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Top 5 Things You Need to Know ASAP - October 9, 2020

#1 - Crestline Reopening Changes Phase 2

So, we made it through the first nine weeks! Thank you for supporting us through all the efforts implemented to keep our Crestline family safe while we're at school. We are constantly accessing our plan and listening to feedback. As we move into the second nine weeks, we have and will continue to make a few changes to support our students, teachers, and staff. Please be aware of the following changes:
  • Specials classes have moved to teaching in their classrooms.
  • Dismissal time will start at 2:45pm on Monday, October 12.
    - We will still stagger dismissal by bike riders, carpool, and walkers.
    - Please make sure your child knows your dismissal plan.
  • Third-Sixth grade students will start changing classes by Monday, October 19.
    - Students will move by homerooms and not by individual student schedules.
    - We are working hard to make sure seating charts are in place in all classes.
  • Students who chose the virtual option, can choose to come back to traditional school on Monday, October 19.
    - If your family is interested in this option, please email Ms. Christian at christianc@mtnbrook.k12.al.us by Sunday, October 11.

We will continue to follow all PPE guidelines concerning masking, physical distancing, and cleaning protocols. All other reopening guidelines concerning visitors in the building, virtual meetings between adults, classrooms not mixing, etc. are still in place. If you have a questions and/or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.

#2 - Fall Conferences

Fall Conferences will be next Tuesday-Thursday (October 13-15). School will dismiss at noon each day, and lunch will be served. We will start the dismissal process at 11:55. Please make sure to go over your families' dismissal plan. These conferences are set aside for parents to gain insight on how students are performing academically and socially. Typically, K-2 grade conferences are led by the teacher and 3-6 grade conferences are student-led. This year we will follow a modified version. Teachers will conduct conferences virtually and/or through a phone call. Your child's teacher will provide a time for you to sign-up. The student-led piece will be conducted prior to the actual conference at home. There will be a different lunch schedule on conference days, and the menu is listed below.
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#3 - eDay on October 16

An eDay is when students receive their classroom instruction electronically while teachers engage in district-wide professional learning. eDay lessons are valuable instruction linked to grade level standards and in-class learning. This year all eDay lessons will be accessed through Schoology.

How do we ensure a successful eDay?

  • All students go through Classlink to access Schoology.
  • Each teacher creates his/her own class eDay work in Schoology located in Materials, in the current Week (date) folder.
  • Students have prior in-class & at-home practice with all tools & skills used in eDay lessons.
  • No printing is required for eDay assignments.


What if your student has trouble accessing an eDay?

  • Ask your student because each teacher has given students detailed instruction and practice accessing and using all tools & skills needed for the eDay.
  • Check out the Student/Parent Helps here for accessing Classlink on a home, shared device.
  • Contact your child's classroom teacher.


When will the eDay assignment be due?

  • All assignments will be due on Monday, October 19.

#4 - Chromebook Checkout for eDay

Mountain Brook Schools is offering K-6 students the opportunity to check out their Chromebook and charger for eDay on Friday, October 16. The Chromebook will only allow the student to log in with a Mountain Brook Google account and content will be filtered through the school's Internet filter. If you're interested in checking out your child's Chromebook, complete this form for each child in your family by Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm.
Chromebooks and chargers will only be sent home with students whose parents have completed a form. Devices will go home with students the afternoon of Thursday, October 15 and should return to school with students Monday, October 19. Please be sure your student has a backpack or protective bag to transport the Chromebook.

#5 Fall Festival and Dress Up!

Due to COVID, Fall Festival has been rescheduled to the spring. In this challenging year, we want to make a special effort to ensure that students do not miss experiences. So, we will still have a school wide dress up day on October 30. (Has there ever been a better year for masks?) Just to be clear, we are not celebrating Halloween as a school, rather this is a dress up day for students to make memories with their friend!

All costumes should be elementary appropriate. Please keep in mind the following costume restrictions:

  • No blood
  • No guts
  • No gore
  • No scary characters
  • No weapons

Thank you so much for partnering with us to allow students to have as many “normal Crestline” experiences as possible!

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