Principal's Message

Hello DW Long Families,

 

As we conclude this school year and reflect on the unexpected journey that we took together as a community, we can not help but to be thankful to work alongside all of you to support this group of Rangers.  Our students continued to impress us with their dedication in the classrooms throughout the year.  A staple of our school is the strength of the community engagement to help build a positive culture at OUR school.  Thank you to the volunteers who helped at school and home, Fontana Police Department, Scholastic, and Etiwanda High School for participating in this partnership.  During the school closure, our students soared through distance learning with high participation and completion rates to ensure that they continued to learn to prepare for this upcoming school year.  In fact, our Rangers had the highest and 2nd highest participation rates in Math and ELA on iReady.  Rangers, continue to use iReady through July 24th to continue to prepare for next year.  Remember, just because school is over for this academic year does not mean that learning is over.  Our learning continues everyday and for every age level as we all were reminded during this recent time.

 

As we set our focus on the 20.21 school year, I wanted to take a moment to thank Mr. White for his service to our Rangers this past year.  He is starting the next chapter of his career.  We know that he will continue to write a classic. Additionally, we appreciate his dedication and commitment to putting students first this past school year. Please be sure to wish him the best of luck!

 

The theme Etiwanda has adopted for the 2020-21 school year is “Imagine, Invent, Inspire.”  This theme was truly visible from March through May with the creativity of our teachers and the willingness of our students to march through distance learning. As we prepare for the start of the school year and await news for school reopening, I wanted to outline some ways that you can help to prepare your Ranger to be a leader when he or she returns to school.

 

  • Access the DWL Summer Learning Bridge & Resource links on our school website under the Resource tab or access all of them at this link.
  • Limit Screen Time: Limit all types of screen time and encourage your child to play outside, play board games, play with friends/siblings creatively, and read a book.
  • Pack the Snacks: Pack snacks with your child for AM recess and/or lunch. Let him/her take an active role in selecting and packing a healthy snack and/or lunch.
  • Point out the Positives: The 1st week of school provides an opportunity for your child to renew old friendships and begin new ones for the upcoming year.
  • Re-assure your child: Many children will be excited to return to school; however, some may experience some anxiety. Take the time to talk with your child to provide encouragement about his/her concerns. J
  • Prepare Ahead of Time: Take the time the night before to select the clothes that he/she is planning on wearing the next day at school.
  • Encourage your children to get to bed early and wake up 15-30 minutes earlier in the morning to avoid having to rush and to allow time for a healthy breakfast.
  • Plan for Special Needs: If your Ranger requires medication, please work with our school office staff to make sure all necessary requirements are on file for the 1st day of school.

 

We look forward to continuing to partner with you to build on the success of programs such as BRAVO, Universal Access, and our learning academies. Many of our BRAVO Programs throughout the year have an on-line sign up at www.e3foundation.org.  We will also send flyers home once the programs are available for enrollment.

 

The 1st couple of days, school is full of many transitions for our students and families, so parents and guardians will be able to walk their Rangers to the hardcourt area and/or TK/Kinder drop off area the 1st two days of school.  Please review the below map for appropriate pick up and drop off areas as we begin the new school year.  We will transition to a secure campus for arrival and dismissal on Monday, August 10th.  We had great success using our north fire lane for pick up and drop off.  We will continue to offer that this coming year.

Additionally, we wanted to outline additional ways that parents can spend some extra time with their child each morning before school.

  • Parents can walk their child to the hardcourt entrance using the north fire lane sidewalk.
  • If you would like to volunteer, please contact the main office.  This is a terrific way to maintain the community feel while still securing our campus to keep our students safe.

 

In an effort to maintain a safe environment, David W. Long Elementary School continues to use a visitor management system to ensure that individuals visiting our campus and interacting with our students are authorized to do so.  DWL will continue to use Lobbyguard.  You will continue to be required to present your identification to the office staff.

 

Accepted forms of identification are as follows:

  • Any state issued driver’s license or identification card
  • Mexican Matricula Consular card
  • Military ID
  • Permanent Resident Card

If you currently do not have access to a government-issued form of identification, here are some resources to assist you:

  • For a CA license visit a local DMV office or go to www.dmv.org.
  • For a Mexican Matricula Consular card, please visit a consular office.  The card is issued without regard to immigration status and provides no immigration information.
  • For a Military ID card, please go to www.cac.mil/uniformed-services-id-card/

Several years ago, cameras were installed on our campus to provide an additional security feature.  The Etiwanda School District Board Policy 3515 provides information concerning video camera surveillance. 

As we look forward to the new school year, I thought it would be helpful to outline key information and dates:

July 1st to July 24th: Parents of returning students must complete the annual online Data Confirmation prior to obtaining class assignments at the following link: http://www.etiwanda.k12.ca.us/classes

 

Monday, July 27th at 4:00 PM: TK and Kinder Class assignments will be available via the following link: http://www.etiwanda.k12.ca.us/classes 

 

Thursday, July 30th at 4:00 PM: All grade levels will be made available on-line via the following link:  http://www.etiwanda.k12.ca.us/classes

  • Class lists will no longer be posted outside the school prior to the start of school due to safety concerns.   
  • If there is any confusion, please contact the school office for clarification. We encourage parents to use the on-line option to expedite the process.  There will be a series of questions that you would have to answer to access your child’s class in order to ensure confidentiality.

July 30th from 6:00 -7:00 PM: Cookie Social and Open Campus

  • Join us as our PTO sponsored cookie social in our MPR.
  • Afterwards, you can walk around campus to see where your child’s classroom and line up area will be for this school year.

Thursday, August 6th: The first day of school has arrived!  Students may arrive at school anytime between 7:50-8:15. To ensure student safety, please do not drop students off any earlier. School will dismiss at 1:15 PM on the first day of school.  We anticipate many parents on campus and limited amount of parking spots.  I encourage you to walk with your child to school the first two days to help reduce the traffic.

Thursday, August 6th:  Back to School Night: This is an excellent opportunity to come and meet your child’s teacher and see the learning environment where they will be spending much of their time this school year. Please note our tentative schedule below:

  • 5:30 PM: PTO Meeting and Staff Introductions
  • 6:00-6:45 PM: Class Presentation: Session One
  • 6:50-7:30 PM: Class Presentation: Session Two

As we prepare for the first day of school, here are some helpful reminders:

Lunch prices this year will be $2.75. You may put money on your child’s account on-line through www.ezschoolpay.com or send it in an envelope with the child’s name and teacher written on it.

Please check your child’s backpack when they return home from their first day, as they will be bringing home first day paperwork.  All students will be supplied with a black Parent-Teacher Communication folder. Please review the papers and return any forms indicated so that we can begin the year in the right direction.  Please continue to check your child’s backpack daily to keep up with important information. For parents that use social media, please follow us @DWLRangers on Twitter and Instagram and check our school website for important information at dwl.etiwanda.org/. If you are interested in accessing parent communication in a mobile friendly format you are encouraged to download the Remind App.  You will be able to receive messages from our school office through this app.  I hope that one of these options will work best for your family.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone, we can do so little: Together, we can do so much.” At DW Long, we value the wisdom behind this quote. Our job requires us to continue to work together so that we prepare our Rangers for the challenges of today and the challenges that we have not seen so that they are successful and are able to Learn Today to Lead Tomorrow.  The better we prepare today will impact how we handle tomorrow’s challenges. Stay Strong Rangers!

We are looking forward to greeting all the students and seeing each Ranger in school every day as we prepare them to be good citizens while reinforcing the character traits that you value at home.  We will see you all on August 6th! Please note, all calendar items are tentative due to Covid-19. 

 

At your service,    

Mr. Rodriguez

Assistant Principal

Mr. Yarrobino

Principal