Garfield Re-2 News

August 21, 2020

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The best way to help keep our schools open is to keep COVID-19 cases in Garfield County as low as possible.

Help us by making the following commitments:

I commit to:

WEAR a mask.

WASH my hands.

WALK, ride or play 6 feet away.

WORK together safely.

IF ILL – stay home

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Lunch debt erased for all Garfield Re-2 Students

Usually, an account balance of zero is bad news. Zeros in a lunch balance account is a good thing.

Thanks to generous donations from six individuals and a surprise gift of $20,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation as a result of COVID-19, every student in the Garfield Re-2 School District will begin the school year with an account balance of zero this year.

“We are very pleased to use these gifts to support our community during these challenging economic times,” says Mary McPhee the Director of Nutrition Services. “We are so grateful to the Colorado Health Foundation, and the individual donations for this funding and that the Board of Education chose to support our community in this way.”

Six individuals, Ruth Mohanram, Heidi Welch, Christopher Li, Paul Madera, Mike Aviles and Sandeep Johri - all Stanford Graduate School of Business classmates of Interim Finance Director David Trautenberg - donated a total of $7,000 toward the student lunch debt that had grown to almost $19,000 district-wide.

To supplement, the district will use a significant portion of the Colorado Health Foundation gift to eradicate the outstanding debt. The Board of Education voted to utilize this generous gift to pay off student lunch debt earlier this year.

“This is exciting for our Garfield Re-2 families who will return to school to find a zero lunch balance,” added Superintendent Heather Grumley. “The last several months have been turbulent, and it is nice to be able to support our families and provide some relief, even if it is small.”

Questions about lunch balances should be directed to the Director of Nutrition Services Mary McPhee at 970-665-7697.

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Family Technology Bootcamp in English

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Garfield Re-2 Instructional Technology Specialists, Holly Miller and Kevin Anderle, will present a Family Technology Bootcamp to cover the basics of PowerSchool, Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Google Meet for all Garfield Re-2 families. Family resources will and support information will also be shared. The Thursday, August 27 meeting will be English language. Please join us to learn what you need to know to support your student's online learning.

When: Aug 27, 2020 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Garfield Re-2 Parent Technology Bootcamp English

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 325259

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +13462487799,,88078356332#,,,,,,0#,,325259# or +16699006833,,88078356332#,,,,,,0#,,325259#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 880 7835 6332

Passcode: 325259

International numbers available:

School Food Service-What’s New

Garfield Re-2's priority is to keep students safe, and we are doing everything we can to execute this. It is also important to us for them to enjoy high-quality meals in an atmosphere as similar to a normal lunch experience as possible. The last thing we want you to be worrying about is safety while at school. We also want kids to be able to resume enjoying lunchtime. Some things will be different and some things will remain the same as we maneuver through new requirements and safety measures.

Our Meal Service This Year (New)

• We will be offering one menu item daily. Because of this, we have kept all of the traditionally popular meal items kids love. As things improve, we will explore adding additional meal options.

• Instead of our usual salad bars, we will be offering our fresh and canned vegetables on the serving line.

• Many students will be enjoying their meals in the classroom. There will be some in-person cafeteria meal gatherings. However, the final decision is based on the Principal’s decision and may vary based on staff, scheduling, facilities and safety.

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Garfield Re-2 School Board Meeting and Workshop

Monday, Aug. 24th, 5:30pm

839 Whiteriver Avenue

Rifle, CO

Workshop begins at 5:30, meeting begins at 6:30

Members of the public are allowed to submit public comments via zoom, email or in person. To participate, send a RSVP one hour in advance of the meeting time (4:30 pm August 24th) by emailing your comment or intention to participate in person or via Zoom. Emailed comments are limited to 350 words, and in person/zoom comments are limited to 3 minutes. See BEDA-E below for more information.

When: This is a recurring webinar

Topic: Garfield Re-2 School Board Meetings

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 717839

Or iPhone one-tap :

US: +12532158782,,88412044395#,,,,,,0#,,717839# or +13462487799,,88412044395#,,,,,,0#,,717839#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 436 2866

Webinar ID: 884 1204 4395

Passcode: 717839

International numbers available:

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Pandemic EBT is here!

What is the P-EBT Program?

If your child was eligible for free or reduced-price meals last school year at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program, or if they attended a school where all students eat breakfast and lunch for free, they are eligible to get P-EBT. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT and P-EBT is not part of the public charge rule. All information submitted is confidential. P-EBT provides your family with funds to help buy food. These funds are available because schools were closed this spring due to the pandemic. You can receive up to $279 per eligible child to stretch your food budget AND continue getting summer meals at the same time!

Learn more about Colorado's P-EBT program here.

Contact Shari Edwards at 665-7604 for more information.

Garfield Re-2 School District

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