GRASSY CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL September 4, 2020
Every ten years, everyone living in the United States – regardless of immigration status – is counted in the census. The count is used to distribute power at every level of government and distribute more than $675 billion each year to communities across the nation. Participating in the census is a civic duty – much like voting – and is confidential and simple to complete.
The census is important. From school boards to the U.S. House of Representatives, the census is used to distribute power – and resources – to the people. The 2020 Census will determine how much federal funding our community receives for education, healthcare, housing, transportation, emergency services, and more. Every person counted in the census means more money for programs that support MSD Warren Township, our students, and you – their families. The census supports all children, helping them meet challenging state academic standards and have a well-rounded education.
The census is safe. By federal law, individual responses to the census are confidential for 72 years and cannot be shared with anyone, including law enforcement, immigration, tax agencies, or even the President of the United States. Your information is private and cannot be used against you.
The census is easy. Completing the census for your household should only take about ten minutes and is simpler than ever to do. Your household should have received a form by mail earlier this year, but if you’ve misplaced it don’t worry! You can still respond by calling [English version: (844) 330-2020/Spanish version: (844) 468-2020] or online at my2020census.gov.
The census’s deadline is approaching. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census was extended earlier this year until September 30, 2020. The date your household will reference when completing your census is April 1, 2020. Make sure you count everyone who was residing in your household on this date, including roommates, extended family, friends, and – of course – children!
Please help support our school and community by completing your 2020 Census today. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, YOU COUNT!
All students received a washable face mask at school We have extras should a child need another in the future. Remember, washing masks daily is important!
TIPS TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO WEAR A FACE MASK:
- Talk about it - Empower them by sharing how wearing a face mask gets them involved in the fight against COVID-19. Remember, wearing a face mask helps to slow the spread of the virus!
- Make sure you are wearing a face mask, too - this will let your child know they are not alone and that you, too, are doing your part to slow the spread of the virus.
- Put a face mask on their favorite stuffed animal or toy - share photos of other kids wearing a mask. Showing kids like them or having their favorite toy wear a face mask will help to normalize this change.
- Remind them not to touch their masks - keeping hands away from their face will help prevent the transfer of germs from hard surfaces to their masks.
- Washing hands is key to slowing the spread - encourage your child to wash their hands before applying and removing their mask.
Special Reminders from Nurse Springer
In order for our school to be in compliance with the state laws regarding immunizations, please make sure that your student(s) have their updated information on file with Mrs. Springer. All student vaccines must be on file and up to date by September 21, 2020 to avoid exclusion. Letters were sent home with in-person students and mailed to the home for virtual students this week. Please make Mrs. Springer aware of any upcoming appointments for vaccines, or if there are any medical or religious objections to your student receiving his or her vaccines
Also, PLEASE inform Mrs. Springer of any chronic health conditions that the school should be made aware of, and that your student's medical emergency information is up to date.
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VIRTUAL STUDENT UPDATES
In an effort to support families and teachers, families need only contact their virtual teacher and their home school for support. If in doubt, contact your teacher and they will support your needs. For the week of Labor Day, the teacher will send you the alternate schedule.
Please ensure your family can log into Canvas. Canvas is the only way that building administrators can inform families when the teacher is out.Students can log into Canvas using their google email and password. If you don’t have it, please ask your teacher today.
How To Log Into Canvas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-5sWZODhY8&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=CanvasLMS
Virtual 1st-6th students are being given the opportunity to engage in NWEA testing between September 14th - September 25th. Below are a few parent resources that will come in handy:
NWEA Remote Testing Guidance for Parents/Caregivers - https://docs.google.com/document/d/167qNVHRPwMG0lnL3-fCiHWid0bwTUUyTaDtVP1uTQdg/edit
NWEA Remote Testing Guidance for Parents/Caregivers (Parent Facing) SPANISH - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zfDYSyTdLXEfkbgrK8iF6MEzxrjz2kJekMdAOoFPuro/edit
NWEA Accommodation Guidance (Parent Facing) - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Y6RacXQUNmWOv_TYe8SA3CuU4aip08emlzI5VRxTj0Y/edit
NWEA VIRTUAL Accomm Parent/Caregiver Guidance (SPANISH) - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FUHC29uzUbNko-AMJupGao4sfP614xTat3Hm9i4wu04/edit
Directions for Administering the NWEA Practice Assessment on the iPad; September 2020 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U5sdU6fg4NDKGyqP5QvRnVtG2TQ8APEW01jtWrucFjg/edit
If you are having tech issues, please contact the help desk.
On a typical week, Kindergarten and First Grade are half day (AM or PM), while Grades 2-6 attend full days twice a week. (Schedules below)
- Students will participate in Academic Enrichment Day each Friday.
- The week of Labor Day is not a typical week.
Please be on-time for each meeting and log-in with your first and last name. Also, please follow the teacher’s expectations for camera-use.
Please read your virtual emails as the teacher will keep you informed of the schedule and important details.
Please attend all Zoom meetings throughout the day.
Our breakfast and lunch distribution for all VIRTUAL students will continue to be Tuesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 - 9:30 at Moorhead Community Resource Center. Also, we have added Tuesday evenings from 4:30-6:00 as an additional distribution time. I would also like to remind our 6-12 students that we are offering a take home meal for your VIRTUAL Application Day.
We encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher anytime! Please use this link from our school website to find email addresses and extensions. We want to partner with you!