January 20, 2021
Greeting Chisholm Families!
I hope everyone is settling into the 2nd semester as we continue to move through this very abnormal school year. I frequently get asked the question about when we think we'll go back to 5-day instruction. The simplest response is I really don't know. Obviously, we are still seeing cases of Covid positive and quarantines reported throughout the district. When these cases occur, our current A/B schedule, has helped minimize the impact or loss of instruction for both our students and staff. These district numbers which are tracked weekly, often correlate to the number of cases reported throughout our state.
The biggest hurdle our school and district has tired to manage throughout the year is having enough substitutes to cover teachers and staff absences. Fewer people have signed up to sub this year, which makes covering absences very difficult. Obviously, these dynamics could change as vaccines continue to be administered, but that is still yet to be determined.
I can assure you the district will continue to monitor and examine the Covid impact on our schools as we move further into cold and flu season. Hopefully, the vaccination rollout plan will provide some relief to our reported numbers, which will shed some light on a return to 5-day instruction.
We appreciate your patience and understanding with the difficulties associated with our A/B Learning model this year. While we know everyone would rather be in school 5 days a week, we also realize the consistency of this model has helped mitigate the Covid impact on loss of instruction.
Valentine's Day Parties
A Students - Tuesday, February 16
B students - Friday, February 12
Parties will begin towards the end of the day unless otherwise stated by the grade level.
Similar to our earlier parties this year, we would ask that snacks be individually wrapped items. We will have tables out front of the school prior to each party day for deliveries. If possible, the items can also be sent with students at the start of the day. If you are delivering snacks, please be sure to mark when they need to be delivered, teacher and grade level.
Students traditionally have brought Valentine's treats for others in the room to hand out during these parties. We would like to continue that again this year. We will send these treats home with students at the end of the day, and parents can decide when they want to let their students get into the treats.
Free Student Masks
We received a donation of children's face masks from John Kuhlman and his company Simple Modern. This donation along with others we've received from the state will give us enough to send face masks home with every student. Teachers will send those masks home with students today or this week, so you can look for them in your child's backpacks.
Each Chargie-Gram will cost $0.25 and a Dum-Dum sucker will be attached to the gram and delivered to the student's classroom prior to the Valentine's Parties.
All of our proceeds from this fundraiser activity will be delivered to Memorial High School's Swine Week fundraiser.
Orders are open now until May 14th. Click the link to order the yearbook, and enter your student's first and last name, their grade, and homeroom teacher's LAST name!
Infinite Campus Link to help set up and gain portal access to student accounts.