Welcome to Kindergarten!
Collegewood Elementary-Developing Minds and Nurturing Hearts
Welcome to Collegewood!
Be safe and be well,
A Message From Dr. Wendland
Welcome to Kindergarten!
Option 1: Traditional instructional model
This option will begin with online learning indefinitely. Should the time come allowing students to return to campus with safety protocols in place, your child would return to campus
Option 2: Distance Learning
For students with health and/or family member health considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic, WVUSD is implementing a plan to allow students to opt into a 100% Independent Study/Distance Learning approach if and when we choose to implement a full-time or split schedule instructional model to include in-person teaching.
If you opt for 100% Distance Learning, please confirm your commitment by Wednesday, July 22, 2020 so that we can plan accordingly. You can CLICK HERE to indicate your confirmation to opt into 100% Distance Learning.
We will be hosting a webinar on Monday, July 20th at 3 PM to share detailed information regarding instructional options. You can join this online meeting by clicking HERE
When we return to campus, your child will have the option to purchase a school lunch. If you choose to purchase a school lunch for your child you can deposit money into his or her account at any time.
If your child has a food allergy, please make sure to contact the office to receive a special form that needs to be completed so that the allergy will be including in our nutrition system or complete it HERE. You will also need to add this information during the re-registration process online under the "Medical History" page.
Mark Your Calendar
August 3rd: Re-Registration You will need to complete the registration forms online prior to your child beginning school. Please see the information below for detailed information.
August 6th: Back To School Night On the afternoon of August 6th, parents are invited to attend an informational meeting. During this time, you will meet your child's teacher and learn about the curriculum and specific information about our school. However, due to current limitations, we will offer this virtually this year. Please stay tuned for additional information regarding this event with links to online meeting spaces.
August 10th: First Day of School More information regarding the details of the first day of school will be sent out as it gets closer. Be sure to check your email regularly for up to date information. Although this will begin our launch for online instruction, it will be different than what we experienced last spring. Live instruction will occur daily, attendance will be monitored and all student work will be graded.
Please CLICK HERE if you need directions on how to complete this process
Please CLICK HERE for a short tutorial video on the process
Preparing for Online Learning
We believe that learning is best provided in person with opportunities for social interaction and hands-on learning experiences. The learning environment we are preparing is in response to the world-wide COVID-19 Pandemic. It is important to prepare your child for learning in this way because developmentally, children at this age are wired to move and be social during instruction. With this in mind, please consider the following pieces of information:
- Create a learning space that is free of distraction in a well-lit part of your home
- Make sure devices are fully charged the night before
- Remind family members that if they walk behind your child's computer, they will be in view of all students and their respective family members. It is important that clothing and language be appropriate for an elementary school setting.
- Maintain a schedule that you would follow if your child was to attend school on campus. Make sure your child has time to eat breakfast before starting class. Your child should be dressed for school when online instruction begins.
- Respect instructional time. If you have questions or concerns you want to address with your child's teacher, you can email him or her to set up a time to talk outside of class time. Parents and care-givers should not interrupt instruction to talk with the teacher.
- Respect the relationship between the teacher and your child. We do not expect parents or caregivers to take on the role of the teacher. If your child is in class and requires help or has questions, allow the teacher to respond to your child.
- Respect the educational setting and save snacks and meals for times that are outside the online learning sessions.
- Prepare your child for this learning environment and involve them in setting up the learning space to help them feel excited about starting school.
- Your child can practice writing his or her name with a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters to follow
- Your child can practice counting to 20 and if he or she is up for the challenge, practice writing the numbers, too
- Practice recognizing letters and their corresponding sounds HERE
Socially and Emotionally
- Your child will need to be able to sit and focus on instruction for about 20 minutes at a time. One way you can prepare your child for this is to read stories or put puzzles together for 20 minutes before taking a break.
- Foster independence by making sure your child can go to the bathroom alone and button pants etc... Your child should be able to open and close any containers you might send for lunch or snack without help.
- Practice separation, especially if your child has never been left with anyone outside of the primary parental or care-giver role. Going to school with an unknown adult can be overwhelming to small children. You may want to watch the video in this newsletter or drive by the school with your child to get him or her excited about school.
- Practice sharing by helping your child participate in board games and not winning. This will help your child interact with peers more easily.
- Help your child name their feelings so that they can advocate for themselves in school. For example, help your child understand the difference between feeling sad, mad, frustrated, and scared.
Growing up is a journey and each child reaches milestones at their own pace. Whether your child can do all of the things listed above or none of them, our team is here to meet each child where they are to help them reach their potential and be their best self.
Laura O'Donnell- Elementary Learning Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamie Liptak- Administrative Assistant email@example.com
Gaby Manganiello- Office Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Sanchez- Health Technician email@example.com
Erica Robledo- School Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org