August 20, 2020
Mrs. Walters' News
Dear Bushnell Elementary Families,
We’ve been working furiously to get ready for the start of the school year. Thank you for being so patient with us as we work through our new normal. Our theme this year is BETTER TOGETHER! Even though school will feel a little different this year, I’m confident it’s going to be the best year yet!
As principal of Bushnell Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to an exciting new year of learning and growth! We are eagerly anticipating our classrooms and hallways filled with enthusiastic young learners- socially distanced of course! It is our mission to not only begin to develop lifelong learners, but to mold our students into amazing citizens using our Bear Necessities of Respect, Responsibility, and Safety.
Below you will find more specific information regarding the beginning of the year:
First Week of School Schedule:
Tuesday, August 25th: Virtual Meet the Teacher (details from your teacher)
Wednesday, August 26th: Red Group, 1st day of School!
Thursday, August 27th: White Group, 1st Day of School!
Friday, August 28th: No school
Student Class Placements
Class placement will be shared via email on August 21st by 5:00 pm. Due to privacy laws, class lists will no longer be posted publicly.
School Safety Procedures and COVID-19
There will be a lot of different procedures in place this school year to help keep our students as safe as possible. Keep in mind, this pandemic has been one we have never experienced before. As we get into the groove of the school year and we get all students on campus these procedures may change.
QR Code for parents/students
Every morning we are asking parents to fill out the QR code (below) for your child.
Drop off times have changed! Doors open at 8:35 (this is a change from years past). If you arrive early, please sit in your car and wait until 8:35. When the doors open your child can go right to class. If your child rides a bus, the buses will be dismissed one at a time to allow for proper social distancing.
We have altered the time that students can enter the building. Students will not be allowed to play on the playground in the morning due to social distancing risks. That would be too many children on the playground at the same time. Instead, they will be going straight to their classrooms. Parents will drop their student(s) off at the curb and staff will assist them into the building. Parents will not be allowed in the building at this time. Please see map below for traffic flow.
Lunch and Recess
All students will be eating lunch in their classrooms while being supervised by an adult. Your child can bring in lunch from home or order school lunch. They will also get a 30 minute recess time before their lunch. The playground is zoned into 7 different areas so cohorts/classes can stick together throughout their day. Kids will play with their own class in different zones throughout the week. The same is true for our afternoon recess as well.
This time has also been altered to allow for proper social distancing. Dismissal time will start at 3:13 (in the past this was 3:33). Parent pick up and bus dismissal will be happening simultaneously and staggered as much as possible.
End of Day Pick Up: If you plan on picking up your child from school, you may do so anytime between 3:13 and 3:33. You will retrieve your child from the outside door of your child’s classroom (in the past this was the gym). This will mean parking your car in the lot, walking (with mask on please) to the door and checking out your child from there. Please practice social distancing during pick and be patient. Check out the map below to locate the outside door for your child’s teacher.
If you (or another adult) are picking up your child, it is important that you call the office to let us know. We are trying to limit the number of adults in the building, so phone calls are much appreciated.
For Bus Dismissals: Bus students will remain in the classroom until their bus animal is called over the intercom, in a staggered fashion. We will load one bus at a time. Our hope is that if we start dismissal early, buses can leave on time. Facial coverings must be worn on the bus at all times. Just a reminder to always call or email the office for any transportation changes. We need all changes by 2:30 as the latest to make sure we get your child where they are supposed to go.
Other important reminders:
Facial coverings are mandatory in all areas of the building. Students will be provided mask/facial covering breaks throughout the day. They will also be allowed to take facial coverings off while eating and on the playground IF they can properly social distance.
Throughout the year, we will be teaching lessons on proper mask use and hygiene. We will be washing our hands and the surfaces we work at frequently. Please help reinforce this at home.
Meet Your Teacher! Tuesday August 25th
All Classroom teachers will be sending out invitations to have an introductory virtual meeting or phone call with their students. Look for more information in their welcome letters coming this weekend!
Our school office is now open from 8:00-3:30! Call us at 987-2650 if you have questions or address updates. Our office is well staffed by Mrs. Jennifer Haywood and Mrs. Kathi Thomas, our spectacular administrative assistants!
Welcome New Staff!
Joining our staff this year is Collen Paiz for music. We also have 3 staff members, Angie Christians, Rochelle Cummings, and Tara DeRuiter who will start the year teaching virtual classes. We are still working through some paraeducator staffing and as soon as we know those individuals, I will introduce them as well!
Bus routes will be posted soon on the Lowell Schools website: www.lowellschools.com. If you have address changes or questions, please contact our transportation office at 987-2540. Also, if your child will be dropped off or picked up at a location other than your home (daycare, YMCA, etc.) please call to let our transportation office know.
First Day of School Parent Homework
Parents will have homework the first week of school! Please completely read and fill out all paperwork your child receives on their first day of in person instruction. Our goal is to have all paperwork returned to school by Thursday September 3rd. Thank you in advance for your help! Please remember that all incoming kindergarten students MUST have all enrollment paperwork completed to attend the first day of school.
Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast will be available from our lunchroom and will be taken back to classrooms to eat. Breakfast is $1.10 and lunch is $2.30. Free/Reduced lunch applications can be completed at this site: www.lunchapp.com. Please check the District website for lunch menus, account information, and other food service information.
A medication consent/instruction form MUST be completed by the parent and physician BEFORE any medications can be administered to a child during the school day. Forms are available in the school office or online.
Attendance Line Number- 987-2675
The attendance line is available 24 hours a day. Please report ALL student absences (tardy, illness, vacation, appointments, etc.)
Lowell Area Schools App and Bushnell News
We will be posting newsletter updates, important dates, pictures, and general Bushnell news on our Bushnell facebook page and twitter accounts. Please add these to your feed so you can be up to date on what’s happening at Bushnell! Also, please sign up for our Lowell Area Schools App! You can find a lot of important information about our district including events, athletics, news, closings and more. Search for “Lowell Area Schools” in your app store. For school closing information you can also call our weather hotline at 987-2520.
I know this is A LOT to process. I am always interested in hearing from you and happy to help! These first few years of school are important and I look forward to partnering with all of you and your children! Please don’t hesitate to call if you ever have concerns or questions. See you soon!
Mrs. Erin Walters
Bushnell Elementary Principal