Springton Lake Middle School

Every Student. Every Day. No Matter What.

October 2, 2020

Return to In-Person Learning BEGINS MONDAY!

After a successful week of welcoming back our first small cohort of students, we are excited to continue our phased transition of 6th grade students beginning next week. The return to in-person learning is a major step; a great deal of time and effort has been dedicated to planning for a safe and successful return for everyone. While I know that families receive a large volume of communication from our school on a daily and weekly basis, please take a few extra moments to review the following information with your child. We hope that these resources will answer many of the questions that families may have and that they will also make everyone feel more clear and confident about what the coming weeks will entail for all of our students.

In-Person Learning at Springton Lake - The Details

What You Can Expect at The Lake - VIDEO

Transition to In-Person Learning - The Schedule

Cohort Calendar - October thru December

Bus Schedules

For your planning purposes, bus schedules for the school year have been posted to the Rose Tree Media School District Website. For students who are returning for in-person learning, families are encouraged to review this information carefully. It is very important that students know their bus number for the morning AND afternoon. These bus numbers may be different. To ensure a smooth dismissal, students should record this information in a safe and handy location for quick reference.

Breakfast & Lunch Available

The Spartan Cafe is looking forward to welcoming students back to school. A "Grab and Go" breakfast will be available for purchase in the Main Lobby each morning beginning at 7:30 AM. For lunch, the cafeteria will serve one hot and one cold entree daily. A-la-carte snacks will also be available for purchase. Visit the Food Services website for details on food menus and how to load money into students' My School Bucks accounts. Additional information about options for hybrid and virtual students to secure a lunch for their at-home days is also posted on the RTMSD website.

Parent Training Opportunity

The Office of Student Services is pleased to host a parent training entitled..."Safety First...Promoting Positive Interactions among Students with Disabilities & First Responders." The session will be held on October 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Please respond to Dr. Tiffany Orrin, torrin@rtmsd.org to RSVP by October 7, 2020 to obtain the link. The presentation will cover incorporating safety, sensory and communication needs into individual emergency plans and preparing students for potential interactions with personnel such as law enforcement.

Technology Help Link Notes

Need to submit a HELP DESK ticket? Let our Technology Team help!

Need assistance with HAC or Schoology? Contact Mrs. Kelly in the Guidance Department.

Here are some tips for improving the Zoom connection on a Chromebook.

Upcoming Calendar Notes

Monday, October 5th - Start of transition for 6th grade students to in-person instruction

Monday, October 12th - Start of transition for 7th grade students to in-person instruction

Tuesday, October 13th - PTG Meeting (virtual), 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 14th - Start of transition for 8th grade students to in-person instruction

Friday, October 16th - NO SCHOOL for students, teacher professional development

Library Books Available

Even while students work and learn from home, our Library is happy to provide contactless pick-up and drop-off of books for our students. We want our students to be reading and we want them to have easy access to the books that they would like to enjoy. Mrs. Ekstrom has created a short presentation that explains how students can search our catalog and arrange to borrow a book. Encourage your child to take advantage of this opportunity!

Live School & Spartan Bucks

All families should have received a letter in the mail recently with instructions for how to access Live School. We use Live School as the "bank account" for students and parents to track Spartan Bucks. Teachers are able to award Spartan Bucks to reinforce desired behavior and to recognize students for demonstrating the 4Rs - Ready, Respectful, Responsible, & Resilient. While the password sheet includes a spot for parent signature and indicates that the sheet should be returned to school, we are NOT collecting the forms.

Coming Soon...Students will begin to have opportunities to redeem their earned Spartan Bucks!

REMINDER - Back-to-School Forms & Electronic Acknowledgement

With students beginning to return to school, it is critical that we have a Student Emergency Card back from each person. You may drop off your signed emergency card to the Main Office, you may mail it to us, or simply send in with your child.

In addition, we have also created a quick, electronic process to submit the Student Handbook Acknowledgement and the technology forms, if you still need to do so. Please help our wonderful clerical staff by taking two minutes to complete this process as soon as possible. PLEASE NOTE - EVERYONE needs to submit the Student Handbook Acknowledgement.

The Spartan Scoop - Week of September 28th