The Bobcat Beat
February 19, 2021
Schedule for Week of February 22nd
Monday & Tuesday: Cohort A in school, Cohort B remote, 4/5 day students in school
Wednesday: All students remote in, except 5 day students in school
Thursday & Friday: Cohort B in school, Cohort A remote, 4/5 day students in school
Remoting In Expectation Reminders
- Actively Engaged: We need all students to engage as fully as possible. This means keeping the camera on, engaging in discussions with the teacher, and completing the work. We have had situations where a teacher calls a child's name and there is no response. We need to make sure that all of our students are engaging during the zooms.
- On Time: We request that students show up for their zooms approximately 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time. For example, if the zoom starts at 9am - please have your child be on at 8:55am.
- Alarms on iPads: We encourage you to have your child set alarms on the school-issued iPad to help set a reminder for the start of class. Step by Step Tutorial with a voice over for setting iPad alarms.
- Power School Notifications for students in grades 3-5: Parents/guardians can set 'notifications' on Power School. This will allow you to get emails/notifications of how your child is doing in each class. Please see the image directly below this for directions. (As a parent, I receive weekly emails on Monday morning with all of my children's classes. This allows me to see their grades weekly and if they are missing any assignments.)
Kindergarten & New Student Registration
Please encourage your friends/neighbors to register ASAP, we use these #s to determine our staffing (number of teachers).
If you or someone you know has a child who is turning 5 before September 1, 2021, it is time to enroll them in kindergarten. Simply go to our district site, www.wcasd.net, and click on the enrollment icon. Please scan all necessary documents if possible: birth certificate, immunizations, health records, dental records and 2 proofs of residency. We will reach out to you to set up an appointment to complete the registration.
Reminder from the Nurse
What to do if child is not feeling well?
Do the Daily Home Screening checklist with your child every day, and follow the guidelines for keeping sick children home.
Call the Safe Arrival line to report your child’s absence. 484 266-1610
Contact your health care provider if your child has symptoms.
Contact the nurse’s office if your child or another person in the household is getting a test for Covid-19. Keep your child home if he/she is waiting for test results or if your child has a known exposure to someone who tests positive for Covid-19.
Nurse: Wendy McGregor RN firstname.lastname@example.org, 484 266-1606
FHE Super Bowl of Reading
We are hoping that you are staying safe and healthy. Since the Super Bowl will be over on Sunday, the real SOUPER Bowl will be starting! We wanted to inform you that starting February 9th we will be collecting cans, food, and monetary donations for the Chester County Food Bank. We will be collecting until February 23rd.
The class that collects the most cans in grades K-2 and grades 3-5 will receive extra recess! Throughout the process we will have progress updates throughout and a bulletin board that students can check to see which classroom is in the lead.
Please consider sending cans in with your child. We would love to give the Chester County Food Bank a large donation from our Fern Hill bobcat family! You can use the QR code (below) to make a direct donation!
Save The Date: Conferences in March
Schedule for Conference Week:
Wednesday, March 10th: Half Day for students in the morning, conferences in the afternoon
Thursday, March 11th: Half Day for students in the morning, conferences in the afternoon & evening
Friday, March 12th: No School for students, conferences in the morning
YEARBOOK PICTURES NEEDED
Reminder: Sign up for the FHE Yearbook 2020-2021: Hardcover $21 but you can set up an account and not order a book and just share your "School Day" Pictures.
School Passcode: 1015983535492295
Upload 1st Day(Virtual/Cyber/Hybrid) homeschool, Halloween Costume-Party-Drive By Parade, Holiday Party, and SNOW Day pictures to help with our yearbook memory pages.
PLEASE SNAP A FUN PIX OF YOUR STRONG BOBCAT and upload that to our Bobcat Strong Folder!
Who is up for some twisty treats?
Order your DIY At Home Pretzel Kits for $25 while supporting our amazing school. Each kit contains all of the dry ingredients needed to make 10 authentic Auntie Anne's pretzels, as well as VERY simple to follow instructions!
Google Form: Auntie Anne's Pretzel Kit (google.com)
Make their authentic pretzels covered in salt or their well known cinnamon sugar pretzel!
Your pretzel, your choice, both options come with your kit.
Paid order forms must be in by 3/10 for delivery the week of 3/29.Any questions, email email@example.com
WCASD Counseling and Mental Health Professionals Service Guide
We recognize that our students at home may feel isolated. Please know that one of our main goals is to help your children feel connected to their teacher, classroom and Fern Hill! Our district has a Counseling and Mental Health Professionals Service Guide to provide supports and resources if your child is having a difficult time through all of this. This guide provides Counselor and Mental Health Professionals' contact information, services, important forms, and additional resources for parents of students Kindergarten through 12th grade.
The WCASD created a Technology Support site. It is a great one-stop technology trouble shooting page.
Request for Assistance
In an effort to provide additional support for students and parents during remote learning, the district has created a “Request for Academic Assistance” form for each of the WCASD schools. Students, parents and faculty may complete a form on behalf of a student who is struggling with attendance, work completion or social/emotional learning. This form will be reviewed by a member of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports Team (MTSS) to determine the available resources that can be provided. While the form is available, we still recommend reaching out directly to your child's teacher to discuss any concerns.