The Fairview Connection

September 18, 2020

MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS

Dear Fairview Families,


We have had a productive week here at Fairview! Teachers and students are getting into even more of a groove as we continue with our remote learning, and we have completed most of our fall assessments that I described last week. I applaud our students for their hard work on all of these assessments, and I am confident that teachers will be able to use the results to best support students. Speaking of supporting students, our school social worker, Katherine Ciruelas, is here to help students who are struggling with school either socially or emotionally. Please see her note to all of you below to learn more about how she can help students who would benefit from her assistance.


I hope you all are doing great and the kids have settled in for remote learning. I am excited to work with Fairview’s students and families for a second year! As the school social worker, my role is to assist in facilitating increased communication between home and school, to support kids at school both individually and in groups, and to help parents with strategies that they can use at home with their kids. It is my hope that this school year will be full of successful experiences for all students. I know this is a challenging time for all, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email (kciruelas@d57.org) or using this form, if you’d like to talk or would like for me to speak to your child.


As you have likely read in the most recent update from Dr. Aumiller, the district is currently exploring options for a hybrid model of learning for our students, while maintaining the option for continued remote learning for families who prefer it. A hybrid model would involve students coming to Fairview in either the morning or afternoon for in person instruction and then learning remotely for the other half of the day. More information about what this model would look like will be shared at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, September 24th.


Something that was shared in Dr. Aumiller’s communication on Tuesday was that a hybrid model of instruction will lead to the need to change our class lists. While this is true and inevitable, I want you all to know that it is my goal to keep students with their current teachers as much as I possibly can in the event that we do transition to a hybrid instructional delivery model. Here are three primary reasons why having some class list changes is unavoidable.


  • We will have some teachers devoted fully to remote instruction (these remote teachers haven’t been determined yet). Students who have those teachers right now who also are requesting to move to a hybrid model would have to change classes.

  • Conversely, some teachers will be devoted to hybrid instruction (hybrid teachers haven’t been determined yet). Students who have those teachers right now who are requesting to continue to learn remotely would also have to change classes.

  • Based on the results of our survey, I will then need to make sure class sizes are as balanced as possible, which may require some additional shifting.


We have received feedback that some people’s desire to have their child stay with their teacher is greater than their preference of the learning model (hybrid vs. remote). In this case, there will be a place to indicate this on the survey; however, noting this on the survey will not be a guarantee that they will automatically stay with their teacher as there are other factors related to how we service our students that might require a change.


I recognize that this is a challenge to hear and take in. Similarly, it will be a challenge for our school to prepare for this new method of instructional delivery. That said, one thing I love about the Fairview community is that we consistently rise to the occasion in the face of a challenge. Over the last six months, we have faced a number of situations both personally and professionally that haven’t gone as we would have hoped, but we have persevered through them and have grown as a result. While this particular circumstance is not desirable should we move to a hybrid model, what doesn’t change is that we have a great school and a dedicated staff. Any child whose class does change will be met with the loving care of a teacher who wants to connect with them, see them succeed and grow, and will go out of their way to support them. For more information about what a hybrid model of instruction would look like, please attend the school board meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.


Thank you for your continued partnership on behalf of our students, and have a wonderful weekend!


Sincerely,


Dan Ophus

Fairview Principal


FAIRVIEW SPIRIT WEAR

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Any questions, please contact Audrey Canavino at acanavino@gmail.com

P.E. CLASS EXCUSALS

Is your child injured or unable to participate fully in gym class due to a medical reason? Although we are remote, P.E. excusal procedure has not changed. If your child needs to be excused from gym class or has limited physical capabilities, we require a note. A parent note can be written for up to 1 week (3 P.E. classes). If the duration is longer than 1 week, a doctor's note is required. Notes can be submitted to the Nurse, Kelly Brunning, at kbrunning@d57.org, faxed to (847) 394-7328, or dropped off at the main office.

LUNCH/SNACK ORDERING REMINDERS FROM QUEST

The entire district now has the capability to order lunch and a la carte items off of a new ordering platform.

• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.

• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.

• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.

• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.

• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.


Meal Distribution
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10am - 12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week

• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School

• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School

• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at anthony@questfms.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com


MyMealOrder account set up and ordering instructions

Lunch & Snack Grab 'n' Go options

CHROMEBOOK TECH SUPPORT FORM

Please submit this form if you are experiencing any problems with your student's Chromebook

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER AT A GLANCE

Tuesday, September 22 - First day of Fall

Thursday, September 24 - Board of Education meeting

Friday, September 25 - SPIRIT WEAR ONLINE ORDERS ARE DUE
Friday, October 9 - Half-day Attendance...NO SCHOOL IN PM

Monday, October 12 - NO SCHOOL - COLUMBUS DAY

Thursday, October 15 - Board of Education meeting

Contact Us

Dan Ophus, Principal

Una Durkan, Assistant Principal


Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328