Robert Hunter Report

Oct. 18, 2020

Robert Hunter Elementary School

Mrs. Sherri Glaab, Principal

Mrs. Jessica Braynor, Vice Principal

Oct. 18, 2020

Dear Robert Hunter families,


We had a successful week with our Cohort A Hybrid students! It was great to see so many smiling faces (yes we can see them even with masks!) in classrooms and outside the building taking advantage of the beautiful fall weather. It is also great to see all of the creative instruction and meaningful learning experiences that are taking place virtually! Our teachers are AMAZING and are working so hard to navigate through challenges and support the needs of RH children!


We know that Halloween is approaching and with it a reminder of school traditions. Halloween will look different at RH this year. However, we still want to celebrate and share in special experiences together! We encourage Cohort A to wear their costumes on Oct. 30th and Cohort B to wear their costumes on Nov. 2nd (Hybrid as well as Virtual for both dates.) Students should come to school in their costumes and will remain in the costumes for the day. Please opt for a costume that is comfortable to wear all day. For the safety of our school community, masks must be worn in addition to costumes all day.


Unfortunately, no visitors will be allowed in the building for any celebrations and we are unable to have our traditional parade this year. We are looking into the possibility of a virtual parade for students to see each others’ costumes! Although homeroom parents are unable to be in the building, they are encouraged to reach out to teachers regarding any special activities for the day.


Please note that next Tuesday, Oct. 20th is an “early dismissal” for staff professional development, so there will be no live Zoom classes on this day after 1:20. Students on their White Week will not have their afternoon Zoom classes with their homeroom teacher.


Please remember that our book fair is ongoing until Oct. 25th! Also, if you haven’t done so already, please sign up for drive-through pictures - taking place Friday and Saturday!


Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to reach out with feedback and questions.


Warm Regards,

Mrs. Glaab and Mrs. Braynor

This week's calendar:

Oct. 19th - Cohort A White Week, Cohort B Blue Week (Hybrid in school)

Oct. 20th- Cohort A White Week, Cohort B Blue Week (Hybrid in school), No Live Zooms after 1:20

Oct. 21st - Cohort A White Week, Cohort B Blue Week (Hybrid in school)

Oct. 22nd- Cohort A White Week, Cohort B Blue Week (Hybrid in school)

Oct. 23rd- Cohort A White Week, Cohort B Blue Week (Hybrid in school), School Pictures

Oct. 24th- School Pictures

Drop-off and Pick-up

In order to ensure the main road is clear and arrival/dismissal runs efficiently, we have a change in the traffic pattern for our drop-off/pick-up line:


If the parking lot is full, enter through the second driveway. Proceed through the second driveway, enter the staff parking lot, and make an immediate right. The cars will line up through the lot in a double lane as a staging area and then loop into the main driveway and be able to link onto the pick up/ drop off lane closest to the building. As a reminder, please ensure children are ready in the back seat on the passenger side of the car with book bags ready and masks on. For families with younger students, please practice having children get into and out of the car independently.


Also, please remember to email your child’s teacher, Wendy Chambers, (wchamber@frsd.k12.nj.us) and Robyn Bennett (rbennett@frsd.k12.nj.us) if you are picking up your child. We ask that you email in lieu of sending in paper notes.

Materials Pick up

Beginning this Friday, October 23, we will have a table outside under the overhang in the front of the building where families may pick up materials for virtual learning. Each container will be labeled with grade levels. Teachers will label bags for students and alert families when they are ready for pick up. The tables will be outside every Friday from 9-4pm.

Chromebooks

Grade 2 students will be receiving new Chromebooks. Each child must return their school issued iPad in order to receive a Chromebook. Families of 2nd Grade virtual students - please return your child’s iPad and pick up his or her Chromebook by Tuesday, Oct. 20th. Families that graciously donated school iPads will receive a Chromebook and must complete this exchange with our office staff in the Main Office.

Quarantine Procedure

If a child exhibits Covid like symptoms while at school, they will report to the isolation area within the school. School staff will call families to pick up their child immediately. Families will park in the side parking lot and pick their children up at the door labeled with a Red Cross. We ask that all contact information on Parent Portal is up to date.


Please note, if your child is asymptomatic and needs to quarantine, he or she will be able to participate in the White Week schedule. Hybrid students on the Blue Week schedule can participate in the virtual lessons that take place at the end of the day as well as the asynchronous activities. In Genesis, students will be marked as "Present-Quarantine." If you are traveling to a state that is on the travel advisory list, the district protocol is that students quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.

New Library Zoom

Mrs. Dibetta has a new Zoom link. It has been posted in Google Classrooms and Seesaw and you may also find it here:.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://frsd.zoom.us/j/3072103626?pwd=MXBQV0ZRVEtZWnZac0VUZ0hSQ0srdz09

Meeting ID: 307 210 3626

Passcode: Gr8t

CHECK-LIST FOR Hybrid students:

If your child is attending school in-person, please remember:

  • Complete the district health screener each morning! Written directions are HERE. Step-by-step visual instructions are HERE.

  • Your child must come to school in a mask. Please pack an extra mask and a paper bag for your child to place his/her mask in when eating and going outside.

  • Pack 1-2 water bottles, as water fountains will not be available.

  • Pack a towel for sitting outside on the grass during outdoor breaks.

  • Pack your child’s fully-charged district-issued device.

  • Pack a lunch, or your child may pre-order school lunch with his/her teacher.

  • Please ensure your children wear sneakers and bring an extra pair of socks in their bookbags.

  • Dress for the weather - students will be outside whenever possible!

PTO - Highlights and Reminders!

Drive Through School Pictures

We will be offering an outdoor Drive-Through Picture Day on Friday October 23rd between 2:15pm and 6:30pm and Saturday October 24th between 9am and 2:30pm.

Makeup day for photos will be Wednesday November 11th starting at 2:15pm.

Please scan the QR code below with the camera on your smart phone or go to https://roberthunterelementary.youcanbook.me/ to choose a time slot that will work best for your child to be photographed.

On photo day you will drive up and when instructed, your child will get out of the car, be photographed, and then return to your vehicle. You will receive a direct link to view and order your child’s photos to the email and/or cell phone you provide when booking your photo time.

Please contact Kristen Boyce at Kristenboyce1994@gmail.com with any questions.

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Parent Contact Information Needed For Homeroom Parents- Respond By October 19th!

The PTO is asking all families to please complete the following form with contact information. This information will be shared with homeroom parents to assist with communications this 2020/2021 school year. Please respond by October 19th. If you do not want to be included in homeroom parent communications you do not need to respond.

Include your information here: https://forms.gle/T7SshmHJRpbm7KLq8


Extra Supply Items Needed-Donation Request!

RH staff have identified some items that are needed as we transition into a Hybrid environment as well as support sending home materials for Virtual students. If your family is interested in donating any of these items, please see the list below to sign up. We ask that parents send all items into school with your child labeled "PTO Supply Drive" by Friday October 30th. Sign up through the link below:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4ca4aa28a7f85-extra

Contact Allison Pelletier at atdpelletier@gmail.com with any questions.


Fall Virtual Book Fair- October 12th- 25th

The Robert Hunter PTO invites you to shop the Online Book Fair and support our school! The Fair runs from October 12- October 25. All purchases will benefit Robert Hunter Elementary School directly (25% back in rewards!). Don’t miss your chance to shop affordable books and support Robert Hunter Elementary School. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/roberthunterelementarysch1

Please see our Book Fair Flyer HERE and contact Tania Sigalas at riverasigalas@gmail.com with any questions.


Update your Membership Toolkit/Directory profile to ensure you receive all PTO communications!

If you haven't already signed up for a Membership Toolkit account or updated your family/directory information for this year please see the link below to Register:

https://roberthunterelem.membershiptoolkit.com/dashboard

On our website, click “Register” and follow the prompts to tell us about your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory — or choose not to appear at all. Then join the PTO for the current school year! As always, volunteering and meetings are TOTALLY optional. Although we invite you to do both, and hope you will!

Already registered? – Login! Confirm your family information. Then join PTO for the new school year. The whole process takes less than 3 minutes!

We hope you will consider completing your profile and updating your information so that you are sure to receive future PTO communications and have access to our school directory!

Click here for more information about signing up for Membership Toolkit!


Questions? Let us know: roberthunterptodirectory@yahoo.com


Paint Your Own Robbie Raccoon Take Home Kits - Order Deadline Extended Until October 19th!!

Here’s a fun activity for the families to help raise money for our school! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Robert Hunter PTO.

When? - All orders MUST be placed by Monday, October 5th Where? - The Take Home Kits can be picked up at Paint Party Farm (You will receive an email or phone call when your order is ready)

Cost? - $20 for each Robbie the Raccoon 16x20 Canvas Take Home Kit, $35 for each RHS Robbie the Raccoon 12x12 Blue Mountain Slate

To register and reserve your Robbie Raccoon Take Home Kits, send an email to Brian at paintpartyfarm@gmail.com or call the studio at (609) 460 -4582 to place your order.

You can view our Paint Party Farm Fundraiser Flyer on Virtual Backpack with more details HERE.