Family Newsletter February 12 , 2021
Dear StepUP Families,
Only 1 more week of LIPI and we get to see all of our students in their full schedules! We have been so proud of all of our students as they continue to follow our safety protocols and procedures. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures this week that show you some of the fun things we are doing with our students while incorporating some amazing learning with hands on activities.
We cannot thank you enough for ensuring that your student comes to school ready to learn with a mask and for keeping your student home if they are not feeling well. We are so incredibly thankful for the partnership that we have with our families. We know that this partnership and trust is what is able to keep us up and running and all of our students and staff safe. As we move back to more "normal" than we have been, this will be just as important. All students and staff will continue to be required to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. We do have spaces available for students to take a mask break if needed away from others and supervised. If you have any questions about these procedures, please let us know.
As we move into our last week of LIPI after a snowy LONG weekend (remember no school Monday!), we want to welcome all students and staff to enjoy a Positively Perfect Pajama Day on Tuesday, February 16th!
In Honor of Black History Month
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- February 15th - No School - Presidents Day
- February 18th - Last day of LIPI
- February 19th - No LIPI, all students work asynchronously on the computer - final Teacher prep day for all students to return on Monday
- February 22nd - all students return in hybrid format, also first day of second semester for Elementary students
- March 1st -Elementary begins all students attend, Transition begins all students attend M, T, Th, F
- March 12 - No School Secondary only - Teacher Prep Day
NEWS FROM OUR CLASSROOMS
Transition Center students making tie-dye masks for themselves and all the other students in the school!
Transition Center students learning about budget and cost analysis while making an amazing gift for Valentine's Day!
On Thursday, we had an opportunity to have a valentines day party. Students were able to communicate kind messages to their classmates and staff. Each student was able to make a paper plate bee. Everybody worked extremely hard and made some awesome pieces of art.
The 4-7 class spent LIPI this week logging into new classes and getting settled with the new schedule. We are so excited to be starting hybrid soon so that we are able to get back to doing some more fun activities as a group! When we start our hybrid schedule we will be doing specials each time our students are in person with us!
We are very excited to announce that our class has been awarded the Hayden Homes Mini-Grant in order to help fund our projects during specials! We are so grateful for this grant and can not wait to show all of you the exciting projects we have coming up. Get excited!
Hope you're staying warm!!
A few reminders as we get ready to come back February 22nd!
- We are getting ready for Hybrid and preparing students for their schedules
- It's going to be hard for us all to get up early when Hybrid starts but we can do this
- High School schedules have changed to 4 half days a week , if you have questions about your students schedule contact Tara.
- We can't wait to see more of our students
- Remember that we have LIPI Tuesday and Thursday until the Hybrid schedule starts
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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
We invite you to join us for a Person-Centered planning webinar, this Thursday at 4pm on zoom. We will discuss the purpose and value of Person-centered planning and the elements of building an effective plan. Attendees will learn how to develop a person-centered plan as a tool to share with PSWs, educators, and others working with your loved one. Use this tool to introduce your child, their strengths and what works for them, which will be especially important as your loved one re-enters community life post-COVID.