EBE Home Connections
November 9, 2020
Message from Mr. Hanzeli
Hello Elger Bay Families!
By far the most intergenerational and positive connector of the families and community of Elger Bay happens when the very youngest students of our school system have the chance to say thank you and show their appreciation for the commitment and service of each woman and man from all the branches of service.
In pre-pandemic day that was an emotional, colorful, music filled, patriotic celebration in the same place, breathing the same air, looking our veterans (young, older, and oldest) in the eye and saying how much we appreciate the part of themselves they have given for us.
This year, in lieu of that time together, we are working on a visual surprise that we plan to send out in a "special edition" of EBE Home Connections on Tuesday evening. We hope to send it in such a format that you can take a moment with every veteran nearby to watch, or maybe send to the veterans you love the world over, so they might see the appreciation we all have for their service. Please look for that no later than Tuesday evening.
Wish I had an editor to blame for my mistake in the last edition...but that would be me :-)
I mistakenly said that there were two November parent conference days with no students. That is incorrect.
On Friday, November 20, school will not be in session. That day is set aside to conference with parents or to make up for the evenings that week when our teachers hold virtual conferences after hours.
Just a reminder that on Wednesday, November 25 (just before Thansgiving) our Wednesday students WILL NOT attend.
Important Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, November 10
EBE Home Connections Veterans Day "Special Edition" Published
Wednesday, November 11
Veterans Day (No School)
Friday, November 20
Student Progress Conferences (No Student Meets or Assignments)
Wednesday, November 25 (just before Thanksgiving)
Small groups student supports cancelled for this day.
Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
Monday, November 30
Grades Grade 4 and 5 Hybrid AA or BB In Person Model Begins (depending on health metrics)
Friday, December 4 (HOLD THE DATE)
Off the great success of Honk or Treat, EBE PTA is working on developing a winter holiday drive through event in the evening.
SCSD Family Message, Wednesday, November 6
Friday Family Message
November 6, 2020
Good evening families,
Veterans’ Day is this Wednesday, November 11. Our students will be honoring our Veterans’ in a variety of ways in our schools. We have some drive through events, some virtual assemblies, and students are sharing their appreciation in their writing and art. There will be no school, in-person or remotely, on Wednesday, November 11.
The district is frequently asked how they make decisions regarding bringing students back for in-person learning.
We first look to the Washington State Department of Health Decision Tree. This provides a general overview for districts.
The second source of guidance is our local county health departments. The district continues to meet with the Snohomish and Island County Health Districts on a weekly basis to discuss trends and changing protocols. The health districts can provide us with district specific information including case counts in our district and where the “hot spots” are emerging. Data from this week showed another increase in infection rate per 100,000 over a two week period, although it was a bit smaller of an increase than previous weeks. Both health districts have reported that in spite of the increased case count per 100,000 per two week period, districts can proceed with reopening plans for elementary students provided the district has capacity to serve students, can complete screening protocols, has required PPE available, and has the necessary staff.
Finally, the district’s lead nurses attend weekly meetings with the local health districts and district administrators to review community and individual school data. Our nurses monitor student absence reports for each of our buildings, which also informs our decision-making process. If illness rates are high, we are less inclined to bring additional students onto our campuses for in-person learning.
The district examines all of the information listed above. If we have specific concerns or questions, we consult with health district leaders to obtain more specific guidance. Currently, the district intends to bring 4th and 5th grade students back on November 30, but only if the number of cases flattens or decreases over a two week period.
Our appreciation goes out to our families who are being vigilant with their children’s symptoms and keeping their children home as instructed.
Families may be wondering what the ramifications of the passage of Referendum 90 will mean for their child(ren). Information will be forthcoming.
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process (Repeat)
SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process
As you are aware, Stanwood Camano Schools have implemented new processes and procedures during this outbreak of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping students and staff safety our top priority.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills (> 100.3)
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Please contact your student’s medical provider for additional health instructions and/or testing.
If your student is not tested for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days after symptoms began AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is ill for additional days, please notify the attendance office of your student’s absence.
If your student is positive for COVID-19, they may return 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.
If your student is negative for COVID-19, they may return to school campus when symptoms are improving AND they have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for > 24 hours.
Elger Bay Attendance: 360.629.1290
Donna Hunter, EBE School Nurse: 360.629.1290
Coats for Kids Opportunity (Next @ EBE 12.1 and 12.4)(Repeat)
(The following is not an EBE coordinated event. If you have questions, please contact Emily at the number and Email listed below)
My name is Emily Goodman and I am the new Warm Cots for Kids Coordinator. I have taken over the role from Dian and I hope I can continue her great work!
As I am sure you aware we have changed how we will be distributing coats this year. Last year we were able to let kids pick a coat out upstairs at the food bank. Due to Covid we are unable to let anyone in the building other than our volunteers. So in order to reach as many kids as possible we are doing a pop-up tent distribution!
We will have a pop-up tent in the parking lot of the food bank on serve days. We have also partnered with the school district to have a pop-up tent at the schools when the weekly school lunches are picked-up. We will rotate between the designated schools weekly.
I will need a minimum of two volunteers per distribution date. All of the sites will be outdoors.
There will be 2-3 pop-up tents with side walls to keep out the weather. Masks and social distancing will be required.
Here are the dates and locations for distribution.
Stanwood Camano Food Bank Pop-up
Wednesdays 10am-3pm (One Volunteer Committed)
Elementary School Pop-up
Tuesdays and Fridays
Times: 3:30pm – 7:30pm (approx. time)
Same time for each day
10/20 & 10/23 - Twin City Elementary
10/27 & 10/30 – Elger Bay Elementary
11/3 & 11/6 - Stanwood Elementary
11/10 & 11/13 - Utsalady Elementary
11/17 & 11/20 - Cedarhome Elementary
11/24 - Twin City Elementary
12/1 & 12/4 - Elger Bay Elementary
12/8 & 12/11 - Stanwood Elementary
12/15 & 12/18 - Utsalady Elementary
12/22 - Cedarhome Elementary
We will begin distribution the week of October 19th.
I hope you will be able to help keep as many kids warm this winter!!!
Just let me know how and when you would like to help with this important and exciting program. Sincerely,
Click on this button for further details about the FREE MEALS program currently offered by the Stanwood-Camano School District.
This is not comprehensive, but just a few photos to help you see how some of our procedures have changed. Needless to say there is a very strong emphasis on safety, even as we relish the experience of having some students back in school.
Please Reply Promptly to Absence Excuse EMAIL (REPEAT)
Please reply to the absence EMAIL at your first convenience or call the Elger Bay office 360.629.1290 to speak directly with our staff.
Transportation Plans AND Change of Plans (REPEAT)
Our office works incredibly hard on making sure we understand your daily transportation plans for each student. To that end, it is really important that you make sure you have done all of the following:
- K - G3 students have all had a "blue" daily transportation form sent home by the EBE office to be completed by you regarding the daily plan for your child's transportation to and from school. G4 and G5 will have these sent home when they return to school on 10.26.
- If there is a change from this plan, you must call the office or send a detailed note/Email in advance, so that we might write a "pickup slip" to inform the teacher to make sure that we all know the plan for each child and can communicate about the change.
- Finally, keep the EBE phone number (360.629.1290) loaded in your phone. We know there is the occasional emergency that requires a quicker change at day's end. Please do everything you can to avoid this as it does get a bit hectic, but if there is an emergency, please don't hesitate to call.
I thank you in advance for helping us with this significant safety and communication issue.
Transpo forms from Kristie (K-3), coming for 4-5
Welcome Video to non EBE families
Grade by Grade Hybrid Transition Reminders (UPDATED)
K Students are in one cohort of 10 students in the regular kindergarten rooms.
On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students transitioned to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.
Grade 1 - Grade 3
Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments have been communicated by School Messenger.
Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning are assigned a new teacher.
The technical transitions are supposed to be happening in the very early hours of Monday, but I suggest you prepare for a day or two of potential corrections. NOTE: Please let your online teacher know by Email if you continue to have any technical difficulties.
Grade 4 - Grade 5
The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 have been assigned a teacher have been notified of their teacher. NOTE: G4 and G5 families potentially returning on November 30 have been informed if they are in the AA or BB Hybrid sections.
On Monday, October 5th, any student in grades 4 or 5 who were assigned a new teacher began working with that teacher.
All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until November 30, unless the metrics indicate otherwise.
Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning have been assigned a teacher and are working in their classes.
- PBS students electing to attend in person in the PBS program began full time on Thursday, October 1.