April 16, 2021
Dear WESD Families and Staff,
This week was the Week of the Young Child, a time to focus on the needs of young children and the importance of early childhood programs. In the WESD, we are committed to meeting the needs all our students from preschool through eighth grade – their academic needs, as well as, their social and emotional needs. I’m truly appreciative of our dedicated teachers, administrators and staff who have kept our students’ needs at the forefront as we’ve navigated this challenging time.
This communication contains the following information:
Save the Date – English Language Learner Family Engagement Night, May 12;
Maricopa County and ADHS Dashboards; and
Three Million Meals Served, Grab and Go Locations and Times.
Save the Date – English Language Learner Family Engagement Night is May 12
The WESD is hosting an informative virtual event for English language learner families Wednesday, May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event will include program updates, a student showcase, language building strategies, information about Rosetta Stone, as well as raffles and prizes. While the event is targeted for families who speak a primary home language other than English, it is open to all families. Translation services will be available for families who speak Spanish, Arabic, Swahili and Vietnamese. For more information, please contact Anna Mickey at 602-347-2639 or email her at email@example.com.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services Dashboards
This week’s data shows a slight decrease in both the cases per 100,000 and percent positivity. The overall transmission level in Maricopa County remains substantial. The dashboard data from MCDPH and the Arizona Department of Health Services are shown at the end of this communication.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) reported that as of April 13, more than 40% of adult residents in the county had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, MCDPH continues to remind residents to take preventive measures such as wearing a mask, social distancing and limiting contact with people outside of your home, washing your hands often, staying home when you are sick, getting tested for COVID-19 when your in doubt, and getting the flu shot.
More than Three Million Meals Served, Weekly Grab and Go Available at 16 Locations on Mondays
This week, our Nutrition Services Department reached another milestone – 3 million meals served! This total includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and suppers since the school year began in August. I would like to give a huge kudos to our Nutrition Services staff in all 32 schools and at the Administrative Center for their hard work and dedication. Your work is truly appreciated.
Currently, Grab and Go meals are available to students in the online learning model and any child 18 years and younger not attending school in-person. Free meal bundles are available at the 16 locations listed below every Monday. Parents/guardians can pick up meals for children. Student ID numbers or date of birth is required. Please see information below for locations and times.
7:00 am - 8:00 am
Desert Foothills Jr. High
Palo Verde Middle School
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Moon Mountain School
Mountain View School
Shaw Butte Elementary
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Abraham Lincoln Traditional
Cholla Middle School
For more information or special dietary needs, contact Nicole Augustine at 602-896-5240 or Nicole.Augustine@wesdschools.org.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 602-347-2657. You can stay informed by visiting our WESD COVID Updates page at www.wesdschools.org/covidupdates.
Thank you for choosing WESD. You are greatly appreciated.
Dr. Paul Stanton