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October 23, 2020
We knew at some point we may need to pivot to full remote learning, hopefully for a short time. Thank you for supporting your children for the last eight weeks to establish at home learning routines that can be applied for a full day. If you have not already done so, please consider the following as you help your child be set up for success:
- Help your child find a quiet place to learn, with minimal distractions, such as a desk or table.
- Make sure they have all the physical resources that we've provided in a central location where they will be easily accessible.
- Foster independence! The kids will need minimal support during the time they are in class. They will be more confident if trusted to be successful with the least amount of help possible. It is important to ensure students are logging in on time, and are staying connected during class time, but should be able to navigate from there if they have their supplies at hand.
We want this pause in in-person instruction to be as short as possible. We want our children that chose the hybrid model to be in school whenever it is safe to do so. Please help us to get there quickly by being diligent in adhering to the 3Ws:
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Watch your distance
Courtney Nordstrom, Principal
Important Dates to Remember
10/23 - Change of Learning Model Request Forms Due
11/02 - Spirit Wear - Red, White, and Blue Day
11/03 - No School, Election Day
11/20- No School AM ONLY First Trimester Ends
11/24-25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
11/24 - No School PM ONLY
11/25 - No Student Attendance
11/26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
Change of Learning Models Request Form: Due TODAY
Conferences: Virtual Platform
From the Library
Want to check out a book from your school library? You can!
Second through fifth graders have all been taught how to place a book on hold using the Destiny Discover App located in Clever. Ask your child to show you how it works. The remote students do not have the app in Clever, but there is a link in Otus under Class Board for them to access the catalog from there. Kindergarten and First graders will need an adult to help them place a book on hold. Please see this video for instructions.
Here's what you need to know:
Please wait for a confirmation email from your librarian before coming to school
Books will be in the vestibule at your school
Please enter through the front door
The door to the vestibule will be open from 8am-4pm
Books are located on a shelf and arranged by grade level
There is also a return bin for you to use when your child is finished reading the books
You may choose any day that is convenient for you to pick up or drop off books
Once your child has placed a book on hold, it will be pulled and checked out to them.
Books are available in the vestibule at school with their name(s) on them.
Please do not come to the school until you receive and email confirming that your child’s book is ready for pick up.
Don’t want to pick up? Please remember everyone has access to our ebooks and audiobooks from the Sora App in Clever. Here is a video explaining how to access Sora if you need a reminder. All second through fifth graders have been taught how to utilize Sora. Please ask your child how it works. Ask them to read a book with you. It's a great way to read together!
New StoryWalk Starts Today!
Virtual Social Emotional Support Office
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