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Waterbury Weekly

May 18, 2020

Dear Waterbury School Community,
 
Wow! Where did the year go? We have certainly been in an unprecedented time! The year 2020 will be one we will remember for years to come. While it seems like only yesterday, it was the first day of school in August, by March the coronavirus transformed our educational system and fast-forwarded us to remote learning.
 
Even though it’s been a while since we have all been together, we can still look back at the friendships and memories we have created along the way… both in school and through virtual learning environments. Waterbury Elementary School is a great place to learn, and I hope the students had fun participating in the many exciting learning activities and events that our teachers, staff members, and PTO parents had planned for them. My favorite activities included the Back to School Pool Party, Family Reading Night, and our annual Holiday Sing and Jump Rope Contest. I also enjoyed participating in classroom ZOOM meetings and receiving pictures and messages on the challenges I gave you during our remote learning days! Even though we couldn’t be together, I had many opportunities to see your smiling faces. 
 
I am proud of every one of you. Thank you for a great school year, and best wishes for many successful years ahead. Good luck to our fifth graders as they begin a new educational journey in Middle School, and I hope they come back and visit often.
 
Finally, to you, the parents, thank you for your generosity of time, talent, and resources. The volunteer hours you spend in the classroom, the donations of supplies and food preparation, and the charitable gifts you make both to the school and the community-at-large do not go unnoticed. I speak for the entire Waterbury staff in saying we would not accomplish what we do without your help. Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day!
 
Best wishes for a safe, exciting, and fun-filled summer!
 
Dr. Debbie Guzan
Principal
 
 
Scheduled Pick Up Days to Collect Student Belongings
 
The district has planned a “Keeneyville ESD20 Spirit Week” during the last week of school, where families are encouraged to drive to school to pick-up all student belongings, including items left in desks, and lockers. Families may also return any items to school at this time, including library books. Students returning to Waterbury or Spring Wood in the fall will keep their Chromebooks during the summer. If a family is leaving the district, they are asked to drop off their Chromebook, case, and charger at this time.
 
Grade Level Pick Up will be from 9 AM – 3 PM each day:
 
Tuesday, May 26: Grades K & 1
Wednesday, May 27: Grades 2 & 3
Thursday, May 28: Grades 4 & 5
 
Teachers and staff members will be at school during their assigned grade times to wave goodbye to their students for the summer!  Teachers will provide families with the times he/she will be helping with the pick-up process if a teacher is unable to stay the entire time. Pick-up day will follow the current pick-up and drop off procedures. Drivers are to use the “zipper method” off Rodenburg to enter the driveway and pull up as far as possible. We are asking everyone to remain in the vehicle. Teachers and staff members will bring the bagged items to each vehicle. We are also asking each vehicle to create a sign (using a piece of paper and a dark marker) to hold up in their window when they are in the pick-up line to allow the pick-up procedure to run smoothly. Signs should include their child’s name, grade, and teacher.
 
SALLY STUDENT
 
3 – TEACHER NAME
 
This Week’s Waterbury Wildcat Family Challenge:
Exploring Nature with the Five Senses
 
Now that the weather is finally getting nicer, I was looking for an activity for families to enjoy outside!  I found this scavenger hunt on the Childhood 101 website. The Childhood 101 website, https://childhood101.com/, is dedicated to inspiring parents, teachers, and other caregivers to create playful learning opportunities for children aged 2-12.
 
The nature scavenger hunt I am sharing today has a fun twist too – it encourages children to use each of their five senses to find the treasures on their quest. There are so many things to see, smell, hear, touch, and even taste outdoors (obviously, speak to your children about not tasting anything from the garden without checking with you!)
First page of the PDF file: NatureHunt
ESD20’s ABC Countdown to Summer Vacation
 
The district has begun celebrating the last days of school with an all-district ABC countdown. Each school day will have a different theme and activity.  We hope you enjoy the ESD20 ABC Countdown to Summer with your family. Look for the “Share Your Pictures Here” link located at the top right corner of the web page to share pictures of you and your family having fun while at home together. We all need to keep those ESD20 POSITIVE VIBES going strong! 
 
Remote Learning Questions?
Technology Problems?
 
A Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  page has been created to help address several common issues that we have seen. Several guides and tutorials have been included in addition to basic troubleshooting advice. As more common problems arise, this page will be updated, so please check back often.
 
If you are experiencing technical difficulties or your child’s device is broken, please first check the FAQs as it may be a simple fix that you can handle at home. 
 
If you are unable to resolve your tech concern, email technology@esd20.org and our D20 Technology Department will respond to you within 24 hours.  If your device needs to be repaired or replaced, you must make an appointment with the Tech Department to bring it in when they are available.
District 20 Food Distribution Schedule!
 
District 20 continues to provide meals for children age 18 and below or enrolled in school. Each child will receive two meals per day, one breakfast and one lunch. These meals can be picked up at the same time at ANY of the District 20 serving sites, as listed below. Meals will be available as a Grab & Go service at each location at the door indicated.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION
 
Keeneyville School District 20 has decided to modify Student Enrollment procedures for the 2020-2021 School Year in light of the health and safety concerns. The health and safety of our students, families, and staff remain a priority for us, and we want to meet your needs and the needs of our community. We have outlined a procedure for this year only that we hope will meet your needs, and the needs of our community, as we adapt to the current situation. We need to plan for the 2020-21 School Year, and we are grateful for your help in getting your child ready for the next school year! Registration information can be found by clicking on this link:
 
 
The Board of Education has waived all registration fees for students who register by July 31 due to the uncertainty in the economy. All families will still be required to pay the $45 technology fee to ensure that the district can continue as a 1:1 device district. Please note that starting August 1, the $150 registration fee will be reinstated. Register now to take advantage of the district’s opportunity to register without paying the $150 registration fee!
 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding student enrollment in District 20, please email registration@esd20.org.
 
WATERBURY
REMOTE LEARNING SUPPORT
 
HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE SCHOOL OFFICE?
Please call
8 AM – 12 Noon
630-893-8180
 
If no one answers, please leave a message
with your name and phone number,
and reason for your call,
and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
 
TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
Experiencing a Tech Problem?
Contact the Tech Department
 
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
If your student needs support, contact:
Ms. Stalzer   kstalzer@esd20.org