Peek at the Week

Week of August 9, 2021

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CALENDAR


Monday, August 9
  • 6:30 pm - Andover Board of Education Meeting at the Andover Center for Advanced Professional Studies, 1401 W. 13th St., Andover. Meetings are open to the public. You can find all meeting agendas, meeting documents, board policies and much more at our BoardDocs website.

Tuesday, August 10

  • 11:00 - 6:00 pm - Meet the Teacher/Family Engagement Time for 1st - 5th Grade (by appointment only)

Wednesday, August 11

  • First Day for 1st - 5th Grade Students
  • 9:30 - 11:30 am - Kindergarten Visitation
  • 1:00 - 3:00 pm - Kindergarten Visitation

Thursday, August 12

  • 9:30 - 11:30 am - Kindergarten Visitation
  • 4:00 pm - Kindergarten Teacher Assignments in PowerSchool

Friday, August 13

  • 12:00 - 6:00 pm - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (a sign up will be emailed to parents)

Monday, August 16

  • First Day for Kindergarten Students
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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

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CAR RIDING


ARRIVAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars will need to be single file and students need to remain in the car until school personnel signals students to exit the car.



DISMISSAL

Please enter the second entrance on 159th and follow the drive to the back of the school building (southeast end). Cars need to be in a single file and students will be dismissed to your car. ALL students need to load the car from the passenger side. This is done for the safety of your child. We ask that you have a sign (8 1/2 x 11) visible on your front dash/window so that we can quickly identify which child goes with each vehicle. Please list the names of all the children whom you are picking up (WRITE BIG!). Click on the form below.

BUS RIDING


In the morning, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 8:35 am and will deliver students to the bus oval on the north end of the building.


In the afternoon, the buses should arrive at the school at approximately 3:35 pm and will pick up students from the bus oval on the north end of the building. This is NOT to be used by parents for pick up or drop off.

Posted 8/3/2021

Dear Meadowlark Families,


We are so excited to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! As I am sure that you can imagine, we have been working the past few weeks getting ready to welcome your child to school! I wanted to provide a quick outline of what the next few weeks will look like. At any point, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to the office with any questions. We want this to be as stress free as possible!


First Grade through Fifth Grade


  • Wednesday, August 4th - Teacher assignments will be in Powerschool by 4:00pm. You will simply access Powerschool as you have for enrollment.

  • Thursday, August 5th - You will receive an email with a Sign-Up Genius. Once you receive this, we ask for you to sign up for a 15 minute appointment with your child’s teacher. We are calling this a Family Engagement Day (aka: Meet the Teacher) for Tuesday, August 10th.

  • Tuesday, August 10th - Family Engagement from 11:00am - 6:00pm, by appointment only. At this time, you are welcome to bring your child’s school supplies.

  • Wednesday, August 11th - First Day of School!


Kindergarten


  • Monday, August 2nd - You will receive a Sign Up Genius. This is to sign up for your child’s 2 hour Kindergarten Visitation on either Wednesday, August 11th or Thursday, August 12th.

  • Wednesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 12th - Kindergarten Visitation

    • 9:30am - 11:30am or 1:00pm - 3:00pm

  • Thursday, August 12th - Kindergarten Visitation

    • 9:30am - 11:30am

  • Thursday, August 12th - Teacher assignment will be in Powerschool by 4:00pm. You will simply access Powerschool as you have for enrollment. You will also receive a Sign-up Genius via email. Once you receive this, we ask for you to sign up for a 15 minute appointment with your child’s teacher. We are calling this a Kindergarten Family Engagement Day (aka: Meet the Teacher) for Friday, August 13th.

  • Friday, August 13th - Family Engagement from 11:00am - 6:00pm, by appointment only. At this time, you are welcome to bring your child’s school supplies.

  • Monday, August 16th - First day of school!


We look forward to a great school year!!


Dana Matheny

Meadowlark Principal

Message from Brett White, Superintendent

Post 8/3/2021

Dear Andover Families,


I hope you have had a safe, enjoyable and relaxing summer. We are looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 school year!


We will begin the year in a challenging environment of rising Covid cases in our area. Most of the new cases are coming from the Delta variant. Thus, we will continue to monitor data and health conditions very carefully.


You may have questions about what this school year will be like. At this point our plan that was announced in May for the 2021-22 school year remains in effect. That includes:


  • Students will learn onsite every day in our schools.

  • Face coverings are currently optional in Andover Public Schools facilities to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Face coverings are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE), and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

  • We will continue with extra cleaning measures and having hand sanitizer available for students and staff.

  • We have hired additional nursing staff to assist with contact tracing and other Covid-related needs.

  • Individuals identified as close contacts who are fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine unless they develop symptoms.

  • Our focus will continue to be on academics and the social-emotional health and needs of students and staff. This summer we offered summer learning opportunities for students to fill learning gaps from the pandemic. It was very successful, and we will offer these programs next summer as well. We also plan to use a portion of the federal funds distributed through the Elementary & Secondary Schools Education Relief (ESSER) allocation to address the social-emotional needs that impact students’ health and wellness.


As we have done since the pandemic began, we will have a district Covid playbook available that provides more information on a variety of topics for you and your students. The playbook will be an action item that our Andover Board of Education will consider at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug. 9. We will make the playbook available to families on Aug. 10.


We realize there will be anxiety and concern among many families as the school year begins, especially for our youngest students who haven’t had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Throughout the pandemic, we have regularly received information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state health and education leaders and agencies, local health departments, the Kansas Covid Workgroup for Kids and other related organizations. We take this responsibility very seriously, and will continue to meet with these experts to receive updated guidance as the community’s health situation evolves. As we learned last school year, Covid-19 is a fluid situation, requiring us to have the adaptability and resilience that are part of our Portrait of a Graduate.


Keeping all of you informed is extremely important to us. Our approach has been to communicate with staff and families as often as needed when important decisions are made. We also want to be respectful of your time, so if there is nothing new to share, we won’t send a message to you. Thus, if you hear rumors and gossip, and if you haven’t heard from us, you can have confidence knowing that the rumors are just that. We truly appreciate your partnership as we continue to navigate these difficult times.


Sincerely,


Brett White

Superintendent