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Principal's Update - March/April 2021
Everyone is excited that spring has finally arrived bringing some much needed sunshine and warmer temperatures! Since our last newsletter, we have recognized and celebrated Black History Month, Lunar New Year, Women's History Month, and The Great Kindness Challenge. Students and staff also celebrated Read Across America early in March with a variety of schoolwide activities and enjoyed having special virtual guest readers this year.
Parent-Teacher conferences were held this past week and we hope everyone found these productive and informative. As we enter this final stretch of the school year it is still important to set goals with your children moving forward. You may also be wondering about our student placement process for next year. Information will be included in our May/June newsletter so stay tuned!
Thank you for completing the final instructional model survey for the year. We would like to extend an invitation to our students who will be returning to in-person instruction for the very first time to visit the school on April 15th between 4 pm and 6 pm. We understand that students who have not stepped inside OHES all year may be a little apprehensive and we hope this will ease some anxiety. This visit will be limited to the student and one parent. Teachers will not be present but Mr. Van Hise and I will be on hand to welcome you.
Mr. Van Hise and I wish you all a healthy and relaxing upcoming spring break with your families!
Continued Health and Safety Protocols
As we bring more students back into our school on April 19th, OHES staff will continue to focus on the following mitigation strategies as emphasized by the Board of Health:
- Proper wearing of face masks
- Frequent hand washing/sanitizing
- Maintaining a safe distance
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Completely cover the nose and mouth
- Be secured with ties or ear loops or gaiter neck style
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape
- NOT include vents/valves
In order to maintain these health and safety procedures families can help by providing snacks that young children can manage independently. Please continue to complete the daily screening from by 9:00 a.m. Additionally, all student chromebooks should be transported to and from the school with the student daily. Teachers are not responsible for housing/charging chromebooks overnight.
Spring Break Travel Reminder
Currently Montgomery Township School District is asking all students who travel outside of the USA or to any state outside the immediate area (PA, DE, NY, CT) for a duration longer than 24 hours in the last 10 days to quarantine 10 days after travel.
We are asking all students who travel to quarantine regardless of their vaccination status and/or those who tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 90 days. This is to prevent travelers from spreading variant strains which in turn protects the health and safety of our MTSD community.
Your child may attend school virtually during their quarantine. During this time of virtual instruction, please continue to complete your child's daily screening form appropriately by indication 'Yes...' to the travel question and indicate the date of return. The school nurse will contact you regarding your child's return date to in person instruction.
Curriculum Updates From Our K-4 Supervisors
Math overviews were shared during the week of parent-teacher conferences. As a reminder, these are not homework but a guide to help support your child's expected learning for this school year. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Supervisor of Math and Science, Jessica Glover (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Autism Awareness and Acceptance
World Autism Awareness Day is observed on April 2. The day recognizes and spreads awareness for the rights of people with autism. Traditionally, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism.
This year our school community will be wearing RED this month to support the autism community rather than blue. Wearing blue was started on the basis that more boys are affected by Autism than girls. The autism community started #REDINSTEAD to combat wearing blue. In many cultures, the color red represents love, good luck, joy, and celebration. This represents how we are seeking to change the conversation of autism from one of fear to one of love, acceptance and celebration. Nerodiversity, like Autism, is something to celebrate as natural variations of human neurology. Although Autism is a disability, it is not bad or something to be feared or shunned. Thank you to OHES teachers, Tara Folmer and Lisa Gravier for shedding light on this for our community!
At OHES we believe in promoting acceptance and inclusion. Members of our Social Emotional Learning committee have developed a wealth of resources for teachers to share with their students. Below are two resources for parents that may be helpful in explaining autism to young children.
Our school community will be celebrating Autism Acceptance Spirit Week April 12th - 16th. A flyer with details about the week is forthcoming.