October Newsletter 2021
Greetings from Ms. Iverson
We have so much to be thankful for as we venture into fall together this school year. The month of October typically brings the beautiful changing of the leaves on the trees and of course, some cooler weather. Our scholars are working hard as members of our wonderful learning community and some really cool things are happening here at Hayes. For example, our Fall Fun Run was a huge success. Our building collectively raised $4,800 dollars in donations to our school. That is INCREDIBLE! Thank you for your support and for cheering on our scholars at their Fun Run! Jack, our school mascot, has also visited a few times already this school year, to celebrate and welcome everyone back. Our scholars love to see him! Lastly, we are practicing, learning, and celebrating our school expectations and PBIS School Matrix Masters at our upcoming assembly. That is always so much fun, as we get to acknowledge our scholars who are demonstrating excellence in learning our core values! Thank you again for your support, kindness, and collaboration.
Please join me on Monday, October 4th at 4:15 PM for our virtual parent, Better Together meeting.
Here is the link to join: https://meet.google.com/afr-aecj-nrp
Please make sure your scholar has a mask on each day entering school and an extra in their backpack.
Important information from Fridley Public Schools
LEARNING DURING SCHOOL BUILDING CLOSURE
As we approach fall and plan for winter, we want to share this annual information with you regarding our procedure for school building closures and student learning when school buildings are closed.
Notification of school building closure
In the event that school buildings have to be closed, the school district will inform parents/guardians through multiple channels. District/school will send parents an email, text message and will also call parents directly. In addition, the closure will also be posted on the district website as well as local television channels. The district uses the parent contact information on the Campus Parent Portal to communicate with parents/guardians. Please make sure that your contact information is accurate on the Parent Portal.
School building/classroom/program closure due to COVID-19
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has approved the provision of short term online learning to allow for flexibility in learning formats during the pandemic. In case of a COVID-19 situation that requires a school, program or classroom to temporarily transition to online learning, Fridley Public Schools will implement its MDE approved Blended Learning Plan for students.
· We will follow our district’s Blended Learning Plan that will allow students to continue to learn at home.
· Blended learning “blends” short-term online learning in place of regular in-person learning in the event groups/buildings need to isolate due to a COVID-19 spread.
· Students will learn from home through online instruction provided by students' individual teachers through SeeSaw (PreK-K) or Google Classroom (Grades 1-12).
· Our district has been provisionally approved to provide short-term online learning in order to allow flexibility during the pandemic.
· Each school will share more information with parents/guardians prior to any classroom/program or school building closure.
School building closure due to inclement weather
When severe weather conditions create hazardous conditions that pose life threatening risks for students and staff, the superintendent of schools may need to close school buildings and implement the district’s E-Learning Plan.
· The district’s E-Learning Plan will support learning for students in grades PreK-12 for up to five days a year when school buildings are closed due to inclement weather.
· There may still be a need for a traditional snow/cold day, but the district will make every effort to utilize E-Learning days to continue learning.
· An E-Learning day is considered an instructional day and attendance is taken.
· On an E-Learning day, students will learn from home through online instruction provided by students' individual teachers through SeeSaw (PreK-K) or Google Classroom (Grades 1-12).
· Students in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in the fulltime Fridley Online Academy will have no change in their learning day.
· As we near winter, each school will share more information with parents/guardians prior to any school building closure.
COVID-19 UPDATES & REMINDERS
Fridley Public Schools will continue its practice of notifying the Minnesota Department of Health of any lab confirmed positive case in its schools. Parents/Guardians will also receive direct communication if their child is identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case. Notification will include the most current information on symptoms that parents can watch out for and monitor.
· Please keep your child home if he/or she is not feeling well. Notify the school if someone in your household has been exposed to, has symptoms of, or has tested positive for COVID-19.
· Properly wearing a face covering/mask is a universal protection strategy that can help minimize the spread of COVID-19.
· Remember to send your child to school every day with a mask. They are required on school buses and inside our school/buildings.
· If your child is 12 years and older, consider having him or her vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are free and are available to all Minnesotans ages 12 years and older.
· COVID-19 vaccines are currently available free of charge to all Minnesotans ages 12 year and older.
· Please follow this link to learn more, to schedule a vaccine for yourself, family member or child who is 12 years or older: COVID-19 vaccines
· COVID-19 saliva tests are available to all Minnesotans at no cost.
· Regular screening testing is an important mitigation strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools.
· Any parent/guardian who wishes to order a test kit for their children and/or family members can use this link to order a free COVID-19 saliva test kit through Vault Health.
Hayes Calendar October 2021
Congratulations to our PBIS team
Recognition from our state
Minnesota schools and districts are invited each year to apply for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Sustaining Exemplar Recognition.
The purpose of Minnesota PBIS Sustaining Exemplar Recognition is to identify and recognize exemplar schools that have completed PBIS implementation and are continuing to achieve positive student outcomes. These schools and districts are able to demonstrate exemplary status by sustaining school-wide PBIS (SW-PBIS) with fidelity in the 2020-2021 school year. Criteria are based on effective implementation of the essential components outlined by the national Center on PBIS.
Click below to sign up for fall conferences with your scholar's teacher. This link will be available beginning October 6th, 2021
Picture Day October 29th, 2021
From Nutritional Services
We are so happy to see students back in the school cafes eating meals with us. Here are a few friendly reminders from the Nutritional Services Department.
* If you have not completed the 2021-22 Application for Educational Benefits, please complete it soon. If approved for free or reduced priced meals, you may qualify for reduced fees activities fees. By completing this form it also provides funding to our school district for reading specialists, para support and other benefits. Applications can be obtained from your school’s main office or can be completed online at https://www.fridleyschools.org/about-us/departments/nutritional-services/meal-applications
Apply Online! Click here for ONLINE Application for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits Find out instantly if you qualify by using the Online Application. Are you new to Fridley Public Schools? If you recently enrolled your child and you are awaiting access to Infinite Campus, please click here to complete a printable Educational Benefits form.Please return completed forms by mail: Kathy Backstrom ...
If you have questions about the application process, please contact Kathy Backstrom at 763-502-5021.
* We are providing free breakfast and lunch to all students this year. Breakfast is offered in the classroom each morning. Lunch is offered in the school café. In order to receive a free meal, your student must take a meal. If your student wants just milk, this is not free and costs $0.55. Please make sure you have money in your students’ lunch account to cover this.
* The district is participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant program, that allows your students to receive a fresh fruit or vegetable snack every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please ask your student about the fruit or vegetables they have been eating.
* We have menus planned for a month at a time, but please note that the menu can change. We are having trouble getting some of the items we use to make school meals. Just like you are seeing shortages in the grocery store, we are seeing issues with our manufacturers. Please be patient with us and will be providing as many options as possible to our students. At this time we are not providing a cold alternative to kindergarten students to help get them through the lunch lines as quickly as possible. We hope to start providing this option to them soon.
If you have any questions regarding Nutritional Services, please contact Renee Arbogast at 763-502-5022.
Renee Arbogast RDN LD SNS
Director of Nutritional Services
6000 West Moore Lake Drive
Fridley, MN 55432