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Windermere Weekly Family Update 1-4-21

Windermere Weekly Parent Update



Happy New Year, Windermere!  We hope that your family is healthy and that over the break you found time to rest and recharge.  We missed you and can’t wait to start 2021.

We want to take a moment to thank you for all of the cards, gifts, and supportive words that you shared before and during the break.  Your kindness and generosity are amazing and we greatly appreciate all that you do for our staff and students. 

We are excited to welcome some of our students back in-person this coming week!  In this newsletter you will find information about our all school webinar tomorrow at 1 p.m., the updated hybrid learning schedule, a fantastic parenting webinar opportunity, attendance and Stop, Drop and Go reminders, CogAT testing for 2nd and 4th grades, and kindergarten information night.

We look forward to 2021 with our Windermere family and all we will accomplish together! Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.



Important Dates:

  • January 5th - First day of second semester     

  • January 6th - District-wide family webinar at 6:30 pm “Pandemic Parenting: supporting social and emotional wellness of children and families” 

  • January 7th - 8th -  4th Grade CogAT testing for Cohort 2 students

  • January 11th - 12th - 2nd and 4th Grade CogAT testing for Cohort 1 students

  • January 12th - Cohort 1 Picture Day

  • January 14th - 15th - 2nd Grade CogAT testing for Cohort 2 students

  • January 15th - Cohort 2 Picture Day

  • January 18th - No School

  • January 19th & 21st - 2nd and 4th Grade CogAT testing for OA students & Make-ups

  • January 26th- Windermere Kindergarten Information Night via Zoom at 6:30pm

  • February 15th - No School


Windermere Updates:  

Windermere Welcome Back Webinar:

  • When:  Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 1 p.m.

  • Who:  This is for ALL students!  Cohort 1 will be in school tomorrow.  Teachers will watch this in their classrooms with cohort 1.  Cohort 2 families and online families the link is below.

  • What is this Webinar?  We will be holding an all building webinar to celebrate our students and staff at Windemere.  We hope to see all students logging into the webinar to celebrate Windermere students and staff coming back together after the long break!

  • Link for Online Families and Cohort 2 Families: https://zoom.us/j/94290421615?pwd=SU91Zmo5TzFpdnpLODAvc1l3eEJYdz09
    Passcode: 626858

  • Activity: There will be an activity introduced in the webinar for all students. The link to the Activity for Online Academy Students can be found HERE.

Second Semester Cohort Schedule:

  • As we plan and prepare to return to school after winter break, please click here for the most up to date cohort schedule.  Please be sure to review this document so you are aware of what days your child will report to school when we return from winter break. 

    • This week’s in-person schedule:

      • January 5th and 6th - Cohort 1 attends in person (cohort 2 learning “away from school”)

      • January 7th and 8th - Cohort 2 attends in person (cohort 1 learning “away from school”)

  • Our updated hybrid schedule with letter days can be found here.


Arrival and Dismissal and In-Person Reminders:

  • Please remember when dropping your child off at either entrance to pull up to where the adult on duty is waiting to assist.  We kindly ask that your child(ren) are ready to exit the vehicle quickly.  Children should exit on the passenger side of the vehicle for safety purposes.  Thank you!

  • Adults should not get out of the vehicle.  We have adults there to assist.  Thank you! 

  • Please remember to have your child wear a mask as they are entering the building.  It is helpful for your child to have extra masks in their backpacks in case they are needed.

  • Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle as our drinking fountains are unavailable (we do have bottle fillers available).


  • Please continue to let us know if your child is sick or will not be attending Zoom sessions during Enhanced Distance Learning as we will be taking attendance during each Zoom session.  If your child will not be attending for the day or an extended period of time, please contact Ms. Maria by emailing windattendance@uaschools.org or mbernon@uaschools.org. Please fill out a Pre-Planned absence form for extended absences found here

  • If you are emailing your teacher regarding attendance, simply copy windattendance@uaschools.org or mbernon@uaschools.org - no need to send separate emails.  If your child visits a doctor, dentist, etc., please scan/email your excuse so we can note a medically excused absence. 

  • If your child is having any technical difficulties that prevent them from attending Zoom, please reach out to the teacher right away.  

  • If students are missing special area zooms, they will be marked unexcused, unless there is a notification from a guardian. 


“Pandemic Parenting” Webinar This Wednesday, January 6:

  • Please join Upper Arlington Schools for a webinar with Dr. Emily W. King, a nationally recognized child, adolescent, and family psychologist, on Wednesday, January 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

  • Dr. King will be speaking about supporting the social and emotional wellness of children and families during COVID-19. To learn more about Emily King, please visit her website

  • Families will receive a Zoom link via email on the day of the webinar.

2020-2021 Windermere Kindergarten Information Night - Save the Date:

  • Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30pm via a Zoom Webinar

  • You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jan 26, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Windermere Kindergarten Information Night

Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 626858

  • If you will be a new Windermere kindergarten parent or have been in the system and just need a kindergarten refresher, this parent night is for you! We will outline the registration process and share information about our kindergarten programs.  We invite you to share this date and time with other families you know of who may be new to Windermere and will have kindergarten students next school year.  More information will be coming soon!

  • Please see the district links below to important resources and information


Windermere's Got Talent- Call for acts!

Looking for something fun to create? Good News! The talent show is going VIRTUAL this year! Take a video of your act (no more than 5 minutes) and send it to adas@uaschools.org. If it is too big to email, you can share it in Google Drive. Magic, singing, dancing, instruments, or skits are all examples of talents. Please make sure acts are school-appropriate. HAVE FUN!

UACA Golden Apple Awards:

  • It is almost time for UACA Golden Apple Award nominations! Voting will begin Monday, January 11 and continue through Friday, February 26. 

  • Parents, staff, students, and the community will decide the winners for each school. 

  • All staff members are eligible to be nominated... administrator, teacher, secretary, nurse, custodian, paraprofessional, counselor, resource officer, etc.  This year, we are hoping for even more parents, educators and students to make submissions, so we would greatly appreciate spreading the word once voting opens.  Thank you for everything you do for our students and for your continued support of the UACA and our events.

  • Learn more about the Golden Apple Award by visiting the UACA website and submit meaningful nominations to goldenapple@uaca.org

  • For more information about the Golden Apple award click UACA Flyer 

2nd and 4th Grade CogAt Testing Schedules (as long as we are attending in-person):

  • CogAT Cohort 2 - Grade 4

    • Thursday, January 7, 2021

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00pm

    • Friday, January 8, 2021

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00pm

  • CogAT Cohort 1 - Grades 2 & 4

    • Monday, January 11, 2021

      • Second Grade 8:20-11:05am

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00pm

    • Tuesday, January 12, 2021

      • Second Grade 8:20-11:05am

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00pm

  • CogAT Cohort 2 - Grade 2

    • Thursday, January 14, 2021

      • Second Grade 8:20-11:05am

    • Friday, January 15, 2021

      • Second Grade  8:20-11:05am

  • CogAT Online Academy & Make- up Schedule

    • Tuesday, January 19, 2021

      • Second Grade 8:20-11:05

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00

    • Thursday,, January 21, 2021

      • Second Grade 8:20-11:05

      • Fourth Grade 12:15-2:00

District Updates:

Link to our UA Schools District Website:

  • Please visit our UA schools website for all of the family emails and other important information.  Just scroll down to the social media and news section to read the latest updates from Dr. Imhoff.

  • District Website Link

Nutritional Services:

  • Please visit the nutritional services website for information about ordering lunch for in-person and away from school days.

  • Click here to pre-order meals.

  • Free lunches will continue through this school year

COVID Reporting:

  • If your student or another member of your household has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, please notify COVID Nurse Coordinator Gina Rancitelli, RN, BSN, LSN, at grrancitelli@uaschools.org or 614-487-5035. 

Visitors and Volunteers:

  • Upper Arlington Schools has long appreciated the incredible service and support our families provide by volunteering in our schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors or volunteers will not be permitted throughout our buildings except for the main office until further notice.

  • Parents/guardians will be permitted to enter the main office to sign out students or drop off items in the main offices of our school buildings. Any visitors to the main office will be required to wear a face mask or covering (covering the nose, mouth and chin) in order to enter the main office. They also must sign in and indicate that they have conducted a self-check that day prior to entering the office. Any meetings with school staff will be by appointment only and conducted via Zoom, our district's video-conferencing tool. 

Technology Updates:

Canvas Parent Resources:

  • The following resources should be helpful for parents/guardians who are using Canvas to observe their child:

· Canvas LMS for Parents Video

· Parent Pointers Part 1 Reference Guide

· Prent Pointers for Canvas Part 1 (video)

· Parent Pointers for Canvas Part 2 (video)

· 10 Tips for Observers

Technology Family Support During the School Year:

  • Families with tech support questions or situations can reach out to FamilyTechHelp@uaschools.org and share as much information as they can regarding the situation.  We will attempt to work through remote support, but will have daily drop off of devices at The Graf Center.  In situations where a device has to be sent in for repair -- e.g., screen breakage -- the student will be without an iPad for 2-3 days. 



Mobile Learning Center:

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