Chisholm Update - December 18

Happy Holidays

Chisholm Families

During Wellness classes this past month, students participated in a Gratitude Challenge, where they had an opportunity to write down and submit items they were grateful for. In this challenge, students were competing against the teachers to think about and list things they were appreciative of in their lives. This was a lesson that carried over from Thanksgiving, which was extended to give each class an opportunity to attend wellness and submit and share their responses. As of this week, student responses were closing in on 5000 items of gratitude.

Often times we all get reflective towards the end of the year looking back over the journey. 2020 proved to be unique for a variety of reasons (the pandemic, the weather, the economy), and challenges we've all been forced to overcome have had an impact on everyone in some shape or fashion.

With the start of a new year, we also look toward the future with hopeful optimism that a Covid vaccine can provide. We all long for a return to normalcy. 5-day a week school. Social gatherings and events without fear of getting sick. Daily interactions, which allow us to connect to one another just as we did prior to last March.

As we wind down 2020, I wanted to share that I'm grateful for the resiliency, determination, flexibility, and compassion displayed by the students, parents, and staff to overcome the numerous challenges we've encountered this past year. We knew going to A/B Learning, wearing masks, and managing positive and quarantine cases would be difficult. We knew limiting contacts and reducing visitors in the building would not be ideal. We knew difficult decisions were going to be made throughout in an effort to keep everyone safe. Just like the recent ice and snow events, many of these difficult situations are oftentimes out of our control.

As we enter into the holiday season, I hope you all find the opportunity to pull back, relax, and safely connect with your family and friends. I hope you can look past all the challenges this past year has provided, and find silver linings here and there to accompany the growth we've experienced along the way. Take care, be safe, and we look forward to seeing the possibilities 2021 will bring our way.

Thomas Higdon

Second Semester School Resumes on January 5th

This is a reminder that school for the second semester will resume on Tuesday, January 5th. 2021. On that Tuesday:

"A" Students will have in-person learning.

"B" students will have remote instruction.

EPS Student Technology Protection Plan for Second Semester

With the continuing need for EPS elementary students to take district devices home, The Student Technology Protection Plan for the second semester has now been opened for purchase. The current plan, purchased for the first semester, expires on January 5th, 2021.

The Edmond Public Schools Student Technology Protection Plan (STPP) has been established to give parents the option to purchases protection covering the repair or replacement costs of the technology package. The cost of the protection plan for each semester is $12.50 per student device.

Families are strongly encouraged but not required to participate in this voluntary program. Payments for the protection plan will be accepted online via the In-Touch payment system from now through January 15th, 2021. The plan is effective from the date of purchases through the last day of school.

IXL Challenge with Frontier Elementary

Chisholm Elementary is in a friendly competition with Frontier Elementary where the outcome is determined by the number of questions answered by students during the month of December. This competition will continue through December 30th even though we won't be in school.

A week ago both schools were neck and neck. As of December 18th, Chisholm students had answered 203, 287 questions during the month. Throughout the year, Chisholm students had answered 1,170,000 questions. Great job Chisholm!

Chisholm Elementary School

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