Willow Parent Bulletin #1

August 26, 2002


This is my 22nd year at Willow and only one other time have we had rain on the first day... and your children were still great! I'm glad that so many of you were able to come on Wednesday with your Wildcat and meet the staff. The students have adapted well this week and most are already in the school groove. Thanks for your help reinforcing all things Willow at home with them! In case you missed coming in Wed, I have included some pictures at the bottom of what it looks like to walk our hallways.

Please be sure to check your child's folders each night. Most teachers also send a classroom newsletter, so keeping an eye on email is important. This Parent Bulletin will come out every Friday evening. I try to include building and community happenings for you since we know our kids are more successful when we are all working together!

Tomorrow is a fun back to school opportunity, as well. The schedule for the day is: https://www.hsd153.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1135427&type=d&pREC_ID=2351433

I hope to see you there!

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One of the things you will find is that you get A LOT of communication from us (the District, the Office and your child's teacher). The success of your Wildcat depends on all of us working together and being on the same page. Please be sure to read what comes home as we include important dates, changes and announcements.

That said, please know and respect that your child's teacher does have a family outside of school that deserves his/her time and attention. You can expect a return call or email within 24 hours unless there is an extenuating circumstance. We will also not interrupt a teacher during the day while students are learning. If you need an answer sooner than that, please direct your concern to the office. Thanks!

Covid Testing:

We will be doing the saliva testing once per week again, starting Sept 8th. It was surprising how quickly our students picked up on this last year! Due to the age of the PreK students, a kit will be sent home to obtain the sample with parent help. More information will be coming soon. If a positive case is discovered in your child's classroom, you will receive notification via letter/email.

If you do not wish for your child to test each week, please complete the following form: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=sePsXjEIeEq5by6y2Nbz5_5cyhAzkBVPl7zj2IyXK2JUMUxCSDY4NU00TDZRVkNEWkpRV1FQRzhWWi4u

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They are pretty amazing!

If you would like a certain staff member to know that you think he/she is pretty darn amazing, you can recognize them on the link below. I will add any recipients to the Staff Bulletin they receive. It only takes a minute or so to "shout out" their amazing work!



Aug 27: HSD 153 family reunion

Sept 5: Labor day- NO SCHOOL

Sept 7: English language Learners meet and greet 4-6:30 PM

Sept 11: Patriots' Day

Sept 22: Open House 6:30-8 ( format TBD)

Sept 23: PreK screening- call for an appointment for children 3 years and older

Sept 27: School Board meeting- 7PM at Hart

Oct 5: Yom Kippur- NO SCHOOL

Oct 10: Indigenous People's Day- NO SCHOOL

Oct 20: picture day

Oct 28: PreK Fun Friday

Oct 31: Halloween parties and parade- if your child will not participate, please notify his/her/their teacher

Nov 4: PreK screening- call for an appointment for children 3 years and older

Nov 8: Election Day- NO SCHOOL

Nov 11: EARLY RELEASE at 11:40 AM

Nov 14: School Board meeting

Nov 17: picture retakes

Nov 18: End of the 1st trimester

Nov 21-22: Parent/Teacher conferences

Nov 23-25: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL

This week in pictures: