Weekly Family Newsletter: Wk 12 S2

The Know-whats and the Know-hows at Estacada Middle School!

Monday 4/20 - Virtual A Day

Tuesday 4/21 - Virtual B Day

Wednesday 4/22 - Virtual A Day

Thursday 4/23 - Virtual B Day

Friday 4/24- No Virtual School


Thank you for your continued support at home! As you continue to find balance with your individual work schedule and helping your student with her/his learning, please reach out for help from us. We are here for you as you are here for us.

Thank you for helping your students with their schoolwork. Thank you for practicing patience with your student, your student's teachers, our school, and our district. We are continuing to provide a high-quality learning experience for you student and as we aspire to achieve "Best-in-Class," we will need to work through the system together.

Thank you for encouraging your student to do the hard work online and in front of a computer. We appreciate your partnership, your encouragement, your support, and your dedication to your student's learning. #estacadastrong.


What Can We Do To Serve You Better? Take Survey Below

Click on this Button or View the Survey Below to help us learn how we can serve you better. We want our virtual experience to be Best-in-Class! Give us Feedback!

Helping Your Student to Check Email

We need your help: Can you please ask your student, "Do you know how to check your email?"

All students at EMS have a school-issued "Gmail" email address they can access. If your student does not know how to check their email, please help them view their messages.

If you or your student do not know how to check email, please send an email to emsinfo@estacada.k12.or.us.

Care, Connection, and High Expectations for Learning

First and foremost we want you and your student to be well, both physically and with your mental health.

We aspire to make connection with your student. It is important that your student feels supported and safe before, during, and after completing any schoolwork.

As we proceed through virtual learning, your student's achievement and measurement of proficiency in Essential Learning Standards are being measured. You are able to view your student's learning proficiencies in PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Please be prepared to receive end-of-year reporting of your student's learning in our traditional report card.

Yearbooks Extension to Order: DUE BY 4/20/20

Order your student's yearbook by 4/20/20; the deadline has been extended!

Please visit www.ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter the code: 10060120

The yearbook is a sturdy soft cover with protective coating. It includes all-color pages that vibrantly capture your memories throughout the school year. There is a durable binding that keeps the yearbook intact through wear and tear. An upgrade to hard cover is $5.00.

8th Grade Virtual Promotion Ceremony

Thursday, June 11th, 6:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

EMS will continue to host an 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. This school year, we will host a Virtual Promotion Ceremony for all out-going 8th Graders.

Families will be invited to join a live (either Facebook Live or a Zoom Webinar) promotion ceremony in which we will celebrate our 8th Grade Students as they celebrate the right of passage into EHS (Go Rangers)!

8th Grade Families Only: Please help us by sending your student's Baby Picture to Anjie at emsinfo@estacada.k12.or.us.

Our Positive Behavior Expectations for Virtual School

Families: Please click here (or view below) to view our virtual school learning expectations as you and your student engage in academic school work.

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Virtual School Continues Monday through Thursday (4/20 through 4/23)

Your student's safety, your student's academic learning, your student's social-emotional learning and regulation, and your student's health is a priority of ours.

We have high expectations for your student and their learning throughout the remaining days of the school year. If you are in need of any support to ensure your student is able to complete the virtual learning, please reach out to us.

We believe that a pre-scripted routine will benefit the student and the parent as you begin to practice a "New Normal." Below this text, view the schedule for virtual learning. Please expect your student to do no more than 4 hours of learning each day (1 hour per class period), four days each week. Your student may be asked to participate in a break-out session or your student can schedule individual meetings with teachers from 1:30 to 3:30.

If your student is unable to participate in virtual learning between 9am and 1:30pm, that is OK. All lessons will be accessible at any time and any direct instruction will be recorded for you and your student to view at a later time.

Attendance is taken during the virtual week via digital communication. Your student must make "virtual contact" with your student's teachers by submitting assignments or sending an email for each class within 48 hours. Please support your student's learning by helping manage their virtual schoolwork.

Ben Hargrave: hargraveb@estacada.k12.or.us (Principal)

Deb Wexler: wexlerd@estacada.k12.or.us (Vice Principal)

Amelia Gundlach: gundlacha@estacada.k12.or.us (Counselor)

Shelby Tracy: tracys@estacada.k12.or.us (Site Based, Licensed Social Worker)

Ashley Carroll: carrolla@estacada.k12.or.us (Todos Juntos Adjunct Counselor)


Families: Please read this FAQ document to provide you with any answers you may be looking for. If you have a question that is not answered on this document, please reach out to us (emsinfo@estacada.k12.or.us)!

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Locker Items Distribution and Pick-Up Days

Tuesday, May 5th, 9am to Wednesday, May 6th, 3pm

500 Northeast Main Street

Estacada, OR

We are planning on emptying out, bagging up, and distributing your student's items from her/his locker on May 5th and May 6th. Please save the date according to your last name!

May 5th: Last Names A-L (9am to 11am ; 1pm to 3pm)

May 6th: Last Names M-Z (9am to 11am ; 1pm to 3pm)

All medication must be picked up by an adult guardian.

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Please Click Below for Resources and Information about Virtual Learning

Each Virtual Day Your Student Receives One Video "Hello!" From EMS Staff. View the First Week of Videos Below!

Video for Students from Ms. Bible
Elizabeth Warren Stay Home Save Lives Video
Ms Jackson's Life In Isolation as told by Disney Song Memes
Do You or Your Student Need to Meet with Office Staff?

Click here to learn about scheduling a meeting for yourself or your student during Virtual Learning.

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Center Yourself, Reduce Anxiety, Identify Stress, and Practice Self Care: Mindfulness

Below you will find three links you and your family can use to practice mindfulness. To slow your potential concerns from manifesting in stress, to limit the increased anxiety you may be feeling, and to remain present for yourself and your family are important during the social distancing practices. These three links: Headspace, Calm, and Stop-Breathe-Think are tools you and your family can use to help build your mental health stamina. Please click in the links above to explore these options.

Click Here for Resource Information

If you are in need of any support and are looking for ways to get help or help others, please click on this link! We are in this together!

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Resources From Our Community

If you or your family is in need of any additional resources, please click on this link and view whether or not you may be able to take advantage of these options.

During uncertain times, it is important to stay positive and provide routines for yourself, your student, and your family. Determine whether or not these resources may help you to continue to build a routine.

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We are dedicated to ensuring EMS and the Estacada Community is safe for all students. Building this environment is important.

If you see or hear about bullying, violence, drugs, or harm to your school or a student, report a tip using SafeOregon.

Use this link, here.

Email your tip: tip@safeoregon.com

Call or Text: 844-472-3367.

Estacada Middle School

Our mission is to equip every student with the necessary skills to be resourceful, competent, and successful.