FAMILY NEWSLETTER

August 11, 2020

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Change to the Start of the School Year

WE are Preparing for the Safe Return to School

As a result of feedback from the work groups, permission from our school board, and to ensure a safer and smoother beginning of the school year, Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer announced a change in the school calendar. This decision DOES NOT change the previous announcement to allow Pk-8 families to select remote or face to face learning and the decision to go remote at William Penn to start the school year.


THE NEW 1st day for students will be September 8, 2020

While the new first day is September 8, 2020, not all students will begin at the same time. Whether in the remote learning model or in the face to face model, a staggered start will be implemented. Please see the schedule below to determine when your student will officially begin school.


Students with the last name beginning with A to L

If your last name does not begin with A to L,

your student will stay home on these days!

9/8/20-1st Day

9/9/20-2nd Day


Students with the last name beginning with M to Z

If your last name does not begin with M to Z,

your student will stay home on these days!

9/10/20-1st Day

9/11/20-2nd Day



9/14/20-All Students Report to School

(Both Remote Learning and Face to Face Learning)

Remote vs Face to Face Instruction

Thank you so very much for completing the survey and answering our phone calls! At this point we have been able to get in touch with 90% of our families!


Very soon, the district will be reaching back out to ask you to confirm your choice.


You are also able to contact me directly at teray.ross@colonial.k12.de.us if you have had a change of heart since making your original choice. We are looking to have these decisions locked in before the start of the school year so that we can finalize our class lists and teacher assignments, so the sooner you reach out, the better!

Registration is still happening...AND NOW YOU CAN DO IT ONLINE!

We are still accepting registrations...especially for our new kindergarten students!!


Step 1: Find your Child’s Feeder School

A student’s feeder school is the school that the district assigns the student to attend. Use the online School Locator Search to locate your feeder school district and local elementary school.

Step 2: Prepare and Gather Your Documents

We will need several supporting documents to complete your child’s registration.

You can take photos or scan in these documents.
The following supporting documents are needed for registration

    • Your valid Delaware Driver’s License or Delaware ID Card
    • Your Child’s Official Birth Certificate
    • Proof of Residence (such as a Current electric, water or sewer bill or signed rental lease, deed or settlement agreement)
    • Immunization Records Grades K-6Grades 7-12


Step 3: Click Here to Complete the Registration Process Online


If you need help at any point throughout this process, reach out to our secretary, Ms. Carmen Corsi at carmen.corsi@colonial.k12.de.us.

Kindergarten Camp

KinderCamp will be virtual this year for all of our new kindergartners! Check out the invite below for information regarding how to join!


This is a time for families to meet our school leaders and kindergarten team! We can't wait to meet you all!

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Yearbook Update

We have still not yet received the yearbooks that were purchased last school year. :-(


Mrs. Roberts has been in constant communication with the yearbook company and will reach out to families as soon as they arrive!


We are so very sorry for this major inconvenience!