North Glendale Family Update

August 16, 2020

Good evening!

Although the start of the year is online, please know that we are ready to provide high quality opportunities for kids to build relationships, have fun, and engage in new learning. . We have listened to families feedback regarding learning in the spring and took opportunities this summer to build on and improve our teaching from last Spring.


I'd like to take the opportunity to share our first priority for our online learning: building strong relationships and incorporating social and emotional learning. We know our kids have really been impacted by the Spring closure, the limitations we all faced this summer and now starting school on line. We will take the time to get to know our kids well so they will feel comfortable opening up to us about support they might need.


Because of the pandemic and the closure last year, the district has purchased additional assessment tools which will help teachers to identify skill gaps and receive targeted lessons to build their lagging skills. All students will need additional support of some type during the first nine weeks (reading, math, social emotional, etc). Our team of interventionists, including academic and social emotional staff, may be reaching out to you to schedule time with your child. It truly takes a village and we are so fortunate to have so many dedicated, hard working, and positive people in our village who will do whatever it takes to reach and support each child.


Of course our hope is that we get to return to school in person quickly. The district will continue to monitor and follow all health guidelines to ensure a safe return to the building. We look forward to serving our families and engaging students in a fun and memorable school year. This will definitely be one for the record books and one that I know that I will never forget.


As always, please reach out to me if I can be of service or support.

Jennifer Sisul

Class Lists

Classlists will be sent to families from your classroom teacher

TOMORROW, MONDAY AUGUST 17TH BY NOON.


As you have heard me say this summer, the class list puzzle has been a whole new ballgame in light of the pandemic! We have had daily enrollments and drops as families decide what is best for their kids. In addition, we provided an opportunity for families of twins to opt to have their kids together and have had to consider alphabetic balance of classes in case we move to a hybrid schedule. We were not able to take into account any requests regarding learning pods.


Many voices and minds are always involved in this process and as I do not know the kids yet, I found myself as an impressed observer. The staff of NG know every student so well ~ the placements we have landed on were all done with a great deal of thought and care.


As is the practice at NG (and has always been mine as a Principal)

we will not make changes to classists.

Grade Level Meet and Greets!

We will have to be socially distant, but let's try and get in some face time before school starts! You will receive details about your grade levels plans for a meet and greet in your teachers' communication tomorrow but here are the dates:


KINDERGARTEN:

Monday August 24

10:00 am-12:00 pm or

4:00-6:00 pm


1ST GRADE:

Tuesday August 25

10:00 AM-1:30 pm


2ND GRADE:

Saturday August 22
9:00-10:00 am OR

Monday August 24

8:30-9:30 am


3RD GRADE

Monday August 24

4:00-6:00 pm


4TH GRADE

Tuesday August 25

8:30-9:30 am OR

5:30-6:30 pm


5TH GRADE

Tuesday August 25

3:30-5:00 pm


All events will be outside and spread out ~ hence the need for separate times per grade level.

iPad Pick Up for Kids in Grades 1-5th Who are NEW to NG

Mrs. McDonald will be in the NG Pavilion (Chelsea side of the building) from 10:00-1:00 on Friday August 21.


Stay in your car ~ she will come to you ~ and please wear a mask. :)


Not able to drive thru? No worries, we will connect and get your iPad to you before August 26th.


Kindergarten families, your kids will receive their iPads at their scheduled meet and greet.

SAVE THE DATE!

Our first PTO meeting of the school year will be September 15 at 6:30 via zoom.

Please join us!

Free and Reduced Lunch Information and Application

For more information about the Free and Reduced Lunch program, please visit our Food Services website. If you need a hard copy for the Free/Reduced lunch application, please send an e-mail to Monica.mercer@kirkwoodschools.org requesting one and include your mailing address. A hard copy will be mailed to you.


Please note that all these forms may be emailed directly back to shanon.orelup@kirkwoodschools.org, may be dropped off at our front office, or may be mailed to:


Kirkwood School District

Attn: Shanon Orelup

11289 Manchester Rd

Kirkwood MO 63122


All information and inquiries will remain confidential.


Letter to Parents

Application Instructions

Application

District FSM Policy for Meal Charges

Parent MO HealthNet Request for Info

Public Release

KSD N.O.W. - Nutrition on the Weekends: Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

Kirkwood School District offers the KSD N.O.W. program to supply an array of nutritious, non-perishable meals and snacks for children experiencing food insecurity over weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. During the 2020-21 school year, boxes will be distributed to families at their homes via delivery in a discrete and caring manner once per month.


If you wish for your child(ren) to participate in the program, please complete the online form. Only one form is needed for all the school-aged children in your family, but please include information for each child on the form. This information is kept confidential between KSD N.O.W. and your child’s school.


Once your child is signed up, they will receive boxes of food each month of the school year or until you no longer wish to participate. KSD N.O.W. operates with a first come, first served model. If your form is received after the capacity has been reached, you will be placed on a waitlist.


If you have any questions or need a paper form, please contact program coordinator Emilie Lytton at ksdnow@kirkwoodschools.org. All inquiries will remain confidential.

Thank you.


If you have unmet food needs for your family, including older children, babies, or toddlers, please contact KirkCare at 314-965-0406 or dial 2-1-1 for referrals to food banks and social services in your area.


In order to receive support through KSD N.O.W. for the 2020-21 school year, please complete the online registration at https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/KSDNOWRegistration.


ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE IN KSD N.O.W. Students who currently participate will not automatically be re-enrolled.

Meet Ups with Mrs. Sisul!

I am going to begin offering times to "socially-distantly" meet as many NG kids (and their adults!) as possible. Even though we are starting the school year online we are still the NG family!


I am not posting any sign ups for the week of August 24 ~ the first week of school! We will be having grade level meet ups and I'd like us all to get a few days of school under our belts. I will post times for the week of August 31, next week!


Sign Ups for the Week of August 17


I will continue to post sign ups every Sunday, even after school starts. If you would prefer I come to you, I am happy to do so! Just reach out separately and we will find a time.


In order to accommodate as many kids as possible, the visits will be short and sweet and will probably include the obligatory popsicle and selfie!

Schoology Reminder

Monday, August 17, 2020, look for an email from news@kirkwoodschools.org that will provide a Schoology log-in code for parents. Please take a moment to create/sign in to the parent Schoology account. Parents need to have a parent Schoology account to receive important messages related to your child's learning. You may share this code with anyone supporting your child's learning.



If you do not receive this e-mail, it is because you have an activated Schoology account. If you can't remember your username and password, please visit the Schoology website to reset your password.


As noted in the 8/13 eSpotlight we heard you from the Spring and have established universal Schoology structures for teachers. We have therefore established universal (required) Schoology structures to use with Kirkwood students (K-12) in the year ahead. We hope this helps keep your virtual learning straight!


Please note: Student courses will not be viewable until Monday, August 17. Courses become active on the first day of school.