Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Information for the week of January 4, 2021

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School is online only!

Students should log in to WebEx through their Canvas course or Google Meet using the teacher provided link or nickname.

Message from the Principal

Good evening Webster families,


Happy New Year to you all! Let us hope that 2021 brings health, happiness and the acquisition of new knowledge.


As I reflect upon 2020, I feel such sadness about all that we have lost. I know that many of our families have been greatly affected by this terrible virus. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. Please also know that we have access to many resources if you are in need of any help. Reach out to me, our teachers, or our main office at any time. We are a family and will provide support for each other.


I am hopeful that 2021 will bring normalcy back into our lives.


Online classes begin tomorrow at 8:00 am.


We will host a virtual school tour for those interested in Open Enrollment on Thursday at 1:00pm.


Have a great week!

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


Amazon Smile - As you are doing your shopping, please keep Webster in mind. Amazon Smile donates money from purchases back to our school at no cost to you. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and enter Daniel Webster Elementary PTA as your charity of choice.


Annual Fund - 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.


Box Tops - Box Tops can still be clipped and put into an envelope or ziplock bag and turned into the school in the Box Tops box provided under the shade structure at the drive-thru. You can also upload the virtual version off your receipt. The app is called “Box Tops”. Select Webster as your school of choice and follow the instructions to set up an account to get credit. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Box Top coordinator Katy at katiay86@yahoo.com.

Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

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
  • IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
  • Lego Robotics
  • School Supplies
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

Parent Portal

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. 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 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 2020-2021 school year.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


Beginning the week of June 29, 2020, parent and student portal account users should have received an email from DoNotReply@pusd.us that will provide you with a link and instructions on how to update your Aeries portal password. Listed below are the minimum requirements for your new password:

  • A minimum of twelve characters
  • Change password every twelve months


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ms. Cooper Horn and Ms. Cisneros! They have both received Pasadena Educational Foundation Teacher Grants. Webster is so fortunate to have these teachers on our team. They always put students first.

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Thank you for coming by to purchase or pick up your yearbooks. If you prepaid, but have not picked up the 2019-2020 yearbook, please email Esvin Garcia to schedule a pick up. This is for prepaid only. We do not have extra copies at the school site and will not be accept any money. If you would like to purchase a yearbook, contact websterptapresident@gmail.com.

Attendance

Attendance continues to be extremely important. California compulsory education law requires everyone between the ages of six and eighteen years of age to attend school. We are in the process of sending out truancy letters. If you receive a letter and need to clear absences, contact Ms. de Abrego-Paz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us. There is a limited time in which you may clear absences. Three or more consecutive absences require a doctor's note. If you receive a second letter, you will be required to have a conference with Mrs. Forrest and sign an attendance agreement. The next step is to go before the PUSD School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

3rd Grade Grab and Grow Program

The PUSD Farm to School program is partnering with the Huntington Botanical Garden, City of Hope, PUSD Food Services department, and Pasadena Education Foundation Volunteer program to continue the effort of providing our third grade students with hands-on learning in our remote learning environment through the Grab N Grow Program.



With the Grab N Grow Program, our third grade students will be able to grow plants at home. PUSD Master Gardener, Jill McArthur, will bring the seed to table life cycle experience to our students at home. She has designed a hands-on learning experience through the “Grab n Grow” Kit. Each kit contains bean seeds, soil, a container, a ruler, a small hand lens, and a plant observation journal.

If you were not able to pick up a 3rd grade Grab and Grow bag, please email Mr. Garcia at garcia.esvin@pusd.us

Pasadena LEARNs

PasadenaLEARNs is partnering with AfterSchool Adventures to provide in-person programs for PUSD students in grades K-8! Programs begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Spaces are limited! Participating students will be provided with supervision, basic academic support, and enrichment activities for during their regular day of online instruction.

PasadenaLEARNs hours are 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. LEARNs programs will operate at all PUSD elementary and middle schools. Program fees may apply.

AfterSchool Adventures hours are 1 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the following schools: Don Benito, Field, Hamilton, Jackson, Longfellow, Madison, McKinley, Norma Coombs, San Rafael, WAES, Webster, and Willard. Registration fees may apply. Students must be enrolled in LEARNs to participate.

Scheduled Textbook Pick up

Please email our office manager, Esvin Garcia at garcia.esvin@pusd.us to arrange a pick up time for this week. If you have already arranged for a pick up, please call ahead of coming to confirm that books are ready to be picked up. The office telephone number is 626 396 5740.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

All persons coming onto Webster campus to pick up materials MUST abide by the following protocols:

  • Must wear a mask in order to get items

  • Allow temperature to be taken

  • Must practice social distancing

  • Must leave after receipt of materials. No gathering allowed.

We are not accepting any visitors or volunteers on campus at this time except by appointment for textbook or materials pick up.

Daily Schedule

Weekdays


School Start Time 8:00

Synchronous Learning Time (Synchronous)

Personalized Learning Time (Asynchronous)



Monday


8:00am-9:00am (60 min)

Monday Meeting (Synchronous)


9:00am-12:00pm (180 min)

Personalized Learning Time (Asychronous)




Tuesday- Friday


8:00am-8:30am (30 min)

Daily Class Meeting (synchronous)

Purpose, Community Building, Social-Emotional Connections, Expectations, Daily News



8:30am-8:40am (10 min)

Get ready to learn! Organize your supplies.



8:40am-9:25am (45 min)

Synchronous Learning Time

ELA/Math



9:25am-9:35am (10 min)

Take a break! Get up and stretch, use the restroom, and grab a snack.



9:35am-10:20am (45 min)

Personalized Learning Time (Asynchronous)



10:20am-10:35am (15 min)

Take a break! Get up and stretch, use the restroom, and grab a snack.



10:35am-11:05am (30 min)

Specials (synchronous) PE, Arts, etc.



11:05am-11:15am (10 min)

Get ready to learn! Organize your supplies.



11:15am-12:00pm (45 min)

Synchronous Learning Time

Social Studies/Writing Science



12:00pm-12:10pm (10 min)

Take a break! Get up and stretch, use the restroom, and grab a snack.



12:10pm-12:55pm (45 min)

Personalized Learning Time/Designated ELD for ELs


Student Dismissal (12:55pm)

Online Class Meetings

Most students will access WebEx through their Canvas course.


Some students will meet teachers using Google Meet through PUSD Bookmarks in top left corner PUSD APPS (Clever) Teachers will have provided the nickname to join the meeting.


If technology is not cooperating when trying to join a class meeting, please email the teacher to let him or her know that the student was unable to join by the end of the school day, if possible. Email contact will prevent attendance issues.

Clearing Chromebook Cache and Cookies

Last week, many were receiving repeated messages to sign in. At this point you may need to clear the Chromebook Cache and Cookies.


Here are the steps:


  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top-right, click More .
  3. Click More tools Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to 'Cookies and other site data' and 'Cached images and files', tick the boxes.
  6. Click Clear data.

Technology

WebEx Help

Go to WebEx.com/webexremoteedu.html for answers to frequently asked questions.

Chromebook Updates

1) Log in to the Chromebook using your student's PUSD login.


2) At the far right of the top of the browser are three dots in a vertical line. Click on the three dots, select Help and then About Google Chrome


3) Click on Check for Updates. It will either tell you that it's up to date or it will start downloading an update. This will take a few minutes. It will require you to restart the Chromebook.


4) You need to keep repeating these two steps until it reports that the Chromebook is up to date.


Lastly, please make sure that Chromebooks are Shut Down each night. This is not just closing the Chromebook or just logging off. The Chromebook must shut down; turned off completely.

2020-2021 PUSD School Opening Guide

Breakfast and Lunch Curbside Pick-up

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Food & Nutrition Services program will provide an opportunity for families to drive through and pick up meals for the children in the family, at all of the PUSD school sites.


Starting Monday, August 17, 2020 the following schools will provide a breakfast and lunch for the day. Meals will be served between 9 am – 12 noon, Monday – Friday, in the parking lot or bus

lane at each school site. Please stay in your car and meals will be passed to you.


This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site. This

year all the PUSD schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) which means all

students eat at “No Charge” for their meals! Our Food & Nutrition Services has gone

paperless, so all the menus can be found on the Website or on the menu boards at each curbside

pick-up.


Families can now pick-up all the meals they need at any school site. Meaning if a family has

multiple children at multiple school sites, they only need to stop at 1 school curbside of their choice and pick up all the meals they need. It is the goal of the Food and Nutrition Department to make meals as accessible as possible for families. During this time, food is the last thing our families need to worry about.


Starting August 31 st through September 7 th the Food Service Department will be releasing a parent survey asking if the meal times and locations are working for families. It is extremely important to get everyone’s feedback to be able to continue to provide all families with the best service possible.

Contact Information

Please use the following emails in order to contact the Webster office or PUSD's ITS:

Mr. Garcia, our office manager, at garcia.esvin@pusd.us

Ms. de Abrego-Paz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us for attendance and enrollment

ITS at helpdesk@pusd.us.

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, 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.

To donate:

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.

Parent/Student Handbook 2020-2021

Use the following link to find the 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


The entire handbook is important, but with distance learning, I suggest you take special note of page 25 regarding information on Technology Learning Applications.


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.