The Willard Weekly

November 28, 2021 - Volume 17

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Welcome Back!

We are so happy to welcome our Wildcats back to school. We hope that everyone had a restful and wonderful break.


We'd like to remind all our families that vaccinations are now available for our students. Please make an appointment to have your child vaccinated, as soon as possible. Not only does this help keep them healthy, but it prevents your child from being quarantined if they are in close contact with a positive individual. Let's keep working together to keep our community healthy!


We have three (3) weeks of school before Winter Break. Let's make the best of the last weeks of 2021!

Happy Hanukkah

Today marks the beginning of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, and it ends, on Monday, December 6th. We'd like to wish a Happy Hanukkah to all of our families who celebrate this special holiday.

Willard Tournament of Roses Art Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jeremy Campos for his winning design for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Art Contest. Jeremy will go on to compete at the district level this week. Good luck, Jeremy! We are very proud of you!

PEF Grant Winners

Please join me in congratulating our staff for being awarded grants for special projects in their classrooms. (I apologize for last week's incomplete list.) We are so appreciative of our teachers' efforts and of PEF for these opportunities:


Elizabeth Beaumont
Melanie Gray
Armando Mayer
Michele Negrete
Sandra Rosales
Julie Van Der Heide

Lauren Partma
Linda Wittry

Karen Petersen

Beatriz Beltran

ANNOUNCEMENTS

READ-A-THON Sponsored by PTA

Our Wildcats have done an amazing job during our Read-A-Thon! We are so proud of all of you!


Don't forget, your student will need to complete the paper Reading Log to be eligible to win prizes. The pledge link will continue to be active for one more week.


Thank you, everyone, for your support!

SUPPORT OUR SCHOOL

Willard Annual Fund

The Willard Annual Fund is a key source of funding for programs at our school. In the past, the WAF has paid for science lab, language classes, and our library coordinator.


This year, we are hoping to expand our Willard Annual Fund committee to help set goals and key fundraising initiatives. Please email me with your best availability if you are interested in participating in the Annual Fund: brambila.maricela@pusd.us


Finally, as we close 2021, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund. Any amount helps. Thank you!


http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Willard

Donate to the Willard Annual Fund

All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for supporting our school.

IMPORTANT DATES

December 7th: School Tour

December 14th: VACCINATION CLINICS for 5-11 year-olds

PUSD will be hosting a 5-11 year (Pediatric) vaccination clinic at Willard/Wilson from 2:30 to 4:00pm.


Please register at: https://myturn.ca.gov/


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to PUSD's Health Programs Office at: (626) 396-3600 extension 88245 or 10201

December 16th: ELAC

December 17th: Shortened Day

December 20th - January 3rd: Winter Break (Schools Closed)

January 4th: Return to School

IB - PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM

IB Learner Profile: Open-Minded

IB encourages students to appreciate their own culture and personal histories in addition to the values and traditions of others. As we enter the holiday season, talk to your children about how your family celebrates the season and also help them appreciate that others may do so differently.


Doing so will help further the aim of the IB in helping individuals "become responsible members of local, national and global communities."

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Salvation Army Holiday Gift - Registration Ends 12/1

For the holidays, the Salvation Army is opening its annual Christmas Gift registration program available to PUSD families. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to make an appointment to pick out a Christmas gift for their children, ages 0-12, at the Salvation Army - Pasadena Tabernacle during the week of December 13th through December 17th. The Salvation Army has four (4) registration partners in the greater Pasadena community including PUSD Families in Transition at the Center for Student & Family Services.


Please see the flyers for registration information:


Salvation Army Christmas Gift Registration - English

Registro de Regalo de Navidad - español

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay and Art Contest - Entries Due 12/6

Calling All 4th & 5th Grade Students ~

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES IN THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ESSAY AND VISUAL ARTS CONTESTS AND WIN PRIZES!

2022’s Contest Theme Is:

At a Crossroad - Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?


Please see the MLK Contest Packet for details.

PUSD Food Services Food Shortage Notice

Please note that PUSD is experiencing food shortages. All students will have meals available on campus, but some items may be substituted. Thank you for understanding.

Television Show - Squid Game

We have recently seen an increase in play imitating shows that children see on television, specifically Squid Game. We would like to remind you that this show is rated M for mature and is intended for older audiences. (The name is indeed misleading.) Please be sure to monitor your child's viewing choices to ensure that it is age appropriate. As always, please feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns. We thank you for your support in keeping our students safe and healthy.

No Toys at School

Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. Toys are easily lost or damaged on the playground. We do not want our students to suffer these disappointments. The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged toys. Thank you for understanding and for your support.

COVID SAFETY AND PROTOCOLS

At Home Screening

Before leaving home all students, employees, and parents must conduct a self-check. Ask yourself these questions:


Do I have a fever?

Do I have a cough?

Am I experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?

Am I experiencing any other symptoms?

Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

In the last two weeks, have I been directed to quarantine, isolate or take a COVID-19 test?


Upon arrival at school, school staff will perform a brief check-in to verify that students have completed a symptom screening.

Updates from PUSD Health Programs

Pfizer Vaccinations for 5 – 11 year olds:

  • PUSD will partner with PPHD to host 3 pediatric clinics in November for first dose and two pediatric clinics in December for second dose for kids 5 – 11, only. The locations of the clinics are Ed Center, Willard/Wilson, and Madison. Appointments will be first come first served and completed through myturn.ca.gov. We will hold a small amount of appointments for walk up patients.


Pfizer Vaccinations for 12 – 17 year olds:

  • Vaccination appointments for 12 and older individuals can be accessed through myturn.ca.gov. Locations included:

o Pharmacies

o CHAPCare clinic in Santa Anita Mall, appointments or walk ins 626.398.6300

o PPHD


Quarantine and Notifications:

  • Now that elementary students are eligible for vaccinations, we will revise the quarantine procedures for close contacts.

WILLARD UPDATES

Currently, Willard has a 78% COVID testing participation rate.


Thank you, Willard families, for working together to keep our students and staff healthy.


Reminders regarding testing at Willard:

  • All unvaccinated employees will be tested weekly.
  • Willard Elementary school students will be tested weekly on Wednesdays.
  • Testing for elementary school-aged children will be a nasal or an oral mouth swab, depending on student tolerance.

RESOURCES

Family Handbook

Don't forget to see Willard's updated Family Handbook for the most current and comprehensive information.

Cafeteria Menus - Subject to Substitutions

BREAKFAST MENUS (November-January)

Breakfast - English

Desayuno - Espanol


LUNCH MENU (November-January)

Lunch - English

Almuerzo - Espanol