Week 13: EMS Family Newsletter

The What-to-Knows at Estacada Middle School for Families

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Week 13 at EMS: Nov 29-Dec 3 (There Are 3 Weeks Between Now and Winter Break, 15 School Days)

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences: Feedback Welcomed!

We want to know how well we are serving you! Tell us about your experience with Parent-Teacher Conferences. Complete this survey, here, so we can make improvements to meet your needs in the Spring and next year.

We hosted 933 Conferences with families (152 more conferences than last year). We acknowledge some families were unable to attend because of limited space. And, we acknowledge some families were unable to access the correct Zoom link. Please provide us with feedback so we can continue to see an increase in participation. We want you to know how well your student is learning at EMS.

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"C Days" Extension Classes Begin This Thursday

Why: Our master schedule allows for your student to receive specific, intentional support. Your student: a) may be lacking foundational reading skills, b) may exhibit lagging prerequisite skills, c) may need more time to practice a specific writing skills, or d) may need additional challenges.

What: "C Days" Extension classes are designed for your student to work in smaller groups to develop the skills of which s/he is struggling. This link may provide you with additional information.

How: Your student's teachers enroll your student into Extension classes based off your student's performance in class as well as on teacher-created quizzes and tests. Your student will attend their first Extension class on Thursday 12/2.

A Day: Monday: Life Class

B Days: Tuesday and Wednesday: Whole-school reading development

C Days: Thursday and Friday: Continued reading and/or Math development for some; Extension Class for most.

*Algebra: If your 8th grade student is enrolled in Algebra, your student will not be enrolled in Reading nor Extension sections. Instead, your student will be enrolled in Algebra.

Reminder: Masks Required at School, In-Building

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Spirit Week: The Week Prior to Winter Break

We are excited to host Spirit Week from Monday, December 13 to Friday December 17. Students will have an opportunity to show school spirit, pride, and dress up. Fun, togetherness, and culture are important components of a healthy school. We are looking forward to Spirit Week!
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EMS Winter Music Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

500 Northeast Main Street

Estacada, OR

25% of our students are musicians! Whether or not our students are members of Choir or Band, EMS' musicianship is strong at school. We are proud of our young musicians are are looking forward to the Holiday Concert at EMS on Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00pm.

Wear your Winter sweaters and outfits (and masks) and join us to celebrate the holiday season, Winter, and the joy of our students. Go Tigers!

Lunch Detention Systems

Starting the week of Dec. 6th we will begin adding lunch detentions into our school-wide system. We want to enforce school rules with transparency. We want our families to know ahead of time about new rules being established.


Our daily average of students receiving 2 or more tardies has increased and we need to prioritize students being in class and on time. Students who are late are causing disruptions to their own and to others' learning. Preparedness is a prerequisite to learning. We need to set boundaries to help our students' readiness for high school and future careers.

What is a Tardy:

-- Arriving to class late and entering class after the bell rings

-- If you have a written note from the office it will be considered an excused tardy and not count towards a lunch detention

--Leaving class during the first 10 minutes of class will be considered a Tardy


-- Lunch detention(s) will be assigned to any student who is late two or more times from the previous day (ex. if you are tardy twice on Monday, you have detention on Tuesday).

--Passes will go out during 2nd period to remind students of their detention;

--If a student decides to skip the detention, another detention and other possible consequences will be assigned.


-- During 1st and 2nd Lunches. Lunch detention last for all of lunch/recess


-- Students will meet Mr. Kelley in room 134 directly after the bell rings.

--(If a student is late, 5 minutes after the bell rings, the student will receive an additional detention)

--Students will be released to the cafeteria or lockers to get their lunch 10 minutes into lunch and will return to room 134 to eat and remain for all of their lunch period.

*Although lunch detention is starting primarily to address tardiness it will not be exclusive to students receiving tardies, students may receive lunch detention for behavior and other discipline reasons.

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Virtual Snow School Days Are Coming

As winter weather approaches, our district is prepared to transition in-person learning to distance learning to keep school going even during inclement weather. This means that instead of having no school during snow days, your child’s academic progress won’t skip a beat. Students will transition to virtual learning.

Prepare your children by ensuring that they are bringing their school device home every evening, and contact your child’s school if you need a hotspot or additional support to ensure that you have home internet access.

Learn More About Virtual Snow Days

Click on this button to view information about our Virtual Snow Days, How your student attends learning, and Why we are implementing Virtual Snow Days

Emergency Broadband Benefit

This is a program being offered to families through the government. It is for families that may need to get the Internet into their homes. We want all students to have access to the internet.

Families: Please visit Reliance Connect's website and the very first thing that comes up is the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. Follow the prompts through the different paperwork and it is fairly easy to apply.

You are eligible to receive $50.00 a month toward getting your internet connected. All you need to do is follow the links. Most of the programs through Reliance are only $59.00 so this would cover all but 9.00.

Families qualify if they:

1- are low income,

2-have children that qualify for free and reduced lunches,

3-Received a Federal Pell Grant,

4-Are SNAP eligible,

5- Had a substantial loss of income due to job loss or were furloughed and had an income of below 99,000.00 single filers and 198,000.00 for Joint filers.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

Click Here If Your Family Qualifies

Positive Covid-19 Test During the Weekend? Let us know!

Call the weekend COIVD-19 case hotline on the weekend. It is self-automated; select the right school (per the prompt) and leave a message. The voicemail you leave will be directed to our Vice-Principal, Mr. Kelley so we can begin to identify potential close contacts.

The number you need to call to notify us about your student's positive case is: 971-220-6594. Thank you for partnering with use to keep our students in the classroom with as little interruption as possible.

Estacada Middle School

Our mission is to equip each student with the skills necessary to be resourceful and successful.
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Go Tigers!