e-News for November 2021

November is National Gratitude Month. On behalf of the District, THANK YOU for being part of our West Shore school community.
Listed below you will find important reminders and dates for the month.

November Observances
National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

Veterans Day 
Thursday, November 11

American Education Week
Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19
Each day of the week has its own theme, during which we celebrate our school community.

Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) Awareness Week
Monday, November 15 through Friday, November 19
To show solidarity with children experiencing homelessness, everyone is encouraged to wear red for Red Shirt Day on Friday, November 19.

Calendar Reminders
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sunday, November 7

Report Card Information Available in PowerSchool
Monday, November 15

Report card information for grade 1-12 will be available online November 15, in PowerSchool. To view and print grades in the traditional report card style, please click the "Report Cards" tab on the left after logging into the PowerSchool website (not available in the app). Parents, if you need to set up a PowerSchool account or would like to request a printed version of your child’s report card, please contact your child's building secretary.

Kindergarten ONLY Parent Conferences
Friday, November 19

Kindergarten students do not have school on Friday, November 19.

Scheduled Remote Learning Day
Monday, November 22
Rather than bringing students in for a half day with a condensed early dismissal schedule, the 2021-2022 calendar incorporates scheduled Remote Learning Days for students with professional and support staff members using the day for staff development, data analysis, and collaboration. These scheduled days are not COVID related and students will not have scheduled Zoom sessions.   
Related Information:
STUDENT WORK: Teachers will provide asynchronous work for students equal to a half day of instruction. Assignments will be posted in Seesaw (K-5) and Schoology (6-12) and may be completed on Monday, or anytime over Thanksgiving Break, and submitted at the start of school day on Tuesday, November 30. Students/parents should email their teacher if they have a question regarding the work assigned and he/she will respond as time allows. On Remote Learning Days, although teachers do have dedicated planning time in the morning and afternoon, they will be engaged in Staff Development throughout most of their work day.

ATTENDANCE: On a scheduled Remote Learning Day, students do not need to sign in to PowerSchool or any other learning platform for attendance. All students will be marked present, unless reported as absent by the parent or guardian. If your child is sick on the Remote Learning Day, please follow the regular procedures for absence notification. Standard make-up procedures will apply if your child is absent.    

VO-TECH: Transportation will be provided to Cumberland Perry Area CTC for those students who have registered. If you did not sign up for transportation and would like to be added, please contact Miss Pepperman, Supervisor of Transportation.
No School
Tuesday, November 23 through Monday, November 29

Classes will resume on Tuesday, November 30, cycle day 6. Parent conferences will also be held during this week. Please contact your child’s teacher(s) if you have not set up a conference time and would like to meet with them. 

Upcoming Events
Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center (CPACTC) Exploration Nights
Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4, 5-7 p.m., CPACTC
This is a great way for students in grades 7-10 to learn more about the Human Services, Arts & Technology, Helath Services, Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation programs offered at CPACTC. Families can learn more by clicking here or visiting their website at www.cpatech.org. You do not need to register for this event to attend. Additionally, if your child knows they would like to attend CPACTC next school year, the application portal is now open. Visit www.cpatech.org to apply. Deadline for early admission is Friday, December 17, 2021.

12 Angry Jurors
Friday, November 12 through Sunday, November 14, Cedar Cliff High School
The Cedar Cliff Players will present 12 Angry Jurors on Friday, November 12 and Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults. All tickets can be purchased at the door.

Disney's Aladdin Kids - Postponed

Winter PIAA Sports Begin
Friday, November 19

West Shore Boyz Noyz Festival - Cancelled

Matilda Jr. The Musical
Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5, Red Land High School
Red Land High School will present Roald Dahl’s Matilda Jr. The Musical on Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students, $10 for adults, and $10 for all tickets purchased at the door. To pre-purchase your ticket, please visit: www.showtix4u.com

Middle School Career Awareness Fair for Eighth Grade Students 
Thursday, December 9, hosted by Crossroads Middle School
This event is open to students at all three middle schools and our virtual learning academy, and will be hosted by Crossroads Middle School. As students start to think about high school and their future after graduation, it is important for them to be exposed to different career possibilities. The fair provides students the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers and speak to individuals working in them.  If you or your business would be interested in volunteering to participate in the event, please click here to learn more and register.

School Board Meetings
All meetings are held at the Administration Center for Education and open to the public. For information about in person and remote attendance, public and electronic comments, and meeting accommodations, please click here. Masks are required for in person attendance.

School Board Policy Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 5 p.m.

School Board Meetings
Thursday, November 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:30 p.m. 

Related Links:
  • Watch Meetings Online - meetings are streamed live and archived for viewing after the meeting
  • On Board – online newsletter providing a summary of Board discussions, relevant links, and photos from Board meetings
  • Board Agendas - published 24 hours before the meeting
  • Board Minutes - posted after Board approval 

Quick Links
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus - The District was impacted by global supply chain issues and a recent fire at the manufacturing plant which supplies toner to our Print Shop copiers. As a result, we are not printing menus for elementary students at this time. Meal and nutritional information can be found on our website.
  • District COVID-19 Tracker - Updated each day school is in session.
  • Keeping Our Schools Open - Health & Safety Information and FAQs
  • Parent Portal - with links to our Tech Help Center, Learning Platform FAQs, and Parent Forms and Resources

Join Our Team
If you are interested in joining our team, we would love to meet you!  We currently have a variety of immediate openings.
  • The District is seeking teachers, building aides, secretaries, paraprofessionals, food service staff, technology department technicians, and custodial/maintenance team members. We also have a NEW Occasional Support Substitute Position! If you are looking for a flexible schedule and would like to work just 1-2 days per week, we encourage you to apply for the Occasional Support Substitute Position. Based on interest and District needs, substitutes would assist in multiple facets of district operations. To learn more about any of these positions, check out our employment page.
  • Substitute Teacher Service, Inc. (STS), the District's substitute teacher contractor, is also hiring. You can work as little or as much as you would like as a substitute teacher in West Shore. You do not need a teaching certificate to become a substitute, just a four-year degree.  To find out more or apply, please visit thesubservice.com.
  • First Student, the District’s transportation contractor, also has immediate openings for part-time bus and van drivers. To learn more, please call 717-938-8788.

I hope you were able to easily access the links above and found the information included this month helpful. For additional building specific events and cycle days, please refer to the District’s online calendar.  
Take care,
Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
Please consider following the District’s official facebook, twitter, instagram, and linkedin accounts @WestShoreSD.


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