August, 2020 - 6th Grade Letter

Dear Sixth Grade Students and Families:

            As we prepare for the beginning of a school year like no other, we want you to know how very much we are looking forward to having you join us at West Reading Elementary and how committed we are to providing the safest and educationally-rich environment possible.

The first day of school on Monday, August 31st begins at 8:15 a.m.  Doors will open to students at 8:00, and students will report directly to their homerooms.  Your homeroom assignment and the type of learning mode you have chosen for this year is found on the green HOMEROOM ASSIGNMENT paper enclosed with this letter. Students who are in HYBRID GROUP A will attend school that day and also the following day, Tuesday September 1st

All 6th grade students who have elected to attend school through the WAVE option OR who are in the HYBRID GROUP B (attending school on Thursdays and Fridays/last name begins with L-Z)  will be invited to attend a Webex meeting at 8:15 on Monday, August 31st.  All students are expected to participate in that morning homeroom meeting and the remainder of their daily schedule. Attendance will be taken for all classes. Further instructions for WAVE and Group B students will be explained during that opening homeroom meeting, as well as posted for reference on Schoology.

On Wednesday, September 2nd, all 6th grade students will be learning from home and begin the school day by logging into a homeroom Webex meeting at 8:15 a.m.  Attendance will be taken for that school day during the homeroom meeting.

On Thursday, September 3rd, HYBRID GROUP B students will attend school in person, while HYBRID GROUP A attend via Webex from home. Schools are closed on Friday, September 4th and Monday, September 7th for the Labor Day holiday.  HYBRID GROUP A students will resume in-person learning on Tuesday, September 8th with HYBRID GROUP B attending via Webex from home.

            Sixth graders who attended WREC as 5th graders should still have their student iPad from last year and be very familiar with how to log into Webex and Schoology.  If you are a student who did not attend WREC last year or did not choose to use your student iPad for online learning, you may pick it up from the WREC main office on Monday, August 24th between the hours of 8-3.

In addition to your student’s homeroom assignment, there are several important informational items in this mailing including: transportation information (for those designated to ride a bus to school), crisis plan and emergency card, health information form, a traffic pattern map for WREC that points out our parent drop-off area, and PTA forms. Please take the time to read through this information, fill out the required forms completely, and return those to your homeroom teacher the first day you are in school. WAVE students may drop the completed forms off at the WREC main office at their earliest convenience or mail the signed forms back to us in the enclosed envelope.

Communication between school and home is always important, but especially this year.  Parents will receive regular communication from teachers via parent group emails.  Be sure to visit the district website at for updated information on all school events.  The Powerschool Home Access Center (HAC) is also an important informational source that allows parents to monitor their student’s academic progress from home.  Parents may access HAC through the district website. It is highly recommended that parents download the Powerschool app for updates and communication.

Dr. Babb & The Sixth Grade Team