The DiPiet Beat

September 21 - 25

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This Week

Happenings for this week:


Monday

  • Cohort A in-person learning

Tuesday

  • Cohort A in-person learning

Wednesday

  • All students are remote. The morning will have synchronous learning activities. The afternoon will be asynchronous activities as well as Art.

Thursday

  • Cohort B in-person learning

Friday

  • Cohort B in-person learning

From the Principal's Desk

Hello DiPietro Families,


It was so wonderful to see our students this week! My experience each year has been that students are so excited to show us something that is new to them be it their shoes, outfit, backpack, lunchbox, haircut..you name it. This year we added something I never would have imagined. Masks. Thank you for helping us out in this area!


In-Person Learning:

Your children were amazing! We had lots of smiling eyes throughout the week. (And I am guessing mouths under those masks) They had new routines to learn and they took everything in stride. The resiliency of young children never ceases to amaze me. You are all doing such an amazing job!


I have to take a moment to brag as well. Our DiPietro staff were amazing too! The custodians were tirelessly sanitizing throughout the day in addition to completing their typical daily tasks of getting supplies, maintaining the halls and cafeteria etc... Our cafeteria staff jumped right in and came up with wonderful and creative ways to get students eating as quickly as possible as well as make the changes to the kitchen less daunting. Our behavior techs and instructional learning assistant jumped between in-person and remote support as if they have been doing so for years, not days. Last but not least our specialists, teachers, and support staff made our social-distance walking, desks, recess time and more seem fun rather than a difficult change. The positivity was infectious.


Remote Learning:

The DiPietro staff would also like to take a moment to thank you for your patience as we work out the kinks with remote learning. One never truly knows what issues may come up until we, as a district, are all engaged in remote learning and this week showed us that changes need to be made. Our district's Informational Technology (IT) department has been working tirelessly to fix glitches. The glitches did make the teachers' plans difficult to implement which lead to some lessons that were shorter/longer/choppier (you name it) than anticipated. Each day was a better day and we plan for that to be the case next week. As always, if you have questions or concerns please reach out to your child's teacher. Thank you.


Student Google Accounts (not email)

Cohort B students should have brought home a blue or yellow paper with account information. Cohort A will be bringing home the paper on Monday. Remote teachers will be sharing with families via email. Here is a short screencastify to help you understand how to use it. I respectfully request that you login this weekend so you are ready for next week. Thank you.


Could you please address these discussion points with your children?


  • Borrowed school technology - please do not put any stickers or markings on the devices.
  • Gators and bandanas are not allowed per district protocols.
  • Masks should cover the nose and mouth.
  • They are awesome!


Thank you

Thank you for your patience and kind words as we navigated this first week. Several of the staff shared the kind emails and texts you sent via Remind and it truly helped. Everyone was reflective each day to see what we could improve upon and plan to do so over the next couple of weeks.


Please see below for a message from our Director of Nutrition.


I look forward to Week 2 of a truly unique school year. We're making history DiPietro Family!


Your principal,

Miriam Friedman

Parent Pick Up Locations
The DiPietro Virtual Backpack

Click here to check out our Virtual Backpack site to learn about recent/upcoming important DiPietro school information and COMMUNITY flyers.

FREE MEALS FOR ALL KIDS

A few words from our Nutrition Director - Liz Bell

We are so excited to announce that the USDA has extended free meals to all kids 18 and under until December 31st...please let us feed your students breakfast and lunch!


The USDA recently expanded a waiver for ALL students nationwide K-12 (and any siblings 18 and under) to receive FREE school meals (both breakfast and lunch - both in school or during remote learning) through Dec. 31st. No paperwork necessary, just have your student grab breakfast in the cafeteria to enjoy in the classroom or order lunch with their teacher. This is a win-win...no lunch bags for you to pack and 1 less thing your student has to carry throughout the school day!


We also encourage you to visit our Grab & Go service for remote learning day meals Monday & Wednesday 11:30-12:30 at BMS.

Taking advantage of this DOES NOT take meals away from those students that don't eat outside of school - what it DOES DO is support our district food service program by keeping people employed AND helps your town's education budget because the government reimburses your town for every meal served, typically at a higher rate than food costs.


If you feel you will qualify for free or reduced meals, please fill out the application so that we can have you in the system ready to go when this expires. We also have an online application if you prefer on our district website at https://www.bellinghamk12.org/food-services-77852125