Superintendent Bahr Newsletter

Monday, March 30, 2020

March 30th Update

Greetings for the Week of March 30-April 3, 2020


A warm greeting from our family to yours. As a homebound person, I know I share many thoughts with all of you about the uncertainty and uncomfortable future. I would also like to share that the Bahr family welcomed a new Grandson on Monday evening with the name of Lincoln Lee Bahr, an auspicious name to be sure. As a Nana, I was not able to be present at the hospital, nor have I been able to hold him. I should be sad at this reality, but I am so happy for our son and his wife, for my 3 year-old grandson’s new brother, and for the realization that there will be light at the end of this. Love really is amazing!


As a District, we will do our very best to get your families what they need to assist your children. Our teachers are navigating this new reality with creativity and hard work. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you also for answering our survey questions last week. We will be working hard with the principals to create workable solutions, but we ask for some patience with this.


Many of you do not have devices and inadequate internet, these are difficult solutions for us to solve quickly. Most supply companies are weeks in backorder. In turn, many of you have asked to slow down, that you have personal family needs that require attention, and that you need to have time as families to balance these needs. We want you to know that we understand this; as we too have families and concerns that require our attention. We will work with all of you to make this time as manageable as possible, knowing that at some point we will all be together again. One size does not fit all.


This week we had many successes: our food service fed over 500 meals daily to families over all 3 sites. Our amazing food service staff are absolutely heroes as they develop even more ways to meet the needs of families. We appreciate seeing all of you as you come through. We miss all of you! Again, if you need food services please communicate this with our staff as they survey you or reach out to the principals in your school.


We are in discussion with the Eatonville Family Agency to see how we can also support families. Last week, we met remotely, with the Faith Leaders in our community to see what can evolve as we move through this pandemic. Schools are essential partners with the community for food preparation and delivery and as such are focused on the needs of all of our community.


In turn, we are working closely with the State OSPI department and the Governor’s guidance as we move through the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation.


This week we have a hopeful outlook. We would like to hear the great innovative things that are happening in your homes, and between your teachers/students. I will be sending out a challenge in my Tuesday reading revolution video...so be listening for that on Tuesday!! I hope all students take me up on the Challenge!! We are really living during a historical time. I hope you and your families are safe and well, that you are learning and growing, and that the time goes quickly for us to return to a safer time.


"Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality." - Jonas Salk


May your week be good and that you enjoy our photos of the ESD Efforts at this time.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Krestin

One a Week Series

This week's story - "Where the Wild Things Are"

One a Week Series - Where the Wild Things Are
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Read by Supt. Bahr (Book by Carmela Coyle)

Be sure to stop in and get a breakfast or lunch

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Socially Distant Meal Service

No 3rd Quarter Report Cards for ALL ESD Schools

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EHS and EMS Letters to families

Digital Citizenship

See letter below

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship Blurb For Students and Parents


As we transition to digital learning in these unprecedented times it is important for students to practice good digital citizenship. Remember school Google accounts that are produced by the school and assigned to students, are still subject to the policies and procedures of the Eatonville School District. Our direction is to Be safe, Be responsible, and Be respectful. Digital connections and digital meetings with fellow students and teachers should be considered educational, while using district accounts. Using this information for harassment, bullying or any other form of intimidation will not be tolerated by the district.


With everyone's help we can make this situation creative, positive and educational. Help each other, be a Digital CITIZEN.


Parents, you can help by monitoring activity when possible. Find more information at


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

Interactive lessons and activities for all students!

https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/curriculum


If you have needs or questions please contact Travis Rush, the Eatonville School Districts Technology TOSA. - t.rush@eatonville.wednet.edu


Here are some additional resources from Google for to help students at home.

https://learnathome.withyoutube.com/


https://edu.google.com/?modal_active=none

Teen Voices: Oversharing and Your Digital Footprint
Pause & Think Online
Coping with Stress

Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Stress

Person Protective Equipment

💙◾️💙Eatonville School District is making an effort to help those who need personal protective equipment during this emergency crisis.💙◾️💙

😷👩‍⚕️👨‍⚕️Here are some of the medical and cleaning supplies that our science departments are donating to the Department of Emergency Management next week. They are in constant communication with hospitals and will prioritize and distribute directly to them.

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Nominate a HERO

Now, more than ever, we want to encourage you to nominate a hero. We have so many staff members who are amazing human beings and HEROES! If you know of someone going above and beyond and want to be sure they get recognized, please fill out our form and nominate a HERO today.
https://www.eatonville.wednet.edu/departments/hr/heroes

GRITS FARM Images

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This picture says it all. This is the new fireless fire pit designed and built by some amazing middle school farmers, surrounded by empty benches built by some hardworking high school GRITS students. Hopefully we will be able to put these back into regular use soon. Until then, stay safe and active, farmers!

Eatonville School District YouTube Channel

For all of the district's latest videos - click the button above.

ESD Health Services COVID-19 Updates & Information

For the most up-to-date information for th Eatonville School District. (This is to include new information, closure information, cancelled events, Gov. Inslee updates, etc.)

Pierce County Health Department

COVID-19 Outbreak

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