The Fairview Connection
October 9, 2020
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL OPHUS
Dear Fairview Families,
It has been a good week of teaching and learning at Fairview School! I continue to appreciate the collective efforts of our students, staff and parents with each passing week as we continue to move forward with our curricular objectives while fostering positive classroom communities for our students. For some exciting updates and student recognitions, please take a moment to watch this video from Mrs. Durkan!
Thank you to all families for filling out the enrollment survey last week to notify us of your preference for your child in terms of remote learning vs. hybrid in person instruction as well as your AM & PM placement preferences for hybrid learners. We now have 100% of our students accounted for on the survey and have begun the process of creating updated class lists based on the information we have received. In the weeks ahead, if something has come up that has caused us to not be able to fulfill one of your preferences due to a programming need, too many families choosing AM or PM in a given classroom, or other potential problem, Mrs. Durkan or I will contact you to follow up. In looking at the results for Fairview, approximately 45% of families preferred to change to a hybrid model of instruction, approximately 40% selected to remain in a remote setting, and approximately 15% preferred to stay with their homeroom teacher regardless of the setting. With these numbers, it will require slightly more than half of our teachers to be hybrid teachers and slightly under half of our teachers to remain as remote teachers. Consequently, while this task isn’t finished yet, a little less than half of our overall student population will end up switching teachers. We believe that almost all students and teachers will stay together if they are going to be part of the same model. However, if a teacher is going to be remote and the student is going to be in person or vice versa, there will be a change in teacher. We will be communicating assignments out to families on October 26th. For an overview of our hybrid and remote learning programs, schedules and safety measures, please see this document.
In partnership with our wonderful PTO, we now have a process where students can select a birthday book as a special gift from the PTO! In a typical school year, we call students down to the office for them to pick out a book on their birthday, but this will look a little different this year. Rather than coming to the office, parents should fill out this form to request a birthday book. On the form, parents will provide the PTO with your home address and the best place for them to leave your child’s birthday book. You will provide your email address so that the volunteers working on this project can contact you when they expect to deliver the book. In addition, you will see a link with a list of titles by grade level that students can choose from. There is a question that asks for students to select 4 titles that interest them, and the PTO will deliver one of those preferred books right to your home. Special thanks to the PTO for their generosity in offering these books and their dedication to delivering them to our students! If your child has had a birthday between the start of the school year and today, or has a birthday coming up, feel free to fill out this form.
As we continue to look forward to a potential return to school for some students on November 9th if the established metrics allow, it may be an adjustment for some children to wear their mask for the two and a half hours they are here at school each day. In light of this, I encourage families to have their children practice wearing them around the house every now and then to ensure they have one that is comfortable to them and that they get used to wearing it for more than just a short period of time. It is also a good idea to consider sending your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at their desk or in their backpack. Even though we have a good supply of sanitizer in the building, it is helpful to have a personal bottle to use when the situation calls for it. I plan to continue giving little tips like this in newsletters to come, but we will also be providing more in-depth information to all students and parents as we draw closer to our start date.
As we head into the extended weekend, I hope you are able to take some time to unwind and enjoy being outside together with your family in what looks to be some beautiful weather!
CAPANNARI'S COOLEST SCHOOL CONTEST - PTO FUNDRAISER
LUNCH/SNACK ORDERING OPPORTUNITY FROM QUEST (DISTRICT'S FOOD SERVICE PROVIDER)
The entire district now has the capability to order lunch and a la carte items off of a new ordering platform.
• Please create an account with My Meal Order – Instruction attached. This will allow you to select the daily meals and/or a la carte options.
• Meal orders must be submitted by Thursday at Midnight for the next week.
• You will be required to create an account and transactions will happen at the point of order.
• It is highly recommended that the “low balance” notification is set up for your My Meal order account to ensure continuous food service. Insufficient funds will result in delayed ordering and may result in your order for the next week not being processed.
• First orders will be due September 8th at midnight for meal distribution on Tuesday the 15th and Thursday the 17th.
Meal Distribution will take place at Lincoln Middle School in D57 between 11:10am - 12:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week
• Orders for Tuesdays will be picked up Tuesday at Lincoln Middle School
• Orders for Thursday will be picked up Thursday at Lincoln Middle School
• Meals will be labeled with the student’s name and ID number
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Quest’s District Manager, Anthony Ferrazzuolo, at email@example.com or, Food Service Director at District 57. Donna Niesen at Donna.Niesen@questfms.com
Una Durkan, Assistant Principal
Office: 847-394-7320/Fax: 847-394-7328