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Silver Springs Elementary School -October 5, 2020

Mark Your Calendars

This Week's Events:

October 5 - We welcome our In-Person 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders back!


Next Week's Events:

October 13 - 6:30 p.m. - Silver Springs Board of Education Mtg. (via Zoom)


Follow us on Twitter @sspringselem or by clicking on the following link:

https://twitter.com/sspringselem


Have a great week!

Katie Booth, Principal

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In Person NWEA Testing

Believe it or not, it is time to start our NWEA Map Growth testing! Students who are attending school in person will take NWEA at school with their class. Your child's classroom teacher will send families an email or message via Schoology with specific information about their testing dates.


Students need to use devices to take the NWEA Map Growth Test. We have Chromebooks available here at school for all students to use. If you would prefer to send a device with your child to school for them to use for the assessment, you are welcome to do so. If you choose to send a laptop or Chromebook from home, we ask that you please complete the NWEA Device Readiness Check at home at least a day prior to your child's first testing session to make sure your device settings match NWEA requirements. To complete the readiness check, simply go to the NWEA Device Readiness website on the device your child will be bringing to school for testing and follow the directions provided. This site will check your device settings, and if there are any issues, it will walk you through how to change the settings needed for testing. Sending a device with your child for NWEA testing is completely optional. We have plenty of Chromebooks here in the building for all students to use for NWEA testing. Rest assured that sanitation protocols are in place to sanitize each Chromebook after they are used by students.


Kindergarten and first grade students wear headphones during NWEA testing. If you prefer your child to use their own headphones, please send them to school with your child on their testing days. Again, we will have enough headphones on hand for all students to use. The headphones are shared devices that will be sanitized between uses.


If you would like to learn more about NWEA MAP Growth Testing, please watch the NPS NWEA Screencast below. Mr. Baughman, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, explains what NWEA is and how this assessment helps us to identify what your child is ready to learn.

Virtual NWEA Testing

Believe it or not, it is time to start our NWEA Map Growth testing! Students who are attending school virtually will take NWEA virtually with their class. Your child's classroom teacher will send families an email or message via Schoology with specific information about their testing dates. Please read through this communication carefully as it contains steps for families to follow both before testing day and on the day of testing to ensure students are prepared for NWEA.


We ask that during testing students have an adult nearby to help resolve technology issues. Since the purpose of NWEA is to help us to identify what your child is ready to learn, it is very important that students answer all questions on their own, without support or guidance.


Your child will take NWEA during an active Zoom session. Teachers will proctor NWEA and monitor students via Zoom. For this reason, we ask that student cameras remain on and all students keep themselves on mute throughout the testing session. All communication during NWEA will happen through the Zoom chat and will only be between students and their teacher.


Your child's teacher may choose to take students through a "Virtual Dry Run". During the dry run, teachers will take students through the process of checking their devices, accessing the NWEA website, and logging in. Students will NOT answer any NWEA questions during the dry run. It would be helpful if an adult could be on hand during the virtual dry run to support students while going through the steps. If students are successful logging in during the dry run, they are VERY likely to be able to successfully log in on their testing day.


If you would like to learn more about NWEA MAP Growth Testing, please watch the NPS NWEA Screencast below. Mr. Baughman, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, explains what NWEA is and how this assessment helps us to identify what your child is ready to learn.

NPS NWEA Screencast

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Silver Springs Elementary Return to School Plan for Students and Families

The Silver Springs Elementary Return to School Plan for Students and Families was emailed to families on Monday, September 21, 2020 via MiSTAR. Please look for an email from Mrs. Booth with the subject line Silver Springs Elementary Return to School Plan for Students and Families. Please check your spam if you didn't receive the email. We have found that emails from MiSTAR are sometimes going to people's spam.


This is a lengthy document that has a great deal of information about what the Return to School will look like. Including, important information about arrival and dismissal.

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Arrival to School in the Morning

Arrival begins at 8:35 a.m. NEW THIS YEAR: Student will be allowed to enter the building at 8:40 a.m. Students will not be able to enter the building prior to 8:40 a.m. because there will not be adult supervision before this time.


Please see the videos below:


1. How to use the Carpool Lane (8:35-8:45 a.m.)


  • Morning Arrival:

    • Please pull your car all the way forward to the end of the loop, come to a complete stop, and allow students to exit the vehicle. Pulling all the way forward will help to alleviate the back up onto Silver Springs Drive, particularly on the days that it is cold, rainy, or snowy.
    • Have your child(ren) kissed and ready to exit the vehicle when you reach the unloading zone. Please stay in your car. Only children should exit the vehicle. Students should only exit the vehicle on the passenger side.
    • The second bell (tardy) rings at 8:46 a.m. and all doors will be locked.



    Afternoon Dismissal:

    • Please pull your car all the way forward to the end of the loop, come to a complete stop, and allow students to get into the vehicle. Pulling all the way forward will help to alleviate the back up onto Silver Springs Drive, particularly on the days that it is cold, snowy, or rainy.
    • Display your Family Name Card on the right side of your dashboard for easy recognition.
    • Pick up your child(ren) in the designated loading zone only.
    • Do not exit your vehicle to load your child(ren) as these are moving loading zones only.


    Here's to a safe and seamless arrival and dismissal.

How to use the Carpool Lane
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Silver Springs Fall 2020 Arrival Video

Silver Springs Fall 2020 Arrival Video

Silver Springs Health and Safety Video

Silver Springs Arrival Health and Safety Procedures

What will my classroom be like? 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Video

What will my classroom be like? 3rd, 4th, 5th Grade

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Covid-19 Daily Symptom Screening Tool

Parents are required to check students for COVID-19 symptoms EACH DAY BEFORE sending a child to school. If you answer “YES” to one or more questions, you must keep your child home from school.
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Classroom Ready Checklist

Please go over the classroom ready checklist with your student(s) each morning to make sure they have everything they need for the day.
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Classroom Snacks, Lunch and Birthday Treats

Please see the letter below regarding snacks, lunches and birthday treats. Also, you will find helpful tips for food items this year and we ask that you send in utensils with your child if their food items(s) require it.
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A Note from the PTA - Invest in Your Child

The Silver Springs PTA is looking forward to supporting our students and staff in this unprecedented year! To fund school activities and functions, we need your family to make a generous donation to support our Silver Springs PTA. This is our main source of fundraising for the entire year so please give what you can. You do not need to be a PTA member to make a donation. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly back to our students and Silver Springs.


The Invest In Your Child fundraising campaign supports many of the programs that make Silver Springs a great place to learn and grow, and come together as a community.

A few of the events/activities /learning tools your Silver Springs PTA provides are:

  • Daddy Daughter Dance, Fun Fair, Breakfast With A Buddy

  • Learning Resources like IXL for all students

  • Science Fair and Reflections

  • Roller Skating Nights

  • Yearbook

  • Assemblies (JES), Science Alive and March Is Reading Month

  • Teacher Allocations for classroom use

  • Hospitality and Teacher Appreciation Week


In order for all these activities/events to continue, we need our families to help.

Your generous support of the Silver Springs PTA is greatly appreciated.

Your donation benefits your child and our school!

This is a FUSS FREE way to support the PTA!

Thank you for making a difference.


https://silversprings.memberhub.store/

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE - Join the PTA

Join the PTA and support Silver Springs students and students throughout Michigan. By joining the PTA, you have a voice in shaping activities at Silver Springs, voting rights, and access to our PTA directory. See following for additional reasons to join the PTA!


To join the PTA please use our PTA sponsored secure


link:https://silversprings.memberhub.store/

*please note, there is a small (3%) transaction fee

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Other ways to Support Silver Springs - Kroger, Busch's and Box Tops

Did you know you can support Silver Springs when you grocery shop?


Both Kroger and Busch’s grocery store allow you to link your shopper card to Silver Springs.

Click below to help Silver Springs! Kroger: Silver Springs PTA (CH721)

https://www.kroger.com/i/community/ community-rewards

Busch’s: Silver Springs PTA https://www.buschs.com/community


Box Tops for Education has an app!

No more clipping, gluing, counting, or mailing!

Follow the directions below and you can help Silver Springs each time you grocery shop. Simply sign up, scan your receipt, and Silver Springs benefits!

About Virtual Box Tops:

https://www.boxtops4education.com


To sign up:


https://www.boxtops4education.com/Consumer-register-page

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NEW THIS YEAR - All School Lunches Must Be Pre-Ordered

Families must pre-order by 9 am of the day of pick up or delivery. Meals must be pre-ordered using the District’s Nutrislice online program, or through the Nutrislice app, available on the Apple Store or Google Play. Additional information, including a video tutorial: How to Pre-Order Lunch Online Video, about the Nutrislice pre-ordering process is available on the Food Service Department website.


Please note - The video shows how to do a pick-up for virtual students, but it is the same process to order for in-person students and their lunch will be delivered to their classroom at Silver Springs. All you need to do is click the tab at the top that says delivery and select Silver Springs.


Where are the lunch meals being made available?

In-person learners must pre-order their lunch which will be delivered to the students’ classrooms. If you have multiple students attending in-person, parents will need to order meals for each of their students individually in Nutrislice. Please make sure that you choose the correct school and the correct classroom/teacher for each of your students when ordering for multiple students.


Online learners must also pre-order their lunch. Online learners' lunches can be picked up in the west parking lot (Athletics Department) entrance of Northville High School (45700 Six Mile Rd.) between the hours of 11 am and 1 pm each school day.

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Yearbook Cover Contest

Calling all Silver Springs artists!!!

Help the yearbook committee design the yearbook cover.


Guidelines:

● Student artwork must be on 8.5 x 12 paper

● Portrait (not landscape)

● Include student name/teacher in the email

● “Silver Springs” and “2020-21” in your design

● Theme ideas: *Leader in Me * The 7 Habits *Lead, Grow, Inspire* Silver Springs Strong*


Deadline for submissions: October 8th, 2019

Winning submission announced: October 20th 2019


Email submissions/questions to: kmgifford327@gmail.com


Theme ideas: *Leader in Me * The 7 Habits *Lead, Grow, Inspire* Silver Springs Strong*

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~Attention 5th Grade Parents~

Would your student like to be in the Silver Springs Yearbook?


We need one photo of your 5th grader from the age of birth to three years old for our “5th Grade Baby” page. It must be an individual picture of your child (no other people in the picture). Please be sure to include your child’s name when emailing the baby picture. Please submit it by Friday, October 30th.


We are also looking for any photos that you have of your child’s first day of school in 2020 - virtual or live. And any photos of them doing virtual learning at home, etc.


All images should be saved in JPG format and emailed to micklashmelissa@gmail.com.


Thank you!

Melissa Micklash

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