THUNDERBIRD PRESS...Est.2006

MARCH/APRIL NEWSLETTER

SEQUOYAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OUR VISION:

We will help ALL students reach their social, emotional, and academic potential.


OUR MISSION:

BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * SUCCEED

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A Message From Your Loving Principal

Dear Sequoyah Families,


We are SO excited for our revised learning plan that will greatly increase learning time for all students. Additionally, all students will now attend school on the same days. Students will be kept with their class/cohort for most of the school day. We will continue to follow the health and safety protocols found in the Return to School Guidelines.


Parents, please keep in mind the importance of using the Student Health Screener each day before sending your child to school. It will be a team effort to ensure the safety of all students. If your child is not feeling well or is sick, they should not attend school. Please use the live link above to access the student health screener each day.



Return to School Guidelines


· The guidelines have been updated to reflect the most current information from the Macomb County Health Department.

· Health and safety policies and procedures that have been in place will continue for the remainder of the school year.


Schedule Changes...


March 8 and 9

· NO school for students-Teacher Professional Development and Planning.


March 10-April 16

Schedule applies to all K-5 and K-5 CVVA...


-Monday-Thursday (in person learning for all students) with Friday remote learning at home. Your teacher will provide more information about the schedule for Fridays.


-Remote Fridays will include BOTH synchronous (together with teacher live on Microsoft Teams) and asynchronous (assignments posted in Schoology, not live with teacher).Teachers may also use this Friday time to administer the NWEA spring assessment.


April 19-June 15

Schedule applies to all K-5 and K-5 CVVA...


· Return to five days per week of in person instruction (Monday-Friday) for all students.


May 12

-NO school for students-Teacher Planning Day.


CVVA

· Elementary CVVA students will continue to learn virtually under the same schedule except for the previously mentioned remote Fridays. On those days, CVVA students will follow their teacher's schedule.


Arrival / Dismissal

· We will continue to enter and exit the same doors as we have during hybrid instruction. This helps maximize our space and social distancing.

· Please be mindful of social distancing when dropping off children or when walking to school as weather permits.

· Please do not drop off your child before the first bell rings at 8:54am (school begins @ 9:00am).

· If your child is not picked up via bus please be sure to pick up your child promptly at the end of the school day (3:44pm).


Snacks

· Students may have a snack in the classroom. Teachers will coordinate schedules to accommodate health and safety.


Classrooms

· Classroom space will be maximized.

· Student desks/tables will face forward when possible.


Seating Charts

· All students have assigned seating in both the classroom and cafeteria for contact tracing purposes.


Cafeteria

· The cafeteria and other spaces (hallway IF needed) will be used to socially distance students.

· All students have assigned seating with no more than four students per table (table capacity is eight). The four students will be from their classroom.


Recess

· As done previously, each specific class will be assigned a designated playground area on a rotational basis.


SACC (School Age Child Care)

· SACC will run Monday-Thursday from March 10-April 16 and then five days per week beginning April 19.


Facial Coverings

· All students and staff must wear facial coverings!


Birthday and/or Other Treats

- No home or store purchased food treats allowed to pass out.


We look forward to having all our terrific Thunderbirds back at school in one nest! Thank you for being a part of OUR Sequoyah Family!



Love and Hugs,


Ted Zotos, Ed.S.

Principal

  • Mom of two boys...Austin 23 and Ethan 16.
  • Married to my high school sweetheart Jim for 28 years.
  • Mom to my BIG fur baby Maizee Blue (named after U of M) an English Mastiff. I love big dogs and since my husband won't let me get a goat, I guess another Mastiff is the next best thing.
  • I love to be outside, not in the cold so much. I'm a summer girl, just give me a beach and you won't see me until the sun goes down.
  • I enjoy being with my family and friends. It doesn't matter where, just if we're all together.
  • I have the same two, best friends since kindergarten.
  • My hobbies include, playing board games, corn hole but I'm not very good at it (yet) and I guess just love being around happy people...I'm a simple person!

BIRTHDAY WISHES FROM MR. ZOTOS

THUNDERBIRD 3 HEROES ARE BACK!!!

Creating a positive learning environment at Sequoyah is a priority. Throughout the year, we place an emphasis on teaching specific behavior expectations or in student friendly terms, our Sequoyah Thunderbird Three: Safety, Respect, and Responsibility. We created a recognition program called the Thunderbird 3 Heroes which celebrates students who are displaying an exceptional example in following our Thunderbird Three.


Staff members selected the following students (March Heroes) to receive this honor for consistently following the Thunderbird Three and serving as role models for other students. We celebrate their efforts by displaying their pictures and biographies on a bulletin board in the atrium. They also receive Thunderbird 3 Heroes t- shirts and certificates.

March Thunderbird 3 Heroes

April Thunderbird 3 Heroes

FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH AVAILABLE FOR ALL CV STUDENTS and CVVA STUDENTS...NEW Plan as of Friday, March 12


FREE Breakfast/Lunch for ALL Chippewa Valley Students!!!


Elementary Face to Face: Students will be able to get one FREE breakfast and one FREE lunch at their school each day! Lunch must be pre-ordered at least one day ahead following your school’s ordering guidelines. A one-day meal bag for remote learning Friday’s will be available for pickup at the distribution locations listed below.


Secondary Face to Face: One FREE breakfast is available to all students before each school day. Students will be offered one FREE grab-and-go cold lunch upon dismissal. A one-day meal bag for remote learning Friday’s will be available for pickup at the distribution locations listed below.


CVVA Students: One week’s worth of FREE meals will be distributed at the locations listed below for all virtual learners 18 and under. Parent/Guardian will be asked to provide student’s name when picking up meals.


Meal pick-up available Friday from 11:00am -1:00pm at:


Cheyenne Elementary - Door # 6

47600 Heydenreich, Macomb


Huron Elementary - Door # 37

15800 Terra Bella, Clinton Twp.


Distribution will not take place during holiday breaks.

To see if your family qualifies for additional benefits,

please fill out a free/reduced application at www.lunchapp.com

HOME & SCHOOL CONNECTION

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

March 22: CVVA...Materials pick-up (Sequoyah bus loop...10am-2pm)

March 23: Report cards go home!!!

March 24: HALF day-Synchronous/Live Teaching (AM Schedule)

**By teacher invitation only...Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences - 5:30-8pm

March 25: Students attend all day....

**By teacher invitation only...Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences - 5:30-8pm

March 26: Students attend in the AM only Dismissal 11:55am

April 1: All Students attend in the AM only Dismissal 11:55am...spring break begins after dismissal

April 12: Classes resume

April 26: CVVA...Materials pick-up (Sequoyah bus loop...10am-2pm)

Family Guides: Supporting Learning in 2020-21

Seek Common Ground and Student Achievement Partners created Family Guides to help anyone supporting a child's learning in the 2020 - 2021 school year. Learn more about what children should know and be able to do in math and literacy. In addition, how to reinforce learning with everyday activities, tips for talking to teachers, and online resources.


Click on the 'Family Guides' for each grade level.