Previous News & Announcements

Update from Mrs. Gower - 9/11/2020

September 11th, 2020
Dear Wonderful WES Families,
We know that there was a lot of worry about how students would do coming back to school either in person with all of the changes or remotely. I can tell you that from everything I have seen and heard that the students have done a tremendous job this week getting used to the changes. They seemed happy to be back at school and enjoying themselves. We will continue to monitor the plan(s) and make changes as needed (see morning drop off change below), but I think we are off to a great start. Thank you for all of your patience and support. Erica Gower, Principal WES Kyle Price, Assistant Principal WES
Change in the last name split for Morning Drop OffAfter experiencing a few days of morning drop-off in two locations, we need to change the split in our alphabet to help balance the volume of traffic in each location. Please note this will benefit everyone by helping to make drop off safer and quicker.
Beginning the week of September 14, we are asking that you use these splits for your morning drop off: Thank you.
Cohort 1
  • A-E Main Entrance/Front Parking lot
  • F-La Dean Street Parking lot

Cohort 2
  • Le-Re Main Entrance/Front Parking lot
  • Ri-Z Dean Street Parking lot

Please note drop off begins at 7:35 AM and when a staff member is present.


Beginning of Year Letter to Parents - 9/4/20

September 2nd, 2020
Dear WES Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. We wanted to share some information with you about the beginning of the school year. It will be very important that everyone is flexible and patient this year. We have taken great efforts and time to make the best possible plans, but we have learned that things change quickly.
  • For those of you who have indicated that your child needs transportation it is very important that the schedule is consistent due to the capacity limitations for buses. We will not be able to take changes to transportation/buses on a daily basis. If your child needs a change to their regular bus plans they will need to contact the transportation department at least a week in advance so that they can plan for the change to capacity and routes. If you plan to pick your child up instead of having them ride the bus a note needs to be sent in the morning or a phone call no later than 1pm.
  • Buses will be starting their morning routes 10 minutes later than last year so times will be different. Due to capacity issues on buses, a bus may arrive to pick up your child(ren) and may tell you they are full and will have to come back and get your child(ren).
  • Afternoon drop off times may be later than last year as well due to the same capacity issues and the potential need for two bus runs for some routes. During the first few weeks of school we really need your patience and understanding as we try to evaluate our bus routes, needs, and capacities.
  • It is very important that you are completing the pre-screening checklist with your child every day before they get on the bus or you drop them off at school. The screening tool can be found at this link: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_10.pdf
  • Students are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn by all students on the bus and in school. Face shields may be an alternative for those students with documented medical or behavioral challenges who are unable to wear masks. The doctor's order needs to be given to the school in advance. Face shields worn in place of a face mask must extend below the chin and back to the ears.
  • Arrival procedures- Students should not be dropped off earlier than 7:35am, but should arrive by 7:50am.There will be two drop off locations this year. One is the front parking lot as has been used in previous years. The second one is using the Dean St entrance. Signs will be in place for the first couple of weeks to help parents know the flow of traffic needed.
    • Students with last names A-H and Le-Q will use the front drop off location.
    • Students with the last names I-La and R-Z will use the Dean St drop off location.
    • Parents should not get out of their vehicles. There will be staff there to direct the students where to enter the building.
  • Dismissal procedures- Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles until all the buses have left the parking lot. We are hoping this will happen around 2:15. Once that happens parents may form a line on the sidewalk, physically distancing from one another, in the front of the school. Students will be lined up under the portico by the front office. Someone will be checking you in (please bring proper identification) and will send your student down the walkway from the portico to the front sidewalk to meet you. It is very important that students are picked up on time.
  • Devices for students- We are waiting on an order of Chromebooks in order to be able to offer them to all students to take home. Right now we are only giving devices out to students who are doing the remote learning option.
  • Just a reminder that school will start next Tuesday, September 8th and will be with cohort 2.
  • We will be offering breakfast and lunch to take home at the end of each school day for the day that the students are not present in person. At this time we will give these meals to all students as we have a waiver to do so. This waiver will go through December or until the funds run out. At that time the meal prices will go back to what you would normally pay (free/reduced/full pay).
  • Please make sure your child has logged into their Google Classroom (if your child has not accepted the invitation they need to go to their email) and please help them fill out the dismissal information there if they have not already. Kindergarten students will be getting their email and Google Classroom information next week.
  • For more information about our return to school plans please check out the district (winslowk12.org) and WES (wes.winslowk12.org) websites. The websites are where we will be posting important information and updates. It is important to check the websites often.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.We have been working diligently to prepare for the return of our students. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all of our students. Please let Mr.Price or myself know if you have any questions.
Erica Gower Kyle PricePrincipal Assistant Principal


Families Who Chose Remote Learning Option - 9/1/20

September 1, 2020
Dear Families who have chosen the remote learning option,
We hope you are all doing well. We know that this year will be different than any other, but we are working hard to make sure that the remote learning we are planning will be more engaging and rigorous than the spring. By now your child should have been invited to their Google Classroom using their school email. Some new students and kindergarten students may not yet have access to their emails. Please make sure that if your child does already have a school email account that they have logged into their new Google Classroom.
Teachers are working on sharing the schedule and expected meeting times through their Google Classroom. Since we are currently in a hybrid model for all students, remote students will be following that schedule on their cohort day and will complete other assigned work on their non-meeting day. Attendance at each online meeting is required and attendance will be taken and tracked. If your child is sick or has an appointment and is unable to attend their virtual meeting day you need to call the school office and let them know just like you would if they were in person.
Just a reminder that during their Google Meetings students need to be sitting in a space that is free of distractions for themselves and others. Students need to be dressed in school appropriate clothing. Students need to keep their mic muted unless their teacher asks them to turn it on to give information or answer a question.
Each week there will be a day to pick up needed supplies and materials for the following week. The plan is to have materials picked up each Friday between 9am and 1pm outside of the main office. As some Fridays there is no school we will follow the schedule below for the first few months. This Friday we will have Chromebooks available to the remote students who need a device to bring home as well.
Friday, September 4th- 9am-1pm Friday, September 11th- 9am-1pm Thursday, September 17th- 9am-1pm Friday, September 25th- 9am-1pm Friday, October 2nd- 9am-1pm Wednesday, October 7th- 9am-1pm Friday, October 16th- 9am-1pm
If your child needs lunch you can call 859-2316 by 9am and pick up lunch at WES (to the left of the commons/gym entrance where the summer food program was) between 10:30-1:00. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher and certainly Mr.Price and myself are also available.
Erica Gower Principal

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding the Reopening of Schools - 8/26/20

August 26, 2020 - 3:30pm
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,
Over the course of the summer, I have sent several informational emails to all of you regarding the reopening of schools. Those messages along with any updated messages regarding the reopening of schools can be found by going to our District Website www.winslowk12.org and clicking on Health and Safety.One of my earlier messages explained that we have been guided by three principles in developing our reopening of schools plan. The first principle was protecting the health and safety of our school and local communities. That principal is why I am writing to you today. As you know, in order for us to safely reopen our schools we must adhere to the safety guidelines provided by MDOE and the CDC. Part of those guidelines requires that we have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our students and staff. That equipment can range from masks to certain types of sanitizing solutions and supplies. We have recently learned that some of our PPE is on back order due to the number of requests being made by all schools in the state (and country for that matter). The supplies (or an acceptable alternative) will not be available to us for another week. To that end and due to reasons beyond our control, we will delay the start of schools in Winslow until Tuesday, September 8. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause all of you. I know we are all anxiously waiting for a return to school but it is imperative that we do so with the utmost concern for the safety of our students and staff.We will use the following schedule.Tuesday September 8. School will begin for students with the last names beginning with Le-Z (Cohort 2)Wednesday, September 9. School will begin for students with the last names beginning with A-La. (Cohort 1)Thursday, September 10. Students with the last name of Le-Z (Cohort 2)Friday, September 11. Students with the last name of A-La (Cohort 1)------------------------------------------------------------------------------Monday, September 14. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Tuesday, September 15. A-La (Cohort 1)Wednesday, September 16. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Thursday, September 17. A-La (Cohort 1)Friday, September 18. Staff Inservice No school for students. Time for staff to evaluate progress to date and make recommendations for future programming.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Monday, September 21. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Tuesday, September 22. A-La (Cohort 1)Wednesday, September 23. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Thursday, September 24. A-La (Cohort 1)Friday, September 25. Le-Z (Cohort 2).Please note, some of you have already made special arrangements if you have children living in the same household with a different last name. Those arrangements will not change.Please contact your building administrator with specific questions pertaining to the building your child attends.
Thank you,
Peter ThiboutotSuperintendent of Winslow Schools