Dear Southwestern Families and Students,
We hope you and your family are healthy and well during this time. We are looking forward to the time when we can all return to school as a school family. The past school year has been challenging on our students, families and staff. While we are committed to educating your child, our priority is the safety and well-being of our students and staff.
Although students have not been in our building since March, our staff continues to work diligently to welcome students back to school in September. Our reopening task force and grade level chair committees have been meeting regularly throughout this summer to safely and responsibly open school. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, our staff has been working hard to get ready for the new school year. We are very excited to begin welcoming our students back to school, both virtually and in the classroom.
The district will begin this school year in a hybrid model. Students will attend school every other day on their assigned red or blue day. Days when students work from home, they will have at home learning activities to complete. Our administrative team will evaluate periodically to determine if more students can safely be brought back to school.
Health and Safety
Above everything this year, student health and safety is our number one priority. We are asking parents complete health screenings on their children before sending them to school. Health screenings will also be done by all faculty and staff. The health screening will be a temperature check and a short questionnaire. We are in the process of developing an app that parents can use as a health screener. We have created an isolation room off our nurses’ office where students can be sent if they are displaying symptoms related to COVID-19.
We have ordered physical barriers to help create distance between students. These barriers will be put on desks for students and staff, on tables in classrooms, and tables in the cafeteria.
Students will be required to wear masks any time they are moving in the hallways, ramps, or throughout the classroom. We will be providing mask breaks throughout the day.
Students will be seated 6 feet apart in the classrooms and the cafeteria.
If students are singing or playing any woodwind instruments or engaging in strenuous physical activity where they will be breathing heavily, they are required to be 12 feet apart.
Students are welcome to bring in a birthday treat as we have done in years past. This school year, we ask that their birthday treat be an individually wrapped store-bought item such as individual bags of pretzels or Rice Krispie Treats. We also ask that students do not bring any additional materials other than school supplies. Please do not send toys, stuffed animals, books from home, or electronics to school. The drinking fountains will not be accessible this school year. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle each day. Water bottles can be filled in our bottle filler
The parking lot renovation is nearly complete. We will have a much safer and more efficient parking lot with 80 additional parking spaces. In September will have a new traffic pattern for parent pickup and drop-off and for the arrival and dismissal of bus students and school busses. Please see the flier about parent pickup and drop-off procedures.
Our Cafetorium addition was completed shortly before the school closure. Students will be able to eat lunch in the cafeteria. Students will be distanced during lunch periods and barriers will be added to our round tables. Our cafeteria and maintenance staff will ensure that tables and surfaces are properly disinfected students can have important social time with their peers at a safe distance.
With the exception of Physical Education, all special areas will take place in classrooms. This will be done to reduce movement and traffic throughout the building. Mr. Arnold will be teaching a health class this year focusing on hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices. Library books will be signed out using a digital sign out system.
This school year we are welcoming two new staff members to SWES. Joining us this year are 5th grade teacher, Lucia Guarnieri and special education teacher, Kara Emley.
Student Devices and Communication
To strengthen communication between the school and families, each teacher will be using the Remind app this school year. Teachers will communicate how families can sign up to receive messages through the Remind app.
This school year all students in grades K-12 will have their own personal laptop to be used at school and to take home. We are asking parents for their help in making sure your child is being responsible for the care of their laptop and using their laptop appropriately.
Please be at your bus stop 10 minutes early for the first few days. After the first week, the bus route will settle into a routine and a regular time will be established. If you need to change your child’s regular transportation, please send a note with your child in the morning or call as soon as possible. Transportation modifications requested after 2:00pm cannot be accommodated. If you choose to transport your child, please review the drop-off and pick-up procedures.
The Lakewood YMCA is offering childcare for students ages 5-12. The YMCA has availability for before and after school childcare and full day childcare for students on their at-home learning days. Families in need of before school supervision will drop their children at the Lakewood YMCA. Students will then be transported by bus to the elementary school. Students attending after school care will be transported to the Lakewood YMCA by bus. If you are interested in childcare at the Lakewood YMCA, their contact number is 763-0303.
Elementary School Times to Remember:
8:40 Doors open (please DO NOT drop students off prior to 8:30. We do not have adult supervision)
8:55 Tardy bell (students should be in their classroom and ready when this bell rings)
3:05 Dismissal for students being picked up by a parent
3:15 Dismissal for students riding the bus
We fully understand your concerns for your child’s health, safety, and education. During these times of uncertainty, we ask for your support and patience as we navigate through these unchartered territories. Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for all students.
Stay healthy, stay positive, and stay safe.
Matt Langworthy Matt Kindberg
Principal Assistant Principal
Southwestern Elementary School Southwestern Elementary School
NEW DEADLINE FOR PRE-K APPLICATIONS
Southwestern Central School District's NEW DEADLINE for turning in Pre-K applications is Monday, June 1, 2020. Selection is by lottery. Parents will be notified of the results of the lottery by phone by Friday, June 12, 2020.
Kindergarten and Pre-K applications are available at the elementary school office weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Please contact the elementary school office at 664-1881 with any questions.
Through June 30, 2020, families can access all the streaming media and downloadable content on SecondStep.org!
How to Create a Second Step Account
- Go to www.secondstep.org
- Under New Users, click ”Create Account”
- Complete the required fields
- Add the Program Activation Key for the grade level of your student:
Early Learning: SSPE FAMI LY68
Welcome to SWES! Our website is updated regularly to facilitate communication with all of our families. To the left of this page we have included various links that you may find helpful and below are upcoming events. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website please do not hesitate to contact our main office. Our phone and fax numbers are listed below. Thank you for visiting our page and for your continued support in your child's education here at Southwestern Elementary School.Mission StatementWe, the faculty and staff of Southwestern Elementary School, will work together with parents and students to build a strong school community where everyone can safely learn, care, and share in a kind, loving environment.Elementary Office - (716) 664-1881Attendance Office - (716) 484-6823Nurse's Office - (716) 484-6822Elementary Office Fax - (716) 487-3170