e-News for August 2022

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Happy August to my fellow West Shore families and staff! As we countdown the days to the start of the 2022-2023 school year, there are several questions your family may be asking and, with that in mind, I hope you find the following information and links helpful.
Important Dates
As they are finalized, dates and times for open houses and back-to-school nights are being emailed to families and added to our online calendar. At the top of the online calendar, you can also download a copy of the complete 2022-2023 school calendar. Click here to view.

Fall PIAA Sports Begin
Monday, August 15
High School New Family and Ninth Grade Orientations
Monday, August 15

Middle School New Family and Sixth Grade Orientations
Monday, August 22

Elementary New Family Orientations
Tuesday, August 23

First Day for Cumberland Perry Area Career & Technical Center
Thursday, August 25

First Day of School for Students
Monday, August 29

No School - Labor Day
Monday, September 5
School Day Schedule
All schools will utilize a six-day cycle. Cycle days can be found on the online calendar and in the printed calendar sent home the first week of school.
  • Morning Kindergarten - 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Afternoon Kindergarten - 12:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Elementary Schools - 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Middle Schools - 7:38 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
  • High Schools - 7:37 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Bus Schedule & Teacher Assignments
On Monday, August 15, bus, teacher, class, and schedule information for all students will be available on the PowerSchool website. Please note, bus pick up and drop off times are not available in the PowerSchool app. If you do not have a parent PowerSchool account, please contact your child’s school to obtain the access codes needed. Please note, you will not be able to create a new parent account until PowerSchool reopens. 
 
PowerSchool will open on Monday, August 15, following a staggered schedule.
  • High School – 9 a.m.
  • Middle School – noon
  • Elementary School – 2 p.m.
Helpful PowerSchool Links
In addition to the PowerSchool access, on August 16, an email will be sent to parents of students in kindergarten through fifth grade with teacher assignment and detailed bus information. Please check your spam/junk mail folders if you do not see this message in your inbox.   If you have multiple children in the District, your individual email messages may also be grouped together in your inbox.
School Supplies
All necessary materials and supplies for learning in the elementary classroom will be provided by the District. We understand parents often want to supplement those materials, and if they choose to, are welcome to purchase additional items for their students (designer folders, pencil cases, etc.). 

At the middle and high school level, teachers may have recommendations for school supplies and calculators. If your family can use assistance from the District in obtaining these supplies or others (backpacks, shoes, jackets, etc.), please contact your child’s teacher or school counselor.
Student Meal Prices 
The USDA waivers that allowed us to provide free meals for all students have not been renewed for the 2022-2023 school year. If you believe your child qualifies for free or reduced meals, please fill out the form sent home the first week of classes or complete the application online

  • Breakfast (Grades K-12) - $1.85
  • Lunch (Grades K-5) - $3.15  
  • Lunch (Grades 6-12) - $3.25 and $3.60  
  • Reduced Price Breakfast (Grades K-12)- $0.30  
  • Reduced Price Lunch (Grades K-12) - $0.40  

Depositing Money Into Student Accounts
Over the summer the District switched from k12paymentcenter to TITAN for use by parents in managing their student meal account and student fee online payments. If your child had unused funds in their k12paymentcenter account, their balance has been automatically transferred to TITAN for you. For directions on setting up your TITAN account, please click here. TITAN may also be used to apply for free or reduced meals.
District Issued Device Check
For those families returning from last school year, please take a moment to check your student’s iPad/Chromebook to make sure it is able to turn on and is working correctly. If your student’s device needs repairs, as soon as possible, drop it off at the Administration Center (507 Fishing Creek Road, Lewisberry) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, so our technicians can get the device up and running prior to the first day of classes. For families new to West Shore, your child will be receiving a device for their use this school year, more details to come.
Fifth Annual First Day of School Video
One of our favorite West Shore traditions is our first day signs and video to commemorate the start of another school year. Last year’s video featured 947 students, 87 staff members, 2 student teachers, 9 pets, and 9 future West Shore students (ie. younger siblings)! We would love to surpass that number this year.  Click here for details on how you can participate.
Quick Links
  • 2022-2023 School Calendar - Start planning ahead now for next school year.
  • Transportation Exception Request - May be used to request a bus stop different from the assigned stop associated with the child’s residence provided the alternative stop is in the same school attendance area as the child’s school.  
  • Free and Reduced Price Meal Application Information - Families who may qualify are encouraged to apply for free or low cost meals this school year. 
  • Electronic Absence Submission - If your child will not be in school for the day due to illness or doctor/dentist appointment, you can submit their absence electronically through PowerSchool.
  • Volunteer Clearance Policy & Procedures - For everyone's safety, any adult wishing to volunteer is required to complete the Volunteer Application Process before being approved to do so.  
  • Annual Notices - Numerous federal laws require school districts to provide students, parents, and/or the public with notices. This page provides quick links to those notices.
Join Our Team
Our WHY is to provide students with inspiring and relevant experiences so they may live meaningful, purposeful, and impactful lives. If you would like to join our team and help us fulfill this pledge, we have a variety of immediate openings for building aides, paraprofessionals, food service staff, custodial/maintenance team members, and coaches. To learn more about any of these positions, check out our employment page.
I hope you were able to easily access the links above and found the information included helpful. Shout out everyone helping to prepare our schools and students for the new school year. 

See you soon.
 
Rhonda Fourhman
Coordinator of Community Relations
#WestShoreProud
 
 
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