We'd like to congratulate Briar Gorman on being selected as the St. Mary Parish 2020-2021 Student of the Year! Briar will now go on to compete at the next level. When you see her, be sure to congratulate her! Way to go Wildcats!!!
Parents of students attending Wyandotte in person:
I just sent a JText out. It is scheduled to run until 8PM and some may not receive it until tomorrow. If you have a missed call from the school, it is concerning the message below.
Our parish begins school on Tuesday, September 8th for K-12 students; however, we are going to use Tuesday and Wednesday as half-group days for for in-person instruction ONLY. The JText explains what day your child or children in your home attend for the first day. Half of our students will come on Tuesday, September 8th and the other half will attend on Wednesday, September 9th. Then, ALL students will attend on Thursday, September 10th. If you do not receive a JText by Thursday evening, please call the office on Friday to see when your child begins school.
Parents (or adult working with the child for virtual) may pick up your child's computer (and sign contract), paperwork, meal card, technology information, EPI school supplies if you ordered them online, and more on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH FROM 2-5:30 PM only. Please come to the new front entrance of the school and someone will meet you there. Virtual Learning begins Tuesday, September 8th.
I just got word that computers will be delivered in the next day or two. We are planning on distributing student computers, workbooks, meal cards, and first day paperwork THIS FRIDAY. I will give more information as soon as I have the times for pick-up. I do not have any more answers right now.
I’d like to welcome you to a new school year, although a very unusual one. Our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to prepare for a great start, and we are excited to see our students. To help maneuver through the process of starting, I’d like to give you a little information about some of our procedures and policies. PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION
Arrival to School: 7:20-7:50 AM
We will begin 10 min. early each day to aid in getting our students in the building safely. Students will enter the school, proceed to the cafeteria to wash their hands, pick up breakfast, and move to their homeroom classes to eat. All students will be temperature checked in their homeroom classes. (This allows students to acclimate to the temperature inside the building.) Pre-K students will stay in the cafeteria in the mornings to help lessen transitions. Their teachers will meet them there. All students will wash their hands before and after eating.
Dismissal from School: 3:00 – 3:20 PM
We will begin loading first-load buses at 2:55. Once first-load bus students are out of the building, walkers/after-care students/bicycle students will be dismissed and walked to their prospective dismissal areas. Next, second-load bus students will be dismissed to the back hallway to wait for the bus. Finally, all car riders will be dismissed and walked to the appointed grade-level area. Kindergarten and PreK students will sit in the cafeteria. All students will sit in pre-marked areas on the floor and wait to be called. Because we must dismiss by sections, please understand that car riders will not be called to vehicles until approximately 3:05- 3:10 (at least until we get the routine down). Parents will not be allowed to move into the pick-up area until 3:05 – this is a change from past year.
Checking In/Checking Out Students:
Students that arrive at school at 8:00 AM or after MUST be checked in by an adult. The adult must sign the student in at the secretarial window in the new foyer (front lobby). Students coming in at 8:00 AM or after will be marked Tardy or Late to School. Please be mindful that too many tardies or Late to School dates will be turned over to the Child Welfare Office at the School Board office.
Students may NOT be checked out from 2:25 -3:00 PM. This is a time of transition and it is very difficult to interrupt our afternoon procedures.
After-Care: 3:00 – 5:20 PM
Because of CDC regulations, After-care will be provided to a limited number of students. Applications will be sent out on Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th. The application will be posted on the school’s website, Class DOJO, and may be picked up in the office starting Tuesday, September 8th . We are limited to 25 students. Applicants will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis for full-time students only. Payment for the registration and the first full week are due with the application. We will not accept drop-ins at this time because of restrictions beyond our control. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. As soon as CDC restrictions have been lifted, we will open our re-open our enrollment.
No application will be accepted with payment. Applications will not be available until September 8, 2020. Here is the cost breakdown:
• Checks must be made payable to Wyandotte Elementary School. All fees are non-refundable and will not be accepted until September 8, 2020, WITH an attached application.
• Registration: $10 per family (one-time cost).
• Regular Weekly Fee: $25 per week first child. $12 for each additional child. This is a regular fee and due even if child is absent. If we have a scheduled short week at school, the cost is $5 per day. This fee is payable in advance.
• Late Pick-up Fee: $5 from 5:20 – 5:30 PM, $1 per minute after 5:30 PM. This fee is due when the child is picked up.
• After-care begins Monday, September 14th .
We have two scheduled recesses a day this year, 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon. Grade-level groups will select a 10-minute section of time that best fits their schedule. Teachers will take students outside (as much as possible) and keep them in separate areas away from other classes. Students will not be allowed to play on the playground equipment until CDC regulations have been lifted. Students will be able to play with only their static class. Students will not be required to wear masks during recess and must wash hands upon returning to class. While it is hot outside, teachers and students may decide to stay inside for the afternoon recess.
All students, except Kindergarten and Pre-K students, will eat in their classrooms. Students will be walked to the cafeteria, wash their hands, take an enclosed food tray provided by the cafeteria technicians, scan their lunch card, and walk back to class. Teachers will provide students with their milk choice. By eating in the classrooms, students will be able to have a more relaxed lunch and talk freely to classmates. All students will wash hands before and after eating. Kindergarten and Pre-K students will eat it the cafeteria on opposite sides of a barrier and sit in pre-marked, socially-distanced seating.
All hallways have been marked for social-distancing and walking directions.
Teachers have taped floors where student desks belong, or they have provided plastic barriers on table-tops to provide for sociallydistanced instruction. Floors have also been marked for student lines in the classroom.
Transitions from Class to Class:
Each grade-level has mapped out the flow of students from one class to the next in order to avoid coming in contact with another group. No two groups will be in the hallway transitioning at the same time.
Barriers have been placed in the gym in order to have two separate classes at the same time. Classes have separate doors to enter and exit and students will be taken to the bathroom/water as a class to ensure social-distancing. Students will not have to wear masks during PE. PE teachers have worked out lesson plans to include exercising, nutrition, stretching, flexibility, strength-training, gross-motor and fine-motor coordination, and cardiovascular exercises.
All teachers in 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th, will be teaching at least one class virtually. Our Kindergarten and 3rd grade students will have other teachers in the parish teaching their classes. It is important for parents to facilitate their child’s learning by doing the following measures:
• Monitor child to make sure he/she logs in to class. Attendance will be taken in EVERY class. Classes all occur between 8-3 PM daily. Please remember that 11 unexcused absences mean the child does not complete the subject and must retake it (maybe being retained in the grade).
• Make sure your child understands where to go, how to submit work, etc.
• Monitor the behavior of your child during class time, so he/she does not disrupt the educational process.
• Maintain constant communication with the teacher when you or your child is unsure about work or expectations.
• All work will be graded. A participation grade will also be given.
• Please make sure that everyone in the home that may pass the computer while the child is “in school” is clothed appropriately.
• Please make sure the child is in a calm and non-disruptive environment in order to focus on studies.
• Turn in work on time. A bin will be placed outside the front doors of the school each Wednesday. Please make sure the child’s name is on the work and place it in the bin marked for your child’s grade-level. Work will only be collected on Wednesdays.
First Days of School:
We will spend the first week of school going over transitions, procedures, COVID protocols, learning technology, and building our classroom communities. Since the students have been out of school for so long, it is important for us to build trust and community first. We will begin getting into subject content sometime during the second week of school. This will include instruction of standards students missed out on at the end of last year and reviewing content they have already learned. We will then move into MAP testing (beginning of the year diagnostic testing) to see exactly where our students are in their educational process. We do not want to overwhelm our students, but we do want to get into a routine as soon as possible.
Spirit T-Shirt/Sweatshirt/Mask Orders:
Orders for this year’s spirit wear will be due on Friday, September 18th by 2 PM.
School Supplies and EPI Orders and 2nd School Supply Drop-off:
Parents that purchased school supplies through the EPI online portal and your child is going to do the Virtual Learning, you may pick up your child’s school supplies when you are called to pick up your child’s computer, workbooks, first day papers, and meal card. All students that will attend school in person, supplies are with the homeroom teacher already.
We will have a second supply drop-off on Thursday, September 3rd, from 11 AM – 1PM ONLY. We are doing this to help students not have to carry so much the first day of classes since they will be going through the cafeteria to wash hands and pick up breakfast. It’s a little too cumbersome for some to manage. Please drop off all supplies at the glass gym doors. No one will be available at any other time to collect supplies.
First two day of School Attendance:
Students are divided into two groups: A and B. Group B will attend on Tuesday, September 8th and Group A will attend on Wednesday, September 9th. All students (K-5) attend school on Thursday, September 10th . You will receive a JText by Wednesday, September 2nd , telling you that your child(ren) will come on “such and such” day. That means that every child in your household (at the same address) enrolled in Wyandotte Elementary will attend on the same day. Dividing the students will help us to better help students learn our new protocols and procedures.
Pre-K students will not attend until the next week and your Pre-K teacher should have already reached out to you.
I am looking forward to a fantastic school year and anxious to get our students back to school. As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns that I can help you with. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and our school phone number is 985- 384-0724.
Wyandotte Parents: I am sorry to have to inform you, but students will NOT be allowed to wear neck gators this year. The Office of Public Health is not approving them. I'm so sorry if this causes an inconvenience. Unfortunately, we must follow the state and national guidelines on these matters.
I am working on a "Back to School" informational letter to send out next week. This will detail some of our protocols, how students will return to school the first week of school, and arrival/dismissal times. I will post on DOJO, the school's website, and the parent FB page.
We are finally moving into the new office suite Monday. If you cannot reach the office by phone, please email me at email@example.com.
Wyandotte Parents: Please remember that this Wednesday, August 19th, is the LAST and FINAL day to decide whether your child will be in Virtual Learning or attend school in person. If you have already signed a contract and are not changing your mind, there is no need to call us. We already have your child scheduled. If you plan to make a change, please call our office no later than 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 19th. The parish is not allowing ANY changes after that.
There are no Medicare sales representatives. Anyone who tried to sell you Medicare insurance is a scammer.
You do NOT have to join a prescription drug plan to keep your Medicare insurance. Medicare Part D is voluntary and has nothing to do with your regular Medicare coverage.
Telephone scammers posing as "official agents" may ask for personal information, offer free equipment or services, ask for a quick payment, or threaten you. Just hang up.
Help with Medicare is available at medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE.
For Affordable Care Act:
Compare plans and quality ratings at healthcare.gov, where you can also enroll.
This year, you can also sign up for an ACA plan directly with certain certified partners. Make sure a company is on the Certified Partner list before giving them your information.
After you apply for ACA, you may get a phone call from the Marketplace asking you to verify information or supply additional information. If you are unsure about trusting the caller, ask the representative to mail you a letter with instructions for completing your application.
Help for ACA is available from the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. You can also meet with a local assistant in your community who will offer free assistance. Local assistance can be found through the Local Assistance tool.
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