John Muir Outdoor School News
April 24, 2021
Dear John Muir Outdoor School Families,
We are so excited to welcome some of our students back on campus for full days on Monday! Our in-person school day for those students will be 8:30 - 2:50 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. For families that have chosen the Comprehensive Distance Learning option, we hope that through our orientation and training, emails, and outreach that you are feeling ready for the soft-start with the Edgenuity program this week. And even if you aren't, support is at the ready!
Regardless of the program that you chose, Wednesdays will remain remote and the mornings will be a time for the whole classroom community to come together with their current teacher. We will continue to have Community Sing each morning at 8:30 followed by classroom time. Individual teachers will share the details of those mornings, if they have not already.
For families with a child who will be returning to school on-site, please read the detailed Hybrid Expectations below. There is a great deal of important information included. Please read it carefully and discuss with your child(ren). Teachers will also review this information with their classes.
As we head into yet another shift for all of us this school year, we thank you again for your ongoing support. We couldn't be more grateful for your continued flexibility, partnership, and understanding.
Lastly, I am thrilled to share that I have a new title- that is not interim! After an extensive process, I was offered the position of principal of John Muir Outdoor School and Ashland Connect at JMOS. I enthusiastically accepted. I am looking forward to continuing to be a part of this incredible school, school community, and your lives in the year to come and beyond!
Outdoor Education Captured Moments
Outdoor Education Schedule
Fridays: 4, 5/6, and 7/8
Classroom teachers will send out specific information about any unique drop off or pick-up plans on Outdoor Ed days as well as locations, and individual needs, etc.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Safety Issue
Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack
Breakfast: Students who have requested breakfast (in advance through their classroom teacher) will be given a sack breakfast the day before to take home at the end of the school day. Monday they will take home Tuesday's breakfast, and so on until Friday when they will receive a breakfast for Monday.
Mid-morning snack: If you would like to send your child with a small snack, there will be an opportunity to eat during mid-morning break. More details about the timing of snacks (and in particular snack needs on outdoor ed days) will come from individual teachers.
Lunch: Students are welcome to bring a lunch from home or order a school lunch. Please make sure containers are non-breakable (no glass) and easy for your child to open.
For students staying in Comprehensive Distance Learning, meals can be picked up daily at the Ashland High School cafeteria from 11-1.
Movement breaks & play
What type of face masks do students need at school?
Students returning to campus must wear a mask that fits their face, covering both their nose and mouth at all times. Bandanas, gaiter style face coverings, masks with valves, or face shields only are not permitted. (Students may wear face shields in addition to their masks.)
Thank you, Pony Espresso!
JMOS receives additional federal funding each year based on the percentage of enrolled families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. These funds provide critical supports from educational assistants, our CDS, and Reading and Math Specialists.
New plumbing has been installed under the existing subgrade. We will soon be filling these trenches back with concrete and prepare for the framing to continue in these areas. Completion: Summer, 2022
Volunteer Opportunities and beyond
Parent Teacher Collective
Are you a parent or guardian of a child attending John Muir Outdoor School? Then you are a member of PTC and an essential part in supporting our school's students, teachers, and staff! Are you a staff member at JMOS? Then you are partners with JMOS's parents and guardians as we continue our work this year to strengthen the community and support our children through these challenging times! We need your voice.
- May 18th (6-7:30pm)
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5446613651
Site Council 5/13 at 3:30pm
Site Council is a great way to get involved in our school’s instructional program to ensure success for all students. Our Site Council is open to all JMOS families! If you'd like to join us, please email Jennifer Parks for a meeting Zoom link.
Please see the link below for the April meeting minutes.
Family and Caregiver Supports
Financial Supports for Families
Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online or contact your local school.
DHS will continue to work with federal partners to provide help to Oregonians in need. To apply for Nutrition Assistance, visit needfood.oregon.gov or call 2-1-1.
If you need help paying your electric bill, check out the Oregon Energy Fund. It provides funds for energy assistance to more than 30 partner agencies and nonprofits in Oregon. Find more information here.
Counseling Services for students with OHP
School Care Coordinator
School Care Coordinators are continuing to provide services during the COVID 19 pandemic. We are ready to assist families to navigate through these difficult times.
SERVICES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
· Help navigating insurance enrollment
· Assisting with the mental heath application and assessment process
· Barrier removal
· Assistance in accessing clothing, food, housing and utility support
· Providing connections to other agencies
Any student regardless of insurance type, economic, or special education status can access this service.
Please contact Camille at (541)414-0914 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Important Dates and Events
Monday, 4/26: Full Day (In-Person Learning Begins
Thursday, 5/13: Final Site Council Meeting (3:30-4:30pm)
Tuesday, 5/18: PTC Meeting (6-7:30pm)
Monday, 5/31: Memorial Day (No School)
Friday, 6/18: Last Day of School
John Muir Outdoor School
JMOS: Inspiring our students to deepen their connection with the Earth through integrity, the arts, stewardship, and authentic learning experiences.