Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Week of January 8, 2023

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Principal's Message

Dear Webster families,


Happy New Year to the entire Webster community. I hope that you were all able to relax and spend time with friends and family during the break.


I was fortunate to be able to see many of our students perform at the Patille Dance Studio Christmas Concert yesterday. It was a lovely way to celebrate Armenian Christmas and was a beautiful finale to the winter break.


We are very excited to start the TK-2nd grade theatre residency program beginning on January 16th. The artist's name is Lory Tatoulian. She is one of our exceptional theatre artists in residence. Each TK-K class will get 30 minutes a week for 6 weeks, and 1st and 2nd grade classes will get 45 minutes a week for 6 weeks. Lory also speaks Armenian and is open to integrating Armenian language and culture into the program.


On Thursday, our SSC will be meeting at 5:00pm.


Please note, we strongly recommend that students and staff use the COVID 19 testing kits on the evening of Sunday, January 8th or the morning of Monday, January 9th before they come back to school. Also, if your child is sick, they should stay home even if they test negative and to give us a call if they test positive.


Lastly, parents, please do not park in the staff parking lot at drop-off nor pick-up. This is a safety concern as well as matter of respect.


Visit the calendar on our website to see all activities and events scheduled:

www.pusd.us/webster


Looking Ahead:


MLK Holiday is January 16th.

Webster PTA Meeting is January 17th at 6:30 pm in the Webster Parent Center. Please join us.

Webster School Tour is January 19th at 8:30am. Please meet in the main office.


WEBSTER WOLVES ARE STRONG AND SMART!

Announcements

FIRST LOTTERY OF OPEN ENROLLMENT

Starting on Jan. 9, 2023, new and continuing TK-12 PUSD students may apply for schools other than their neighborhood school or apply for a dual-language immersion program through the first lottery of the Open Enrollment process. Children of PUSD employees or City of Pasadena employees are also eligible to participate in the lottery along with families who missed the sibling/priority application period. The first lottery runs through Jan. 27, 2023, at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.pusd.us/enroll.

Healthy Return from Winter Break

To make sure everyone stays healthy and safe when classes resume after Winter Break, PUSD Health Programs strongly encourages all PUSD students and staff to test for COVID-19 the evening of Jan. 8, 2023 or the morning of Jan. 9, 2023 - before returning to school.

Win a Gift Card!

Students who test on either of those dates before the start of school can enter a special “Return to School” drawing and might win a $25 dollar gift card!

To enter the drawing:

  1. Take a COVID test using a PCR or rapid antigen test on the evening of Jan. 8, 2023 or the morning of Jan. 9, 2023 - before coming to school.

  2. After you test, click on the link below to enter the drawing.


The drawing closes at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. PUSD Health Programs will contact winners by Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.

2022-23 Housing Survey



  • The pandemic has exacerbated inequities in our community. The state of California estimated a 48% increase in students experiencing homelessness over the last decade and recent legislation (AB-27) was passed to provide expanded services in partnership with schools and other public agencies.

    In order to ensure that our students who are impacted by housing instability receive appropriate services to support their learning needs, Pasadena Unified is conducting an annual housing survey.

    Please visit the survey to complete this confidential survey by January 30, 2023. If you require a paper survey or alternative accommodations, please contact your school site or Pasadena Unified Families in Transition Office at 750 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104.



  • La pandemia ha exacerbado las desigualdades en nuestra comunidad. El estado de California estimó un aumento del 48% de estudiantes sin hogar en la última década y se aprobó una legislación reciente (AB-27) para proporcionar servicios ampliados en asociación con las escuelas y otras agencias públicas.

    Con el fin de asegurar que nuestros estudiantes que se ven afectados por la inestabilidad de la vivienda reciban los servicios adecuados para apoyar sus necesidades de aprendizaje, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Pasadena está llevando a cabo una encuesta anual sobre la vivienda.

    Por favor visite la encuesta para completar esta encuesta confidencial antes del 30 de enero de 2023. Si necesita una encuesta en papel o adaptaciones alternativas, por favor, póngase en contacto con su escuela o con la Oficina de Familias en Transición del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Pasadena en 750 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA 91104.

PUSD Student Quarantine Protocol

The shorter incubation period and increased transmissibility of recent COVID-19 variants suggest that a quicker and broader response to contact tracing for cases identified in school settings is warranted. The CDPH and PPHD are therefore encouraging schools to move away from the Individual Contact Tracing approach. PUSD will continue to follow the Group Contact Tracing protocol which will allow schools to provide safe in-person instruction without the intense demand of individual contact tracing.


As per Pasadena Public Health Department Exposure Management Plan dated August 15, 2022, a student who shared the same indoor airspace with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result or clinician diagnosis) while that person was infectious with COVID-19, for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period is considered a potential close contact. Asymptomatic potential close contacts may remain at school if they follow these requirements:

(1) monitor for symptoms;

(2) wear a highly protective mask around others indoors, except when eating or drinking, for 10 days after the last date of exposure; 5 COVID-19 Safety Plan v8 Revised 10.21.22

(3) test with an FDAauthorized viral COVID-19 test (e.g., PCR or Antigen test, including at-home tests) within 3-5 days after the last date of exposure. Rapid antigen tests will be given to potential close contacts.

Astrocamp is March 17-19, 2023

We have a great group going to Astrocamp this spring!

Our final number of students attending was turned in to Astrocamp last Friday.

The final payment of $100 will be due in January.

Please make all payments out to ‘Webster PTA’ and note the student's name on the memo line.


We are still looking for people to help with Popcorn Fridays. If you are interested,

please sign up using this link.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084DA8A72AA4FD0-popcorn


Please let us know if you have any questions about AstroCamp!

Thank you,

Talia Glasberg and Maya Kogan

Webster Class Trip Parent Coordinators

websterclasstrip@gmail.com

Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

Please join us and become a member today! We invite every parent, teacher and neighbor to join with the PTA as we work to make Webster the best school of choice in PUSD and a great place for our kids!

Webster PTA has and does support our students in the following ways:

  • The Music & Instrumental program
  • Playground equipment and shade structures
  • IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Supplies
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

School Contacts

Mrs. Rojas, office manager rojas.linda@pusd.us

Mrs. DeabregoPaz, office clerk/registrar deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us

Mrs. Mendez, health clerk mendez.claudia@pusd.us

Mrs. Butler, school nurse butler.karen@pusd.us

Mrs. Forrest, principal forrest.kristin@pusd.us

Mrs. Khrlopyan, instructional coach khrlopyan.arpine@pusd.us

Ms. Musgrove, Special Education TOSA musgrove.lynnae@pusd.us

Mrs. Jahjah, Community Assistant jahjah.arpy@pusd.us

Daily Start and Dismissal Times

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm

Pick-up and Drop-off

Please prescreen at home for fever and other signs of COVID19 such as cough, runny nose or exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID19.


PreK, TK and Kinder student drop-off will be at the Pepper Drive Gate/Kindergarten Playground. PreK parents should look for specifics directly from the classroom teachers. TK and Kinder parents may walk students to the kindergarten playground. Just prior to the 7:50am bell, TK and Kinder students will line up by classes. The teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students into their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground.

You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our kindergarten playground.

Please DO NOT make any three point or U-turns on Pepper Drive. This is extremely dangerous and illegal.

Please do not block our neighbors' driveways.

TK and Kindergarten pick-up is at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot with our 1st-5th graders. Pre-K pick-up is the same as drop-off at the Pepper Drive gate.


Drop-off and pick-up for 1st-5th grade students will at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot. Please pull up as far as possible. At drop-off, students should have backpacks with them inside the car to be most time efficient. Make sure to not block the left lane. The left lane will be reserved for thru traffic. DO NOT park in the staff parking lot as we need the spaces for our staff. You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our walking gate. Walkers and bikers may enter at the gate in between the staff parking lot and the auditorium.


1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will line up on the upper playground. Teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students to their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground.


4th and 5th grade students may line up outside the classrooms. Teachers will meet them at the door. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the field.

Uniforms

Please reach out to Mrs. Jahjah if assistance is needed to acquire school uniforms. Webster does have a uniform policy and students must be in uniform to attend field trips and if acting as a school ambassador at school events. Please support us in contributing to our positive school environment.


Webster Spirit Wear (logo wear) may be purchased through the PTA using the following link: https://my.cheddarup.com/collection/164900/manage?p=items


The uniform policy is as follows:


  • Clothes that are clean and in good repair
  • White, navy blue or light blue polo shirts with a collar
  • Navy blue or tan/khaki pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers
  • Optional Friday uniform -- Webster Wolves t-shirt and jeans or uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers (or wear the regular uniform on Fridays)
  • Athletic or dress shoes
  • Navy sweaters or windbreakers
  • White or navy socks or tights
  • Any heavy jacket
  • Optional Webster Wolves logo items
  • Waistbands should be fitted; otherwise a belt should be worn

Notes: Free Dress Days are held on the last Friday of each month during the year.


Uniforms contribute to a positive school climate for all our students. Thank you for your support.

Traffic Safety

It is very important that the curb at the front of our school is kept clear so that our buses can safely park to drop off and pick up our students. Please be sure to follow all traffic and pedestrian laws to and from school. Please do not make U-turns on Washington Blvd nor on Pepper Dr. It is especially unsafe at our parking lot exit.

Attendance and Tardies

If a student is tardy, he or she is to go directly to the classroom if arriving in the classroom before 8:00am. The teacher will mark the student tardy

If a student arrives at 8:00am or later, he or she is to go directly to the main office for a tardy slip. The office will mark the student tardy or late. Late is arrival at 8:20am or later.


Please call the attendance line or email Ms. Deabrego-Paz to notify us if your child will be absent. (626)396-5740 then press 3 or deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us.

Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee

Celebrate your child's birthday with a personalized message on the Webster marquee. Request and donation of $10 must be submitted by the Thurdsay, one week before it will appear. Pay by cash or check, payable to ANNUAL FUND with "Webster Marquee" in the notes. You may also pay online using the following link.


http://weblink.donorperfect.com/WebsterAF

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of

students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Jahjah, our community assistant at jahjah.arpy@pusd.us


All volunteers must provide either: a) proof of Covid vaccination prior to starting any

volunteer work; or, b) proof of a negative Covid test performed by a medical

laboratory provider weekly. Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form of a

Covid vaccination card or a screenshot of a digital record with a corresponding QR

code.

Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of

vaccine administration.

● Proof of vaccination or negative weekly test results for Level 1 volunteer records

should be completed and retained at the school site using the attached “Volunteer

Vaccination/Negative Test Result Attestment” form.

● Volunteers must record their time at the school site using the same “visitors log” that

denotes their name, entry/leave times, phone number, and email address.

● Volunteers are expected to follow the same Covid exposure and quarantine/isolation

protocols that PUSD staff follow as part of the Covid Safety Plan.

Tax Deductible Giving through Webster's Annual Fund


Daniel Webster Elementary School has been honored as a California Distinguished School. Great teachers, strong leadership, and parent involvement make Daniel Webster a great school to send our children.

In addition to the great education our students receive, they are also provided with various opportunities to participate in our music and arts activities. We're asking for your support to continue this legacy by donating to the Daniel Webster Annual Fund and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

These funds will be used to financially support our music and arts programs, and to support the instructional goals set forth by the School Site Council
We would like to see every family donate at least $1.00 per week ($50 for the school year) for each child they have enrolled at Daniel Webster.

Think of it as donating less than the cost of a weekly cup of coffee or soft drink to help ensure that your child receives a high quality education.


If you can donate more, we would encourage you to donate towards our Giving Tree. We have various levels of donations:
Bronze - $100
Silver - $200
Gold - $300
VIP - $500 or more

If you are not able to contribute financially please consider donating your time and talents.

To donate:

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.

Webster Daily Start and Dismissal Times

TK-5th Grade:

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm


Special Education PreK:

5 hour program
Mon- 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm


Special Education AM PreK:
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am


Special Education PM PreK:
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


Amazon Smile - As you are doing your shopping, please keep Webster in mind. Amazon Smile donates money from purchases back to our school at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and enter Daniel Webster Elementary PTA as your charity of choice.


Annual Fund - Visit our online donation form

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.


Box Tops - Box Tops can still be clipped and put into an envelope or ziplock bag and turned into the school in the Box Tops box provided under the shade structure at the drive-thru. You can also upload the virtual version off your receipt. The app is called “Box Tops”. Select Webster as your school of choice and follow the instructions to set up an account to get credit.

Parent Portal

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. You can update all important contact information on the parent portal. Aeries Parent Portal is a wonderful resource that all parents need to sign up for in order to access student attendance, grades, and teacher information to name a few. If you do not yet have an Aeries Parent Portal account, you can go to https://www.pusd.us/Page/6203 and follow the instructions to create an account. Please make sure you have set up your account before school starts so you know what class your child has been assigned to for the 2022-2023 school year.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD has prepared a COVID-19 Dashboard to support timely and transparent information related to known COVID-19 cases connected to our school campuses while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The dashboard will be updated biweekly. www.pusd.us/covid19dashboard

Parent/Student Handbook

Use the following link to find the Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Staff and teachers will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible which is normally within 24 to 48 business hours.