Werner Weekly

October 12, 2022

Coming Up

Stay up-to-date with the Werner School Calendar
  • Sept 19-Oct.19- CANS Around the Oval Food Drive
  • Oct. 13-14- NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 18- PTA Meeting, 3:30-5:00 pm, Media Center
  • Oct. 31- Halloween Parties (TBD)/Parade @ 3:00 pm

NEWS FROM WERNER

REMINDER- NO SCHOOL, Oct. 13-14 for Parent/Teacher Conferences

CANS AROUND THE OVAL UPDATE-ENDS OCT.19


Hello Wildcats!


There is one week left in C.A.N.S. Around the Oval! Click on the link below to donate today. Donations will close on Wednesday, October 19th.


Dollars sure make a difference, since every $1 donated equals 2 meals of food that CAN be provided to Food Bank for Larimer County clients. Help Werner meet our goal of donating $500.



Click Here to Donate


Sincerely,

Werner Student Council and Kindness Club

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Each fall and spring, there are days scheduled for parent conferences on the school calendar (Oct. 13 & 14). At Werner we have built in more flexibility. You can expect to conference with your child’s teacher at least once during the first semester (so more time can be devoted to each conference) and again in the spring by phone or in person.


Communication is never limited to one or two meetings. Anytime a concern arises, or if there is information to be shared, please call for an appointment with the teacher, school counselor, or principal. Please do not expect to conference on a drop-in basis with your teacher. Teachers’ days operate on a very tight schedule. They will be better able to help you if they have time to gather information and sit down for a meaningful block of time.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS IS COMING- SIGN UP NOW!

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Physical Education Updates

Morning PE: This is a before school PE class for 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. We work on skills and play lead up games for many activities. This program will start Thursday, October 27, 2022 and will end Friday, March 10. This semester, we will meet on Thursdays and Fridays at 7:45 AM. For more information visit Coach J.’s Learning Page. To sign up your child, e-mail Coach J. at djulian@psdschools.org.


Drop in Basketball: This is a lunch recess basketball game for 4th and 5th graders. I will supervise 4th and 5th graders playing basketball in the gym. Students ‘drop in’ to the gym after they eat lunch on Mondays and Tuesdays and Coach J. will split up teams and supervise gameplay. This starts Monday, October 17, 2022.


October Walk and Bike to School Challenge: This challenge is like the 5210+ Challenge, but in the month of October (and no t-shirts). A calendar will come home by October 3rd and should be returned after October 31. This challenge helps Safe Routes to School and the City of Fort Collins see what needs our school has for walking and biking to school.


Walk and Wheel to School: Another way that we are promoting students’ health is through walking or riding a bike to school. To participate, just have your child(ren) walk or ride their bikes to school on these dates are 10/31, 11/30, 12/21, 1/31, 2/28, 3/31, 4/28, 5/26 (or any day you can). We will remind students and families as each date gets closer and use announcements to recognize those that participate. If you live too far, just have them walk around the playground when they do get to school.


Running Club: This club will start after Spring Break. More information to come.


“The Main Event of the Year | Save the Dates”

Werner Elementary School families!

We are excited to kick off our Werner Elementary Fun Run 2022 on 10/25/2022. Our goal is to raise $30,000 for media center revamping and to strengthen our school classrooms/programs.


Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning and we need YOUR HELP registering your student(s) and sharing with friends and family.

Mark your calendars for the Werner Elementary Fun Run 2022 fundraiser kicking off soon!

Key dates to remember:

REGISTRATION OPENS - 10/11/2022

Register on MYBOOSTER.COM

Werner Elementary Fun Run 2022 Kick Off - 10/25/2022

Event Day - 11/03/2022

We are grateful for our Werner Elementary School family! Thank you for your support this year

Werner Elementary Devices

October 12, 2022


Dear Werner families,

We appreciate your partnership in PSD and the important role you have in your child’s education. Given our combined efforts to educate children, we want to ensure that you and your child have access to the technology tools to support learning at home.

The purpose of this communication is two-part. First, to explain what would happen if we needed to provide learning at home due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather and, second, to explain how your child can use a laptop at home for school-related purposes throughout the year.


Online learning due to an unexpected school closure

First, we want to be prepared in the event of a weather or emergency-related closure to provide online learning if the situation requires it. In the spirit of being prepared, we are sending home a laptop and charging cable with your child so that you and your child can become familiar with the device and the available tools you may need to access. We can also provide your family with a portable cellular internet hotspot, often called a “MiFi,” to get you connected to the Internet if you don’t currently have reliable home connectivity. Just let Debbie Powers, our Media Specialist (dpowers@psdschools.org) know!


Your child will bring home a laptop between Oct. 18 and return it on Oct. 19


Any time our schools must shift to online learning due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be instituting a shortened online learning schedule. During these closures to in-person learning, we would follow an elementary district-wide schedule for online learning. Secondary schools will maintain their current school schedule.


K-5 Elementary School Remote Schedule – Emergency School Closure Days

All PSD teachers have a Learning Page which provides asynchronous (learning independently) materials as well as information about how to connect to synchronous (learning together at the same time) virtual meetings.


9:00 am - 11:00 am: Virtual meeting with the classroom teacher on MS Teams

11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Asynchronous Learning and office hours support available from staff


Laptop use at home
Second, students can bring a laptop home as needed at any point. Examples of this may include assisting in completing homework, accessing virtual tutoring, access to additional enrichment activities, for parents to complete PSD forms, or to use other parent tools, such as ParentVUE. While in some families, this may be unnecessary, in others, we recognize that a laptop, paired with a portable MiFi hotspot, might be an essential tool that helps connect your student and family to the tools and services necessary to participate in school today. Please talk with your child’s teacher if you would like to have a laptop go between home and school.

We invite you to engage in this opportunity to learn about the tools for remote learning as well as explore other ways your elementary student may benefit from ongoing, regular access to a PSD issued laptop at home.


With appreciation,

Hayden Camp

Principal, Werner Elementary School


Activities to explore

  • Plug in and power on the laptop.
  • Have a MiFi? Connect the laptop to the MiFi for internet access.
  • Login with your child’s username and password.
  • Locate your child’s school website at psdschools.org from the “Our Schools” menu.
  • Locate the “Learning Pages” section of the school’s website to find the Teacher Learning pages for your student.
  • Explore the teacher’s Learning Page.
    • Find resources including Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams or Google Meet for synchronous learning.
    • Explore Microsoft Teams or Google Meet and find the video on/off, mute on/off.
    • Find the page for asynchronous learning (learning independently).
  • Connect headphones, if you have them, and see if you can adjust the sound with and without the headphones.
  • For additional information on this checklist and more, explore the Getting Prepared for Online Learning: K-5 guide located on the Community Tech Portal at techportal.psdschools.org.

Halloween Parade and Parties-Oct. 31

  • Halloween Parade and Parties- Our annual Halloween Parade will begin around 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31. Parents are invited to view the parade out on the playground. Parties will be held in each room before the parade sometime during the day. Room Parents and/or teachers will be communicating out to families on needs. Visitors will not be allowed for the parties this year.

  • Guidance on Halloween Costumes- Halloween is a great opportunity for dressing up in costumes that are creative and fun. We ask that you help your students plan for costumes that are not scary (e.g. zombies, vampires, etc.) and that do not use pretend weapons of any kind. Guns, knives, nun-chucks, bows/arrows, etc. will not be permitted. Students are okay with wearing facemasks. Please check the weather forecast before coming to school with their costume. The parade is outside, pending on the weather, and will last about 20 minutes.

School Lunch and Fee Payment Information

Paying for school fees and/or lunches is easy using SchoolPay. Below is the link for signing your student up, paying fees and/or adding funds to your student’s meal account.


PSD offers an easy and secure way to make payments to your child’s school on-line with a credit/debit card for fees and other charges as well as your child’s meal account through the District’s payment portal, SchoolPay.* The Pay Fees/Charges web page has information and instructions on paying fees and other charges online or go directly to the SchoolPay website.

Fees may also be paid in person at your child's school, paying with cash or check.


Werner Photo Album 2022-23

Please share your school-related photos for our yearbook throughout the year at Werner Photo Album 2022-23. Please be mindful this link is open to the public.

NEWS FROM WERNER PTA

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Werner Weekly-October 12

Next PTA Meeting- Oct. 18 3:30-5:00 pm


Join the Werner Elementary Parent Teacher Association!

Receive a Wildcat’s Roar yard sign as a FREE GIFT when you register with our PTA! Membership is a $10 donation and does not obligate you to volunteer hours or to attend meetings. We'd love your support any way you can give it. Please fill out this Google form and submit your donation with our PayPal link (you don’t have to have a PayPal account). we'll be handing out the signs on the playground at the School Supply Drop Off, Monday, August 15th. (Registration is per person, not per household)


FREE MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL!

Did you know there are ways to donate money to the school by doing things you already do?

- If you shop at King Soopers with a loyalty card they will donate to Werner when you sign up here.

- If you shop on Amazon, you can sign up for Amazon Smile and they will donate 1% of purchases.

- If you like to eat out, the PTA hosts Werner Dines Out once a month and the restaurants we partner with will donate back to the school.


Your Werner PTA

Follow us on Facebook to stay engaged with School Events, Werner Families, and see what the PTA is up to.


Thank you for supporting the Werner Elementary PTA!


PTA President | Nicole Kidd

PTA Vice President | Open

PTA Treasurer | Patti Haswell

PTA Secretary | Juliana Schump

PTA VP of Community Programs | Marissa McNulty

PTA VP of Fundraising | Megan Bright

There Is No Wrong Way To PTA. How Do You PTA?

Donuts with Grown-ups needs your help!

A Werner family favorite event needs your help. The PTA needs an adult or a group of adults to host "Donuts with Grown-ups" this November. Without an adult host, this event will not happen.


The PTA provides almost everything you need for the event. We just need a host to pick the theme and help run the school wide event.


Please reach out to ptawernerelementary@gmail.com if you're interested in hosting this event.

DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee-HELP NEEDED

Hello from the Werner Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee!


We need your voice! Especially those who are underrepresented in our Werner community. The Werner Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee was started last year and is looking forward to continuing to grow.


We want to get the perspectives of those who have different:

- racial or ethnic backgrounds

- nationalities

- non-traditional families

- mental health concerns

- physical, intellectual, or learning abilities

- financial or community resources

- religions and traditions


We would love for you to join the DE&I committee, attend our meetings, or just share your ideas and concerns via email. Let us know your thoughts on how to make Werner more inclusive to those who may be different.


Sign up here to join the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

Send any thoughts or ideas to Jocelyne Heinzen at joce.wheeler@gmail.com

Odyssey of the Mind-Open House @ Nov. 1

If you are interested in participating in Odyssey of the Mind at Werner, plan to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 6-7 p.m. for an Open House to learn more about this great enrichment activity! Here is website with a little more information for now: https://www.coloradoodyssey.org/.

NEWS FROM PSD

PSD Now Newsletter

One of many ways information is shared is through the PSD Now community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. This is emailed to families and interested community members about every other Thursday.


Here is the most recent newsletter of PSD Now. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.

FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM

It’s not too late to apply for the Free & Reduced Meal Program for this school year. By doing so your student’s approval to the program carries over for the first 30 days of next school year. Also, there are advantages to being on this program with discounts given throughout our community for student summer programs. Check out fcgov.com/reducedfee website for more information. The before and after school program, AlphaBest, also gives a 15% discount. Apply on-line at www.myschoolapps.com. Please note that August 1, 2022 is the first day you can apply on line for the 2022-2023 school year. Families do have to apply each school year unless they receive a letter stating otherwise.

NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY

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LEGO Engineering @ Werner Elementary School

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Blue Moose Art Gallery

Past Werner parent, Julie Grillo, is an owner of the Blue Moose Art Gallery. The Moose offers 24 Adult Art classes every month, and now they are offering Kid’s Art classes this fall. The 4-week series includes 4 different mediums with 4 artist instructors and will be held in the gallery classroom.


The Blue Moose would love to share this art opportunity with your 4th to 8th grade students. High school students are always welcome to join in our adult classes. Thank you!


www.BlueMooseArtGallery.com/classes