September 2, 2020 Newsletter
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We are back in business. Our teachers have returned to prepare for the arrival of our students, be it in person or virtually. We are so excited to be back, and we are looking forward to reconnecting with our children and families.
We are spending significant time implementing all health and safety practices and routines that will support student learning for learning at school days. And, we are maintaining our focus on designing personalized learning experiences, so each child feels welcome, and is inspired and successful at school.
Overviews – What to expect: We’ve put together brief, one-page overviews to help you know what to expect for your child’s learning experiences, feedback and communication as this new year gets underway. We are excited to share these overviews for our in-person and virtual classrooms.
- Kindergarten – Grade 1: Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid)
- Grades 2-6: Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid)
- Grades K-6: Extended Flexible Learning (Distance Learning)
Teacher assignments: If you haven’t already, please check on Campus Parent Portal to learn who your child’s teacher is. If your students are in the Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid) Model, this information will also include whether your grade 2-4 student is assigned to Group A or Group B.
First Days of School:
Thursday, September 10
- This is the first day of learning at school for kindergarteners in the Modified Campus Schedule (Hybrid) model.
- All other students will engage in online meet and greet and orientation activities on Thursday, September 10 and Friday, September 11.
Monday, September 14
- Grade 1 students in Modified Campus Schedule (hybrid) model come to school for the first day
- Students in Grade 2-4 in Group A (last names A-L) come to school for their first “learning at school day”
- Students in Grades 2-4 in Group B (last names M-Z) have a “learn at home” day (Group B will have their first “learning at school” day on Tuesday, September 15).
- K-4 students doing Extended Flexible Learning begin their instruction from home.
- Some children have switched from their alpha assigned A or B day in partnership with our school office. Please follow group assignments as noted in Campus.
Arrival and dismissal:
- If your student will typically be riding the bus, please have them ride the bus starting on their first “learning at school” day. This is very helpful in establishing routines.
- For families that are going to be driving their child to school, all children will need to be dropped off in the drive-up car line. We will no longer have parents park and walk their students up to the front of the building. Please have students ready to exit the vehicle as soon as they are directed in order to expedite the drop off process. Please reference the Need to Know section in the newsletter for updated drop off and pick up times.
- Staff will be located at both the bus circle and the drive-up line to escort children as they make their way to their classrooms. The same levels of support will be provided as we help children find their bus or go to the drive-up area at dismissal time.
Classroom routines: Families will receive additional information from their homeroom teachers to provide insight as to what classroom routines will look like as we start the school year.
Many families have reached out to share memories and condolences around the loss of Mr. David Moren. I can’t tell you how much these kind words have meant to our staff and to David’s family. If you or your children would like to share a memory directly with David’s family, please send any messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. I know that his wife Nicole and his parents would be so appreciative to hear stories and memories of David.
These are busy weeks at school, and we appreciate the ongoing communication and partnerships we have with our families. Please continue to reach out with questions and concerns, we are here to support each of our students and their families as we start this school year.
Transportation for the 2020-2021 School Year
Getting to school and home again
Getting to and from school will be a little different as we start the school year as we continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19 in our communities.
Transportation by bus
If your student will be riding the bus, routes and confirmations were posted in Campus Parent Portal on Monday, August 31. That same day, postcards were mailed to homes. If you have questions about bussing, contact email@example.com. View bus riding procedures.
Parent drop off and pick up
Many families have chosen to drive their students to school and home again this fall. In order to ease the flow of traffic and ensure we can meet social distancing guidelines, our buildings will be open earlier prior to school and later after school. Students may be dropped-off and picked-up at any time during this window.
Parents will need to stay in their vehicle and have students exit on the curbside of the vehicle. Staff will be on the curb to greet students and guide them on where to go.
Drop off starting at:
1. 7:30 a.m. - Spring Lake Park High School (school starts at 8:10 a.m.
2. 7:10 a.m. - Westwood grades 7-8 (school starts at 7:45 a.m.)
3. 8 a.m. - Westwood grades 5-6 (school starts at 8:40 a.m.)
4. 8:30 a.m. - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary (school starts at 9:10 a.m.)
5. 8:45 a.m. - Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace Elementary Schools (schools starts at 9:20 a.m.)
Pick up until:
1. 3:30 p.m. - Spring Lake Park High School (school ends at 2:55 p.m.)
2. 3 p.m. - Westwood grades 7-8 (school ends at 2:30 p.m.)
3. 3:45 p.m. - Westwood grades 5-6 (school ends at 3:15 p.m.)
4. 4:15 p.m. - Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary (school ends at 3:45 p.m.)
5. 4:30 p.m. - Centerview, Northpoint and Park Terrace Elementary Schools (schools ends at 3:55 p.m.)
When picking up students during these later times you will be asked to call the school office and staff will notify your student(s) that you have arrived.
Supervision will be provided during these times before and after school. Students will have a designated place within the building where they can quietly read, use their devices or catch up on homework. They will be socially distanced and need to wear a mask.
Make sure your child's immunization records are up-to-date
All students in Spring Lake Park Schools must comply with Minnesota Immunization Laws. All immunizations need to be up-to-date, prior to the start of the school year. Students who are not up-to-date on immunizations will receive communication from our nurses in the near future. Minnesota School Immunization Laws require ALL students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, hepatitis B, meningitis and varicella.
The only exceptions are:
1. A student has had the chickenpox virus
2. Medical exemption with paperwork from your provider
3. Conscientious exemption with notarized exemption form
If you believe your child's records need to be updated with proof of immunizations, please bring or send these to your school nurse or call for verification. Learn more about immunizations at SLP and find a downloadable immunization form.
Share your Do's and Don'ts for learning at home
In the spring, we all learned a lot while we learned from home. We learned what we can do to learn effectively from home - set up a dedicated workspace, establish a schedule, etc. We also learned what NOT to do.
As we prepare for a fall when almost all students will be learning at home for at least a few days each week, we want to learn from each other. What ideas and insights would you like to share with other SLP students and families to make this fall - and any days we're learning at home - productive, fulfilling and joyful.
Send your tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share our collective list of learning at home do's and don'ts in next week's newsletter.
Technology Toolkit: A one-stop shop for all SLP technology tools
At Spring Lake Park Schools, students and families will utilize a variety of technology tools. Whether you are paying a lunch bill or learning on your school-issued iPad, find technology information you need. Check out the Technology Toolkit page.
SLP Mailing Arriving Soon to your Household
Be on the lookout for a letter in the mail that will be delivered to households within the next couple of weeks. It includes helpful resources such as a contacts reference card with school contact information, including the attendance and health office lines for each school. Additionally, every household will receive a magnet to hang up as a reminder of daily health self-screening.
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