NES WEEKLY UPDATE

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2020

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Dear Families,


Thank you for all of your efforts to navigate this tricky time. We had a wonderful first week with students in school in Cohort A. We are so hopeful that the Covid positive cases will still stay low and allow us to bring back our cohort B students on 10/19 and our cohort C students on 10/22. As with everything in this challenging time, we have been working collaboratively to be sure things go as smoothly as possible for everyone. We need to reiterate to all that none of this is ideal. We are in a pandemic and please know that all staff at NES and in all schools are truly doing the best we can. There have been changes that seem to occur almost daily and this has caused the staff to make changes daily. This has not been easy. This is when I continue to ask all for Patience, Grace and Kindness.


Know that no educator has ever taken a course to prepare them to teach in a pandemic. Because of this, we have been working diligently to educate all students. This takes time and patience. With each day, teachers are adding things to their in school instruction, adding synchronous times to their days for Cohorts B & C to join virtually, and adding more academics and time to the playlists for work at home. So much, of the instruction we do in an elementary school is about exposure and experiences. These do not always translate well to planning at home work. Again, we are doing the best we can. Know that you will be receiving changing lists and schedules this week as teachers add more time. Once again, the remote instruction will be shifting for students in Cohorts B and C. Our primary focus in all instruction has been about building a community, supporting technology use, sharing safety information to reassure students, reviewing formal foundational instruction (as students have been away from the traditional schooling since March), and attending to any of their social and emotional needs. As of this week, teachers will be sharing times to be connecting with students in cohorts B and C whether individually, in small groups, or to join the whole class. Students in B and C will be joining in for morning meeting daily. There will be other times where the teacher asks students to sign on line to join for other content instruction with the rest of the class. However, there will be other connections with B and C kids that will not include students in Cohort A. While we are very concerned about too much screen time for our younger learners, it is the means to imparting instruction right now. The teachers are working to balance this screen time with connection time and instructional goals. For students who are remotely learning right now, there will be a list of asynchronous tasks for students to complete independently. This is work that is assigned to children that they may have heard about during their online time, but they must do this independently. This independent work will be added up to equal a school days equivalent of 6.5 hours (with lunch and recess scheduled by you). As we being to get into instructional standards, the teachers will be sharing videos of content teaching. These videos will not be of them live teaching the class in the building. Rather, it will be similar to what was shared in the spring time with students each week. We hope that these will be helpful to you, as the parents and guardians, to see the instruction and be able to refer back to it. As we get students all back in for Cohorts A, B and C, students will be required to do work daily so they are caught up when they come to school for their assigned days and have the work available for any remote days. You will see this over the next couple of weeks.


We were incredibly humbled and honored by the outpouring of food and cash donations given to Heather Woodbury as she organized and shared an amazing luncheon this past Friday for all district educators. This was a wonderful treat, and we are so grateful for the outpouring of community support for the staff helping to educate our island's children. Thank you to Centre Street Bistro, Rose and Crown, Sophie T's, Wicked Bakery and others! Everything was delicious!!


As we continue to plan to bring students back for in person instruction, it will be very necessary for each family to do a check in with their child to review their health everyday. The document has been shared in our mailing and is posted on websites. It is also linked here. Home Screening Protocol Please know that we are working with our tech department to have each family receive an Aspen email and a remind message telling you to do this screening each day. I have done the mask wearing reminder. This is a mandate. It is required for all staff and students.


If your child is having difficulty with their devices, you must log on to the District Website - www.npsk.org. Once there, please go to Departments, then click on Technology in the drop down menu, and you will see the link for the NPS Technology Help Desk. This is where you put in your help requests. The tech department has been wonderful in replacing devices or fixing devices that have difficulties. The turnaround has been very quick.


I recognize that this is a lot to manage. This is not easy for any of us, and we understand that for you, too. It is so important to work together to support the students. We need you. You will want to set a schedule you can live with in your homes or the settings where your children will be. You decide when they are completing school work, when they are eating lunch, when they are doing recess, etc. They will need to join their online synchronous times. They will need a place to complete their work. They will need to share their work completed with the teacher. The classroom teachers will be supporting you in helping to clarify these expectations.


Please reach out to your child's teacher should you have questions. Please know that remote learning is required. There will be attendance taken for all students each day. We will be moving to more rigorous work in remote this year compared to this past spring.


Our mantra at NES is patience, grace, and kindness. We are modeling this, practicing this, and providing it to each other regularly. You have shared this with us and we are so grateful. We need you and your partnership, along with your patience, grace, and kindness!


Best,


Kimberly Kubisch, Principal NES

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Kimberly F. Kubisch

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