EBE Home Connections

November 30, 2020

Message from Mr. Hanzeli

Hello Elger Bay Families!


This is a full edition with several important articles. Thank you for taking the time to look it over. As always, be sure to contact the office if you have any questions. Included in this newsletter:


  • Winter Holiday Drive Through and Food Donation Event
  • Winter Quarter Individual Student Health Attestation (ACTION REQUIRED)
  • TITLE I Reading Program Newsletter
  • FUSION (singing) Opportunity
  • Snow / Emergency Building Closure DISTANCE LEARNING Schedule
  • School Photo Opportunity
  • Local Holiday Giving
  • ...and more :-)


12/4 Holiday Drive Through & Food Donation Collection

CLICK on this button for details about this Friday, December 4, Elger Bay Elementary PTA Event.

Winter Qtr Parent/Student Health Attestation (REQUIRED)

The health attestation form is required for students to attend school IN PERSON and it covers winter quarter. Please take two minutes to review it and another 2 minutes to complete the form and please remember to SUBMIT. Thank you!

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FUSION EXPERIMENT...It's not Science, it's SINGING :-)

In the spirit of "FUSION", our music teacher, Mr. Crouch, is hoping to get many of the students from Elger Bay and Utsalady to join together in creating a "Virtual Winter Holiday Concert".


After all, that is what FUSION is all about - bringing our community closer together. What a great way to boost everyone's spirits and give the students a chance to do something many of them LOVE TO DO...SING!


All you need is the link, which will take you to a ChoiceBoard where everything will be explained on this interactive explanation.


Click on the following LINK: FUSION OPPORTUNITY


Hopefully, we'll have a video to share before school dismisses for winter holiday, December 18.


Oh yeah, don't forget to have FUN doing this.

Snow / Emergency School DISTANCE MEET Schedule

If snow or emergency causes us to close the school building, but continue schooling, this button will take you to our ELA, Math, and Specialist MEET schedule. Also included you will find the MEET codes for homeroom teachers and specialists.

School Photo Opportunity


Hello Stanwood Camano School District (Elger Bay) Families,


We have set up a final 2020 drive thru school photo session for you!

Whether you need a retake of a previous photo taken by us or this is your first time to the camera, this session is for you. We will conduct our final session with the same level of safety, and follow all COVID guidelines set forth.


Like our previous sessions, this is a "by appointment" event, please see the link near the bottom of this email to sign up.


Picture days are:


Friday, December 11th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm at UTSALADY Elementary

Saturday, December 12th from 10am to 1pm at STANWOOD Elementary

Please note, regardless of which school you attend, pictures are only at these 2 locations.


We have 2 options available for you to order pictures, if you chose to do so:


Attached, please find our order form that you can print and send with your student. Just staple cash, check or money order to the form or enclose it in an envelope and attach that to the form.


If you prefer, you may use our online ordering system, the link to do so will appear on the confirmation page after you sign up for a picture time.

We no longer ask you to bring your confirmation/receipt to the camera... all we want to see is your smile!


What to bring:

Retakes? Then just bring the package of pictures you want replaced.

Retakes of a Digital Only Package? Just let the photographer know.

First time to the camera this year? Bring your order form, if you have one.

Just want a yearbook photo? Once again, just tell your photographer.

We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you,

Firefly Images



Sign-up link: https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/ta3b8oxpnq/index.html


Order link: https://fs4.formsite.com/FireFly/waldtkvv5s/index.html

HEALTH REMINDER: If you or a family member is feeling sick, please stay home. There will be additional opportunities for pictures in the spring of 2021.

DISTANCE (HOME) LEARNING TIPS

Parents, please take a look at these helpful tips. None of them are requirements, but rather just suggestions that may help with the continuity of learning for each of the children as we continue to navigate the world of distance learning.

Local Holiday Season Giving

As the holidays approach, the thought of gift-giving and celebrating can cause unwanted stress, especially if your financial resources are limited. In Stanwood and on Camano Island, we are fortunate to have The Christmas House to help families access gifts for their children, if needed.


Any family that is interested in assistance from The Christmas House should call the Stanwood-Camano Food Bank directly at (425) 308-0011.


If you are interested in donating your time or financial resources (gifts and cash), please take your donations for The Christmas House directly to these drop off locations:


The Stanwood-Camano Thrift Shop / Food Bank

27030 - 102nd Ave. NW

Stanwood, WA 98292


or


Studio 271, Rite Aid, Haggens, QFC, IGA


or


The Christmas House

27201 - 99th Ave. NW

Stanwood, WA 98292

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 4 (See Below)

Off the great success of Honk or Treat, EBE PTA is working on developing a winter holiday drive through event and dry / canned foods collection.


Friday, December 11, 2:30-5:30

School Photos (Firefly) @ Utsalady Elementary (see appointment details above)


Saturday, December 12, 10:00-1:00

School Photos (Firefly) @ Stanwood Elementary (see appointment details above)


December 19 - January 3

Winter Holiday (No School)


Friday, January 15

Grades Grade 4 and 5 Hybrid AA or BB In Person Model

Planned date for health metric data reconsideration by SCSD.


Monday, January 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Honored (No School)

SCSD Family Message, 11.17.20 (REPEATED)

Good Afternoon,

The district met privately with Dr. Spitters and the Snohomish County Health District team on Monday, November 16. We shared district data, information about community transmissions, and county data. The health district complimented us on our current mitigation measures and advised us to focus on the populations we are currently serving in-person, but not bring additional students in at this time. For this reason and because of increased community transmission in Stanwood and Camano Island, the district is postponing bringing 4th and 5th grade students back until after the winter break.


This delay for 4th and 5th grade students also delays the district’s plan to bring back middle and high school students. We will review available data on January 15 and let families know the new timelines.


The district would also like to remind families of the the Governor’s Advisory regarding travel:


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.


Family decisions to travel impact all of our school community. Please adhere to the guidance above if you are traveling outside of Washington.


Additionally, the Governor added restrictions to youth sports:

NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR YOUTH SPORTS

  • Youth and Adult Sporting Activities: Indoor activities and all contests and games are prohibited. Outdoor activities shall be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.

We know that rising rates in our region are due in large part to participating in youth activities. We hope these new restrictions will result in a reduction of transmission.


Governor Inslee issued an executive order that goes into effect today through December 14, 2020. The mitigation measures include limiting indoor social gatherings to people within your household and limiting outdoor gatherings to five people from outside your household. The Governor said that these limitations do not apply to schools due to strict adherence to our current safety measures.


We recognize that this information is disappointing to families wanting to celebrate holidays and to all of our students and staff who were looking forward to bringing back more students into our schools. We remind all of our school stakeholders that we can control the spread of COVID-19. We implore you all to adhere to Dr. Spitters’ message from last week:

“Holding gatherings is a threat to all. Stop it. Plain and simple, just stop the gatherings.

  • Make a bubble of the same five-or-fewer social contacts outside of your household, and stick to that.

  • Wear a mask around people you don’t live with.

  • When is more ok? Not at all in the immediate future.

  • Reduce socializing and other non-essential activity. If it’s not for work, school or medical purposes, the safest bet is to skip it. Don’t attend gatherings. Period.

  • Avoid contact with people and businesses who don’t follow the guidance.”


Important Dates:

  • November 20--No School, Conferences

  • November 25--Early dismissal; no in-person classes

  • November 26 & 27--No School, Thanksgiving break


Please do not enter school facilities if you are ill, or if you are living with anyone who is ill. The district’s ability to bring back additional students is reliant upon our entire community adhering to the guidelines. Thank you all for doing your part to keep our students, families, and staff safe.

SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process (Repeat)

SCSD Healthy Student Return to School Process


As you are aware, Stanwood Camano Schools have implemented new processes and procedures during this outbreak of COVID-19 and we are committed to keeping students and staff safety our top priority.


Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills (> 100.3)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Instructions

  • Please contact your student’s medical provider for additional health instructions and/or testing.

  • If your student is not tested for COVID-19, they may return to school 10 days after symptoms began AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.

  • If your student is ill for additional days, please notify the attendance office of your student’s absence.

  • If your student is positive for COVID-19, they may return 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms are resolving AND 24 hours after fever resolves.

  • If your student is negative for COVID-19, they may return to school campus when symptoms are improving AND they have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for > 24 hours.


Elger Bay Attendance: 360.629.1290

Donna Hunter, EBE School Nurse: 360.629.1290

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SCSD FREE CHILD MEALS PROGRAM

Click on this button for further details about the FREE MEALS program currently offered by the Stanwood-Camano School District.

Visuals of the EBE Hybrid Experience (REPEAT)

This is not comprehensive, but just a few photos to help you see how some of our procedures have changed. Needless to say there is a very strong emphasis on safety, even as we relish the experience of having some students back in school.

Please Reply Promptly to Absence Excuse EMAIL (REPEAT)

If your child has been out of school or marked as not attending, you will receiving an EMAIL notification to that regard. It only requires a quick reply by you and helps avoid the clunkier mechanism of calling you, leaving a message, and getting your responses in person or on call back.


Please reply to the absence EMAIL at your first convenience or call the Elger Bay office 360.629.1290 to speak directly with our staff.

Transportation Plans AND Change of Plans (REPEAT)

Our office works incredibly hard on making sure we understand your daily transportation plans for each student. To that end, it is really important that you make sure you have done all of the following:



  • K - G3 students have all had a "blue" daily transportation form sent home by the EBE office to be completed by you regarding the daily plan for your child's transportation to and from school. G4 and G5 will have these sent home when they return to school on 10.26.
  • If there is a change from this plan, you must call the office or send a detailed note/Email in advance, so that we might write a "pickup slip" to inform the teacher to make sure that we all know the plan for each child and can communicate about the change.
  • Finally, keep the EBE phone number (360.629.1290) loaded in your phone. We know there is the occasional emergency that requires a quicker change at day's end. Please do everything you can to avoid this as it does get a bit hectic, but if there is an emergency, please don't hesitate to call.


I thank you in advance for helping us with this significant safety and communication issue.

Grade by Grade Hybrid Transition Reminders (UPDATED)


Kindergarten

  • K Students are in one cohort of 10 students in the regular kindergarten rooms.

  • On Monday, October 5th, in person kindergarten students transitioned to full days from 9:00-3:30 in the hybrid model AA/BB.


Grade 1 - Grade 3

  • Hybrid teacher placement and AA (Monday / Tuesday) or BB (Thursday / Friday) assignments have been communicated by School Messenger.

  • Students in grades 1-3 who are opting for Continuous Learning are assigned a new teacher.

  • The technical transitions are supposed to be happening in the very early hours of Monday, but I suggest you prepare for a day or two of potential corrections. NOTE: Please let your online teacher know by Email if you continue to have any technical difficulties.


Grade 4 - Grade 5

  • The hybrid students in grades 4 and 5 have been assigned a teacher have been notified of their teacher. NOTE: G4 and G5 families potentially returning on January 15, 2021 have been informed if they are in the AA or BB Hybrid sections.

  • On Monday, October 5, 2020, any student in grades 4 or 5 who were assigned a new teacher began working with that teacher.

  • All students in grades 4 and 5 will continue in distance learning until January 15, 2021, unless the metrics indicate otherwise.

  • Students in grades 4-5 who are opting for Continuous Learning have been assigned a teacher and are working in their classes.


PBS Students


  • PBS students electing to attend in person in the PBS program began full time on Thursday, October 1, 2020.