WWS Updates - May 8, 2020

  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 8 

    Summer Child Care

    As we announced last week, opportunity camps (science, sports, art, etc) will not be open in June.  Given the Governor's executive order for school facilities and grounds to remain closed through June 30th, our SSP team is currently working on developing a plan for possibly opening childcare in July for essential workers and for families needing childcare as an essential component as they return to work.  The SSP team is currently working with State and local officials on required safety guidelines with a goal of possibly opening summer childcare the week of July 6th. CDC social distancing guidelines will be followed upon opening. We will share additional information as it becomes available.  

    Link to Coffee Talk Video

    Check out Dr. Grate’s virtual Coffee Talk video answering some of the questions you submitted!  Coffee Talk Link

    Thanks to everyone who submitted questions - keep them coming!  Send your questions to [email protected] and we will respond promptly!  

    Device Information

    If you have a school issued device from our Technology Services Group, please keep that device during the summer months.  We will be retrieving all school-issued devices when we return to school for the 2020-21 school year.   However, if your device needs repaired, please call the helpdesk (317.867.8087, Monday - Friday, 9am - 8pm) and they will be able to help you.  If you need to access wifi, please visit the COVID-19 section of the district website, which includes a map of school building parking lots where you can park and get connected. 

    Parent Resources 

    We appreciate Dr. Lori L. Desautels’ collaboration with Westfield Washington Schools to create a video series supporting parents, staff, and community, as we all try to understand how our brains are processing during COVID-19.   

    You will find Dr. Desautels videos on the WWS Parent University Web Page under Parent Self Care.  Parent Self Care is essential but may prove more difficult under today's circumstances. 

    Check out these short (less than 10 min) videos to help you grow and process during this time!

    Week 1 - Taking Care of Our Brains

    Week 2 - Brains & Emotions 

    Week 3 - Focused Attention Practices

    Week 4 - Sensations are Physicalized

    Week 5 - Body Reflection

    Week 6 - Closure in the Midst of Adversity

    Week 7 - Just Say it! Draw it! Write it!.  

    Graduation Plans Announced

    Last week, Westfield High School announced their plans for the class of 2020 graduation.  It will be a virtual graduation on May, 27 at 7pm, the original graduation date.  Please click this link for more details and learn how you can tune in!   

    eLearning for 2019-20

    There are three eLearnings days to go for the 2019-2020 year:

    Tuesday, May 12

    Wednesday, May 13

    Thursday,  May 14

    All eLearning assignments are due Monday, May 18th by noon. 

    Next School Year

    A few reminders for next school year.

    We know there is anxiety and uncertainty about what next school year looks like.  Governor Holcomb has announced he will provide additional clarity about next school year on or around July 4th. While we don’t have answers at this point, we are working to plan for different scenarios. We will communicate those to you as decisions are made.  

    Here are two things you can do now to help us plan. 

    Kindergarten Registration. Please help us plan for the class of ‘33! Enroll your student today - the process is easy, and online. Visit the Parents tab of our website and click on the registration link. 

    Demographic Updates.  Next week, you will be receiving an email asking you to update your student’s demographic information for the 2020-21 school year.  Please take a moment to provide us with updated information. Even if you have no changes, please review and submit to confirm.  These steps will help us be prepared for the fall.   

    2020 Census

    Did you know that 1 in 10 young children were missed in the 2010 Census? We have to do better in #2020Census. Big or small, count them all! #countallkids The online form only takes minutes to complete, and the census results will direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. Take a few moments this week to complete your form.

    https://2020census.gov/ 

    Until next week….. Stay Healthy and ROCK ON!