Teachers, Device Pick-up, Schedule, Construction and More
What is happening? When does school really start?
Hi families and Welcome Back for the 2020-2021 school year. We know that this year will look and feel a little different than other years, yet all of our Eiber staff has been hard at work preparing for both our In-Person and Remote learning models.
If you have driven by the school, then you know that big changes are happening, both inside and outside of the school! As sometimes happens with construction, our project is significantly behind. Because of this, our original thinking about Our "Tech Check" days, In-Person student orientation and our launch for remote learning, is slightly delayed.
All classes will begin in distance learning on Wednesday, August 26th. Grade level teams will begin reaching out to families to ensure that you all have what you need to log on for distance learning and the schedule will be 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. next week, August 26th through 28th. For students who are attending In-Person learning, we will have an Orientation on September 1st or 2nd. Orientation is currently scheduled to be a full day, so students will be able to practice their routine for all parts of their day. On these days, students who have chosen remote learning will have some synchronous learning time and also some independent time to work on learning tasks. Due to continuous changes in enrollment, all class lists may not be finalized until September 8th, when we begin our In-Person and Remote learning for the fall trimester. Our primary goal over the first two weeks of learning is to re-establish our connections with students and families, build a sense of community, and ensure everyone has what they need to navigate their chosen learning platform.
For your planning purposes, we will be posting all of our classroom meeting links on our webpage, as well as the daily schedule for the first two weeks, and then schedules moving forward. You will also be able to find the updated supply lists, staff lists, and contact information as well as our calendar once it is finalized.
When Will My Child Get a Device?
On Monday, August 24th, and Tuesday, August 25th, we will be having our Tech Check. Any students in grades 1st-5th, who are new to Eiber, will need to come by Eiber between 12:00-4:00. Any returning Eiber students, 1st through 4th grade, who may be having an issue with their device working correctly, or maybe it was damaged during the summer months, will need to bring their device to school to schedule repairs and receive a loaner.
IMPORTANT: ALL returning 5th-grade students will need to return the device they used last year, in order to receive their new device that you will keep through 8th grade.
If for some reason you cannot make it on one of these two days, please communicate that with your teacher when they contact you and we will work something out.
What will remote learning look like for the first two weeks?
Since our goal is to get to know our students and get them reconnected with schedule, routines and learning, all 1st through 5th grade students will have scheduled learning activities beginning on Wednesday, August 26th, between the hours of 8:30-11:30. Students will join their teachers for both synchronous and independent activities. Teachers will also have "Office Hours" in the afternoon to help answer questions and troubleshoot issues with families.
All families of kindergarten students will have an opportunity to schedule a one-on-one orientation with their child's teacher. Our kindergarten team will be reaching out to you to schedule those beginning on Monday, August 24th. Kindergarten students will receive their devices at this time.
Orientation Days for In-Person Students
The Eiber staff has been working tirelessly to organize classrooms and prepare to have a safe learning environment for all students who have chosen in-person learning to start the year. Many things will be different for students, so we want to be sure to take the time to teach them and allow them to practice and ask questions, so they feel safe and confident while they are learning.
I hesitate to put these dates out yet, as they are not 100% set. As of now, we will have half of the in-person students attend on September 1st, and the other half attend on September 2nd. Families who have chosen in-person learning will be notified next week, as to the specific day their child(ren) will be scheduled to attend school.