West Park Friday Afternoon Parent Update 4/9/2021
What a great week we had at WPE. Thank you for joining us at our Virtual Celebration of Learning events last night! I am so proud of all the hard work our WPE staff and students have completed to make this such a special year.
This week, we practiced eating lunch in the cafeteria and are so excited to have our whole Crew back together on Monday. Starting Monday, all in-person students will come to school at WPE four days each week.
We had a beautiful fire drill Thursday – the entire building was empty in 3 minutes thanks to our staff and students who are so safe and efficient! The picture below shows our 1st/2nd grade students in the foreground and the kindergarten students in the background, returning safely to the school after the Fire Department cleared us.
*Do you know someone who will be 5 by October 1, 2021? If so, we’d love to have them join our kindergarten class at Lake County Elementary School! We are doing kindergarten pre-registration the month of April. Please follow this link to pre-register, and ensure that we have your correct contact information to send out the formal registration packet to you in early July.
*As you may have heard, the LCSD school board voted to accept the instructional plans for 100% in person learning. This change will begin on April 12th for students in K-2 at WPE allowing us time to practice new routines, hire staff, and re-organize classrooms. This week we are practicing our new lunch and drop off/pick up procedures.
We will start 100% in person learning on Monday, April 12th. Thank you for your patience as our drop off/pickup lines will be longer now that we have our full crew back in school! Thank you for being kind to our staff and modeling patience for your children!
What is NOT changing?
- Daily Schedule: Classes start at 8:10 and end at 3:15
- Classroom teacher
- Free breakfast, snack, lunch and dinner for all students
- District employees are the only adults allowed in the building (except for briefly in the front office)
- Current bus students may continue to still ride the bus
- Health screeners completed at home and sent with students each day
- General health precautions continue: daily health screeners, soap and water hand washing, symptomatic individuals are referred to health care professionals, a dedicated room for symptomatic individuals, regularly cleaning and disinfecting, use of air purifiers and open windows (when warm enough), and required masks of everyone, except during meals and brief times for instruction
What will be changing?
- Cohorts A and B will combine into one Crew
- Devices will stay at the school, unless the teacher needs to send them home for at-home work. Students will receive direct instruction from their certified teachers each day. We will shift from sending “at home” packets to some homework packets, according to each grade level’s preference.
- Breakfast will be served in classrooms until 8:00am. If your child is dropped off after 8:00am and needs to eat breakfast, they will be supervised while they eat in the cafeteria and then sent to join their class. All busses are dropped off by 7:55. This helps ensure classes start on time by decreasing the impact on teachers, who are cleaning up the areas, and transitioning into their first lesson of the day, which starts around 8:10.
- Children who eat breakfast at home, should be dropped off by 8:10am to start class on time.
- Lunch will now be in the cafeteria with dividers for our tables so students can still socialize and eat safely. Each class will have two sets of tables and they will wash their hands right before lunch. We will practice eating in the cafeteria the week of April 5.
- Playground will be open for one grade level at a time. Students will wash their hands when coming back in from recess.
- Project Dream staff will be incorporated into our schedule to offer enrichment and support activities – including students getting to go outside twice a week (weather permitting) during specials time! We will resume Project Dream after school programs next year; there will be no after school programs this year.
- Spacing/Seating in the classroom can be less than 3 feet if students are wearing masks – this is within the CDPHE guidelines for both “safer at home” and “protect our neighbors” phases.
- When eating, students will be at least 3 feet apart and/or use dividers, since they will not have their masks on.
- Drop off and Pick up will expand to two moving lanes on each side of the island in front of the school. Parking will be at Skyline field for parents who walk children up to the doors in the morning. Please see the attached map that was handed out at drop off this week; we practiced this last week. Please pick the lane that allows your child to enter and exit the car along the island and not in traffic.
* In order to keep some consistency for our students, they will continue to do activities with Project Dream! These activities will take place during specials time. On a rotating basis, half the class will go specials and half the class will do social-emotional learning lessons and outdoor GOL! activities with Project Dream. All Project Dream programming is OPTIONAL. If you have any questions or concerns about your child attending Project Dream activities please contact Taylor Rapke – 719-293-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have not yet signed a Project Dream waiver, we will need this in order for your child to participate. If your child is currently participating in 2nd Day Project Dream programming, you have signed a waiver! If your child is not currently participating in 2nd Day Programming, please find the waivers below. They can be completed on-line.
*Please continue to send your child with their completed health screener. We have many students who do not arrive with a health screener paper; we hope to get students to class quickly and avoid congestion at our doorways. If you need more screener papers, please contact your child’s teacher to send more home.
*Rockies Rock announcement
Greetings, families! Get Outdoors Leadville! is excited to announce the dates for Rockies Rock 2021! Camp is open to current K-7th graders.
Session 1: June 28 – July 8
Session 2: July 12 – July 23
Session 3: July 26 – Aug 5
Enrollment will open on April 12th . Please call or email Tim Best with any questions at 719.293.0445 or email@example.com Please also check our camp website for info and updates at:
*We are excited to announce a FREE 3-part Family Learning Institute for parents and families of Lake County students. This series is a partnership between LCSD, Full Circle, and other health agencies in our county. The goal of this series is to give parents more knowledge and tools to promote health and wellbeing of the family. The sessions will be held virtually on April 14th, May 12th, and June 9th from 6-7:30pm.
We will cap the series at 30 participants to provide us with enough time to answer questions and have good discussions.
At the end of the series, families that attend all 3 sessions will receive incentives that promote health and wellness*: 1) Farm bucks to spend on local produce at Cloud City Conservation Center, 2) A free one year family membership to the Get Outdoors Leadville Gear Library, and 3) a one-day family pass to the Lake County Aquatic Center. Parents, please use the following link: https://forms.gle/bnv9hyNiDqPBAR3N9
*Attention 2nd Grade Parents: This year the Gifted and Talented Program will be testing all students in 2nd grade, using an assessment called the Naglieri Nonverbal Abilities Test 3 (NNAT3). We will be using it as a universal screener for identification in General Cognitive Ability.
Giftedness is actually quite rare. We look for a minimum of three nationally-normed achievement tests to qualify someone in an academic area (i.e. Math, Reading, Science, or Social Studies), and also use universal screeners like the NNAT3. If a student scores in the 95th percentile or greater, we can use this as a data point for giftedness.
I will contact you if your child scores in the 95th percentile or greater on this screener. Please notify me via email if you would like a copy of your child’s NNAT3 report for your information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
K-2 Academic Dean
P: (719) 486-6890
April 12 WPE Begin 100% In-Person Learning Model!
Please reach out if you have concerns or celebrations you hope to share with me.
Kathleen Fitzsimmons and the entire WPE team!