e-News for September 2020

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Listed below you will find important reminders and updates for the month of September.


SEPTEMBER EVENTS

No School
Monday, September 7

Early Dismissal
Friday, September 18
Details to come on how this will impact your child’s Distance Learning 2.0 schedule.

2020-2021 Calendar
If you haven’t already downloaded a copy, the complete school calendar for 2020-2021 school year is available online, click here. We do still plan to distribute a wall calendar and family guide once students return to school; however, during Distance Learning our online calendar is the best place to look for cycle days and school events. To view the online calendar, click here.


BACK TO SCHOOL UPDATES

Student Attendance
If technical difficulites occur with Zoom while your child is attempting to log on to a class, please know the District will not hold that against your child's attendance. We realize, especially during the first few days of school, that students may encounter difficulties at no fault of their own. We do ask that if your student cannot connect to a Zoom meeting, they email their teacher who can then provide them with missed work and adjust their attendance accordingly. Additionally, a reminder that parent and doctor notes can now be submitted electronically through PowerSchool. Click here for more details. 


First Day of School Video
If you have not already, please be sure to submit your first day of school photos to me by Friday, August 28 at 8 a.m. to ensure they are included in our annual video.  The finished video will be posted to the District website and social media accounts early next week.  Thank you to all who have already submitted photos.  To learn more, click here.


Changes to our Grab-and-Go Bagged Meals Program
The program which granted the District the ability to provide meals at no cost to children under 18 will expire on August 31.  As a result, changes must be made to our Grab-and-Go Bagged Meal Program starting on September 1.  Please refer to our website for details on these changes and information on how your family can apply for free or reduced meals this school year. Click here.


Parent-Student Handbooks and Annual Notices are posted on our website.


Parent Portal
Our Parent Portal provides quick links to our Technology Help Center, Student Devices Issues Form, Distance Learning 2.0 Resources, Health and Safety Plan, and a variety of parent forms and resources from A-Z. Click here to bookmark this page for easy reference.


SCHOOL BOARD UPDATES

Following recommendations to limit group gatherings, board meetings are currently not open for public attendance. Public participation is still welcome and encouraged via email and through our live stream. Details can be found on our website, click here.

Upcoming Board Meetings
September 10, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
September 17, 2020, 6:30 p.m.


Board News
Board Vacancy:
The District is currently looking for someone to fill a vacancy on the Board. Under the School Code, to be eligible to be elected or appointed to a Pennsylvania school board, one must be a citizen, at least 18 years old, of good moral character, and a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to the date of election or appointment. To fill this vacancy, the candidate must also live within Region 3 (Fairview Township Precinct 3, Newberry Township Precincts 1 & 3, Goldsboro Borough, Lewisberry Borough). The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020. Click here for details.

Resolution to Waive Real Estate Tax Penalty:
On August 20, the Board adopted a resolution extending the discount period and waiving the penalty associated with the failure to make a timely Real Estate taxes payment for the 2020-2021 school year. For details, please click here and/or contact your tax collector.

Related Links:
Board Agendas - published 24 hours before the meeting
Board Minutes - posted after Board approval
Watch Meetings Online - meetings are streamed live and archived for viewing after the meeting



UPCOMING EVENT

West Shore Foundation Virtual Gala
Saturday, October 17

The West Shore Foundation provides financial support for the enrichment of Academics, Arts, Athletics, Technology, and Leadership in the West Shore School District. The Gala, with its silent auction and special performances, is one way the Foundation raises funds to support these efforts. Click here to check out the Foundation’s new website and details about the 5th Annual Gala. 




I know this was a lengthy email, but I hope you find it helpful.

Have a great weekend!

Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
#WestShoreProud


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