November 3, 2021

Good Evening Families,

Welcome to November!!! It is hard to believe that we are finishing up the ninth week of school already. In some aspects, it seems as though it has been a long journey already, however, when I think about everything that has happened and we are still in-person with the majority of our students, it is rewarding.

Please make sure you are noticing the dates to remember in this newsletter. November is always a challenging month when trying to remember which days are school days and which days we are closed. We have grading, conferences, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving all this month. Mrs. Nau has put those closures below.

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Conferences are scheduled for next week November 8-10, 2021. We are trying something different this year in which parents could choose between an in-person conference or a virtual conference. Please make sure if you have a fourth, fifth or sixth grade student that you have heard from your homeroom teacher. For our seventh and eighth graders, you should have received a notification to sign up for a virtual conference, or you can attend in-person. If you choose in-person conferences, fourth, fifth and sixth graders will have conferences in their classrooms, homeroom for sixth graders. For seventh grade in-person conferences, those will be in the SIS gym. Eighth grade in-person conferences will be in the SMS gym.

We continue to have some students that are not adhering to the mask mandate. We are now having individual meetings with those students and will be notifying parents. We are now in the ninth week of school. The mask mandate has been in place the entire time. For those students that continue to defy the mandate, the district will begin determining a communication process and offer families the on-line option for school. Safety is the key component and the Oregon Department of Education says we will wear properly fitted masks during school.

Thursday, November 11, is Veterans Day. For all of you that have served our country, thank you for your service. Our country was built on the core values of honor, integrity, duty, courage and loyalty. From one Veteran to all of you, thank you for your service.

Again, thank you all for your hard work to keep our school going. I know it has been challenging, but we can do hard things. Stay safe and have a wonderful rest of your week.

Mr. Proctor

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The book fair will be open beginning today from 7:40 am to 4:00 pm until November 10. Students will have the opportunity this week to go to the book fair with their class. They may also shop before or after school. Unfortunately, this year parents are not allowed inside the book fair. You can set up an eWallet to give your student spending money if you don't want to send them with cash. Here is a letter from Mr. Proctor with information about the eWallet and shopping online.


Conferences are next week November 8-10.

Grades 4/5/6

Self-contained classrooms (4th, 5th, 6th) will be scheduling their conferences either in-person or virtual depending on the parent's choice on Nov. 8, 9 or 10. You should have been contacted directly by your child's homeroom teacher.

Grades 7/8

We will be having virtual conferences on Monday, Nov. 8 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm and 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The last conference will be scheduled 15 minutes prior to these times.

We will be having in-person arena-style conferences on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm and 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The 7th grade will be in the Intermediate School gym and the 8th grade will be in the Middle School gym. Masks must be worn and physical distancing must be practiced. We will allow two adults per student to attend these conferences.

Wednesday, Nov. 10, is an early release day at noon. Conferences by appointment only can be scheduled either virtually or in-person.

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