Summer Update Edition - June 26, 2020
It's been a busy couple of weeks on campus! I am determined to enjoy some of this beautiful summer night in the backyard so please forgive my brevity in this email. I did want to send a few updates your way because I know many of you are sensing the 2020-21 school year approaching. Trust me, we know the feeling! :)
- The library is currently being remodeled into Mrs. Sposato's 3rd grade classroom.
- Mrs. Lutz has moved into Mrs. Fadeji's office until the new library is complete on the lower level of the admin building.
- Mrs. Law's 2nd grade classroom is receiving a fresh coat of paint this week.
- Exterior siding is being replaced, interior floors are being waxed, and the entire campus has been scrubbed down by a team of amazing custodians who were with us for 2 weeks.
- The multi is filled with new science curriculum awaiting staff and students to put materials to good use.
- 4 new picnic benches have arrived and will be put together in a couple weeks for student enjoyment.
- Last night we held the first of three virtual parent meet-ups for incoming TK and K families.
- 4 of our teachers are serving on the District Distance Learning Committee which has met over 13 times since school got out in June.
- 14 members of Team Penn have been meeting multiple times a week to plan the logistics for all things 2020-21! Schedules, in-school learning, distance learning, safety, 1st week kick off, parent outreach, logistics, you name it, we're planning it!
- Our new PTA Board is gearing up for a creative and new kind of year.
- A team of 32 met at Penngrove last week to hear updates from the District on how we plan to move forward with the Sonoma County Road Map to Re-opening Schools. This team was comprised of classified and certificated employees, parents, site and district administrators from both Cherry Valley and Penngrove.
- Numerous audits and inventory have taken place and we never thought we'd be counting so many sinks, chairs, and single desks!
I'm SURE I am missing tons of details but one thing you should know is this is not our average summer! We're currently planning two models of school which we haven't ever done before:
- Distance Learning 2.0 as we're calling it
- In-school learning aka the hybrid model
Just this week, new legislature gave us even more to digest and plan for when it comes to learning for 2020-21. In the coming days, as we seek to clarify some of the guidelines, we'll be able to make some big strides and communicate those with our families. For now, I want to thank you all and let you know how much I appreciate your trust and patience.
Be healthy and happy,
- student/teacher interactions will be more frequent and longer
- teachers will be teaching new content daily in a variety of formats
- students will be assessed regularly
- student attendance will be monitored and reported daily
- a continued commitment to the social-emotional well being of all our students
- a much higher academic demand than you likely felt/saw in the spring
We can do this!