September 14, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM MRS. LAPLANT
Hello Country Dale Families,
Thank you for helping us work through our first week with all students! There were a few bumps along the way, as expected, but I am extremely pleased with how well our students have acclimated themselves to in-person learning. You have done an outstanding job preparing your children for returning to school and that has allowed us to focus on teaching, learning and the social-emotional needs of our students.
As we settle into a new school year, please be patient with our after school dismissal as well as the arrival of buses. For families with children who ride a bus home, please know that the estimated time of arrival will likely not be accurate. Our average departure from school has been approximately 4:15 pm each day so keep that in consideration when planning for the arrival of your child(ren). So you are aware, we do share buses with other schools so if there is a delay on the previous route, it will impact our school as well.
If you pick up your children after school, please consider arriving at Country Dale as close to 3:55 pm as possible. Cars that arrive much earlier than this risk blocking traffic in front of our school which then prohibits the buses from pulling into our driveway, therefore, delaying their boarding process and ultimately their departure.
Fire Drill Thursday
We will practice our first fire drill of the year on Thursday, September 17th at 9:45 am. Please click here to see the letter associated with this drill.
Lost & Found
We still have many lost and found items leftover from last year. If you are missing something, please email email@example.com with a description of the item and a staff member will look for it. Any items that are not collected by September 18th will be donated.
This year we will be purging lost and found items more often so it’s important for children to keep close tabs on their belongings. It is also suggested that if possible, student items be labelled with the first and last name on it so that we can get it back to the student if it becomes lost.
SCHOOL PICTURES FOR IN-PERSON STUDENTS
When: Tuesday, September 15
Time: during the school day
School Pics is no longer sending home order forms for parents to fill out and return with their students. All orders will only be placed online.
Please click here to order your pictures online. Use the drop-down menu to select your school name.
SCHOOL PICTURES FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS
When: Tuesday, September 15
Where: Country Dale Elementary, Please enter the main office doors.
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm. ** must be signed up ahead of time - no walk-ins.
Click CD Sign-Up Genius link for families to sign up for a time to take class pictures.
Please remember to social distance when you arrive. More details will be coming soon.
All orders will only be placed online.
Please click here to order your pictures online.Use the drop-down menu to select your school name
ATTENDANCE PROCESS UPDATE FOR ALL SCHOOLS
HOLD THE PHONE! Literally!
As we prepare for the start of the school year, we want to alert all parents that Franklin is implementing a new attendance procedure due to the impact of COVID-19. When your child is unable to attend school for any reason, we ask that you fill out THIS FORM located as a button on the Home Page and “Parents Information” sections of your school’s website to report/excuse ANY absence. This form will require you to enter your child’s six-digit student ID number and birthdate before you can report your child absent. The form can be submitted from your phone or other mobile devices, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Responses to the items on this form will be used to enter, code, and track absences in our system. Student specific medical information collected by the form will remain confidential and only be shared within the health and nursing services team.
This form was designed to help us rapidly assess possible cases of COVID-19 so that we can mitigate the spread of the virus. After completing the form, you may receive a follow-up phone call from one of our health and nursing services staff with either follow-up questions or additional information.
To help families transition to this new system, we are still allowing parents to call in your child’s school’s absence line to report your child absent through October 2. As of October 5, this form is the only way you will be able to notify us of your child’s absence. When calling, please be as detailed as possible with regard to the reason your child is absent. If you call the school absence line, and your child is ill, it is likely that you will receive a follow-up phone call from a district staff member.
Parents will no longer be able to send an email to report their child absent.
We advise that you bookmark this form on your computer or make a home screen shortcut on your phone for quick access. The form is the same across the district and can be used for ANY type of absence.
If you have any questions, please contact your child’s principal.
ATTENTION 3RD & 4TH GRADE PARENTS
If your student already owns a recorder, book or both, your child’s music teacher will gather that information later in the year prior to recorder lessons.
NEW PROTOCOL FOR PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES
At Country Dale, we value the safety of all students and staff. Due to COVID-19, we are taking extra precautions in order to follow the social distancing guidelines provided by the Franklin Health Department. Please read this document carefully as these procedures are different from how we have done things in the past.
If someone other than you provides transportation to or from school, we ask that you share this information with them so they are also familiar with our procedures.
GIRLS' ROBOT BUILDING PARTY!
Bring a friend, make new ones, and build a robot with Girl Scouts - it's all FREE!
This event is for girls who are not currently enrolled in Girl Scouts in the Franklin area. Parents and caregivers are invited too! Get more information and RSVP to this virtual event at https://tinyurl.com/RBP-F-0917. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with a materials list and details on how to join Thursday, September 17 from 6 to 7 pm.
CUB SCOUTS MEETING SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 16TH
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Even in these uncertain times, we need groceries. Please take a moment to scan your grocery receipt using your Box Tops for Education app. Every Box Tops is worth $0.10 for Country Dale and it adds up!
Scanning is easy!!
download the Box Tops for Education app at the App Store
Sign up for Free
Enter Country Dale Elementary School
Start scanning! (Scan receipt within 14 days of purchase)
For more information, please visit www.BTFE.com
If you shop for groceries online, you can submit your email receipts from select retailers to earn Box Tops for Country Dale. Here’s how...
SIGN UP FOR BOX TOPS - Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account (you can create one via the Box Tops app or website)
FORWARD YOUR RECEIPT - Forward your email receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org using the same email that’s associated with your BTFE account
EARN FOR YOUR SCHOOL - Box Tops will be credited within 1 business day and you can view your earnings in the MY EARNINGS section of the app or YOUR ACTIVITY section of the website
For more information and a list of eligible receipts, please visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/emailgroceryreceipts. To redeem receipts for retailers not listed, please contact customer service via the Help section of the app.
Thank you for your participation during these uncertain times and stay safe & healthy!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PTO BOARD
Welcome to a new school year! One of our first items to our agenda for the year is to get families signed up for our directory. If you want to have your name in the PTO directory and want to receive that with the emails about PTO events, you must sign-up here - 2020-2021 PTO Directory. **The school is unable to give out student addresses or phone numbers**If you would like this information, for a birthday party, play date, etc., you will need to sign up for the directory at the beginning of the school year. Only the families that sign up will be included in the directory and will be able to get the directory.
You are able to fill out as little information if you are concerned about yours or your student's privacy. You must fill one out for each student every year.
Want to help out? Email us or drop into one of our virtual meetings to learn how you can help support our school for one hour, one day or the whole year long. We need your help and expertise, please consider volunteering and making our school great!
Our email is: email@example.com
A link to our meeting will be in the weekly school newsletter, the meetings are once a month on the second Tuesday at 5:30pm.
Though we may need to switch up some of our regular events, that doesn’t stop us from being the amazing school community that we are! Our PTO is working hard to revise our fall events and will keep you updated through the weekly newsletter and our email list.
Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions and we look forward to another great school year!