Staying Connected

November 22, 2020

Enjoy Thanksgiving and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.

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Videoconferencing Expectations

  • Please show up on time.
  • Find a quiet place, free from distraction (siblings, pets, parents, televisions, etc.)

Other conversations at home can be heard in meetings

  • Keep everything around you appropriate for school

No playing with toys

  • Maintain respect in speaking, writing, and appearance

Dress as if in school

Find an appropriate learning space

Have all learning materials needed for the day

Be seated and engaged in learning

  • Mute your microphone when not speaking
  • Raise your hand and wait to be called on to participate
  • Video needs to remain on throughout all synchronous sessions
  • Students should only have Teams and Zoom open, unless otherwise specified by the teacher
  • Make sure that your display name is your real name
  • Pay attention to whoever is talking
  • No screenshots, pictures, or recordings of Zoom or Teams sessions
  • Students should not be eating during a time that is not a break


Parents need to be checking Teams daily. Please assure that your child is prepared with all the materials noted by the teacher.


If your child needs frequent reminders for not following the above expectations, the following consequences or actions may occur:


  • Student will be sent to a breakout or waiting room to discuss what is expected
  • Camera will be turned off
  • Student will be muted
  • May be asked to leave the meeting and return when ready
  • Teacher will reach out to parents if behaviors continue after numerous actions

Giving Tree

This year the SRS National Honor Society and their advisor, as well as the PAWS PTO, will begin learning and taking over aspects of the Giving Tree efforts. For now, requests for assistance will continue to be sent to Kim Saso, Woodland principal at ksaso@stgrsd.org or 569-6598.


Thanksgiving break is right around the corner and this is the time our helpers do their shopping. I know it is difficult to ask for help. Please know there is no judgment in doing so. This is what being a community is all about. We help each other in the difficult times. We want you and your children, ages newborn to eighteen, to enjoy the holidays, so please reach out.


To be given enough time to coordinate support and provide time for those who are shopping, particularly online, requests need to be received by Monday, November 30.


Several community members have already reached out to help. More support is always welcomed! As more wish lists are received, I will be providing specific requested items in future communications.

Dress Up on Top and Comfy on the Bottom

Thank a Veteran

Senator Velis inquired if any of our classrooms or teachers would be interested in participating in "Thank a Veteran" and we were! Many classrooms wrote letters that were given to veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.