March 26, 2021
Note from Mr. Camp
I hope you all had a great spring break despite the snow! Things continue to go very well here at school with the return to in-person and we appreciate your support and flexibility.
Our fundraiser is off to a great start and we appreciate all the support so far! You can see more details below about how it is going. Communication will come next week about the fun run and what to expect for your student.
This week, we have been celebrating our awesome classified staff. They are instrumental to our success as a school and we are grateful for their work here. A BIG "Thank You" goes to PTA for providing the Human Bean Coffee Truck this week for our staff. It was a great treat!
Please take some time to read the important updates below regarding class placement input, state testing, and class picture day coming up on Friday, April 2.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the nice weather coming our way!
March 23-April 1 Werner Fun Run Fundraiser
April 1 Werner Fun Run (no visitors allowed)
April 2- Spring Picture Day
April 8- PTA Meeting
April 16- NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conference Comp Day
April 19- NO SCHOOL, Staff Work Day
NEWS FROM WERNER
Werner Fun Run Fundraiser Update
We are on Day 3 of the fundraiser and off to a great start! Our goal is $20,000 are we already over $15,000. All of this goes to support our teachers and school, so we appreciate your support!
Our students are getting character lessons daily from this program. You can see one of those videos below to see what they look like. Next week, we will culminate the fundraiser with a BIG Fun Run on Thursday, April 1! For the fun run, our students will receive a great t-shirt and each class will run on their own track for safety measures. Since we can not have visitors here for the event, we will send out communication about how you can watch. Our PSDV students will have a separate Dance Fit video to participate in.
If you haven't signed up, see the details below how you can support our school. If you are uncomfortable supporting through the Boosterthon, but would like to make a direct donation to our school, you can do that by sending a check directly made to Werner Elementary School and giving to the office.
Please support our school today - here’s how:
- REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
SHARE with 5 family/friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) Students will earn rewards just for sharing from funrun.com.
GIVE a donation if you are able to give.
Thank you for working with us to make our school stronger. We are grateful for your support!
Menu Changes for Next Week
Monday, 3/29- Breakfast is a change to breakfast rounds. Lunch change to Caesar Chicken Wrap for the cold lunch option
Tuesday, 3/30- Lunch change to Ham & Cheese for the cold lunch option
Hot lunch for both days remain the same.
2021-22 Class Placement Parent Input
One of the most critical and time-consuming tasks for teachers, and for me, during this time of year is class placement for next year. The procedure we follow to ensure the best classroom environment possible for each child has several steps and takes several meetings. This task is even more challenging when we receive a large number of parent requests in the spring. Before we developed a policy on class placement requests, we would receive up to 140 requests for specific class placements each spring. When teachers began to make class lists, we found it impossible to have these requests and still maintain the balance in each classroom that is necessary for kids to have the optimum environment in which to learn.
Fortunately, Werner’s class placement policy, developed some years ago by our Werner Council, has worked well for us. Please take the time to read the policy. My hope is that it will answer your questions or concerns. If it doesn’t, please let me know (email@example.com).
Please do not feel that you need to give us written input. In other words, do not feel obligated to write a letter unless you have a specific reason to do so. You can be sure if a teacher has questions about class placement for your child, they will ask you for information. We believe that input is any information about your child that will help us know their situation better. Input is not a request for a specific teacher. Input asking for a specific teacher will not be included in the Class Placement Process. All input will be shared with current and next year’s teacher.
If you do choose to give us input, the window this year is March 19-April 2. Due to the nature of this year, we offering the opportunity for input to happen online through the Werner Class Placement Input Form. Please complete a new form for each child. This is secure and confidential. Emails and other notes will not be accepted. Input will close at 4:00 pm on April 2.
Class Picture Day-April 2
State Testing (CMAS) Update
This spring, Poudre School District will administer statewide assessments. These tests provide valuable information for our school and teachers, who use the data to understand where students are in their learning and tailor instruction accordingly. The district also uses these results to measure overall student academic progress and identify opportunities for improvement.
There are discussions about assessments happening at the state and federal levels during this COVID-19 era, and we will update you if our current plans change as a result.
Our school’s current testing schedule is below.
To excuse your student from state assessments, you may complete a Parent Excusal form digitally by logging into ParentVUE and accessing Services Tracker. Instructions and screenshots on how to do this can be found here. (https://techportal.psdschools.org/node/2603) Please note that you will need to fill out a form for each subject area. You may also print a PDF version of the "2020-21 Opt Out of State Testing Form" and return it to your school. Forms are available in English, Spanish and Arabic.
If you decide to opt out, we encourage you to keep your student home on our scheduled testing days. Absences will be excused. Due to COVID-19 protocols, students who are opted out of tests but come to school will still sit with their classmates during the testing sessions, so we do not mix cohorts. They may sit quietly or read a book, according to state guidelines.
For more information about state assessments, visit the Colorado Department of Education website here.
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your support.
Assistant Principal/Assessment Coordinator
Werner Elementary School
Frequently Asked Questions (to support schools to answer family questions/do not send with the letter)
- How do I excuse my student from state assessments (CMAS, PSAT, SAT, etc.) this spring? If you decide to opt out, we encourage you to keep your student home on our scheduled testing days. Due to COVID-19 protocols, students who are opted out of tests but come to school will still sit with their classmates during the testing sessions, so we do not mix cohorts. They may sit quietly or read a book, according to state guidelines. More information >>
- If I choose to excuse my student from state assessments (e.g. CMAS), will that affect their course or program placement? PSD uses CMAS assessment scores as one way to determine a student’s performance level, which may make them eligible for additional academic supports or a program such as Gifted and Talented. (https://www.psdschools.org/academics/gifted-and-talented)
- How many hours do students spend taking assessments? (Asked another way: How many hours is my student “not being taught?”) The following is a resource from the Colorado Department of Education that shows the amount of time for each test. More information >>
- Why is PSD administering state assessments after the Board of Education passed a resolution in January asking for statewide tests to be paused this school year? The Board of Education did in January approve a resolution supporting the suspension of CMAS testing for this school year for several reasons, including that the services school districts across Colorado have been severely disrupted because of COVID-19. That said, President Joe Biden communicated on Feb. 22, 2021 update about assessments, accountability and reporting requirements for this school year. Based on President Biden's communication, we understand the importance of gathering data so we can identify each student's instructional needs and monitor the effectiveness of our teacher's work with them. Many things have changed throughout the pandemic, and we have shifted as those changes have occurred. This is just another example of that. Information about districtwide testing is available on the Poudre School District website.
- Where can I find more information about state assessments in general? The Colorado Department of Education website is a great resource at https://www.cde.state.co.us/communications/resourcesforparents.
Werner Testing Schedule
Following public health guidelines, PSD to allow voluntary shortened quarantines
PSD Family Engagement Survey
Volunteers at Werner
As you may know, PSD has decided to allow a limited number of volunteers to work at schools during the second semester. Sites can decide whether to utilize this support, and our team is excited to take advantage of this opportunity to work with you.
The district has established the following COVID-19 protocols for volunteers. These are posted on the PSD website on the Volunteers web page.
· All elementary school volunteers must wear a KN95 mask and eye protection (e.g. face shield) as part of PSD’s contact tracing strategy at the primary level. We will provide these to you on your first day at school.
· Volunteers must always wear required PPE, maximize social distancing from others and wash their hands frequently.
· Volunteer duties are designed to limit the potential for close contact (within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes with a COVID-19 positive individual) as much as possible. These include but aren’t limited to traffic monitoring and recess duties outside, grading, shelving library books or making copies while distanced from others (preferably alone), and more.
Please fill out this short Volunteer Interest form if you are interested in helping us. We appreciate your help!
If you qualify for transportation and need this, please email Mr. Camp (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request.
Planning for 21-22 School Year
COVID-19 Case Dashboard
Werner Phase 4 Details
Return to Learn Guidance
Technology Support Tips
You can also use the Tech Portal for tech support when you need it: https://techportal.psdschools.org/. If you have any other questions about technology, please contact our Media Specialist, Debbie Powers, at email@example.com.
Box Tops for Education
For over 20 years, Box Tops for Education has given families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
Last year, Werner made $195 from this simple act. For more information, please go to: https://www.boxtops4education.com/. You can also drop off your box tops at the office. Thanks for your support!
NEWS FROM WERNER PTA
Werner Business Directory
Dear Werner Community,
The PTA wants to support our Werner families and their businesses. Attached is a directory of businesses owned and operated by our Werner families. We hope that if you have need of any of the services provided by any of these businesses that you give them a call or email. You can also access the directory at this link.
If you have a child who attends Werner or a spouse who works at Werner and you own, or are employed by, a business that you would like to be included on this list, please complete this form https://forms.gle/tM7modi1SHb1X1p99
If you have any questions please email PTA Treasurer, Patti Haswell, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this directory is only for families directly affiliated with Werner. Thank you.
Werner Cares and Shares-March
Message from PTA
HELP NEEDED: Pictures for the Yearbook
NEWS FROM PSD
Meet superintendent finalists during April 2 online community forum
Search firm Hazard Young Attea & Associates, or HYA, will host a virtual forum from 5-8:30 p.m. April 2 during which PSD students, families and community members can meet the three superintendent finalists selected by the Board of Education. There will be time for attendees to ask questions. Information about the finalists will be posted on the PSD Superintendent web page when it is available, prior to the forums. Spanish interpretation will be available. Get the online meeting link and call-in option information here.
One of many ways information is shared is through the Great Happens Here community newsletter, which features timely information about the latest happenings in the district. GHH is emailed to families and interested community members about every two weeks.
Here is the most recent newsletter from PSD with Great Happens Here. For archived newsletters and information about how to sign up, go to: https://www.psdschools.org/department/communications.
Resources for those facing housing and food hardship
The COVID-19 pandemic has created financial hardships for many in our community, leading to housing instability and food insecurity. There are financial resources available to help families and landlords and protections in place to help people stay housed. The PSD Department of Language, Culture, & Equity has worked with community partners to put together resources to support families.
Please see the LCE Family Resources Information (English and Spanish) for information on support with housing, food, and utilities.
PSD 2020-21 School Year
Stay up-to-date with PSD's plans, protocols, etc. for the 2020-21 school year at: https://www.psdschools.org/psd2020-21. This site will house all the information needed for the different phases and updates throughout the year.