January 11, 2021
Dear Boone Community,
As we are all still processing the events from the attack on the Capitol last week, our teachers were faced with jumping right back into a day of teaching and learning with our students who presented many emotions, questions, and wonderings about the future. While we know we don't have all the answers, we do know that we honor student voice and that we have a common vision for our students at Boone. Recent events serve as yet another reminder of the importance of creating a safe space for dialog and actions that will lead to a just society for all.
Over the past several days, a few people have shared this resource with me: When Bad Things are Happening from Teaching Tolerance. Right now there are lots of resources circulating among educators, and this one stuck out to me as particularly helpful for this moment we currently face. This brief article breaks down our responses as educators and caregivers to these basic components "Listen, Protect, Model, Take care of yourself." These recommendations build on the Psychological First Aid (PFA) framework, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and also include suggestions from the American School Counselor Association and The Child Mind Institute.
As the resource suggests, in the face of recent student tragedy, the stress of the pandemic, and the uncertainty brought about by recent events, I encourage us all to: "Listen, protect, model, and take care of ourselves" as we continue to engage with and support our students and each other.
Jackie Delaney, Principal
All Pre-K students who opted for in-person learning are scheduled to return to the building on Monday 1/11/21. Pre-K staff and administration have already hosted informational meetings, and any Pre-K parents and caregivers who have additional questions or were unable to attend the meetings should contact their Pre-K teacher.
All K-8 students who opted for in-person learning are scheduled to return to the building on Monday 2/1/21. We know there are many questions regarding how many students will return, which days students will attend, and if there will be any teacher or classroom changes for students. Depending on many factors, the answers to these questions may be different at each grade level. We anticipate hosting multiple meetings for parents and caregivers prior to the 2/1/21 start date where we will share more information.
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- Jan 11 - Pre-K students who opted for in-person learning return to the building
- Jan 13 - BAC/PAC Meeting, 11:30AM
- Jan 13 - LSC Meeting, 4:00PM
- Jan 18 - NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
- Jan 19 - LSC Meeting, 4:00PM
- Feb 1 - K-8 students who opted for in-person learning return to the building
- Feb 4 - Last day of 2nd Quarter
- Feb 5 - No Classes (Teacher Professional Development Day)
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How to Contact Office Staff or Administration
While Door 1 is under construction and temporarily unavailable, and there are limited staff at Boone due to COVID-19 closure, here are the ways you can contact office and/or administrative staff:
- Leave a message with Security Officer Mr. Valencia outside at Door 2 near the food distribution, 8am-1pm daily Monday-Friday
- Call main office and/or leave a phone message at 773-534-2160, option #0 (voicemail is checked daily)
- Email one of our clerks: Claudia Ortiz - email@example.com (English & Spanish), Shamiram Shahbaz - firstname.lastname@example.org (English, Arabic, Assyrian)
Daniel Boone Elementary School
Boone Vision: Kindness, creativity, and an understanding of diverse perspectives will guide us as we intentionally engage in learning opportunities and take action to bring about positive change in our world.
Boone Mission: We actively seek to learn more about ourselves, others, and the world through the arts and through learning opportunities that respond to our identities and promote positive relationships. We rise up to advocate for ourselves and others so that everyone is valued and empowered.