Week of Sept 13-17
We did it! Week one is done and in the books. We have been so impressed by all of our students the week. Our littlest kinder have come in and begun to learn routines and have their first full school experiences. Our 1st-3rd graders are remembering the joy of learning and what its like to be in school with their friends. Our 4th & 5th graders have slid right back into routine and are ready to get a jump on the year.
I would like to thank our amazing staff for putting in extra hours, energy, and love for their students. Our staff has been flexible, willing to learn from our mistakes each day, and forever keeping a can do positive attitude. Our students have been getting to know each other, building classroom community and beginning their academic growth for the year! Our staff have been focused on providing care and connection to your children this week. We have spent additional time during the first week of school to devote towards welcoming students. Our teachers have been given time at the beginning of the school year, as well as ongoing time, to integrate art, music, movement/dance, creative writing into the school day. These activities work to set the tone for respectful learning, trust, cooperation, problem solving, and a sense of community in the classroom. These activities are also structure to let them freely express their emotions and help process any built-up frustrations or stress.
Why might your child be melting down in the afternoon?
In addition to increased nerves, the first week of school also brings grumpier children at night. Getting back into the school routine can be hard! During the first week of school, your children are learning the new rules and expectations. It’s a lot! After keeping it together all day at school, they may have more meltdowns when they get home that first week. This is normal! Try to be patient, and sometimes an earlier bedtime might help combat that back to school exhaustion. Please reach out to us if you would like additional support!
Recess has been a highlight for many of the kids getting to spend well earned time relaxing with their friends and enjoying some great weather. As we approach fall in the gorge, and specifically Cascade Locks please make sure your child is dressed for that days weather. It wouldn't hurt to leave a rain jacket or warm coat in their locker. We will be going outside even when it rains!!! Fresh air is good for the soul!
*******MONDAY IS LATE START. School starts at 8:35. DROP OFF begins at 8:15. Bus stops are delayed one hour from their regular pick up times. ********
The students are doing a great job with their safety routines. Masks are on and only the occasional reminder to pull it up over their little noses is needed. As we enter week two we ask that families practice COVID safe practices over the weekend and in the evenings. Having friends over? Consider keeping the masks on. Hitting up a birthday or community picnic?....keep that mask on! The more we can practice safe routines the longer we can keep all our kiddos here at school.
You will be getting a handout in your child's backpack about dental sealants. This is a free service for our students. If you would like your child to get free dental work from One Community Health please fill out that form and return to the school. The One Community Health team will be here in late November or early December to provide their service. You have some time to get that paperwork back to us.
Next Friday the 17th is the Cascade Locks Community picnic put on by the city & the port. Ms. Acosta will be there at a table ready to share information, answer questions, or just to say Hi. If you plan on coming bring a blanket to set up a spot for your family at a safe distance away from the masses. Bring a mask to wear when getting dinner or visiting tables/booths & when visiting closely with friends.
Have a wonderful weekend, let those children rest up for their first FULL week of school in a very long time! See you at 8:15 Monday morning!
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Parents/guardians are to send healthy students to school & keep students home when ill.
Parents/guardians will screen students for primary COVID symptoms prior to sending students to school. Students must not come to school if showing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and/or if they have a fever. Primary COVID-19 symptoms include the following:
Fever of 100.4oF or higher
Shortness of breath
New loss of taste or loss of smell
Students and staff will need to adhere to daily use of masks, maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the greatest extent possible in all indoor settings and buses and engage in frequent hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer.
When students are at least three feet apart and everyone is wearing a face covering, students who are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 don’t need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.
Staff and students can be outdoors without a face covering.