Family Newsletter February 19 , 2021

Dear StepUP Families,

We are finally here! Next week, students get to go to school for a full schedule. We are so excited and we want to have a STRONG start for all students. Next week is hybrid week for Elementary students, and Middle school students will remain on a hybrid schedule. High school students are on a half day schedule, and Transition gets to come all day every day except Wednesdays! We know that it is a lot to remember, so please reach out if you have any questions at all. It can be confusing with the different levels doing different things, but we are trying to make sure and provide the the necessary support to all of our students.

For our students' first day back, we want to celebrate them! We will have pizza for all students that come on Monday, and those that come starting on Tuesday. So please come to our first full day back ready to enjoy some pizza and laughter. Please remember that all students must come with a mask and to not send your student if they are sick or have been around someone that is sick. If your student is not able to come on Monday or Tuesday (according to their schedule) due to being sick or around someone that has been sick, we will make sure they get pizza when they are able to come.

Please continue to reach out with any questions. If your student rides a bus, you should have gotten a phone call yesterday or today with the times and route information. Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to keeping our students and staff safe, we appreciate you!

Thank you,

Karen Mitchell



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  • February 22nd - all students return in hybrid format, also first day of second semester for Elementary students
  • March 1st -Elementary begins all students attend, Transition begins all students attend M, T, Th, F
  • March 12 - No School Secondary only - Teacher Prep Day
  • Spring Break - No School- March 22-26
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Black history isn't only in the past ---

—it’s happening right now. This Black History Month, commit to acknowledging and elevating today’s young Black change makers and their accomplishments year-round. Uplift Black activists who are changing history and those fighting for justice within their communities, and encourage your students to see themselves as change makers too.



Congratulations to Evan for obtaining his Oregon Food Handlers Certificate.

Congratulations to Katelynn, Marcella, and Michael for consistently participating in online courses.

Congratulations to Cooper and Jacob for consistently participating limited in person instruction.

Congratulations to Heart of Oregon's Go Lead participants Jacob, Katelynn, and Michael who will be attending job readiness training for the following week. We wish them all the best in building their job skills.

Starting Monday, February 22, 2021, Transition hours of operation are 7:30 - 1:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Continued online courses include First Aid/CPR on Tuesdays at 2:00 and our Weekly Transition Meeting on Wednesdays at 11:00. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Kate or Liz. 541-923-4868

Thank you Papa Murphys for the donation of pizza dough for this week's cooking class. Transition students learned how to make Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls with icing on top.


K-3 Update

We had a short week of LIPI, but had fun activity planned. Each student was able to draw a picture of different scenarios and what their perspective was on the topic. One of the scenarios was an opportunity to draw the perfect ice cream cone. Each student was able to draw a unique picture of an ice cream cone, and below is a drawing of a very colorful and flavorful cone!

With this being the last week of Limited in Person Instruction, we are so excited to see students more frequently. We are so proud of each student's hard work and flexibility over these last few months. My biggest reminder to families is that this is a massive change that is occurring and some struggles are expected. We know each student in our classroom will persevere and rise to the occasion with some time and love.

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4-7 NEWS:

We are so excited to be welcoming our elementary students back beginning next week! We can't wait to have our entire class back together in order to continue building community and learning together.

Just a reminder to have your child bring their chromebook, charger, and headphones to both campuses everyday that they are attending in person. Staff will be reaching out individually about next week's schedule. If you haven't heard from transportation about when your bus times are, please let us know so we can get that taken care of!

We look forward to having all of our students back in the building and can't wait for next week!


A few reminders as we get ready to come back February 22nd!

  1. We are getting ready for Hybrid and preparing students for their schedules
  2. It's going to be hard for us all to get up early when Hybrid starts but we can do this
  3. High School schedules have changed to 4 half days a week , if you have questions about your students schedule contact Tara.
  4. We can't wait to see more of our students
  5. Remember that we have LIPI Tuesday and Thursday until the Hybrid schedule starts

Garden News

Our indoor garden is growing!
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How do I sign up for text updates from Redmond School District?

You can receive text alerts about upcoming school events, attendance notifications, inclement weather delays and emergency notifications. To opt in, text “Y” or “Yes” to the number 67587 using the mobile phone number on file at your student’s school. You can opt out of these messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”


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We invite you to join us for a Person-Centered planning webinar, this Thursday at 4pm on zoom. We will discuss the purpose and value of Person-centered planning and the elements of building an effective plan. Attendees will learn how to develop a person-centered plan as a tool to share with PSWs, educators, and others working with your loved one. Use this tool to introduce your child, their strengths and what works for them, which will be especially important as your loved one re-enters community life post-COVID.


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Should I send my student to school? See the flowchart below. Let us know if you have any questions.

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