Welcome to 2020-2021: Return 2 Learn
I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. With the 2020-2021 school year upon us, our staff is excited to see our Little Chiefs again! It has been five long months since we've seen them and our teachers and staff have been working diligently to prepare for their return on Tuesday, August 25th. Our teachers have been reassembling their classrooms and preparing lessons, custodians have been wiping the building spotless, and maintenance has been constructing and installing protective barriers in the building and in classrooms. While this year will be like none before it, we're prepared to provide a top-rate in-person and virtual education for all of our Little Chiefs!
Some important notes for the upcoming school year:
- Please remember to send your child to school with a face covering every day. These will be required at certain times in the day.
- Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle every day. Water fountains have been shut off, but students may fill their bottle in a classroom sink faucet or a bottle filling station.
- There will be no perfect attendance awards this year. If your child is not feeling well or experiencing even minor symptoms, please keep them at home.
- Communication will be extremely important this year, particularly for those students who are learning virtually. Please keep in contact with your child's teacher and with the school if you have questions or concerns.
This school year will be a new journey for all of us, but please know that I am committed to keeping all stakeholders healthy and safe while we navigate through these unchartered waters together. I look forward to another great year with you and your child! School starts this Tuesday, August 25th at 8:05.
Mike Marsden, Principal
Remember to send your child to school with a face covering every day!
Face coverings (masks, shields, etc.) will be required in any unstructured areas. Face coverings will be required anywhere students may be exposed to students or where social distancing can not be guaranteed. A recent school board amendment to the face covering policy allows students to be outside without face coverings as long as social distancing is maintained. This includes recess, outdoor specials, and/or classes going outside for instruction. If students struggle to maintain social distancing while outside they may be asked to put their face coverings back on.
Face coverings (masks, shields, etc.) will NOT be required in structured settings, such as classrooms, unless social distancing can not be maintained. When social distancing can be upheld, students will not be required to wear face coverings.
Arrival & Breakfast
Under the circumstances this year, we are asking parents to say goodbye outside as we will not be allowing parents to walk students to their classrooms.
Breakfast will be available as soon as students enter the school. Breakfast will be eaten in the classrooms. We will have breakfast kiosks at each entry for students who are interested. Upon entering the school, whether they are buying breakfast or not, students will go directly to their classrooms. There will be no morning recess this year.
Water Bottles & Water Fountains
Our teachers have been working very hard to assemble their rooms in a way that will allow social distancing. To assist with this:
- Many teachers are removing unnecessary furniture to allow more space.
- Our maintenance crew is constructing partitions to provide separation in some seating areas where social distancing will be more difficult. Some of our staff have even built their own.
- With many parents opting for virtual learning our in-person class sizes are smaller.
- Kindergarten - 3:50
- 1st grade - 3:55
- 2nd grade - 4:00
- 3rd grade - 4:05
Parents arriving for Parent Walk-Up will still come to the side yard as they did last year. Students will be held inside the school until their parent arrives, then they will be released to dismiss.
At Parent Drive-Up, we have designated our pic-up lanes to specific grade levels. Parents with 2nd or 3rd grade students will wait in the lane closest to the sidewalk. Parents with 1st grade students will wait in the middle lane. Parents with kindergarten students will wait in the 3rd lane furthest from the sidewalk. Having these lanes assigned will allow for a free flow of traffic. For parents with students in multiple grades, they will wait in the lane of their oldest student (i.e. parent of a K and 2nd grade student would wait in the 2nd grade lane). This will prevent traffic from backing up as parents wait for older students to dismiss.
Box Tops For Education
Have you heard?! Box Tops For Education is going digital! No more clipping, no more sending your student to school with a baggie full of box tops. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label. If you see the label, use the new Box Tops For Education app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for our school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to our school's earnings online. You can download the app today!!
Casey's Cash for Classrooms
We’re excited to share that our school is participating in Cash for Classrooms, part of Casey’s Rewards. This opens up Hawthorne Elementary to new funding opportunities to help improve learning environments for students.
The best part? Donations don’t come out of your own pocket. When you buy from Casey’s and use their rewards program you can simply turn your points into a donation to our school. Help Hawthorne Elementary make the most of this program and learn more at Caseys.com/schools.