A+ Arts Academy Maybury Campus

Weekly Update 8.6.2020

Dear A+ Arts Academy Maybury Parents & Scholars,

I want to start this week’s newsletter off with some positive quotes to make you smile and remember that better days on are on the horizon and remind you that "this too shall pass." In what we all know is a trying time right now, I believe that we must remain positive and demonstrate a growth mindset. We as educators and parents, set the tone for our scholars so while virtual learning isn't the same as being in a traditional school environment, it is the safest option at this time and one we are going to do FABULOUSLY with!


Just as a quick reminder, school begins on Monday, August 17th, 2020 and we will begin 100% virtual. Our virtual reopening plan can be reviewed below.


If you have yet to re-enroll or know other families that are looking for a place to call home, please let them know about our hybrid and 100% virtual learning options.


Don't Delay, Enroll your Scholar TODAY!!



“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.”

-Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for education


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

-Malcolm X


“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”

-Marvin Phillips


Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”

-Matthew Jacobson


“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."

-Margaret Mead


“So even when it might seem easy to throw in the towel, just hang on. Things are a thousand times brighter on the other side and your children will be better for it.”

-Unknown

We will be hosting a virtual meet the teacher on Thursday, August 14th. More information will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please see below for our new and returning staff members. They are the reason for the season and the #1 reason we are going to have an AWESOME School Year! As staff pictures continue to roll in, they will be added below!

A+ Virtual Reopening Letter

August 5, 2020 Dear Families,


We hope this letter finds your family healthy and well this summer. Please know we have been focused on the re-opening of schools for several months by engaging with the staff, community, and guidance from the Ohio Department of Education to provide feedback on options for reopening. This situation remains fluid and we have prepared for all scenarios. We believe that the most responsible and safest manner for both our scholars and staff is to begin the first nine weeks in a 100% virtual environment. As we maneuver the changing landscape of our society, we remain committed to the education of our community’s scholars. In making decisions about the reopening of schools, not only are we considering your child’s health and wellness, but the health and wellness of our fabulous staff. This decision was made based on the guidance from several agencies including the local Health Department, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Executive Orders from Governor DeWine. Guidance and requirements change frequently. Please know we are continuing to be as flexible and understanding to changes while adjusting to the plans set forth. Our plans will be monitored and evaluated each 9 weeks to determine the best course of action to keep our scholars and staff safe.


Instructional Opportunities


Our school values the choices families make for their scholars. Regardless of the model of instruction we utilize, we commit to providing your child with a high-quality education by a certified educator. Your children will continue to be the most important core value that guides all of our decisions.


 1:1 Devices - We are excited to provide your scholars with electronic devices that can be used at home to access daily lessons. Due to the high demand of electronic devices from all across the country, devices are being delivered in phases. Therefore, please be sure to provide your child’s school with the information needed as they reach out in order to determine device needs.


 Electronic Device - Scholars that currently have access to electronic devices will be able to engage in lessons with teachers via Blackboard. Scholars that do not currently have an electronic device will start the year engaging with paper/pencil packets that teachers will work with them via weekly phone conferences to complete. Enough electronic devices have been ordered for ALL scholars to receive their own personal device.


 Device Distribution - A staff member will be contacting you to schedule device pick-up. Please be sure we have the most updated contact information to ensure we can reach you for future scheduling. Please be sure to provide the most updated information. Visit APlusArts.com


 Device Cost - There will be a $20 accidental coverage fee for families. Families with more than two scholars will not pay more than $40. Additional information regarding payment is forthcoming.


 Blackboard Collaborate - Teachers will utilize this web-based platform to teach live-virtual lessons for both whole/small group instruction.


 This can be accessed using a computer, mobile app, audio, and a tablet  Does NOT require software installation


 Opens in a web browser


 Staff are receiving implementation training to help scholars engage with the content and each other


 Help Desk - A Technology Help Desk will be available to provide scholars with families and support technology issues and questions. It can be accessed by clicking this link. Technology Help Desk Our eLearning Help Center will be open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm est. A Call Center will also be available in the coming days.


 Family Support - Virtual trainings and small group in person family support meetings will be offered to provide families with guidance on using the Blackboard platform.


 Meal Availability - We realize that some of our families rely on the daily meals provided by the school. Meal providers will ensure breakfast and lunches are made available for families to pickup throughout the week. Specific pick-up day/times are being finalized and will be shared in future communication.


For the fall school year, we will be providing schedules for instruction, taking attendance, and engaging you and your children in learning. We will publish family and staff expectations in virtual learning ahead of the first day of school. Teachers will continue to engage in professional development in virtual instruction. It is imperative that we all understand that as the plans for state change, our school opening plans will change.


Diagnostic Testing – KRA and NWEA testing will still be administered. Families will be provided with the option to bring their scholars into the school in small groups for them to complete testing. Mandatory masks, temperature checks, six-feet social distancing, and all CDC guidelines will be followed. However, virtual testing will also be made available, but families will be asked to ensure scholars have a quiet testing environment. Additional information on testing is forthcoming.


Special Education Students - Scholars with special needs will receive instruction aligned with IEP goals through their assigned case manager. The case manager will assist in determining the best accommodations and modifications for course work based on your student’s IEP. Special education and related services as identified in the IEP during eLearning may be provided in a variety of ways including the use of telephone calls, instructional support materials, internet based or virtual lessons and/or virtual therapies, and other available distance-based learning approaches.


Social & Emotional Health/Well-being - We understand that our scholars, staff and families have encountered additional stress and anxiety over these past few months. Scholars will have access to contracted community providers who will deliver evidence-based mental health services including mental health assessments and interventions, transition/recovery supports, and Telehealth services. Families may also contact the school to inquire about other possible agencies that may be available to assist scholars with mental health concerns. We realize reopening schools during COVID-19 is critical to reopening the community and even the state. This is not an obligation our school takes lightly. However, our first commitment will ALWAYS be to the scholar and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. We hope that you are in agreement and can understand this decision. Please continue to reach out with questions and remember that we are all in this together.


CaLeathiea Cornelius


Ohio Regional Director

A+ Arts Academy: Where the PLUS means so much MORE!

A+ Arts Academy provides a personalized elementary and junior high school education for scholars in kindergarten through eighth grade. The PLUS stands for our school environment. Your child will be safe, protected, cared for and nurtured in an atmosphere that rewards learning, self-respect and dignity.


The mission of our schools is to be known for producing responsible and accountable scholars who demonstrate a strong sense of self-worth, leadership and moral values, ultimately becoming exceptional citizens. We serve scholars and families at three beautiful campuses in the Columbus, Ohio area:


Fair Campus K-6 | 1395 Fair Ave., Columbus OH 43205 | 614.725.1305


Maybury Campus K-6 | 2633 Maybury Rd., Columbus OH 43232 | 614.626.2250


Napoleon Campus 7 & 8 | 270 S. Napoleon Ave., Columbus, OH 43213 | 614.338.0767