Week in Review:

This week we welcomed students in grades K -2 into the building for the first time this year! This was also the first week of school for our Kindergarten students at Bates Elementary. We are so proud of their transition this week. They have done a wonderful job of following the academic and safety expectations. Each week we will continue to grow academically, socially and emotionally as a community.

We continue to have remote homerooms in grades K-2. The students enrolled in these classes had the opportunity to meet their new homeroom teacher this week. This is also a challenging transition as students build trusting relationships with their teachers. Our students are resilient and will persevere with the support our teachers.

Students in grades 3-5 continue to work hard remotely with their homerooms. As Dr. Zrike proposed at School Committee on Monday, we hope to have more students joining us in the building after the holiday break. In order for this to happen we need to be sure it is safe to do so. We will do our part to follow CDC and DESE protocols in creating a safe and welcoming environment.

Safety at Dismissal

With more students coming into the building everyday we have changed some of our dismissal routines. We have made these changes to ensure all students, staff and parents are safe when our school day is completed. Please be aware of your speed when entering our exiting campus. Be extra cautious of pedestrians on sidewalks and cross walks.

One important note to mention is that under no circumstances are vehicles allowed to pass busses when they are stopped on school campus. Please only continue to pass a bus if a crossing guard as given you consent.

ASPEN Parent Portal

The ASPEN Family Portal will be open to all parents today. Using the Portal will parents to check assignments and grades digitally. There will be an opt-in form for parents to fill out next week for those families who would still like to receive paper copies of report cards. Here are two resources for families to support their use of ASPEN:

Next Week's Schedule

Next week we will have a short school week due to the Thanksgiving Break. Wednesday, the 25th will be an early release for both in-person and remote students. Dismissal will be at 10:40. There will be no school on Thursday and Friday.