J A Wendt Elementary School
Our Mission: We believe that education is a partnership with
responsibility shared by all: school, family, students, and community.
All individuals shall be provided a safe, positive environment
where they may reach their full potential as responsible citizens.
K - 5
6 - 8
Important Information for Parents
Wahkiakum School District Vision Statement
Learning is the mutual responsibility of the student, staff, and the parents. The goals of this vision are:
Keep Your Contact Information Current
Please remember to update any address and phone contact information as soon as possible with the office. We need to know how to contact parents in case of emergencies.
If you have Family Access, your information will be shown there and you call or send a note with the changes.
K-8 PTO: Get Involved, Have Fun, and Help Support Our Kids!
The PTO is always looking for parents and teachers willing to volunteer to help run activities and fundraisers in support of our kids (or to help out at these events). If you're interested, contact Jessica Vik.
Homework Help: Room 10, Monday-Thursday, 3:10-4:00
We are very pleased to continue to offer homework help, right after school Monday-Thursday, 3:10-4:00 in Room 10 and during lunch-time in Room 103. This is a great way for struggling students to get the extra help they need.
Please encourage your child to attend if they need that extra help, but also make sure that is where they arein the past, we have had a few kids say they are at Homework Help and they did not actuually attend.
Home Schooling for All Grades, K-12
The District offers an Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) program for Home School families, incorporating learning at home with parents as teachers, yet having a connection with our District, which includes having communication and some instructional assistance provided by one of our certificated teachers. For more information, contact Merz at our K-8 building (360-795-3261) or by email.
Wahkiakum School District Is a Title I District
Our elementary and middle schools qualify to receive federal funds under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title I, Part A. Title I, Part A funding requires that schools create a positive and supportive learning environment that results in high levels of achievement for all students. Funds are available for academic programs and strategies, staff development, materials and supplies, and parent training.
Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing.
We invite all parents in our District to become involved in their child's education and the Wahkiakum School District's Parental Involvement Policy (4130) describes our Title 1 Community Relations Policies and Procedures in detail.
Research shows that how well students do in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by:
For more detailed information about the Title I, Part A federal program, visit the Title I, Part A and Learning Assistance Program (LAP) on the Washington State OSPI website or contact Jamie Cothren, our Title I/LAP Coordinator, by email or by phone at 360-795-3261.
As a Title 1 District, We're Also Here to Offer Parents Resources
As we hear about resources that parents may be interested in, we'll be adding them here.
Assistance with Childcare Expenses: If you are working or looking for work, Washington State Working Connections may help pay for child care expenses. Check your eligibility and apply at www.WashingtonConnection.org or call 1-877-501-2233.
We Need to Stay Alert - Teach Your Kids About Strangers and Safety
In this day and age, we can never be too vigilant. Parents, please remember to speak with your children about strangers and safety. There have already been a couple of incidences this school year in the Yakima Valley, where a man attempted to lure students into his vehicle by stating, "I just got off the phone with your mom and she wants me to take you to her." Fortunately the student ran off in both cases.
Please make sure your child understands that he/she should not communicate with a stranger, nor get in a car with a stranger. If we all "keep our eyes open" we can help keep our kids safe!
Absence Policies & Making Up Work: As studies have shown, regular school attendance helps students to be successful in school. If your child is absent for more than one day, please make arrangements with the teacher or office to pick up their work. We also ask that you always send a note or call the office anytime your child is late or absent from school, so that we can mark them excused and have proper documentation in our records. If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent, please prearrange the absence with the office. For more detailed information on attendance and tardiness policies, please refer to the Student Handbook
Bus and Change of Plans - Procedures for Notes: When students are going somewhere other than home or their regular drop off site (i.e. daycare), students MUST bring a note to school that morning. Teachers will collect parent notes in the morning and send them to the office. All bus notes for the day will then be written.
If plans change and you need to pick your child up, please come to the foyer area of the office at 3:00, so you can meet your child as he/she is dismissed at 3:05. Please, only call the office if an unexpected emergency arises. We really appreciate your cooperation with these procedures. It helps us a great deal in the office.
Computer/Internet Use at School: Internet use has become a standard part of the educational process. A parent/guardian may request an internet opt-out form in the office if they do not want their child to use the internet at school. The students are to use the internet for research and other classroom activities as directed by the teacher. Any misuse of the internet will be considered a Category 1 discipline infraction. Repetitive misuse will result in loss of privilege.
Cell Phone Policies and Warning About Sexting: Students may not use their cell phones at recesses that are not before school or at lunch. This means students may not use cell phones during passing time, in the restrooms during class, or in the hallways during class. Also, please review the policies about sexting and its consequences on page 7 of the Student Handbook
Medications at School: There are state laws regarding medications at school. Any medications, prescription or over the counter, taken at school must be stored in the office in its original container and must be accompanied by an "Authorization for Administration of Medication" form. If your child needs to take medication at school please pick up and complete the form. A physician's signature is also required on this form. Some students who use inhalers can carry them with them, but still need to have the paperwork completed in the office.
Restraining Orders/Parenting Plans: If you possess a restraining order against another person or if you have a parenting plan, it is very important that you provide the office with the most current documents bearing the signature of or stamp of the judge. We are legally unable to deny parent contact with a child unless the proper documents are on file in our school.