May 1, 2020
It looks like we have a beautiful weekend ahead of us. We hope your family has an opportunity to enjoy being outdoors this weekend.
Thanks to our support staff, we have removed student items from lockers and desks and have them ready for family pickup, which will be Wednesday, May 6th from 8:00 to 12:00 and Thursday, May 7th from 12:00 to 4:00. Our handbook requires students to use school-issued locks. If you have a personal lock on your locker, we will be cutting the locks in order to facilitate this process.
Here is what we need from you to get all 700+ bags back to students:
Use the map below to show where to pull up to pick up your bag. If you have students in two grade levels, you can use either line.
When you pull up, please have a sign in the window with: Student Name/ Grade/ Homeroom. In order to keep our support staff safe, please keep windows rolled up. They will look at your sign in the car window and will radio a staff member in the gym to bring the bag to you.
We are requesting that if your child has any classroom library books that belong to his/her teachers, please put those books in a labeled bag or a box in the trunk of your car or the back of an SUV/van, and the staff member will pick them up when they place the student’s belongings in the back in your vehicle. You could also return any school library books, if you have finished them.
Please be ready to open your trunk/rear hatch so staff can place the bagged belongings in your car.
The two four-hour time windows on separate days are designed to provide families flexibility as well as prevent traffic back-ups from too many people arriving all at once. If you arrive and see a long line of cars, you may want to consider coming back at a later time, if at all possible. Otherwise, your patience and understanding are appreciated as staff will work as efficiently as possible.
May 1 - Cross Country Interest Form Due
May 4-8 - Teacher appreciation week - Please take time to send a message of appreciation to your children’s teachers.
May 6 - 8:00 to 12:00 - Student Belongings Pick Up. Please see Principals’ message for the process.
May 7 - 12:00 to 4:00 - Student Belongings Pick Up. Please see Principals’ message for the process.
April 20 - June 11 Virtual learning continues
May 22 and 25 - No Virtual Learning
Parent COVID - 19 FAQ
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We are offering bulk a la carte items available for order/purchase which will be charged to the MNSD lunch account of the student only with a positive balance; sorry, we cannot offer this to those who don't have a school lunch account at this time.
If you have any questions or special accommodations please contact:
Food Service Director
A note from your School Psychologist:
If you recall, last year I chronicled my life raising a 7th grade boy. I hoped that many of the ins and outs of parenting a growing middle schooler was applicable to your lives. In the upcoming newsletters, I wanted to share some of the experiences in my life now with my 8th grader (son), 5th grader (daughter), and 3 year old toddler (son)--all of us at home, living through this pandemic. Last time I featured my daughter...this week I’ll share about my 8th grade son.
My eldest continues to be in the throes of 8th grade boy moodiness. His friends are his livelihood and not seeing them each day at school has really taken a toll on his well-being. He even admitted to me that he misses school and wishes he could return. As many of our MNS families are experiencing, my son will have to attend a virtual 8th grade promotion ceremony. No longer are there in-person transition activities taking place preparing him for high school.
One of the things I’ve held strong on as a parent is limiting screen time for my kids. Right now, though, I’ve had to be okay with increasing the time allowed on his phone because his phone is the primary conduit for talking/texting with his friends. While he is managing the virtual learning and staying more focused and organized than I ever thought he would, that virtual learning is screen time added to his day. To counteract the omnipresent screens in this pandemic experience, I’ve been really intentional in engaging with my eldest. He and I have been frequently meal planning and cooking dinner together (which not only helps me, but also preps him for the future), and playing board games that he loves (but that I get frustrated and competitive with) like Risk and Monopoly. He lightens and brightens up during these times we spend together.
Finding the balance with screens, special time with each of my kids, and of course time to myself is critical. I hope that your families are figuring out ways to stay happy with the gift of time we’ve been given with each other and that you’re in the groove of balancing everyone’s needs (including your own as parents/guardians).
Be well, Dr. R
Lake Denoon Student Services Staff
Dr. Jen Rohrbaugh, School Psychologist, email@example.com
Ms. Pam Groh, School Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Amanda Rosman, School Social Worker, email@example.comIf you are in need of community resources for safety, addiction, COVID-19 supports, etc., please check out 211.org.
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