School to Home Connection

January 2022 Edition

What's Going on at WD?

Happy New Year, WD Family! We hope that everyone has enjoyed a relaxing winter break with family and friends. The WD staff is looking forward to helping your child reach their full potential in 2022! Here is what we have going on at WD this month...

Jan. 5: Semester 2 Begins

Jan. 6: PALS Mid-Year Testing Begins

Jan. 7: Report Cards sent home with students

Jan. 17: MLK Jr. Day (No School)

Jan. 18: Benchmark Testing (Gr. 3-5) Begins

Jan. 26: Division-wide Spelling Bee @MMS 5:30 PM (This is a change)

School Hours

Student Drop Off (Side Entrance): 7:45 AM-8:05 AM

*If your child arrives after 8:05 AM, you will need to park your car in the main lot and walk them into the building. Students who enter the building after announcements are over will be considered tardy.

Announcements: 8:05 AM

School Day Begins: 8:10 AM

School Day Ends: 3:10 PM

Dismissal Begins: 3:10 PM

Buses Leave WDES: 3:15 PM (Approximately)

Students who are picked up before 3:10 PM will be considered an early release.

Bus Riders: Someone must be present to receive your child from the bus. If you would like to have your child dropped off at your home without someone receiving them, you may complete a Bus Waiver Form (Grades 3-5 Only). This requires approval from Central Office Administration. Please ask your child's teacher if you would like a bus waiver form.

Car Riders: Our car rider dismissal takes place in the car rider loops. If you are picking your child up after 3:05 PM, parents must use the car rider loop. If you need to get to an appointment and cannot wait in the car rider loop, please notify the front office and plan to pick up your child before 3:05 PM. This allows our staff to ensure that your child leaves school safely with the correct adult.

In the car rider loop, please remain in your vehicle at all times. A staff member will bring your child to your car. The safety of our students is our first priority. Please note, the posted speed limit in the WD Parking lot is 15 MPH. Thank you for your cooperation.

*All transportation changes must be made by 2:00 PM. This must be done by parent note sent to school or a phone call to the main office (804) 224-9100. Transportation changes after 2:00 PM will not be possible. Thank you for your understanding and support!

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Congratulations to the WD Spelling Bee Winners

We are so proud of all of our students who participated in the school-wide spelling bee and would like to wish good luck to our grade level Spelling Bee Winners as they participate in the Division-wide Bee which will be held at Montross Middle School at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, January 26th. This is a schedule change from the original date.

Grade 1:

Winner: Emory Townsend

Runner Up: Jacob Hays

Grade 2:

Winner: Raegan Roberts

Runner Up: Akel Ringo

Grade 3:

Winner: Colton Townsend

Runner Up: Gavin Groves

Grade 4:

Winner: Ryan Gould

Runner Up: Malia Madison

Grade 5:

Winner: Gastavo Cabanillas

Runner Up: Aubree Hogg

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WD Canned Food Drive: Success!

We are so proud of the WD students and staff for the generosity shown during the canned food and Second grade toy drive! Our staff and students were able to donate over 2,000 cans to the Healthy Harvest Food Bank which in turn supports members of our community. Our students enjoyed showing kindness to those in need. Thank you!
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WD Students Engage in PBL!

The Washington District Students have enjoyed participating in Project Based Learning (PBL) during the first semester of school. Students investigated school and community-wide problems such as discovering ways to recycle school materials and keep our school clean and sharing kindness by orchestrating a toy drive! We are looking forward to more exciting project ideas during Semester 2!

Mitigation Strategies & Quarantine Information

Following mitigation strategies correctly is critical to keeping WDES safe. We thank all of our students, parents, staff and families for following these expectations. Please review the following mitigation strategies that are in place.

Morning Temperature Screenings: All car riders and bus riders have their temperature taken upon arrival at school. Any student who has a temperature of 100.4+ will not be permitted to attend school that day. Please screen your child for Covid-like symptoms before sending them to school each day. Thank you for your cooperation!

Face Masks: Should be worn properly by all staff, students, and all other persons inside the building and on school transportation buses/cars. No exceptions. Masks do not need to be worn outdoors at this time. Masks should be work over nose and mouth while inside the building unless they are eating/ drinking. Teachers have built outdoor mask breaks into their schedule throughout the day. Please contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

3-6 Ft Distancing: Our classrooms are set up to keep our students three feet apart (6 feet when possible) from one another. Certain grade levels who eat lunch in the cafeteria are spaced 6 feet apart while eating. At this time, visitors are not allowed during lunch. Thank you for your understanding.

Cleaning: Teachers provide students with frequent opportunities to wash hands, use hand sanitizer, and use the lysol spray to clean frequently used areas after student use. Our custodial staff completes a detailed cleaning regimen at the end of every school day after staff and students have left.

Students Required to Quarantine: If a student tests positive for Covid-19, they are required to quarantine for 10 days after the day they test positive or are presumed positive. If a student is identified as a close contact (within 6 feet of a positive case for 15 minutes or more) they will also be required to quarantine for 10 days after the last day of exposure.

If your child is identified as a close contact or has shared a space with someone who is Covid positive, you will receive a phone call from a WD staff member and a letter sent home with your child. If your child is required to quarantine, a staff member will inform you on the day your child may return to school (no symptoms and fever free for 24 hours).

If your child tests positive or is a close contact of someone else who has tested positive, please notify the school immediately and begin quarantining your child at home. Thank you!

Please click the Dashboard Button below to see current Covid-19 information for all Westmoreland Schools.

Students in Quarantine

The WDES staff is grateful that all students are able to receive full-time, in-person learning this school year! However, during this challenging time, some students may be required to quarantine due to COVID exposure. During this time, the WD staff is going to do everything possible to ensure that your child has continued learning during their quarantine. Students who are required to quarantine in accordance to VDH and CDC guidelines will be provided the opportunity to participate in learning each school day and will be considered present if daily learning objectives and participation are achieved.

Please review the following “Students in Quarantine Expectations” that is attached below. Please keep in mind that this is only for students who are designated to quarantine and does not include absences for any other reason. If your student is required to quarantine, please reach out to your child’s teacher. The teacher and student's family will create a Quarantine Learning Plan together. After the plan has been created, please review the student expectations carefully and sign the agreement page and return it to school.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher. Thank you for all you do. We are in this TOGETHER!

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Caught Being an EAGLE!

The WDES staff and students know what it takes to be an EAGLE! Eagle stands for:

Excellent Attitude

Always Responsible

Good Friend


Exceptional Attendance

Many WDES students have already been "caught being an Eagle" by demonstrating these traits! Check out some of the students (pictured above and below) who have already been "caught"being an Eagle by the WDES staff. Classroom teachers will share celebratory photos of your student when they are caught being an Eagle! #EaglePride

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Student Attendance

Parents and Guardians, please be sure to submit a note if your child needs to be absent. Notes can be sent to school by student or shared electronically through email or Class DOJO. For an absence to be considered excused, you must:

-Provide the Child's Name

-The date(s) of the absence(s)

-Excuse for why they are absent (see list of possible excused absences below)

Possible reasons for absence to be considered excused:

-Note from parent that the child is sick

-Doctor's (Medical/ Mental Health) or Dental note

-Note from an Officer of the Court

Parent written excuses can only be accepted for the first 5 consecutive absences or 10 total absences. Once a student has reached 10 total absences, only a note from a doctor/ dentist or from an officer of the court can be accepted per attendance policy.

Notes must be received within 5 days of the absence.

Please review the following actions that will occur upon the following absences:

3 Unexcused Absences: Class DOJO note and/or phone call reminder from school.

5 Unexcused Absences: Phone call, 5 Day Attendance letter, and attendance plan & meeting.

10 Total absences: Phone call, 10 Day Attendance letter, and attendance plan & meeting.

Your child's attendance is recorded daily in Power School. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's attendance, please call the WDES Main Office.

Happy Birthday, January Babies!

The WDES staff would like to wish a Happy Birthday to all of our staff and students born in the month of January! A birthday certificate and pencil will be sent home in your child's folder next week!
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