The Willard Weekly
November 28, 2021 - Volume 17
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!
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:
Julie Van Der Heide
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, as we close 2021, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Annual Fund. Any amount helps. Thank you!
All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for supporting our school.
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
Doing so will help further the aim of the IB in helping individuals "become responsible members of local, national and global communities."
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:
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.
Television Show - Squid Game
No Toys at School
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 CHAPCare clinic in Santa Anita Mall, appointments or walk ins 626.398.6300
Quarantine and Notifications:
- Now that elementary students are eligible for vaccinations, we will revise the quarantine procedures for close contacts.
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.