Fox Hill Elementary Family Update

Week of September 27th

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Mrs. Beard and Mrs. Pitcock Welcome You!!

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Welcome Fox Hill Families!

As we move into fall, please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the weather. This week is supposed to be warm; but as it gets cooler, please ensure students wear clothing to fit the temperature. If you need clothing support, please contact the school social worker.


MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND VISITORS WHILE INDOORS.


Please continue to follow the WT School Protocols for Covid - https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/covid-protocols.pdf


Mrs. Beard

Principal

Washington Township Student Fees due October 2nd

Student fees have been generated for the 2021-2022 school year. If families have a valid email on file in Skyward, statements were emailed on 9/23/21. Those they don’t have a valid email on file in Skyward will be receiving their statements in the mail.

Payments are due in full or a payment plan must be established by Friday, October 22, 2021.

The following methods are available to pay the balance due:

-Online Payment

  • Electronic check (Through eFunds in Skyward -No convenience fee charged with this option)
  • Credit/Debit card (Through eFunds in Skyward-$2.85 fee is charged)
-Check or Money Order made payable to: MSD of Washington Township

-Cash paid at the school building – Exact amount, change cannot be made at school buildings


**If you think you should qualify for textbook assistance, you must complete an application.

-Complete the ONLINE application here: Online Meal Application Form

-English Guidelines and a paper copy of the applicationEnglish School Year 21-22 Instruction, Meal Application Form: English SY 21-22

-Spanish Guidelines and a paper copy of the applicationSpanish School Year 21-22 Instructions Meal Application Form: Spanish SY 21-22

Attendance and Dismissal Reminders


  • Should your student be absent for any reason, please call the attendance line at 317-259-5230 by 9:00 a.m. to report the absence. If a child’s absence is not called into the attendance line by 9:00 a.m., the child will be marked unexcused.

  • If your student has a required appt during the school day, remember he or she can/should still attend school before and after the appointment. We would rather have a student come in tardy than miss a full day's instruction. Please provide a signed statement from the doctor, dentist, etc., upon the return to school in order for the office to code the missed time appropriately.

  • Please notify your classroom teacher of dismissal changes in writing, or call the front office before 2pm with transportation changes.


  • The front office does not dismiss car riders from the office area during school dismissal time, 3pm-3:40pm. Please notify the front office of any last minute changes by 2pm and report to the car line if your child will be a car rider. (*We do understand that there may be unforeseen circumstances, emergencies, or appts that may result in a deviation from this process.)


  • Early pick ups from school - before 3:15pm- are coded in our FH Skyward system as afternoon tardies.


**The State of Indiana requires that we send letters of notification to the families of children with excessive tardies (6 or more) and/or absences (4 or more unexcused). These letters will be sent on a regular basis.

From the PTO - Trunk or Treat - October 29th

Mark your calendars for Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 29th from 6-7pm! All Fox Hill families are welcome. Students should plan to wear their costumes, and the whole family may join in as well.

Please RVSP at the following link if you are interested in decorating your vehicle and handing out candy during this event: RSVP to host a trunk here!. Only families interested in decorating a vehicle need to RSVP. Set up for the decorated vehicles will begin at 5pm. Teachers and staff will participate as well!


WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT: You can help by donating bags of individually wrapped candy throughout the month of October. Students, teachers, and staff can drop off donations with the PTO’s “candy monster” near the main front doors.


Thank you in advance for helping to make this event a success!

Healthy Brains at Home

Thank you to Emily Dills, our Township's Elementary Social Emotional Learning Coach. She presented to families last Thursday during the PTO meetings. Her presentation included what Social Emotional Learning looks like in Washington Township schools as well as ways to support Healthy Brains at Home. Tips included here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/17stq0-HiVdmVNPLe7XAhfn9fzMKPhICl/view?ts=614df8d9
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From the WT Equity Leadership Team--Parent/Caregiver Series

The District Equity Leadership Team (DELT) initiated a Parent-Caregiver Education Series last year to explore issues of equity in education. Equity is the concept of giving students what they need to thrive within school systems. Each student has unique strengths, gifts, and different lived experiences that we have to be mindful of when trying to support academic and social emotional needs. We also recognize that families also need tools and support to help their children succeed, and spaces for shared learning to understand how schools are promoting equitable practices. Part I of the series will focus on high ability, implicit bias education, special education, and sessions pertaining to culture and identities to help families understand the work we are doing to create environments where students can be their authentic self. The sessions will be in a webinar format where families can register and learn as a community.


My Child Has Been Identified As High Ability, Now What? Session from 9/16/21

Recoded Webinar Linked Here: Karen Brown (Webinar)

*Karen Brown will join again in November (11/11, 6-7pm)'


The next webinar, Understanding Asian American Diversity and Resisting Stereotypes at School, is Wednesday, September 29, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm. This will be presented by Dr. Sarah-Soonling Blackburn, a national diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, and Vidhi Bamzai, a civil rights attorney from Jackson, MS. Please see the flyers here for more information and sign up here. Do not forget to follow the MSDWT Equity social media pages, on Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to this upcoming conversation! Our Office of Multilingual Learners can also support with linguistic needs. Please talk to the Assistant to the Director of Equity and Inclusion, Ms. Andrea Badue at abadue@msdwt.k12.in.us, if you have any questions.

Fall Break AYS (At Your School)

It’s time to “fall” back and relax! At Your School (AYS, Inc.) will be offering a full-day Fall Break camp for Washington Township families (K – 6) at Greenbriar Elementary from October 11-15. This camp will provide a safe environment where kids can cut loose from school and participate in fun activities. Register by September 8 for one full day free and no registration fee! Learn more and register today a www.ayskids.org/fall!

Check out the Positive Affirmations and Student Work Around Fox Hill!

Car Rider Drop off and Pick Up Route

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Car Rider Updates and Reminders

AM/PM

***It is helpful if your child can exit and enter your car at the door that is closest to the Fox Hill sidewalk.


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Students should have items ready to go (mask on, backpack, lunch bag, etc.) before exiting. Students should WAIT for the FH staff member to release them from their car.


PM

***Please have your car tag is hanging from your rearview mirror - number side facing forward


***Car rider pick up line up concludes around 3:40pm. If you are not at school by that time, you will need to park in the front parking lot and come to the front office to retrieve your student. The front office closes at 4pm.


***We are asking families not to park and walk up to the car rider line or walk to the front office to bypass the car line. We only allowed this accommodation for the first 3 days as dismissal processes were being fine-tuned. The office does not dismiss car riders from the office area during school dismissal time, 3pm-3:40pm. If you have a special circumstance in regard to walking, please contact Mrs. Beard.

Skyward Family Access - Stay in the Loop!

Access your student's teacher name and bus information via Skyward Family Access!


Also make sure your phone number and email address are updated in Skyward Family Access to receive all school and district updates!


Skyward Family Access Directions


If you have questions or issues with Skyward, please email skyward@msdwt.k12.in.us.

If you do not know your username/password, please email skyward@msdwt.k12.in.us or call Fox Hill Elementary.

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FROM THE NURSE

Medication – A parent or guardian must fill out a permission form for prescription (blue) and/or non-prescription (yellow) medication to be administered at school. All medication must be stored in the clinic and children MAY NOT transport medicine to and from school. It must be brought into the school by an adult.


Life-Threatening Allergies – If your child has a life-threatening allergy or serious medical condition, you MUST report this to the nurse and meet with the nurse prior to your child starting school. You can call the office to schedule your appt with the nurse at 319-259-5371.

AYS (At Your School) - Before and After Care

More information found/Sign up here: https://ayskids.ce.eleyo.com/child-care/2/school-year-programs

*2021-2022 MSD Washington Township

*Fox Hill Elementary

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Focus on Equity

As the 2021 school year starts, we at Fox Hill want to share that our work around equity is still a priority for us!


Please know that we will:

-Continue to prioritize Professional Development that focuses on Anti-racist teaching, Bias training, and Equitable practices.

-Continue to develop our Equity Team to include various perspectives.

-Continue to look at systems and programs with a common goal of creating opportunity and access for all.

-Continue to look at disproportionality as it relates to staffing, behavior, special services, and academics.


We are committed to the work and to positive change! We ask for your support as we continue to grow.

Stay Connected!

Our school hours are 8 AM - 4 PM. Essential visitors only. You must wear a mask when entering the school building if not COVID vaccinated. Social distancing is also mandatory.


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