Whitney Wolves Weekly Update

Change your thoughts and change the world. 3/5/21

Return to 4 Day in Person Instruction

Below you will find details about the health and safety procedures Whitney has been following this school year. These procedures were developed from CDC and CT State Department of Education guidelines. These health and safety procedures will remain in place upon students’ return to school 4 days a week. The decision of which learning model to choose is entirely up to your family – we hope that this information can help to answer frequently asked questions.


We sent a survey via email and the newsletter last week. We would greatly appreciate that you complete the survey to record your learning model choice by the end of the day on Monday, March 8th, so we can fully prepare for March 22nd. If you need additional time to complete the survey, we ask that you complete the survey as soon as you can.


Instruction Model Options


  • 4 day in person learning (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

  • Full remote (5 days a week)


Important things to consider


  • Wednesdays will remain asynchronous (remote) for all students.

  • Students whose family choose the 4-day learning model will be expected to come to school every day but Wednesday. Remote learning days are not available to provide flexible learning schedules for students. Remote learning on in-person days is only acceptable for students who are sick or need to quarantine.

  • Students may switch to full remote at any time.

  • Families cannot switch back and forth between learning models.


Hybrid (2 days in-person) will not be an option beginning March 22nd


Masks

  • Everyone will be required to wear masks at school.

  • Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps.

  • Mask breaks will be provided hourly.


Classroom Setup


  • Maximize social distancing between student workstations, achieving 6 feet when feasible. Desks face in the same direction (rather than facing each other).

  • Where necessary, assess other space that may be repurposed for instruction.

  • Maximize space between the teacher and students due to the risk of increased droplets from teachers during instruction.

  • Floor markings have been installed to illustrate social/physical distancing.

  • Use outdoor instruction where health and safety conditions and physical space allow.

  • Students have access to washing and sanitizing stations and are asked to wash/sanitizer before and after leaving each room in the building.

  • Number of students returning on March 22nd will vary from classroom to classroom.



Hallways/ Passing


  • Floors are marked to support social/physical distancing.

  • Schedules allow for staggered passing in the hallway.


Bathrooms


  • Each wing has an assigned bathroom and each classroom bathroom breaks throughout the day so only one classroom is accessing the bathrooms at a time



Lunchtime


  • Maximize social distancing between student lunch stations, achieving 6 feet when feasible. Desks face in the same direction (rather than facing each other).

  • During cold weather, classrooms with larger numbers will assign lunchtime spots within the classroom to maximize social distancing.

  • During warm weather, students will eat lunch outside.


Buses


  • Students in grades K-5 will be assigned seats

  • Siblings can sit together

  • Students cannot change seats once they have been seated

  • Arrive at the school AM - Riders will disembark from the front of the bus to the back and should not touch any seats while getting off of the bus

  • Bus Drivers will disinfect the bus before the afternoon pickup

  • PM Run – repeat the same steps above

  • Wednesdays, buses will be all thoroughly disinfected


ERFC (Before and after school care)


  • ERFC will remain at the Enfield Annex for the remainder of the school year.


Please contact the ERFC for more information visit https://erfcinc.org/

Return to School Survey


Please fill out the survey below to indicate which model your child will participate in. This is the final survey that will be sent out regarding this return. Please complete the survey by Friday, March 12th.


Click here for survey.

Upcoming Events

3/5. report cards go home with cohort B

3/8 report cards go home with cohort A

3/17 early release

3/29 Sister School Mad Science Virtual Assembly

4/2 no school, Good Friday


Cohort D report cards will be mailed home the week of 3/8

Read Across America Week

Thank you to Representative Hall and Board of Education Member Scott Ryder for taking time out of their days to create virtual read-alouds for our students this week! Mr. Ryder's videos require your student's Office365 log-in to view.


Representative Hall: https://youtu.be/R7LED_UWGNg


Mr. Ryder: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/99705011-46ca-446f-9f75-ef00619cdd39?list=studio


https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/58e86012-9caa-4a33-a512-92a552e1c63c?list=studio

Mrs. Silva's Class

Words of the Week

*The Word of the Day for Monday, March 1st was ELEGANT. To be elegant is to have gracefulness of style or movement. It can also be used to describe one who shows good taste. Also, having or showing beauty and refinement.


*The Word of the Day for Tuesday, March 2nd was EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS. When fractions have different numbers in them, but have the same value, they are called equivalent fractions. For example, the fractions ½ and 2/4 are equivalent fractions. These fractions have the same value but use different numbers.


*The Word of the Day for Thursday, March 4th was PERFORM. To perform most often means to sing, dance, act or put on any kind of show. However, perform also means to carry out almost any function or action — basically to do something. When you perform a task, make sure you are doing it to the best of your ability.


*The Word of the Day for Friday, March 5th was ESTIMATE. To estimate is to find a value that is close enough to the right answer, usually with some thought or calculation involved. You might use rounding or quick mental math to find an estimate. We can use estimating in many aspects of our day – how long it might take to go somewhere, how many minutes it will take to warm something up in the microwave, or how much money you will need to buy something.