Announcements

  • Summer 2020 Update

    Per Governor Tim Walz Executive Order 20-81, beginning on Saturday, July 25, 2020, all staff, students (grades K-12) and patrons will be required to wear a face covering when entering a district facility. This applies to all community education programs as well as the Westonka Activity Center. There are some exceptions to this requirement. For additional details please see the link below. If you have any questions, please contact the Westonka Community Education office at 952.491.8040 or email communityed@westonka.k12.mn.us.
     
     
    Thank you for your understanding and support to help keep all Minnesotans safe!

    Summer hours are now in effect: the Educational Service Center is open by appointment only from 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8 to 11 am.

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    As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, we are appreciative of your patience and understanding. We are hearing from you and your needs for connection, knowledge and inspiration and we will do our best to meet those needs.

    Summer 2020 classes and activities will be held while following the guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). We are purposely designing our programs to meet all health and safety procedures. What does this mean for you:

    • Smaller class sizes and/or classes held in larger spaces
    • Increased virtual classes versus in-person
    • Staggered start and end times to accommodate drop-off and pick-up of students
    • Health screenings for staff and students
    • Individual supplies, reducing the need to share materials
    • Increased cleaning of classroom spaces and supplies
    • Social distancing strategies

     

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  • Swim Lessons Update Summer 2020

    After much consideration our Community Education Team has decided that all group swimming lessons scheduled for the summer of 2020 will be cancelled due to COVID-19.  We have exhausted all options in trying to find a way to provide group lessons while following the safe distancing and protective guidelines from the MDH and the CDC. While we know that this is disappointing to all, it is our top priority to keep our instructors, participants, and their families safe. All families will receive a full refund. 
     
    As an alternative to group swim lessons we will be offering individual instruction for swim lessons this summer.  This will allow us to follow the MDH and CDC recommended safe distancing and protective guidelines. 

    These lessons will take place in a one to one or one to two (must be family members and have similar skill level) learning situation with no more than six participants in the pool along with their assigned instructors at one time. As instructors will provide instruction, direction, & demonstrations while observing current safe distancing and protective guidelines, they will not be in close physical contact with participants. Please note: Swimmers who require support while in the water must have a parent or responsible adult in the pool with them.  Each 30-minute lesson will be held Monday through Thursday for two week blocks: June 15 - 25, July 6 - 16, and July 27 - August 6.

    You are currently able to register for this new format on line at www.westonkace.org  or by calling our office at 952.491.8040. 

    Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter and very much look forward to starting group lessons again in 2021.


     

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  • Youth Recreation Programs Update Summer 2020

    Summer 2020 Youth Recreation programs will now have new registration options: 

    Families can still register as usual and pay the full program fee. A full refund will be provided if the program is canceled or pro-rated if the program is modified. 

    Another option includes registering with a $0 fee initially by calling CE office at 952.491.8040. A valid credit card must be on file to complete the registration. Each coach or program director will email participating families once program details and final fee amount have been determined. Community Education will then process payment once the program officially begins and you will receive an email confirmation of the charge.


     

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  • Registration Summer 2020

     

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    Dear Westonka Community,

    On behalf of the entire Westonka Community Education & Services team, I would like to thank you and share how incredibly grateful we are for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We have all experienced some heartwarming gestures over the past few weeks and it reminds me of what an amazing community we have. There is no doubt that the Westonka Community knows how to pull together and support each other during challenging circumstances.

    We are excited to show you the wide variety of activities and programs that we have planned this Summer for students of all ages. We remain hopeful that many of these programs will still be able to be offered. We know that circumstances change by the day and sometimes by the hour. Please refer to our website for the most up-to-date information about Summer programming. There is no penalty for if you register for a Summer program and the program cancels; we will credit or reimburse the registration fees for all canceled activities.

    A couple of reminders as we move through the Spring season:
    1.  We continue to offer emergency childcare for our community's emergency workers during this critical time. I am extremely proud of the work that our childcare staff has done in providing a safe and supportive learning environment for these children. For more information, please visit our website at: westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19/childcare

    2.  I am extremely proud of our ECFE and preschool staff who continue to work hard to provide distance learning  opportunities to our youngest learners. This is quite challenging as much of the learning at this age is hands-on and focuses on social and emotional skills. They have done a tremendous job in a very short amount of time to make sure that our families remain connected. It has been gratifying to hear stories of students and teachers engaging through their virtual classrooms.

    3.  The Westonka Activity Center continues to look at ways to provide programming to our members, including offering digital fitness classes and events. We are also looking at ways of providing some of our enrichments classes through a digital platform. Stay tuned for more information!

    4.  Free meals are available for students during the school closure. Westonka Foodies and Westonka Bus Service have teamed up to provide these meals. Parents and students can pick up these meals outside of the  Westonka Performing Arts Center at MWHS or along designated bus routes. For more information, please visit westonka.k12.mn.us/covid19/foodsupport

    5.  A reminder that all playgrounds and athletic field are closed to the public until further notice. By limiting social  interactions, we can all decrease the chance of transmission of Covid-19 in our community. 

    Again, thank you for your continued support in this journey. We are all in this together! #WestonkaSpirit

    Sincerely,
    Joel Dahl
    Director for Community Education & Services

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Westonka News

  • Support Our Schools by Becoming a Substitute Teacher

    Westonka Schools is anticipating that the district will need a larger pool of substitute teachers in order to operate school this fall. Therefore, Westonka is asking all community members to consider supporting their local schools by becoming a short call sub for the district. We have increased the Short Call Substitute Teacher rate of pay to $175.00/day during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Westonka will reimburse the PELSB licensure fee ($91.95) once you have subbed for five full days in a Westonka assignment. If you or someone you know is interested in being a short call substitute teacher, the time to start the application process is now!

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  • WeCAN's Ready-to-Learn School Supply Program is Underway

    Even though this year’s school year may look different than in years past, each child deserves to start out the new school year with the supplies needed to succeed in school. Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN) will again host its Ready-to-Learn Program, which provides new backpacks and basic, grade-specific school supplies to families in need.

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  • Road to Reopening Parent, Staff Surveys

    Westonka Public Schools is deep into planning for the 2020-2021 school year and for how we will adapt our school system to meet our current reality and climate. A critical component to building our learning models is understanding the diverse needs, expectations, concerns and desires of our families, students and staff. The district has created surveys that we hope every Westonka family and staff member will take time to complete by July 26.

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  • Westonka Foodies Offer Free Summer Meals

    For most kids, summer means carefree days. But for some kids, no school means wondering where their next meal is coming from. Several local organizations are teaming up this summer to make sure kids have access to healthy and nutritious meals. The Westonka Foodies from the Westonka School District will be hosting a Free Summer Meals program again this year.

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  • Westonka Public Schools Honors 2019-2020 Retirees

    Westonka Public Schools staff put together a special video to recognize the nine dedicated employees who are retiring this year: Jackie Davis, Lori Gyllen, Jim Halvarson, Lissa Harvey, Julie Jensen, Mary Kendall, Sherry Maas, Gary Rannow and Meredith Boo.

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  • Student Senate Honors Seniors, Elects New Officers

    Mound Westonka High School’s Student Senate wrapped up the year in an unexpected way this spring. While the school year was met with many successful events and activities, the ending months were spent bringing MWHS students and staff together via virtual events and spirit days. To close out the year, Student Senate honored its senior members and elected new officers for next year.

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