Weddle Elementary Parent Newsletter

March 16, 2021

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL LUND

Greetings Weddle Families,

It is amazing to say “Welcome Back” to ALL families this week, now that we have K-5 back at school! I have to admit that I feel especially connected to our 4th and 5th graders because they have been Weddle Wolves for the longest. While seeing kids behind masks can be a challenge at recognizing them, I can still see those smiles behind the masks—it shows in the eyes! And not seeing kids in person for a year, they have grown so much!

Students are doing such a great job of following our safety and distancing guidelines that we have put in place. They are wearing their masks, staying 6 ft apart, and waiting their turn throughout the day. I am so proud of them—and that is a huge thanks to you. Thank you for your support in this challenging time of distance learning, and now with figuring out how to get kids to school twice a week. It isn’t easy, and we so appreciate you being a partner with us.

Thanks again for being a part of the Weddle Family.

Stacey Lund

ELEMENTARY HYBRID LEARNING START DATES

Salem-Keizer Public Schools has important information for elementary families in preparation for welcoming students back for in-person learning!

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If your child is ill:

If your child has the following symptoms, please keep them home and call the school office and let us know they will be out sick.


  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Cough

Chromebooks

It is important that your child brings their school Chromebook and charger to and from school each day. Although the majority of their day will be spent working with their teachers in-person, students will continue to have times when Chromebooks will be necessary, such as reading interventions and testing.


Did your family opt not to check-out a school Chromebook during distance learning? It is not too late to have one checked out in your child's name. Please check with your teacher for support.


Thank you in advance for making sure the Chromebook is charged and in your child's backpack before going to school each morning.

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Arrival

When dropping your students off in the morning:

  • Please pull all the way forward
  • Weddle Staff will help with unloading car in the Yellow Curb Unloading Zone
  • Weddle Staff will support students as they walk to their classroom's designated area
  • Please remember that the side driveway is for Buses Only

Students that arrive after 8am will:

  • Enter through front door (press call button)
  • Check in with office

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Dismissal

Parking at Claggett

We are working on making our dismissal process quick & efficient. We ask that you remain in your vehicle and drive through our Weddle parking lot. Claggett Creek Middle School parking lot is not available for Weddle families to park and walk to pick up. Claggett Middle School students will be starting school in April; Claggett will have their own dismissal routines for addressing state safety guidelines. Thank you for your support with this change.

Car Pick Up: Visor Tags

In order to follow Oregon Hybrid Guidelines for returning to school, we have adjusted some of our dismissal routines for Car Pick Up. Students that are being picked up by parents or guardians by car will remain in their classrooms and supervised by their teacher or school staff. We will have a staff member outside calling names to classrooms, students will be walked to the front door and then assisted into vehicles in our loading area. In order to help this new process run smoothly we are issuing car visor tags to parents for each child in their home. These tags are color coded by grade level. The visor tags need to be displayed on the dashboard or on the visor so that our staff member can call your child’s classroom for this process to run smoothly. Your help & support is appreciated. If you need additional tags because you have more than one car for pick up, please notify your child’s classroom teacher and we will get you additional tags. Below is the Car Pick Up steps.


Dismissal- Car Pick-Up

  1. Place Visor tag down or on dashboard before turning into the driveway.

  2. Staff will notify classrooms for students to exit the building.

  3. Pull forward to the loading zone. (Your child/children will meet you there)

  4. Weddle staff will assist your child to your vehicle.

  5. Wait for a signal to exit the loading zone.

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RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS DURING HYBRID LEARNING

Riding the school bus during hybrid learning
Weddle Transportation Form

Please complete before your child's first day. We need to know how your child will be returning home at the end of the day.

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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

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REGISTRATION FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR OPENS MARCH 8

Students must be five years old on or before September 10


Register at your neighborhood school


What you need to bring with you:

Proof of age (birth certificate)

Proof of residence (utility bill, lease agreement)

Immunization records

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IN-DISTRICT TRANSFER (IDT) APPLICATION WINDOW

MARCH 1-31, 2021

Please talk to school office staff if you have any questions.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE STUDENTS:

APPLY FOR SECONDARY TRANSFER MARCH 1 - 31, 2021

Current fifth grade students (entering sixth grade in September) who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next fall (2021-2022 school year) must apply for in-district transfer (IDT) between March 1 and March 31, 2021.


IDT applications received after March 31, 2021 will not be considered.

IDT request forms can be picked up at any middle school office, and must be completed and returned to the student’s assigned middle school during the application date window. There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

Detailed information is available at:

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

Key dates for Salem-Keizer Public Schools

March 15 - K-12 Conferences

March 16 - Hybrid Learning begins: grades 4 and 5

March 22-26 - Spring Break

FREE GRAB-N-GO MEALS

Please check the Salem-Keizer District website for updates on Grab-n-Go Meals!

Link below - select "List of Sites"

Grab-N-Go meal sites across Salem and Keizer communities will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for school-based locations and 11 a.m to 1 p.m. for bus stop locations.


Meals are free for any child or teen ages 1-18, and adults with special needs ages 18-21 who are enrolled in a Salem-Keizer Public Schools program.


BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER

We are now including suppers in the Grab-N-Go meal bag. Each bag contains breakfast, lunch and supper. If you are picking up multiple bags, we recommend bringing your own bag to help carry the amount of food being distributed.



SCHOOL & BUS STOP

Grab-N-Go Meals are available at schools from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at bus stops from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on school days at the locations listed below.


Go to this link for :

SCHOOLMESSENGER - NOTIFICATIONS

At the start of each school year, information from student registration forms is input into the student information database.


SchoolMessenger, the system the district uses to send out phone notification to parents, receives updated information from this database once each day.


It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.


The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.


Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.

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OREGON HEALTH PLAN FREE FOR YOUTH

Through the Oregon Health Plan, youth 19 years of age and younger have access to free health coverage, regardless of immigration status if they meet the income requirements.

More information, including income requirements and how to apply for coverage, is available online.

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