Family Newsletter

2/20/22

Hello everyone-


Whew we made it! The weather made it a little dicey the last couple days of the week. Thank you everyone for your help, patience, and support as we made quick adjustments. I also wanted to thank our PTO Staff Appreciation team and parents who came in despite the weather to provide a soup and salad lunch for staff on Thursday. Our bus drivers also did a good job getting our kiddos home safely. One more shout out to everyone who helped in the office- they checked out 120 children in 148 minutes! A new Robinson record! Let's hope we never have to repeat it though.


Important- if you have not completed the Google Form to provide input for your child's class placement for the 22-23 school year- it is due next Sunday, 2/27/22, at 10pm. We will be doing placements on the 1st and 2nd at our team meetings. Complete form here. If you are not returning to Robinson next year please complete this form.


We have a busy week ahead of us at Robinson. No School on Monday- don't forget! On Tuesday, we move to mask recommended status, and we have the Robinson Food Pantry (rescheduled from Tuesday) and the Minority Recruitment and Networking event at KHS. On Wednesday, we have our One Book, One School event at Robinson from 5-7 where the kids can do a variety of fun activities tied to our Wishtree reading, and the Festival of Strings concert at 7:30pm. On Thursday, we have our Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity bookstudy which will be via zoom format given all of the in person events of the week. On Friday, we have our PTO Trivia Night. We hope that you will be able to engage in at least one of our events this week and I look forward to seeing you!


Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Monday

No School- President's Day


Tuesday

B Day

Read Ch 49-51 Mrs. Pysar

5:00 KSD Minority Recruitment Fair & Networking Event- KHS

6:00- Robinson Cares Food Pantry at Robinson

Wednesday

C Day

5:00-7:00 One Book, One School - Wishtree Culminating Event at Robinson

7:30 Festival of Strings Concert at KHS


Thursday

D Day

6:30 Belonging Book Study via zoom- presentation



Friday

A Day

Wear your spirit wear or wear red!

7:00 TRIVIA NIGHT at Kirkwood Community Center

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Wishtree Culminating Event at Robinson- February 23rd- 5:00-7:00 pm

We are going to celebrate finishing our Wishtree book together with a fun event at school on February 23rd from 5-7 pm. We will have a photo op with our tree in the library- trivia- bingo- and fun Wishtree art and games for all. We hope you can join us!
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Robinson PTO Trivia Night is February 25th!

Silent Auction Mobile Bidding starts Monday, February 21st! All trivia registrants will receive an email tomorrow (2/21) with Silent Auction Online Catalog and Bidding Instructions. For additional information, visit our Mobile Bidding FAQs.


In light of COVID, the PTO will open the silent auction to all Robinson families regardless of trivia participation this year. If you would like to participate in the Silent Auction but not the in-person trivia, you will still need to register at this link to receive the online catalog and bidding information.

Get ready to embark on a fun-filled evening!


Need more details about the event itself? Check out our Trivia 2022 FAQ page or contact us at robinsontrivia@gmail.com.

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22-23 Class Placement Parent Input- Last Week this is open

If you would like to provide input regarding class placement, please complete this form for each child. Be sure to designate the grade they are going into not the grade they are currently in.

Here is the video I made over the summer last year to provide more information on our class placement process.

Thanks!

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Move to Mask Recommended when we return on Tuesday, 2/22/22

As was announced earlier this week, all Kirkwood Schools will be transitioning into a mask-recommended environment starting on Tuesday, February 22nd. Details of the plan are posted on the District website at kirkwoodschools.org/bts


As we make this transition, we want to acknowledge that our staff, students and families have various viewpoints and perspectives. We do ask that everyone respect the decision of each individual when it comes to their choice, regardless of whether their decision matches your own. There will be no tolerance for bullying when it comes to the decisions made by others. If you see anyone who is being mistreated or judged for wearing a mask or for not wearing a mask, please contact us so we can help. As always, we expect students to treat each other with the same level of respect they would like from others.


Here are a few tips provided by Boston Children’s Hospital to help you with a discussion with your child:

  • Explain why your family has decided that wearing or not wearing a mask at school is best and set clear expectations for your student’s behavior.

  • Help your child understand that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many unknowns, and everyone is just trying to do what they think is best for their families.

  • If your child feels self-conscious about their decision, help them verbalize their reasons.

  • Let your student know it’s important to speak to an adult should they feel bullied or see another student being bullied.


Additional resources that may be helpful are available here.


Thank you!


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Parent Volunteers needed March 10 and 28

Nurse Cyndi is looking for a few parents to help out with vision screenings on March 10th and 28th. Please email if you are able to help out on one of these days.
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Talented Parents Going Above and Beyond

Thank you to Nicole Callier for supplying meat for our Taco Tuesday this week! Callier's Catering is great!

Thank you to Maria & Eric Tutskey and Lauren Nieman for helping with the Paddle Raise Video.

Thank you to Jill Krussel and Erin Triola for Staff Appreciation.

Thank you to Bianca Guadagnoli for all the help with our Yearbook- it's looking great and the kids learned a lot from you!

Thank you to Alicia Stowers and Jill Capes for leading a great conversation about Ida B. Wells.

THANK YOU to Martha Heisner & Jenny Wippermann for leading our Trivia Night this Friday!

Congratulations Dr. Grayson- 2022 Robinson Teacher of the Year

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Kindness Tree

As we've been building our classroom communities, students in Mrs. Boxx's class have been making a kindness tree. I just had to share all their compliments to one another with families- it is so sweet to see our kids sharing kindness with one another in such a public way!
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5th Grade Families going to Nipher

Welcome to Nipher Middle School! We will be hosting a 5th grade parent meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd. We are hoping this advance notice allows for everyone to attend. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

We are also asking that every family fill out our 6th grade course registration form by February 25. Scan the QR code on the flyer or click this link: https://tinyurl.com/2p85ztmy

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions. We can't wait to meet you and our incoming 6th grade Nipher Knights!

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Repeated Information Below

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Important March Dates- Mark your calendars

March 15- 9:00 am Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus

March 15- Art Show 4:30-7:30 in the gym

March 15- Book Fair in the cafe

March 15- In person parent-teacher conferences 4:30-7:30

March 16-18- zoom parent-teacher conference options

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Hello Robinson Families,


I am excited to start an initiative to get kids outside and play. Mandy and Samantha, my two daughters recently told me how much they appreciated me encouraging them to go outside when they were little. Trust me it was a struggle, but now they understand the benefits. They have such a love for being outside, exploring, or even just finding a spot to read a book. You can ask any of my families that have been in my class. I love to get outside and learn and play! At Robinson, we want to join this global initiative: 1000 Hours Outside. Our goal is to see how many hours we can get to before the end of this school year. And then see if we can continue it into the summer and the next school year. All families will receive a packet for great read alouds that encourage being outdoors and some ideas of things you can do throughout the whole year. We have printed 2 different kinds of trackers and you can pick the one that you would like to do. If you would like more information or even a different tracker, you can visit this website: https://www.1000hoursoutside.com. At the end of every month, each family can take a picture of their trackers and turn them into their teacher or just send an email with the hours. You can email me directly too, so that the teacher has less work at cindy.star@kirkwoodschoos.org. I will keep track of how many hours we record each month so that we can see how far we get this spring!


Here are some other reasons to get outside: Nature play aids children in every area of development. If we want children to thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and physically we have to build time into our busy lives to spend outdoors.


Let’s get outside and play!


Cindy Star

Kindergarten Teacher

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Robinson Yearbooks are on sale now through March 11th. Please visit https://shop.yearbookmarket.com/robinsonelementaryschool to order your today. The cost is $10 per yearbook. If you would like to have the cover customized with your students name, it is an extra $5 per book. You can also purchase a yearbook for Donation, which will go to a 5th grader or a family that otherwise would not receive one. Thank you for your support. Email robinsonelementaryyb@gmail.com with questions.
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Reporting Postive Covid Cases

Per our commitment to transparency throughout the pandemic, the KSD COVID Dashboard will continue to provide information about positive cases in the District. View the dashboard by visiting kirkwoodschools.org/coviddashboard


The primary role of the dashboard is to provide data specific to the potential for in-school transmission. One of the ways we can ensure the dashboard is as up-to-date as possible is quick and accurate reporting of any student that tests positive for COVID. Families can self report a positive case by using the form below:


Report a Positive Case


Thank you for your assistance in ensuring our data is as current as possible.


Additionally, St. Louis County provides a map by zip code and school district to track community cases. It's available at: https://data.stlouisco.com/apps/covid-19-cases-by-zip-code-in-stl-county/explore

Click below to view the tutoring list 21-22