EBE Home Connections
October 26, 2020
Message from Mr. Hanzeli
Four items I would like you to give a little extra attention to this week.
1. The SCSD Tuesday message (below) regarding current health recommendations and the hold on adding G4 and G5 back to school.
2. As you read the SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process (below) I need to emphasize that if one child is home from school dealing with symptoms and/or fever, that the same guidelines for monitoring, staying home, and returning to school, applies to all siblings in the home as well.
3. EBE PTA is trying to pull together a safe, distant, drive through Honk or Treat on Friday, October 30, 6:00-7:30. If you can safely help, please contact Brandy Siddique (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Elizabeth Butler (email@example.com).
Harvest Inflatables and extensions cords.
Candy for Distribution
Please contact Elizabeth or Brandy by Email if you can help.
4. My photo of Max...because who doesn't love cute photos of a puppy when we need to be cheered up :-). Max is the brand new puppy in my son's family and I included the photo because it was a great reminder to me not to forget the simple things that bring joy, happiness, and connectedness to my own life. Let's work together to keep noticing and absorbing these many, often small, joyous events and interactions as we work together through tough times. Hoping all the best for each of you.
~ Mr. Hanzeli
SCSD Family Message, Tuesday, October 20
Stanwood-Camano School District
October 20, 2020
Good afternoon families,
The district met today with Dr. Spitters from the Snohomish County Health District. The current rate of infection per 100,000 over a 14-day period has increased significantly over the past 4 weeks. According to the new Decision Tree from the Department of Health, we are now in the “High Range” of COVID-19 activity level (101.1). This new decision tree included several changes:
Continued distance learning is still strongly recommended, with limited in-person learning for younger learners (especially K-3) and high need students (e.g., disabilities, homelessness, farthest from educational justice)
In-person learning for older students is discouraged, except high need students, particularly at the current level and trajectory of COVID-19 activity in the community.
Strongly recommend canceling or postponing most in-person extracurricular activities, including sports, performances, clubs, events, and such, with the option to allow extracurricular activities in small groups of six or fewer students.
Additional information provided included a “slight uptick” in infection rate of 0-19 year olds. Attached to this email is the presentation given by Dr. Spitters this afternoon, and the Snohomish County Health District’s press release.
We were relieved to hear Dr. Spitters’ guidance to allow districts to continue serving Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and special populations. He has recommended that school districts hold off on bringing additional students for in person learning. In light of this guidance we are postponing in person learning for our 4th and 5th grade students until November 9. We will now be meeting with Dr. Spitters and the health district weekly and the district will adjust plans as metrics and guidance change.
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process
As you are aware, Stanwood Camano Schools have implemented new processes and procedures during this outbreak of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping students and staff safety our top priority.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills (> 100.3)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Please contact your student’s medical provider for additional health instructions and/or testing.
If your student is not tested for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days after symptoms began AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is ill for additional days, please notify the attendance office of your student’s absence.
If your student is positive for COVID-19, they may return 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is negative for COVID-19, they may return to school campus when symptoms are improving AND they have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for > 24 hours.
Elger Bay Attendance: 360.629.1290
Donna Hunter, EBE School Nurse: 360.629.1290
Coats for Kids Opportunity (volunteers needed as well)
(The following is not an EBE coordinated event. If you have questions, please contact Emily at the number and Email listed below)
My name is Emily Goodman and I am the new Warm Cots for Kids Coordinator. I have taken over the role from Dian and I hope I can continue her great work!
As I am sure you aware we have changed how we will be distributing coats this year. Last year we were able to let kids pick a coat out upstairs at the food bank. Due to Covid we are unable to let anyone in the building other than our volunteers. So in order to reach as many kids as possible we are doing a pop-up tent distribution!
We will have a pop-up tent in the parking lot of the food bank on serve days. We have also partnered with the school district to have a pop-up tent at the schools when the weekly school lunches are picked-up. We will rotate between the designated schools weekly.
I will need a minimum of two volunteers per distribution date. All of the sites will be outdoors.
There will be 2-3 pop-up tents with side walls to keep out the weather. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Here are the dates and locations for distribution.
Stanwood Camano Food Bank Pop-up
Wednesdays 10am-3pm (One Volunteer Committed)
Elementary School Pop-up
Tuesdays and Fridays
Times: 3:30pm – 7:30pm (approx. time)
Same time for each day
10/20 & 10/23 - Twin City Elementary
10/27 & 10/30 – Elger Bay Elementary
11/3 & 11/6 - Stanwood Elementary
11/10 & 11/13 - Utsalady Elementary
11/17 & 11/20 - Cedarhome Elementary
11/24 - Twin City Elementary
12/1 & 12/4 - Elger Bay Elementary
12/8 & 12/11 - Stanwood Elementary
12/15 & 12/18 - Utsalady Elementary
12/22 - Cedarhome Elementary
We will begin distribution the week of October 19th.
I hope you will be able to help keep as many kids warm this winter!!!
Just let me know how and when you would like to help with this important and exciting program. Sincerely,
Click on this button for further details about the FREE MEALS program currently offered by the Stanwood-Camano School District.
This is not comprehensive, but just a few photos to help you see how some of our procedures have changed. Needless to say there is a very strong emphasis on safety, even as we relish the experience of having some students back in school.
Please Reply Promptly to Absence Excuse EMAIL (REPEAT)
Please reply to the absence EMAIL at your first convenience or call the Elger Bay office 360.629.1290 to speak directly with our staff.
Transportation Plans AND Change of Plans (REPEAT)
Our office works incredibly hard on making sure we understand your daily transportation plans for each student. To that end, it is really important that you make sure you have done all of the following:
- K - G3 students have all had a "blue" daily transportation form sent home by the EBE office to be completed by you regarding the daily plan for your child's transportation to and from school. G4 and G5 will have these sent home when they return to school on 10.26.
- If there is a change from this plan, you must call the office or send a detailed note/Email in advance, so that we might write a "pickup slip" to inform the teacher to make sure that we all know the plan for each child and can communicate about the change.
- Finally, keep the EBE phone number (360.629.1290) loaded in your phone. We know there is the occasional emergency that requires a quicker change at day's end. Please do everything you can to avoid this as it does get a bit hectic, but if there is an emergency, please don't hesitate to call.
I thank you in advance for helping us with this significant safety and communication issue.
Transpo forms from Kristie (K-3), coming for 4-5
Welcome Video to non EBE families
Title I Reading Supports Reminder to Kinder and G1 Families (REPEAT)
REMINDER TO KINDERGARTEN AND G1 FAMILIES
Students not meeting grade level goals for the fall benchmark testing in kindergarten and 1st grade started “in person” small groups last week on the days they were at school. Qualifying students were sent letters regarding this via regular mail about 10 days ago. It was exciting to see all the happy faces ready to practice and learn together!
We are hoping to increase their instructional time by seeing them in Google Meets starting this week on the days they are home. The BB sections will be on Meets this Monday and Tuesday and the AA sections will be on either Wednesday, Thursday or Fridays. A letter with their Google Meet Nickname and Time was sent home last week in a large manilla envelope with your child.
We can’t wait to see them again for these two additional sessions each week to help increase and impact their skills in reading in these small individualized groups (2-4 students). There will be no additional work besides joining their same “in person small group teacher and classmates” for two 20 minute online Meet.
MEET OUR TITLE I / LAP TEAM FOR ELGER BAY
Hello Elger Bay families. My name is Mrs. Patricia (Tricia) Drinnon and I’m excited to have the opportunity to be the Title 1/LAP (Learning Assistance Program) coordinator and reading teacher this year at Elger Bay. I’ve been a 4th grade teacher here for 7 years now and live right here with you on Camano. I love teaching beginning readers and look forward to meeting you and your child this year.
I have an incredible and experienced paraeducator team working with me to support your child’s reading development in a small group atmosphere with 2-4 students. The teachers that you might hear your child talk about are Mrs. B (Kathy Buckingham), Miss Stacy (Stacy Johnson) and Mrs. Webb (Sherri Webb).
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-629-1457 if you have any questions!
Grade by Grade Hybrid Transition Reminders (UPDATED)
K Students are in one cohort of 10 students in the regular kindergarten rooms.
On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students transitioned to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.
Grade 1 - Grade 3
Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments have been communicated by School Messenger.
Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning are assigned a new teacher.
The technical transitions are supposed to be happening in the very early hours of Monday, but I suggest you prepare for a day or two of potential corrections. NOTE: Please let your online teacher know by Email if you continue to have any technical difficulties.
Grade 4 - Grade 5
The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 have been assigned a teacher have been notified of their teacher. NOTE: G4 and G5 families potentially returning on November 9 have been informed if they are in the AA or BB Hybrid sections.
On Monday, October 5th, any student in grades 4 or 5 who were assigned a new teacher began working with that teacher.
All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until November 9, unless the metrics indicate otherwise.
Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning have been assigned a teacher.
- PBS students electing to attend in person in the PBS program began full time on Thursday, October 1.
Message from Mr. Hanzeli (REPEATED from 10.5.20)
Our next big transition day is upon us. On Monday, October 5, Elger Bay will have students moving into one of two important environments: Many of our K-3 students will begin attending on the AA (M/T) or BB (TH/F) schedule OR several of our students will be working with their distance learning teacher.
Fingers crossed, this will happen for our G4 and G5 students in a few weeks.
As we do this, I want you to know that the safety of every child and every adult is top of mind. In our trainings with the RNs of the district and in preparation of the transition, there really are 5 key ideas that drive our safety protocols. My guess is you know them, but let me share them with you.
1. Masks / shields
2. Social Distancing (6 feet "plus") as much and as often as possible.
3. Hand washing and frequent hand sanitizing
4. Minimizing cross cohort activity
5. Avoiding shared items
What this means for your child is learning many new routines, from how we walk in the hallways, to how we are screened on the bus, to how they get their breakfast/lunch, when they can take off their masks, and more :-) As a small sample of just one item, I wanted to share a brief video that I have made to help reinforce our bathroom (one person at a time) entry, not because it is particularly THE most important procedure, but just to give a picture of how our staff really has to look at everything as new again. EBE Bathroom Procedure
People have done great work and we are feeling ready to go, but we are also hopefully humble enough to stay on alert for refining and changing methods in order to improve them over time.
Thank you for being our partners in this effort.