News from Glacier Peak

Week of August 24, 2020

Remarks from Mr. Griffin

Dear Glacier Peak Families,


I can't believe that we are set to begin remote learning in just a few days. Our first day of virtual learning is on this Thursday, 8/27. Our teachers and staff have been working hard to make this week meaningful and special for our students and families. We appreciate everyone’s grace and patience as our teachers navigate this very new learning environment and online curriculum. Thank you for your ongoing support and continued partnership.


Making sense of all the communication!

There is a lot of communication to sift through and understand, and therefore I have provided you with the essentials to help you get started this week. It was wonderful seeing so many of you at our Back to School Nights last week. We recognize that not everyone was able to attend the events, so here is an overview of the important information you need! There are a lot of links as Adams 12 and Glacier Peak have been sending a lot of communication. I have attempted to organize as best as I can.


General information:



Technology Information
If you’ve requested a district-loaned learning device to support your child during remote learning, you will hear directly from your child’s school (if you haven’t already) regarding when and where to pick up the device. If you still need a device to support your child with remote learning you can submit a request via our Family Tech Support website.



Nutrition Services Information


Tips for Remote Learinng

  • Create a calm workspace: Your child should have a study environment that encourages focusing and learning. This could be any place in your house where your child has a work surface such as a table or a desk, and relatively few distractions. If you will have multiple children working in the same space, try to find ways that they can spread out and consider having them use headphones to minimize extra noise in the workspace.

  • Set and keep a schedule: Five Star students will be following a consistent schedule while in remote learning this year. You can view the elementary schedule here and the secondary schedule here. This should help provide students with structure and routine to help them succeed in remote learning. We also encourage families to consider having a regular morning routine, making sure students have time to eat breakfast and get dressed before school starts.

  • Use a timer: A timer can help students navigate their day and help you as they transition through their schedule.

  • Build self-care into the day: When students have a break from online instruction and learning, consider activities they can do to allow for physical movement, outdoor time and connecting with others.

  • The power of naming and knowing emotions: Anxiety and stress can manifest in many different ways. While it may seem like misbehavior, your student may be just communicating their feelings about the loss of going to school. Identifying the stages of grief:

    • DENIAL: “This virus won’t affect us.”

    • ANGER: “You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities!”

    • BARGAINING: “Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right?

    • SADNESS: “I don’t know when this will end.”

    • ACCEPTANCE: “This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.”

  • Create a strong connection with the classroom teacher: Understand the best way for you and your student to communicate with the teacher. Reach out when you need help.


Learning Pods

  • Communication to families who requested a learning pod should have been sent today, August 24th (from the district office). Specific school information will be sent on Wednesday from Meg Case and myself that will include information about the pods at our site to begin on Monday, August 31.


We will continue to keep you up to date with information and will post on our website as well. As always, your child's teacher is the best point of contact for information related to their specific grade and class information. Our district communication department is constantly updating information on the Onward Website as well. This is the most comprehensive location for information - click HERE for direct access. Teachers will also be updating their specific web pages on a regular basis.


Our school office is open to take emails or phones regarding any questions you may have. Please reach out and we would be more than happy to support you.



Please read through the entire newsletter for important dates and announcements:


Respectfully,


Tim Griffin, Principal

First Day of School !

Remote learning begins this Thursday, August 27th . All classes will follow the common school day schedule. For all information concerning remote learning please check out Remote Learning Tips.

Adams 12 has published a School Supply List for elementary students that will be helpful for remote learning. Please note that this is a suggested list and families may have these supplies already at home.

For students enrolled in a Learning Pod, a school supply list will be communicated to parents via an email by mid week.

Device Information

One major school supply you need to ensure your student has is a Chromebook or other device they can use each day for remote learning. Every child must have their own device. If your child needs a device please contact our school office and we will make arrangements for check out and pick up.

Troubleshooting and connection help is available through the Family Tech Support Website

Spring Individual Pictures and 2019/2020 Yearbook

We still have many pre-ordered spring pictures and yearbooks here in the office that have not been picked up. Please contact us and we will arrange a pick up time for you. We also have extra yearbooks for sale. Yearbooks are $20.00. We can take credit card payments for yearbooks as well as cash/checks.

Announcements:

Parent Portal

Please make sure your Parent Portal is set up for access. This database includes all of your student information, including their student number.

  • To set up your Parent Portal on Infinite Campus, click HERE


Supply List

The supply list has been updated at the district for remote learning. The supply list is linked here:

Remote Learning Supply List

A Supply list for Learning Pods will be shared Wednesday specifically with those families.


Online Check-In

Please remember to complete the online check-in process if you have a current student at GPE and are planning on attending the 2020-2021 school year.

https://www.adams12.org/departments/admissions/online-check-in


Free and Reduced Meals and P-EBT information

Due to Covid-19, from March 17 until now, the USDA allowed the district to serve Universal Free Meals (all kids eat for free). Unfortunately, USDA is not extending this into the fall. Therefore, starting on August 25, student meals will be moving back to our typical SY accounting method. This means, all meals will be given out according to a student's eligibility from their application (Free, Reduced, Paid). In short, paid kids will now need to pay for their meals. If you don't fill out an application, you are considered paid. It is imperative that families sign up this year more than ever.


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Text Alerts

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