Latest Update from Superintendent Gumina
May 29, 2020
Dear Webster CSD Parents/Guardians,
Thank you to all WCSD parents and guardians as you continue to support your children with at-home learning. Thank you for doing your “best”, whatever your “best” looks like this week, this day, this hour. I’ve said it before, but I want to say it one more time before our year ends: Own your “best”. Realize that this isn’t “typical learning” by any stretch of the imagination; this is “emergency” learning, and moms and dads across our community have been drafted into a learning plan that none of us could have ever anticipated. Again, thank you for all that you have done for your children and for our community. (OK, enough of the mushy stuff… here are some nuts and bolts you need to know).
During last night’s board of education meeting, the board approved two adjustments to the current 2019-20 school calendar. The new last day for all students, grades K-12, will be on Monday, June 15. The new last day for teachers will be on Friday, June 19. These are the only adjustments to the 2019-20 school calendar. Please watch for information from your child’s principal as there will be dates to pick up school supplies, etc. at each school as buildings prepare to close for the summer. The board and I appreciate the flexibility of the entire One Webster community as we have adapted to so many monumental shifts in our “regular” school year due to COVID-19 related closures.
All WCSD households should receive two absentee ballots this week (ballots were mailed after Memorial Day) in preparation for this year’s budget vote and board of education election. As I’m sure you’re aware, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued that voting for school district budgets and board of education candidates will be by absentee ballot only this year. Per the executive order, all ballots must be returned to the district clerk by Tuesday, June 9 at 5:00 p.m. to be considered valid. If your household includes more than two voters and you would like additional absentee ballots, please contact the district clerk at Cynthia_Cushman@webstercsd.org or call 216-0001. If you have already reached out, there is no need to do so again. Video instructions for completing your absentee ballot may be found on the district’s budget web page, www.websterschools.org/budget. PLEASE NOTE that ALL methods of filling in the voting ovals (X, check mark OR filling in the oval completely) WILL BE ACCEPTED as valid ballots.
All WCSD residents were also mailed a budget information page this week that may also be viewed on our district budget web page. Also, please be sure to visit our website for board of education candidates’ information at websterschools.org/budget > Board of Education Candidates Election. Thank you in advance for exercising your right to vote!
I am thinking of all of you as we near the end of this school year. Enjoy the sunshine!
Superintendent of Schools
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“I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it.”
We hope this message finds our One Webster family well and coping with the changes wrought by COVID-19 as well as they can. We’re settling into this new reality and a few short weeks ago when we may have been shocked by lines of people wearing masks just to enter Wegmans, like so many other adjustments, we do what we have to do.
We are all doing things we don’t know how to do, and we are learning. We are inspired by the stories we hear of teachers and staff and how they have adapted to online instruction and devised creative ways to stay connected to their students. We are awed by parents who have taken on the role of educator and continue to support their children’s learning. We are proud of students who have risen to the challenge to succeed despite obstacles and disappointments. Their motivation will help them grow in ways they couldn’t have imagined. Finally, we are grateful for the leadership and collaboration of our district’s administrative team led by Carmen.
There was no preparation for the roles we find ourselves in and we sincerely hope everyone can find the strength and inspiration to continue. Sunshine calling us outdoors is an immense benefit; people are outside walking and enjoying our beautiful community.
We continue to conduct the district’s business, and along with all the other New York State school boards, we await further guidance from the governor regarding the annual budget vote and board of education elections. The latest date of early June looks increasingly unlikely.
Please take a moment to thank yourself for all you are doing, because it is making a difference. Each day gives us yet another chance to persevere, to challenge ourselves to new tasks, and to take care of each other.