Walla Walla Public Schools
Week in Review - Sept. 4, 2020

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First Day of School (Grades 1st - 12th)

Tuesday, Sept. 8 (Remotely)

Live, Daily “Synchronous” Learning Sessions with Teachers (unless enrolled in Walla Walla Online)
• Elementary: Morning live session begins at 8 a.m. for 1st – 2nd grade & 9:30 a.m. for 3rd – 5th. Afternoon live session begins at Noon for 1st – 2nd and 1 p.m. for 3rd – 5th (note that afternoon session times may be adjusted at a later date based on individual student learning plans and specialized services).
• Secondary (Grades 6-12): Live sessions run daily from 9-12 noon, with afternoon office hours. (SEATech live remote classes from 9-10:30 a.m. and select on-site lab hours - Safety protocols will be in place.)


Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Parent-Teacher-Student Conference Week and Start Date

• School for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will begin on Sept. 14 (Remotely).
• Individual parent-teacher-student conferences will be scheduled during the week of Sept. 8-11. Parents will have an opportunity to come to their child’s school for an in-person conference and meet their child’s teacher. In addition, kindergarten screening will take place and families will receive technology training and pick up Chromebooks and classroom supplies/materials. You will be contacted soon by your child’s school to schedule your appointment.
• Safety protocols will be in place to ensure a safe visit.


Federal government extends free meal program

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the free meal program through December to help ensure all children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, all meals will be free for all children ages 1-18. This includes children not enrolled in school. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children. More: https://www.wwps.org/news/spotlight/6014-free-meal-program-extended

During distance learning, Walla Walla Public Schools is handing out meals Monday through Friday at several school and community locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district will deploy two school buses daily from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at several bus stop route locations across the community. All meals are “Grab & Go” and include lunch and the next day’s breakfast. Please wear face masks or face coverings when picking up meals.

“Grab & Go” Meal Pick Up locations:
Starting Sept. 8
• Berney Elementary (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Edison Elementary (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Garrison Middle School (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Green Park Elementary (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Prospect Point Elementary (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Sharpstein Elementary (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Starting Sept. 14 (in addition to the locations listed above)
• Washington Park (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Lincoln High School (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
• Bus Route One: (please arrive five minutes early)
- 12 noon: Corner of N. Touchet and E. Cherry St.
- 12:10 p.m.: Corner of J. St. and N. Roosevelt St.
- 12:20 p.m.: Vista Terrace Park
- 12:30 p.m.: 2815 Melrose Trailer Park
- 12:40 p.m.: Middle of block between Tausick Way and Garden St.

• Bus Route Two: (please arrive five minutes early)
- 12 noon: The corner of Lodge and Sunset Dr.
- 12:10 p.m.: The corner of Chase and Eagan
- 12:20 p.m.: 11th Ave. Middle of block between Main and Alder
- 12:25 p.m.: 11th Ave. Middle of block between Birch and Willow
- 12:35 p.m.: 11 Ave. and Edith Ave.
- 12:45 p.m.: Corner of W. Moore St. and 8th Ave.

Nutrition Services Director Pamela Milleson reminds parents it is important to be ready for the time when the district is back to its regular meal program by continuing to submit Free & Reduced price meal applications which are located on the district’s website at: https://www.wwps.org/departments/nutrition-services


Samantha Bowen releases video on importance of enrolling students in kindergarten

Director of the Walla Walla Center for Children & Families Samantha Bowen released a VIDEO discussing Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration. She addresses the importance of getting students enrolled in WWPS programs and how distance learning works.

Our children can’t wait, according to Bowen, as she discusses the importance of enrolling your 4- or 5-year-old in school this year. Walla Walla Public Schools is committed to reopening schools safely. Our goal is to return to face-to-face instruction for our youngest learners, PK-2nd grade, as soon as possible.


How-To Video Series: First day of school tips for success

The How-To Video series continues as Carrie LaRoy and Marilyn Melgoza share first day of school tips for success. They address how to get tech support, the importance of creating a learning space at home, attendance and other helpful information.

- Carrie LaRoy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJspyTfIZmY

- Marilyn Melgoza video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPjbrR5GIeI&t=50s

See more of their videos at: https://www.wwps.org/safely-reopening-schools/how-to-video-series

For video ideas or questions, please contact:
• Carrie LaRoy, Assessment & Education Technology Coordinator
claroy@wwps.org / 509.526.6786



District programs support families experiencing homelessness

Walla Walla Public Schools is reaching out to families experiencing homelessness to inform them their school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Criteria includes if families are living in a car, shelter, motel, out on the streets or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship. Students who qualify may receive services like school meals, school supplies, an ability to stay in their school of origin, immediate enrollment even if they are lacking the necessary documents or requirements, transportation to and from school, as well as other services comparable to those provided to other students. If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the Intervention Specialist at the child’s school or call the District Liaison, Pam Clayton, at 509.526.6781 to find out what services and supports may be available.


School Stories
Distance Learning A/B schedule printable calendar for grades 6-12

Click HERE for a printable calendar of the grades 6-12 A/B schedule.


Community Stories
WW County Traffic Safety Coalition 9th Annual Virtual Superhero Run 2020 

• September 12-26
• 1-Mile Walk/Run or 5k Virtual Run. Run at your own time.
• Proceeds benefit programs of the Walla Walla County Traffic Safety Coalition.
• There will be prizes for the top runners and prizes for best costume.
• Information: Ruben Hernandez, Injury Prevention Program Coordinator / (509) 524-4425 / rhernandez@co.walla-walla.wa.us


City Parks & Rec Weekly Update

• Walla Walla Soccer Alliance Skills Clinic – Ages 5-17. Cost $25-$30. This soccer clinic will adhere to all local health guidelines set forth by the WA Dept. of Health.

Please visit our website at www.wwpr.us for updated information regarding recreation programs as it becomes available. If you have questions, feel free to contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 509-527 4527, recreation@wallawallawa.gov or parks@wallawallawa.gov. Like us on facebook!
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