Willett Updates: 4/28/23
Posted on 04/28/2023
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May The 4th Be With You

Next Thursday is May the 4th. In honor of this day, we will be inviting students and staff to wear Star Wars inspired clothes for “Let the 4th be with you”! Let's make this an exciting event.

Coffee with the Principal

Our LAST Coffee of the school year will be on Friday, May 5 at 8:30 am in the new MPR. I would like to use this time to solicit feedback and input from families on actionable ways to improve our school climate,offerings, and programs. I look forward to listening and taking notes. Coffee is provided!

Lost And Found Wednesdays

Starting this week, all lost and found items will be displayed on the main quad throughout the school day every Wednesday. Classes will be touring the items to find what has been lost. Please swing by at the end of the day to find any missing items that your student may have lost. At the end of the school year, all unclaimed items will be donated to families in need.

CAASPP Testing For Grades 3-6

There are many ways to measure your child’s learning. Your child’s teacher uses report card grades, classroom work, teacher observations, and end-of-year statewide test results to get a complete picture of your child’s learning. Each year, students participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Your child will take the following tests, depending on their grade level or instructional program:

  • Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for English language arts and math, required tests in grades 3–6.
  • California Science Test (CAST), a required test in grade 5.

The testing schedule for Willett Elementary is listed below. Please note that these tests are untimed and staff work with students to ensure that they do not spend too much time on any given assessment. 

Grade 3    May 8th-12th

Grade 4,5    May 22nd-26th

Grade 6    May 15th-19th

You are an important part of your child’s education. To make sure your child feels comfortable taking tests, you can:

  • Explain to your child that these tests are tools to help them learn, and they should not be anxious or scared.
  • Explore the practice tests with your child at caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html so they can become familiar with the platform and setup of the tests. 
  • Remind your child that you and their teacher want them to try their best and are there to help, every step of the way.

You will receive your child’s results at or before the beginning of the next school year. The results will identify where your child is doing well or needs more help, so you can better support their learning at home and teachers can better support their learning in the classroom. These results are accessible in the DJUSD Parent Portal.

To learn more about these tests go to the Starting Smarter web page at ca.startingsmarter.org/, or review the Parent Guides to Understanding at cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp

We use these results to help guide instruction and make decisions about programs for our school site. If you have questions at all about these assessments, please feel free to contact me via email at [email protected].

Thank you for your support.  

Willett Jog-a-Thon

We had a lot of students and staff participating in the Willett Jog-O-Thon. Many laps were run and money raised by the event will support future activities for our school through the Willett PTA. Thank you for sponsoring your students and allowing them to support our school community.

2022-23 Willett Yearbook Pre-sales

Our 2022-2023 Willett Yearbooks are available for pre-sale until Friday, May 15th. Copies are limited, so get yours while they are available! Purchase online at buytheyearbook.com. School code: 713716 

Willett End of Year Celebration: May 19

The Willett PTA welcomes Willett families, teachers, staff, and incoming families to come together, make new memories, and strengthen friendships as we celebrate past achievements and promotion into the next school year at our End of Year Celebration, on the Willett blacktop and lawns, Friday, May 19 from 4:30p-7:00pm! Pop by for a quick hello to friends or stay a while, grab dinner from the food trucks, and enjoy the fun outdoor activities & crafts! We are seeking volunteers to help with many different fun tasks. Please visit our signupgenius.

Do you have a Willett 6th grader? 

The PTA is happy to gift every 6th grader an "End-of-Year Signature T-Shirt!" Indicate what size your child would like HERE. Please fill this out, even if you got a paper form, by this Wednesday, April 26.

The Who’s News 

More information about the Willett PTA is included in our weekly newsletter, The Who’s News. Read online at: https://www.willettpta.org/newsletter.

Upcoming Dates:

May 1st                  Student Council

May 8th-12th          3rd grade CAASPP Testing

May 15th-19th        6th grade CAASPP Testing

May 16th                All City Band & Orchestra Final Concert, Brunel Theater 6:30 PM

May 17th                Spring Band Concert, Brunel Theater 6:00 PM

May 18th                Last Day To Check Out Books

                               Battle Of The Books

May 19th                Willett Community Picnic

May 22nd-26th       4th, 5th grade CAASPP Testing