Gomez Heritage Newsletter

February 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The return to five days of in-person instruction will best help our students move forward after a year of significant disruption. The return will also give us the opportunity to begin our academic acceleration work in the remaining months of this school year.


Some routines may look different following the transition. Six feet of distance will not always be possible, but it will remain our goal. Our layers of health and safety precautions, including sanitizing every student's hands when they enter the building and facial coverings, will remain in place.


Even with the return to in-person learning, our current no visitor policy will continue. Limiting visitors helps to protect students and staff as we focus on academic, social and emotional instruction.


The Remote Learning Program will remain as an option for families (Kindergarten - 4th grade). If you wish to change your student’s attendance plan (in-person or remote), please contact Gomez Heritage (531-299-1520). If you have a student in Pre-Kindergarten, and are interested in the remote learning option, please contact your student's teacher to see if remote learning is an option.


Thank you again for your continued support of Gomez Heritage Elementary.


Sincerely,

Gomez Heritage Staff

Remote Learning

  • The Remote Learning Program will continue to be available for families who feel it is best for their student(s)(Kindergarten-4th grade).
  • If you have a student in Pre-Kindergarten, and are interested in the remote learning option, please contact your student's teacher to see if remote learning is an option.
  • If you would like to change your student's attendance plan (in-person or remote), please contact Gomez Heritage (531-299-1520).


Reminders:

  • Make sure the iPad is fully charged every morning
  • Students will login to TEAMS each morning at 8:50 a.m. (attendance will be taken)
  • To help keep their focus during instruction, students should find a space with the fewest distractions, and they are encouraged to wear their headphones
  • Lunch: 11:45-12:30
  • Talk to your student's teacher to get their class schedule

Reminder: iPad and Charger

  • With the return to 5 days of school per week, students should continue to take their iPad and charger to and from school every day.


  • Students should also continue to charge their iPad every night.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • February 1 - No School for Students
  • February 1-5 - National School Counseling Week
  • February 2 - Return to School 5 Days Per Week
  • February 14 - Valentine's Day
  • February 15 - No School (Presidents' Day)
  • March 3 and 4 - Student-Led Conferences
  • March 4 and 5 - No School for Students (Student-Led Conferences)
  • March 8 - 12 - No School for Students (Spring Break)
  • March 22 - April 30 - NSCAS State Accountability Assessments (Grade 3 and Grade 4)

School Attendance

This is the time of year when the weather can begin to take a toll on school attendance. Snow and slushy weather create challenges for getting students to school. Unfortunately, these absences can add up to academic trouble. If it is a snowy or rainy day, but school is still open, students miss out on learning if they are not in class.


PLEASE NOTE -- Students will be counted as absent if they're supposed to attend school in-person, but instead login remotely. If you would like to change your student's attendance plan (in-person or remote), please contact Gomez Heritage (531-299-1520).


Thank you for doing all you can to ensure your student is present and on time (8:50 a.m.) every day this winter (in-person and online) .

Valentine's Day

Due to precautions, OPS schools are refraining from handing out Valentine's Day cards, candy, and other materials that could be exchanged between students.


With increases in student in-person attendance, social distancing will be more challenging when it comes to games and activities.


The following are examples of a few activities that students may participate in:

  • Bingo
  • Simon Says
  • Go Noodle
  • Art Project
  • Coloring Contest
  • Themed activities that support kindness

Group Pictures

  • Group pictures will take place on March 3, 2021.


  • More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Adjustment to our routine

During Grab and Go Breakfast, students select a hot or cold breakfast and take it to their classroom to eat.


  • Arrival: (CHANGE) Students can now enter through either door to receive a hot breakfast or cold breakfast.


  • To help keep social distancing, students will stand on a "paw" while they are waiting outside.


  • Students not eating breakfast will enter the building through the main doors.


  • The doors open at 8:35.


Meals2Go - Food Distribution

  • February: Meals2Go will transition to one day each week (Mondays) with five days of meals provided in the drive-through format.


  • If you have questions or concerns about student lunches or the Meals2Go pickup, please contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-0230.

Pictures of Our School Safety Measures

School/Classroom Wish List

If you would like to donate items to Gomez Heritage, the following are suggested items:


  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitizing Wipes


Please drop off any donated items at Gomez Heritage. This will give us an opportunity to sanitize each item. Thank You!

Completely KIDS

  • Hours - 4:05-5:30
  • Contact: Ms. Pitt (531-299-1520)
  • For more information: Completely KIDS

Kids Club

Gomez Heritage's Mission & Vision

  • Mission: To support student achievement in a safe, caring environment by building a collaborative environment that facilitates effective and cohesive instruction with equity and fidelity.


  • Vision: To empower a community of students to be goal-setters, equipping them with skills to meet academic and social successes.

Title I - Information for Families

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Pictures from Around the Building