Week 0, S1: EMS Family Newsletter
The What-to-Knows at Estacada Middle School for Families
First Day of School: 6th Graders on Wednesday 9/8 and 7th and 8th Graders on Thursday 9/9
EMS Schedule and Systems: Zoom Presentations
Mr. Hargrave will be discussing - in detail - your student's academic schedule and what the minutes in their seats means for your student's ongoing success in the District. We will also be discussing QUARANTINE/ISOLATION procedures and how your student will be impacted by our response to positive cases of COVID-19 in schools (see Quarantine Link within this newsletter).
You will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions in preparation for the upcoming school year!
EMS Doors Open at 8:30am (1st Period: Begins at 8:40am)
Why? There are a few reasons: Because we want to make a connection with each student as they enter our building, because we want to capture the number of students attending on any given day, because we want to determine bus riders for the afternoon, and because we want to decrease congestion at one specific door to increase physical distancing.
What? The three doors are located in the front of EMS. At each entry there will be staff positioned and ready to greet your student at 8:30 and to help guide your student to their first period class.
How? When students arrive, students must wear their face covering. We will provide a face covering if your student does not bring their own. Upon entry, students will go to their locker to prepare for first period or go to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast. Classes begin at 8:40.
Chromebooks: Handing Out on 9/9 (Thursday)
The charger is intended to stay at home. Please charge the Chromebook each night.
The Chromebook is to travel with your student to and from school, daily. It is expected and necessary for your student to bring their Chromebook home each day in the case of an unexpected requirement to quarantine.
We will work with you and your student throughout the year to improve their technological literacy and capacity of PowerSchool, Canvas, and Google Suite apps.
Doors open at 8:30am. Students are to report to the cafeteria for a quick breakfast or their 1st Period classroom.
Fostering Relationships Through Care and Connection
- Learning each other's names and how to pronounce the names
- Establishing learning norms and how a class conducts the business of learning each day
- Playing games and building a spirit of curiosity
- Talking about their backgrounds, Summers, strengths, and weaknesses
- Learning daily learning routines (where to turn in work, how to ask a question, how to submit a task)
It is important we take time to tend to our students mental health and wellness. We will be going slow at the onset of the year in order to build a strong infrastructure for the rigorous learning to come throughout the academic year.
Lunchtime, Eating at EMS in a Pandemic
Students will be asked to eat in the stadium, outdoors (rain or shine, cold or hot) because of the limited space indoors. EMS hosts 225 students each lunch. The cafeteria capacity at 3' physical distancing is 125 students. So, at least 100 students will eat outdoors each day for each lunch.
The cafeteria is a small space and does not have the capacity to fit all students in lunch at the same time. The cafeteria can fit 125 students safely - at 3' distance - when eating. The cafeteria windows will be open to increase outside airflow if your student desires to eat inside.
We want students to be eating mid-way through the day. We want students to be safe. The cafeteria and the stadium (remember: students will be asked to eat outside, even if they do not want to) are the options available at this time. EMS is looking into tents outside as well as outdoor heating. We are also considering lunch in the auditorium.
Will Your Student Have to Quarantine? Yes, potentially.
EMS has a responsibility to limit the transmission of COVID19 in school. To limit the transmission (not eliminate), these are the core safety measures:
--3' physical distancing where and when appropriate
--Improved ionized air filtration systems
--Multiple lunchroom spaces, including outdoor eating
--Hand-sanitizing stations in each classroom and wipe-out-of-desk procedures
--Contact-tracking and seating arrangements
--Quarantine and Isolation procedures
Please do not send your student to school if you or your student are unwell. If your student becomes sick we will notify you. And, if your student tests positive for COVID19, we need your help to ensure we can quarantine all close contacts your student has had while at school. Quarantine and Isolation procedures are a responsible and effective way to discontinue additional outbreaks at school. Be honest and communicate with us when you have questions.
Sports at EMS: FALL REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
Fall Sports Registration is now OPEN!!!
Interested students need to sign up/ register online @ familyid.com
(All athletes must be registered online and have an up to date physical turned into the office before practicing)
-- 7th & 8th grade girls Volleyball
-- 6th - 8th grade boys and girls Cross Country
Sports Physicals for the Upcoming School Year
This form must be completed by a medical professional. Summer is an opportunity for you to make an appointment with your student's physician or pediatrician for their Physical. Go Tigers! Go Rangers!
Bring this form to the physician and/or the pediatrician if your student will be participating in sports during the academic year. Physicals last two years.
Face Coverings at EMS
Click Here to View our District's Safety Protocols for the upcoming school year. These measures are updated and subject to frequent change.
To prepare for the upcoming school year, please consider this supply list. Email (email@example.com) or call (503) 630-8516 x2502 when you have any questions!