Eagle Sightings June

Caspar van Haalen, Principal

Dear Eagle Families,

Much like NASA on Saturday counted down the last 10 seconds before lift-off of the Falcon 9 rocket, so are we counting down - the last 10 days. NASA celebrated the beginning of a new space era; we are celebrating the end of a year that took a turn for the unexpected. More importantly, we celebrate you and your students for being such committed families in this unusual time.

As we are winding down, these are a few things I’d like to bring to your attention:

  • The last day of school, June 12, is a half day. Instruction will end at 11:10 AM.

  • Our 5th grade promotion is on Thursday, June 11, at 10:00 AM. The 5th grade team will share the particulars with their students and families.

  • Students’ (personal) belongings that are in the classrooms may be picked up on June 11 and June 12 only, from 8:15 - 11:10 AM. Please check in at the office upon entering the building. Visitors must wear masks.

  • Please look under your student’s bed and behind the doghouse for any school library books to be returned.

  • Report cards will be mailed on June 15. Students received standards-based ratings (level 1 - 4) for academics and behavior on their first semester report cards, and you received a progress report just when we started teleschool. An important data point in the determination of how students rate relative to the learning standards is the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP), which is administered three times a year. Due to COVID-19, we were not able to give the third one. Depending on how much new learning your student(s) absorbed since March 21, teachers may decide to write “IE” (Insufficient Evidence), rather than give a rating for standards they weren’t able to cover due to COVID-19. At minimum, of course, just like in middle and high school, students have earned the grades on their second semester report cards - for the learning through that semester. Lastly, your student’s attendance/engagement may also play a role, of course, although that will not be included in her/his permanent school records.

There is more to reflect on than would fit on just one page. Suffice it to say that, regardless of the terms “teleschool”, “remote”, and “social distancing”, it is the true sense of community that has gotten us through this period of uncertainty. The positive mindset of all involved has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring. In whatever form we come back in September, we will do what is best for kids.

It is a privilege to work with such dedicated staff, students, and you. I will keep giving it my all to provide the best leadership possible, with high expectations, respect, mindfulness, and recognition of each individual student’s unique qualities, hopes, and dreams.

In educational partnership,

Caspar van Haalen


Notes from the office:

  • if you are able, please clear up or make payment on any outstanding lunch balances; any money left on account will roll over into the next year
  • as staff plan for next school year it is extremely helpful if you tell the office of plans to switch schools or move out of the area
  • have you recently changed phone numbers or moved....update the office
  • you can return your library books in front of the elementary school

the month ahead....

6/11 8:15a-2:45p Student Pick Up of Belongings at School

6/11 10:00a 5th Grade Promotion Drive Thru!

6/12 8:15a-11:10a Student Pick Up of Belongings at School

6/12 11:10a Early Release & Last Day of School!

With your help FHES will order student school supplies in bulk for the 2020-2021 school year:

Here's how it works:

  • pay $32 per enrolled K-5 student through SKYWARD Family Access by the end of August.

  • FHES will order all student supplies over the summer

  • on September 3rd, 2020 each child starts the year with necessary supplies

Can you afford to give a little more? Please do!

We are strongly encouraging full participation; not only are the cost savings significant, but it saves families time as well. Most importantly, students are assured an equal start with supplies teachers have tested and know to be of good quality!

Each student will need his or her own backpack.

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