DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA
Week of October 8, 2023
Good evening, Webster families.
This week we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Webster! Each day, students will be learning facts about innovators and contributors of Hispanic heritage. The student council Hispanic Heritage committee will have arts and crafts for students to create during their lunch recess along with playing a variety of music for our students' enjoyment. On Thursday, students and staff are encouraged to wear clothing that represents their Hispanic heritage.
We are very excited to welcome Ms. Barajas to Webster. She is joining as our Kindergarten/1st grade teacher. We would like to give a huge shout out to Ms. Jessie. She is a wonderful person and teacher.
We had an incredible turn out at our ELAC meeting last Thursday. Thank you to all parents who joined us and to those who committed to being on our ELAC Board.
We wish our 2023-2024 Webster Student Council congratulations! Many of our 4th and 5th graders interviewed for positions on the student council. They all demonstrated courage, leadership, and school spirit.
The winners of the Webster Penny Wars are:
1st place : 4th grade - 17,589 points
2nd place: 3rd grade - 5995 points
3rd place: 2nd grade - 2789 points
4th place: 1st grade - 1338 points
5th place: Kinder - 377 points
6th place: TK - -1266 points
7th place: 5th grade - -3553 points
Please remember that we love to recognize students' birthdays. They may come to the office during their recess or lunch to receive a birthday pencil. However, the classroom is not the venue for birthday parties. We must adhere to the district wellness policy that sugary treats such as cupcakes are not to be brought to the classroom to be distributed during the school day. Additionally, many parents do not give permission for their children to have these kinds of foods.
Events this week:
October 9-12 Webster Celebrates Hispanic Heritage.
October 11 Picture Day - free dress
October 12 Students may wear clothing to celebrate their Hispanic Heritage
October 13 Parent/Teacher Conference Day - pupil free day
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
October 17th: PTA Meeting at 6:30pm
October 18th: Unity Day-Wear Orange
October 19th: California Great Shakeout
October 27th: Webster's Annual Trunk or Treat
Please see our additional announcements below.
WEBSTER WOLVES ARE STRONG AND SMART!
Ms. Samantha Barajas
Very Important Action Required! Household Income Form
Please take a moment to complete our LFCC Household Income Form. It is very important that every family complete this so that the district and Webster School receive all available funding to support our students.
Collection through October 31, 2023
Please contact Mrs. Jahjah, our community assistant if you would like help completing the form. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Surveys available in English and Spanish at https://www.pusd.us/incomeform
Preference for Collection
Parents complete forms online
Parents complete survey online with assistance of Community Assistant in-person.
We also have paper forms at the school site.
Toys, Games, Cards & Distractions
Please support our students and staff by ensuring that all toys, games, trading cards and other possibly distracting items remain at home. These items are often not only a distraction for students during instructional time, but they may also be lost, stolen or confiscated by school staff.
Thank you for your continued collaboration.
PTA IS ACCEPTING CANDY DONATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL TRUNK OR TREAT
Open Enrollment Priority Applications Opens on October 24th!
Program Priority and Sibling Priority Applications for 2024-2025:
October 24th-November 13th, 2023
Application site: pusd.schoolmint.com
Who is eligible?
Incoming siblings who reside at the same address and will attend the same school during the 2024-25 school year
5th and 8th graders in special programs (magnet, IB, DLIP) who wish to continue in the same program at the next school/grade span
Updates for 2024-25:
Transitional Kindergarten eligibility extends to include students who will turn 5 by June 2, 2025
Support for Families:
direct line: (626)396-3639
in-person support at sites at Ed. Center Room 351
Webster SSC Opportunity!
Would you be interested in serving on the Webster Elementary School Site Council as a parent or community representative? To nominate yourself, a fellow parent, or a community member who is not employed by PUSD, you may submit your/his/her/their name using this Google Form as soon as possible.
School Site Council is composed of equal numbers of staff and parent or community representatives who serve a two-year term. SSC members meet eight times a year to oversee the implementation of various programs in the school, including state and federally-funded programs. The School Site Council is responsible for deciding how to spend categorical money to improve the instructional program at Webster Elementary. Each school in the district receives a different amount of money, based on enrollment. The School Site Council members work together to set goals for improving student achievement at the school and allocating the funds to accomplish those goals.
For the 2023-2024 school year, we have five parent/community member openings and one alternate opening. Please contact Mrs. Forrest if you have questions. Her email address is email@example.com.
Agendas for meetings are posted at least 72 hours prior to the meeting . All parents and members of the public are welcome to attend.
Link to Nomination Form
- Due to the composition of the PTA Board for the school year 2023/24 an amendment of the Standing Rules governing Officer Duties is required to ensure compliance with fiduciary responsibilities.
- The proposed change will substitute the Room Parent Representative for Fundraising Chairperson for the role of First Vice President.
- For more information or copies of the Bylaws and Standing Rules please contact the PTA Parliamentarian via... firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webster Spirit Wear can be ordered through this newly created email: email@example.com
Below is a NEWLY created QR code for yearbook, so that all parents can upload their first day of school pictures.
Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!
Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
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:
- Playground equipment and shade structures
- School Supplies
- The Webster STEAM Lab (new in 2023)
- The Webster School Garden
- Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, Trunk or Treat, school dances, spring festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!
Pick-up and Drop-off
Please prescreen at home for fever or other symptoms such as cough, runny nose or exposure to anyone who has tested positive for COVID19.
Please note that students may get breakfast in the cafeteria beginning at 7:30am. Also, note that morning supervision begins at 7:30am. Students should not be dropped off before 7:30am.
Classroom line areas will be labeled with the teachers' name and room numbers. Classroom assignments are posted on the bulletin board on the upper playground. We will have extra support the first day to help direct families and students to the class lines.
PreK, TK and Kinder student drop-off will be at the Pepper Drive Gate/Kindergarten Playground. PreK parents should look for specifics directly from the classroom teachers. TK and Kinder parents may walk students to the kindergarten playground. Just prior to the 7:50am bell, TK and Kinder students will line up by classes. The teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students into their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground and join us for our Boo Hoo Woo Hoo Coffee on the Kindergarten playground.
You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our kindergarten playground.
Please DO NOT make any three point or U-turns on Pepper Drive. This is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Please do not block our neighbors' driveways.
TK and Kindergarten pick-up is at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot with our 1st-5th graders. Pre-K pick-up is the same as drop-off at the Pepper Drive gate.
Drop-off and pick-up for 1st-5th grade students will at the drive-thru around the staff parking lot. Please pull up as far as possible; the spots are numbered 1-4. At drop-off, students should have backpacks with them inside the car to be most time efficient. Make sure to not block the left lane. The left lane will be reserved for thru traffic. DO NOT park in the staff parking lot as we need the spaces for our staff. You may park in the St. James parking lot on Washington Blvd and take the short walk to our walking gate. Walkers and bikers may enter at the gate in between the staff parking lot and the auditorium.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will line up on the upper playground. Teachers will meet the classes on the playground and walk the students to their classrooms. Parents, please say your goodbyes on the playground and join us for our Boo Hoo Woo Hoo Coffee on the Kindergarten playground.
From the Webster Health Office
Webster Health Clerk: Claudia Mendez firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact Ms. Mendez to discuss procedures for having medications on campus. All medications are kept in our health office.
Ms Mendez and Ms. Butler should be notified of any health concerns as soon as possible.
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
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm
Attendance and Tardies
Students need to attend school every day to be successful! Please schedule appointments after school hours.
Students should go to the main office if they arrive after 8:00am to be given a tardy slip. Tardies will be marked by the classroom teacher if arriving between 7:50am and 8:00am.
Please call the attendance line or email Ms. Deabrego-Paz to notify us if your child is absent. (626)396-5740 then press 4 or email@example.com.
After School Care
Use the following link to sign up for our LEARNs After School Program waitlist:
Registration for After School Adventures Program through the City of Pasadena is online at: https://pasadena.civicrec.com/CA/pasadena-ca/catalog
For more information, please call (626) 744-6500.
- 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.
Aeries Parent Portal
It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email and phone numbers. 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 will need to complete the attached form. Once Mrs. Rojas, our office manager, receives the form, she will send you an access code. Once you have your code, 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 2023-2024 school year.
To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:
For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us
Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee
Currently, our marquee is down for repair.
Please use the following link to celebrate a student's birthday on the Webster Marquee.
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.
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, to update our playground activities, 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.
- 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.
On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.