West Park Parent Weekly Update
Hello WPE families!
*It has been so much fun to see our students back in school (and in virtual school!)! Thank you for sending your child with their health screener completed, with a well-fitted face covering, and an excited attitude. We are so thrilled to have our favorite customers back and I have seen everyone be so clever in making school the calm, joyful place we strive for each day.
*Please take a few minutes to watch my back to school welcome video from last week if you haven’t seen it yet (the acting is wonderful!) J . It is in English and Spanish and will take about 4 minutes.
*We have no school on Monday because of Labor Day. On Tuesday, our B cohort students will be in school (and our A cohort students will be at 2nd day/100 Elk or at home). We have school on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. THEN we get back to our normal, four day a week cadence of Monday through Thursday!
*If your child attends 100 Elk – the A cohort goes to 100 Elk on Tuesday and Thursday and the B cohort goes to 100 Elk on Wednesday and Friday. Please be sure to send your students with their completed health screener AND at-home work to be done with the 100 Elk staff!
*The weather might get chilly next week – be sure to send your student with a light jacket as we play outside every day!
*Due to safety restrictions, we ask that only staff and students come inside the building. If you need to pick up your child early, please call the school office ahead of time so we can have the student ready to send out to you! 719 486 6890.
Even though meals will be free for all students for at least the next few weeks, we encourage all families, including our virtual students, to apply for Free and Reduced School Meals during the first 30 days of school. It is necessary to complete a new application each school year. If your student was eligible for free or reduced meals during the 2019-2020 school year, that eligibility only carries through the first 30 days of school. Children need healthy meals to learn and thrive at school! Lake County School District offers healthy meals every school day and eligible families can receive these meals at no cost. When families apply for school meal benefits they are also helping Lake County School District receive additional funding that goes right back into the classroom!
Applications can be turned in at any school front office Monday-Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, or mailed to Leslee Torsell, Lake County High School, 1004 W. 4th St., Leadville, CO 80461. If you need an application use this link to download the application as a PDF – https://www.lakecountyschools.net/for-families/nutrition/nutrition-application/ or contact Leslee Torsell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-486-6954.
Pandemic EBT Benefits Application portal will close in three weeks
Remember: If your student was enrolled in K-12 in a Lake County School during the 2019-2020 school year, you may be eligible to up to receive $279 per child to help feed your family through Pandemic EBT benefits, in addition to any grab-n-go meals you may be getting from the school district.
This first link will take you directly to the Frequently Asked Questions and application page which can be accessed through late September. To complete this application, you must enter each student’s State Issued Student ID – SASID, which can be found in your registration letter, or contact any school front office for your student’s SASID number.
For Colorado Department of Human Services general information and services use this link:
If you have further questions, please contact email@example.com and a representative will respond.
*Please practice with your child our expectations for being safe at school:
- Safely wearing a face covering. Nose and mouth must be covered with at least two layers of tightly woven materials. We are expecting all students wear a face covering at school, and we are also planning time outside for mask breaks and outdoor instruction when possible!
- Frequent hand washing. After touching any shared object (door handles, banister, pen, etc.) we should wash our hands with warm, soapy water. Rubbing vigorously for at least 20 seconds, rinsing off the soap well and drying thoroughly are important steps. We are adapting our schedules to include hand-washing at critical times of the day, and we appreciate your help in practicing these with our students.
- Giving social distance between people. We will aim for at least 6 feet of separation during inside times, with times such as recess or PE having looser restrictions.
- Limiting the people in the building to staff and students. This means when you drop off and greet your student, that will occur at your car or bus stop, instead of inside the building.
- Complete a child health-screener before school each day. We’ll have these screener forms for each child and this will be their “ticket” into school each morning. This screener is attached – I recommend you talk with your child about these symptoms. Copies of these screeners were given to you at family orientation conferences. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are running low and we can send home more copies!
- Please be safe when dropping off and picking up your child – remain in your vehicle and stay in the single-file car line. Extra patience is appreciated during these first weeks of school! The drop off map is attached.
Please read this important update about meal distribution during the yellow phase. This includes meal information for Virtual Students, too!
Want to read a story with me? Please go to our WPE Bedtime Stories Facebook page! You may recognize some of your favorite Lake County people reading their favorite children’s book!
September 7 No School –Labor Day Holiday
September 28 Project Dream Afterschool and Friday programs will begin
With gratitude for the trust you place in us to educate your children,
Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Principal
West Park Elementary
130 West 12th Street
Leadville, CO 80461
719-486-6890 (school phone)