The NSC e-Newsletter

December 16, 2020

'Snow Days' Are Now Virtual Learning Days

Dear Normandy Families:

As the winter season is approaching, school districts are planning for those days when weather would typically be deemed unsafe to attend school. In the past we have had to cancel school due to unsafe road conditions and/or frigid temperatures.


This year, with our shift to remote learning as a result of COVID-19 mitigation, Normandy has the structure in place to provide remote/virtual learning to students on what would previously be considered a ‘snow day.’


On those days when we have severe weather, the district will communicate to families and media outlets that the district will have a remote learning day. Students will remain at home, but will login for classes as they typically would for remote learning. We are working with teachers to make sure students are ready to learn from home on those days.


Under extenuating circumstances (e.g., area internet or power outages), the district may need to cancel school altogether (no remote learning). We will use our normal communication channels (phone, email, text, social media, website) to inform families as to what the status will be -- remote learning or class cancellation.


If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or building principal.


Sincerely,

Marcus C. Robinson

Superintendent

Post-Holiday Return Plan Announced

Winter Break comes to an end and classes resume for Normandy students and staff on Monday, January 4.


To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 upon the return from the Winter Break, all Normandy students will be virtual (online) January 4-15, 2021.


  • On Tuesday, January 19, students who were attending class in buildings for 2020 will return to schools for in-person instruction. (Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.)


  • All other students will continue to take classes remotely.


If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or the building principal.

How's It Going? Complete the Virtual Learning Survey Today

Like many districts, Normandy has gone 100 percent virtual, with all students now attending classes via a laptop or other device. Never in this lifetime has this happened, but as a school district we are committed to making the best out of this situation. We want to know what can we do to make this a good experience for students, families and staff.


Below is a link to a ThoughtExchange survey. This type of survey asks respondents to share their thoughts, then rate the thoughts of others who take the survey. You do not have to rate every thought, but try to do at least five. This helps us have a better understanding of the responses and how to improve our offerings.


The survey will be open until Friday, Dec. 18.


Link to ThoughtExchange Survey: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/227305988


If you have questions, please contact Normandy Communications, info@normandysc.org. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

No Friday Early Dismissal for ELC & EleMiddles

Early Learning Center and EleMiddle school students will have a full-day of classes Friday, Dec. 18. No students will be dismissed early on Friday.

Families Can Receive District Communications Via Text Message

If families would like to receive district communications via text message, please text 'Y' or 'Yes' to 67587. Answer the question and you're in. Parents will be able to receive important district announcements on any mobile device. (Text messaging rates may apply.)


If you have any questions, please contact the Communications Department.

New Hours for Onsite IT Helpdesk

The Information Technology department has new hours for its onsite IT Helpdesk, beginning immediately. The hours are:


When:

2 p.m. to 6pm - Monday, Wednesday and Friday

8 a.m. to noon - Tuesday and Thursday


Where:

Normandy High School - North Hall

6701 Saint Charles Rock Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63133


PLEASE NOTE: The IT Helpdesk will be closed for Winter Break, Dec. 21-Jan. 1.

Sign Up Today for Virtual After School Program

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UMSL Accepting Applications for Free Literacy Tutoring

The University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Education is providing virtual literacy/reading tutoring for children in the St. Louis area. Applications will be accepted now through Dec. 21, 2020.


This is a free program with limited space. If accepted, children will participate in approximately 12 one-hour sessions via Zoom beginning in January and February 2021. The sessions will be held in the afternoon and evenings. The tutors will be graduate and undergraduate students from the UMSL College of Education.


Click below to see the flier.

Last Week for Grab & Go Meals

Families can pickup meals from the Normandy Grab & Go program 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday at select sites (see flier at left), now through Friday, December 18.


Don't forget -

  • There is no food pickup at Jefferson School. Families are free to pick-up meals at any of the other locations.
  • We also have the Friday Food Box giveaway on Friday at Normandy High School, 4 to 6 p.m.


The Grab & Go meal program will resume in January 2021.


For more information, see the graphic at left or visit the Food Access & Resources page at www.normandysc.org/return2learn

Friday Food Box Giveaway

Friday, Dec. 18th, 4-6pm

6701 Saint Charles Rock Road

St. Louis, MO

Free boxes of food will be distributed at Normandy High School. Just drive up and a volunteer will place the items in your vehicle. The food is available to all Normandy families and staff.

Winter Break

Monday, Dec. 21st, 12am to Friday, Jan. 1st 2021 at 11:45pm

3855 Lucas and Hunt Road

St. Louis, MO

The district will be closed for Winter Break, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021. Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Have a safe and restful holiday!
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