From the Board of Education – February 2016
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CENTRAL PTSA BUDGET ADVOCACY
Our district is fortunate to have a committed Central Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) that serves our students, faculty, staff, and community at large. As we plan for the 2016-17 Webster CSD budget, Central PTSA is offering some important advocacy information related to many topics, including New York State’s Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). If you’d like to learn more about a petition you can sign to eliminate the GEA and what that could mean for Webster students, please visit http://www.websterptsa.org, and click on the “Advocacy” tab. Under that tab, there is also additional GEA information and a host of other helpful advocacy links.
POSTCARDS SERVE AS CONVERSATION STARTERS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS FOR PARENTS AND KIDS
See something? Hear something? Have the courage to SAY something! LOVE your kid. ASK them questions! This is at the core of the message that the District Chemical Abuse Prevention (CAP) team is sharing with families. CAP is sending parents of students grades 4-12 a monthly postcard designed to be a conversation starter to discuss what can be difficult topics with your kids.
Families of fourth through twelfth graders should have received their first post card last month. That post card shared, “Do you know 18% of Webster seventh and eighth graders (150 kids) report that they have gone to a party where alcohol and other drugs were available for their use? Is there a responsible adult present at the parties your child attends? Are you sure you know? Ask and find out.”
The information on the cards comes from Webster’s results of the nationally administered 2015 Youth Risk Behavior. All of the postcards come with the CAP webpage, URL http://www.websterschools.org/cap, and the page’s QR code so parents have access to further information and resources.
KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION PARENT MEETING: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29
If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016, that child is eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17 school year. Beginning early this month, parents can download a kindergarten registration packet by visiting the district’s web site at websterschools.org. Packets are also available at District Office (3rd floor of Spry Middle School) and all elementary school buildings.
An important kindergarten orientation parent meeting will take place on Monday, February 29, 6:30 p.m. at your child’s school. You can bring your completed packet to that meeting or you may visit your child’s school from March 1 – March 3, any time from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, to register. Remember to bring your completed registration packet with all necessary documents. If you have any questions, please contact Webster’s Central Registration Office at 216-0029.
FROM THE BOARD TABLE:
During the board’s January 21 meeting, the board received a report regarding the district’s Humanities department. The Humanities department includes all K-12 English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy instruction, social studies, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), English as a New Language (ENL), and library. The report focused on the adoption and implementation of the K-2 “Fundations” foundational reading program, the collaboration to continue building and strengthening the 6-12 ELA/Literacy program, along with the development and implementation of a district-wide eighth grade social studies project.
Remember, you can view the entire report and board of education meeting by visiting http://www.websterschools.org, and clicking on the “Board of Education” quick link.
The board also approved a resolution to appoint Tammy Gurowski to fill the vacant seat on the board as Tom Nespeca recently resigned. Ms. Gurowski will serve until May 17, 2016. We welcome her to the board and thank her for her willingness to serve our district.
As always, we remind you that public attendance at all board meetings and workshops is welcomed. Please plan on attending February’s upcoming board meetings:
- Thursday February 4, 2016 – BOE Meeting – Strategic Planning update (7:00 p.m., Spry Middle School Auditorium, 119 South Avenue)
- Thursday, February 25, 2016 – BOE Workshop – BOCES visit (This workshop will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Conference Room B, District Offices, 3rd floor of Spry Middle School; please note timing is subject to change on BOE workshops)
Parents Invited to Kindergarten Registration Orientation
Kindergarten registration begins Monday, February 29, during Parent Orientation. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2016, that child is eligible for kindergarten enrollment for the 2016-17 school year.
Parents can download a kindergarten registration packet by visiting the Central Registration webpage at websterschools.org, or by picking up a packet at your child(ren)’s elementary school, or at the district office, 119 South Avenue.
To register, take the completed registration packet with the original and one copy of all other necessary documents to your student’s school on February 29 for the 6:30 p.m. Parent Orientation. You can also bring your completed packet to your child’s school from March 1 – March 3, any time from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily, to register.
School registration is based on residency. Webster students attend the school assigned to their home address. Use the School Locater Tool on the Central Registration webpage for placement information. Families with students in day care, please note:
- If your child will attend a commercial day care, take your paperwork to the school assigned to your address.
- If your child will attend a private day care, take your paperwork to the school assigned to that address.
If you have any questions, please contact Webster’s Central Registration Office at 216-0029.