WGSD – March 27

Dear WGSD Family,

I continue to think about your well-being and that of our neighbors, locally, regionally and globally. The virus continues to have an impact on each of us – from small to life-changing ways. Please do whatever you can do to care for yourself, loved ones and all. To those of you whose work and/or care is leading you to help on the “front lines, ” my thoughts and prayers for you are ongoing. Thank you!

Like life, changes in how we “do school” will likely remain dynamic for some time. Our staff members have dedicated a tremendous amount of time and effort to plan for how to care for, including teach and support, children and families during the closure. That being said, please don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions and needs for support. We’re here for you!

Each Friday, I will email a message to families and staff that includes updated, relevant information and resources (see below). The message will also be included on the following blog: eachchildeachdaywgsd.com. You can use the blog as a “warehouse” to view prior messages and access resources once shared.

In the spirit of connectedness and community, each Friday, I’m going to issue a fun challenge to district children! Certainly, no one has to participate.  To view and share a message with students and see this week’s challenge, please click here:

If your child(ren) would like to submit a video, please:

  • email it to simpson.john@wgcloud.org by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1,
  • let me know if you don’t want your child’s video included in my weekly message next Friday, and
  • know that donations related to the challenge will not come from district funds.

With Care,

John

 

Food Assistance

In an effort to support families, we are now serving free “Grab and Go” breakfasts and lunches (food may not be consumed on-site) to all children between the ages of 0 and 18 at Hudson Elementary, located at 9825 Hudson Ave., Rock Hill, MO 63119. This program is available Monday – Friday from 10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., and will continue as long as the district is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The children must be present to receive the meals.  Delivery during that same time frame will also be an option (see below).

So we can ensure we have enough meals prepared, we are asking anyone who is interested in breakfast and/or lunch to respond to this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/BETXJMMvhKZJCUHLA. If you prefer to share this information over the phone, you can also call 314-918-4156 and leave a message.

Also, please click on the following link to access food support for your entire family within our district community and the St. Louis region: https://www.operationfoodsearch.org/find-food/.

Critical Behavioral and Mental Health Supports

As a result of our participation in the St. Louis County Children’s Service Fund, several of our partnering agencies are offering free telehealth options during the COVID-19 crisis. The agencies with whom we work that are offering this option are:

CHADS (Coalition for Mental Health): 314-952-8274
Epworth Children and Family Service: 314-727-6294
Jewish Family and Children’s Services: 314-812-9378
Lutheran Family and Children’s Services of Missouri: 314-787-5100
Preferred Family Healthcare Inc.: 636-751-3691
Safe Connections: 314-646-7500 (ext: 146)

If you need any support finding a resource to match your need(s), please call or email your child’s counselor or administrator. If you’d like support from a district administrator, please contact John M. Thomas, Director of Student Services at thomas.johnm@wgmail.org or 314-918-4378.

Talking about COVID-19 and Monitoring Children

Please click on the following link to learn from mental health professionals about talking with children of all ages about what’s happening and signs you might look for to seek mental health assistance for them: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z0baGBgRs77oAaksk9LqEPpbuJFbrj8F/view

Illness Prevention and Playgrounds (Click on the item to access more information):

Please click on the following link to learn how to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 Illness: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.  I’ve received a few reports recently of children and families that are using our playgrounds for recreation.  Research has shown that COVID-19 remains on plastic and some steel surfaces.  Thus, the dangerous virus would live on our playground equipment for some time if utilized by a person infected, knowingly or not.  Please do not use our playground equipment, or any public playground equipment, at this time!

Enrolling New Students Including Incoming Kindergartner

Welcome to the Webster Groves School District! During our extended school closure, we will continue to enroll students through email, phone, etc. You will begin the enrollment process for your child(ren) by emailing a detailed message (including phone#) to Anna Trinh (trinh.anna@wgmail.org) or by calling and leaving a message for Ms. Trinh at 314-961-1233.  You will then be connected to the person who will see you through the entire enrollment process. Following the enrollment process, you will complete online registration through the parent portal. Parent portal access will be emailed to you during enrollment. Please note that online registration for 2020-2021 will not be available until summer of 2020. You will be notified by email when online registration is open for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please know that we do understand that certain circumstances will make this enrollment process unique.  Please click the following link, to view the documents you’ll need in support to enroll your child(ren): https://www.webster.k12.mo.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=26.

2020-21 Dr. Henry Givens Jr. Elementary Open House and Kindergarten Lottery

If you’re interested in sending your child to kindergarten at Givens for the 2020-21 school year, the school will be hosting a kindergarten open house event online Tuesday, April 7 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please notify Beverly Brooks (brooks.beverly@wgmail.org or 314-610-3529) if you would like to attend the virtual open house and she will reach out with a meeting ID as the event nears.

Families whose homes will be zoned for Givens when the new boundary lines are implemented in 2021-22 can choose to send their incoming kindergarten student to Givens in 2020-21. If your family will not be zoned for Givens in 21-22 and you would like to send your incoming kindergarten student to Givens in 2020-21, you may participate in the lottery which will take place online Thursday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. Please notify (brooks.beverly@wgmail.org or 314-610-3529) if you would like to attend the virtual lottery and she will reach out with a meeting ID as the event nears.

To find out if you’re home will be zoned for Givens in 2021-22, please click on the following link and type in your address: https://www.myschoollocation.com/WebsterGrovesSD/default.aspx.

Technology Support for District Devices

Online learning is under way! If you’d like to view a variety of resources and “how to” videos in support of your children’s learning, please access the district’s Alternative Learning Plan here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1N_JnVYSMFJw0FXQrqHg5xAblI8Ntto3h/view?usp=sharing.

If you need assistance with the district computer you’re using, please contact the Parent Technology Support Line at 314-455-7080, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.