Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Week of February 27, 2022

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Principal's Message

Good evening Webster families,


We have another exciting week at Webster.


This week we celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with Read Across America and a fun spirit week planned for our students. Please see the flyer below for spirit week details.


I am very excited to announce that we will be participating in a Read-a-thon this year to coincide with Read Across America.

March 1st through March 22nd - Be on the lookout for the flyer with more details tomorrow.


Our free Armenian Language classes have an updated start date of March 7 because we received so many new applications that need to be processed and students scheduled. It is not too late to register.


Our PTA See's Fundraiser will run from February 28th-March 12. Use this link to order delicious treats for your family and friends:

https://www.yumraising.com/secure/danielwes_daniel_webster_elementary_school67/candy?h=Jul_Dan9021&c=ot6156


The number of COVID19 positive cases are continuing to decrease in the PUSD. We still encourage you to get vaccinated in an effort to protect yourself and others. Following is information about upcoming clinics.


PUSD offers primary series (1st and 2nd doses) as well as boosters. The links below are for 2/28 clinics.



12+ Pfizer Only (and Adult) Primary Clinic
351 South Hudson Ave, Pasadena, CA 91109 South Parking Lot of Oak Knoll


https://myturn.ca.gov/appointment-select?config=d84d8d58-2aa4-44db-a482-8ad27601e8c5


5-11 Pfizer ONLY Pediatric Clinic Primary Clinic
351 South Hudson Ave, Pasadena, CA 91109 South Parking Lot Off Oak Knoll -


https://myturn.ca.gov/appointment-select?config=733db9d3-838e-4f78-bd72-52850db499a3


Webster Wolves are Strong and Smart!!

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FREE Western and Eastern Armenian Classes on Monday Afternoon at Webster

Հայ Օգնութեան Միութեան Արեւմտեան Ամերիկայի «Սօսէ» Մասնաճիւղի Միօրեայ Վարժարանի Դասընթացքներ

Western and Eastern Armenian Classes

Armenian Relief Society Pasadena “Sosse” Chapter One Day School at Daniel Webster School Grades TK-5

UPDATED START DATE Classes Begin: March 7, 2022 12:45pm – 4:00pm

Please complete the registration form below and turn it in to the school office or e-mail it to sosseschool@arswestusa.org.

Please note in the fluency section if you choose Eastern or Western Armenian.

For more information, please text or call 818-406-2256.

Second Lottery for 5th Graders Going to Middle School and Incoming Webster Students

If you missed the first phases of the Open Enrollment lotteries, you can apply during the second lottery in March and it offers parents high-quality educational choices that power up your child’s potential.


Second Lottery Dates:

  • Apply: March 7, 2022, 9am - March 11, 2022, 4 pm

  • Results available online: March 18, 2022 by 11:59 pm

  • Register: March 21, 2022, 9am - March 25, 2022, 4 pm


We invite you to visit any PUSD campus and see how we are accelerating achievement for all students.The process is easy. All applications and forms are available online at pusd.us/enrollment.


To request email updates and reminders, sign up for Open Enrollment reminders and notifications.

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 mendez.claudia@pusd.us. This will ensure that we are able to keep your child in school in case he/she is identified as a close contact.

COVID 19 Testing and Short Term Independent Study 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 nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • 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.

Student Drop-off and Pick-Up

According to safety guidelines, parents may not enter the campus. Please avoid congregating at the school gates.


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 khrlopyan.arpine@pusd.us 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.

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:

  1. Get vaccinated for COVID-19 , and get boosted once eligible:
    1. 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).
    2. 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

  1. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. PPHD strongly recommends expanding masking requirements for all staff and students, regardless of vaccination status, to include outdoor settings in addition to indoor.

  1. 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.

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 deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us.

Join Webster Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Today!

Sign up for the PTA today by following this link:
https://jointotem.com/ca/pasadena/daniel-webster-school-pta

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
  • Assemblies
  • The Art Loft
  • The Garden
  • Community events; movie nights, restaurant nights, sock hop, fall festival, pancake breakfast, Back to School social and more!

Interested in purchasing Webster Logo Gear?

Please use the following link if you are interested in ordering Webster Logo Gear through PTA.

my.cheddarup.com/c/wolf-logo-gear

Birthday Shout-outs on the Webster Marquee

Please us the following link to celebrate a student's birthday on the Webster Marquee.

http://weblink.donorperfect.com/Webster

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.

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteers are authorized for assisting with the supervision of

students. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Rojas, our office manager at rojas.linda@pusd.us.


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

code.

Proof of Covid vaccination must include the individual’s name and date(s) of

vaccine administration.

● 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.

To donate:

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.

Visitors

Visitors must wear masks, including those picking up students from the after school programs. Please remember that visitors are by appointment only. Visitors may make an appointment by emailing our office clerk, Ms. DeabregoPaz at deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us or our office manager, Linda Rojas at rojas.linda@pusd.us or by calling (626)396-5740.

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


AM
Mon- 7:45am- 10:05am
Tue-Fri: 7:45am - 10:45am


PM
Mon: 10:15am - 12:35pm
Tue-Fri: 11:15am - 2:15pm

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:


Recent Legislation

  • 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

Fundraising Opportunities

Restaurant Nights - Attend our monthly restaurant nights to get a break from cooking and support Webster PTA.


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.

Parent Portal

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:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

PUSD COVID-19 Dashboard

PUSD has prepared a COVID-19 Dashboard to support timely and transparent information related to known COVID-19 cases connected to our school campuses while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. The dashboard will be updated biweekly. www.pusd.us/covid19dashboard

Parent/Student Handbook 2021-2022

Use the following link to find the 2020-2021 Parent/Student Handbook: https://www.pusd.us/Page/3247


On the same link, you will also find annual parent notification forms that I recommend be completed through your Parent Portal account.

Office Hours

Our office hours are Monday 7:30am to 2:00pm and Tuesday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Staff and teachers will respond to voicemails and emails as soon as possible which is normally within 24 to 48 business hours.