Norma Coombs Elementary School

2020-2021 Welcome Back to School "Home of the Lions"

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2020

Principal Lucas welcomes students and parents back to school 2020-2021.

Special Message From Debra Lucas

Dear Norma Coombs Families,

I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe in these unconventional times. This is the time to remember, “We Are Leaders”. I want to give a very warm welcome to all of our new families and staff that are joining Norma Coombs this school year. I am disappointed that we will not be able to start school in person on August 17th, but I am hopeful that we will be able to have in person instruction at some point during the year. During this difficult time, we have heard so many stories of determination and bravery. I know during this extended time of remote learning we will continue to see examples of awesomeness in what students and staff are accomplishing. in the meantime, we will follow guidelines in order to keep our students, staff and families healthy and safe.


Canvas

Our terrific teachers have been hard at work during the summer learning how to navigate the new online platform called Canvas to best bring our students the instruction they need through Distance Learning. Furthermore, students will be getting daily live instruction from the teacher as well as assignments and instructional videos. As parents, I know how challenging it can be to work full time and assist students with online learning, however it is imperative that we do so. Communication with your child's teacher will be more important than ever during this time. Ensure that your child is accessing the instruction and communicating with the teacher when you need assistance.


Weekly Sunday Evening Announcements

You will receive a weekly Sunday Evening phone blast and email with important information about what is happening at the school. There is a lot of information in this newsletter regarding distribution of learning materials and chromebooks, daily instruction schedules, hot spots, attendance meals, parent committees and a couple of upcoming events. As everything is frequently changing, I will do my very best to keep you informed as timely as possible and to provide the best possible instruction to all of our students each day during this school year.


It is extremely important that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. The use of technology is no longer optional in these times, it is vital. If you need assistance acquiring an email, please contact us so we can help you.


The office of Information Technology is currently repairing Chromebooks. If you have an issue, I suggest you put in a ticket now, rather than wait until school starts. Submit a ticket.


A Parent Portal account is necessary for registration and for distance learning. If you do not have one, please see the attached document on how to create one or click here.


Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.


First Day of School: August 17, 2020 (Distance Learning)


Norma Coombs is a wonderful place, with phenomenal staff, students and families.

Together we can get through this!


Thank you,

Debra Lucas


Visit the Norma Coombs website at https://www.pusd.us/normacoombs for up to date information and staff contact.

PARENT PORTAL

It is necessary that the school has accurate contact information, including a working email. You can update all important contact information on the parent portal. Aeries Parent Portal is a great resource that all parents need to sign up for in order to access student attendance, grades, and teacher information. If you do not yet have an Aeries Parent Portal account, you can go to https://www.pusd.us/Page/6203 and follow the instructions to create an account. Please make sure you have set up your account this week before school starts on August 17 so you know what class your child has been assigned to for the 2020-2021 school year.


In our commitment to take the appropriate measures to protect all student information and privacy, we are making changes to the requirements for all passwords within Aeries student, parent, and staff portal accounts.


Beginning the week of June 29, 2020, parent and student portal account users should have received an email from DoNotReply@pusd.us that will provide you with a link and instructions on how to update your Aeries portal password. Listed below are the minimum requirements for your new password:

  • A minimum of twelve characters
  • Change password every twelve months


To view more specific instructions on how to reset your password, please visit:

Resetting Parent/Student Portal Password

https://www.pusd.us/Page/7867


For questions regarding this issue, please contact the District’s ITS department directly at Help4ParentPortal@pusd.us

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS PICK UP

Instructional Learning materials for students will be available for pick up on Tuesday, August 11. At 9:00-11:00 am, materials for grades 3rd, 4th and 5th and 12:00-3:00 pm for grades TK, K, 1st, 2nd will be distributed in the Circle Drive. Families must stay in their cars and masks must be worn. Our staff will ask you the grade of your student and will give you the materials.