DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA
Week of January 10, 2022
Good evening Webster families,
It is critical that we all do our part to keep each other safe right now. Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms. Reach out to the school if you have specific questions.
Reiterating Information from last week's newsletter:
- Please make sure students are signed up to be tested weekly at the school site. Registration link for Webster Elementary Students:
- Please have students who are 5 years or older vaccinated against COVID19.
- Please keep your student home if they are showing any signs of illness.
- Please upgrade to a surgical mask or a KN95 instead of a cloth mask and reiterate the masking policy with your student/s. Masks must cover the nose, chin and mouth and will be worn inside at all times and outside if within 6 feet of another person.
- Please send your student with a personal water bottle.
We will do the following on site:
- Provide surgical masks for any student who needs one.
- Test students on campus every Thursday with consent.
- Identify and quarantine positive cases and close contacts.
- Continue to use hand sanitizer and frequent hand washing.
- Send students home who are showing any signs of illness.
- Require that all students comply with masking requirements.
- Conduct symptom screening, including temperature checks, for every student before they enter school each day.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
According to safety guidelines, parents may not enter the campus. Please avoid congregating at the school gates.
Procedures for morning drop off have been changed back to our protocols from last spring. Parents may not enter past the walking gate on Washington Blvd. Students will be screened at the walking gate for fever and other symptoms. No parents will be permitted to exit their cars during pick-up or drop-off unless your child needs accommodations/accessibility and it is pre-arranged. Please notify family or caregivers who drop off and pick up students of these changes.
PreK, TK, Kinder and siblings and our special-education class student drop-off will remain unchanged with the addition of temperature and symptom screening.
Please email Ms. Khrlopyan at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be picking your child up from the walking gate instead of using the drive-thru car pick up line, so that we have students at the gate at dismissal.
By car: 1st-5th grade parents should pull up to the Circle Drive entrance by the staff parking lot and follow instructions. We ask that you pull all the way forward for screening before your student exits the car. Please follow all traffic rules, and be patient during peak traffic times.
Walking: parents may walk their children to the designated walking gate off Washington Blvd next to the staff parking lot. Please maintain physical distance from others. Students will be screened at the gate.
Pick-up after school:
TK-5th grade: Circle Drive or Walking Gate by the staff parking lot.
In the event of a teacher absence that cannot be filled by a substitute or certificated staff member, students may be assigned to another teacher for the day. You will be notified if this is necessary.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Webster Wolves are Strong and Smart!!
COVID 19 Testing at Webster
Please STAY HOME if you have ANY symtoms.
Screening Questions Daily before coming to school
- Do I have a fever?
- Do I have a cough?
- Am I experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Am I experiencing any other symptoms?
- Have I been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days?
- In the last 10 days, have I been directed to quarantine, isolate or take a COVID-19 test?
How and Where PUSD Students and Employees Can Get Tested
PUSD offers COVID-19 PCR oral or nasal swab tests on campuses and at the District’s Primary Clinic, 8 a.m. - 3:30 pm. By appointment, please call (626) 396-3600, ext 88180
On PUSD campus's weekly testing, on Thursdays, is available for ALL students and staff.
Register your student for weekly testing at Webster on the Color system here: Student URL
STEPS to follow if you get a POSITIVE COVID test result
1. Immediately isolate from all others(family, school, sports, after-school enrichment and daycare)
2. Contact Mrs. Forrest and Ms. Mendez to notify POS results
3. Expect a phone call/contact from Health Department for specific information and quarantine next steps
4. Receive a short-term independent study agreement
5. Complete assigned school work, if feeling well
6. Call and/or contact school/teacher if any questions
STEPS to follow if you are requesting and Independent Study(IS) Agreement
1. Send an email to your child's teacher and Mrs. Khrlopyan to request an IS agreement
2. Include which days you are agreeing to work remotely on the Canvas work posted by the teacher.
3. Include if you are choosing to do an IS or if you are needing to, due to an exposure or POSITIVE COVID-19 lab confirmed PCR test.
PUSD Vaccine Information
PUSD Health Programs is holding a Moderna Vaccination clinic to provide staff and school community with 1st, 2nd, and booster doses on January 14th, 2022 from 1:30-3:15 pm. Please make sure you make an appointment prior to coming to the vaccination clinic.
Please use the link below to schedule an appointment.
Updates from Pasadena Public Health Department
On behalf of Dr. Goh, Director of Public Health and Health Officer for the City of Pasadena, I’d like to share a few important updates regarding reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our K-12 school community as you prepare to resume instruction.
With rapidly increasing, HIGH levels of community COVID-19 transmission, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) strongly recommends the implementation of multiple layers of risk mitigation. We are seeing many businesses and other operations severely impacted by large numbers of employees out sick with COVID-19. We expect this case surge to continue, likely driven by the Omicron variant, for several weeks.
In addition to infection prevention measures such as maximizing ventilation and social distancing (such as during lunch when masks are removed), frequent handwashing, and regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces, we would like to highlight the following:
- Get vaccinated for COVID-19 , and get boosted once eligible:
- PPHD strongly recommends boosters for staff and students ages 16 years and older (at least six months after an individual received the final dose of their primary mRNA vaccination series or 2 months after J&J).
- In addition to vaccine appointments at medical offices and pharmacies, the Pasadena Public Health Department has clinics located at 1845 North Fair Oaks Avenue in the Immunization Clinic; all currently authorized vaccine brands are available for first, second, and booster doses for anyone ages 5 years and older. Appointments are available on MyTurn.CA.gov, walk-ins are welcome:
i. Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
ii. Tuesdays: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
- Upgrade your mask to a more protective option, such as medical-grade surgical (three-ply) mask, KN95 or N95. Wear the most protective mask that can be tolerated:
- Wearing a well-fitted mask with multiple layers is very important for preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information on how to choose and wear a mask, and choosing a more protective mask, see CDC's Masking Guidance.
- PPHD strongly recommends expanding masking requirements for all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, to include outdoor settings in addition to indoor.
- Conduct robust daily, systematic symptom screening, coupled with testing of all symptomatic staff and students regardless of vaccination status. Everyone should self-screen for symptoms at all times, and remove oneself from public settings if symptomatic.
We are working with the CA Department of Public Health and neighboring public health jurisdictions to consider the CDC’s new recommendations for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. At this time, our local isolation and quarantine orders have not changed.
Mask Wearing Update
Please see the following updates from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department for employees and students masking.
The key to this message is that "Cloth face coverings alone are no longer acceptable, as they do not provide the same level of source control or personal protection as a proper surgical mask or higher level PPE."
According to the latest guidance, our students are not required to wear double surgical masks as referenced in correspondence sent to you the other night.
“Better Options” are strongly recommended for our students at this time(see graphic below). This option may be required in the near future when we update the isolation and quarantine procedures in the COVID-19 Safety Plan.
At this time, follow the isolation and quarantine procedures we implemented prior to winter break. We realize these protocols are stricter than the recently updated CDC guidance.
2021-22 Housing Questionnaire
Assembly Bill 27
Under new law, all Local Education Agency (LEA), such as Pasadena USD, must ensure that each of their schools identifies all of their homeless children and unaccompanied youths. LEAs are required to post on their website a list and contact information of their liaisons for homeless students and unaccompanied youths. The bill also requires LEAs to post specific information on homelessness, including information regarding the educational rights and resources available to persons experiencing homelessness. The bill requires the CDE to provide best practices and guidance that assist LEAs in identifying and obtaining accurate data on homeless children and unaccompanied youths enrolled in schools.
In order to obtain accurate data, Pasadena Unified will be disseminating a questionnaire during the weeks of January 10-30, 2022. The survey will ask specific questions about your housing situation. It is not an anonymous survey as it does require verification. The purpose is to further our support both in PUSD and statewide to ensure our students and families are well-served.
This effort will be an annual questionnaire that will be located in the data confirmation at the start of each school year via our Parent Portal. However, since this was just passed, we must participate in the 2021-22 school year. Therefore, we are asking all PUSD families to participate in this housing questionnaire for every child in your guardianship.
Attendance and Tardies
Please call the main office if you arrive after 8:00am (626) 396-5740). A staff member will meet you at your car for screening and will escort the student to class.
Please call the attendance line or email Ms. Deabrego-Paz to notify us if your child will be absent. (626)396-5740 then press 3 or email@example.com.
Updated Vaccination Cards
As your children receive their COVID19 vaccinations, please send a copy of your child's vaccination card to Ms. Claudia Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will ensure that we are able to keep your child in school in case he/she is identified as a close contact.
Open Enrollment First Lottery in January 2022
Families will have the opportunity to participate during the first lottery in January. Pre-enrollment for schools of residence began on November 29, 2021. It is for:
New to PUSD K-12 students who prefer their school of residence
Kindergarten students turning 5 by September 1, 2022
New to PUSD students entering Transitional Kindergarten
Current PUSD students who are promoting to 6th or 9th grades and prefer to attend their school of residence: pusd.us/findmyschool
Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!
Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
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:
- The Music & Instrumental program
- Playground equipment and shade structures
- IPADS and apps for class instruction and interactive learning
- Lego Robotics
- School Supplies
- The Art Loft
- The Garden
- Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!
4th and 5th Grade Educational Trip
Hello 4th and 5th grade parents,
My name is Davina. I’m the parent of a 4th grader. Myself, along with Eliza and Debbie whose children are in 5th grade and 4th grade, have been talking with Principal Forrest in regards to having a trip this year.
Traditionally, in the past you might remember popcorn Friday’s which was how 4th graders helped fund a trip to Sacramento. This year, and hopefully going forward, we are looking to organize a trip not just for 4th graders but also 5th graders since they couldn’t go on their trip last year. Not only are we changing who normally goes on the trip; we are changing where they go as well. This trip would take place in May before the end of the school year. We are planning on having a zoom meeting to discuss the details. If you are interested in possibly having your child participate please contact us at email@example.com. Please include your name as well as your child's name and teacher.
The Webster Trip Team
Pasadena LEARNs 2021-22 After School Program
PasadenaLEARNs currently has openings in grades Kinder, 1st , 4th, and 5th.
Programs will operate Mondays-Fridays every regular school day from dismissal until 6 pm.* Program offerings include:
- academic support
- enrichment opportunities (STEM/STEAM, visual and performing arts, and much more)
- structured recreation/mindfulness
- social-emotional learning/leadership/team building
- healthy and nutritious supper
Click on your child's school to apply. Spaces are limited! Apply now!
*Program dates and times subject to change.
Interested in purchasing Webster Logo Gear?
Please use the following link if you are interested in ordering Webster Logo Gear through PTA.
Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee
Please us the following link to celebrate a student's birthday on the Webster Marquee.
The cost is $10 for a full week. Please make the payment and let us know your child’s name and the date you’d like the message to go on the marquee.
Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of
students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Rojas, our office manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers must provide either: a) proof of Covid vaccination prior to starting any
volunteer work; or, b) proof of a negative Covid test performed by a medical
laboratory provider weekly. Proof of vaccination may be provided in the form of a
Covid vaccination card or a screenshot of a digital record with a corresponding QR
Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of
● Proof of vaccination or negative weekly test results for Level 1 volunteer records
should be completed and retained at the school site using the attached “Volunteer
Vaccination/Negative Test Result Attestment” form.
● Volunteers must record their time at the school site using the same “visitors log” that
denotes their name, entry/leave times, phone number, and email address.
● Volunteers are expected to follow the same Covid exposure and quarantine/isolation
protocols that PUSD staff follow as part of the Covid Safety Plan.
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.
- 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.
Weekly COVID-19 Testing at the School Site
At its regular meeting on August 26, 2021, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education took decisive action to bolster safety measures that protect students and employees from COVID-19. The Board of Education voted unanimously to:
ratify an existing testing plan that places mobile testing teams at schools for students and employee testing and now requires
all students under age 12 to get weekly COVID-19 tests with informed consent from parents/guardians
Testing will be offered at Webster Elementary on Thursdays from 7:45am to 3:30pm.
PUSD offers COVID-19 PCR oral or nasal swab tests on campuses
Testing teams will be at each elementary and middle school site for one day to conduct the testing program. PUSD Health Programs will not test students who have not submitted informed consent.
Webster Daily Start and Dismissal Times
TK-5th Grade:Monday: 7:50 am to 12:35 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 7:50 am to 2:15 pm
Special Education PreK:
5 hour program
Mon- 9:00am - 12:00 pm
Tues-Fri: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm
PTA Activities for the Year!
PUSD Announcements including Independent Study Option
Important notifications for the new school year are posted at https://www.pusd.us/Page/9474 and are listed below:
Assembly Bill (AB) 104 was passed to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on student performance during the 2020/21 school year. This legislation temporarily modifies practices regarding student retention, grading, and graduation status for eligible students during the 2020/21 school year ONLY. Read the letter
Amendments to Assembly Bill (AB) 130 require school districts to offer an independent study option to students and families to be made available to students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. The TK-12 Independent Study Program in the Pasadena Unified School District will be held virtually through the Center for Independent Study (CIS). Read the letter
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.
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 2021-2022 school year. Our office will reopen on August 4th and will be able to provide you with needed information on or after this date.
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.
To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:
For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us
PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard
Parent Leader for the Arts at Webster
Please let Mrs. Forrest know if you are interested in being a parent leader for the arts for Webster. A parent leader does the following:
Serves as a representative for DAT/CAT meetings
Supports communication of arts events to all stakeholders
Advocates for arts education priorities for your site and the district
Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022
On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.