Aberdeen Schools

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Aberdeen School District No. 5 -- January 7, 2021

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AHS Marching Band forms a pod

Taking pictures of a socially distanced marching band requires a wide-angle lens or a drone -- neither of which were available this week when the AHS Marching Band was practicing at McDermoth Elementary School. The Health & Wellness Program created the perfect opportunity for the band to get back together, sans instruments.

Check out the links in this newsletter for other activities students can take part in through the YMCA of Grays Harbor. Get up, get moving, join a pod! Students can even form their own pods. Follow the links in this newsletter to learn more.

Take a second to take the second survey

This is the second of three surveys the district promised to administer to measure the success of this year's instructional model. It comes at the perfect time as we prepare to offer an in-person component for our youngest learners and special education students.

Staff and students are being surveyed via their district accounts. The parent survey is open until Wednesday, January 13.

Please take a few moments to share your thoughts.

Take the Survey

Message from the Superintendent

Despite the events of the past few days in our country, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. All of us have an opportunity to show our young people that during difficult times we can forge ahead with civility, grace, patience and understanding. We have much to accomplish in 2021.

We’ve been working hard since Dec. 16 when the governor announced new metrics for bringing students back to school for in-person instruction. I am very grateful to everyone who took part in meetings over the break so that we can bring our students back as quickly and safely as possible.

Our second survey opened this week for parents, students and staff. Parents can find the link here. Students and staff were provided a link via district platforms. This survey is a follow-up to the October survey. It’s very important that we know how many students will be returning when the in-person option is available. Please take time to fill out the survey.

Our revised Reopening Plan will be ready for School Board review at the next meeting on January 19. PreK-3rd Grades will be offered the in-person option first, ideally by February 1. Students are not required to return. Families may choose to remain in the distance learning model because core instruction will continue to be delivered via Canvas.

Health and safety precautions for our students and our staff are paramount in the decision-making process. Please remember the 3Ws -- Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance -- so that we can bring all of our students back as soon as possible. They need us more than ever.

--- Alicia Henderson

Read the Decision Making Guidance for Schools from Department of Health

Take the Parent/Family Survey

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Parent-to-Parent help in Canvas is on the way

The Aberdeen School District, in partnership with some parent volunteers, is offering online weekly technology help sessions on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The first session is set for January 13.

Sessions are offered via Zoom and are open to parents of any age students in our district.

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February 24, 2021 Session

March 3, 2021 Session

March 10, 2021 Session

March 17, 2021 Session

(Thank you, Ashley Emmett at Miller Junior High, for preparing the promotional video above.)

Health & Wellness activities available to Aberdeen students

The Aberdeen School District and YMCA of Grays Harbor have teamed up to offer free activities to students enrolled in the Aberdeen School District.

Students may sign up through the YMCA. Activities will challenge students physically while providing a much needed social break in a healthy environment and include:

Register online at ghymca.net. Masks required and social distancing strictly enforced.

Need more information? Contact Sarah Channel at: schannel@ghymca.net

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Aberdeen School District Board of Directors

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Next Meeting of the Board

The next meeting of the School Board is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, via webinar. You can find agenda materials and a link to join the meeting on the asd5 website prior to the meeting. Materials are often posted as early as Friday before the meeting.

Written public comment is accepted until 3:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. Public comment should be submitted to schoolboard@asd5.org. Comments are shared with the board and become part of the online meeting record.

Staying in touch with Leadership


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: Christi Sayres, Title IX Coordinator and Civil rights Compliance Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2222; csayres@asd5.org; Dr. Richard Bates, Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 216 North G St., Aberdeen, WA 98520; (360) 538-2017; rbates@asd5.org.