Eagle Update

Archer Glen Elementary | August 27, 2021

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Dear Archer Glen Families

My name is Patrick Shuckerow (pronounced SHUCK-er-oh) and I am the new principal of Archer Glen Elementary. As one of our newest Eagles, I'd like to offer a brief introduction. I got my start in here in Sherwood 14 years ago as a 3rd grade teacher at Middleton. I left the classroom to do work as an Instructional Coach and district-level administrator. Most recently, I was the principal of Forest Hills Elementary in Lake Oswego.


My wife Kathy teaches choir at Sherwood High School and Sherwood Middle School. We have three awesome kids: Miles (9) and twins Masha and Leo (4 turning 5 tomorrow!). I am originally from Alaska. The family goes back most summers to do a little camping, fishing, and visiting the AK family. I like to read, cook, and be a dad.


Besides introducing myself, I also want to introduce the Eagle Update, a weekly newsletter to share the information you need to stay up to date on what is happening in our school. For starters, this edition is sharing important information about starting the school year. We are so excited to start the year and welcome your child into our wonderful school community!

Upcoming Dates

SEPTEMBER

Thursday 2 @ 3:30 | Grades 1 -5 teachers email students in their class

Monday 6 | No School / Labor Day

Tuesday 7 | Optional Virtual Connection Day

Wednesday 8 | First Day of School for Grades 1st - 5th

  • Arrival @ 7:45 to 7:55 AM at classroom exterior doors
  • Dismissal @ 2:15 PM
  • No early release this first Wednesday

Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 | Kindergarten Orientation

  • K students attends on 1 of the three days. Day assignment listed below.

Monday 13 to Tuesday 14 | Kindergarten Ramp Up Days

Wednesday 15 | No School for Kindergarten students

  • @12:00 K teachers email students in their class

Wednesday 15 @ 1:15 PM | Early Release

Thursday 16 | Kindergarten students attend their assigned class

Wednesday 22 @ 1:15 PM | Early Release

Thursday 23 | Virtual Back to School Night

Before the 1st Day of School

  • School Supplies - Check the Archer Glen Supply List to make sure you have everything you need for the start of school. If you need assistance with supplies, please contact our front office or call the SHARE Center at 503-825-5087. There will not be a "supply night" this year. Students will bring their supplies to the first day of school.
  • Devices - Collect your school issued devices, including charging cords. These should be returned during the first week of school. Most incoming 3rd graders already returned their device this last spring. They will be issues a new device.
  • September 7th - Optional Virtual Connection Day for Students and Teachers. September 7th is an optional virtual connection day for teachers and students. Your child's teacher will be sending home information next week about connection times. We'll also be offering times on the 7th for school tours, which might be particularly helpful for students new to Archer Glen. Spots are limited. Contact Sandi Emmert at slemmert@sherwood.k12.or.us if you are interested.

Bell Schedule

The first day of school for grades 1st - 5th is Wednesday September 8th. Kindergarteners will follow a different beginning of the year schedule. More information about the Kindergarten schedule can be found later in the newsletter.


Arrival @ 7:45 to 7:55 AM

  • Students will enter through the classroom exterior doors
  • Class begins at 7:55 AM
  • Breakfast service begins at 7:30 AM. Students eating breakfast can enter the building through the cafeteria entrance starting at 7:30 AM


Dismissal @ 2:15 PM

  • Early Release Wednesday Dismissal @ 1:15 (except September 8)

School Meals

All school meals (breakfast and lunch) will be free of charge this year. Breakfast service will begin at 7:30 AM in the cafeteria. No sign-ups or forms will be required to participate. Lunch will be provided during the school day. Students are of course welcome to eat breakfast at home and bring their own lunch. Although meals are free this year, you may still benefit from participating in the Free and Reduced Meals Program. This program provides access to other helpful services. If you are interested, you can find the form here: Applying for Free or Reduced Meals Program.


During meals, students will be distanced 6 feet apart and will sit with students from their own class. When the weather is nice, we will also be using outdoor spaces in addition to our cafeteria for lunches.

Health & Safety

Physical Distancing - In the classroom, students will practice 3 feet physical distancing as much as possible. Recess and lunch will be 6 feet physical distancing as much as possible.


Cohorts - At the elementary level, students are in grade level cohorts. This means that students from different classes in the same grade can mix. Students within the same cohort will still practice masking, distancing, and regular hand washing.


Hand Washing and Sanitizing - We will continue with regular hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. Classrooms and other spaces will also be regularly cleaned and sanitized.


Masks - Students will be required to wear a mask when inside the building. Students will not be required to wear masks while at recess or while eating meals. Students will be required to wear a mask when inside our building. Families who do not want their student to wear a mask to attend school in-person will be provided with an option to continue their student’s education virtually. According to the guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education, “Schools cannot serve a student in-person if they or their family choose not to wear a face covering. Schools may offer a remote or online school option for the student.” Please review today’s District Updates newsletter (which will be sent out later today) for more information on the district’s online option.

Recess

Students will have two recesses each day with the grade level. One recess will immediately follow lunch and the other at another part of the school day. Classes from the same grade will have the same recess. While outside, students will not be required to wear masks, but we will be practicing distancing as much as possible.

Visitors & Volunteers

Visitors with specific on-campus business in the front office can enter this area only, sign-in/out is required. Visitors are not to be in areas where students are present. The district is encouraging virtual meetings as a preferred method; in-person meetings may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. Parents may drop students off outside, but may not enter the building with their students.


Volunteers are not allowed in district buildings while students are present. Volunteers will be allowed in the building, as needed after students are dismissed. We may also have limited outdoor volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Kinder Orientation and Ramp Up

“Kindergarten Orientation Days” September 8th-10th

Kindergarten Orientation Days: Your child will spend this time doing fun activities with all Kindergarten teachers in a small group setting.


The schedule for Kindergarten Orientation is as follows:

  • Student Last Name A – D: Wednesday, September 8th (8:00 am – 2:15 pm)

  • Student Last Name E – N: Thursday, September 9th (8:00 am – 2:15 pm)

  • Student Last Name O – Z: Friday, September 10th (8:00 am – 2:15 pm)


For Kindergarten Orientation, students will enter through the Room 2 exterior entrance starting at 8 am. Click HERE for a map. Following drop off, parents are welcome to meet under the covered play area for a welcome and Q & A.

  • Please have your child bring school supplies on their orientation day. If you have any difficulty purchasing supplies, please reach out to the front office.

  • When you arrive, you will be asked to fill out some paperwork, including a Go Home Plan. The Go Home Plan will tell us exactly how your child is going home.


“Ramp-Up Days” September 13th-15th

  • Monday, Sep. 13th & Tuesday, Sept. 14th - all children attend the full school day (7:55am - 2:15pm). During these two days, students will spend time in each kindergarten classroom with a variety of students and staff. You find new classroom assignments for each day posted outside of the Room 2 entrance.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 15th - No school for kindergarten students - teachers will thoughtfully create balanced classes and prepare classrooms. Kindergarten class lists will be emailed by noon.

  • Beginning September 16th, Kindergarten students will attend their assigned class.

Kinder Playdate Survey

For those who participated in one of our Kindergarten Playdates in August, we would love your feedback! Take a few moments to complete the survey: Kinder Playdate Survey