Gerald E. Talbot Community School
November 1, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that it is already November and almost time for parent teacher conferences! Parent Teacher Conferences are a wonderful opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher(s) to learn how your child is progressing academically and socially in school. It is also a great time to celebrate your child’s progress and all they have accomplished in just the first three months of the school year. Conferences will be held virtually over zoom again this year and the dates for conferences are November 18 and 19. On both days, lunch will be served and students will be dismissed at 11:10. We hope to have 100% of our parents/guardians attend conferences this year. Please call Talbot at 874-8210 if you need to schedule or reschedule your child’s conference time.
Community Resource Fair
Talbot Community School will be hosting a Resource Fair on Thursday, November 18th from 11 am to 3 pm outside under the tents in front of the school. The event will give families in the community the chance to drop in and get items like fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing, and winter boots. There will also be community partners from various organizations there to share information about current and future programming, upcoming events, and available services. Partners will include the Locker Project, Greater Portland Health and Dental, Portland Housing Authority, Spurwink, Gateway Community Services, and more.
At Talbot, one of our greatest priorities is ensuring that all students arrive safely at school each and every day. Our traffic patterns for drop off and pick up are intentionally arranged to safely manage heavily congested areas at certain times of the day. Thank you for remembering that the visitor loop out front is only to be used for drop off by families with students in PreK or the Bridge program. The bus loop is only to be used by busses. All other students should be dropped off at the playground doors between 7:25-7:45. Students arriving after 7:45 may use the visitor loop for drop off.
Please do not send your child to school when they are ill. If they have one of the following low risk symptoms they need to stay home and may return to school when they have improved: headache, fatigue, runny nose/congestion, or nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. If your child has two or more of these low risk symptoms, then a negative Covid test or a doctor's note is required for them to return to school.
One or more of the following high-risk symptoms require a negative Covid test to return to school: new uncontrolled cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, fever over 100.4 F, or a sore throat.
As a way to improve our existing absence-checking procedure, we are introducing a more efficient student absence reporting system called SafeArrival. This new system will reduce the time it takes to verify student attendance, make it easy for you to report your child’s absence and easy for staff to respond to unexplained student absences.
With SafeArrival, you are asked to report your child’s absence using any of these convenient methods:
1. Using your mobile device, download and install the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (or from the links at go.schoolmessenger.com) or use the SafeArrival website. The first time you use the app, or website, select Sign Up to create your account. Select Attendance, then Report and Absence.
2. Call the toll-free number (855) 787-3577 to report an absence using the automated phone system.
These options are available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Future absences can be reported at any time.
In addition, we will use the SchoolMessenger Communicate automated notification system to contact parents whose child is absent when the absence is not reported in advance. The automated notification system will attempt to contact parents at multiple contact points until a reason is submitted for the absence. If our system is unable to reach the designated contacts, office staff will follow up. If you report your child’s absence in advance using the SafeArrival toll-free number, website or mobile app, you will NOT receive these notifications.
Starting Monday, November 1, please report your child’s absences in advance using SafeArrival instead of sending notes or calling/emailing the school. Talbot Office staff will being using the SafeArrival notifications to let you know if your student is absent (when you haven’t reported the absence in advance). If you have children attending other schools, please continue to report absences using the existing procedures for those schools. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we implement this new system.
Giving Teachers Thanks
November is the time of year that people often express gratitude for what is important in our lives. I want to take a moment to share how grateful I am for the teachers and staff at Talbot School. As a proud principal, I can’t help but boast about the dedicated and caring staff who are doing outstanding work with your children every day. We have an incredibly talented group of educators at Talbot who want nothing but the best for all students and families. I am continually impressed with the amount of time and energy all staff at Talbot put into making sure all students have what they need to succeed during what is a very stressful and challenging time. Please take time to make sure to let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate the work they do. I am sure any staff member would love a note of thanks from you during this season of thanksgiving.
November 3: Early Release, dismissal at 1:10
November 4: PTO Meeting, 5:00
November 10: PICTURE DAY! SMILE!
November 10: Early Release: dismissal at 1:10
November 11: Veteran’s Day, NO SCHOOL
November 12: NO SCHOOL
November 17: Early Release: dismissal at 1:10
November 18: Early Release: Conferences, 11:10 dismissal
November 18: Community Resource Fair- 11:00-3:00
November 19: Early Release: Conferences, 11:10 dismissal
November 24, 25, 26: Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL!
Mrs. Ann Hanna