RTMS Review

January 12, 2021

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Important Dates

1/14: Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:40-7:40 p.m.

1/15: Parent/Teacher Conferences 7:40 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (No School)

1/18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

1/19: Hybrid 6th Grade Students Begin at RTMS

Board of Education Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.

1/20: Hybrid 7th/8th Grade Students Begin at RTMS

Upcoming Dates:

- School Pictures

Return to Learn...take two!

It seems like yesterday that we were sending Return to Learn details to families in November, and yet, we are all re-reading and looking over return details because it was over two months ago! If your child is returning to the building next week, please take a few moments to read over the information below. Please reach out to the front office if you have any questions regarding any of the information below.


For those families who chose Remote Academy, feel free to scroll down until you see the Parent/Teacher (and Student!) Conferences notice.


If you have any questions about either of our learning options this year, please contact Mrs. Krall-Meske or Mr. Henkel. As we get closer to Trimester 3, parents will be given the opportunity to select hybrid or remote for their students again.

- - Return to Learn Reminders for Hybrid Families - -

Hybrid Student Video & Procedures

Watch (or re-watch) the video below to understand what the new arrival, dismissal, and safety procedures will look like here in the building.This will also be shared with our hybrid students during Advisory this week, as a review, and to check for questions. While this is all very new, especially for our 6th graders, please know that we have so many adults who are very excited to welcome our students back into the building, and get them where they need to go.


Welcome Back Video

RTMS Hybrid AM/PM Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Hybrid Learning Entrances Map


If you are driving your child to and from school, please be patient, especially as we first start this new arrival/dismissal experience. Parents should NOT use the bus lane, or block the bus lane. In order to prevent a backup on Wolf Road, the left hand lane in the front parking lot must keep moving (exiting the parking lot, turning left, and returning to the entrance if necessary). We will have staff outside to help direct you. Some parents plan ahead with their children to meet them in the church parking lot next door (Northwest Assembly of God), or on the neighboring streets in order to avoid the parking lot traffic.


We are also reminding students what they should be putting together this week so that they are ready to return to the building. These items should be with them daily when they are in the building:


  1. Lanyard with completed Health Certification Form

  2. Mask(s)

  3. Backpack

  4. Chromebook and Charger

  5. Whiteboard and Expo Marker

  6. School Supplies

  7. Bus Pass (if using the bus, bus pass and info was sent home with the supply pick up in November)

Lanyards

Please make sure to locate your child's blue lanyard and health certification slips. Students must wear these daily to show that parents certified that they are well and and able to enter the building for classes. More info on this is found below.


We have a limited number of extras, so please call the office if you know that you need a replacement.

Daily Health Certification

As a reminder, parents/guardians will be asked to certify the health of their students on a daily basis before their student will be able to enter the building. Every student received a blue lanyard and a pad of Daily Health Certification slips. Each morning, parents/guardians should check to make sure the student does not have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.4° F or greater

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sore throat

  • Head or muscle aches or Abdominal pain

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Chills

  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

  • Unexplained fatigue

  • New congestion/runny nose


If a student does not have any of the above listed symptoms, they are healthy to enter the building. Parents/guardians need to sign off on the daily health certification sheet, place it in the student’s lanyard, and place the lanyard on the student so that it is visible when the student arrives at school.


If the student is displaying any of these symptoms, they will need to stay home for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms. They may return sooner than that if proof of negative Covid test or alternate diagnosis is provided from a doctor. Please report any absences to the RTMS office (847) 298-1750.

-- All Families --

Parent/Teacher (and Student!) Conferences

Sign Up Genius links for Parent/Teacher conferences will be taken down Wednesday evening. If you did not see this email in your inbox, please check your spam/trash mail for a message entitled "Parent/Teacher Conferences Sign Up." If you are still not able to locate this message, please email Mrs. Krall-Meske (mkrall@rtsd26.org) or Mr. Henkel (khenkel@rtsd26.org) for access to the links. Once links are down, or if all spots are filled, parents/guardians will need to reach out individual teachers if they would like to set up a time to discuss their child's progress.

RTMS Variety Show

Thank you to all of the students who submitted videos for our first ever virtual Variety Show. Mr. Flowers, Mrs. Cascella, and Mrs. Steigerwald have been busy putting this video together, and are excited to share it with students and families. Please check out our school website on Friday, January 15th, at 7:00 p.m. to access the video. The "Staff Masked Singer" will be released then, as well... will you be able to figure out who all of these amazingly talented singers are??

A Message from Our LRC

Please do not forget to return library books that are no longer being used so that we can put them back in circulation. Our fantastic library staff will continue to put books that students check out online in the vestibule for pick up and drop off.


Our Student Activity Council is sponsoring a Winter Literacy Challenge. Please check out this slide for directions, and forms to be completed by students who would like to participate.

Reminder: Weekly Pick Up for School Meals

ALL FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO NEED FOOD FOR CHILDREN 18 AND UNDER ARE INVITED TO COME PICK UP 7 DAYS OF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH


WHO: EVERY CHILD IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD AGE 18 AND UNDER.


WHEN: STARTING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

WEDNESDAY: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

-or-

THURSDAY: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


LOCATION: BEHIND RIVER TRAILS MIDDLE SCHOOL


  1. You may come pick up food on Wednesday OR Thursday

  2. Families should stay in cars with windows closed

  3. All persons in car must wear a mask

  4. Indicate with a hand signal the number of children age 18 and under in your home

  5. You will receive one bag per child, containing 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 gallon of milk

  6. Open the trunk

  7. Have a large box or bin in the trunk for the food

  8. Return home and refrigerate or freeze items as needed

  9. If you have questions call 1-224-612-7624


Other Resources for Families in Need

Wheeling Food Pantry has pre-packed bags of food available for pick up on Tues, Wed or Thurs from 9:00-12:00 or 1:00-4:00. If you have never been to the office before, please call first.



Grant Assistance Email: GA@wheelingtownship.com



Recogida Semanal Para Las Comidas Escolares


TODAS LAS FAMILIAS DE NUESTRA COMUNIDAD QUE NECESITEN COMIDA PARA NIÑOS DE 18 AÑOS Y MENORES ESTÁN INVITADOS A RECOGER 7 DÍAS DE

DESAYUNO Y ALMUERZO


QUIÉN: TODOS LOS NIÑOS DE SU HOGAR DE 18 AÑOS Y MENORES.


CUÁNDO: A PARTIR DEL MIÉRCOLES 9 DE SEPTIEMBRE

MIERCOLES: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

-o-

JUEVES: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


UBICACIÓN: DETRÁS DE LA ESCUELA SECUNDARIA RIVER TRAILS


  1. Puede venir a recoger comida el miércoles O jueves

  2. Las familias deben permanecer en los automóviles con las ventanas cerradas

  3. Todas las personas en el automóvil deben llevar una máscara

  4. Indicar con una señal de mano cuántos niños menores de 18 años en su casa

  5. Recibirás una bolsa por niño, que contiene 7 desayunos, 7 almuerzos y 1 galón de leche

  6. Abra la cajuela

  7. Traiga una caja grande para poner la comida

  8. Regrese a su casa y refrigere o congele lo que sea necesario

  9. Si tiene preguntas, llame al 1-224-612-7624


Otros recursos para familias necesitadas

Wheeling Food Pantry tiene bolsas de comida empaquetadas disponibles para recoger los martes, miércoles o jueves de 9:00-12:00 o 1:00-4:00. Si nunca ha estado en la oficina antes, llame primero.


  • Sitio web: www.wheelingtownship.com

  • Dirección: 1616 N. Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004

  • Teléfono: 847-259-7730


Correo electrónico de asistencia para subvenciones: GA@wheelingtownship.com

Reminder: Violence Prevention and Support Services

The Illinois Department of Health has shared resources for anybody looking for mental health and crisis support, violence prevention and intervention support, and/or ways to report abuse. Please use this link to access various supports.


"Sharing resources with everyone helps prevent violence in our communities."

Reminder: Student Support Periods

During our morning Advisory period this past Monday, teachers introduced the Student Support Desk button on their Schoology page. As mentioned in previous weeks, we now have staff available during your child's asynchronous time for help in the following areas:

- Academic help

- Organizational Assistance

- Connecting with classmates (group projects etc.)

- Assistance with Schoology (submitting work etc.)


When your student accesses the student support link on their Advisory Schoology page, it will take them to a page with Zoom links for each period. Please note: this may not be one of your child's current teachers, but an available staff member who would like to help! There is also a link available for them to be able to connect with Hersey tutors. Please encourage your child to utilize these supports if they need extra help during their asynchronous time.

Reminder: Technology

Our RTSD26 Parent eLearning Resource page has a lot of great information. Please check it out, and do not hesitate to reach out if you need help.

https://sites.google.com/rtsd26.org/rivertrailssd26e-learning/home?authuser=0


If your child is having trouble with their device, or is having trouble getting into Schoology, please reach out to our Technology Department. There are several ways for you to solicit help in regard to technology. Please use the avenue that best meets your needs.


1) Fill out this GOOGLE FORM. This form goes directly to our tech department. They will respond as soon as possible.


2) Email our technology team. Our tech team email is techdepartment@rtsd26.org.


3) Call our technology team @ 224-612-7337.


Regardless of the option you choose, please be prepared to share the following information:


-Student Name

-Student Grade

-School

-Chromebook Number

-Description of Problem

-Parent Name

-Parent Phone

-Parent Email

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