Sunday, April 18

Good evening this is Jason Payne, principal of Welch Elementary.  I am calling this evening to inform you of several important events happening at school.    


The Caesar Rodney School District is preparing for the return of students for the 2021-2022 school year. As we continue to plan for student return, the district is interested in hearing from parents. Please answer the questions to our survey.  The survey can be found on our school website and also a link was sent to you previously via email.  The survey must be completed by Monday, April 19th at 9 AM.  Please only complete the survey once for Welch Elementary.

Click here to complete the survey:  2021-2022 Return To School Survey


Smarter Balanced testing will take place beginning April 26th for students in grades 3-5.  An email was sent to parents in grades 3-5 with testing information.  If you didn’t get the letter it is also posted on our school website.  Students will test on their scheduled hybrid days at school.  Remote students will test in the building on April 28th and May 5th.  Any parent that wishes to opt their child out of testing should notify the school in writing.  Those requests should be sent to the classroom teacher or the administration.  Opt out requests should be sent to the school by Wednesday, April 21st


This week is PTA spirit week.  Monday and Thursday are Hat Day.  Tuesday and Friday are Super Hero/Princess Day.  Students can participate by paying $1.  Remote students wishing to participate should drop their money off to the main office.  All money raised will go to the PTA.  Those who pay will be entered to win a Nintendo Switch at the end of the month for Month of the Military Child.   


There will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 20th at 4 PM.  The Zoom link can be found on our school website or the PTA Facebook page. 


Report Cards will be available via Home Access Center on Wednesday, April 21st after 4 PM.  Paper copies will be sent home with Hybrid B students on Thursday, April 22nd.  Hybrid A students will bring theirs home on Monday, April 26th.  Remote students will have report cards mailed home. 


Welch staff members will be having a Month of the Military Child car parade through base housing on Wednesday, April 21st at 2 PM.  Please look at the school’s Facebook page for the route.  We hope to see all our military students lining the parade route so we can celebrate you. 


EcoTeam News:  It is not too late to join the EcoTeam. If you are in 3rd, 4th, or 5th Grade and would like to be a part of the Eco team please contact Mrs. Threatts at  The EcoTeam meets virtually and have a schedule of meetings on their Schoology page.


Thursday, April 22nd is Earth Day.   If you and your family do something to celebrate Earth Day, please send your pictures to Mrs. Threatts so they can posted on their Schoology Page.


Kindergarten families save the date - the last Kindergarten Academy of the year will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 8:00 AM. Dr. Weber will give you some tips and tricks to help your kindergartener stay fresh for first grade. Be on the lookout for a Zoom link on Bloomz when it gets closer.


Mark your calendars for Friday, April 30th.  The PTA will be hosting a virtual dance party!  More information will be coming soon. 

Please screen your child each morning before sending them to school.  


  • In the past 14 days, have you been near (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) a person who has a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19, or have you had direct contact with their mucus or saliva?
  • In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?
    • Fever of 100.4 F or above (or symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating)
    • New cough
    • New trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
    • New chills or shaking with chills
    • New muscle aches
    • Sore throat
    • Vomiting or diarrhea 
    • New loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
    • Nausea
    • Fatigue
    • Headache, congestion or runny nose (with no known other cause such as allergies)


If you answered YES to any of the questions above for your child, do NOT send your child to school. Instead, contact your child’s primary healthcare provider and school nurse.

If anyone in your house is asked to self-isolate due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or asked to quarantine for possible exposure, it is critical that you contact the school nurse immediately to assist with contact tracing and to ensure a smooth transition back to school for your child when released from isolation or quarantine.  


Thank you for listening this evening.  Have a great night.