Family Newsletter

11/29/20

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Home- School Partnership

Hello everyone-


We hope that everyone was able to stay safe and healthy while still connecting with others over the past few days. As a reminder, we will be working online on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of this week. Students will be in person on Wednesday and Thursday.


We wanted to thank you for all that you are doing to foster learning while students are not able to learn with us in the building. The teachers have shared how successful the kids are being with their learning and we appreciate your partnership through this process. We know that this is not always easy and we are grateful for your patience and help when challenges may arise.


Please remember to submit your commitment for your child's learning program (in person or online) through the end of the year. Please click here to complete the survey. Your child's student ID number is their lunch number, if they don't know it, you can find it in Infinite Campus. If you need help with Infinite Campus, please click here. Although the deadline is not until 5:00 pm on December 2nd, we will be calling families on Tuesday who have not yet submitted their response. We want to reach out to see what questions you have and how we can help you make an informed decision. With students returning in person on Wednesday, we will not be able to make calls on that day. We understand that this is a big decision and are happy to talk through the options with you if needed, please email or call the office.


Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or if we can provide support in any way. Thank you for your partnership in keeping the Robinson community safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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This Week's Schedule

A parent shared that it would be helpful to include a calendar of the week ahead to keep families in touch with what is going on that week. I am always open to feedback and happy to help if I can. Moving forward, I will have the week at a glance at the top of each newsletter to help us plan for the days ahead. Thanks for sharing!


Link to our school webpage calendar

Week of November 30th-

This week is a D week

Online Book Fair begins- use this link to shop

This week is Wellness Week


Monday, November 30

Students work online with teachers

Wellness Week Activity- Mindful Monday

Regular School Board Meeting 7:00 PM click link to join


Tuesday, December 1

Students work online with teachers

Wellness Week Activity- Viewing of "Angst" 6:30-8:00 pm (for parents/guardians) visit the link for additional information: kirkwoodschools.org/WellnessWeek


Wednesday, December 2

Silly Socks Theme for our Wacky Wednesday

Students work in person with teachers

Wellness Week Activity- Eat Well Wednesday- eat healthy today- or visit the link to participate in a virtual cooking class: kirkwoodschools.org/WellnessWeek


Thursday, December 3

Students work in person with teachers

Wellness Week Activity- Thankful Thursday- share/show gratitude


Friday, December 4

Students work online with teachers

Wellness Week Activity- Fitness Friday- get moving and be active

Curbside Library Pick Up Resumes at the OLC for At Home Learning families. Please continue to use either this Google form or have your child place books on hold after logging into their Destiny Discover account.

Pivot Follow Up

I have received many questions regarding what we are doing differently to ensure that a pivot does not happen again and what we will use to determine if a pivot will be needed again in the future.



Next semester should look like this quarter for either in person or online programs. We are not anticipating changing any schedules or doing any major overhauls to our programs. We have not changed any of our health and safety protocols at Robinson. We are following all of the recommendations and requirements set in place by our CDC and St. Louis County Health Department. Our pivot out was not due to a large amount of positive cases from within our building nor do we believe that Covid 19 has been transmitted within our building. Our pivot was due to the amount of staff in quarantine because they were close contacts to others who had tested positive.


Below are the guidelines that we follow to determine if a pivot should be needed:

St.L. County Guidelines: "The St. Louis County Health Department suggests that if over 5% of the student body in a building or district test positive any day, 4% test positive over 2 days in a row or 3% test positive for 3 days in a row, then that building or district closes for 10 days"

Or in our case- 25% or more of instructional staff out at once- we actually had 31% of our instructional staff out at one point during our pivot.


I have included the link to the BoE presentation regarding our return to in person learning. This may help to paint a more thorough picture of all the health and safety protocols that we have in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We are following all of the guidelines and are confident that these measures are mitigating the spread of the virus on our campus. https://go.boarddocs.com/mo/ksdmo/Board.nsf/files/BTW54S0E7698/$file/PlntoRettoLea2020Sep28.pdf


I'd be happy to hop on a phone call or email, with you to answer any additional questions you may have.


Please let me know how I can support you in this process.

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Thank You to PTO- Staff Appreciation Committee

The PTO Staff Appreciation Committee provided a coffee truck for all staff on Tuesday morning. They provided a drink from the truck and a baked good! Thank you to everyone who helped organize, bake, and work that day!
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Library Info & Updates


Our Virtual Book Fair will be open to shoppers from Monday, November 30th through Sunday, December 13th. Orders of $25 or more ship free to your house! If you would like to purchase books for your child's classroom, please either reach out to the teacher for any specific requests or have your child choose one of their favorites to donate!


Feel free to share the shopping link with family and friends. All purchases will help the Robinson library purchase new books! Please use this link to shop beginning November 30th: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/georgerrobinsonelemschool1


Curbside pick up will resume for virtual families only on Friday, December 4th. Please continue to use either this Google form or have your child place books on hold after logging into their Destiny Discover account.

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Please Join Us for the Robinson Winter Scavenger Hunt

Do you love Robinson and miss connecting with other families? Do you love a good challenge? Do you need an excuse to change things up from the COVID daily grind, well we’ve got just the event for you!

The hunt is on! Wear Robinson red and masks as you complete at least 12 of 16 scavenger hunt challenges throughout the Kirkwood community or at home. Or “black out” your entire scavenger hunt board! This is an interactive, family hunt where you can access a link to a shared Google Photos album to share, view, like and comment on pictures/videos as families complete challenges in real time. After finishing the hunt, head to Robinson for the Hot Cocoa Final “Curbside” Pit Stop.


Detailed Instructions and Scavenger Hunt Challenge Boards will be shared via a google link closer to December 12th! Scavenger Hunt Boards can be viewed electronically or printed from home.

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STEAMFest Information

Kirkwood’s annual STEAMFest will happen this year, but protocol and timing are very different. This is due to Kirkwood adhering to The Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair changes for 2021.


Our website has been updated with new information, new instructions, new forms, new calendar, and new deadlines that are much earlier than in years past. You can get started NOW!


Due to the new, shorter deadlines, no time extensions will be made for submitting materials this year. The application has been replaced with a Research Plan Form. Students can complete and submit that for pre-approval by January 13, 2021. The sooner it's submitted, the sooner it's approved.


Once students have received their approval, they can begin work on their virtual project and logbook. When completed, materials will be submitted no later than February 24, 2021.


On March 10, 2021, Kirkwood will share results via emails to students, on the district website, with all schools, and through social media. Qualifying projects will advance to the annual Academy of Science St. Louis Science Fair for judging.


More details are available on our website. Just visit:

https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/domain/70