Webster Weekly

DANIEL WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - PASADENA, CA

Week of January 30, 2022

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Principal's Message

Good evening Webster families,


We continue to see positive cases of COVID19 among our students. We highly suggest that your student be tested if notified about classroom exposure and especially if notified to be a close contact. Please reiterate the importance of wearing surgical or KN95 masks correctly with students. We are going to put extra distancing in place during unstructured outdoor time for the next few weeks.


Please re-register for weekly testing at the school site if you have not done so since we returned from winter break.

  • Register your student for weekly testing at Webster on the Color system here: Student URL


Please be on the lookout for the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child is experiencing any of these, please have him or her remain at home and let us know in the office. Ms. Deabrego Paz's email is deabregopaz.frances@pusd.us for attendance and Ms. Mendez's email is mendez.claudia@pusd.us for the health office.


On a very positive note, PUSD School Board has unanimously approved Webster's Armenian Dual Language Program to begin for TK, Kinder, and 1st grade students for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact me right away if you are interested for the next school year if your child will be in TK, Kinder, or 1st grade. Also, please spread this exciting news to your friends and family with young students. Each year we will be adding a grade until it is offered to all TK-5th graders.


Looking ahead, February 11th and 21st are school holidays.


Lastly, we are looking for additional recess and noon aides. Please let me know if you are interested in this 4 hour per day job at Webster.


Webster Wolves are Strong and Smart!!

Girls on the Run

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Become a Coach for GIRLS on the RUN at Webster!

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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 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.

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 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!

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 websterclasstrip@gmail.com. Please include your name as well as your child's name and teacher.


Thank you,

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.

Webster

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

Save the Dates

Link to Webster Elementary School Calendar of Events 2021-2022

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kx8Xp42eKL3SmH9_BJR5sJE_fVr2SXD5/view?usp=sharing

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PTA Activities for the Year!

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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 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

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.