Robert Hunter Report

Sept. 27, 2020

Robert Hunter Elementary School

Mrs. Sherri Glaab, Principal

Mrs. Jessica Braynor, Vice Principal

Sept. 27, 2020

Dear Robert Hunter families,


We hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!


This week, we had our first virtual assembly and introduced this year’s theme of mindfulness. Some of our 4th Grade service corp leaders in Ms. Ashey’s class helped to demonstrate a mindful breathing activity. We also celebrated September birthdays! It is important that our students continue to feel connected as a school community!


We will be sharing more information regarding our school’s hybrid schedule this coming week. You will be getting specific schedules from your child’s teacher to ensure you understand what each week entails.


Please note there have been some recent cohort changes, so please do not refer to Seesaw for cohort groupings. We certainly understand that everyone is eager for this information in order to plan. Cohort groupings will be made visible on Parent Portal early this week. We will alert families when this information is available.


We understand that there is so much information to process right now. We also know how difficult a time this is as families are planning for work and childcare while changes continue to occur. Please know that these changes come from the district’s desire to get kids in school as soon as possible! We will work together to make sure our families have a clear understanding of the coming changes.


Additional information regarding new arrival and dismissal procedures will be shared soon.


We know that families may have many questions about this transition. We will be holding parent Zoom sessions this week to discuss the schedule and answer questions.


Thank you four your ongoing patience and support.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Mrs. Glaab and Mrs. Braynor

This week's calendar:

Sept. 28th- No School- Yom Kippur

Sept. 29th- DAY 5, Spiritwear Due, Grade 1 Materials Pick-Up 2:00-3:00

Sept. 30th- DAY 6, Grade 2 Materials Pick-Up 2:00-3:00, Grades K-1 Parent Information Zoom Session 6:00

Oct. 1st- DAY 6, Kindergarten Materials Pick-Up, 2:00-3:00

Oct 2nd- DAY 6, Grades 2-4 Parent Information Zoom Session 6:00

Family Information Sessions

See Zoom links below to join in our information sessions:


Sept. 30th , 6:00-6:45 pm (Grades K-1)

https://frsd.zoom.us/j/82254203846?pwd=Q3FtaVRhcUEydFhvb1REdnZLbk1UZz09

Meeting ID: 822 5420 3846

Passcode: 3dy5gR

One tap mobile

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Oct. 2nd - 6:00-6:45 pm (Grades 2-4)

https://frsd.zoom.us/j/82934419503?pwd=ZTRhUjA3UTU2RnF5Z2RaYmxSb2FGdz09

Meeting ID: 829 3441 9503

Passcode: 454wbx

One tap mobile

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Preparing for in-person instruction

Please ensure you are familiar with Genesis and can get into your Parent Portal account. We will be using Genesis for our DAILY Health Screener. Please remember, this is necessary for all families to complete for their child prior to then entering the building.


Written directions are HERE. Step-by-step visual instructions are HERE.


We will be running a Screener Test next week. This is through Genesis. So once again, ensure that your Parent portal account is working properly.


Children will be required to wear masks when they are within the building. The children will only take masks off when they are eating lunch or outside, socially distanced 6 feet apart. Please begin to provide your child the opportunity to wear a mask and build their mask stamina.

Clarification - Hybrid Schedule dates

Per Dr. McGann’s letter, starting on Oct. 5 (pending Board approval), all district elementary students (virtual and hybrid) will be split into two cohorts - Cohort A and Cohort B. This means that each class will be split into two smaller sections.


Monday, October 5th and Tuesday, October 6th

Our Hybrid Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who are in Cohort A will return to school. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in Cohort A, who are virtual learners, will meet with their homeroom teacher virtually.


Meanwhile, Hybrid Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who are in Cohort B will be doing all virtual instruction - some with their homeroom teacher and some with a support teacher.


Grade 2-4 students will be following this same Cohort A and B schedule but all virtually. No students will be in the building.


Wednesday, Oct. 7th

All students will follow the A/B Cohort schedule. Cohort A- will be instructed by their homeroom teacher, virtually. Cohort B students will continue to be instructed by RH support teachers and their homeroom teacher, virtually. No students will be in the building on Wednesday so it may be deep cleaned.


Thursday Oct. 8th and 9th

Our Hybrid Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who are in Cohort B will return to school. Kindergarten and Grade 1 students in Cohort B, who are virtual learners, will meet with their homeroom teacher virtually.


Meanwhile, Hybrid Kindergarten and Grade 1 students who are in Cohort A will be doing all virtual instruction - some with their homeroom teacher and some with a support teacher.


Grade 2-4 students will be following the same Cohort A and B schedule all virtually.


We understand there is a lot of movement the week of October 5th! Starting, Oct. 12th, all elementary students will begin alternating A/B weeks with Cohort A Hybrid students in the building for the entire week. Cohort B hybrid students will return to the building the week of Oct. 19th.

Materials Pick-up

Grades K, 1 and 2 will have another supply pick-up time.

Tuesday Sept. 29th - Grade 1 from 2-3 PM

Wednesday Sept. 30th - Grade 2 from 2-3 PM

Thursday Oct. 1st - Kindergarten from 2-3 PM

Should a family need an alternate day/ time to pick up materials, please reach out to Robyn Bennet in our main office so she may coordinate a convenient time. rbennet@frsd.k12.nj.us

Transportation Survey

If your child will be attending school in-person, please complete the following survey that was sent out Friday evening: https://forms.gle/v1r6o3N1VC6c1BHx5

In planning arrival and dismissal procedures, it will be helpful to know how many students will be bus and car riders.

Thank you!

TECH SUPPORT

If a student/parent is having a technology issue related to a District-issued device, please contact the district’s technology help hotline:

Email: StudentTechHelp@frsd.k12.nj.us

Phone: 908-284-7652


Please see student and family technology tutorials here: Student and Parent Tutorials

Please note that there are multiple tabs on this document with resources and tutorial videos for navigating the different technology tools being used this year.

School Meals

Food pick-up will be this Tuesday, Sept. 29th and then will continue on Fridays once the hybrid schedule begins. Students who attend school in-person will be able to order lunch, free of charge.
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PTO - Highlights and Reminders!

PTO Meeting- Thursday October 8th, 7pm

Join us for the first PTO meeting of the year via Zoom! We will be discussing upcoming events, fundraisers and ways our PTO can support students, staff and families during this unique school year. Please RSVP through the link below to receive the Zoom meeting link via email:


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kOPJvIHzQlkVPx7J9-ZXGgC26Gr6Nncq65q48j34kHc/edit?usp=drivesdk


Update your Membership Toolkit/Directory profile to ensure you receive all PTO communications!

If you haven't already signed up for a Membership Toolkit account or updated your family/directory information for this year please see the link below to Register:

https://roberthunterelem.membershiptoolkit.com/dashboard

On our website, click “Register” and follow the prompts to tell us about your family. You can specify what information you'd like to appear in the directory — or choose not to appear at all. Then join the PTO for the current school year! As always, volunteering and meetings are TOTALLY optional. Although we invite you to do both, and hope you will!

Already registered? – Login! Confirm your family information. Then join PTO for the new school year. The whole process takes less than 3 minutes!

We hope you will consider completing your profile and updating your information so that you are sure to receive future PTO communications and have access to our school directory!

Click here for more information about signing up for Membership Toolkit!

Questions? Let us know: roberthunterptodirectory@yahoo.com


Fall Spirit Wear Sale - EXTENDED to September 29th

Show your Robert Hunter school spirit by ordering some Robbie Raccoon gear! We have a variety of child and adult items, as well as Robert Hunter masks for adults and children available for purchase. The fall sale will run ONLINE ONLY. The deadline to order is Thursday September 29th. Visit our RH School Spirit store to order:

https://heritagespiritwear.com/product-category/robert-hunter/.

Contact Lori Castronuovo at Loricastronuovo@gmail.com with any questions.

Paint Party Fundraiser!