Principal Corner

  • Jog-a-thon Coming June 3rd!

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 5/13/2022

    Our Jog-A-Thon has always been such a fun event for our students!

    Here is some important information and dates:

    5/16 - If you want your child to have a link for 99Pledges, click on the link https://forms.gle/2enmHQ1Xh5iCe8sRA to help us create a profile for the digital platform.

    5/23 - If you opted into the 99Pledges platform, you will receive an email from them with a link for you & your child to share with family & friends via social media, email and text! If you would still like to have a digital page, please click this link.    https://forms.gle/2enmHQ1Xh5iCe8sRA for us to create your page.

    5/25 - Packets are going home in backpacks. This can be an alternative for anyone who doesn't want to participate digitally but can also be used in tandem.

    6/3 - JOG-A-THON Day!! Please send your child to school ready to run outside. We are hoping for sunshine on this day, but please see that your child wears appropriate, safe, comfortable shoes. We are also encouraging students to dress up that day as long as their clothing is safe and comfortable. Other things to consider on this day are sunscreen (please apply before coming to school) and an individual water bottle with your child’s name on it.

    It’s going to be so much fun to dress up!!!

    6/6 - Please turn Jog-a-thon packets into your teacher with all donations included.

    6/10 - LAST DAY TO TURN IN PACKET!!!!!

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  • Annual Notice for Statewide Tests

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 4/1/2022

    Statewide Testing will be happening very soon for students in grades 3-5 at Walterville Elementary. 

    Your child's teacher will be giving you more information over the next couple of weeks. We plan to administer tests on the following dates:

    April 18-22 State Reading Testing for Grade 3, 4, 5 
    April 25-29 State Math Testing for Grade 3, 4, 5

    5th grade students will also take the State Science Test. Mrs. Gonzales will communicate this testing date to parents in her Seesaw Messages. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

     

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  • Kindergarten Registration 2022-23

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 3/10/2022 1:30:00 AM

    It’s so exciting to begin to plan for our newest Wildcats! Please see the information below to register your Kindergarten child for the 2022-23 school year. 

    Walterville’s Webinar Video
    This is the recorded video from our Webinar event.

    Online Registration Account Access: If you are brand new to Walterville Elementary School, click on Create a New AccountIf you already have a child attending Walterville or any other SPS school?, please use the Login button. If you have forgotten your username and password, please call the school at 541-744-6415 for assistance.

    Enrollment Suppor: Use this link to find information about Elementary School Boundaries, Proof of Address, Transfer Information, Registration Video Tutorials and Parent Vue tutorials.

    SPS Kindergarten Resources: Early entry information, Parent’s Guide to Kindergarten, Kinder FAQs

    Ready4K Preschool Promise: Sign up to receive a few texts a week with simple ideas to help get your student ready for kindergarten! Here is a sample text: “You can pick up learning as you pick up around the house. As your child puts items away, challenge them to find and read the serial numbers (or other identifying information) on each item.”

    Once again, please feel free to contact the office with any questions you may have. Once you have registered, you will begin to receive more specific information about the upcoming school year. 

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  • Principal Update 1.30.22

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/30/2022 4:20:00 PM

    Parent(s),

    Tomorrow is the Big Day! We can't wait to see all of our students at our new location-Mohawk Elementary, 91166 Sunderman Rd. Our phone number will remain 541-744-6415. It's Monday, so please remind your child(ren) to wear their Be Kind shirt(s).

    Please see the attached image of our parking lot. We do have a car drop off/pick up lane at our new site. It will be important that cars do not drive or park in the bus lane. There will be staff directing the traffic flow, and we would appreciate your flexibility as we start at this new location. We do not have supervision for students before 8:15, so please wait with your child(ren) until the gym door opens. 

    A majority of our students have registered for bus services. If you have registered for bussing, but plan to pick up your child, please notify the office. We will always put your child on the bus unless you have notified us. 

    Even though we are located at a new site, I would like you to assure your child(ren) that our schedule is still the same, recess times are the same, our rules/expectations are still the same, and our staff has not changed. We will provide that "Walterville Community Feel" no matter where we are located. 

    See you all tomorrow morning. Let's go Wildcats!!

    Nicki Gorham, Principal 

    parking lot
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  • Walterville Flood Update #4 - 01/18/22

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/18/2022 11:30:00 AM

    Hellow, Wildcat families!

    We have made it through our first week of temporary remote learning. While no one would have seen this newest obstacle coming, I am so impressed by our community and our ability to bend and respond to each new challenge.

    Today I have exciting news!  We have a firm timeline for transitioning to our new location! Beginning Monday, January 31, we will reunite in person at Mohawk Elementary, located at 91166 Sunderman Rd.

    To accomplish this smoothly, the Walterville team will begin to set up our new spaces next week. This will mean we will not hold virtual learning on Monday, January 24, as our staff report to the new building for the first time. Please see the updated schedule for the next two weeks below.

    Week of January 17:

    1/17: NO SCHOOL – MLK Day

    1/18 – 21: Virtual learning, continuing current online class schedule

     

    Week of January 24:

    1/24: NO SCHOOL – Staff transition to Mohawk location

    1/25 – 1/28: Virtual learning, continuing current online class schedule

     

    Week of January 31:

    1/31: All students transition to Mohawk location, returning to regular school schedule 8:35 am– 2:50 pm

     

    I know this has been a continuation of the most challenging two-years for our community, but I am so thankful for each of our families. This community continues to impress me with their resilience and commitment to our students. I am grateful for your support as we transition to our new location so that we can continue the important in-person learning we are committed to offering.

    Please continue to reach out with your questions, or if there are areas that we can help support you and your child(ren). Additionally, if you have not yet, please ensure that you register (or re-register) for transportation to the new location so that our partners in transportation can ensure that they build appropriate bus routes.

     

    Kindergarten Transportation Registration

    Grades 1 - 5 Transportation Registration

     

    With gratitude,

     

    Nicki

     

    Nicki Gorham, Principal

    Walterville Elementary

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  • Walterville Flood Update #3 - 01/10/22

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/10/2022 4:15:00 PM

    Good evening Wildcats, 

    What a whirlwind this year continues to be! I have committed to keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the status of our building, as information becomes available. Tonight, I am pleased to share that the former Mohawk Elementary location, 91166 Sunderman Road, has been identified to host in-person learning for Walterville students. This location allows us to transition as a team to a full-service elementary school rather than potentially operate at separate locations.

    In the coming days our timeline for transitioning to the new location will be made available, however, I hope that this news comes as a welcomed relief that online learning will indeed be temporary. 

    There are many moving parts that will take the coordination of a great number of individuals both on our team and at the district office but I know that as a whole we are resilient and committed to our students. One of the first things we want to reassure you is that all students will be offered transportation. To assist our teams in preparing new bus routes we will ask all families to register for transportation - even if your student is currently registered.

    Please continue to share your questions through the Let’s Talk platform so that they can be shared with the members of our larger planning team as appropriate. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing your student’s smiling faces online tomorrow as we embark on another short-term online learning opportunity. Additionally, please feel free to continue to access the grab-and-go breakfast and lunch meals available from 11 am - 1 pm. 

    Thank you for your continued support and patience as this new plan takes shape for our students. It is an honor to serve the families of the Walterville community.

     

    Kindly,
    Nicki

     

    Nicki Gorham, Principal

    Walterville Elementary

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  • Walterville Flood Update #2 - 01/07/22

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/7/2022

    UPDATE: Thank you to those who have reached out for clarification. To be clear our district is committed to in-person learning. We have a large district level team working with us on all possible solutions to ensure in-person learning for our wildcats this year.

    The current move to online is intended to be SHORT-TERM while a solution is identified. We apologize for the confusion and thank you for your understanding.

    Original Message:

    Good evening, Wildcats,

     This is not the start to 2022 that any of us believed we would have, but here we are. I want to begin with gratitude for the many of you who have reached out to share your concerns, and support as we process this newest challenge.

     I have always committed to sharing information as it becomes available so this evening it is with a heavy heart that I share the news that we do not anticipate returning to our school building for the remainder of this school year.

     I am confident that this news comes as much of a shock to you as it did to me. After meeting with our district leaders and the restoration experts, I can share that it is a decision that was made with the health and safety of our students and staff at the heart.

     The contamination level of the water that entered our building on Thursday, coupled with the porous nature of our well-loved building is resulting in clean-up that will take many months. It will, however, mean that our community will retain this beloved building and that when reoccupied we will be assured that it is safe and healthy for all.

     Beginning Tuesday, January 11, we will be transitioning to an online teaching and learning model, similar to when our buildings were closed last year. For the short-term our team will be prepared to meet your student’s smiling faces in google meets remote as our leadership team evaluates options for a return to in-person learning.

     Everyone, here on the Walterville team, and our district is committed to finding solutions to bring students together in-person for the best educational experience. In the coming weeks, we will be evaluating alternative learning options that allow for in-person education for all Walterville students. I will share more information as that process moves forward.

     Next steps:

    • All students should have their technology devices, please contact Tech Service at 541.726.3406
    • Teachers will be contacting students and families Monday via Seesaw with details for the coming weeks
    • Meals will be available, both breakfast and lunch, to those interested at our back kitchen door beginning Monday from 11 am – 1 pm. Our district team is working to develop possible delivery options for the coming days.
    • We will be working to gather supplies for students and will share that information when complete

     Our biggest concern for our immediate future is the care for our community as a whole. The Walterville community is a strong one, and one of the things I love the most is the small community school feeling coupled with the resources of a metro area district.

     Thank you for your support. As we know there are more questions than answers at this time, we would ask that you send your questions to us using the Let’s Talk form so that we can respond to them as quickly as possible.

     Respectfully,

     Nicki

     Nicki Gorham, principal

    Walterville Elementary

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  • Walterville Flood Update #1 - 01/06/22

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 1/6/2022

    Good morning, Wildcats,

    This year continues to bring surprises, but I know that our community is strong and resilient. As you know, we had to cancel school today as a result of extensive flooding throughout our building.

    As our team arrived to campus this morning they found that Potter’s creek had breached its banks and there was roughly three inches of water throughout much of our building. Our district teams quickly responded and began placing sand bags and pumping the excess water from our building.

    What we know at this time:

    • School will be cancelled again tomorrow while crews continue to evaluate the situation.
    • Students and families who have items that they urgently need access to should contact Ms. Lynette in the office to arrange a time to collect them tomorrow, Friday, January 7
    • There will be a great deal of restoration that will be needed at our facility and our team is working to develop a plan for students to still engage in in-person learning while the work occurs. 

    We know this is disheartening as our community experienced a similar event in 1996, but I am confident in the strength of our team and the heart of our community that we’ll navigate this hurdle as smoothly as possible for our students.

    I know that there are many questions and I will keep you updated as more is known. Thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we work together to support our students.

    Kindly,

    Nicki

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  • SPS Family Update 7-26-21

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 7/26/2021

    We hope that you are well into a restful and healthy summer as life continues to slowly return to the familiar. We apologize for this interruption into your break, but are committed to sharing information and updates as they are finalized so that everyone has the most accurate information as they plan for the fall return to school. 

    At the end of June, Governor Brown lifted the majority of the COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon. Additionally, the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority provided a framework for school this fall that provides greater flexibility to local districts to work directly with their local health department to develop health protocols that meet the needs of their community. 

    Together with Lane County Public Health, school districts in Lane County have worked diligently to implement all mandated health and safety guidance. Here in Springfield, we are proud of the precautions and procedures that were implemented to maintain the health and safety of our school communities. 

     Last Thursday, we received the most current recommendations from our state agencies that has allowed us to finalize high-level planning for the safe return of our students and staff this fall.  

    Beginning in September the following health and safety protocols will be in place at SPS: 

    • Five days a week school schedules: students and staff will return to a normal school calendar with five days a week in-person instruction
    • Face coverings recommended, not required: while face coverings remain an effective and strongly recommended measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, they will be highly recommended and welcomed in SPS schools but no longer required for students or staff. (Exception: While riding the school bus)
    • Set up spaces for three feet physical distance: SPS will continue to arrange learning spaces to provide three feet of physical distance to the maximum extent possible while not limiting activities.
    • Continue to work closely with Lane County Public Health (LCPH): our schools and district facilities will continue to maintain contact logs in order to effectively work with LCPH in identifying COVID cases as well as those who are considered exposed to COVID-19, and potentially required to quarantine. 
    • Diligently follow other safety measures: SPS staff will continue to disinfect and clean high-touch surfaces, maintain the increased fresh air flow through the enhanced filtration and purification systems. 

    Our district believes that these measures coupled with on-going, frequent hand washing breaks and a shared commitment to stay home when ill will help us all remain healthy and safe this coming year. 

     While there are still details for this fall that are still in process as it is clear COVID-19 is not fully behind us, we are thankful to begin to shift our focus and energy squarely on the important task of preparing every student for a bright and successful future!

     Please do not hesitate to reach out with additional questions through our district Let’s Talk portal. We’ll ensure you’re connected with the right individual to answer your specific questions. Additionally, we have developed a frequently asked questions page and will be posting and updating information as it finalizes. 

    Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    Springfield Public Schools

     

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  • Modified Schedule-Last Week of School

    Posted by Nicki Gorham on 5/31/2021

    Parent(s),
    Please see the information below about the last week of school. It is important to note that there will be school on Wednesday during the week of 6/14-6/17.

    K-3 students:
    Student will attend 6/14, 6/15, 6/16, 6/17. The last day of school will be Thursday, June 17th. This will be an Early Release day, and students will be dismissed at 12:10.

    4th/5th students:
    •Blue cohort (M/ TH) will attend school on Monday and Wednesday (instead of Thursday). Wednesday will be a full day of school and the last day for students in this cohort.
    •Red cohort (T/F) will attend school on Tuesday and Thursday the last week. Thursday will be an Early Release with dismissal at 12:10.

    Please call the office if you have any questions.

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