WPE Parent Weekly Update 5/24/2020
Hello wonderful WPE families!
This will be the last weekly update from WPE for the 2019-20 school year. While none of us could have imagined that we would end our school year this way, the change has brought into clear focus all of the ways in which a school brings a community together and how important being together is for us. We miss your children greatly and look forward to a time in which we can see one another again!
Around the world, people are designing and experimenting with operating schools in new and innovative ways. Using current local, state and national guidelines and recommendations, we are also re-thinking how to provide engaging educational options for all of our students. This work will last through the summer and will continue to evolve as we learn more. It is our hope that we be able to work with your child in-person at school as much as possible, and we are also looking at ways to support new learning that may take place at-home. Over the summer, please be on the lookout for district updates and communication by way of email and text. We know school will look different in August, we just aren’t sure how different it will be. We have learned so much over the past 10 weeks, and will continue to learn more as to how best serve our students regardless of the setting.
*Summer offers some unstructured time for our children. I’d like to ask for four things of your family this summer, to benefit your child:
- Read every day: If each child can read, or be read to, for at least 20 minutes per day, their understanding and reading speed will increase. You can also download the Overdrive app, connect to our local library and borrow ebooks to read or audio books for your child to listen to, all for free. Planning a long drive? Listening to ebooks is a fantastic way to pass the time as are Podcasts: Brains On, Smash Boom Best, But Why, Stories Podcast, and Earth Rangers are some of our favorites. Check out these free, fun learning options!
- Talk with your child as much as you can- tell stories, describe your day, play with rhymes, ask lots of questions. The more a child is spoken to and speaks, the greater their understanding of verbal communication: the cornerstone of our academic and social skills.
- Be outside – aim to spend some daily time outside, in different kinds of weather, modeling curiosity and joy for the natural world around us. It might be a surprise how much adults need this outside time, too!
- Commit as a household to limiting screen-time, and be cognizant of how much you use your device when you could be spending time with your child. I know this is a challenge – one that I work on at my own house all the time! And it’s also very important that as adults we model the appropriate use of our devices for our children to know that they are our FIRST priority –and so we spend as much time with them as possible.
In addition to the summer practice packets each grade sent home, you can keep your child’s math skills sharp by having them use Dreambox. They can keep up with their literacy skills by using Lexia and RAZ Kids.
Here’s another exciting learning opportunity: Governor Jared Polis, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Education Initiative are partnering with Rocky Mountain Public Media to provide K-3 learners, and their families and caregivers with direct-to-home remote literacy learning though Colorado Classroom – Read with Me at Home. Starting May 18, 2020 at 8 a.m., every Monday through Friday for the next five weeks, Rocky Mountain PBS will provide two hours of standards-aligned K through 3 literacy and English language development lessons by master teachers to students across the state – from the Eastern plains to the Western slope. Accompanying lesson plans and work packets will be posted on RMPBS’ website for parents and caregivers to use, adapt, and build upon. Access to the lesson plans and student work packets available at Rocky Mountain PBS or by calling 800-274-6666. Here is a sneak peek video.
Are you looking for some summer programming for your child?
*Rockies Rock is getting ready to roll for the summer! We intend to offer three 2-week programs, June 29-Aug 6, Mon-Thurs. However, we have delayed enrollment opening until we receive guidance from state public health leaders about summer camps and programs. When enrollment opens, we encourage all to apply, but will be prioritizing based on childcare needs. Stay informed on our website, or contact Cisco Tharp for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-293-0445. All programming will be adapted for COVID-19 precautions.
*If you are moving over the summer, please let the front office (719-486-6890) know so that we can get all of your child’s records together for an easy transition. We appreciate your letting us know in advance for accurate records and class lists.
*We will be sending off our 2nd graders to LCIS with our best wishes! We want our rising 3rd graders to feel as comfortable as possible with the exciting transition ahead! 2nd grade parents, here is a link to afun orientation video created by the LCIS staff to help decrease the “new school” worries.
*We are excited to greet a new group of kindergarteners next year. Here is a link to the welcome videos and information our staff made to help everyone feel as comfortable as possible! If you know of a child who will be ready for kindergarten, and who isn’t at the Center, please encourage the parent to call our main office so we can get them ready for kindergarten!
It is always an honor to get to work with the families of
Leadville and serve in public education. I hope that each of you can find
some joy, hope and comfort in the upcoming summer months, until you hear from
With best wishes and care in my heart,
Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Principal
West Park Elementary
130 West 12th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-6890 (school phone)