West Clermont School District

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#WCconnects Parent Newsletter - December 17th, 2018

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you a happy holiday season from the staff and students of the West Clermont School District!

Winter Break

All West Clermont Schools will be CLOSED for Winter Break December 24th - January 2nd. School will resume on Thursday January 3rd. We wish you and your family and safe and enjoyable holiday season!

West Clermont Middle School Drone Video Class

Check out how students at West Clermont Middle School are getting real world experience by creating video projects using drones!

Congratulations to Merwin Elementary!

Congratulations to Merwin Elementary for receiving the Overall A Award from the Ohio Department of Education for receiving an overall A on their state report card!

Congratulations to Holly Hill Elementary School!

Congratulations to Holly Hill Elementary for winning the Momentum Award for the second year in a row from the Ohio Department of Education for exceeding expectations in student growth!

West Clermont Words Superintendent Blog Update

With this blog, I will discuss a variety of timely issues and provide information that I hope will be helpful to West Clermont students, staff, parents, business partners and community members. It's entitled West Clermont Words because words can help us tell our story, make us more connected, and help us see hope and possibility for our future. The topic this weeks is on Pre-School programming for the 2019-2020 school year.

Winter Weather Communication

Now that the chance for winter weather is upon us, we wanted to communicate with you how decisions are made to close or delay school. On days where inclement weather is predicted, our Director of Operations along with our partners at Petermann Transportation begin driving the roads throughout the district assessing road conditions. We also receive feedback from our partners in law enforcement.

Our Director of Operations will make a recommendation to the Superintendent to close or delay school. The Superintendent will make the final decision by no later than 5:00am. We would love to make a decision sooner, and in some cases we will. However, we are working with the same weather forecast that you have at home. We know families have to make plans. We will make the necessary decision as soon as we can.

All decisions made to cancel or delay school are made with student and staff safety in mind. That is our top priority in all that we do. Once the decision to close or delay school has been made it will be posted on the District Facebook page and our Twitter feed (Social Media is the fastest way to get school information). It will also be posted on the district website and all school websites.

If you have any questions on how the decision is made to close or delay school, please contact us at info@westcler.org.

Elementary Attendance Boundaries

Throughout this fall, our school district embarked on an extensive and open community process to discuss, review and finally select an updated attendance boundary for each of our elementary schools. This was driven by a need to “right size” our schools and appropriately prepare for the continued student population growth throughout our community within the coming years.

First, I wish to thank the nearly 1,400 people who participated in that process, both online and through open public sessions. We truly believe that the public’s involvement was a critical piece in finding the best solution for our district.

Second, we are excited to announce that we have been able to achieve our commitment of notifying families of their new attendance boundaries before the winter break. Finalization of the attendance boundaries were announced during the December 10, 2018 Board of Education meeting. Access to the presented information can be found at: http://www.westcler.k12.oh.us/Content/facilities. On this page you will find:

  • Current District Master Facilities Plan
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • New Attendance Boundary Map
  • Information on Building to Building Transfers and Open Enrollment
  • Pre-School Information
  • Top Thoughts from our Community and Staff Thoughtexchanges

You can also get updates from Superintendent Natasha Adams by following her blog at https://westclermontwords.wordpress.com. If you have any questions about the process being used to move our elementary attendance boundaries, or if you would like to offer your feedback, please email us at info@westcler.org.

MercyHealth Medical Minute

Our partners at MercyHealth will be providing medical tips on how our students, staff, and community members can stay safe and healthy. The topic for this issue: "Exercises to Improve Your Winter Sports Performance". You can read the full article at the link below. Thank you to MercyHealth for being the official healthcare provider for the West Clermont Wolves!

MercyHealth West Clermont Medical Explorers

Congratulations to the students from West Clermont High School led by Teachers Joan Stear and Andrea Taktak for completing the semester in the MercyHealth West Clermont Medical Explorers Program.
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Wolves Wellness Center OPEN During Winter Break

The Wolves Wellness Center at West Clermont Middle School will be OPEN during Winter Break. Call 513-732-5082 to schedule an appointment.

HealthSource of Ohio Wolves Wellness Center - Eye Care

Being able to see well is key to success both in school and in life. Unfortunately, many children suffer from vision problems that either go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as behavioral issues or developmental delays. Untreated vision problems can make student learning extremely difficult. The good news is that the West Clermont Wolves Wellness Center offers vision services to its students. School-based screening programs, along with referrals and follow-up, can increase treatment rates for students suffering from issues.

According to the center’s Optometrist, Dr. Lauren Pallet, “Our unique setting provides the ability to educate children about the importance of their eyes, general health, and preventive medicine.” Screenings and vision services are offered at the School-based Health Center located in the Middle School. Appointments are available to the entire family. Please call 732-5082 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Need a Flu Shot?

Need a flu shot? The Wolves Wellness School Based Health Center is currently offering flu vaccines. To schedule an appointment your child or yourself, please contact the center at 513-732-5082. Most insurances accepted.

Caregiver Support Group

Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities is hosting a monthly Caregiver Support Group. The meetings are held at the Thomas A. Wildey School from 6pm-8pm, the first Thursday of every month. Members of our Behavioral Health team will be facilitating the group, which will provide an opportunity for caregivers to meet regularly, exchange ideas and information, and give and receive emotional support with others with similar experiences. Click on the link below for additional information.

Wolfpack Pantry

The WolfPack Pantry is open to all West Clermont families suffering from food insecurities. Maybe you only need help once during a difficult time or maybe you will make regular visits, we are here for you!

WolfPack Pantry Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I get referred?
A:Ask your child's school counselor or secretary they can get you a referral (you must have one for your first visit)

Q: How do I find out when the pantry is open and other updates?
A: The best way is to sign up for the WolfPack Pantry Remind text program.
Please sign up by texting @foodprogra to 81010.

Q: How do I sign up once I have a referral?
A: Message Cincy Kids 4 Kids on their FB, send an email to cincykids4kids@zoomtown.com, leave a message on the WolfPack phone 513-947-7555 or send a message on the WolfPack Remind APP

Q: How often is the Pantry open?
A: The pantry is generally open twice a month.

Q: Will my child be judged for attending the pantry
A: Your child does not even need to know you are attending if you don't want. You can handle the referral and the shopping. We do not have student helpers at these events unless they are also receiving help. The pantry is a judge free zone!

Q: How many times can I shop the pantry each month?
A: Families can shop once a month. Many times we can allow for twice a month if we have the supplies, this message is sent via the remind text and on fb. Also, always feel free to contact us in an emergency if you have no food and need our help. We are here to help our families and realize there are different situations.

Q: What items are available in the WolfPack Pantry?
A: Frozen meat, personal care items, feminine products, canned goods, household items(when available), and more.

Q: Where does the pantry get their funding?
A: The WolfPack pantry has a grant through the Freestore, support from Cincy Kids 4 Kids, and our wonderful community

Q: When school is closed are there locations with accessible food resources?
A: Yes, West Clermont has 5 Cincy Kids 4 Kids Blessing Boxes. These are located at Amelia Elementary, Clough Pike Elementary, Holly Hill Elementary, Willowville Elementary and Withamsville Tobasco Elementary. These boxes are maintained by the community and groups in our schools.

Q: How can I donate to the WolfPack Pantry and or the Blessing Boxes?
A: Donations are accepted at the HS, MS , Everything Bagels and Cricket Wireless (Eastgate North Dr.) Items needed are posted on the Cincy Kids 4 Kids FB page, we are always in need of kid friendly cereal, microwave meals, deodorant, laundry pods and toilet paper. Donations can be made to the Blessing Boxes by visiting the box and putting items in. CK4K will post needs on FB.

UPCOMING Pantry dates

Tuesday December 18th 5:30pm-6:30pm (RSVP)
Thursday 1/3/19 5:30pm -6:30pm (RSVP)
Thursday 1/17/19 5:30pm-6:30pm (RSVP)

The WolfPack Pantry and Cincy Kids 4 Kids would like to thank L3 for the donation of 31 Turkeys this Thanksgiving, we would also like to thank the students and staff for all their donations to the stuff the bus campaign and last but not least all those that have helped us fill the freezer and the shelves since the start of the school year. This does not work without all of you!