Helman News

April 24, 2021

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Dear Helman families,

We are so excited to welcome some of our students back on campus for full days next week! Our school day will be 8:30 - 2:50 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Regardless of the program that you chose, Wednesdays will remain remote and the morning meeting (8:30-9:15) is designated as a time for the whole classroom community to come together for connection. We will also use Wednesdays as a chance to have whole school events and assemblies. All students are welcome to join Wednesday Zoom social times and clubs (see below) as a way to connect with the larger school community.

There is a lot of important information included in the Hybrid Expectations PDF below. Please read it carefully and discuss with your child. Teachers have also reviewed this information with their class.

Thank you so much for your incredible support of our students and staff. We are so very grateful for your continued flexibility, grace, and understanding.

All the best,

Michelle Cuddeback


Zoom Social Time!

Every Wednesday starting April 28, join your fellow Helman Dragons in the following fun clubs:

1:30 – 1:55 Legos (or any other building and creating system)

2:00 – 2:25 Pets and animals

2:30 – 2:55 Art (drawing, painting, origami, and more)

Students can come and share their latest Lego creations, introduce their pets, or show their artwork to other Helman students, and they can stay for as long or as little of the meeting time as they want.

There will be a five-minute break between clubs, but students who want to go to more than one club meeting are welcome to hang out in the Zoom room.

Zoom social times: Wednesdays from 9:15 to 9:30 and 12:00 to 12:30.

These clubs can be found through the Zoom link for socials on the Helman School Canvas page.

CDL Program

Families remaining in CDL and moving into the Edgenuity program can contact Amy Merwin at amy.merwin@ashland.k12.or.us for assistance and questions. Printed materials will be available for pick-up at Helman.

If your child receives additional services (Special Education, Speech, Reading Intervention, or Math Intervention), they will continue to receive those services through Helman Staff. Times will be communicated from Janet, Jackie, or Amy and Zoom links will be available in their new CDL Canvas Course.

Hybrid Information

Student Hybrid Expectations

Click here for a PDF of student expectations

Student Drop-off and Pick-up Changes Starting April 26

The change to four full days in-person will involve a change in our pick-up and drop-off routines. We are doubling the amount of traffic so please be patient as we all get into the rhythm (again)!

With this increase in traffic we are stepping up our traffic controls to ensure our entire community can arrive and depart as safely as possible. Traffic "lanes" will be designated with cones on Randy Street. School staff will direct traffic, releasing cars when they see it is clear to do so. Randy Street is the busiest area. Please use extreme caution when exiting the pick-up lane and please follow our staff directions.

Most class pick-up and drop-off zones will remain the same, but there are a few changes. Please review the following information carefully. You should have received your child's specific information in the mail along with another name placard.

Student Drop-off

All students are dropped off at their class assigned zone.

Student Pick-up

All students will be picked up in their assigned zone.

NEW Sibling Pick-up Zone: If you have more than one child attending and they are assigned to different zones, you can pick them up at the bus ramp located near the gym. Sibling pick-up in this zone is at 3:00pm. Due to school district bus loading, cars will not be allowed in this lot prior to bus departure.


8:15 Student drop-off/Breakfast offered

2:50 Student pick-up for zones 1-3

3:00 Pick-up for families with multiple dragons (bus ramp)


Zone 1 (Helman Street parking lot)

1st grade: Brian/Kari's class and Ashley's class

3rd grade: Kelly's class

4th grade: Anne's class

Zone 2 (Randy Street - north side of campus)

2nd grade: Kassie, Mary, and Toni's classes

3rd grade: Bailee and Tanner's classes

Zone 3 (Randy Street - west side of campus)

Kindergarten: Mia and Tia's classes

5th grade: Joe and Trish's classes

4th grade: Juliana's class

Bus Ramp (parking lot near gym) @ 3:00pm

Sibling pick-up only NO DROP OFF

Walking and Biking to School

Walking and biking is encouraged!

Zone 3 students: park bike at gym, parent walk/bike pick-up remains at Zone 3. Please wait on the sidewalk for staff to release your child.

Zones 1-2 students and siblings not assigned to the same zone: The parking lot at the corner of Randy and Helman has been designated walk/bike parent pick-up. Please check in with the staff member there and they will release your child to you. Zone 1-2 students who walk/bike on their own will leave from this area as well.

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Transportation and Bus Routes

If you indicated that your child will need transportation, the bus route is posted on the District Website, located here: http://www.ashland.k12.or.us/news.asp?newsID=3312.

Please call the Transportation Office at 541-482-3174 or email Transportation@ashland.k12.or.us with questions on routes.

What Types of Masks Can be Worn at School?

Students and staff must wear a mask that fits their face, covering both their nose and mouth at all times.

Bandanas, gaiter style face coverings, masks with vents, or face shields only are not permitted. (Students may wear face shields in addition to their masks.)

Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack

With the move to full days, students will now have the opportunity to eat while on campus. Students will eat outside with their class (except in the case of inclement weather). Anytime students are eating or drinking, they must remain at least 6 feet from others.

Breakfast: The school cafeteria will be offering school breakfast for students who need one. After checking in with the adult in the morning at their class line, students will pick up a breakfast from the cafeteria and return to their class line to eat.

Mid-morning snack: If you would like to send your child with a small snack, there will be an opportunity to eat during mid-morning break.

Lunch: Students are welcome to bring a lunch from home or order a school lunch. Please make sure containers are non-breakable (no glass) and easy for your child to open.

Movement Breaks and Play

Like most things in the time of COVID, recess will look different this year. During our breaks, students are required to stay 6' apart. However, as educators, we are fully aware that children need to be able to move their bodies and release energy so they can be focused and ready to learn! While we won't have a traditional recess, we will have scheduled outside breaks for students throughout the day. These breaks will be a mixture of structured and unstructured play with their classroom peers. Teachers also create opportunities for children to move within the classroom throughout the day. Please know that we are dedicated to providing safe opportunities for our students to play, socialize, and just be kids!

Symptomatic Students

If your child has seasonal allergies or any other diagnosed medical condition which could cause symptoms that might be mistaken for Covid-19, Please provide medical documentation from your child’s primary health care provider to the school office. The school office will forward the information to the District Nurse who will contact you to determine if a medical protocol is needed.

Schoolwide Information

Time to Order Your Yearbook!

We want to make sure all students are included in the yearbook. Please email a picture of your child to mailto:HelmanYearbook@gmail.com.

ASF’s 2021 Annual Fund Drive Happening Now!

ASF’s 2021 Annual Fund Drive kicks off tomorrow, April 10th!

Our Ashland Schools Foundation (ASF) supports all the public schools in our district with funds that make their way onto campus and into our classrooms. This year, the foundation gave a record number of grants (nearly 50!) to support our teachers as they found new and creative ways to engage students! They also provided the district with 50 distance learning devices like laptops and iPads, purchased the large tents for outdoor classrooms you’re seeing on our campuses, and many other items too numerous to list!

A gift in any amount goes a long way toward ensuring we can meet the needs of all our students, and continue providing the excellent (and fun!) educational opportunities our Ashland community of schools is known for. You can donate and see the grants awarded to our school so far this year at AshlandSchoolsFoundation.org – or just text the letters, ASF to 72572 to make a donation.

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Community Resources

Childcare Resources

211info Child Care provides free, customized referrals to child care providers and strategies for finding quality child care in Oregon.

For information and resources on finding quality child care, click here.

To speak with a Parent Educator about child care resources:

CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155
TEXT keyword "children" or "ninos" to 898211 (TXT211)
EMAIL children@211info.org
HOURS Monday-Friday 7am-11pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-8pm

To search for child care providers online, click here.

Bilingual staff and interpreters are available to serve families in all languages.

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Monday, April 26 Full day in-person begins!

Tuesday, May 11 PTA Meeting via Zoom, 6:30-8:00pm

Monday, May 31 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

Friday, June 18 Last Day of School

Helman Elementary

Mission: Working together to educate the whole child

Vision: Helman school is a safe, loving community where each child is honored as an individual, challenged to take risks, develop friendships, reflect on their growth, push themselves to reach their potential, and embrace the wonder that leads to lifelong enthusiasm for learning.