🐬 Week of September 21, 2020

Hollinger's Island Elementary School

Welcome to our updated newsletter format! I will be sending these via email, as well as posting on our FB page and website. We are beyond excited about the process of transitioning students back to a face-to-face model. This newsletter is filled with information to make the transition as smooth as possible for our families, as well as what you need to know if you choose to continue with remote learning.

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Transitioning to Face-to-Face

  • The uniform policy is still in effect. However, it will be relaxed in that a uniform shirt, uniform pants (no jeans), and a belt (for grades 1 and up) are required. Remember, we transitioned to only red shirts for this year. Please see the link to the uniform policy. Also please refer to the posting/email sent from Central Office concerning uniforms.

Uniform Policy

Information posted by CO regarding uniforms and masks

  • We are excited to see many of our students return to the classroom! Please see below for the updated schedule for transitioning students back to the classroom.

Tentative Schedule for Students to Return

  • Please see the link below for a short PPt that provides necessary information for a smooth transition back to face-to-face learning. You will be receiving more information from both CO and HIES as we get closer to next week.

For Parents and Students- Return to School Plan

Virtual Title I Meeting and Open House

Please stay tuned for our Virtual Title I Meeting and Open House, coming soon!

Please be sure your child/ren are up and ready for school in order to sign into Schoology on time. This means dressed properly (i.e., shirt, proper pants/dress, etc.), fed, and free from distractions. We ask that parents remain out of the screen view as much as possible.

What else is happening?

  • The closing date on the iReady diagnostics is currently set for September 22. However, this could change due to missed days caused by Hurricane Sally. We will update you as we know more.

  • When your child takes the iReady diagnostics for reading and math, please do not assist them! We need baseline data to know the progress your child has made, as well as identify their strengths and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, the iReady program will meet your child where the diagnostic says they are, and will assign work on that level. As an example, if your child is actually performing on a first grade level, and you help them on a diagnostic and they score at a fourth grade level, then iReady will assign fourth grade work. Imagine how frustrating that would be for your child. So please please please- do not offer any help! This includes reading the questions.

  • If you were contacted about a hotspot, please pick it up asap, between the hours of 8 and 3. Call when you get to the school so someone can bring it to your car. FYI: we were not issued as many as we requested (by a third) so we began with the upper grades, and went down from there. Those not picked up in within two days of our return to school will be issued to families on the waiting list. If you are returning to face-to-face, you will return the hotspot at that time.

Is your child/ren's sleep schedule off? We cannot emphasize enough about the connection between good sleep and health. Here's an article that may help get them back on track!

COVID Mantra... :-)

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