The Lion's Roar: Parent's Edition

Week of June 7 - June 11, 2021

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Message from Principal

Dear Parents,


It is hard to believe that we will be bringing the 2020-2021 school year to an end on Friday, June 11th at 10:30! I would like to thank you for all of the support that you provided in ensuring that in the midst of a pandemic, our students experienced success.


Even though virtual learning was a full time experience for many our our students, we survived. Virtually, our students were able to visit multiple countries, meet two local authors, listen to men within our community read their favorite book during Real Men Read, participate in our Virtual Poetry Slam, and learn about various careers from local business owners during our Career Day.


Our students completed the State's High Stake Testing in May and completed the Language Immersion STAMP Test on last week. Additionally, students completed the STAR Reading and Math tests throughout the year. Again, these tests were completed during a pandemic and if you ask your students how did they feel about testing, it is hoped that they will be able to tell you that they felt confident and focused during the assessments. I even had the pleasure of providing testing tips to some classes and students. Members of the staff also served as the Testing Cheer Squad to cheer our students on (that was a sight to see)!!


Summer learning opportunities have been extended to qualified students that will begin on June 21st and will end for most students on July 29th. The first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year will be Wednesday, August 18th. I am looking forward to seeing how much our students will grow over the summer, for some reason they love to compare their height to my height! I am sure that some of the students will be taller than me when we return - but that is okay - I have been this height since 5th Grade!


Again, I thank you for your support and I look forward to another great year of successes with your students. In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., "Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are."


Have a great summer!

Dr. Monica Adams

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For the safety of our students, please DO NOT drop students off before 7:00 am. There is no adult supervision for students before 7:00 am.

Also, to ensure the safety and a smooth dismissal, students will not be dismissed for early dismissal after 2:00 pm.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

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June 10: PreK and Kindergarten Presentation

June 10: 5th Grade Drive Through Promotion Ceremony @ 5:30

June 11: Laptop Return for ALL Virtual and ELearning students

June 11: Last Day of School (Half Day) 10:30 Dismissal

June 11: Report Cards Given to Present Students

June 14: Report Cards Mailed to Students Who Were Not Present on June 11th

June 21- July 29: Summer Learning Academy (Invited Students)

June 21-July 29: Language Immersion Summer Camp (Invited Students)

Dismissal Times on June 11th

· Elementary schools dismissal - 10:30

· High schools dismissal - 11:15

· Middle schools dismissal - 12:00

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Please conduct the COVID-19 Daily Self-Screen Tool with you child each day.

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If your child displays a symptom suggestive of COVID-19 while at school such as: shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, and develops a new or worsening cough, you will be contacted and asked to pick up your child from school.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, parents will be assisted in the foyer or via the outside speaker system. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Shake It Off - Think About It | GoNoodle
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PARENT RESOURCES to Navigate COVID-19


https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
General ideas about dealing with the pandemic, though a few may be replaced by more current information.

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/simple_activities_for_children_and_adolescents_4.pdf
Ideas for family and kids at home—things to do that do not take money!

https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

This could be helpful for parents who will read it, or for professionals across organizations who are trying to support parents.

https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

PBS kids on parents talking to their kids

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

PBS comic for kids—mostly straightforward health information, but I love that it also addresses bias against people groups.

http://earlylearningnation.com/2020/03/a-parents-guide-to-surviving-covid-19-8-strategies-to-keep-children-healthy-and-happy/

A parent’s guide to helping kids during pandemic.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-how-to-talk-to-kids-disease_l_5e5c615ac5b601022113151d
Talking with your kids about the virus. Because this is an ongoing conversation, even if parents have had an initial conversation, this article is still relevant.

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
Online free resources for anyone isolated at home. A long list!

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23MoLunchDoodles
A resource for kids.

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