Monthly Newsletter for All Things MBE (August 2020)
Mark Your Calendars for August (*Tentative as of 8/13/2020)
18th: PreK-6th Grades Meet & Greet/Newcomers Welcome with Tour (See Below)
*Note: In order for us to safely provide a time for students to visit their classrooms before school, we are requesting only one parent/guardian accompany each student. These interactions are important and will be intentionally kept to brief and distanced with masking expected of everyone in attendance. Unmasked photos of students may only be taken while outside and distanced for a brief period of time. Teachers will be unable to remove their masks during your visit. Thank you for partnering with us to make this event possible!
19th: Virtual Student Chromebook & Supplies Pick-Up @ 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (See Below)
20th-21st: Kindergarten Dismisses at 2:00 PM
24th-28th: Kindergarten Dismisses at 2:00 PM
All families need a carpool number even if your child walks to and from school. If you have an older child with an existing carpool number, please complete the carpool form so we can add your younger child to your current number. If you have questions, please contact Amanda Neuendorf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Note: If you choose the 'virtual learning' option for your child, you are still able to obtain your supplies from the school if the fees have been paid.
Remember to cash your refund checks
if you received one over the summer from our financial department!
Your Voice Matters
We strive to use multiple measures to determine areas for improvement and to target specific individual needs. Please partner with us as we work to respond to the needs of our students and school by providing input on these brief surveys. The results will help us better prepare teachers for your students' return.
MBE School Improvement Survey: Click here.
Returning to Learning MBE Parent Survey: Click here.
Preparing Your Child to Return to School
Here are some considerations as you prepare your child for returning to school:
- Facial coverings will be worn throughout the entire day with the exception of eating and distanced 'mask breaks' intentionally built-in. Please have your child practice wearing a mask/gaiter for extended periods of time so that this will be a smooth transition back into school.
- Parents will choose which cloth face covering is most comfortable and works best to send with their child to school, such as gaiters or cloth masks. These must cover the nose and mouth.
- Please send a clip or holder for your child to easily keep up with his/her mask when eating and during distanced 'mask breaks'.
- Please send extra cloth masks in a labeled and sealed baggy with your child's full name on it.
- We are encouraging every student to bring an individually labeled water bottle to use throughout the day in an effort to reduce the use of water fountains where paper cups will be provided.
- Entry and exit points into the building are limited to best monitor traffic flow and multi-touch surfaces. If your child is a walker, he/she must enter and exit through the front doors only.
A Message from Nurse Condra
Hello MBE family!
It’s back-to-school time and we are so very excited to see all of you! Although school will be different at first, it will still be filled with fun. Over these last few days of summer, please review proper handwashing and sanitizing with your children. Also remind them to sneeze and cough into their elbow (even while masked). Closely observe your children putting their masks/gaiters on and taking them off to ensure they are wearing them properly. You may want to have them wear their masks at home for an extended period of time for practice. We need and appreciate your help with making this school year a safe for everyone!
Please do a COVID symptom check each morning prior to sending your child to school. This includes:
*temperature check (nothing above 100.4)
*shortness of breath
Please know that due to the wide range of symptoms associated with COVID-19, I will be more proactive in sending children home from school if they appear ill in the health room. Our hope is that if we all work together and follow the guidelines set by the CDC and the Jefferson County Health Department, then we can return to normal life as soon as possible.
***If you have a medication (over-the-counter or prescription) you would like to store in the health room, please bring it to the health room during your child's “Meet & Greet” time. If it is a prescription, remember that it has to be signed by a doctor. You can find the link for the form on my school web page or you can click here.
Calling All Substitutes
School starting in the fall is always exciting! We anticipate a shortage in substitute teachers and aides this school year. If you would like to join the MBS team as a substitute teacher, please contact Mary Ellen Janik at Kelly Services at email@example.com. You will need to complete an application for Kelly, go through their training process, and have a background check. Mary Ellen will be able to explain all the details.
You can substitute on the days that are convenient for you at the school of your choice. Come one, come all, we need you! Substitute teachers serve in a critical capacity. We only want the best for Mountain Brook students! Any questions, please contact Dr. Susan Cole, Director of Personnel, at 205-871-4608.
Lancer Shout Outs
Our MBE faculty and staff LOVED being greeted with inspirational messages along the sidewalks on our 1st day back. Thank you to the BEST school community around!
PTO Website: Lindsey Druhan is working to keep our MBE families in the know by communicating the most current information about back-to-school news and parent resources on the PTO Website. You can link directly to it from our MBE Webpage or by clicking here: https://www.mbelancerpto.com/. Keep an eye out as plans continue to change!
MBE teachers have shown some of the most creative ideas with setting-up their classrooms to be as welcoming and inviting as possible for our Lancers despite the limitations. We are so thankful for every individual teacher at MBE!
Kiesha LeRoux partnered with several teacher leaders at MBE to provide Schoology training and share engaging technology tools this week. Thank-you also to our literacy and math coaches for helping teachers align new learning to best practices. Very impressive work that will definitely benefit our students!
Mr. Craiger, Officer Tanner, and Mr. Aaron have been instrumental in assisting us with special orders and deliveries, and we couldn't do this work without them. An additional thanks to Mrs. Hollingsworth who may soon be given the title of 'tech wiz' for her continued efforts learning new technologies.