Weekly Family News | December 5, 2021
Keeping Our Kids Safe
- All exterior doors must remain locked during school hours
- Our front door is where visitors or late students must enter
- Only those with appointments/prior notice will be allowed in building using the main door
- Proper ID will be confirmed before allowing visitors in the building
- Checking exterior doors throughout the school day to make sure they are in lock positions and not propped open for any reason
- Students who appear to be despondent or agitated will be referred to administration and mental health professional
- Taking all threats of violence or rumors seriously and investigating appropriately
- Reminding staff and students not to open doors to visitors during the school day
- If you see something, say something
If you or your child learns of any suspicious behavior, please contact the main office immediately at 248-336-7610.
On Monday, December 6th, all staff will receive a Safety Presentation with reminders and pointers on how we keep our children and ourselves safe.
95% or Better Attendance
Key Kindness Kudos
Book Fair This Week!
A huge shout out goes to: Ms. Tienda (4th Grade), Ms. Rhodes (Library/Media Arts Teacher), & Ms. McCoy (Library/Media Arts Para-Educator) for making this an opportunity for our children!
School Culture ~ Great Things at Key!
Bulletin board created by our General Education Social Worker Mrs. Niedowicz. It gives students strategies on how to calm down.
Ms. Treece's 3rd Graders writing about why no one should eat their turkey!
Ms. Welch's students' work!
Ms. Thomas' (4th) students are "Harvesting Knowledge" about multiplication!
Mrs. Flowers' (4th) students wrote, edited, and published a writing piece about their "Best Trip Ever"!
What's Happening in our Schoolhouse?
- Thank you to Coach Z (PE Teacher) for volunteering to sponsor our boys mentoring group for 20 of our young men in grades 3-5! They had their first session this past Wednesday. Coach Z will talk with the boys about leadership, managing their emotions, getting along with others, and some lessons on sportsmanship! They will meet every Wednesday afternoon for 1 hour.
- Shout out to Ms. Taylor & Ms. Z in PreK/GSRP for engaging students in so many early learning skills such as name writing practice, recognizing colors, & letter recognition in one of their small group lessons this week! Students used Playdoh and dot paint to practice their fine and gross motor skills!
When is a student quarantined?
- If a student was identified as a close contact of a student who tested positive, the student will be quarantined for 10 days. Watch for symptoms and get your child tested. If your child tests positive, please notify the school.
When is a class quarantined?
- If a class has three positive COVID cases, that class will be on quarantine. You will be notified by the school if this occurs. Students will be quarantined for 10 days.
How will my child access instruction and classwork while on quarantine?
- If your child is quarantined, your child can access live instruction via Zoom. Your child’s Zoom links are posted in each teacher’s Google classroom. Your child’s assignments will be posted in Google classroom as well.
Watch for symptoms
- If your child exhibits any COVID symptoms, DO NOT send your child to school. Have your child tested for COVID using a PCR test. If your child tests positive, notify the school at 248-336-7610. If your child tests positive, your child will be on quarantine for 10 days. If your child tests negative they need to bring proof of the negative test to return to school.
- It's getting cold outside. Be sure to dress your children appropriately (heavy coat, gloves, boots, etc.). We still may have outdoor recess unless it is below 32 degrees.
- Please try not to drop off your child too early. They are cold. The doors do not open until 8:05am since school does not start until 8:15am.
- The change in weather also means that it is likely that our staff will not be outside some mornings to manage the car line. We will be standing right in the lobby to receive the children. We will go off the "honor system"...trusting that you are still completing our daily COVID screener (Clear to Go or the paper to send with your child).
Journey to Healing
They have free parent support groups and an emergency crisis helpline.
- *FREE* Parent Support Group every 3rd Wednesday (5:30-6:30pm) via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6497736518 -- Meeting ID: 649 773 6518
- *FREE* Children Emotional Healing & Grief Support, every 3rd Tuesday (4:30-5:30pm) via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6497736518 -- Meeting ID: 649 773 6518
- *FREE* Adult Emotional Healing & Grief Support, every 3rd Tuesday (5:30-6:30pm). Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/6497736518 -- Meeting ID: 649 773 6518
We Need Menfolk!
State of Emergency: Our Children are Underachieving
In reading, 91% of our children are 1 or more grade levels behind, 53% of them are 2 or more grade levels behind, and 19% (almost 100) of our children are 3 or more grade levels behind.
In math, 97% of students are at least 1 grade behind, 60% are at least 2, and 28% are 3 or more behind.
Let me be clear: THIS IS A STATE OF EMERGENCY.
We need more of you to engage with us. Provided below are the things we are asking parents to do at home to make sure that our children can read. Check in with your child's teacher for their IREADY information so they can practice at home, check in with the teacher for any other things you can do to support your child, and review their report card.
Addressing Parent Concerns
Please click the button to find our district's communication protocol. This provides info for parents to know who to call and when, if an issue arises.