HERITAGE WEEKLY NEWS

HERITAGE HEROES | EVERYDAY HEROES | SEPTEMBER 5, 2020

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Important Upcoming Dates |

September |

9/7: Labor Day- (Group A) NO SCHOOL


9/8: Fall Teacher/ Staff Collaboration Day- (Group A) NO SCHOOL

& Restaurant Night @Chick-Fil-A ( Drive thru only) | 2nd & Byrant | 5:30 -7:30pm


9/17: Individual School Pictures (Group B)


9/21: Individual School Pictures (Group A)


*Please check emails frequently. Heritage is sending out information as we receive it. If you receive phone calls, please check your voicemail messages. Heritage is also making robo calls with important info. Thank you for your patience. You know you want information. We are working to get it to you.

Upcoming Dates 🗓

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❗️📌 Reminders 📌 ❗️

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👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Family Matters |

Family matters is a new series launched by the district to offer you support and guidance with those pressing parent issues like establishing healthy relationships, safety, and student success. Our first event is Sept. 24th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the district administrative center (masks and social distancing required). Scan the QR code’s above to register.
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📧 Email from Superintendent Bret Towne |

September 3, 2020

Dear EPS Families,


I have visited numerous schools since the school year began on August 20, and I have been delighted by what I have observed in the classrooms. Students are engaged; active learning is taking place, and both students and staff are settling into routines.

However, a snapshot of the classroom is not the whole picture. I know that for many families, the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 school have been extremely rocky, perhaps the most frustrating ever. I have spoken to many parents who report feeling dismayed with remote learning and the amount of technology they are required to learn to adequately assist their children with assignments. Moreover, I know that some Virtual Edmond parents are feeling similarly. I fully acknowledge that several items relevant to remote and distance learning have not been up to the standard that students, parents and our community expect.


I want you to know that I hear you; school board members hear you, and teachers and administrators hear you. Improvements have begun. I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of several changes that have been made or will be made shortly:


Remote Learning Support: Teachers have done a remarkable job of learning new and innovative ways to teach in this pandemic. Moving forward, they will be receiving more guidance and training from content specialists, teacher leaders, and district technology specialists. Specifically, content specialists will be working with grade levels and departments to help teachers understand the concepts behind instructionally sound remote lessons.


Virtual Edmond: The district has redirected staff and brought in additional staff members with expertise in remote learning to support VE and in particular the secondary APEX course delivery through Virtual Edmond. We are also reexamining the software to find efficiencies to help streamline students’ workflow.


Parent Support: Many school sites will be offering both virtual and in-person training for parents to assist with remote learning. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. These workshops will offer tips and tricks on navigating technology, reducing stress, and keeping your child engaged. And, while you are helping your child, don’t forget to take time to help yourself. On Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6:30 to 8:00, the district is offering a workshop on self-care in a changing world and nurturing healthy parent-child relationships. Our new Family Matters series will feature guest speakers from the community, discussing the most pressing issues facing parents today. To register, visit Family Matters.


Mask Breaks: Elementary school sites are being asked to make mask breaks a priority. The district is also working to make sure that these breaks are consistent at all grade levels. We realize that mask breaks are much more difficult with secondary schools, but we are encouraging students to step outside between classes when feasible to get that break.


Meal Waivers: Due to a federal waiver, the district will be able to offer free meals to all children (18 & under) beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Both in school and drive-thru meals will be free of charge. You may pick up one breakfast and one lunch each day. Second meals and extra items will be charged as usual. The free meal program is dependent on funding, but the USDA anticipates that it will be available through December 2020.


Please remember that the district will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day and Tuesday, September 8 for teacher collaboration day. While the two-day closure will mean that we do not see A-students again in person until September 14, we believe this time spent at the start of the year working in teams will allow teachers to improve their instruction to advance student learning.


As we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers this Labor Day, I ask you to remember educators. At this time in our nation’s history, schools are under tremendous pressure to help keep the fabric of society together. Without your continued support, it would be impossible.


Enjoy your Labor Day, practice safety precautions when visiting friends and family members, and stay safe and healthy.


Sincerely,

Superintendent Bret Towne

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At-home Learning Expectations and Tips:

  • Students will need to complete all assignments for their three at-home days by Sunday night at 11:59 PM.

  • Students will need to login & work on a regular schedule. They can work ahead, but should not get behind.

  • Create a schedule for daily, at-home school work that works for your family.

  • Time on task will equate to about 3.5 hours for elementary and 4.5 hours for secondary.

  • This will not all be screen time.

  • Attendance for the three at-home days will be taken based on completed work for those days.

  • Don’t let a question hold you up! Contact your teacher if you need help.

  • Teachers will be teaching during the day. They will answer emails after before/after school or on Wednesdays.

Hotspot Availability

The district has a limited number of Wi-Fi Hot Spots on order, but they have not arrived yet. These devices are intended for low-income families that cannot afford a home internet connection. If you have had a recent loss of income, please fill out our application below for free and reduced meals. A Hot Spot application will be available soon on our technology web page.


https://edmondschools.net/parents-students/technology/wi-fi-hotspot-application/

✨New Happenings |

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Grab and Go Meals – 🎉NOW FREE for EVERYONE!!!🎉 | Beginning Wed, Sept 9th

Due to federal waiver, the district will be able to offer free meals to ALL currently enrolled students ( 18 & under) beginning Wednesday, Sept 9th! Both in schools and drive-thru meals will be free of charge. You may pick one breakfast and one lunch each day. Second Meals and extra items will be charged as usual. All of our pick-up locations & times will stay the SAME; however, feel free to pick up from whichever site is most convenient for you!


The free meal program is dependent on funding, but the USDA anticipates that it will available through December 2020.


Heritage Location:

Just drive by the east side of the school on Monday-Friday (even Wednesday) between 10:40-11:00, and we’ll hand you a bag.


* Click here for school-specific Drive-Thru times/locations

School Lunches

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Breakfast Price: $1.90

Lunch Price: $3.10


Online Payment Plus

Meal accounts may be registered online www.mypaymentplus.com. With an online account, parents have the ability to make payments, monitor purchases and balances, and even set up automatic low-balance notifications and/or deposits to make sure funds are always available for their students!


September 2020 Menus


Breakfast

Lunch

Pre-K Lunch

Virtual Students


PK – 11:55

Gr 2 – 11:10

Gr 1 – 11:40

Gr K – 12:10

Gr 3 – 12:40

Gr 4 – 1:10

Gr 5 – 1:35


Students who have late lunch will have snack in the morning. Students who have early lunch will have snack in the afternoon.



  • Meal pick-up and deposits MUST be made at the student's home school.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be available for pick-up at the same time.
  • Meals will be charged to the student's account according to his/her meal benefits status.
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🎨Pre-Order Art Kits |

If a parent would like to purchase a prepackaged “Art Kit” that includes: chalk pastels, oil pastels, markers, watercolors, color pencils, paint brushes, crayons and a sharpie, they will be available to pick up the Edmond Fine Arts Institute beginning September 18th . The $20 Art Kits must be preordered by Monday, September 14th by calling 340-4481. Supplies are limited, so call early!!!
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If there is inclement weather at dismissal time, we will hold students in the building until it is safe to release them. A week agoThursday, there was a bolt of lightning and thunder clap so large that it completely knocked out electricity to the entire school. That included all of our computers and the Car Rider Plus system. This was followed by torrential rain storm for a short period. We did hold the children in the building. Please remember that there is no shelter for Neighborhood Pick-up/Walkers. Those children and our duty teachers are completely exposed to the elements. Thank you for your patience while we keep everyone safe.

💜Meet our Heritage Counselors💜

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School Counselor: Ms. Deborah Crawford

Phone #: 405-746-4953

Email: deborah.crawford@edmondschools.net


This year we have a new School Counselor that we share half of the week with another school. Her name is Susan Bouse. For now she shares the phone # with Ms. Crawford.

Email: susan.bouse@edmondschools.net


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN0Q-R6Ruw8

PTO NEWS |

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🎉 Spirit Wear Update 🎉

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Pre-orders are now being processed.


Spirit Wear arrival is just around the corner!!

They will be distributed to the oldest child’s classroom once they arrive!


Once our shirts arrive, we will only have a few select number of each sizes available for purchase.


If you order a water bottle those will be delivered just a tad later but not much!


Orders will be safely sorted by volunteers in masks and gloves.


Thank you for your sales!!!

❤️Support Heritage❤️

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Join our Heritage Elementary PTO Facebook Group for important information about upcoming events and fundraisers.

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Visit our Website NOW! Stay up-to-date with all of our upcoming events and fundraisers; important PTO information; Volunteer; make Donations, and find out all the ways to help support Heritage!

Edmond Public Schools Launches Mobile App to Keep Community Informed and Involved!

Edmond Public Schools has launched an official mobile app designed to enable parents, staff, and students to stay informed and up-to-date on important issues, information, and activities underway within the school community. The free app is available for download in the Apple and Android app stores by searching for Edmond Public Schools.


The app features push notifications so that users may be notified about important events, announcements, and news in real-time such as bus delays. Users have the ability to choose which of the district’s schools they would like to follow, making their app experience personal and school-specific.


Key features include:

· Push messaging from both the district and school sites

· News

· Google Calendars

· Online grade book and attendance

· Lunch Menus

· Athletic Information

· Language Translations

The mobile app replaces the district's previous app, SchoolWay, which abruptly ceased operations last summer. The app was developed in cooperation with Intrado, provider of School Messenger solutions.


Susan Parks-Schlepp

Public Information Officer/Director of Community Engagement

(w) 340-2858 (c) 659-5932

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