EBE Home Connections
May 4, 2020
Welcome to May
We are now into the month of May and here is another edition of my electronic Elger Bay newsletter, EBE Home Connections.
Each week I will work to keep copy or information that is still relevant and current (repeated) while adding a bit of new each week as we progress.
Two new pieces to look for this week are in regard to information about how student placement for next year will be similar and different. The other is advance notice for our Friday ZOOM Webinar to show off the renderings of the planned playground to be built this summer at Elger Bay.
Thank you for so positively staying in touch with teachers and office.
Hang in there!
Beginning at 2:45 PM on Friday, May 8, please click on THIS BUTTON (link) if you would like to join Mr. Hanzeli for a brief (10-15 mins.) webinar showing the renderings (drawings) of what will be the new Elger Bay Elementary playground toys.
2020 - 2021 Kindergarten Registration Available ONLINE
Need Tech Support?
If you continue to have issues, please contact our Technology Help Line at 360.403.3966
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For those still needing some assistance getting connected with SeeSaw, Google Classroom or Clever CLICK ON THE BUTTON for some visual supports.
Drive Through Plan: Chromebooks, Library Books, Student Supplies, G4/G5 (optional) Recorders Pickup
From this point on the drive through will take place up front in the BUS LANE and will be coned for easy viewing.
DRIVE THROUGH SCHEDULE:
Every Tuesday (through May), 10:00-1:00
Thursday, 5/5, 10:00-1:00
CHROMEBOOKS: Chromebooks are still available to sign out for each Elger Bay student. Email Mr. Blom ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) and we will get you on our list.
STUDENT BELONGINGS: We are down to about 35 bags of student items. These are available at the times listed for pickup. Our teams will continue to work with you and contact you to get them in your hands. Some teachers have included the math workbook and other materials they may want students to access in the coming days.
LIBRARY BOOK DROP OFF: Mrs. Chaplik appreciates anyone who is able to come by and there will be a safe drop off bin for the library books during the drive through pickup.
RECORDERS (optional for G4 and G5): You will see another article later about this option for G4 and G5 students. Recorder pickup will take place during the times listed above.
If you are grade 4 or grade 5 EBE student interested in learning the recorder, CLICK ON THIS BUTTON to read a memo from Mr. Crouch with all the details.
Online Learning (MORE)...Paper Packets (less) (REAPEATED)
I recognize that not everyone is or wants to be online and that many people do not have computer devices and / or may not even have WiFi. As with everything, we realize one size does not fit all. We will continue to be as accommodating as possible.
Let me do a brief review of the past month. The first two main "general education" packets that were delivered via Clever or paper packets were generalized by grade levels and represented a broad set of valuable resources pertinent to each grade level. I realized we kind of 'trained you' that huge amounts of paper were going to be needed each round of new work. I hope that will be changing in the coming weeks as the huge majority of the work will shift to online platforms.
As we prepare for round 3 on April 27, staff are gearing up their first efforts at using distance learning and the Google Classroom or SeeSaw platforms to connect with students and look at their work. To that end, there should be way fewer packets needed with each coming week.
IMPORTANT NOTE RE PACKETS: For the April 27 round of learning materials, we will be copying and mailing any materials that you might think are needed to be copied for those who have been signed up to receive paper. Beginning in May, I am planning to remove students from the "mailing list" for whom I know the teacher, student, and parent are successfully connected and interacting ONLINE.
We are going to monitor this closely and do everything we can to accommodate everyone, but we need and want to try and make the online transition as much as possible.
As we embark on having a greater presence between home and school online, we want to share a basic set of NORMS to help guide the way in which our students interact with the teacher and other students online.
Still Not Internet Connected?
If you are someone who would like to be connected but still need internet access, please consider the following:
1. Is there cell phone service available for your home location?
Meaning, if someone has a cell phone where your children would learn, could they get service?
2. Do you know if that potential cell service works with a Verizon or TMobile phone?
3. If you answered YES to both of those and you need supports, I can get you on a waitlist for mobile hotspots.
If this describes your circumstance and you otherwise have no access to WiFi, please Email Mr. Hanzeli (email@example.com ) at your first convenience and we will get you on the list to potentially receive a hotspot.