From the Middle EMS and ELA

News from the Principal, November 12, 2020

Hello Parents and Families,

Good Morning,

Thank you for continuing to be an active part in your child's education! We love that our students have good supports at home, especially during this trying time, and it is fun when we occasionally see you on Zoom. :)

I'm sure you heard the news that Arapahoe County has moved into the "orange zone," which unfortunately means we will need to continue with remote learning next week, November 16-20.

Thanksgiving Break runs November 23--27 (no school on these days).

You can access district, county, and state data in these links below.

Colorado Covid Dial Dashboard

Englewood Schools COVID Metrics

Hopefully the data begins to trend the other directions and we will be back to in-person learning. In the meantime, please encourage your student to log in to Zoom every day at approximately 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 1:45 pm. Specific schedules are linked in this newsletter below.

If at any time you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.

~Annessa Hart, Principal

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Please keep in mind that attendance in daily Zoom meetings is essential and required.

  • Students who do not login will be counted absent.
  • Students need to be on time to their zoom call. Missing too much of the Zoom call will result in an absence.
  • If your child will not be present in remote learning, please call the attendance line to excuse their absence (within 24 hours of the absence).
  • One point of confusion for students has been which day and which zoom. We are on a rotation schedule just like we were while in-person. If students struggle with getting on Zoom, they should email their teachers immediately so teachers can help problem-solve.


One tricky thing about remote learning is ensuring that your student has a distraction-free space. Sometimes it is necessary to get creative with the learning space in order to allow you household to run as it normally would while also accommodating remote learning.

Here are few suggestions that can work in any home:

1. Find a space with very few interruptions (even a corner or a closet with a desk works!)

2. Close off other distractions--hanging a sheet or a curtain can help with those visual distractions happening in the house. Make sure the TV and video games are off and put away.

3. Take breaks--our schedule allows for breaks which are important throughout the day, and a good chance to get some physical activity.

4. Stay connected--if you would like to sign up for a parent account in Google Classroom, let your teachers know.

Here are a few articles for additional ideas.

Online Learning Tips for Parents from USA Today

Technology Support During Rolling Remote

Send an email to with your students' names and a brief description of the problem. You can also call the Tech hotline @ 303-806-6883.

EMS/ELA Online Learning Expectations

Rules and expectations for our students when they are in a remote learning environment.

Follow Us!

You can find more information about our schools on our website and social media.

Facebook: Englewood Middle School

Instagram: @emspirates

SAC (School Accountability Committee)

Last week, we held our first EMS/ELA parent committee meeting for the 20-21 school year. We discussed a variety of topics including the Academic Advancement Initiative, equity in our schools, and social-emotional learning (SEL) and resources for staff, students, and parents. Our next meeting will be in early December.

All are welcome to attend! We appreciate your voices in guiding our school improvement efforts.

Next SAC Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 6-7:30pm

This is an online event.

All parents and guardians are welcome to attend the SAC (School Accountability Committee) meeting. We discuss all things related to EMS and ELA.

The agenda for our meeting will be determined in the next few weeks. If you have a topic you'd like to add to our agenda, please email Mrs. Hart. (

If you can attend for even a few minutes, we would love to have your join.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 980 0040 3064

Passcode: 706363

All Health Network--Parent Support Group

Join the parent support group discussions offered by our partners at All Health Network. Interactive Zoom Discussions every Monday in November.

Click the image below to sign up.

FREE Covid Testing Sites

If you or your family members are in need of free COVID testing, follow these links for more information.

People who take advantage of these tests do not need to be Denver residents.

In the Pirate's Cove parking lot, free testing is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Testing requires pre-registration.

Delay Start Schedule for EMS/ELA

In the event the district calls a delay start to school, the building will open 90 minutes later than usual. Linked here is the delay start schedule for both EMS and ELA.

When is it safe to be in-person or remote? (click here)

Englewood Schools uses four metrics (with Arapahoe County data) to determine if we must shift from In-Person learning to Remote learning. These metrics are based on science, facts and the best interests of our students and staff.

My School Bucks

Follow this link to add money to your student's lunch account.