Washington Weekly

August 14, 2020

Washington Families,

Please make sure to take a minute and read the latest update from Dr. Migliorino below regarding the district's Back-to-School Plan. All instruction for NPS students will begin virtually on August 24th.

There is information below about loading the Seesaw App for parents. We would like for you to do this by this coming Monday. Teachers will begin communicating with you through this app beginning next week.

We've also included some information for help with options for families for student supervision during this time of remote learning. There are several resources available if you are in need or know someone who is.

We know that this change to virtual instruction for all students to start the school year is difficult for families and students. Know that we are here to assist you in any way that we can.

Please reach out to us at lconnery@norman.k12.ok.us, slowery@norman.k12.ok.us or through the school # at 366-5984 if we can assist in any way.

Stay safe!

Dr. Connery & Mrs. Lowery

Washington Calendar

Check here for important dates and events happening at Washington!

NPS Parent Update from August 13th

Norman Public Schools Back-to-School Information

Click here for all the information on the NPS Back-to-School Plan.

Seesaw App for Parents

Seesaw is the learning platform that our teachers will be using not only through remote learning but throughout this year. We are asking parents to download the app prior to this coming Monday. Teachers will begin communicating through this app next week!

Links to Download the Seesaw App:

iOS Devices & Apple TV

Android Devices

Kindle Fire

Computers & Laptops

What is Seesaw? Introduction for Families (English)

Assistance for Student Supervision

We understand many families need assistance with supervising their children during this period of remote learning while parents and caregivers go to work. That is why we are working closely with the United Way and other community groups who have stepped in to provide opportunities for families in need of assistance during this period of virtual instruction. Click here to view opportunities for families in need. Organizations that are providing caregiving assistance are encouraged to submit information to the United Way to be included on the list of resources. Submission information can be found at www.unitedwaynorman.org/vlr.

Remote Learning Schedules

Many have asked how remote learning for students enrolled in the traditional/remote learning option or the blended learning option will be structured. Daily schedules have been designed to keep students engaged throughout the school day, without being in front of a screen for hours at a time. Click here to view district-wide remote learning schedules for all grades, as well as videos that provide some helpful information.

Please keep in mind that each teacher’s class may differ slightly, and teachers will communicate directly with students and parents. Students enrolled in the blended learning option may follow the A.M. or P.M. section of the remote learning schedules. It is also important to note that students who are enrolled in full-time virtual learning will not follow the remote learning schedules. Rather, they will receive different schedules from their teachers if they are enrolled in a full-time virtual option.

Remote Learning Schedule - Elementary School

Have you Enrolled Yet? If not, see information below!

Hey, Eagles! Let our principals, Dr. Connery and Mrs. Lowery, know your plans for this school year. Right now every student will begin the year virtually. Please enroll now for the option that you want when we return to in-person instruction (Traditional, Blended or Virtual).

There are three learning options available for the 2020-2021 school year: traditional/remote, blended and full-time virtual. Since school is beginning in remote learning/virtual mode, I want to communicate and clarify the enrollment learning options.

  • Traditional/remote - choose or stay with this option if you are planning to send your child to school when the school district begins to transition to in person instruction. Your child will be learning virtually with a Washington classroom teacher and will remain with the same teacher when we return in person instruction.
  • Blended will also stay the same when we transition to in-person instruction. We will work with you on what your student's daily schedule will look like for your child. It is our intent to keep your child's in person teacher and virtual teacher consistent through the transition to in person instruction.
  • Full-time virtual NPS will be placed with a full time virtual teacher from the district. This person will be the same throughout the school year. So when the rest of the students come back to in person instruction, the virtual students will continue instruction with their virtual teacher at home. This teacher could be a teacher from your home school Washington, but there is a chance that it will be from another site in Norman Public Schools.
  • Full -time virtual Edgenuity will be placed with a full time Edgenuity teacher and will continue with that person throughout the semester.

Visit https://www.normanpublicschools.org/enroll for enrollment information. Our staff is hard at work building those class lists!

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School Supplies

We encourage you to go ahead and buy your child's school supplies for this school year. They will be using some of the materials at home during virtual learning and then can transition those supplies back to school when we phase back to in-person instruction. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office and we will be happy to help!

Instructional Resources

Parents and guardians are encouraged to download the Norman Public Schools mobile app and create a Parent Portal account. In addition, learning management systems (Seesaw for elementary students and Canvas for secondary students) will be used to share lessons, assignments and academic activities. Parent access to the learning management systems will be provided by each student’s teacher after school has begun.

Message from PTA President, Summer McGuire

Hello Washington Families!

We are beginning to see that this year is going to be full of unknowns! Through the ins-and-outs of the year, the mission of the PTA remains to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. We are fully ready to support the administration, students and parents, and school as much as we can!

Washington Online Store

We plan to open the Washington Store on Tuesday, September 8 which will give parents the opportunity to purchase PTA Memberships, 2020-2021 Yearbooks, Tshirts, and Masks for the school year. We are teaming with Massive Graphics this year and all Tshirt and Mask orders will be purchased online (through Massive Graphics) and shipped directly to your house! Memberships, yearbooks, and Friday Treat donations will still be purchased through Washington PTA. We are super excited about this convenience!

PTA Memberships - ONLY $9

If you would like to purchase a PTA Membership now, you may do so now for only $9 at https://washpta.square.site/product/pta-membership/2?cs=true

The Washington Elementary PTA is a great way to get involved at Washington. By joining the PTA (for only $9), you have a chance to voice your ideas about school business, meet other parents and teachers, build rapport, make friends, and develop further relationships within the community. Your membership helps to provide support for teachers, scholarships for students and items and projects for the school to help with educational needs. It is honestly a great way to give back and stay-in-the-know at Washington!

Washington PTA General Meeting - Thursday, September 10 via Zoom

I'd like to invite you to mark your calendars for the first PTA General Meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m. Look for more information as the meeting will be held via Zoom. We would love to have your participation!

2019-2020 Yearbooks

Information regarding the distribution of the 2019-2020 yearbooks will be coming soon. Please contact Principal Dr. Lori Connery or Assistant Principal Stephanie Lowery at Washington Elementary (405-366-5984) with any questions.

As always, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to call, text, or email me! I will always be happy to help or try to answer any questions! I can be reached at (405) 249-6042 or by email at sdufran@yahoo.com!

We have an amazing school filled with amazing administration, teachers, parents, and students! I feel so blessed to work with each and everyone of you!

Take Care and will "See" you (via Zoom) on September 10!!

Summer McGuire

Washington PTA President 2020-2021

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