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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- April 16, 2020

Learning Packets

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Learning Packets are available for all grade levels, Preschool (above) through Grade 12. They can be picked up at the Food Service sites throughout the District, from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays. These paper packets are optional as the content can also be found online by accessing the Instructional Services page and navigating to your child's grade level.


The Aberdeen School District is now immersed in a Distance Learning Model through the remainder of this school year. There may be some changes along the way, but school is back in session through distance learning.


Find your student's school online and navigate to the teacher pages. Every teacher in the district has information for their students on their web page.


There are opportunities for all students to make progress this spring.

Learning Packets

Can't make it to the lunch site? Find your student's grade level under the Learning Resources section of the ASD5 website and download learning materials.

In this Issue:

  • Kindergarten / Preschool Registration
  • 2020-21 Budget Planning -- Important presentation from Dr. Henderson regarding the need for budget reductions.
  • Update for High School students
  • Update for Miller Students
  • Update for K-5
  • Food Service

KINDERGARTEN & PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Early registration for Kindergarten is critical to the district's budget and planning process. If you have a student who will attend Aberdeen schools in the fall, please take a few moments to fill out the form. Official documents will be collected in August.
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Preschool Registration

Visit the Hopkins Early Childhood Learning Center to access registration information for preschool. The district relies on grants for this program and needs solid information on how many students to expect.

2020-2021 BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS

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ASD5 preparing for significant reductions

Superintendent Alicia Henderson shared sobering news with the district’s Budget Advisory Committee on Thursday, April 16, during an online meeting watched by 80 members of the staff and community.


Due to the pandemic, various state and county officials are advising the district to plan for reduced property tax collections and reduced funding from the state in 2020-2021. The district is also expecting a decline in enrollment. The projected budget reductions total almost $6.5 million to keep the district solvent.


Prior to the pandemic, Aberdeen was already preparing for reductions of $2 million next year due to declining enrollment and funding inequities under the state’s funding model that impacts property-poor districts like Aberdeen the hardest.


Employees make up more than 80 percent of the district's budget. Dr. Henderson shared that she will be taking a resolution to the Board of Directors at the Tuesday, April 21 (remote online) public meeting seeking a directive to prepare for a “reduced educational program.”


Dr. Henderson said Aberdeen must prepare for the expected shortfall as it would not be prudent to build a budget based on the hope of future funding to offset the impact of the pandemic.


“We need to budget for the worst and hope for the best” when it comes to revenue that might be forthcoming to offset the needed reductions, she told the Budget Advisory Committee.

The committee met for 2.5 hours, but due to the amount of financial material presented to explain the current situation, there was not much time for comment in the online meeting format.


Committee members will be sharing their views and insights with Superintendent Henderson as they process the presentation in the coming days. The presentation can be accessed by clicking the button below. All interested patrons are invited to review the material and offer feedback and comment to Dr. Henderson at ahenderson@asd5.org.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Updates for High School students

Classes have Resumed Remotely

Students should make sure they've accessed their teachers' web pages and are actively participating in the Distance Learning Program.


Students should have access to the materials they need to complete their work this spring by finding the materials available online or by picking up a weekly Learning Packet. Packets are available at the lunch sites from 10 a.m. to Noon.


Graduation

Graduation will take place on June 12. Stay tuned, as the details are still being worked out, but this date provides enough time for seniors to complete their requirements.


All seniors who were on track to graduate will have the opportunity this spring to complete their requirements and take part in the June 12 ceremony. Students are expected to stay in touch with the school so that there is clear communication on what needs to be done.


Senior Boards

Seniors are still required to take part in Senior Boards if they want to graduate. Presentations will take place the week of June 1-5. See the link below for additional information from the high school. Reassure your student that their advisor and the Guidance Center are available to help them!

Update for Miller Junior High students

Just like the high school students, Miller students should find their teachers on the Miller site and follow the posted instructions on how to take part in the class.


Full schedule and more on Miller web site

Update for K-5 students

Find your school, Find your teacher:

Students should learn how to navigate to their school's web site, and then find their teacher's web page under the "Staff" button.


If students are having difficulty finding anything on the web site, please contact the principal or their teacher via email.


If accessing the instructional materials online is a problem, K-5 students can pick up Learning Packets at Food Service locations.


For your convenience, links to each of the grade schools are provided below. Principals are ready to help parents and students stay connected to school.

A.J. West Elementary School

1801 Bay Ave., Principal John Meers, jmeers@asd5.org

Central Park Elementary School

601 School Road, Principal John Crabb, jcrabb@asd5.org

McDermoth Elementary School

409 North K St., Principal Bryan McKinney, bmckinney@asd5.org

Robert Gray Elementary School

1516 North B St., Principal Jamie Stotler, jstotler@asd5.org

Stevens Elementary School

301 S. Farragut St., Traci Sandstrom, tsandstrom@asd5.org

Reminders for Parents

Repeating Grades?

Many parents are worried that students will be required to repeat a grade because they've fallen behind this spring. Or parents of younger students, in particular, have said they plan to request that their student repeats the grade.


Unless the school discussed possible retention with you during parent conferences, students will be "rolled up" and remain with their age-level peers this fall. The district will be ready to teach to a broader spectrum of readiness at each grade level.


Reach out to teachers

Teachers are keeping virtual office hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


Please encourage your student to use their district-issued email to communicate with their teacher(s). Social media is not an acceptable form of instructional communication between students and teachers.

The district is updating the website with resources on a regular basis under the Instructional Materials links.


Need a device?

If your student needs a device, please email the principal.


Need internet access?

Please check the internet access resources link on our website to obtain these services for reduced or free. If you know of someone with little or no internet access, please share this information with them.


Passwords to school resources

In order to access your child’s passwords, user names and badges, please contact your child’s teacher through their district email.

FOOD SERVICE

10 a.m. to Noon Weekdays

Breakfast and Lunch grab 'n go bags are served weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon at various city parks throughout the district and delivered to rural bus stops.

Learning Packets for all grade levels are available during the breakfast/lunch pickup times.


All children and youth under the age of 18, and enrolled students over 18, are eligible to receive meals at no charge. ID is not required and there are no forms to fill out.


If you have a special circumstance you would like the district to consider, please contact Elyssa Louderback, elouderback@asd5.org, or Jaime Matisons, jmatisons@asd5.org

Find more information about Food Service

The district has posted additional information and resources regarding Food Service during the closure on the web site.

Staying in touch with Leadership



Don't forget to check the Instructional Resources page often for updates that may come about from OSPI, especially for high school students.

Novel Coronavirus Updates from ASD5

Visit the Coronavirus page on the ASD5 website for helpful links and updates from local officials regarding the outbreak of this new virus and how it's impacting the Harbor and our schools.

Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

Next next meeting of the Board is Tuesday, April 21. It will be online and a link will be posted.

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Next edition

The next edition of the ASD5 e-Newsletter will appear next Thursday, April 23.

World Class Scholars

End-of-Year paperwork for World Class Scholars Grades 7-12 is now available online.

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The Aberdeen School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: David Glasier, Title IX Coordinator and Civil rights Compliance Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2222; dglasier@asd5.org; Dr. Richard Bates, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2017; rbates@asd5.org.