Getting Ready for school update!
7/21/20 Anderson Elementary School - Digging In!
Over the next few weeks, I will be sending out as much information as I can to keep everyone informed and up to date. As you can imagine, there are many details to work through and I promise I will share and communicate as much as possible. Thanks for your patience as we prepare for another great year of learning. I do want you to know that I am confident we will be ready to welcome your child back to school and continue their learning journey. I'm so glad I can serve alongside an amazing team of educators and do all we can to join with you to educate and care for your children.
Below are a few popular questions I've been asked.
What will classrooms look and "feel" like?
- I’ve recorded a short video of a 1st-grade classroom that has been set up for learning. (see below) As you will see, that room is set up for 15 students. Some rooms are larger and can hold more, but I wanted you to see and get a "feel" for what the classroom setting will look like.
How will school supplies be used?
- Students will keep their own supplies and materials with them. No supplies will be shared. This includes math manipulatives and other hands-on materials. Students will be provided with the items they need in order to be successful learners. If you are choosing remote learning, you may want to wait until the teacher is assigned and can send out a specific list unique for remote learning students.
How will students know what to expect?
- Our elementary principal group will be working on developing videos to show students the expectations regarding handwashing, maintaining distance, wearing a mask, etc. For procedures and routines specific to Anderson, our staff will put together videos for students. All of these will be shared with families before the start of the year.
These next few months will be an adventure for all of us. We will need to model flexibility and resilience for our young students. I’m so glad we have such a strong partnership between our staff and our families. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Email from D303 with Helpful Links
Good morning District 303 Families,
Thank you for the feedback and questions regarding the reopening of District 303 schools. Attached to this message is a Reopen School Plan Guide that provides details of the instructional models being offered to families.
In this document you will find:
An overview of guidelines from the state
A detailed description of the instructional models being offered in District 303
Sample schedules for each module and grade level
Attendance and grading procedures
Expectations for students, families and staff members about remote learning
Health and safety precautions to keep everyone safe
In order to provide families with additional time to plan, we have extended the deadline for people to select a learning model to Friday, July 24. If you find that the choice you originally made for your child needs to be changed, you have the opportunity to do so by logging into the Student Attendance Selection form on our website or using your Home Access Center (HAC) credentials.
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the District 303 Reopen Schools website is regularly updated with the most current information. We continue to prioritize student and staff safety as we refine our plan for the 2020-21 school year. As always please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school or the district if you have any questions or concerns.
Classoom Supply Lists
The "Heart" of Anderson - from my last email but wanted to share again. :)
We look forward to welcoming your child back to school, either in person or via remote learning. I want to assure each family that we will be doing all we can to make sure COVID-19 does not take the fun out of Anderson. Of course, we will be following all of the important safety guidelines, but that won't take away the "Heart" of our school. We will have fun each day! We will celebrate hard work and learning! We will ensure that we are doing all we can to help our students feel connected to our school, and motivated to be their best. If remote learning is the best option for your child, we will, of course, do what we can to help them feel connected to Anderson, while also supporting the efforts of their new teacher, as they build a remote learning classroom community.
Thank you for all of your ongoing support for your child's learning and patience as we make plans and preparations for the start of this year.
We are all facing unique challenges during these times. Our Andeson Team is committed to helping ensure that your child's social/emotional and academic learning continues to improve as much as possible.
Please take a few minutes and fill out the online documents indicating what is the best option for your family. (D303 Student Attendance Selection form: In-Person or Remote Learning)
Excited and Motivated, Let's Dig In!
Also, hear about our new Theme of the Year. 2018-2019 Legos: Let's Build Together. 2019-2020 Rockets: The Sky's the Limit. 2020-2021 ???????? : ???????? Watch to the end of the video to find out our new theme this year! :)