Amity News, January 25 2021

Hello Creekers!
Wow, this past week was one of historic proportions! We honored Martin Luther King, Jr, inaugurated a new president, and began our RETURN TO SCHOOL! We’re in the moment now, but we’ll look back on this time as a piece of history as students are returning to school after 10 months–yes 10!

I have always believed and trusted in the resilience of children, and one thing I can confirm beyond a doubt from this past week is that children are extraordinary human beings! It was so heart-warming to have kiddos back at school and hear their cries of joy, laughter, and excitement both in the classroom and out on the playground. Something inside of me shifted this past week, a reopening of my spirit. We loved having your children back at school, and we are so excited to welcome 4th and 5th graders back this week!

As expected, we learned a thing or two about having kiddos back at school with all the new guidelines and rules. We’d like to share a few things with you as we make some small tweaks to how we go about our day. We’d love your support in helping us make things work even better.

Our learnings:
1) A good fitting mask makes a HUGE difference. The majority of your children came to school with masks that stayed snug and in place all day. However, some kiddos showed up with masks that continuously slid down their faces, below their noses (and mouths at times) and they had to constantly touch their mask and face to readjust. And, their teachers had to continually remind them about the adjustment. We have a sweet dog who has graciously volunteered to demonstrate how a mask should properly fit:


(This pup is also featured all over the internet and social media–a true influencer!)

Please take a moment over the weekend to be sure the masks you are sending your child to school with fit well and stay up. For students who show up with masks that do not quite fit properly, we will give them one from our supplies that we have here at school and we’ll reach out to let you know. We greatly appreciate your help!

Also, remember 2 masks are better than 1. Numerous kiddos were able to switch out their wet masks after recess and it made for a lot of added comfort. Thanks!

2) Drop off and pick up. So far drop off and pick up have gone smoothly, thanks to all of you! Starting Monday, we will have twice the cars coming through and we want to make a few adjustments:
*If at all possible, please do not get out of your car. Prior to leaving home think about ways to streamline the drop off process that do not necessitate your getting out to help your child. We know this will be challenging, be it can be done!
*Please do all you can to have your child get out of the car on the curb side. While we do not encourage cars to pass in the drop off/pick-up lane, sometimes it happens and we don’t want anyone getting hurt.
*When picking up your child we know you need to get your kiddo buckled in. We noticed this caused significant delays for some parents. You’ll notice there is a lot of space to pull over just beyond the drop off/pick up zone and we’d kindly ask that you consider pulling into this space to do final buckling before leaving the parking lot. We understand if this is not comfortable for you, and we certainly want you to feel safe. For those that are comfortable pulling forward to buckle up, we appreciate it. We think this will significantly help expedite the pick up process.

Please also review the Drop Off and Pick Up information that I shared in a previous email–there are some extremely important details in there! Grade 4 and 5 parents should definitely review the information before your child’s Orientation Day.

3) Important things to remember to bring to school:
*2 masks
*Water bottle (labeled)–super important!
*Warm winter clothes–we will be outside 3 times per day whenever possible (at or above 20 degrees)
*Curiosity, creativity, sense of humor, and lots of joy

4) Bus riders. We know some of you will be sending your children on the bus to and/or from school. Please send Patti a quick email to be sure we know–[email protected]

5) Not so much a learning, but a reminder–breakfast and lunch, as well as Grab and Go meals for at home, are available every day for free for all students. Breakfast is available upon arrival each day and we get a lunch count every morning.

January 25: K-3 Students all in! Yahoo!
January 26 and 28: Grade 4 and 5 Orientation Days–see info from teachers
February 5: District inservice day, No school
February 15: President’s Day, No School
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School

We have the kids back in the building, now I’m working on getting you all back in–we miss you so much! Here’s to our glorious return to school and all the joy that lies ahead for our community!