YSES Newsletter

May 22, 2020

Updated information on the FCPS response to the Coronavirus outbreak can be found at www.fcps.org/update

Message from Ms. Gullo

It has been a great week of synchronous support with our students and teachers being able to come together through Google Meet. It was great to see the YSES Eagles! They have grown!

Some updates as we continue in distance learning. We are still awaiting the determination of the last day of school. We are hoping to have this information in the coming week. We are currently planning for pick-up and drop-off of materials for our students. You will be receiving an email notification of items that need to be returned to school and the date and time that you should come to Yellow Springs for the curb-side drop-off/pick-up. Pick-up and drop-off will be occurring during the week of June 8th.

For our fifth grade families and students, I wanted to let you know that our school team is planning your recognition of completion of elementary school. We will let you know the details when they are finalized.

Thank you all for your continued support of your child(ren) during distance learning. We are most appreciative of your efforts! Best regards, Sue

Video Conferencing with Google Meet - Helpful tip

Please know that students must access the Google meet through their school Google account. Google may show the icon for the student, but it is possible that the student isn't actually signed into Google. This will prevent the student from accessing Google Meet. One way to resolve this issue is to click on the Google drive icon (yellow, blue, green triangle) that is in the same row as Schoology on the Media Center homepage. This will sign the student in to Google so they can access the Google Meet in Schoology.

Welcome Dr. Swire!

I would like to welcome Dr. Kathy Swire to Yellow Springs Elementary! Dr. Swire will be our assistant principal for the coming year and she is very excited to join the Yellow Springs team and serve our community. Dr. Swire comes to us with a variety of experiences as a special educator, math and science teacher specialist, and administrator serving the Myersville, Hillcrest, Spring Ridge, and Rock Creek school communities. Welcome Dr Swire!

Kindergarten Enrollment

Starting Monday, June 1, FCPS will begin a new online enrollment process that lets parents register their child for school through a secure website. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment will occur online in a secure, virtual environment. Parents will be able to upload required documents and attach pictures.

Required enrollment documents:

-Immunization and health records
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene form 896 Immunization Certificate
and Documentation of a recent physical exam, recorded on the Maryland Schools Record of Physical Examination

-Proof of date of birth
One of the following: Birth certificate, physician's certificate, hospital certificate, baptismal or church certificate, parent's affidavit, or passport/visa

-Proof of residency
One of these: current property tax bill, current rental bill, current utility bill for water, gas, or electric

Watch for more information about enrolling students online, coming soon.

Looking to next school year

As we begin to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, I invite you to communicate with me anything that you feel is important that we as a school take into consideration as we make class assignments. You can email these considerations to susan.gullo@fcps.org. Please know that we do not take specific teacher requests but characteristics that you feel are important in your child's learning dispositions. Please email these considerations by Monday, June 1st.

Morning Announcements

I enjoy bringing morning announcements to our students and school community each morning and I am looking for some help and student involvement. If your child would like to say the pledge of allegiance or share a photo of themselves being ‘ready to learn’, please the send the video (for pledge of allegiance) or photo (for being ready to learn) to Mrs. Stacy Smith at stacy.smith@fcps.org. By sharing a video or photo, you are acknowledging that you give permission for your child to be on YouTube with a public setting.

Food Distribution - IMPORTANT UPDATE

FCPS Meal Distribution Update: Meals will not be distributed on Memorial Day, Monday May 25th. On Friday, May 22nd, 2 days of meals will be distributed. Meals will be distributed on Tuesday, May 26th and then the normal schedule (M,W,F) will resume.

Meals will be distributed at all designated locations 11am-1pm. Families will receive 2 days of meals on Monday and Wednesday to cover meals for Tuesday and Thursday.

Please also note that FCPS has not required and does not require children to be present in order for an adult to obtain meals for them. The adult needs to provide name(s) of the child(ren) for whom meals are picked up.

Please also see our press release, Funds for Children's Meals.

Meal Distribution Locations:

FCPS Schools: Ballenger Creek ES, Crestwood MS, Frederick HS, Hillcrest ES, Lincoln ES, Monocacy ES, North Frederick ES, Waverly ES

Look for the bright yellow school buses at the following locations:

Brunswick - Rite Aid Parking Lot, 92 Souder Road, Brunswick
Buckeystown United Methodist Church - Parking Lot, 3440 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick

Centerville Elementary School - 3601 Carriage Hill Drive, Frederick

Concord Mobile Homes Park Community, 4828 Pioneer Circle, Jefferson
Heather Ridge - School Parking Lot, 1445 Taney Avenue, Frederick

Jubilee Foods - Parking Lot, 515 E. Main Street, Emmitsburg
Lucas Village Community Center - 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Frederick
Max Kehne Ball Field - Parking Lot, 1100 West 7th Street, Frederick

New Market Shopping Center - PNC Bank Location, 11717 Old National Pike, New Market

7th Street Frederick Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1305 West 7th Street, Frederick

Spring Ridge Elementary - School Parking Lot, 9051 Ridgefield Drive, Frederick

Thurmont Elementary - School Parking Lot, 805 E. Main Street, Thurmont
Walkersville - Discovery Shopping Center Parking Lot, 8425 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville

Whittier Elementary School, WhES parking lot, 2400 Whittier Drive, Frederick

Notes from the Guidance Counselor

Visit our new Guidance page for lots of resources to support families during the school closure. The page features a counselor check in form, weekly counseling mini-lessons, fun activities, and links to parent resources.


Term 4 Grade Reporting

You should have received an email update from your child's teacher regarding term 4 grade reporting. Students in grades two through five who participate in the FCPS Continuity of Learning (COL) plan will receive a term 4 grade of Pass (P) for each class, while students who do not participate or are unable to access classwork will receive an Incomplete (ICOL). Pass indicates that there is evidence that the student has met the learning expectations during COL. Incomplete indicates that there is not enough evidence that the student has met the learning expectations during COL. Students in kindergarten and first grade will earn the same grades they have had in the previous three terms: Exceeds Expectations (EE), Meets Expectations (ME), Approaches Expectations (AE), Developing Expectations (DE), or Not Evaluated (NE).

FCPS will not provide personal and social development ratings during Continuity of Learning at the elementary level. Also, specials grades (art, music, and physical education) will not be indicated on the term four report card. While special grades will not be recorded on the term four report card, we highly encourage your child to continue to participate in the specials' assignments during continuity of learning. The assignments and activities provided by Mrs. Shields-Roberson, Mr. Cabell, and Mr. Foit provide an outlet to engage our students in a variety of ways to develop skills.

School Hours and Printed Packets

Our front office lobby will be available 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on school days to pick up printed materials. When stopping to get printed materials, please take a packet for your child’s assigned grade level. Due to guidance from the Maryland State Health Department, we are not accepting completed print materials here at school. We encourage you to take a picture of the completed work or scan the work and send to your child's teacher. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can assist you.

If you need items other than the printed student packets, please call the office before coming to school to arrange for pick up of those items.

Technology Support

Our user support specialist . Mrs. Voorhees will be playing an important role in supporting our families with technology issues during distance learning. She will have office hours 9:00-11:00 AM on school days where can she respond to questions and issues with technology. Mrs. Voorhees can be reached at amy.voorhees@fcps.org.

Many of our teachers have shared office hours with you of when they will be responding to emails during distance learning. Teachers may respond to emails before their determined office hours, but please know we still adhere to the practice of a response within twenty-four hours.

Local Food Banks

Mount Airy Net: 403 S Main St (Inside Calvary UMC), Mount Airy, Maryland; (301) 829-0472

Brunswick, 601 East Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21710; 301-834-9718
Emmitsburg, 502 E. Main Street, Emmittsburg, MD 21727; 717-642-6963
Frederick City, Frederick Community Action Agency, 100 S. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701; 301-600-1506
Jefferson, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3866 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson, MD 21755; 301-371-5721
Knoxville, Mt. Zion AME, 202 Jefferson Pike, Knoxville, MD 21758; 301-834-7221
Middletown, Old Municipal Building, 301 W. Main Street, Middletown, MD 21769; 301-371-9429
Thurmont, 10 Frederick Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788; 240-288-1865
Urbana, Please Call for Location; 240-529-4815; Email: allsodifferent@yahoo.com
Walkersville/Glade Valley, 21 W. Frederick Street, Walkersville, MD 21793; 301-845-4229