October 5, 2020
A Message From the Principal
We are a month and a half into our school year and find ourselves continuing with the Continuous Learning 2.0 ( all online) model of instruction. Daily when I walk through the halls of Discovery it breaks my heart about how quiet the school is with no children in the building. However, it always brings a smile to my face to hear the teachers connecting with their students They are working so hard to make this school experience meaningful and fun for your children. Thank you your grace and patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times. As Superintendent Alfano shared HERE, in his newsletter to our community last week, we have a tentative hybrid or remote learning start date of November 2nd, 2020. Even as I write this message I hear on the news that schools in surrounding districts are delaying the start dates due to increased numbers in Covid. Our district leadership continues to work with the health department to make the safest decision possible for returning to school in person.
Regardless of the start date we do want to be ready for students in this new world when they do get to come to school in person. In order to be ready for students to return, staff members have been busy! In addition to teaching remotely and all the work that comes with developing lessons for online practice, our teachers have been getting the school ready for students' return. Here are some of the projects we are currently working on to be ready for a safe return to school:
Ordering and organizing PPE (plastic screens, sanitizing materials, additional hand-washing stations, Masks, Gloves, Thermometers, etc...)
Classroom Arrangement (6 foot distancing between desks, space for 1:1 instruction, removing personal items and some furniture)
Staff training on safety protocols
Collecting and organizing staff & family survey data for scheduling and planning
School procedures for recess, lunch, and entering/exiting school safely
Preparation for instruction in both remote and hybrid learning
Organization of material hand out and pick up for our students
Parent pick-up and drop off process and locations
Busses, in transit (on the road & at stops), school drop off, school pick-up
Marking our walkways and high traffic areas with labels for social distancing
Organizing meal services
Planning for lunch, specialists and recess with social distancing and cohort groups
Developing systems for material hand out and pick up
Later in this newsletter you will see a picture of what kindergarten and first grade classrooms will look like when students return for the hybrid model. i will send out more details about specifics for both online and hybrid models at a later time, when I have more information.
In the meantime we continue to connect with students in our current continuous learning 2.0 remote model. Below are some pictures of preschool, kindergarten and first grade students engaged in their learning. I find these the "silver lining" of this situation. My hope is that you are also having great experiences with your children this Fall.
Image of Classroom Set Up for Hybrid Model
Student Conferences October 14 - 16
Conferences for your child will be held on October 14th, 15th & 16th. Your classroom teacher will be in contact with you regarding date, time, and zoom invite for individual conferences. At these conferences you will
Discuss the progress your child is making toward end of the year goals.
Set individual goals for the remainder of the school year.
Have time to ask questions and plan for the the next weeks until we change to a hybrid/remote model.
We hope everyone participates in this important time.
A Note of Self Care
YOU are important! Taking a few minutes each day to put yourself at the top of your "to-do" list could mean less stress, better health, and a better overall quality of life. One strategy for making time for self-care is creating a self-care plan. Click here for some ideas on creating your own self-care plan.
This week, your children will create a "Feel Better Plan" in the counseling Seesaw lesson. During this activity, they will identify things they can do to feel better when they're upset. You could create your plans together!
Kelsey George, Counselor
Dates to take note of
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH
- Early Release Day for Teacher Conference Preparation (This means that your child will have a half day of school from 9:00-12:00. Your teacher will communicate the learning plans)
- 2 meal packs will be served to each child/student. These 2 meal packs, include a breakfast and lunch each, for Thursday the 8th and Friday the 9th. Friday the 9th is staff enrichment day for Fife SD, school will not be in session this day.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
- No school (Staff Enrichment Day)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14th - 16th
- No school - Teacher, parent, student conferences (via Zoom) - Look for an invitation for a time and date for your conference.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26TH
- School Board Meeting @ 6PM
Frequently asked questions and answers for the return to school in a hybrid or remote learning model can be found here.
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