Glendale-River Hills

Parent Newsletter October 2020

Superintendent Update

On Tuesday, September 15th, the school board approved the hiring of Dr. Elliott Moeser, as the interim superintendent. Dr. Moeser will begin working in the district on October 7th and will be working directly with Larry Smalley for a couple of weeks to ensure a smooth transition. Here is a personal message from Dr. Moeser:


Parents, Guardians and Community Members:


I am pleased to be back working in the schools in the Glendale/River Hills community. My career includes 37 years as a Superintendent of Schools, 17 of which were as the Superintendent of Schools for the Nicolet High School District. I will be retiring as an Associate Professor in Educational Administration at Concordia University Wisconsin on October 6, 2020 and will begin my new duties as the Interim Superintendent on October 7th. My wife and I have been residents of Glendale for 30 years. My three sons and one of my daughter-in-laws are all graduates of Glen Hills and Nicolet High School.


I would like to thank the School Board for the confidence they have shown in me. I also appreciate the professionalism and assistance Superintendent Larry Smalley has shown me during the transition period. I have high expectations for all of our students and look forward to working as a team with the outstanding Glendale/River Hills staff and faculty. I welcome the opportunity to once again serve the Glendale/River Hills community.


Elliott Moeser, Ph.D.

PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY

We are officially about a month into our virtual learning+ model. To help us continue and adjust as needed, to best serve the needs of our students, staff, and caregivers, we are asking for your assistance in completing another survey.


We value your ongoing feedback!


Parent/Guardian October Check-In Survey

STUDENT SURVEY

In addition to gathering feedback from parents and guardians, we also want to elevate student voices to understand how students are doing-socially, emotionally, and academically during our virtual learning model.


Parkway Families:

We would like participation from all of the Parkway students and are asking for your help in sharing their voice. Please complete the student feedback survey with your child so we can make sure your child's virtual learning experience is as positive as possible. Student feedback is greatly appreciated!


If you have a Parkway student please fill out this survey with your child: Parkway Student Survey Link.


Going through this with your child might sound like: "When your teacher was doing the lesson, was that hard for you, or did it make sense?"


Glen Hills Families:

We will be sending this same survey to all 4th through 8th-grade students via google classroom. The survey Glen Hills students will receive is the same survey included in this newsletter. If you prefer to support your child with sharing their voice you may help them using the attached link, as well: Glen Hills Student Survey Link.


Thank you for all your support with our virtual learning model!

October Dates @ a Glance!

Believe it or not, October is here, which means the school district offers parent-teacher conferences to all families on the following dates/times:


Tuesday, October 20- 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Thursday, October 22- 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Friday, October 23- 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM


Please see the communication from your classroom teachers and building principals for details, but all conferences at Parkway & Glen Hills will be conducted virtually.


PLEASE NOTE:

There will be NO SCHOOL for students on Friday, October 23rd due to conferences and NO SCHOOL for students on Monday, October, 26th due to regularly scheduled Professional Development for staff.


Enjoy the long weekend away from screen time!

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Dear Parents & Guardians:

Please join us for a VIRTUAL eight-part discussion series designed to provide caregivers additional resources to support the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) needs of children. Each session of the series will be scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM and last for one hour. The Series will be facilitated by our Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) team in the district, which includes our School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Counselors, and our Behavior/SEL Coach.


We recognize that during this time of distance learning there may be an increased need for support due to these unprecedented circumstances. Each of these eight sessions will help caregivers become more familiar with social and emotional learning and encourage families to actively engage in their own growth while supporting the children in the home.


Series Agenda: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

TONIGHT! Tuesday, Oct. 6 Intro to SEL Team and Discussion Series

Tuesday, Oct. 13 Hopes and Dreams

Tuesday, Oct. 27 Gratitude

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Family Emotional Safety

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Managing Stress with Mindfulness

Tuesday, Dec. 1 Fighting Fair

Tuesday, Dec. 8 Parent-Teacher Conversations

Tuesday, Dec. 15 Managing Fear


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FREE LUNCH CONTINUES!

A recent budget deal gives USDA authority to extend child nutrition waivers through the 2020-2021 school year. What does this mean? We can continue to provide FREE LUNCH to all families for the remainder of the school year!


Glendale River Hills School District is offering a convenient way to sign up for this benefit. Aramark, your new food service provider, has created a Google Form to make it easy to order. Sign up for meals for the following week by Friday before 9am to participate in this offering for your child. If you have any questions, please email shellie.gierach@glendale.k12.wi.us .

Updates from the North Shore Health Department on COVID-19

For those of that missed the board meeting last month and for others that would like to hear this information again, here is a brief summary of the recommendations that the North Shore Health Department is using to help guide school districts in making decisions about the learning models that should be used based on individual district data.


Recommendations for schools are based on the following metrics


COVID-19 Burden: The number of COVID-19 cases in a 14-day period computed as a rate per 100,000 population, which allows for comparison between communities.

a. Critical Case rate is greater than 350

b. High Case rate is greater than 100 but less than or equal to 350.

c. Moderately High Case rate is greater than 50, but less than or equal to 100.

d. Moderate Case rate is greater than 10, but less than or equal to 50.

e. Low Case rate is less than or equal to 10.


Percent Positivity: The percent of COVID-19 tests conducted during a time period that were resulted as positive. Multiple public health sources indicate that 5% or lower is ideal for permitting schools to meet in person.


COVID-19 Cases: The 14-day trend in percent positive COVID-19 test results. This metric aligns with the Burden of COVID Status but describes the trending of positive cases and not just the rate. This metric is available on the North Shore Health Department’s website and is provided as a weekly report to the North Shore area school districts.


Care: Percentage of hospitals not in crisis care and percent of hospital beds available. We know that hospitalization is a lagging indicator from cases, but an important metric that indicates the severity of disease within the community. This metric is available on the Milwaukee County COVID-19 Dashboard.

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GLENDALE DATA

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Masks in the district!

While we continue the exciting task of educating our students virtually, we understand there may come a time that you need to come to the actual building. While we are trying to limit visitors whenever possible, if you do come to school please respect our mask policy and wear a face covering. If you don't have a mask, one will be provided.


Thanks!

Our Responsibility

As a district, we are committed to providing a quality education for ALL students.


Our commitment is to EVERY kid, EVERY day, Whatever it takes!