Wildcat News

November 5th, 2021

Message from our Principal

Dear Families,


Thank you to all those that came to the first ever in person Principal Chat this week! We look forward to continued opportunities for partnership. We are currently exploring doing a meeting in the morning (in person) and one in the evening (via Zoom) for our next meeting. Please stay tuned for more information.


It’s been another busy week at Frank. We are excited to announce the candidate we recommended for the 1st/2nd grade split accepted the position. In addition, the candidate for Digital Learning also accepted the position. More information will be forthcoming this next week with start dates and next steps for moving forward. There is still a huge need (not just in our building) but across the district for substitute teachers and para educators. If you are interested or know of anyone that would be, you can find our current postings here.


Next week will be a rest with our dismissal process. While we know this is a huge change, we believe this is what is best for parents, students, and staff. The goal is to have our dismissal process done in 15-20 minutes (or less). We appreciate all of those that have offered feedback and ideas on how to make it run more smoothly.

Effective Monday, November 8th, the following changes will be implemented:

FWE Dismissal Map


Car Pick Up

  • Dickinson Street will be an exit only. Cars will need to enter on Main Street.

  • If you arrive before 3:00 to pick up your child(ren) you will need to park in the designated parking spots. No cars will be allowed to line up before 3:00.

  • All families will need to use the crosswalk by the chain link fence. Please do not use the crosswalk in front of the building.

  • Preschool students will be dropped off and picked up at the back of the building.

Walkers

  • Parents will continue to line up on the brick wall of the gym.

  • Parents will enter the gym at 3:25, walking on the outside line, picking up their child and exiting out the double doors and the black gate to the sidewalk.

  • Masks are mandatory - No entrance will be permitted without a mask.


General Reminders

  • Please remember that adults must provide I.D. when picking up students in the Main Office.

  • Your child needs to be in their designated area. If they are in a different area, you will need to wait for a staff member to go and get them.

  • If you have a change to your child(ren)’s normal pick up routine, please make sure to contact the office by 2:45 so we have time to communicate the change to teachers and students before the end of the day.

  • Please do not call across ropes for students. Students will be directed to go to the gym if they are not being picked up by a car.

  • Please be kind! Our staff members are doing their very best to make sure your child is safe during dismissal.

Please remember that while we are not requiring paper attestations this year, students and/or their guardians are required to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to the arrival of school. Masks are required for all on campus, regardless of vaccination status. The only masks that are not acceptable, per the Health Department, are mesh masks and gaters with only one level of fabric. All other masks will work and we always have masks available if students need one.


Lastly, we have requested our district security team to be on campus next week. More support personnel will be present in order to ensure this change is implemented effectively. We appreciate all of your patience and flexibility.


Best,


Hugo

Mark your Calendar

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness and Native American Heritage Month


November 8th: 6:00pm School Board Meeting

November 9 - Elementary Sexual Health Webinar for Grades 1st-5th 6:00-7:00pm

November 10th - Picture Retake Day

November 11th - Veteran's Day, NO SCHOOL

November 12th - Lost & Found will be available to parents in the outside tent from 2:25PM-4:00PM

November 15th-19th - Scholastic Book Fair

November 24th- Early Dismissal at 12:55PM

November 25th-26th - Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

Next week we honor all veterans of our country on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021.

As citizens, we have a responsibility to educate our youth on the contributions and sacrifices veterans have made throughout our history. In honor of veterans, there will be no school next Thursday, Nov. 11th. We will return and have school on Friday, November 12th.

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NATIONAL HOMELESS YOUTH AWARENESS MONTH

November was first declared as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month in 2007. Since then, November has been a time to acknowledge those children and families experiencing homelessness. As many as 2.5 million youth per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.

Native American Heritage Month

On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. The bill read in part that "the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities". This landmark bill honoring America's tribal people represented a major step in the establishment of this celebration which began in 1976 when a Cherokee/Osage Indian named Jerry C. Elliott-High Eagle authored Native American Awareness Week legislation the first historical week of recognition in the nation for native peoples. This led to 1986 with then President Ronald Reagan proclaiming November 23-30, 1986, as "American Indian Week".[1]


This commemorative month aims to provide a platform for Native people in the United States of America to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. This gives Native people the opportunity to express to their community, both city, county and state officials their concerns and solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local area. Federal Agencies are encouraged to provide educational programs for their employees regarding Native American history, rights, culture and contemporary issues, to better assist them in their jobs and for overall awareness.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY IS WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10th!

Our picture retake day is Wednesday, November 10th! You can order pictures online by visiting www.dorianstudio.com and entering Frank Wagner Elementary, or we have paper order forms in the office. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.


After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Reminder: Sexual Health Materials Presentations

Dear Monroe School District families,

This is a friendly reminder that we are hosting two separate webinars (11/4 and 11/9) to share an overview of our currently adopted sexual health materials and the HIV/AIDS lessons taught in our schools. Each year we present this information to our families, so that you have the opportunity to review the materials and decide if you would like to exclude your child from these lessons. Both webinars will be live translated into Spanish and will also be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

Information is also available on our website and includes the adopted curriculum, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), and opt-out forms: https://www.monroe.wednet.edu/departments/learning-teaching/health-and-sexual-health-education

Middle & High School Webinar

Date: November 4th, 2021
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Location: https://monroe-wednet.zoom.us/s/82918872717

Elementary Webinar

Date: November 9th, 2021
Time: 6 - 7 pm
Location: https://monroe-wednet.zoom.us/s/84255660762

Scholastic Book Sale

The Scholastic Book Sale is coming November 15-19th during regular school hours. Students will have a chance to shop for books during their regularly scheduled library time and during recess. Students can purchase books with cash, check or with funds in their eWallet. Please contact Irene Mazur with any questions.


Thank you for visiting our homepage! Every purchase from the Book Fair earns rewards for our school, so please stop by and support us.

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Reminders

  • Lost and Found- Please remind your child(ren) to stop by our lost and found on their way to or from their lunch or recess breaks.
  • Drop off times - Students are only to be dropped off at 8:35AM IF they are having breakfast at school.
  • Facemasks -Per our WA state mask mandate, all students over the age of 2, are required to wear a mask at school. We ask that you please send your child(ren) to school with a facemask. If possible, we also ask that you please pack an extra facemask in their backpack. Thank you.
  • Extra Clothes- As the weather gets colder and it rains more, we ask that you please pack your kids an extra set of clothes. The health room does not have enough extra clothes for all students.

COVID Protocols and Preventions


  • Our best preventions for COVID are Masks Up over our noses, Hand Washing frequently, and Physical Distancing from others as best we can.

  • If your child is not feeling well, please make sure they do not come to school. Call the attendance line or the office and communicate the symptoms your student is experiencing.

  • If an adult or other family member in your home has symptoms and is getting tested, PLEASE keep your child home from school until the test results are in. If the results are positive then your child is a “close contact” and needs to be home quarantined. If they come to school and then become positive, then they are potentially exposing others.

  • Our district website has a COVID-19 page that includes the Latest Updates.

Monroe School District to Offer COVID-19 Testing

Beginning October 12, 2021, MSD will begin offering optional COVID-19 testing for free, Monday - Friday at the district administration office (14692 179th Ave SE, Monroe) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for students and their families.

Contact Us.

Frank Wagner Elementary


Main Line (360)804-3200

Attendance Line (360)804-3201

Principal: Hugo Molina

Vice Principal: Deb Henderson

Office Manager: Col Wolf

Office Assistant: Karina Blanquet


Bus Delay Information ~ 360-804-2951



NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION


The Monroe School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:


Title IX Coordinator

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2539

dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu


Section 504/ADA Coordinator

David Paratore

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2603

paratored@monroe.wednet.edu


Compliance Coordinator for 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW

Joanne Dickinson

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2532

dickinsonj@monroe.wednet.edu


The Monroe School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services or transitional bilingual education programs, contact:


Kimberly Whitworth

14692 - 179th Avenue S.E., Monroe, WA 98272

(360) 804.2558

whitworthk@monroe.wednet.edu

As a school that receives Title I federal funding, we are required each year to do a school/family compact. This compact lists agreements between the teacher, family and student in order to ensure students receive the best education possible. Education is a team effort and at FWE we value our partnership with families. At your child's conference, you will be given the opportunity to review the compact and make any additions or comments you'd like. Thanks for taking the time to preview the compact beforehand so you can be prepared to discuss it at conferences.