Pinewood Weekly Newsletter
October 9, 2020
Principal's Message - Stay Healthy
I am extremely grateful to have your children back on campus. Their presence has brought back the heart of our school. Hearing their laughter brings me such joy. For me, the privilege of holding in-person instruction comes with a huge sense of responsibility to keep everyone safe and healthy. On the school's part, we are diligent about advocating for social distancing, wearing face coverings, and frequently having everyone wash or sanitize their hands. We have increased our custodial staff so that we can sanitize all rooms and common areas between cohorts. Our playground is being sanitized six times a day between grade level breaks. If a student reports that they are not feeling well or we observe a change in behavior that indicates they are not feeling well, we send them to the office to be checked. In instances where a child needs to go home, we isolate them in the nurses office until they are picked up. We truly are committed to doing all that we can to protect our students and staff. Parents, we are counting on you to screen your child each and every day before you send your student to school.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home:
- Loss or change in their sense of smell or taste
- a fever over 100.4 (must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning)
- A cough
- Muscle Aches
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- new or unusual headache
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
In the event your child develops any of these symptoms while at school, we will contact you to come pick them up. If they are a bus rider and exhibiting signs of illness, we will not put them on the bus to go home and again we will require you to pick them up. It is very likely the school nurse will also be in contact with you to discuss your child's symptoms and confirm a plan of what steps you need to take and when they may return to classes.
If you have any questions about whether or not to send your child to school, please call the school office for support. I ask that you error on the side of caution and keep them home when they show any symptoms listed above. Each day your child is home sick, contact the school office so we can excuse these absences. It is also important that you reach out to your child's teacher for missed assignments.
With Sincere Thanks,
Thank you for sending your children with water bottles. It has been very helpful. Students can refill these bottles in the classroom sinks. Like all their belongings, we ask that your write their name on the container.
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It's that time of the year when it is cool in the morning and then warms up quickly. We tend to collect many clothing items in the early fall. Please write your child's name on these clothing items so we can get them back to their rightful owner. Also, if you could write your child's name on their mask they bring from home, it is greatly appreciated. We keep any found masks in an individually sealed bag in the school office. Come see us if you lost your personal face covering.
First Grade Physical
Reminder that all first graders must have a current preventative health evaluation on file. If you have yet to do so, please make sure you schedule a doctor's appointment in the very near future to get this done. We ask that you submit your completed CHDP form as soon as possible. Please contact Jennifer McKeand, our school secretary, if you have any questions about this requirement.
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First Grade Physical
We are appreciative that we can provide ALL students a free lunch and snack each day. Unless we hear otherwise, the school will continue to give students these meals each day. We do take a food count in class each morning. If your child is opting out of this opportunity, please communicate this to the teacher. Also, remind students to take the food out of their backpack when they get home each day.
Don't be Tardy
As we settle into our new schedule, we completely understand why students were a bit late this week. Beginning next week, we will begin marking students tardy who arrive after 8:15 am (cohort A) or 11:50 (cohort B). Since we have a limited amount of instructional time, we need to maximize our time with the students. In the event that they are late, students must check in at the office first for a late pass.
Don't be Tardy
Mondays. Asynchronous/At home learning - Students need to complete assigned work and connect with their teacher each day. Your teacher will relay their check-in requirements for this day.
Tuesday - Friday: In person Cohorts
Cohort A MORNING
- Student Drop off - 8:00 - 8:15 am *
- Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 8:15 -10:55 am
- Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 10:55 -11:00 am
- Parent Pick up - 11:00 am
Cohort B AFTERNOON
- Student Drop off - 11:35 - 11:50 am*
- Instructional Block (with a 10 minute grade level break) - 11:50 am - 2:30 pm
- Bus Rider Dismissal and Loading - 2:30 - 2:35 pm
- Parent Pick-Up - 2:35 pm
* Please do not drop off your student before the stipulated drop-off time. Students need to wait in their vehicle until greeted and cleared by a staff member. Students who arrive after the first bell will be marked tardy.
Arrival and Dismissal
Thank you for your positivity and patience. Please be mindful of driving slowly in the parking lot for everyone's safety.