A Great Second Start

9/18/2020

Thank You

We can not say thank you enough! Our start of face to face instruction exceeded expectations. Our students did a fantastic job of wearing their masks throughout the day, adapted to what our new normal looks like, and brought energy and excitement back into the halls of East Rockford Middle School.

Reminders

The students have been doing a great job settling into our new normal here at school! We have been so impressed with their ability to be flexible and agile as we navigate what it looks and sounds like here at ERMS!


Some things we've been reminding students:
-Phones should be turned off and in their backpack at all times during the school day.

-Laptops should be charged at home and fully charged at school each day.

-Masks are worn all day, even outside waiting for the bus or pickup.


Again, they have been doing a tremendous job already this year. Thank you for your continued support and coaching with them at home as well.

Early Release Wednesday September, 23rd

Next Wednesday, September 23rd is our first early release day of the school year. School will begin at the same time with the same safety measures, but students will be released at 12:00. Lunch will be provided to all students before they leave the building following the same lunch protocols as a typical school day. District buses will be running normal routes following these times. Please see the attachment for the detailed bell schedule for early release days.

This early release time allows our teachers valuable collaboration time to make improvements to our curriculum for students.


Early release dates this school year are: 9/23, 10/21, 11/18, 1/20, 3/24, 4/28.

Student Pick Up Process

If your child has an appointment and needs to be picked up from school, please send a note to school with them. They will bring that note to the office and will be given a pass to get out of class at the correct time.


When you are here to pick your student up, you will be able to sign them out in our front vestibule, and they should come down on their own from class.


This process helps to make sure your child is able to meet you in a timely manner and so that we limit the disruptions to the classroom.


Thank you so much for your help with this!

Picture and Retakes

Pictures will be delivered to students in their first hour classes next week Monday and Tuesday. If you would like retakes, these will take place next Friday (9/25). Students will need to return their original pictures when getting retakes. Online payment and ordering information is listed below.

https://www.hrimaging.com/

NWEA Testing

All of our students at East will begin NWEA testing the week of September 28th. NWEA is utilized to evaluate strengths and opportunities for improvement for both individual students and the school. This testing is a great tool for us as educators and is even more important given our gap in face to face education. These tests help us understand exactly where we are as a building and where your students are as individuals. Students will be tested in:

  1. Math
  2. Reading
  3. Science

Athletic Update

With the many changing guidelines and protocols during COVID-19, we wanted to remind you of a few pieces that are in place for our athletic events:


-Face masks must be worn at all times at all events.


-Each student will receive 2 spectator per passes.


-At contests where multiple levels of competition will be played, guests/spectators will be welcomed to watch only the level of play designated on the issued pass.


-Spectators arriving for a second game will be asked to wait until guest from the previous contest have completely exited the athletic complex.


-No re entry will be permitted upon exit.



We understand that these procedures are new. We are excited to be participating in athletics, and we appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we implement these procedures.