Stonegate News

September 3, 2020

Return to School Information

The Stonegate staff and I would like to heartily thank you for a wonderful first few weeks of school! We appreciate your patience and constant support throughout this process.

While we are very excited to have our students back on campus and are busily working to create the safest environment possible upon their return, we have yet to officially finalize when that will actually occur, likely sometime around/after September 22nd based on the new state guidelines. Regardless of the specific start date for our traditional and hybrid students, I’d like for us to get connected on the HOW of starting school again, even if we are unsure of the WHEN.

Here’s an overall list of key safety items IUSD has provided:

  • Each school’s HVAC system has been thoroughly serviced and recalibrated to pull in fresh air from outside in compliance with CDC guidelines. Additionally, all HVAC systems have been equipped with upgraded industry standard MERV 8/13 air filters.

  • In addition to the upgrades to the HVAC system, each classroom will be equipped with an independent HEPA air purification system that cleans the air every 30 minutes.

  • Providing students and staff with individual face coverings (includes cloth and disposable masks and face shields)

  • Placing hand sanitizer in and around all of our classrooms

  • Enhanced custodial cleaning and disinfecting protocols

  • Establishing a separate health office space for sick students

  • Providing clear three-panel desk privacy/safety shields for student use

  • Posted directional and educational signage related to physical distancing and safety protocols

The staff will be trained on all of the items above prior to reopening. Before we begin with students here at school, our Stonegate staff will be dedicating our time and energy becoming familiar with and developing a solid understanding of the following:

  • Facemasks and PPE measures

  • Cleaning and sanitizing practices

  • Classroom and non-classroom space utilization and social distancing measures

  • Drop off and pick up procedures

  • Office procedures

  • Health office protocols

  • Recess and lunch practices

  • Plans for suspected and positive cases

  • Plans for teaching student expectations (PBIS & COVID 19)

I recognize that having students back in classrooms can be both exciting and concerning AND we can do this TOGETHER! Please keep an eye on your emails for more information as we get closer to having students back on campus.


No Distance Learning - Monday, 9/7

There will be no distance learning classes on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.

Online Privacy Guidelines

We would like to share important information about online learning, including policies and guidelines to protect the privacy of our students and families. Please take a moment to review this important information.

Protecting Student’s Privacy

Similar to in-person instruction, online instruction is provided exclusively for educational purposes for IUSD students. Parents, students, and/or others are not authorized to audio or video record, stream, or share in any way, distance learning instruction or services without the express consent of all participants. This includes instruction or services provided via telephone or a video conferencing platform.

Online instruction and educational activities that occur via District-approved web/video conferencing platforms may be recorded by the District for educational purposes. The recordings may be shared with other students enrolled in the class and/or their parents/guardians, and/or with district personnel or other school officials with a legitimate educational interest in reviewing such recordings. Students and parents are not to record, photograph, or share any online instructional activities without the consent of all of the participants, or unless prior District approval for such recording has been granted.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and all applicable federal and state student data privacy laws applies to online learning. Students participating in classes or group services at schools typically work together. The same will occur when students receive instruction virtually, (i.e., they typically will be able to view the other students participating in group instruction/services). We ask parents to respect confidentiality as they would during the in-person school instruction.

Guidelines for Student Participation in Online Instruction

The following guidelines are intended to promote a safe and secure learning environment for all students.

· Students should not share their login information, meeting or Zoom links, or passwords with others.

· To the extent possible, students should participate in virtual instruction from a quiet and neutral area that is free of distractions.

· School and classroom rules apply to the virtual instruction environment. · It is recommended that students review the District Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy and agreement form regarding expectations for behavior while conducting themselves online and on District devices.

· Students are expected to engage and participate in all Digital Citizenship lessons taught by their classroom teacher. Teachers may use the District provided curriculum and tailor it to the developmental needs of their students.

· Students should dress appropriately for virtual instruction sessions.

· Students who use inappropriate language, share inappropriate images, or in any way behave inappropriately on a video conference may be subject to appropriate discipline.

· Students should not conduct audio or video recordings or take screenshots of virtual class meetings or activities unless they have received prior permission to do so from a teacher or authorized District official.

· To the extent possible, parents should allow the student to work with the instructor in a quiet, private space. Once the virtual instruction session or meeting is over, students should be sure to close out of the meeting platform entirely. Students should also ensure that cameras are covered and that microphones are turned off to avoid inadvertent transmission following the meeting.

Thank you and if you have questions, please contact your teacher or my office.





參加線上學習課程時同樣必須遵守《家庭教育權利和隱私權法案》(The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,簡稱 FERPA)和所有適用的聯邦和州的學生數據隱私權法律。參加學校實體課程或小組活動的學生經常會在一起學習,而當學生在虛擬線上課程學習時,也會需要與其他人一起學習。(比方說,他們通常能夠在螢幕上看到其他參與小組課程/服務的學生)。因此,我們要求父母尊重隱私和機密,就像在參加面對面實體課程時那樣。 學生參與線上教學的準則


· 學生不應與他人共享登入資料、線上會議或 Zoom 課程的連結或密碼。

· 在可能的情況下,學生應該在安靜而且無干擾的地方參加虛擬線上課程。

· 在虛擬教學環境中也要遵守學校和教室規則。 · 我們建議參加線上課程和使用學區電腦設備的學生閱讀這兩份文件:學區可接受的技術資源使用及責任歸屬政策 (District Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy) 和技術資源使用同意書 (Agreement Form)。

· 學生應參加所有由課堂老師教授的數位公民課程。教師可以使用學區提供的課程,並根據學生的發展需求進行課程調整。

· 學生參加虛擬線上課程時應該穿著整齊合宜的服裝。

· 參加視訊課程的學生如果使用不適當的語言、分享不適當的圖片或展現任何不當行為,都可能會受到紀律處分。

· 除非事先獲得老師或授權學區主管的許可,學生參加虛擬線上課程或活動時不可以進行錄音、錄影或螢幕截圖。

· 父母應盡可能讓學生在安靜的私人空間與老師一起上課。虛擬線上課程或會議結束後,學生應確認關閉會議平台。學生還應確認關閉攝影機及麥克風,以免在課後無意間將訊息傳輸到網路上。


Attention 5th Grade Families - SEL Workshops Available

We have partnered with Western Youth Services (WYS) to provide more support for our Stonegate community. WYS is shifting service delivery to accommodate distance learning and the various academic models, and they are offering to have our families pilot three of their workshops to support 5th graders!

The 3-part series will cover:

  • Identifying and regulating emotions
  • Empathy
  • Coping skills

While the workshops have been created to reach students, WYS encourages parents and students to sign up through the links below. They do encourage the same group of students to be present for all 3 parts to build rapport with the presenters so it will require some commitment!!

Identifying and Regulating Emotions:


Coping Skills & Self-Care Tools:

If you should have any questions, please reach out to our Elementary Resource Counselor, Joanne Choi at

A Message from Sharon Smith, PTA President

Hello Stonegate Families!

I would like to welcome back our returning families and extend a warm welcome to our new families in all of the academic models – traditional, hybrid, and virtual. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is excited for a great 2020-2021 school year. Stonegate PTA is committed to our school community, and we will continue to work hard to keep our school spirit high and help our community stay connected. This school year may look different, but our priority remains the same- to provide support to our students, teachers, and staff, across all academic models.

As the school year starts, please visit where you will be able to:

• Join PTA – PTA membership is optional but one that is very important. Joining Stonegate PTA allows you to have a voice, meet supportive parents like you, stay informed, and be able to vote at our meetings.

• Donate to the PTA Pledge Drive – Your generous donation will contribute to enrichment programs, teacher/classroom support, technology, and community.

• Sign the PTA Waiver – Required to participate in PTA sponsored events including our annual Hawk Run.

• Purchase Spirit Wear – Show off your school spirit on Spirit Wear Fridays!

Everything you need to start the 2020-2021 school year will go live on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Besides our Annual Membership Drive, the beginning of the school year will also kick off our Annual Pledge Drive. Our Pledge Drive raises funds to support many of our school programs, events, and materials that are not funded by the State. These funds will directly impact Stonegate students, teachers, and staff. The Pledge Drive is one of only two major fundraisers we will do this year.

With your support, we can continue to enrich our children’s educational experience at Stonegate, whether it be on campus or distance learning/virtual. Thank you for helping in any way you can and showing your children the importance you place on their education!

I look forward to getting to know your family and I hope you will join us for our monthly virtual PTA meetings. Visit our website at to find more information about our upcoming meeting dates and events.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at Know that your suggestions, questions, and concerns are always welcome! And don’t forget to like Stonegate PTA on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. I hope everyone has a great school year! We are all in this TOGETHER! #StonegateStrong

Textbook Access

Although we will be distributing materials on Monday, August 24th and Tuesday, August 25th, you may also access online textbooks using the following links:

Online Textbooks

· Elementary Students (K-6) – Logon Instructions and Links

General Resources

· Student Password Reset
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Lunch is Available 8/20

Beginning August 20, 2020, Nutrition Services will begin providing daily grab-and-go meal service at Stonegate. Meals will be available for purchase or as part of the free and reduced meal program for students who qualify. If siblings attend different schools, parents may pick up meals at one of their home schools.

Meal pick up will be available from 11:00 am -12:30 pm. Families will be asked for their students first and last name or student ID to enter into our point of sale system. Although your students may be in class during meal pick up, they do not have to be present for their family to pick up the meal.

Parents are encouraged to apply online by going to or logging on to the Aeries Parent Portal and clicking on the orange Titan icon to be taken to to create an account, add their students to their account, and complete an online application. Online applications are available in eight different languages. This is the fastest and safest way to complete an application.

Data Confirmation

Make sure you go online and complete the data confirmation process as soon as you can. Thank you for taking the time for this important once a year task. We ask that you take the time and do a thorough job, going page by page and reviewing pertinent information with your children as you do. When you are finished, please email the documents to Feel free to call the front office if you have any questions regarding this important process. Click the link below for instructions on the Data Confirmation process.