Woodcrest Spanish Immersion
September 30, 2020 Newsletter
See translation information below / Consulte la información de traducción a continuación.
Greetings Woodcrest families,
These first few weeks have cemented in all of us at Woodcrest the value of being together. Each morning before school starts, all Woodcrest teachers get together on WebEx to ground ourselves in the “Why” of our work. A big part of that daily round-up is to also see the faces of all of our colleagues and remember that we are doing this work together. We end each gathering with everyone saying aloud, “JUNTOS ES MEJOR/TOGETHER IS BETTER!”
During one of these meetings last week, a teacher commented on how thankful she was to the parents of her Extended Flexible Learning students. It was yet another reminder that this year, more than ever before, the partnership between us all is essential in guiding your children to being joyfilled, engaged learners. Thank you for your partnership.
We are already coming up on fall break and the traditional fall conference time.
Fall break for students is Monday, Oct. 12 through Friday, Oct. 16. There is no school that week. During this time each year, teachers engage in professional learning, assessment, reporting, learning design and communicating and connecting with families.
Fall conferences are normally scheduled around our fall break week. This fall, we are not able to provide in-person conferences at school in ways that make everyone feel safe. From past feedback, we also know setting aside specific days and evenings does not meet the needs of each family. Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to find a time to connect with you for a conversation. As we look to build the partnership between home and school to support your student’s strengths, interests and needs we hope to connect more frequently than seasonal conferences.
We are committed to being your partners in all that is the 2020-2021 school year. In the spirit of JUNTOS ES MEJOR/TOGETHER IS BETTER! I want to thank you and our staff for devoting the energy towards building the relationships needed to make this a successful year of learning and growth.
Help keep classrooms safe: Avoid peanut/nut products in snacks and lunches
Many students in our schools have severe allergies to tree nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, and/or products which contain nuts. Strict avoidance is the best way to prevent a severe allergic reaction. Accidental ingestion or even touching a tiny trace of a nut may cause a potentially fatal reaction for some students.
In an effort to ensure all students are safe throughout the school day, we are asking families to partner with us specifically with the snacks and lunches that come from home. Please do not send any snacks or lunch items with your student that contain nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, or other nut products. Please also be mindful of products that may be produced in a plant that contains peanuts/nuts.
Fresh fruits, vegetables, popcorn, rice cakes, most crackers and fruit snacks are all safe options to bring to school. More options can be found on the Snack Safely website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school.
Do you have school library books to return?
We continue to have a lot of missing books from last spring. Do you have books lurking in corners or closets? If your student still has a library book checked out from last school year, please return them as soon as possible. Overdue notices that include the price of the book will be sent out next week for missing books. If you are unable to find the book, please send the listed amount to your student's school.
Apply Now: the Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefits Deadline is Approaching
Many families are pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meal benefits. If your family received Free or Reduced-Priced Meal benefits for the 2019-2020 school year, the deadline to apply again is October 28, 2020. A new application must be completed each school year. Families who have not applied for these benefits before should apply right away.
Even though breakfast and lunch are free right now, federal funding will likely run out sometime during the 2020-2021 school year, meaning it is important families still fill out the Free or Reduced Meals application if applicable so your student(s) will receive free or reduced meals when the funds are exhausted. Learn more about free School Meals This Fall.
Questions? Contact the Nutrition Services Department at 763-600-5041.
Registration is open for Early Childhood Family Education Classes
Registration for Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. ECFE is for any family with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten. Programming includes education and support of all parents with the goal of providing the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. Please share this information with families who may benefit. Find more information about classes and register on the ECFE website.
Media permission and directory information
Photos, video, stories and other information highlighting student learning and achievement captured in our schools is considered public record. We share positive achievements in yearbooks, on the website, in newsletters and articles and the district’s other official communication channels that often include images and names.
Families can request specific “directory information” (student name, picture, other information) remain private by submitting a written request to the school principal or administrative assistant. Requests should include the student’s name, school, relationship of the person requesting and the specific information that is to remain private.
You can read the Media Permission/Directory Notification in English and Spanish and review our district policy on this topic, Policy 515: Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.
Are you getting SLP communication the way you prefer?
To ensure you are getting SLP communication the way you prefer, please take a few minutes to review and update the following information in Campus Parent Portal:
1. Primary phone number
2. Emergency contact and phone number
3. Email address
4. Parent and guardian changes and updates
5. Adding/removing household members
6. Primary address changes
Why is it important to update this information? How does SLP use this information?
Current, updated information in Campus Parent Portal is used in the following ways:
1. Automated phone calls for general school announcements, emergencies or weather-related school closings
2. Mailed school and district communication
3. Email communication from teachers, your school's newsletter and district news
4. If your student(s) school needs to get ahold of you in regarding to attendance, a sick child, etc.
- No school for students October 12-16
- School Picture Day October 19 and October 20
Fall Community Ed Programs Available for Registration
Community Education has a number of programs scheduled this fall for adults and youth. Visit the website to view availability and details or call Community Education at 763-600-5050.
For Adults: Instant Pot Cook-Alongs, Holiday Cookie Bake and Decorate, Retirement Planning Today, How to be a Smart College Shopper
For Youth: Take-Home Art Activities, Role Playing and Character Building Games, Driver's Education
In case you missed important information from last week's newsletter, check out the topics below and click to learn more.
Translate This Newsletter / Traducir Este Boletín
To translate this newsletter information to another language, please click anywhere on the newsletter to open it in a web browser and at the top of the page, select your language from the dropdown menu.
Para traducir este boletín de noticias a otro idioma, por favor presionen en cualquier lugar del boletín para abrir el boletín en un navegador web y en la parte superior de la página seleccione su idioma del menú.