Calm in the Chaos
May 8, 2020
Dear Alamos Families,
We hope the beautiful month of May has greeted you with warmth, beauty, and rays of sunshine. Most importantly, we hope more than ever, you and your family have found beautiful moments of calm in the chaos. It is hard to believe that we have been away from the school site since mid-March. These past eight weeks have been some of the most challenging times our world has ever faced and yet every day I am reminded of the power of the human spirit. Slowly but surely, we are overcoming the chaos, and ever so cautiously, the calm is returning to everyday life.
May is a wonderful time of year in the world of education, as we look towards the finish line of a school year, promote from one grade to another, celebrate graduating seniors, eagerly anticipate acceptance letters to college and look forward to summer days of rest and fun. Although we must alter some of our most anticipated events, we must not let a virus steal the joy of such milestone accomplishments! So we celebrate...differently. We recognize and honor students...differently. We promote and graduate...differently, but still we do it. We do it because our kids deserve it. We do it because our kids have earned it and we do it because our kids are counting on us! Please be sure to check the TVUSD website for continuous updates on the plan for student promotions and graduations. AES is currently planning a virtual promotion video for our 5th-grade students and their families. The video will showcase our 5th grade class of 2020 and their teachers. We are so excited to create this production! It will be gifted to all of our school families on our originally scheduled promotion date, June 4th.
But before we set our eyes on the finish line of the end of the school year we must continue to run the race before us with endurance! Many of you have asked about how students will be evaluated and graded during Distance Learning. Please keep in mind that Distance Learning is an educational opportunity and participation is not mandatory. Furthermore, a student's participation in Distance Learning can only raise their grade, not lower it. Student grades were last "captured" in Infinite Campus on March 13th. If a child chooses not to participate in Distance Learning, their end of the year report card grade will reflect their grades from March 13th. However, if a student chooses to participate, completes assignments, and demonstrates mastery of a skill or standard, their grade will be raised to reflect their progress. Please do not be alarmed if you see a grade lowered in Infinite Campus over the next few weeks. Teachers will not be posting a final grade (which can only be raised) until the last couple of days at school. We encourage ALL students to participate in Distance Learning but we do recognize that in these difficult times, our families may be limited in what they are able to do. Please let us know if you need any assistance, we are here to help and support.
Happy Educator Appreciation Week! A big thank you to all of our students and their families who found creative ways to celebrate our Alamos Staff! Our teachers and support staff have been working hard to keep the Calm in the Chaos and we know the letters, poems, videos, and fun surprises have made their days so much better. Whether together or apart, our teachers and students are close in heart!
Lastly, we will keep you posted on our plan to collect borrowed devices from families and return student items from desks and classrooms. Please continue to be patient as we work through all the logistics of closing a school year remotely! As always, it is our privilege to serve this community as leaders, and we wish you a Happy and Healthy month of May!
Mrs. Aynesworth, Mrs. Alvarado, and Mrs. Peters