"We're Going Places!" - August 10th-August 14th
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School Mission Statement
"First Street School is dedicated to guiding students to become positively contributing citizens and life-long learners."
We're Eagerly Awaiting Your Return - Stay Safe! See You Soon!
Here is our Roadrunner Weekly for the week of August 10th through the 14th. As you have all hopefully heard by now, ALL WPUSD schools and students will be starting with InterCONNECT distance learning as the state has mandated school closures at this time. We will be on distance learning through at least October 30th, so having access to technology for online instruction is a MUST! I have attached a Chromebook survey below and it can also be found on our First St. school website. Whether you need a Chromebook or not, please compete the survey so we know who may or may not receiving our school communication.
Also, as we have done in past years - we will be asking you to update your student emergency card contact information and e-sign waivers online. The Parent Portal link went live Saturday, and you have until August 17th at 5:00 P.M. to submit. It can be accessed below as well as on either the district or our First St. school website.
And new for this year, this past Friday at 4:00 we emailed a letter to each parent that had NOT set up a Parent Portal account for their student. It included their Access ID and Password and it was sent to the parent or guardian email contact on file in PowerSchool. For those parents that do not have an email and do not have a Parent Portal account, a letter was sent home in the mail.
Lastly, teachers will be sending emails to their students on Wednesday, August 12th in the afternoon letting them know whose classes they are in, as well as providing some class specific information. If you do not receive a notification from your child’s teacher by 5:00 that day, please notify our school office.
And speaking of our school office, it will be open starting tomorrow, Monday, from 7:30-4:00. Please be prepared to wear a mask and practice social distancing if you stop by. You can also call during those hours or email anytime with questions or concerns. Continue to stay healthy and safe, and remember to feel free to call or email me directly if you have any further questions or need support or help in any way!
Have a great week!
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Chromebook Needs Survey - PLEASE COMPLETE!
As we all begin the school year with the InterConnect program for distance learning due to the state mandated school closures, we would like to get an idea of how many students will need to check out a Chromebook from FSS . * Please note that EVERYONE will need access to technology for instruction. Whether or not you would like to check out a Chromebook out from FSS, please complete the survey linked here; that way we know who has and hasn't seen the form. The Chromebook survey form can be found here in English and here in Spanish.
Buying a Chromebook for the fall?
We have had several questions from parents about the best Chromebook to purchase to support student learning. We will be loaning district Chromebooks out again for student use during the 2020-2021 school year. However, we appreciate that some families would just prefer to purchase their own. Chromebooks purchased for home use are less expensive because, unlike educational institutions, homes are not required to install specialized softwares/firewalls to comply with state/federal requirements. If your child damages a district loaned Chromebook, it could cost up to $350 to replace it. For this reason, some families might prefer to purchase a less expensive device. Personal devices will work perfectly fine for learning at home or at school if students prefer to have their own. We have a "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) network at all of our schools for students to log into with their personal devices and access the internet and online learning resources. The Chromebooks that we purchase for general student use at school are ones that have 4 GB of Ram and 32 GB of storage. There are many brands and makes of Chromebooks on the market that fit this specification. Again, we will be loaning out Chromebooks to students if this is what is preferred, but we thought we would share the specifications that we use in case you would like to purchase a personal device for your child(ren).
Overview of the InterCONNECT Distance Learning Program!
Some parents and students have had questions about what InterCONNECT is. It is not a packaged program - it is our name for our distance learning option. Whether we are whole-school distance learning as we will be to start the year, or whether we are allowing in-person education later in the year and some students are choosing distance learning, in both cases the distance learning option is through InterCONNECT. In this program, students who are distance learning will log in to "attend" class virtually through Google Meet. Students will hear the instruction of their teachers and may even be given interactive activities with their fellow online peers. Students will be given assignments to work on at home. To help fill in the gap of having less access to the teacher directly, teachers will be checking in with their InterCONNECT students daily to provide support and answer specific questions that they may be challenged by or need extra help with. For students who were not able to attend the live on-line meeting for whatever reason, those lessons can be accessed through Google Classroom on the teacher's website either by way of a recording of the teacher's lesson, or an alternate version of the lesson (perhaps a Khan Academy video, or an educational video provided by a textbook/curriculum company) that covers the same material. InterCONNECT students will be assessed regularly and may need to be ready for different styles of assessment; teachers will communicate assessment expectations to students. Students/families will need to be accessing instruction regularly., and "attendance" will be determined by students completing work regularly and accessing either live instruction on teacher scheduled on-line check-in meetings.
* Below is a sample daily distance learning student schedule for 1st grade in the event we all begin the year with school-wide distance learning through InterCONNECT.
Time & Activity
8:15-8:30 - Morning Meeting (15)
8:30-8:45 - Independent practice for required skills/ number talks (15)
8:45-9:15 - Whole group math lesson (30)
9:15-9:45 - 2 small groups/independent work time (30)
9:45-10:00 - Recess/Snack/ Brain Break
10:00-10:45 - 3 small groups/independent work time (45)
10:45-11:15 - ELA whole group (30)
11:15-11:45 - ELA small group help/ independent practice (30)
11:45-12:20 - End of day meeting- exit ticket, reflection (35)
TOTAL ACADEMIC MINUTES 230
12:20-1:15 - Lunch
1:15-1:45 - iReady online work
1:45-2:15 - P.E.
2:15-2:45 - Chores
2:45-3:00 - Independent Reading
* Essentially, there will be 1-2 daily check-ins and then a general schedule that teachers will push out regarding what they are working on in their specific classes. Also we want to emphasize that we understand family dynamics so there will be flexibility for families regarding live check-ins and accessing things missed if a student is unable to log in for live check-ins.
2020-2021 First Street School C.A.R.E. After School Enrollment Opportunity
** Due to COVID-19, operations are subject to change **
The C.A.R.E. After School Program will be following the same guidelines as the school district. Program will operate on campus when in-person instruction begins.
The C.A.R.E. After School Program provides a no-fee, district-sponsored After School Program for students attending First Street School.
The Programs are aligned with the goals and needs of the sites’ regular day program and consist of at least one hour of Academics (homework assistance, etc.), one hour of Enrichment, and one hour of organized Recreation. Some examples of Enrichment and Recreation in the after school programs include: STEM, dance, cooking/nutrition, soccer, basketball, gardening, and many more.
Per the California Department of Education, After School and Safety grant guidelines, first priority enrollment is given to pupils who are identified by the program as homeless youth or as being in foster care (EC sections 8483[c][A] and 8483.1[d]A]). Enrollment will then be given to students who are recommended by the district and school staff who would benefit from inclusion in the Expanded Learning Program (After School Program). After priority enrollment, other students are taken based on a lottery system. Applications will be available online at http://www.wpusd.org/Schools/Support-Services/index.html
- Please fill out an application for the designated school in which your student will be attending. (See Below)
- One application per student
- Enrollment will close August 12th. If needed, the lottery will be held August 13th.
- All parents/guardians will know the status of their application by August 14th
- All students enrolled in the C.A.R.E After School Programs receive a nutritious snack provided by the district’s Food & Nutrition Services Department.
- C.A.R.E. and Panther Pride (located at GEMS) are open on all school days and Early Release Days from the time school is dismissed to 6:00 PM. The program is closed on holidays, zero days, and student recess days.
If you are unable to fill-out the application please send an to email email@example.com
First Street School C.A.R.E. After School Program
· Grades: K-5th
· Hours of Operation: School Dismissal Time to 6:00PM(including Early Release Days)
· Cost: Free
· Phone Number: (916) 434-5038
"Roadmap to Reopening" - A Message from Mr. Leaman, WPUSD Superintendent
This year has been unprecedented in many ways. As a district, we appreciate the hard work of our parents and staff to finish last school year under very trying circumstances. Since our closure of schools in March, we have been planning for our reopening given the new circumstances we are facing.
Many of our early plans had to be shelved because guidelines, expectations, funding, and the spread of COVID-19 were constantly changing. This environment taught us flexibility is key in planning for the 2020-21 school year as we acknowledge this disease is not going to be predictable or act in a linear fashion.
This document represents the foundation to start our school year. Click here to see the complete document in English and Spanish. As we have learned from the last few months, change is inevitable, and we will continue to hone the guidelines as our school year continues. In planning for this year, we were guided by the following principles:
- Student and staff safety
- Educational program quality
- Students and staff returning to a physical school site for in person learning
- Parent choice in programs
- Staff engagement, training and support
- Offering a quality distance learning program
- Collaborating with surrounding districts, Placer County Office of Education, Placer County Health Department
This road map is just a map. There will be many decisions and changes along the way. But the roadmap also gives us a way forward to continue our essential duty of educating and supporting students.
Scott Leaman, Superintendent
WPUSD Medication and Immunization - Annual Update
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please review the following information regarding medications and health care plans on campus.
Medication Orders and Health Care Plans:
- If your student will require medication on campus (including non-prescription medications, inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors...), please visit our website to find the required forms (Student Health Concerns and Medications).
- Please have your student's health care provider complete and sign the appropriate forms before returning to on-campus instruction.
- Medication will NOT be allowed on campus without the appropriate paperwork.
- If your student has a complex/personalized care plan, you will be contacted individually in early August to update their plan. Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurses if you have any questions.
- Incoming Kindergarten and 7th Grade students will need to be up to date on required immunizations before returning to on-campus instruction. Information about required immunizations can be found on the Shots for School website.
- See attached flyers for Placer County's Back to School Immunization Clinics.
- If your family is unable to access medical care or immunizations, please contact your school nurse (see contact info below) for assistance and information.
Kelley Gordon, School Nurse at FSS, COES, SES, GEMS, LHS, and PHS
Madi Schumann, School Nurse at FRE, LCE, SLE, CCC, TBE, and TBM
Special Education Update
All Special Education Services will be provided through the distance learning model. Students that are receiving Specialized Academic Instructional (SAI) minutes either via the Resource Specialist Program (RSP) or a Special Day Class (SDC) will have their minutes modified in accordance with the new instructional minute requirement set forth by the governor. The minute requirements vary by grade level. If you have a TK or Kindergarten student SAI minutes will be based on a 180 minute day, 1st-3rd grade, a 230 minute day and 4th-12th grade will be based on a 240 minute day. All related services (e.g., Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavior or Adapted PE services) and supplementary aids/services that your student receives will continue to be provided; however, the delivery format may vary. This will be outlined in an Emergency Plan in your student’s IEP. Your student’s Case Manager will be providing you with their daily schedule which will include specific times when your child will be required to attend daily virtual whole class, small group or individual sessions, and what times/days your related services will be provided.
I am very aware that this platform is very difficult for our Special Education students, parents and staff. We appreciate your cooperation as we move forward. If your student’s current IEP has not been signed you will be notified to either schedule a meeting or make arrangements to sign the IEP. As soon as we are able to conduct in-person assessments and/or provide small group instruction at the school sites you will be notified. I am so sorry for this inconvenience and I cannot tell you how much we want our students back in school. If you have any additional questions please feel free to call me.
Meals for Students - Tuesday, August 11th
From the District Office & Food Service Dept.:
Summer Student Food Distribution
Summer Student Food Distribution will continue every Tuesday. Food distribution for students will continue throughout the summer every Tuesday starting at 10:00 am for one hour or until supplies last at the following locations:
10:00 am Food Distribution Locations
Creekside Oaks Elementary School
Lincoln High School
Sheridan Elementary School
4:30 pm Distribution
Creekside Oaks Elementary School
*Please note we are not going to serve food out of Glen Edwards Middle School over the summer due to final construction.
Celebrating Our Birthdays!
August 11 ~ Jayce Bills
August 12 ~ Ivy Branham and Maddelyn Cordonnier
August 13 ~ Julian Herrera and Giana Zinzun
August 14 ~ Reece Cavero and Mrs. DeSantiago
August 15 ~ Cheila Avalos Chavez and Liam Mathis
August 16 ~ Alia Elvira Perez and Mr. Mike
August 17 ~ Joselynn Garcia Carrillo, Anthony Rodriguez, Rogelio Gomez Jaramillo, and Ms. Whitworth
August 18 ~ Jaxson Carlton, Jocelyn Nolan, and Melissa De La Luz
"Week at a Glance"
8/11/20 - Food Distribution
Creekside Oaks Elementary School
Lincoln High School
Sheridan Elementary School
Creekside Oaks Elementary School
8/12/20 - "Welcome" Email from Teachers to their Students will be sent out Wednesday afternoon. * If you do not receive an email by 5:00, please notify our school office.
Save the Date
8/17/20 - Kinder, 1st & 2nd Grade Drive-up Teacher Meet & Chromebook/Materials Distribution Day - 8:30-11:30 for students with last names "A-L" & 12:00-3:00 for students with the last names "M-Z"
- 8/18/20 - 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Drive-up Teacher Meet & Chromebook/Materials Distribution Day - 8:30-11:30 for students with last names "A-L" & 12:00-3:00 for students with the last names "M-Z"
- 8/19/20 - Chromebook/Materials Distribution Make-up Day from 8:30-4:00. This will not be a "Meet the Teacher" opportunity, only a secondary pick up for materials that were not picked up Monday or Tuesday.
- 8/20/19 - First Day of School - Virtual through InterCONNECT. Make sure technology is available for student access to online instruction.
* Back to School Night will be virtual this year and will take place August 17th-19th. Be on the lookout for the email from your teachers that will let you know the day, time, and directions a for accessing your online "Back to School" Night meeting.
C.H.A.M.P.S. (formerly known as PTC) stands for "Committed to Honoring and Motivating Parents and Students". Parents play a vital role in helping to fundraise, plan school functions, and guide the direction of our school. See the flyers attached below for more information, and please contact Lisa Chandra at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Our school district has invested in a great new way to communicate with our families. Peachjar is a program that sends flyers out to families and also saves and organizes them on our school websites for future viewing. Click here to go to our First Street School Peachjar page.