls for red, yellow, and blue paint but you don't have any paint at your house you can use makers, colored pencils, clay, or any other creative resource you may have on hand. Also the paper size does not have to be exact. Please feel free to unleash your inner Artist! We hope you get creative and we look forward to seeing your creations in the near future. Please remember to take photos of your work so we can use them if we need to have a digital Art Show. More details about the digital art show to follow if we need to go down that road. Thank you for your cooperation and we hope you enjoy the program.

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Health Office Notes

Varicella Vaccination

Did you know that as of July 2019 a second Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccination is required for K-12 students? If your student was already enrolled in school and only had one Varicella vaccination, they will need the second vaccination prior to starting a new school (i.e., going from elementary to middle school). If you move to a new school at anytime, this vaccination will be required at the time of enrollment. If your child has had the disease, the new requirement is a signed medical exemption stating the history of the disease. The note on the immunization card is no longer valid. It is a good idea to update your child's immunizations/record at their next well-child check up.

So if you see a notification during the Online Continuing Student Registration for a Varicella vaccination requirement, please check your student's immunization records to see if they have had it. If they have, you may email me with the updated information. If they have not, keep in mind they will need it in the future.

You can review more detailed information at our district website under the Health Services tab or also visit www.shotsforschool.org

Stay Home ~ Stay Healthy

Miss Mary