School to Home Connection

May 17-May 21

What's Going on at WD?

Greetings WD Family! It is hard to believe that we only have two weeks of school left this year. The WD staff greatly appreciates the amount of support that our families and the community has provided this year. Thank you for all that you do to support our students, staff, and school community!

Monday, May 17: Pre-kindergarten Drive-Thru Promotion (10:00-11:00 AM @WDES)

Monday, May 17: SOL Test Make-Ups

Monday, May 17: Kindergarten PALS Testing (by appointment only)

Tuesday, May 18: SOL Test Grade 4 Math (Gold Day Students)

Wednesday, May 19: SOL Test Grade 5 Math (Gold Day Students)

Thursday, May 20: SOL Test Grade 4 Math (Blue Day & Virtual Students)

Friday, May 21: SOL Test Grade 5 Math (Blue Day & Virtual Students)

Friday, May 21: Last Day to submit late work/ assignments to teacher

Monday, May 24: Fifth Grade Drive-Thru Promotion (10:00-12:00 PM @WDES)

Thursday, May 27: Last Day of School for students

Thursday, May 27: Report Cards sent home with Blue Day Students

Friday, May 27: Report Card Pick Up 9:00-3:00 PM for Gold Day & Virtual Students

Monday, June 7: Summer School Begins (invitation only)

Monday, June 7: Summer Meal Delivery Begins

First Lady Northam and Secretary Qarni Visit WDES!

WD students and staff were honored by the visit of our special guests, First Lady Northam and Secretary of Education Qarni on May 4th. The First Lady and Secretary visited select schools across the state of Virginia to honor teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation week. During the visit, students and staff enjoyed participating in conversations. Some students even received a special coin from the first lady!
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Summer School Information Update

Summer School will be held at Washington District Elementary School for invited students currently in grades PK through 5th. Invitations will be sent out the week of May 17 through May 21st in instructional material packages and electronically through email and/or DOJO/Remind App. Summer school will be offered in-person only (no virtual option). Please complete the registration information by Monday, May 24th. Please read the flyer below. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.
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Please Return Your Library Books!

Please return all library books by May 21st. If your child is virtual, library books may be returned in the filing cabinet located under the side entrance awning. If your library book has been lost or damaged, please contact Mrs. Coates. Thank you!
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Chrome Book/ Hot Spot Information Update

Students who received chrome books from Westmoreland County Public Schools should plan to keep their chrome book over the summer unless you are transferring to a different school division. If you are not planning to return to school in Westmoreland, please turn in your chrome book and hot spot. Hot spots will be deactivated on June 4th because we are transitioning to new hot spots next school year. Families should keep their current hot spots until we do a swap out distribution. This will likely occur at the end of July. More information on this will be shared with parents at a later date. In order to receive a new hot spot, families will need to return the previous hot spot in working condition. Thank you!

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In-Person Students: Bring Art Shirts

For the final two weeks of school, Mrs. Campbell would like all in-person students to bring in an art shirt. Thank you!
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Important Information for End of Year

The final day for students to submit assignments through CANVAS and instructional package materials will be Friday, May 21st. Please be sure to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns about missing assignments. Report cards will be sent home with Blue Day students on Thursday, May 27th. Gold Day students and virtual students may pick up their report cards on Friday, May 28th from 9:00-3:00 PM.

SOL Testing: If your child missed their SOL test date, SOL Make Ups will be on Monday, May 17th. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher.

PALS Testing: If your student is 100% virtual, please be sure to schedule an appointment for your child to be assessed. Please contact your child's teacher to schedule an appointment. All students must receive an end of year PALS assessment.

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Summer Meal Delivery Program

Westmoreland County Public Schools will deliver meals during the summer break. Meal delivery is expected to begin the week of June 7th and conclude the last week in July. If you do not currently receive meal deliveries and would like to over the summer, please call the WDES Main Office at (804) 224-9100. Thank you!
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Instructional Materials: Last Week!

The week of May 17-May 21 will be the last week that teachers will send home instructional materials. Please be sure to return all assignments (package materials and Canvas assignments) by Friday, May 21st. Thank you!

Student Attendance

Don't forget WDES families that if your student does not attend school during virtual or in-person you must send an excuse note to excuse the absence. Students are marked present for attending school in-person, participating in virtual meetings, and completing work on Canvas daily. If your child will not be able to participate, please send an electronic note to your child's teacher or a handwritten note in their instructional materials package. Reminder, If your child is unable to attend school in person on a day that they are scheduled, they can still participate virtually to be counted as present.

Excuse notes must include the following:

-Your child's name (first and last)

-Date of the absence

-Reason for the absence

-Reasons that can be accepted: parent note saying child is sick (only for first 10 total absences or 5 consecutive absences), doctor/ dental appointment, note from an officer of the court.

-Notes must be received within 5 days of the absence

If you have any questions concerning your child's attendance, please call the main office. Remember, our goal is to STRIVE for LESS than FIVE!

Happy Birthday June and July Babies!

WDES would like to wish all of our students with birthdays over the summer break a Happy Birthday! We hope that you enjoy your day!
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