Week of October 22, 2018

Montrose News from the Principal's Office

PICTURE DAY - Tuesday 10/23

Our staff photo will be taken on Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM.

A reminder announcement will be made at 8:20 AM.

Parking Lot: Thanks!

Student safety is our number one priority! Thank you for advising me of the parking matters in the secondary parking lot. I addressed a few in person, and will again next week as well as in my next newsletter. Please keep me informed if you see unsafe adult behaviors. In addition, you can always use the "doorbell" to call Anna. If I am on site, she can reach me by walkie and I will come right away.

If you are arriving or departing close to student movement in either lot, please park on the street so as not to put any children or unsuspecting adults in danger.

Again, thank you!

Bathroom Changes - effective 10/23

Beginning Tuesday, October 23, The Ladies Room on the second floor (nearest room 201) and the Ladies Room on the first floor (nearest room 104) will become student bathrooms.

These adjustments will allow our students additional bathroom spaces to utilize if their class bathroom is in use, they're at recess, or they are in therapy sessions away from their classroom.

The restrooms at the very top of the stairs nearest the elevator, to the right of the main entrance, and outside the Nurse's Office will remain unisex restrooms for adults. The "Men's Bathroom" on the first floor across from 104 can be used by adults, but the lock on the stall door is broken. A work order will be put in on Monday.

School Bus Safety

When retrieving students from buses, be sure to use the entrance nearest the buses or the ramp at the main door to escort them into the building.

When putting children on buses, please walk them towards the buses only after the vehicles have come to a complete stop and have turned their engines off.


School Hours - Beginning 11/5

As we head into the home stretch of October, here are the final updates on the school day schedule beginning Monday, November 5:

  • SOMSD Staff hours: 8:15 AM - 3:30 PM (Tuesdays 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM)
  • Delta-T Staff hours: 8:15 - 3:15 PM (breaks may not be taken 8:15 - 8:30)
  • Student hours 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Student 1/2 day: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Updated Events Calendar

Event dates haven't changed, but the calendar is a bit more detailed. Click on "Montrose Events Calendar" above for more information.
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Keeping Montrose Healthy

Thank you for working so diligently to keep our building healthy!

I continue to encourage frequent handwashing for all staff and students.

Proper handwashing practices are shown in this video.

In addition to modeling and teaching proper handwashing, please spray the provided disinfectant provided on frequently used soft and hard and surfaces and toys. The disinfectant should not be wiped off (I've learned that wiping it actually diminishes its disinfectant effectiveness). After 1 minute, VOILA!! the mixture has done its job! Note that this is not "cleaning", and will not take the place of any custodial responsibilities. It is an added layer of protection between cleanings.

As the fall cold and flu season continues, I will be requesting learning spaces, offices, and common areas be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. I have already requested that a few hand sanitizers be installed around the building so our visitors understand the importance of our healthy habits and vulnerable population. Although safe and approved, students are not to use the sanitizers. Handwashing is still the healthiest habit we can instill.

Come to Work or Stay Home?

As much as we enjoy spending our days together, we want to share our commitments in the most positive ways. No one wants to be "the one" who spread "that bug" to others. Take care of yourself and the rest of us by following these SOMSD Guidelines that will help you determine whether you are healthy enough to come to work if you're experiencing symptoms of illness. These guidelines do not constitute medical advice. For medical advice, please contact your Health Care Provider.
I wish you 48 big smiles, 16 giggles, 8 chuckles and 4 guffaws this work week. Be well!