Family Newsletter

11/22/20

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We Made It!!!

Hello everyone-


We all made it through our first whole school pivot successfully! Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support as we went through the transition back into online learning for two weeks. We are so excited to welcome the kids back to school in person on Monday!


Many of you have reached out to let us know that your child will be absent on Monday and Tuesday. We understand your decision and appreciate your communication. If your child is unable to attend this week please send an email to your teacher or sue.french@kirkwoodschools.org and then we won't call in the morning to verify your absence. If your child is absent, they will be working asynchronously. Your teacher will let you know what the work is and how to complete it.


As we move into the Thanksgiving holiday, we want to encourage our school community to continue to follow the health and safety protocols. We are hopeful that we will be able to maintain our in person learning through the winter break. In order for this to happen, we all have to do our part to keep each other well.


If you were unable to watch the Board of Education Meeting this week, please watch this short video by Dr. Ulrich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE_YR4yluSc&t=3s.


Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or if we can provide support in any way. Thank you for your partnership in keeping the Robinson community safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Family Commitment Letter Coming Tomorrow

Please be on the look out in your inbox for a second semester commitment letter. Kirkwood School District will be emailing you to make a determination for the learning program (in person or online) that you would like to enroll your child in for second semester.


Please take your time and have careful consideration before electing your program choice. Unlike this quarter, your commitment will take your child through the end of the year. Also, unlike this quarter, your commitment will not be able to be changed. Right now, we have allowed families to switch to online or in person if they changed their mind. This will not be able to happen during the second semester; what you elect now, will be your election for the remainder of the year.


Your choice will take effect on January 6, 2021 and end on May 27, 2021. We are planning to continue with our current schedule for the second semester. We will do our best to minimize disruptions to schedules; however, we have learned from past experiences that some changes are inevitable. We are continually evaluating both our in-person and virtual learning experiences and making adjustments as needed.


You will receive the email from the district tomorrow and we are asking that you make your selection by next Sunday at midnight. We will be calling families on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1st if you have not yet made your election. We need all elections finalized by December 2nd.


Please reach out to me with any questions regarding your options and how your selection may impact your family. Although we are off school Wed-Sun, I will be responding to emails in order to help you make the most informed decision.

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Pictures Arrive Tuesday!

If you ordered pictures they will be going home with your child on Tuesday. If your child is absent on Tuesday, or you are in the At Home program- you may come up to school Tuesday between 1:30-3:00 and 3:45-5:00 to pick up your pictures. Otherwise, At Home families may come in on Monday the 30th or Tuesday the 1st from 8:00-4:00.


If you were absent on Picture Day or would like to do retakes, our Picture Retake Day is December 15th. Please reach out with any questions.

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Information from the St. Louis County Department of Health

Because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, DPH may not be able to quickly contact every person who has tested positive or every person who is a close contact of someone who has tested positive. Therefore, it’s crucial that you know how to self-isolate and self-quarantine. The intent of a new order on isolation and quarantine is to assure that people who have COVID-19 immediately isolate themselves, and that people who have been exposed to COVID-19 immediately quarantine themselves. Isolation and quarantine are important components of a multi-layered strategy to prevent, limit, and contain the spread of COVID-19 in St. Louis County. Unsure what what some of these terms really mean? They are defined in the public health order as the following:

  • "Close Contact" is an individual who was within 6 feet of a Positive Person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset, or for asymptomatic Positive Persons, 2 days prior to the date of testing;
  • "Isolation" and "isolated" mean the separation of a Positive Person or of a Person Under Investigation from any other person;
  • "Quarantine" means the restriction of movement and separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to COVID-19 but who is/are not symptomatic from people who have not been exposed to COVID- 19;
  • "Self-isolate" means a person who has self-observed COVID-19 Symptoms separating themselves from others who are asymptomatic while seeking advice from a healthcare provider or DPH.

For Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to People with COVID-19 please click here. For Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 please click here and for the Third Amended Quarantine and Isolation Order its entirety please click here.

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Stay Healthy and Safe While We're Apart

To keep our schools open, it will require all of us working together and taking the necessary precautions. Please continue to be diligent about following safety protocols, including mask-wearing, physical distancing and staying home when sick. In addition, please be mindful of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break. Consider how your holiday plans can be modified to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep your family and friends safe. This plan can help minimize the spread of the virus.


Please remember, all KSD schools will be virtual Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1st. We will resume in-person learning on Wednesday, December 2.


Precautions and safety measures do make a difference and will give us the best chance of continuing to offer in-person learning. We can’t let our guard down. Thank you for your continued support and assistance as we continue to work together to meet our students’ needs.

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2020-2021 Pantry

When: Monday, November 23 with additional dates below

Time: 6pm - 7:30 pm

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church

1110 S. Glenwood Lane, Kirkwood, MO 63122

(Please use the Sanctuary Entrance located in front of the circle drive -- this entrance is handicap accessible)


  • MASKS MUST BE WORN INSIDE

  • Doors will open at 6 PM, not before

  • Families will enter the Sanctuary room (please be mindful of other families who are present and distance when possible)

  • There is a pass-through window to the kitchen. Families can approach the window one at a time and Trinity Church volunteers will “shop” for the items you request (this will help limit exposure for everyone)

  • A “Menu” of available items will be posted near the window

  • Quantities for each family will be limited, items are subject to availability

  • Food items offered (meat, frozen meals, bread, breakfast cereal, and limited quantities of milk, eggs, fruits, and vegetables)

  • There will also be household cleaning items as well as personal care items.

  • This month there will be THANKSGIVING meal offerings

  • If you are unable to make it to the pantry you may fill out this form and Robinson Cares volunteers will “shop” for you and deliver your items to your home

    • Form will be available November 15-November 22; Deliveries will be made November 23-24

  • Future Dates:

    • Friday, December 18, 2020

    • Thursday, January 14, 2021

    • Friday, February 19, 2021

    • Friday, March 19, 2021

    • Friday, April 9, 2021

    • Friday, May 21,2021

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Library Info & Updates


Our Virtual Book Fair will be open to shoppers from Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 13th. Orders of $25 or more ship free to your house! If you would like to purchase books for your child's classroom, please either reach out to the teacher for any specific requests or have your child choose one of their favorites to donate!


Feel free to share the shopping link with family and friends. All purchases will help the Robinson library purchase new books! Please use this link to shop beginning November 30th: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/georgerrobinsonelemschool1


Curbside pick up will resume for virtual families only on Friday, December 4th. Please continue to use either this Google form or have your child place books on hold after logging into their Destiny Discover account.

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Wellness Week November 30- December 4

  1. The KSD Wellness Committee invites you to Wellness Week. During the week of November 30-December 4, the Wellness Committee is planning a week focused on the important action to open up conversations and activities to help us grow and connect with our best self. From wellness-related events for school and home to online webinars and events, each theme is designed to help us to learn new ways to start incorporating the practice of wellness into our daily lives.

For more information, please visit kirkwoodschools.org/WellnessWeek and we will share more information and opportunities to participate next week!


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Please Join Us for the Robinson Winter Scavenger Hunt

Do you love Robinson and miss connecting with other families? Do you love a good challenge? Do you need an excuse to change things up from the COVID daily grind, well we’ve got just the event for you!

Please Join Us for the Robinson Winter Scavenger Hunt

Who: Robinson Families (YOUR FAMILY!)

What: Robinson Winter Scavenger Hunt

When: Saturday, December 12, 12-3pm

Where: Outdoors at Kirkwood Community Locations

OR at home - you choose what makes you feel safe!


The hunt is on! Wear Robinson red and masks as you complete at least 12 of 16 scavenger hunt challenges throughout the Kirkwood community or at home. Or “black out” your entire scavenger hunt board! This is an interactive, family hunt where you can access a link to a shared Google Photos album to share, view, like and comment on pictures/videos as families complete challenges in real time. After finishing the hunt, head to Robinson for the Hot Cocoa Final “Curbside” Pit Stop.


Detailed Instructions and Scavenger Hunt Challenge Boards will be shared via a google link closer to December 12th! Scavenger Hunt Boards can be viewed electronically or printed from home.


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STEAMFest Information

Kirkwood’s annual STEAMFest will happen this year, but protocol and timing are very different. This is due to Kirkwood adhering to The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair changes for 2021.


Our website has been updated with new information, new instructions, new forms, new calendar, and new deadlines that are much earlier than in years past. You can get started NOW!


Due to the new, shorter deadlines, no time extensions will be made for submitting materials this year. The application has been replaced with a Research Plan Form. Students can complete and submit that for pre-approval by January 13, 2021. The sooner it's submitted, the sooner it's approved.


Once students have received their approval, they can begin work on their virtual project and logbook. When completed, materials will be submitted no later than February 24, 2021.


On March 10, 2021, Kirkwood will share results via emails to students, on the district website, with all schools, and through social media. Qualifying projects will advance to the annual Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair for judging.


More details are available on our website. Just visit:

https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/domain/70

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PTO Information

Coats for Kids

Kids grow so fast and winter gear can get expensive. If you need winter gear for your children, please complete this form.

Coats for Kids


Families Helping Families

All funds raised will cover our annual initiatives which include the monthly food pantry, kids winter gear and essentials.

www.therobinsonshop.com


Get Involved

Want to be involved at Robinson? Plenty of opportunities that can fit everyone's schedules!

Robinson PTO Volunteer SignUp


PTO Fundraising

SO much looks different this year, including our fundraising. But there are still awesome ways to support our school and the families that make us great! Please visit https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/Page/9721 to learn more. We are so grateful for your continued support.