Family Newsletter

12/20/20

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Our last family newsletter of 2020

Hello everyone-


Well, we made it! Two more days of school in 2020. What an adventure we have had together!


I'd like to thank everyone for welcoming me to Robinson. All of our families have been so kind and helpful. I've loved getting to know the staff, students, and families. I am looking forward to 2021 and having more consistency for all. We will not be switching classes again- YAY! I am hopeful that we are past our pivots and we will be able to maintain our schedule throughout all of second semester. The staff and students have been doing a fabulous job following all of our health and safety protocols.


A special thanks to PTO for our staff appreciation gifts that go out tomorrow. I will post pictures on Facebook so you all can see what we got!


We have a short week this week, just Monday and Tuesday, both in person. We will be sending out class rosters on Tuesday via email.


I hope your family enjoys the winter break. We will miss seeing the kids and look forward to hearing all their stories about the break on January 6th. I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!


Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or if we can provide support in any way. Thank you for your partnership in keeping the Robinson community safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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This Week's Schedule

Link to our school webpage calendar

Week of December 21st

This week is an C week


Monday, December 21

Students work in person with teachers


Tuesday, December 22

Students work in person with teachers

Class Rosters for 2nd Semester


Tuesday, December 29

Yearbook Ad Conversation 6:30-7:30

Join via Zoom

https://kirkwoodschools.zoom.us/j/96162727819

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The winter break is December 23-January 5. School will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.



We ask all staff and families to limit their exposure to those outside of their households and to take precautions if you do travel or visit with extended family and friends.


Please follow the guidelines as established by St. Louis County Guidelines to help stop the spread of the pandemic:

• Universal face mask use.

• Maintaining physical distance from others and limiting in-person contacts.

• Avoiding nonessential indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.

• Postponing travel.

• Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.


The St. Louis County Department of Public Health website has additional information on:

“Celebrate the winter holidays safely during the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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Yearbook Conversations with a Lens of Inclusion and Equity

We would like to have open dialogue to discuss our Yearbook at Robinson. We would like all voices to join us at the table for discussion. This year is unique in that we have students and staff in the in person and at home settings. We need to work together to ensure that all of our students are equally represented throughout our yearbook and have a sense of belonging as they look back at this year in their yearbook.


Our first meeting will be on December 29th from 6:30-7:30 and our focus for this meeting will be the ads in the yearbook. Our second meeting will be on January 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm and the focus of this meeting will be everything else in the yearbook.


We will discuss our current practices and share ideas to ensure that our yearbook is inclusive of all students at Robinson. We appreciate everyone joining the conversation. Dr. Shonda Ambers-Phillips, Executive Director of Equity, Wellness and Inclusion, and Dr. Christina Wilson, Assistant Principal will also be co-facilitating the conversation with me.


Join the conversation via Zoom:

https://kirkwoodschools.zoom.us/j/96162727819

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4th and 5th Grade Teacher Updates

We will be completing our interviews on Monday and will be sending our recommendation to Human Resources on Tuesday for them to make an offer before the district closes for winter break.


Our hope is to have the new staff members meet with their colleagues on January 5th to learn about the kids prior to their return on the 6th. We will let the families in those classrooms know who we are hiring and set up a Zoom meet and greet for families prior to students return on the 6th.

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Report Card Information

Please take a minute to go over KSD's webpage with details and information regarding report cards- click here


Report Cards will be available for parents to view via Infinite Campus on Friday, January 8th. We will not send paper copies home with students. Please complete this form if you need to create an Infinite Campus parent account or recover your username/password for an existing account. For other questions or issues with Infinite Campus please contact icportal@kirkwoodschools.org.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences January 11-15

Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held via Zoom the week of January 11-15. Classroom teachers will reach out to families with how they will be doing sign ups for time slots. I hope to join in a few conferences just so that I can see how they are formatted at KSD. If you are open to me joining in (as a silent observer) please let your teacher or me know. I appreciate it!


I'm also happy to meet with families if needed- please email or call to schedule this. My door is always open (figuratively right now due to Covid) and I am happy to meet with families at any time (it doesn't have to be during this week).


For those families who will have a new teacher 2nd semester, their parent-teacher conference will be with their previous teacher and the new teacher- still via zoom.

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BIPOC: What Does it Mean?- KEES January 19th

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Register: kirkwoodschools.org/keess

Contact: Roberta.McWoods@kirkwoodschools.org


BIPOC: What does it mean?

Panel discussion with people that identify as Black, Indigneous and People of Color (BIPOC) and how BIPOC leaders are seeking to leverage their own identities as well as resources, tools and networks to advance anti-racist change. Panelists will also discuss the radicalized dynamics that happen that originate in childhood that last through adulthood. Insights on how to build a relationship between BIPOC students and their teachers will also be discussed to help the student, parent and teacher forge a strong relationship.

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2021-2022 School Calendar

The 2021-22 School Calendar is approved. The first day of school for K-12 students is Tuesday, August 24, 2021. All dates are posted on the kirkwoodschools.org calendar.


A printable version of the calendar is attached.

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Battle of the Books- Message from Mrs. Davis

Battle of the Books

Hi! Thanks to all students who have been working hard to read the books in the Battle of the Books this year! We will be having online tryouts next Friday, December 18th via Zoom at 8:15AM. The format will be a Google form and there will be two questions about each of the books. Students do not need to have read all of the books; they will only attempt the questions for the books they have read. Next Friday will be the only time to tryout for the Battle this year unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Students should check their Library Schoology course Friday morning for a Zoom link. An announcement will be made prior to Winter Break with the students who have made the team.


20 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will make it onto one of our two teams of 10 who will compete in our Kirkwood Elementary Battle in January. From there, 10 of those students will make it onto our final team to compete in the St. Louis area Battle of the Books (Date TBD). Good luck to all students who are trying out!

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We know many of you have reached out regarding the yearbook this year ...

Yes, we are having one! Yay!

and

Yes, our online classmates and staff members will be included! Yay!


Yearbooks will be available for purchase online January 3rd - March 19th. Paper order forms will be sent home as well, probably around the end of January / beginning of February. For those of you interested in purchasing an ad in the yearbook, they will be available for purchase on the yearbook sales website starting January 3rd- March 12th. If you have any questions regarding the yearbook or ad, please email the yearbook committee at robinsonelementaryyb@gmail.com

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