WRMS Weekly Update

May 15, 2020

End of Year

Last night, the Board approved applying the unused snow days to the end of the year in lieu of around Memorial Day weekend. Therefore, June 12 will be the last day of school for students. More information is coming regarding dropping off and picking up remaining items, but please save the date of June 12th for this to occur.

Medication Pickup

Mrs. Penn sent out communication to parents of students who have medication in the nurse's office. We will be conducting a drive through pick up next Friday, May 22nd, from 12-3 PM for those parents. To help everyone maintain social distancing and safety, please read her letter and follow the pick-up protocols. Thank you!

New School Day, 2020-2021

Also last night, the Board approved the following changes to the school days for 2020-2021:

K-5: 8:50 - 3:20 (regular day)/ 10:20 - 3:20 (90 minute delay)/ 8:50 - 12:50 (early dismissal)

6-8: 8:15 - 3:04 / 9:45 - 3:04 / 8:15 - 12:36

9-12: 7:55 - 2:44 / 9:25 - 2:44 / 7:55 - 12:11

Middle School Traffic Changes for 20-21

For your information, please see the Borough of Westwood's proposed traffic ordinance related to drop-off and pick-up at the Middle School next year. This was discussed at the 5/5/20 Town Council meeting and will be introduced at the 5/19/20 Mayor and Town Council Meeting.

Grade 6 Immunizations

Please see the attached letter regarding immunizations required for entry into 6th grade. Feel free to contact Mrs. Debbie Penn, the Middle School Nurse, with any questions.

Meal Distribution Open to All

On April 24, 2020, we received confirmation from the NJ Department of Agriculture that, effective immediately, the school district is allowed to provide breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students enrolled in the school.

We currently offer meals for pick up between the hours of 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at two school locations:

  • Berkeley Elementary School - 47 Berkeley Ave Westwood, NJ
  • Brookside Elementary School - 20 Lake Drive Westwood, NJ

If you are interested in participating in the program, please fill out this form so that the district can properly plan and prepare meals. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to keith.rosado@wwrsd.org.

Support Resources

If you are experiencing medial issues, emotional concerns, or loss in your family, and are comfortable sharing that with us, please let us know. We are here to support your child not only academically, but medically and social-emotionally as well. Please feel free to contact anyone below for assistance:

Christie Androulakis, 6th Grade Guidance Counselor

Barry Albert, 6th Grade Assistant Principal

Christine McGovern, Team 6A Lead

Mary Dominiczak, Team 6B Lead

Brianne Adams, Elective/Encore 6&7 Team lead

Jenny Sparno, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor

Mikel Attanasio, 7th Grade Assistant Principal

Ashley Mormino, Team 7A Lead

Theodora Patusco, Team 7B Lead

Debbie Penn, School and District Head Nurse

Shelley LaForgia, Principal

Remote Learning Update

As we continue to navigate remote learning, we reflect on things we can do better and ways in which we can work together for students to meet with greater success.

Teachers are increasing their availability through Google Meet, especially with the addition of a virtual ASL. They are sending invitations directly to their students, please support them by encouraging your student(s) to attend.

Please also let us know how your student(s) are doing. While we can see the work submissions, we can't see the emotions behind the work. We continue to be here to support them, whether it's through teachers, guidance, or administration. Please keep the feedback coming so we can continue to shape our practices to best serve our students.

Reporting Absences

If your child is unable to do schoolwork, please continue to call or email absences to Mrs. McDonough at 201-664-5560 x6000 or sharon.mcdonough@wwrsd.org.

District Remote learning Updates

Please visit our CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION PORTAL The district website now has a direct link to our Continuity of Education resource portal via the COVID-19 button located on the top menu bar. Click the button to be taken directly to the central location for all district-wide information related to teaching, learning, and operations

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB)

Even though the building is closed, we are still here to support children who may be experiencing HIB, especially in this new digital platform. Should your student be expressing concerns, please reach out to our counselors for more information and support.

Cancelled Trips

We continue to process refunds remotely. All signed vouchers can be mailed to the school or scanned and emailed to joyce.chookazian@wwrsd.org. If your student does not have the voucher form, please contact Mrs. Chookazian for another copy.

PSO Information

Box Tops!

Download the new Box Tops app and keep earning for our school! While you will be able to clip and send them in the traditional way while products remain on store shelves, earning 10 cents for the school with each Box Top you send in (and these really add up!), we will be shifting toward individual online submission and an all-school goal. Please download the app and, you’ll simply need to scan your receipt and all such items will be recorded—with just one scan. Scanning these receipts also gets us entered in contests that win bonus Box Tops for our school!

A True, 6-8 Middle School in September of 2020!

We have concluded our formal presentations regarding the upcoming middle school transition, but still welcome your feedback. Here is the presentation with updated responses to FAQs.

Community Flyers

Please click here to access an online library of electronic flyers for our community partners.

Additionally, Comfort Zone, a camp for kids and young adults who have suffered the death of a parent, sibling or legal guardian, is offering a FREE virtual COVID-19 camp for youth ages 13-25 on May 30th.There will also be a parent/guardian program taking place simultaneously for those whose child(ren) are participating in the program.

Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for important upcoming events...

  • 5/15 - Progress Report Period Ends
  • 5/25 - No School
  • 5/22 - Progress Report Comments available in Genesis
  • 5/25 - No School
  • 6/12 - Last day for students
  • 6/19 - Grades available in Genesis

May 18th, will be a remote "B" day!