Broad Rock Parent and Community Newsletter August 28, 2020
Greetings Broad Rock Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we plan for a beginning like no other that we have seen in the past, we want to assure you that we remain dedicated to the well-being of your children. Classroom assignments will be mailed on Monday August, 31st. Please expect a call from your child's teacher as teachers have already began to contact families.
With that being said, it is time for us to reopen our schools in a way that we have never imagined here in Richmond, in Virginia, or in the United States for that matter. Yes, we are reopening our schools virtually, with love.
The RPS "Reopen with Love" plan is our guide for working to make sure we are paving the way in ensuring the safety of our most precious commodity...the children. Every decision made from the district, down to those made here at Broad Rock is being made out of love. Our children are going to be the ones that create a new future, that pave the way for new ideas, and develop solutions to problems that don't yet exist.
Virtual Instruction is not new, but it has never been done or attempted at this magnitude. We are going to make mistakes, but as a family/community, we will learn from them. I am asking that you give yourself grace as you figure out how to be the best parent you can be in this current situation. I am asking that you give your child's teacher grace, as they figure out how to be the best teacher they can be in this online platform. I promise you, going virtual does not mean teaching has gotten easier. I am also asking that you give the school as a whole grace, as we work to figure out how to move that feeling of the Broad Rock Ram family to a virtual space. From a school that prides itself on family, love and coming together, we must not lose who we are because the location of our teaching and learning has changed. Remember, we are Rock Solid, and will make this work together!
Once school starts, we will have modified hours on campus, as we are working virtually too. We will be on campus 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Additionally, we will be open by appointment only. We will communicate with you virtually through the Ram Roundup (school Newsletter), Parentlink, and Town Hall meetings. I am looking forward to a powerful year filled with unimaginable learning experiences!
Your partner in education,
Teya Green, Principal
KINDERGARTEN ONLY DRIVE-THROUGH MEET THE TEACHER AND SCHOOL SUPPLY/TEXTBOOK PICK UP
Please join us for a “Drive-Through” meet the Teacher and school supply/textbook pick up on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd from 5 - 6 pm. More information and directions will be coming the week of Aug. 31st on how this will work.
School hours are 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for K-2nd grade students and 9:15-3:30 for 3rd-5th grade students on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays students will be dismissed from all live instruction at noon (and possibly have independent work to complete). Students should plan on logging into their classroom at 9:10 am each day. Teachers will contact each student/family to share instructions for logging in to their virtual classroom.
Again this year: All students currently enrolled in any Richmond Public School are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge each day of the 2020-2021 school year! You must provide your child’s lunch code to receive meals. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in the meal program without having to pay a fee or submit an application. Please watch for the bus schedule which should be released the week of Aug. 31st. RPS will be delivering meals to bus stops DAILY between 7-9am. Our school lunch and home recess break will be from 12:00 – 1:00 pm daily.
Please plan on joining our PTA. Dues are $6.00 per person. More information on how to pay PTA dues is forthcoming. We also encourage you to volunteer some time by helping with any of the programs offered by our very active PTA—even though we are going virtual there is still a need! Our first PTA meeting and “Back to School Night” will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Please plan on logging in to meet your child’s teacher(s) and learn about his/her classroom.
Mark Your Calendars!
September 2nd – Kindergarten Only Drive Through Meet and Greet 5-6p.m.
September 3rd Virtual Open House by grade level 6 - 7 p.m.
September 3rd – 5th Student Supply/Textbook Pick up (details to below)
September 8th, First Day of School J
September 22nd, Back to School Night 6:30 p.m.
Virtual Town Hall Slides
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where do I find information about the district’s reopening plan?
Is there a checklist of things I need to complete to prepare for the school year?
If your student does not have a chromebook, make sure to complete this survey in order to be placed on the waiting list for one.
When will I know who my child’s teacher is?
You will receive a letter with this information early next week AND your child’s teacher will call you personally to introduce themselves.
When will I meet my child’s teacher?
Kindergarten teachers will be waving from the sidewalk during the Kindergarten supply pick up.
Date to come.
All teachers will host a virtual open house. Details to come.
What will be in the student supply kit?
When and where will I receive the student supply kit?
You will come by Broad Rock ES during a drive-thru event next week. The schedule for your day and time to pick up will be sent soon.
How do I communicate with the school?
School Communication will come through email, BRES facebook/Instagram posts, text messages, phone messages and Smore newsletters. Our school’s website is https://www.rvaschools.net/BRES
Also follow us on Facebook at @BroadRockRVA
What if I have a question?
Teachers and administrators will have scheduled virtual office hours. Team members from each grade level, resource, ESL and special education department will be available to answer questions virtually. More information regarding the virtual links to come!
I still need to register a Kindergarten student.
Tips for at home learning:
Create a space for learning- Clear a quiet space for your child within your home/office/childcare setting and designate a stable place for them to write (and use their chromebook)
Help your child establish and stick to a routine for waking up, school work, meals, play time, and bedtime.
To help us get a sense of exactly how many families require this support, we are asking anyone who needs emergency childcare this fall to complete this survey as soon as possible. It will only take a couple of minutes.
Need a Chromebook?
Parents do you need a laptop for your child? If so, please click the link below and fill out this form. We will notify you as soon as laptops are available for pickup.
Reading At Home
Audible Books for Kids (free)
Literacy and Reading Websites / Apps handout
Extra Literacy and Reading resources
Reading: Tricky / High Frequency Words:
YouTube super power word playlist of videos / game ideas
Reading: Phonics / alphabet song
Boom Shake the Alphabet
Looking for online read-aloud books for kids.