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  • This article by Melanie Mesaros, the Communications Director for the Oregon Early Learning Division, has some helpful advice for how to be a parent in this challenging time. Check it out at this LINK.

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  • PTO invites 5th Grade Families to Promotion Parade!

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 5/27/2020 2:20:00 PM
    Save the date:  Our wonderful PTO is sponsoring a 5th Grade Promotion Parade!
    June 10, 4:15 - 5:00, at Hendricks Bridge County Park (same place as our K-5 parade on May 8, at the park on the east side of the river near bridge where McKenzie Hwy and Deerhorn Road meet).
     
    Parents/Guardians:  If you are able, please drive your 5th grader through the loop at the park so we can celebrate their completion of elementary school!  We are so proud of them and would like a chance to send them off with class!  School staff will be there to cheer them on!  See you there!
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  • Furlough Fridays approved by School Board

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 5/19/2020 5:15:00 PM

    Greetings, Walterville families,
    As you probably read, Springfield Public Schools is experiencing a budget shortfall due to a slowing economy in this pandemic.  Without action, we would be projected for a budget cut of around $11.7 million for the 2020-21 school year. Given that school districts spend over 80% of their budgets on personnel costs, such a deep cut typically means either a loss of human resources (i.e. layoffs, often resulting in larger class sizes) or school days (furlough). 

    Our district has decided to absorb some of these losses during this current Distance Learning stretch of the school year. With nearly all district employees taking furlough days on May 22, May 29, June 5, and June 12, we will save around $1.4 million, helping lessen the impact of budget cuts for the 2020-21 school year. As always, our focus remains on lessening the impact of a budget shortfall on children and their education. 

    Springfield Public Schools is one of the largest employers in the area, and these furlough days impact all of our almost 1,400 employees. Both unemployment benefits and Federal CARES Act dollars will fill the gap for SPS employees, who will lose wages due to these furlough days. 

    In short, teachers and staff will not be working, holding morning meetings, or keeping office hours on these furlough days. Their learning grids will reflect the now shorter calendar, with just 12 days of Distance Learning remaining after today. The last day of Distance Learning will now be June 10, as June 11 will be the last day of work for teachers (as usual, teachers will get one last day without students to tie up loose ends before leaving for summer).

    Thank you for continuing to support your teachers and your children through this difficult time. Please continue to stay safe as we all get through this together. 

    Sincerely,

    Dave Hulbert, Principal

     

    P.S.  On a lighter note, the top 10 student scores (so far) on the Pet Quiz are:  1)  addison; 2) Gardengal (student? staff?); 3) ripple (student?); 4) BEEF CAKE; 5) Addi; 6) Eva; 7) bella; 8) gues; 9) No; 10) MsM

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  • Wildcat Pet Quiz: Do pets really look like their owners? Test your skill and knowledge!

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 5/14/2020 1:45:00 PM

    Hi kids!

    Test out your staff knowledge and see how many pets you can correctly match with their people! Click on this LINK to take the challenge.

    I will post the top scores after a few days.  

    Have fun!  We miss you!

    Mr. Hulbert

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  • Wildcat Parade: Come see us tomorrow, 5/8, 3:00 - 4:00 @ Hendricks Bridge County Park

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 5/7/2020 10:55:00 PM

    Morale boosting alert:

    Distance Learning is hard on all of us, as is the COVID-19 crisis.  And WE MISS OUR STUDENTS!!!

    Please come to Hendricks Park between 3:00 - 4:00 on Friday, 5/8/20, to drive through and say hello! 

    Feel free to make a sign or card for any staff member to whom you would like to THANK or APPRECIATE! You can also just roll that window down your window and give a wave and a SHOUT OUT!  After all, it's TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!!!  And those awesome teachers are working SO HARD to make the most of Distance Learning.

    Safety rules:

    • Staff will be socially distancing from each other and everyone else, so please let your kids know that we WANT a hug but won't be able to accept anyone closer than 6 feet.
    • Please keep your kids in the car.
    • Please keep traffic moving if you notice it stacking up behind you.
    • If you have cards or gifts (NO PRESSURE) for teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, we will have boxes for accepting such kindness to help keep things safe.

    On a separate note, be sure to watch our All Walterville Needs Is Love video!!!  It will certainly make you smile!

    Thanks, Wildcat Families!!!

    Sincerely,

    Dave Hulbert, Principal

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  • A gift from staff to students: ENJOY!!! :o)

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 5/7/2020 10:30:00 PM

    Check out our "All Walterville Needs Is Love" video.

    We really do miss our students!  

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  • Need something? We're here to help and support!

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 4/22/2020 12:15:00 PM

    Hello Wildcat Families,

    These are clearly unprecedented times, and it is difficult for many not to worry:  about health and loved ones, about our children in this new 'Distance Learning' model we are figuring out, and about our financial picture.  So many people are out of work or have reduced hours! So stressful amidst a mountain of worries!

    If you are one of the millions of Americans wondering where your stimulus check from the Federal Government is, this online tool can help you track it's status:  https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

    Furthermore, if you are having difficulty with getting technology to work or have other concerns we can help with, please email our SPS district support staff:  askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us.

    For information about Distance Learning, when/where to get free lunch and breakfast for your children, and how to access mental health supports, this webpage is very helpful:  https://www.springfield.k12.or.us/domain/1655

    As always, please connect with your child's teacher regarding any barriers, roadblocks, or concerns you have. Teachers pass these concerns on to an outreach team, who problem-solves in an effort to help. We are here to help as much as we can!

    Until next time, I wish you all the best rest of your week and want you to know:  WE MISS YOUR KIDS!!!

    Take care,

    Dave Hulbert, Principal

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  • Distance Learning

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 4/20/2020 5:30:00 PM

    Parents & Guardians: 

    I hope this finds you well as you join us in this new world of Distance Learning. We all realize that it is not an easy task to manage the schedules for Distance Learning on top of your own family, household, work, and life demands. The phrase "We are all in this together" is starting to sound cliché these days, but it does ring true! 

    Our goal right now is to work together with families to connect with each and every child: helping them connect with their teacher and their peer community; helping them set goals with health and wellness activities; and helping them continue to be learners, readers, thinkers, problem-solvers, and writers. We are not trying to accomplish the impossible task of recreating a school classroom and all that typically occurs within those walls for 6.5 hours every school day. But we do know that even in a typical summer break, student learning begins to slide backwards. With five months off of 'regular' school, we are trying to engage their brains, provide some structure, and help them keep their skills up.

    Thank you all so much for partnering with us on that journey! If you have already been on board, great job and keep it up!  If you have had trouble connecting or getting things lined up or sifting through all of the information, please reach out to your child's teacher. We would love to help! If we don't hear from you, we will keep trying to connect with you. 

    If you are feeling overwhemed or in crisis for any reason, another option is to email me (dave.hulbert@springfield.k12.or.us) or our district staff (askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us), and we will try to help however we can. 

    In the meantime, know we are all working hard to make sense of everything and stay connected. We even have some fun online "connections" coming up, so keep checking back to see what's up. (Keeping your curiosity going!!!)

    Find time to be in nature, to exercise, to breathe, to show kindness, to read with your children, to find something to smile about. We will get through this together. Take care and stay healthy!

    Go Wildcats!

    Dave Hulbert, Principal

     

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  • Welcome to Walterville Elementary!

    Posted by Dave Hulbert on 12/4/2019 9:00:00 AM

    We invite you to explore our new website, which we anticipate keeping stocked with useful news and information for our families. 

    • Also, if you haven't given us your email address yet, be sure to do so to make sure you receive flyers and other important info. You may also access the current flyers directly from our school's Peachjar account.
    • New families, please note our attendance policy.
    • Be sure to finish up with those important immunizationsand if you haven't yet supplied your proof of address materials, please do so by October 1. 
    • As always, if you have any questions please call our front office (541) 744-6415.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Sincerely,

    Dave Hulbert, Principal

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