The Colt Courier
April 23, 2020
The Colt Courier is coming to you a little early this week. I know this has a ton of information, but it is super important. The excitement, if you can call it that, with eLearning is slowly fading. With the longevity of students not being in school, 22 million Americans unemployed as of last week, and the continued uncertainty around the economy continues to create stressors for our students, our families, and our staff. Our job is to continue to provide an opportunity for students to learn while also being a ray of hope for them. Our attitudes influence our students (and one another) more than we can imagine. We are doing an incredible job and our families are so appreciative of all we continue to do. I continue to be astonished with the work ethic, attitude, and dedication you all have to our students and to one another! We will continue to get through this together!!
The Week Ahead
Week of April 27th-June 5th
Timeline of Events:
April 27-Packets due by noon.
April 27-28- Instructional Leadership will check lessons.
April 29- Volunteers to print and scan copies.
April 30-Toshiba will print packets.
May 4 to 5- Planning Days (Next year, our R2S goal is to have 2 Inquiry Units. We would like you to focus on this these days. You may use some of the time to finish LRP as needed. Please let us know instructional leadership and admin. know what your goals and meeting times will be.)
May 6-Teacher placement survey.
May 6-7- Parents drop off 1-2 packets and pick up round 3.
June 1-Pick up round 3 packets
June 1-4 Remediation
June 3- 5th grade recognition (details to come)
June 5-Work Day
Sign up to Help
If you are able to sign up to help on one of the packet days, it would be appreciated. We only need the colored slots. Please only sign up for one day. Click the link below.
No new updates- please continue with the current guidance given by Dr. Maziarz. At this point, this is a federal issue, not a district or state issue.
Round 3 folders have been shared with team leads.
If you need things from your room, I have to go in next Wednesday around 9:00. If you need to get anything from your rooms, you can do that then. I will probably be there about an hour.
I am going to open the building up by sign up for teachers/assistants. The sign up is below. If you have assistants, you may go in together if you stay far apart. You may sign up for multiple times. Parents and students will not be allowed in the building so we are asking that teachers place students' belongings in a bag with their name on it. We are trying to gather bags for you. We will plan on a day for parents to pick up their items. This is also a time that you can use to start packing if you are moving. Library books can be returned to the library if you find them. I will offer more times in the month as well. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EcjA0KK1b8HLXUXJZislBXj6OGQqPM3x0KSYlMYYrx8/edit?usp=sharing
April 30 & May 1- Please continue to check in on your students who have not completed work.
We will work on a plan for teachers and students to be able to get into the building to get items/pack up rooms. This will be communicated at a later time.
Parents will receive the Closure Plans today.
Sarah and Aaryn have put together the new folders and shared with team leads.
eLearning Boards for Round 3
Paper Packets will again be needed before the eLearning plans are finalized. We need time to review, print, and organize for pickup. Packets need to be in by noon on April 27.
Plans will be checked on April 27 and 28 by administration and the instructional leadership team. Please be checking your email regularly for feedback on your materials. If you have completed your plan early, please reach out to the following people so that they can be checked:
Cook/Baird will check ELA
Brailsford/Sigler will check Math
Williams/Marsters will check Concepts
Format will stay the same as Phase II, but we need time to print and scan them into one document.
Seat times are as follows and include time for independent reading and related arts.
Kindergarten-1st grade 90 minutes
Grades 2-5- 120 minutes
New Content- I can’t stress the importance of being cautious with new learning. Most of our paper packet kids and kids who are eLearning do not have someone sitting with them teaching them. The state & district are in the process of creating learning progressions to help teachers plan for missed instruction next school year. As a school, we will also be looking at standards missed and how we can address these at the beginning of the year.
Students in grades 2-5 will receive a P or F (pass or fail) at the end of the quarter for ELA, Math, Science, & SS. No grades/letters for Health or RA. No numeric grades should be entered into PS for the 4th quarter.
Teachers will NOT indicate above, on, or above for the reading expectations for the quarter.
Teachers will NOT make a comment about handwriting.
K & 1- Mrs. Bogan is creating a template for your grades.
Teachers must have some “record” if students are completing work. We cannot give a student a F (fail) if no records are being kept. If you need help or suggestions with this, let me know and I’ll be happy to help.
This should not be shared with parents! Please let me know if a student has not completed 50% of their work after May 15th. Anyone who hasn't, will be an administrator decision on pass/fail. We will not penalize kids because of their lack of parental support. Pretty much, if a student tried, they will pass. If you have a question about a specific kid, please email me.
Paper Packets- Will be collected on May 6 and 7. They will sit until May 12. Teachers can pick up during these blocks of time on May 12: Kindergarten - 9:00-9:20, First - 9:20-9:40, Second - 9:40-10:00, Third - 10:00-10:20, Fourth - 10:20-10:40, Fifth 10:40-11:00, SS 11:00-11:20. We are scheduling these to avoid large groups in the mail room at one time. Please practice physical distancing while picking up. If you have a conflict, please reach out.
Quote of the Week
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it. -Lou Holtz-
Happy April Birthdays to the Following Colts!
We hope the following staff members have a wonderful birthday!
April 5th- Grace Haruska
April 8th- Matthew McCurley
April 8th-Haleigh Strayer
April 10th- Yara Ahrar
April 12th- Mary Raines
April 17th- Roberta Martin
April 23rd- Jenn Hawkensen
April 23rd-Meghan Love
April 28th-Monica Burke
April 29th-Jennifer Antley
April 29th-Sarah Baird
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