Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Week of March 27, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Webster families,


Please join me in sending out a HUGE thank you to our wonderful Webster PTA for bringing such a fun family event to our school. They worked weekends and put in many hours to make sure that our Spring Fling was a success. Thank you to all parent volunteers who made this happen. We are very thankful for our Webster families!


We also applaud our families who supported Webster students in our Webster Wolf Read-a-Thon. Our PreK-4th grade students and families put great effort into reading and raising funds for Webster Annual Fund. This effort will directly support our students and school!


Please join us for dinner at Domenico's Restaurant Night on Wednesday. (See flyer below)

Thursday is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 11:55am.

We celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on Friday, April 1st. This is a school holiday.
Spring break is April 4th-April 8th.


We are expecting rain on Monday. Following is our rainy day drop-off and pick-up protocols:

In the event of a rainy day:

Kindergarteners will be dropped off at the kinder gate and will be directed to enter the building to be supervised.

1st, 2nd and Ms. Benn's class will be dropped off at the drive thru and will enter the main building to be supervised in the auditorium.

Ms. Froeschle's class, 4th and 5th will be dropped off at the drive thru and will line up outside of their classroom doors under the breezeway where they will be supervised.


As you know, masks are no longer required for students and staff but are strongly recommended indoors at Pasadena Unified schools and childcare sites. The relaxed rules come in response to declining COVID-19 cases, fewer hospitalizations, and increasing vaccination rates.

Mask mandates remain in place in the following circumstances:

  • Exposed students, identified as close contacts, must wear masks for 10 days after exposure.

  • Exposed students who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated must wear masks upon returning to school from quarantine from Day 6 through Day 10.

  • Students and staff members on a bus or other PUSD transportation must wear masks at all times.

  • Students and staff on a field trip at a public facility must wear masks while indoors.

  • Students, staff, and community members at a PUSD testing or vaccination clinic must wear masks.

  • Masks will also be required in the school Health Offices and the PUSD Primary Clinic as these offices provide health care.

All visitors and volunteers must wear a mask indoors and outdoors while on campus. Visitors are by appointment only and may only go to the main office. Parents/visitors may not go into classrooms, onto the playground or walk the halls unless walking to the main office. We realize that this is difficult and appreciate your understanding


Looking ahead:


March 30 Domenico's Restaurant Night

March 30 PUSD Spelling Bee at Webster

March 31 Early Dismissal 11:55am

April 1 Cesar Chavez Day

April 4-8 Spring Break

April 11 3rd - 5th graders begin CAASPP Assessments

April 22 Observance of Armenian Genocide with Blair


Webster Wolves are Strong and Smart!!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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5th Grade Baby Photos and Promoting Praises for Yearbook

Dear Webster 5th Grade Families-Please send your child’s baby photo to: websterptayearbook@gmail.com no later than March 31st. (Make sure to include your child's

name and teacher in the email to ensure it gets put with the correct class)


If you are interested in purchasing a ¼ page for your promoting student for a cost of $25.00, please look out for the form that was passed out to students. (Deadline is also March 31st) Make sure to include the form and payment turned into your child’s teacher. NO LATE EMAILS, FORMS or PHOTOS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Also please check your spelling on your promoting praises as it will be copied directly from there into the yearbook.

Webster Wolves Read-a-Thon Updates!

Raising funds is simple. Donate online to

https://app.99pledges.com/fund/danielwebs4


These are the Grade Level Standings as of March 27th!


$1810

Third Grade


$1806.25

First Grade


$1383

Kinder


$921

Fourth Grade


$810

Pre-K


$592

TK


$570

Second Grade

Rapid Antigen Test Kits

Every student will receive an at-home antigen rapid test and directions in English and Spanish the week before Spring Break. The exact date will be announced next week. This is an extra precaution PUSD is taking as students return from Spring Break

April 15th: Registration for the Blair History Living Museum

All our welcome to participate.


Register NOW through April 15th HERE . AAPC will be hosting a virtual Information Night on April 13th to answer any questions you may have. We want this to be an accessible project for every student.

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Traffic Safety

It is very important that the curb at the front of our school is kept clear so that our buses can safely park to drop off and pick up our students. Please be sure to follow all traffic and pedestrian laws to and from school. Please do not make U-turns on Washington Blvd nor on Pepper Dr. It is especially unsafe at our parking lot exit.

Uniforms

We'd like to remind everyone that Webster has a Uniform Policy.

  • Clothes that are clean and in good repair
  • White, navy blue or light blue polo shirts with a collar
  • Navy blue or tan/khaki pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers
  • Optional Friday uniform -- Webster Wolves t-shirt and jeans or uniform pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers (or wear the regular uniform on Fridays)
  • Athletic or dress shoes
  • Navy sweaters or windbreakers
  • White or navy socks or tights
  • Any heavy jacket
  • Optional Webster Wolves logo items
  • Waistbands should be fitted; otherwise a belt should be worn

Notes: Free Dress Days are held on the last Friday of each month during the year.

Uniforms contribute to a positive school climate for all our students. Thank you for your support.

Interested in purchasing Webster Logo Gear?

Please use the following link if you are interested in ordering Webster Logo Gear through PTA.

my.cheddarup.com/c/wolf-logo-gear

Attendance and Tardies

Please call the main office if you arrive after 8:00am (626) 396-5740). A staff member will meet you at your car for screening and will escort the student to class.


Please call the attendance line or email Ms. Deabrego-Paz to notify us if your child will be absent. (626)396-5740 then press 3 or deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us.

Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

Please join us and become a member today! We invite every parent, teacher and neighbor to join with the PTA as we work to make Webster the best school of choice in PUSD and a great place for our kids!

Webster PTA has and does support our students in the following ways:

  • The Music & Instrumental program
  • Playground equipment and shade structures
  • IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Supplies
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee

Please us the following link to celebrate a student's birthday on the Webster Marquee.

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Webster

The cost is $10 for a full week. Please make the payment and let us know your child’s name and the date you’d like the message to go on the marquee.

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of

students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Rojas, our office manager at rojas.linda@pusd.us.


All volunteers must provide either: a) proof of Covid vaccination prior to starting any

volunteer work; or, b) proof of a negative Covid test performed by a medical

laboratory provider weekly. Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form of a

Covid vaccination card or a screenshot of a digital record with a corresponding QR

code.

Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of

vaccine administration.

● Proof of vaccination or negative weekly test results for Level 1 volunteer records

should be completed and retained at the school site using the attached “Volunteer

Vaccination/Negative Test Result Attestment” form.

● Volunteers must record their time at the school site using the same “visitors log” that

denotes their name, entry/leave times, phone number, and email address.

● Volunteers are expected to follow the same Covid exposure and quarantine/isolation

protocols that PUSD staff follow as part of the Covid Safety Plan.

Tax Deductible Giving through Webster's Annual Fund


Daniel Webster Elementary School has been honored as a California Distinguished School. Great teachers, strong leadership, and parent involvement make Daniel Webster a great school to send our children.

In addition to the great education our students receive, they are also provided with various opportunities to participate in our music and arts activities. We're asking for your support to continue this legacy by donating to the Daniel Webster Annual Fund and help us reach our goal of $50,000.

These funds will be used to financially support our music and arts programs, and to support the instructional goals set forth by the School Site Council
We would like to see every family donate at least $1.00 per week ($50 for the school year) for each child they have enrolled at Daniel Webster.

Think of it as donating less than the cost of a weekly cup of coffee or soft drink to help ensure that your child receives a high quality education.


If you can donate more, we would encourage you to donate towards our Giving Tree. We have various levels of donations:
Bronze - $100
Silver - $200
Gold - $300
VIP - $500 or more

If you are not able to contribute financially please consider donating your time and talents.

To donate:

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing at the School Site

At its regular meeting on August 26, 2021, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education took decisive action to bolster safety measures that protect students and employees from COVID-19. The Board of Education voted unanimously to:


  • ratify an existing testing plan that places mobile testing teams at schools for students and employee testing and now requires

    • all students under age 12 to get weekly COVID-19 tests with informed consent from parents/guardians


Testing will be offered at Webster Elementary on Thursdays from 8:00am to 3:30pm.

PUSD offers COVID-19 PCR oral or nasal swab tests on campuses


Testing teams will be at each elementary and middle school site for one day to conduct the testing program. PUSD Health Programs will not test students who have not submitted informed consent.

Visitors

Visitors must wear masks, including those picking up students from the after school programs. Please remember that visitors are by appointment only. Visitors may make an appointment by emailing our office clerk, Ms. DeabregoPaz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us or our office manager, Linda Rojas at rojas.linda@pusd.us or by calling (626)396-5740.

Webster Daily Start and Dismissal Times

TK-5th Grade:

Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm

Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm


Special Education PreK:

5 hour program
Mon- 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm


AM
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am


PM
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm

PUSD Announcements including Independent Study Option

Important notifications for the new school year are posted at https://www.pusd.us/Page/9474 and are listed below:


Recent Legislation

  • Assembly Bill (AB) 104 was passed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student performance during the 2020/21 school year. This legislation temporarily modifies practices regarding student retention, grading, and graduation status for eligible students during the 2020/21 school year ONLY. Read the letter

  • Amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 130 require school districts to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The TK-12 Independent Study Program in the Pasadena Unified School District will be held virtually through the Center for Independent Study (CIS). Read the letter

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


Amazon Smile - As you are doing your shopping, please keep Webster in mind. Amazon Smile donates money from purchases back to our school at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and enter Daniel Webster Elementary PTA as your charity of choice.


Annual Fund - Visit our online donation form

If you are making matching gifts through an employer, please let them know that they must provide PEF's information to their employer in order for us to confirm their gift.


Box Tops - Box Tops can still be clipped and put into an envelope or ziplock bag and turned into the school in the Box Tops box provided under the shade structure at the drive-thru. You can also upload the virtual version off your receipt. The app is called “Box Tops”. Select Webster as your school of choice and follow the instructions to set up an account to get credit.

Parent Portal

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. You can update all important contact information on the parent portal. Aeries Parent Portal is a wonderful resource that all parents need to sign up for in order to access student attendance, grades, and teacher information to name a few. If you do not yet have an Aeries Parent Portal account, you can go to https://www.pusd.us/Page/6203 and follow the instructions to create an account. Please make sure you have set up your account before school starts so you know what class your child has been assigned to for the 2021-2022 school year. Our office will reopen on August 4th and will be able to provide you with needed information on or after this date.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD has prepared a COVID-19 Dashboard to support timely and transparent information related to known COVID-19 cases connected to our school campuses while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The dashboard will be updated biweekly. www.pusd.us/covid19dashboard

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Use the following link to find the 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Staff and teachers will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible which is normally within 24 to 48 business hours.