Family Newsletter February 5 , 2021

Dear StepUP Families,

It is so hard to believe that we are already into February and almost to spring flowers! We are excited that we have been able to expand our LIPI services and that we are able to see students more frequently in preparation for February 22nd when we get to start seeing students all day. Please make sure you are keeping up with the updates from the district and from your student's home campus (if your student is Kindergarten through 12th grade, you will get information from their home campus as well as from StepUP, if your student is in Transition, you will only get information from StepUP). It is important that you look at all of the information because when we get to February 22nd, the schedules will be different for students depending on their grade levels. If you have any questions, please reach out to your classroom teacher so they can describe what your student's schedule will be. We would rather have you reach out to the teacher for clarification, than describe all of the different schedules here and cause more confusion.

We are so thankful for each and every one of our students and families and our partnership to best serve students. Thank you for all you do, please let us know if there is anything you need, or if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Karen Mitchell




  • February 15th - No School - Presidents Day
  • February 22nd - all students return in hybrid format, also first day of second semester for Elementary students
  • March 1st -Elementary begins all students attend, Transition begins all students attend M, T, Th, F
  • March 12 - No School Secondary only - Teacher Prep Day



Greetings Transition Students and Parents:

Starting Monday, February 8, 2021, we welcome all students accessing LIPI to come Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Program hours remain the same, open 8:40 - 10:40 AM. If you ride a bus, your pick up and drop off times are the same. Sack lunches will be available each day of LIPI. If you have not been in person and are interested, please connect with Kate or Liz.

With the exception of First Aid/CPR class offered on Tuesdays, all online CDL classes will be held on Wednesdays. For attendance and engagement purposes, all students will be enrolled in all online classes. In addition, our LIPI will have a live feed in the classroom for students to participate from home. The live feed will not be recorded. We will continue to record online courses, so you can engage in learning at a time that works for you.

Need something different than the two options described, no problem. Please contact your case manager to customize a schedule you are interested in and willing to commit to until Spring Break. A reminder to all students and parents, Transition is a program of choice. Whatever you choose to engage in, the expectation is to be present with a positive attitude, willingness to participate, and commitment to make your life better. Not all experiences may be appealing to you, but how you manage the effort demonstrates responsible appropriate mature adult behavior (RAMA). Reality is, we all have to do things that are challenging or may not be of interest to us. Please make the most of what we have to offer. It is the best way to ensure you are living your best life as a young adult and taking advantage of the short time we have with you in Transition. Still not sure of what to do, a pause on Transition is okay too. Kate and Liz will be connecting with all students and parents to support you. Be well.

Transition students in LIPI class this week learning about how to reduce waste.

4-7 NEWS:

The 4-7 classroom has had another great week of LIPI groups! Starting next Tuesday (2/9) we will begin supporting our students in their online classes during LIPI! Middle schoolers will be switching to periods 1, 3, and 5 beginning next Monday. We hope that by supporting them in person it will make the transition into a new set of classes easier. Please remind your student to bring their chromebook, charger, and headphones with them to group. We look forward to another great week!

Students from 4-7 planting seeds in our new indoor garden in the basement!


Students from 7UP planting seeds in our indoor garden in the basement!

Cooking class this week in 7UP, they made yummy oreo truffles!

How do I sign up for text updates from Redmond School District?

You can receive text alerts about upcoming school events, attendance notifications, inclement weather delays and emergency notifications. To opt in, text “Y” or “Yes” to the number 67587 using the mobile phone number on file at your student’s school. You can opt out of these messages at any time by replying to one of our messages with “Stop”


We invite you to join us for a Person-Centered planning webinar, this Thursday at 4pm on zoom. We will discuss the purpose and value of Person-centered planning and the elements of building an effective plan. Attendees will learn how to develop a person-centered plan as a tool to share with PSWs, educators, and others working with your loved one. Use this tool to introduce your child, their strengths and what works for them, which will be especially important as your loved one re-enters community life post-COVID.


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Should I send my student to school? See the flowchart below. Let us know if you have any questions.

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Covid-19 Symptoms

In the graphic below, there is a list of symptoms of COVID 19 (missing the loss of taste and smell) in relation to other illnesses. With some of these symptoms, we may often think we just have a cold or the flu, but these are also symptoms of COVID. In an effort to keep our schools safe we are required to exclude (keep students and staff home) for symptoms of COVID, even if we think it may be something else. This is due to the fact that we have no way of telling if the symptoms are related to COVID or another illness, and we are required to err on the side of caution. If you have any symptoms, or your student has symptoms, please call us and let us know so that we can determine if your student is able to attend school in person. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school.


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