The Fairview Connection
October 2, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS
Dear Fairview Families,
I know for many of you, this has been a stressful week leading up to making a decision about whether to opt for the hybrid or remote option for your children. There really is so much to think about when making this important decision, and I appreciate your thoughtful consideration and reflection along the way. I have had the privilege of speaking to dozens of parents this past week about the pros and cons of these options while answering the many good questions that have come up through the process, and I just want you to know that I appreciate how thoughtful and analytical you are being in making a choice for your child. If there are still questions that you are struggling with, feel free to reach out to me, as I am truly happy to help. If you haven’t done so already, please take some time today to complete the enrollment survey by using the PIN and link provided to you in emails from the district by the end of the day as the survey closes tonight at midnight.
To give you a glimpse of some of the next steps we will be taking as a school once the survey closes, here are some highlights. Early next week, the front office team, Mrs. Durkan, and I will be reaching out to families in the event that there are still some surveys that have not been completed. After finalizing our numbers, we will analyze how many sections of remote learning and hybrid learning will be needed at each grade level, and teachers will be assigned as either remote or hybrid teachers. Once teacher assignments have been made, we will generate updated class lists, keeping families on the same schedule across both Fairview and Westbrook and attempting to honor as many AM/PM and “stay with the current teacher” requests as possible. At this point we will also make needed class changes if the parent preference and teacher assignment do not match and will balance out our class sizes, attempting to keep students with their current teacher as much as possible. We will communicate teacher assignments as soon as we can, though we anticipate the process described to take a few weeks. We will also be creating a new special area schedule to reflect our new building and class schedules. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but are up for the challenge!
With the change in learning model forthcoming, the district also has some updates related to Kids Corner that was posted on the website this week. Kids Corner registration for Westbrook, Fairview, and Lions Park is currently closed. The Kids Corner Program will reopen for new students on Monday, November 9 with new hours from 7:30 am - 11:30 am and 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm to coincide with new in person learning times and remote learning times. The Kids Corner program will remain a safe supervised place for the remote learning portion of the child's school day in addition to some quiet activities and play time. Once the students' academic placements are known a new registration window will open for Kids Corner towards the end of October. More information will be provided to families when registration reopens. If you have already been participating in the Kids Corner program, you will have priority placement when the school district moves to a hybrid model, but do note the time changes listed above.
As we prepare for the return to Fairview for some students, it will be very helpful to start talking to your child about various aspects of their school day. We will have an instructional video to share with them toward the end of October/early November that will provide specific information related to learning at Fairview, however, in the meantime, we will provide some tips for discussion along the way. For this week, I encourage you to watch one of these videos provided by the CDC with your children about proper handwashing. We will be having students wash their hands upon arrival and just before departure from Fairview each day and each time they leave and come back into the classroom during the school day for any reason. In light of this, it is important to review what proper handwashing entails. Thank you for your support on this matter!
I hope you all have a restful and enjoyable weekend, and I thank you once again for all of your ongoing support for our students and community.
Our contactless library book check out system is going well. See the directions on how your student can check out books from Fairview's LRC.
FROM NURSE BRUNNING
Since the muscles around the eye can fatigue like any other muscle and we tend to blink less when we are reading a screen, staring at a screen for a long period of time without taking breaks can cause eye fatigue, blurry vision, and dry eyes. It is difficult to limit screen time during a pandemic, but here are some tips to minimize these problems:
Do your best to maintain balance between the digital and real world by encouraging your child to exercise for 60 minutes per day. In addition to being healthy for your child’s body overall, this gives your child’s eyes a chance to focus on other things than a screen.
Make sure your child gets enough sleep and avoids screens one hour before bedtime. Elementary school students should sleep around 9-11 hours every night.
Encourage your child to take breaks. Set an alarm to follow the 20/20/20 rule. Look away from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Blink extra during breaks and consider using moisturizing eye drops or a humidifier.
Position the screen slightly below eye level and keep a distance of approximately 2 feet from desktop devices.
Use a larger font size to reduce strain.
Position computers so that light from windows or lamps don’t shine directly on the screen to prevent glare and decrease the brightness setting of the screen. Discuss with your optometrist if computer glasses would be recommended. These types of glasses have orange lenses that reduce glare or anti-reflective coating can be added to prescription glasses. Shades that attach to the screen are also an option.
Get regular vision screenings. Children who have blurry vision often do not communicate this to parents. Vision problems are often diagnosed during a routine eye exam.
Supporting children with remote/hybrid learning mini meeting. Please see flyer for more information.
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LUNCH/SNACK ORDERING REMINDERS FROM QUEST
The entire district now has the capability to order lunch and a la carte items off of a new ordering platform.
• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.
• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.
• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.
• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.
• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10am - 12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week
• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School
• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School
• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at email@example.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com
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Una Durkan, Assistant Principal
Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328