WFES Newsletter

February 10th, 2021

Return to In-Person Learning Information

In-Person Learning Begins on February 16th. - Important Notes

  • Every Wednesday will be an early release at 12:30pm. The afternoon time on Wednesday is allotted for teacher preparation time.

  • Before/after school care Mascot program resumes on February 16th.

  • School hot lunch will continue to be provided free of charge to all students. No lunch is provided on early release days.

  • The school will continue to apply mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the school. This includes cloth face mask requirements, limiting visitors, and modified drop-off and pick-up routines. The school will make efforts to maintain appropriate social distancing but please understand distancing of 6 feet for greater is not always possible, particularly in the classroom setting.

  • Teachers will continue to teach to both in-person and PVConnect students at the same time.

  • Teachers will prepare materials for the learning option you choose for your student. If take-home materials and packets are prepared for PVConnect students, it will continue to be necessary to pick up these materials from school in order for students to be fully engaged and successful in their learning.

  • In-person students who are absent may be able to access the online classroom when the absence is scheduled in advance with the teacher. At-home materials will not be readily available for absences, as teachers need advance notice to make take-home materials available. We are asking parents/guardians to allow the teacher 2 days to provide all the needed learning materials.

  • Prior to any permanent change in learning modality (switching from PV Connec to in-person and vise versa) parents/guardians, parents need to notify the school and teacher a minimum of one week in advance and also have that week include a Wednesday (teacher prep/planning time). This will allow the teacher time to have materials, groupings, etc. prepared. It also cuts down on disruption and disengagement of students.

  • Please understand that the PV Connect model is not in place to allow students to still be attending school while on vacations, long weekends, at doctor's appointments, sports tournaments, etc. If a student who normally attends in-person learning needs to be absent from school for any reason, the teachers can help them get caught up as they would during any normal school year. This will help minimize the disruption of learning to all students in the class.

  • While necessary absences will occur, our students will learn best when attending in a consistent learning model. If a student continues to be absent from in-person instruction for reasons other than COVID-19 or other illness, we will work with the parent/guardian about a PV Connect plan for the remainder of the year.

Click Here to View the WFES Reopening Plan

This document will be updated regularly to comply with changing guidelines and recommendations - please click for the latest information.

In-person or PV Connect? Have You Informed the School?

If you have not already completed/submitted the form notifying the school if your student(s) will be returning to in-person learning or remaining on PV Connect, please complete the form below. This information is vital in helping us prepare for students returning to campus. Thank you for your help and support!
Click Here To Complete Learning Modality Intent Form

Please complete the form for each student you have attending WFES

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures/Information

Arrival

Arrival Information

  • Gates will be opened at 8:15 AM

  • There is no morning recess

  • Masks are to be worn by all students and staff before exiting their vehicles and entering district property

  • Students report to and remain in their classroom lines upon arrival (no playground)

  • Parents are asked to remain in their cars during drop off

  • Mascot Club begins at 6:30 a.m.

  • Preschool begins at 9:00 a.m.

  • Students arriving after 8:45 AM will need to be checked in by their parent/guardian in the front office.

    • Parents will access and utilize a sign-in sheet via a QR code that can be scanned in the front lobby

    • Masks must be worn in the lobby and parents/guardians/students are asked to not crowd and socially distance where possible.

Morning Drop-Off Procedures

Walkers/Bike Riders:

  • All walkers/bike riders will enter through the side gates and walk back through the bus lane to their class line in the field.

    • Students remain in their class line until picked up by their classroom teacher

  • Parents/guardians that walk to school will not be permitted on the field or past the gates and are asked to drop students off at the sidewalk along Lockwood.


Bus Riders:

  • The bus will drop students off in the bus lane, students should already have their mask on from riding the bus.

  • Students report to and remain in their classroom lines on the field upon arrival (no playground) and wait for their teacher to pick them up.


Kindergarten “Kiss & Go” Car Drop-Off:

Drop off is available from 8:15-8:40 a.m.

  • Enter via the south Lockwood entrance and immediately turn right (south) to loop around into the Kiss & Go lane.

  • Please pull as far forward as possible to keep the line moving, and do not let your children get out of the car until you have pulled all the way forward.

  • Students should exit the car curbside only. - All students in the vehicle should exit at this time.

  • Have backpacks, water bottles, jackets, etc. ready to go.

  • Parents should NOT get out of their cars in the Kiss & Go lane. It will slow down the traffic flow.

  • Kindergarten students are escorted to the kindergarten playground.

  • Exit via the north exit on to Lockwood.


1st Grade - 6th grade Car Drop Off:

Drop off is available from 8:15-8:40 a.m.

  • Enter the parking lot/drive through lane via the south Lockwood entrance and pull forward along the blue lane.

  • Please pull as far forward as possible to keep the line moving, and do not let students get out of the car until you have pulled all the way forward.

  • Students may be dropped off anywhere along the blue curb - please do not wait till you are at the front of the line to unload students.

  • Please have students unload on the passenger side of the vehicle - CAUTION: cars may be passing on the driver side.

  • Have backpacks, water bottles, and jackets ready to go.

  • Parents should NOT get out of their cars to assist children. It will slow down the traffic flow.

  • If children need assistance, kindly ask the drop off attendant to assist or circle back around to the parking lot.

  • Do not sit in line once you have unloaded, use the left lane to pass and exit - SLOWLY

  • Be mindful of traffic and look before merging.

  • Be kind and mindful of those behind you.

  • Gates to the lanes will close at 8:40 AM

  • Exit via the north drives onto Lockwood.

  • Students walk through the side gates and to their class line on the field.

  • Vehicles exit via the north exit on to Lockwood.

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Dismissal Information

To help keep groups separated as much as possible, groups of students are dismissed in staggered intervals starting at 3:05 PM

  • Walkers/bike riders

  • Boys & Girls Club is dismissed to the kindergarten playground

  • Mascot is dismissed to the MPR

  • After school clubs (if applicable) are dismissed to the front lobby

  • Bus Riders

  • Parent Pick-Up

Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures

Car Riders:

  • Enter the parking lot/drive through lane via the south Lockwood entrance and pull forward along the blue lane.

  • If picking up a kindergarten/pre-k student, after entering via the south Lockwood entrance, immediately turn right (south) to loop around into the Kiss & Go lane.

    • If needing to pick-up students in other grade levels, carefully merge into the 1st-6th pick-up lane.

  • Please pull as far forward as possible to keep the line moving, and do not let students get out of the car until you have pulled all the way forward.

  • Students may be picked up anywhere along the blue curb - please do not wait till you are at the front of the line to pick-up your student(s).

  • Please have the student name sign (two copies are provided by the school) displayed in the side passenger window to help staff/students identify who needs to be in the vehicle.

  • Please have students load on the passenger side of the vehicle - CAUTION: cars may be passing on the driver side.

  • Students will be lined up in the front of the school along the front sidewalk and staff members will help students find their parents/guardians vehicle.

  • Please use the left lane to pass and exit the pick-up lane and parking lot.

  • Vehicles will exit via the north parking lot exit onto Lockwood.

  • Parking is available along Lockwood Drive - Please follow all parking signs and traffic laws.

Walkers/Bike Riders:

  • Students will exit out of designated exits, use sidewalks, and cross the street in designated crossing zones.

  • Students will be escorted across the parking lot via the crosswalk to the parent waiting zone.

  • Parents meeting students need to wait in the parent waiting zone on the sidewalk along Lockwood.

  • Parents/guardians are asked to designate a meeting spot with their student(s).

  • Masks must be worn while on school property.


Bus Riders:

  • Students will be dismissed via the intercom and wait for the bus at the back of the school at the bus gate.

  • Students must wear a cloth mask while outside, on the bus, and at the bus stop.


IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • FOLLOW ALL ENTRY AND EXIT POINTS - THEY HAVE CHANGED SINCE LAST SCHOOL YEAR

  • BE CAREFUL when pulling in and out of the lot. Many students and parents are walking, or riding bikes and scooters on the sidewalk. Pedestrians have the right of way, so PLEASE go slowly and be alert!

  • Please be courteous to all drivers. If there are lines of cars trying to enter the lot from both directions, please take turns so the traffic continues to flow in both directions.

  • DO NOT BLOCK THE CROSSWALKS!

  • PLEASE STAY OFF OF YOUR CELL PHONES SO YOU CAN BE AWARE AND ALERT!

  • The speed limit is 15 mph in a school zone. PLEASE DO NOT SPEED!

  • Students should stay on sidewalks and cross at designated points only.

Click Here to Access and Print Student Name Sign

Please write your student(s) name and place in the passenger side window of your vehicle for afternoon pick-up

COVID-19 Acknowledgement and Disclosure Form


  • We must work together to make sure our school campus is as safe as possible for students, teachers, and staff. While PVUSD is taking measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we need our families to do the same.
  • The attached Acknowledgement & Disclosure Form is required for all students. If you had previously signed/turned in a copy in the fall, you do not need to submit another form. If you have not previously submitted a form, please print a copy, sign it, and send it to school with your child to school. Copies can also be found at the WFES office.

What will In-Person Learning Look like at WFES?


  • ALL STUDENTS WHO ATTEND IN-PERSON LEARNING ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A CLOTH FACE MASK AT ALL TIMES EXCEPT WHEN ACTIVELY EATING OR DRINKING
  • Students will keep their current grade level teacher
  • Students will follow an 8:45 - 3:15 grade-level schedule.
  • Students will participate offline in whole group, small group, and individual instruction from their classroom teacher (not through Google Meets or WebX) except when directed otherwise by their teacher.
  • At times, students may be required to be on Google Meets or WebX to interact with their virtual peers.
  • Students may still be required to use their computer to access online resources and materials (Google Classroom, Zearn Math, AR, Raz-Kids, Success Maker, Moby Max, etc.)
  • Students will move to their special area classes
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria
  • Students will have recess outside, weather depending (must wear a mask)

What will PVConnect Learning Look Like at WFES?

  • Students participating in PVConnect will follow the school’s full-day, in-person schedule.
  • Students will view the classroom teachers’ instruction from Google Meet or WebEx using their computer device, while teachers are instructing students in-person.
  • Google Classroom will still be utilized
  • Lessons may include times of direct instruction, classroom discussion, and independent work.
  • PVConnect students are expected to join the live instruction at designated times and remain in the virtual classroom until the teacher has directed otherwise.
  • PVConnect students will participate in classroom activities as applicable. In some cases, PVConnect students may be given alternative lessons or project-based assignments. For example, when in-person P.E. students are participating in team sports, PVConnect students may need to work on individual fitness activities.

Student Chromebook Replacement Costs for K-8 Students

Beginning in March of 2020, students were issued district Chromebooks and agreed to return the equipment to PVUSD in the condition that it was given. Parents/Guardians accepted responsibility for this equipment during the checkout period and agreed that they will be held personally liable if it is lost, stolen or damaged. Students will be charged the actual cost of replacement if the Chromebook and charger aren’t returned with only normal wear and tear.

Replacement Cost for Chromebook $150

Replacement Cost for Charger (Adapter) $20

Health Office Information

News from the Nurse

BACK TO CAMPUS REMINDERS


I am very excited to be returning to in-person learning and can’t wait to see our Wildfire students back on campus! I would like to remind you:


  1. To please continue to perform daily screening checks before sending your child to school. In younger children, upper respiratory infection symptoms (cold-like symptoms) are most common. While you may suspect that your child simply has a cold, we still require that you keep your child home for any one possible COVID-like symptom. Please review the Parent COVID Agreement that you previously signed. Keeping ill students home is just one of the ways that parents can help prevent the spread of COVID on our Wildfire campus.


  1. If your child tests positive for COVID, then he/she will need to isolate for 10 days. Ten days must pass before returning to school. This means that the first day of symptoms is “Day 0,” the next day is “Day 1.” Your child may then return on “Day 11.” If your child does not have symptoms, then the day of the test is “Day 0” and counting is the same as if he/she had symptoms.


  1. If your child tests negative, then he/she will need to stay home until fever-free, vomiting, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours and may return when all other symptoms have improved.


  1. If your child was exposed to a positive case, whether at school or outside of school, then he/she must quarantine for 10 days. This quarantine period may be shortened if your child continues to remain asymptomatic and tests negative; however, the test may not be performed until 5 days have passed since the first day of quarantine. This means that the test may not take place until Day 6. Your child must remain asymptomatic on Day 7 and may then return to school on Day 8. You must provide me with a copy of the negative test results.


I know the isolation and quarantine guidelines may be confusing so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me - I am happy to help!


On-campus mitigation strategies that were put in place when we first returned to in-person learning back in October will continue to be enforced (masks, social distancing, handwashing, disinfecting throughout campus, etc.). While we try our best to keep the spread of COVID at school at a minimum, we all still need to do our part while we are off-campus. We are hopeful that if we all partner together in the fight against COVID, that we can continue to keep schools open.


Stay well,

Nurse Royce

(602) 449-4303


rhirsh@pvschools.net

What's Going on At WFES

Welcome to WFES Meryl Warda - SEL Specialist

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be returning to PVUSD! I am so happy to be your new Social Emotional Learning Specialist at Wildfire Elementary. I fully believe social and emotional wellness is the foundation for a child's ability to learn in school. If children become self-regulated and manage their own emotions and interactions, they will succeed in school, work and relationships. I also believe in the importance of building resilience in children and families particularly for the difficult times we are in right now. All of this allows for an increase in a child's ability to function in the classroom, improve academic performance, have better peer relationships and improved classroom behavior. Everything I do with children is through a relationship based and trauma informed lens.


Here is a bit about me!


I have a BA in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work from Arizona State University. Recently, I received my post graduate certificate from the Harris Institute in Infant/Toddler Mental Health. I currently teach in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University in the evenings. I come to you from the City of Phoenix Head Start Birth to Five program where I held the position of Mental Health Supervisor. Prior to working for the Head Start program, I worked in PVUSD as a school social worker at Campo Bello Elementary, Vista Verde Middle School and North Canyon High School.


I am married and have one son who is an E.R. doctor here in Phoenix. He is married to one of the kindest people I know and I am a grandmother to two adorable red-heads, Ellie age 2 and Izzy age 4.


Please know, I am not just here for the children but for all of you. Feel free to reach out anytime.

Kindergarten Round-Up and Website

Thank you to all our future Firebirds that joined us for our Kindergarten Round-Up on February 9th. If you were unable to attend our live session and/or know of any family who is interested in attending WFES, please share our dedicated Kindergarten Round-Up website to view a recording of our live session and to find other important and fun information
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UPC Teacher + Staff Appreciation Program

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Important Upcoming Dates


  • February 10th: STUGO Meeting
  • February 10th: UPC Meeting at 6:00 PM
  • February 15th: No School - Presidents Day
  • February 16th: In-person learning resumes
  • February 16th: STUGO Food Drive Begins (goes through March 1st)
  • February 17th: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • February 17th: Early Release Day
  • February 18th: Governing Board Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • February 24th: Early Release Day
  • February 24th: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • February 26th: STUGO Spirit Day - Decades Day
  • March 1st - 5th: Read Across America Week
  • March 1st: STUGO Spirit Day: Mustache Day - The Lorax
  • March 2nd: STUGO Spirit Day: The Cat In The Hat Day
  • March 3rd: STUGO Spirit Day: Wacky Wednesday
  • March 3rd: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • March 4th: STUGO Spirit Day: Fox in Socks Day - Crazy Socks
  • March 4th: Governing Board Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • March 5th: STUGO Spirit Day: Sleep Book - PJ Day
  • March 8th: PTO Meeting/ Parent Meet and Greet - 6:30 PM

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment