CROC TALK BRIEF
Nancy Ryles Elementary Newsletter ~ SEPTEMBER 11, 2020
Comprehensive Distance Learning begins on Monday, September 14 for 1st - 5th Grades
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE by MONICA ARBOW
Dear Nancy Ryles Families,
First and foremost, I hope this newsletter finds your family, friends and loved ones safe. First, a pandemic and now devastating forest fires. 2020 is presenting unprecedented challenges for all of us.
I heard such positive feedback from teachers this week after their connection time with students and families. We hope you also enjoyed this time to connect with your child’s teacher and were able to learn more about what to expect as your child starts Comprehensive Distance Learning next week.
As a reminder, teachers will be taking attendance daily. Teachers will launch the day at 8:30 a.m. with a live Zoom meeting. The easiest way to be marked “present” is for students to start each day in that live Zoom meeting. Other ways to be marked “present” are to access and engage with a recorded or posted lesson on Seesaw, attend a teacher’s office hour, participate in PE or Music, and/or make contact with the teacher in another way. Each day teachers will enter attendance by 4:00 p.m. Beginning September 21, a message will go home around 5:00 p.m. for students who did not attend that day. However, teachers will check learning platforms the next day and if students accessed content after hours, the teacher will reconcile the absence from the previous day.
The goal is for every child to engage in Comprehensive Distance Learning every day. This may look a little different from family to family and that is okay. We are here to support students engage and keep up with their learning and growth despite the pandemic. We appreciate your ongoing support and are looking forward to launching the school year next week.
CDL - Comprehensive Distance Learning
Synchronous - students have live contact with their teacher (via Zoom).
Asynchronous - students access pre-recorded lectures and digital curriculum materials and respond through Seesaw and other collaborative documents at a time of their own choosing.
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION - IMPORTANT
BSD and Nancy Ryles Elementary are delighted to welcome kindergarteners to the 2020-21 school year! Kindergarten students' start times are as follows:
- September 14 and 15 -- Kindergarten students and families will participate in scheduled orientation activities.
- Thursday, September 17 -- Kindergarten instruction will begin for students whose last names begin with A-L
- Friday, September 18 -- Kindergarten instruction will begin for students whose last names begin with M-Z
- Monday, September 21 -- All kindergarten students will begin full Comprehensive Distance Learning with their teachers.
BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 23
More details will be in next week's Croc Talk.
DEVICE DISTRIBUTION DATE - RESCHEDULED
We have rescheduled our device pick up date for Tuesday, September 15 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (conditions permitting).
If your student needs a device and you were unable to come by on the distribution day, please come by at that time. Please fill out this form; if you are unable to print it, please write your student's name, ID number, grade and your name on a sheet of paper.
Students in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will receive iPads with all apps loaded on the device. (If they received a Chromebook in the spring, please return it along with the power cord.)
Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will receive Chromebooks. (If they received a Chromebook in the spring, they will continue to use it.)
If your student has a problem with their device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-356-4656.
WELCOME VIDEOS FROM THE NANCY RYLES STAFF
We hope to reschedule at a later date.
WELCOME BABY BEYRLE
DEVICE PROTECTION PROGRAM
Anticipating that all students will get a district-owned device (either Chromebook or iPad), the District added a fee of $20 to students’ Online Payment accounts (maximum fee of $60 per family per school year) to enroll them in the Damage-Loss Protection Program. This fee is waived for families who qualify for the free or reduced-price meal benefits program and have completed the Permission to Share form. Students need to pay the assigned fee prior to any damage or loss claims to be eligible for the Protection Program coverage and no later than 30 days after they begin school.
Students may choose to decline coverage. However, doing so isn't recommended, because a family would then assume full responsibility for any costs due to damage, loss or theft. These costs could be as much as $300 per incident, regardless of how the damage occurs.
Visit the Student Device Resources webpage for more information.
BACK TO SCHOOL -- STUDENT VERIFICATION
The back-to-school verification process through ParentVUE is now open. These verifications are meant for currently enrolled students (both Comprehensive Distance Learning and FLEX Online School). We encourage parents to complete the required annual process before school begins. If you don’t complete this process before the start of the school year, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t enrolled in our schools. Verification simply allows you to double-check important information such as emergency contacts and any health/medication requirements are up-to-date in our system.
Click on the “Family Updates and New Student Enrollment” tab in the top right-hand corner and “Verification and Family Updates” from the drop-down menu on the next screen to start the verification process. A message will display in your parent portal with a link to the online verification screens for your review. Those who have an address outside of the District boundaries, such as interdistrict transfers, will not be able to verify online and will receive a paper form from the school.
If you have not activated your ParentVUE account or if you have access concerns, please contact your school (not the District’s Central Office). If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, please follow these instructions to reset.
Helpful links for more information:
● Back-to-School Verification (with step by step instruction video)
Thank you for ensuring that we have the most accurate information on your student.
BSD FAMILY TOOLKIT
FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS
Could your child qualify for free meals? Please fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application online. Applications are also available in Spanish. If you’re unable to access the application online, call 503-356-3957.
Families have inquired about the school supply list. As we begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning, here is a suggested list of school supplies:
- Earbuds, preferably with microphone
- Pencils and pens
- Spiral notebooks or composition books
- Colored Markers
- Glue stick
- Small dry-erase board with dry-erase marker
If you need assistance with these supplies, please submit this form.