Falcon Flash

August 27, 2021

Principal's Message

Hello Stetson Families,

Welcome and welcome back Stetson families! This is the first edition of our weekly Falcon Flash newsletter. For those families new to us this year, this newsletter provides vital information to help you navigate the many events and information at Stetson. I sent several emails over the last month to help prepare for opening day and all that information can also be found below. We are asking parents to read this newsletter weekly in its entirety before reaching out to the main office. Our ladies in the office are busy helping students with their immediate needs. The Falcon Flash will be in your inbox on Friday afternoons to help prepare students and families for the upcoming week.

We were so excited to welcome back our teachers this past week! They spent many hours prepare their classrooms, receiving technology updates, and professional development opportunities. While we can't see their smile under their mask, they are eagerly anticipating the return to in-person instruction on August 30th. The school looks great and the staff is excited to see our hallways busy with socializing students once again!

Students should bring their computer (fully charged), a writing utensil, and an agenda book or a small notebook to write information down in. They do not need to bring all supplies (including gym uniforms) on the first day of school. Our teachers will discuss appropriate supplies for each class and when to bring them to school.

I hope you got a chance to look over Dr. Sokolowski's email and the WCASD health and safety plan for the start of the school year. Please make sure your child comes to school (including riding the school bus) wearing a mask (no gaiters). The face-covering must cover their nose and mouth when they are inside the school building. We will be providing outdoor mask breaks during the school day during lunch and PE classes (weather permitting). If your child is struggling with wearing a mask, they can ask for a break from their teacher at any time.

Lunch will be provided in two locations this year, the cafeteria and LGI (auditorium). All students will be seated three feet apart facing one direction. During the last ten minutes, the students will have an outdoor break (weather permitting). In each of the lunch locations, the students will have an opportunity to select their seats.

Thanks for your time and attention in reading this week's edition!

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Puchalla

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Calendar --Look Ahead and Plan

August 30th--Day 1 *First Day of School

August 31st--Day 2

September 1st--Day3

September 2nd--Day 4

September 3rd--Day 5

September 6th--Labor Day=NO SCHOOL

September 7th--Holiday=NO SCHOOL

September 8th--Day 6 *6th Grade Parent Open House Night

September 9th--Day 1 *7th/8th Grade Parent Open House Night

September 10th--Day 2 *Picture Day

Daily bell schedule

Technology concerns--If technical issues arise, please use the following resources:

Tech Support @ Home – WCASD website with important information:

  • Schoology Support
  • Laptop Support
  • Additional Resources

If there is an issue with your 1:1 device please email SMS tech_support@wcasd.net

Dismissal/Drop off Procedures

  • When students arrive at school between 7:30 - 7:50 am, they will remain in one location until the first bell rings at 7:50 am.
  • 6th grade will remain in the cafe
  • 7th/8th grade will remain in LGI
  • Students arriving after 7:50 am will report directly to homeroom
  • Students will be considered late to school if they arrive AFTER 8:05 am

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How can parents help support middle school students?

  • reduce stress by asking fewer questions--be a good listener
  • support and guide your child to have good organizational skills, routine, and planning ahead
  • encourage your child to seek assistance when needed
  • talk to counselor and grade level administrator when struggles occur outside of the classroom
  • reach out to teach with homework/classwork concerns
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Spirit Wear Information

We had two opportunities this summer to order school spirit wear. The orders placed in July have arrived. If you have not had a chance to pick it up at school yet, no worries. We will send it home with your child during the first week of school.

If you ordered during the August timeline, we are expecting this shipment any day now. Again, we will send it home with your child.

If you did not get a chance to order something, no worries. We will have some extras in our school store for sale. Please be patient with us because our student council leaders are getting it ready for the school year. We will also have some PE uniforms available for sale on the night of Open House.

A Word From Our Athletic Department

Fall sports will begin next week. Following is the contact information for our coaches:

Football-- Mr. Pete Stolzer pstolzer@wcasd.net

Field Hockey-- Mrs. Melissa Moritsch mmoritsch@gmail.com

Volleyball-- Mr. Jim Ascareggi jascareggi@wcasd.net

Cross Country-- Mrs. Lindsay Beegle lbeegle@wcasd.net or coachbeegle@gmail.com

Boys Soccer-- Currently **we are currently trying to get a coach

Girls soccer-- Ms. Erin Listrani elistrani@wcasd.net

Impact Concussion Testing is mandatory for all athletes participating in a contact sport. The test will be administered on Tuesday, August 31st, and Wednesday, September 1st at 3:00 pm in the LGI for all those student-athletes who need to take the test.

Family ID is our physical examination management system. In order for a student to participate in any sport, he/she must have a physical examination dated after June 1st, 2021 and it must be uploaded to Family ID. Instructions for uploading are attached.

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