Author Archives: Andy Slavin

Spring has Sprung!

Hello Creeker Families,
I hope the longer, warmer days are treating you well and that you are settling deep into Spring! Here at school it’s hard to tell if it’s the arrival of Spring, or the fact that we’re all back home together now, but the energy is high and joyful!

Spring is always a super busy time at school, and this year is no different. I have lots to share with you! In this note:
*Drop-off and Pick-up notes
*Arriving Late, Leaving Early
*New Camp Fire Session
*School Pictures
*The Flower Power fundraiser
*Reviving the Variety Show
*When A Child’s Emotions Spike–article to share

Schedule Reminder for this week
Just a reminder that there is school on Wednesday and Thursday this week, and no school Friday.

Drop-off and Pick-up
Drop-off and Pick-up are going super well, so a huge thank you! A few reminders to refresh our procedures and safety:
*Please pull as far forward as you can when dropping off–we have the whole block! Please try to avoid dropping your child off in the first 100 feet from Georgia St if you can–please wait a moment for cars to pull away and pull forward.
*Please have your child unload on the curb side ONLY. You are putting your child at risk by allowing them to unload on the street side. I’ve witnessed a few close calls in the last two weeks.
*After dropping your child off please be sure to check for cars before pulling out–I helplessly watched a very near miss last week.

Arriving Late, Leaving Early
If you arrive after 8:05am the gate on Broadway will be locked, so you will need bring your child around to the front door of school. If you need to pick up your child early please notify Patti at least 15 minutes prior to the time you will be picking up. If you are picking up early please come to the front door.

New Camp Fire Session starting May 3–register now
Camp Fire is offering some great after school programming at Amity Creek 5 days a week. The new session starts May 3. Click here to register.

School Pictures are April 26
We sent information home with students last week. If you did not receive the packet please email your child’s teacher to request another one. Please return the forms prior to picture day. You can also order on line: http://ios.mydorian.com. The access code is: L7J8MXVE

Bike/Walk to School Day is May 5
For those who don’t live in the neighborhood we are in the process of planning a meet up spot where students and families can walk or bike to school. It would be great to get a BIG group of folks to meet up and make the trek together! We’ll share the meet up spot and start time soon!

The Flower Power fundraiser is still on!
Here’s the original note we shared from Friends of Amity: Hello Creekers! All of us on the Friends of Amity board want to invite you to participate in a new fundraising opportunity for the school. This year, to welcome Spring, we have partnered with Flower Power Fundraising, an online flower shop that offers high quality Spring planting bulbs, seeds and berries for your garden. When you make a purchase, 50% of the sale will directly benefit the school through FOA. There are two ways to order, you can shop online via this link http://AmityCreek.fpfundraising.com and they’ll ship directly to your home with a $6 shipping fee. You’re welcome to share this link with friends and family across the country!  Or, you can grab a paper order form and we’ll place a bulk order that can be picked up when ready. Please reach out to Magadalyn [email protected] to arrange a paper order form. We encourage you to take advantage of the online opportunity due to COVID challenges. All orders much be placed by May 1st. 

Did Someone Say Variety Show?
I think I heard someone say it! Unfortunately, for the second year running, we cannot gather to honor and appreciate the talents and skills of this amazing group of children. However, it doesn’t mean we can’t have a show! I am committed to gathering videos filmed at home and creating a movie to share with the entire community. I’ll send details in the next two weeks, but in the meantime get the creative juices flowing with your child! One thing I can tell you now is that videos will be limited to one minute and 30 seconds in order to allow as many kiddos to participate as possible. Stay tuned!

When A Child’s Emotions Spike
It’s been a while since I shared an article and I’d like to bring back the practice. Here’s one about helping to strengthen your child’s emotional competence. I hope it is useful! Article


Upcoming
April 16: NO School
April 26: School pictures
May 5: Walk and Bike to School. Stay tuned for details

See you in the drop-off zone!
Andy


I’ll leave you with a few photos of a couple of Grade 2 students doing art last Friday. Korey is still providing some great art lessons via WebEx!



4th and 5th Graders are back full time!

3) We will now have school on April 14th and 15th. Originally these days were set aside for Conversations (conferences); however, since we will not be in school on April 1 and 2 these are now in person school days. Friday, April 16 is still a no school day.
4) Since we’ll be in school on April 14 and 15, Conversations will take place between now and April 16. Teachers will be reaching out with available times very soon.

This Week…more changes!

Hello Creeker Families,
I hope Spring Break was fantastic and that you had some down time to enjoy with your kiddos. I had an incredible adventure to the northern coast of California (Humboldt County) where I lived for many years. It was an amazing week of catching up with old friends, hiking in the ancient Redwood forests, surfing, and taking in the grandeur of the wild and scenic California coast line. I miss it already!

I wanted to send a quick, and important note for this week. Just prior to the break you all received an email from the district updating you about some big changes (more big changes) coming our way. We are so thrilled that our 4th and 5th graders will be returning full time starting April 5th and to have our community back together for the first time in over a year. Wow!

Along with this change come a few other important changes:
1) In keeping with the CDC’s new social distancing requirements, Bend La Pine schools are now moving to 3 feet of social distancing. Students will still need to maintain 6 feet of distancing at lunch, and adults will still maintain 6 feet of distancing from students.
2) There will be NO SCHOOL this Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2 (neither virtual or in person). This will be an opportunity for us to retool some of our schedules and prepare classrooms for a full return of 4th and 5th grade.
3) We will now have school on April 14th and 15th. Originally these days were set aside for Conversations (conferences); however, since we will not be in school on April 1 and 2 these are now in person school days. Friday, April 16 is still a no school day.
4) Since we’ll be in school on April 14 and 15, Conversations will take place between now and April 16. Teachers will be reaching out with available times very soon.
5) For 4th and 5th graders that were attending the Wednesday support program (WINN), it has officially been discontinued as all 4th and 5th graders will be attending full time in person starting April 5th.

That’s the big news for this week, and hopefully for a while! Thank you for your never ending support and flexibility as we continue to navigate uncharted waters–what an incredibly wonderful group of people you all are!

See you in the drop off zone,
Andy

Our Hearts are Singing!

Creeker Families,
I think the quote on the painting pictured above says it all–Our Hearts are Singing! That quote is attributed to one of the original founders of Amity Creek, Don Ingram. I’m told he used to say it a lot, and always in reference to the childhood joy he witnessed here at school. As our first week back at Amity comes to a close, our hearts are singing and full of joy!

It’s been a wildly emotional week for all of us here at school as we settle back in. For some of the kiddos this transition has been one of complete joy; and for others it has been somewhat challenging. For some, it’s been both, and this is completely understandable given all the changes we have experienced in the last year. By week’s end I think most have begun to settle in and appreciate our homecoming.

I wanted to reach out to say thank you to all of you for making this transition so smooth and easy for us. First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary group of parents who showed up on Sunday to help us pull off the impossible–to be ready to go by 7:45am on Monday morning. Do you realize that teachers taught at Northstar until 2:30pm on Friday and then were ready to greet your kiddos on Monday morning here at Amity?! Truly a move of heroic proportions!

Second, I wanted to express deep appreciation for your support with drop-off and pick-up–it has been flawless and that is entirely because of you. Thank you for adjusting to our new routines at the start and the end of the day, you have made this first week so incredibly easy. I can’t thank you enough!

I also wanted to reach out and wish you all a wonderful Spring Break. Whether you’re traveling or just staying home, we wish you a wonderful and joyful week! We’re excited about continuing to rebuild our sense of community now that we are “home”, and we have lots of ideas we can’t wait to share!

Grab and Go Meals
Over the break Grab and Go Meals will be available on Monday, March 22 ONLY from 11:30-12:30 at the following sites and they will be providing a week’s worth of food for free:
*Bend High School
*Mountain View High School
*La Pine High School

Upcoming
March 22-26: No School, Spring Break
April 14-16: Conversations (conferences), No School

See you in the drop-off zone!
Andy

We’re Moving…Finally!!!

Hello Creeker Families,
This is the last note I’ll write from our space here at North Star–we’re really moving this weekend! We are over-the-top excited to finally be returning home to our sweet little school. We know that you and your kiddos have also been anticipating this moment for a long time and we can’t wait to see their expressions of joy on Monday! Yes, in case you have missed our earlier communications, we start back at Amity Creek on Monday morning! As a reminder, we are still looking for volunteers to help unpack on Sunday from 8am-noon at Amity. Parents only, no kiddos (we can’t have kiddos in the building with “visitors”).

Below I am re-sharing information about Drop-off and Pick-up that I shared last week and I hope you will re-read it to make sure you know the plan. I want to add emphasis that we are funneling all morning arrivals to the back of school through the gate on Broadway. Whether you use the drop-off zone or park and walk with your child, all entry for the morning is via Broadway. If you arrive late and the gate is locked, please bring your child around to the front door and check in with Patti.

Before I re-share, I wanted to also remind you about the amazing Camp Fire After School Programs that starts at Amity after Spring Break–on March 29. So far enrollment numbers are a little low and this may cause Camp Fire to have to re-work their offerings; so, this would be a good time to sign up if you have not already done so. Also, I want to encourage those of you who have signed up already to invite another family to check out the offerings–let’s keep working on the numbers so we can offer the best programming available. Here’s the link:
campfireco.org/afterschool

As I re-share the information below, I’d like to highlight two important things about drop-off:
1) Please do not have your child(ren) exit your vehicle on the street side–even with your help this is simply unsafe and may cause further congestion. Always have your child(ren) exit your vehicle on the curb side.
2) If you are a family that needs extra time at drop off (again, you know who you are) please park on a side street and walk your child to the drop off zone. One particularly slow drop off can hold up the entire flow of the zone. Thank you in advance for using this option if you know you need to!

Drop-off:
*All morning entry will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*We will continue to do a morning drop off. This will occur on Broadway along the back side of the playground beginning at 7:40am. As you will see on the map below, we are requesting that you approach the drop off zone starting at Colorado Avenue. We believe that by doing this we can avoid congestion on the smaller side streets and keep the neighbors happy. Yes, keeping the neighbors happy is extremely important! The drop off zone will work very well for most of our families, specifically those families that have the drop off down to a science–your kiddo(s) are ready to unload and do so very quickly.
*For families who generally need a little extra time unloading in the morning we are kindly asking that you use our alternative drop off option–park your care on a side street near Broadway (we have an arrangement with parking enformcement not to ticket between 7:30 and 8:30am), take all the time you need, and then walk your child across the street to the drop off zone. By using this option you will keep the drop off zone from becoming slowed down–this is crucial to keeping the traffic flowing on Broadway. We thank you in advance for knowing you need a little more time and using this option!

Pick-up:
*All afternoon pick-up will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*Pick-up is changing as we are certain a drive up pick-up is going to cause tremendous back-up on Broadway. Instead, pick-up will now be on foot. We ask that you park your car(again, no ticketing will occur between 2 and 3pm), and enter the playground through the gate on Georgia street. You’ll enter the playground, locate your child in their assigned zone (will be easy to find!) and then exit through the gate on Broadway. This is a one way operation–in on Georgia, out on Broadway. Due to restrictions and guidelines you must exit as soon as you meet sup with your child. Any socializing with other families MUST happen off campus. Drake park is a few short blocks away!
*Pick-up for K-2 students (and their older siblings) will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesday). Please make every possible effort to be on time as we have a second group coming out for pick-up 10 minutes later.
*Pick-up for 3-5 students will begin at 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesday).

Thanks again for help with this map Casey Davis!


We can’t wait to see you all at Amity Creek on Monday!
Andy

Amity News

Hello Creeker Families!
As I shared last week, we are moving back to Amity! Our first day back will be this coming Monday, March 15. The hallways are calling us, we are beyond excited!

As we prepare to move back I have important information to share. Please read carefully through all the information and be sure you are ready for next Monday!

1) Our schedule will remain essentially the same, with a few small exceptions. School will still start at 8am for all students. Drop-off time will begin a little earlier–7:40am. Pick-up time for Grades 3-5 students will remain 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesdays). Pick-up time for K-2 students will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesdays). There are reasons for these small changes, mostly surrounding the more complicated logistics for drop off and pick-up at Amity given all the COVID guidelines and limited access.

Drop-off:
*All morning entry will occur from the back of school through the gate on Broadway.
*We will continue to do a morning drop off. This will occur on Broadway along the back side of the playground beginning at 7:40am. As you will see on the map below, we are requesting that you approach the drop off zone starting at Colorado Avenue. We believe that by doing this we can avoid congestion on the smaller side streets and keep the neighbors happy. Yes, keeping the neighbors happy is extremely important! The drop off zone will work very well for most of our families, specifically those families that have the drop off down to a science–your kiddo(s) are ready to unload and do so very quickly.
*For families who generally need a little extra time unloading in the morning (you know how you are!) we are kindly asking that you use our alternative drop off option–park your car on a side street near Broadway (we have an arrangement with parking enforcement not to ticket between 7:30 and 8:30am), take all the time you need, and then walk your child across the street to the drop off zone. By using this option you will keep the drop off zone from becoming bogged down–this is crucial to keeping the traffic flowing on Broadway. We thank you in advance for knowing you need a little more time and using this option!

Pick-up:
*All afternoon pick-up will occur at the back of school.
*Pick-up is changing as we are certain a drive up pick-up would cause tremendous back-up on Broadway. Instead, pick-up will now be a walk through pick-up on foot. We ask that you park your car (again, no ticketing will occur between 2 and 3pm), put on your mask. and enter the playground through the gate on Georgia street. You’ll enter the playground, locate your child in their assigned zone (will be easy to find!) and then exit through the gate on Broadway. This is a one way operation–in on Georgia, out on Broadway. Due to restrictions and guidelines you must exit as soon as you meet up with your child. Any socializing with other families MUST happen off campus. Drake park is just a few short blocks away!
*Pick-up for K-2 students (and their older siblings) will begin at 2:20pm (12:55pm on Wednesday). Please make every possible effort to be on time as we have a second group coming out for pick-up 10 minutes later.
*Pick-up for 3-5 students will begin at 2:30pm (1pm on Wednesday).

Here’s the map (thank you Casey Davis!!!)

After School Programs and Bus Riding
If your child will be attending the Camp Fire Program at Amity or the Boys and Girls Club after school please email Patti to let her know: [email protected]

If you plan to have your child ride a bus to and/or from Amity, or you have questions about what bus transportation is available, please also let Patti know.
[email protected]

Breakfast and Lunch Programs continue at Amity
The free breakfast and lunch programs will continue once we move back!

Two Forms Coming Home This Week
We are sending two forms home with your child this week. The first one is the Walking Field Trip Permission Slip which will allow us to get out and about around school. The second one is Permission to Pick-up which is a form indicating what other adults are allowed to pick up your child from Amity. Please fill out both forms as soon as possible and return them with your child. Thank you!

Important News From Friends of Amity: Spring Fundraiser & A Board Position is Available

From Erin Rankin, FOA President: Hello Creekers! All of us on the Friends of Amity board want to invite you to participate in a new fundraising opportunity for the school. This year, to welcome Spring, we have partnered with Flower Power Fundraising, an online flower shop that offers high quality Spring planting bulbs, seeds and berries for your garden. When you make a purchase, 50% of the sale will directly benefit the school through FOA. 
There are two ways to order, you can shop online via this link http://AmityCreek.fpfundraising.com and they’ll ship directly to your home with a $6 shipping fee. You’re welcome to share this link with friends and family across the country!  Or, you can grab a paper order form and we’ll place a bulk order that can be picked up when ready. Please reach out to Magadalyn [email protected] to arrange a paper order form. We encourage you to take advantage of the online opportunity due to COVID challenges. All orders much be placed by May 1st. 


We are also looking for a volunteer to serve as Secretary on the board! It is a great opportunity to volunteer for the school with little time commitment. We currently meet virtually once per month for an hour to help manage the budget, generate ideas to raise funds, check in with Andy on how to better support the Amity teachers and staff, and fund our music and arts programs and hopefully soon, more outdoor education! We only have 3 meetings left this school year and would love to have this position filled before next fall! Please email Erin Rankin if you’re interested. 


Move-in help needed!
We are still looking for a few volunteers to help out this Sunday, March 14, our big move-in day. We mostly need help from 8am to noon. If you are only able to help out in the afternoon, we will have a few tasks that will still need doing. Please email me if you are able to help: [email protected]


Upcoming
March 14: Amity move-in day, 8-noon. Please join us if you can. Adults only due to guidelines.
March 15: First day at Amity!
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School
April 14-16: Conversations

Bursting with excitement!
Andy

BIG NEWS!

Hello Creeker Families!
It’s been a while since I have been in touch–truth be told I have been waiting for the moment when I could announce a return to our beloved Amity Creek building. And today is that day! I am beyond thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Amity Creek on Monday, March 15–just two weeks from today! I will have have lots of information to share about the move soon, but for today let’s just bask in the glory of the good news!

In anticipation of our return, I snuck into Amity last week and have put together a little sneak peek of the remodel…

We will need some extra move-in help on Sunday, March 14 from 8am-4pm. If you have a little time to spare on that day please email me and let me know (only parents will be allowed to be in the building, no kiddos): [email protected]

Campfire After School Program and Boys & Girls Club Available starting March 15!
A big thanks to all of you who filled out the survey we sent out from Campfire. As a result of the survey Campfire has been able to create after school programming for us that will be ready to launch on our first day back! Here’s a note from the Campfire staff: Camp Fire Central Oregon is excited to bring back our After school program at Amity Creek this Spring 2021. Registration is open now! We have a variety of afterschool options for your families this spring. Program offerings include theme days, spanish clubs, robotics clubs and Sparks clubs with Cece! Each program has their own schedule and cohort. We will continue to work with Amity in following all COVID-19 best practices.  Check out the detailed information around our Spring Amity programs and registration on our website: campfireco.org/afterschool. Questions? Please call: (541) 382-4682

Boys and Girls Club also afternoon programming available every day: https://bgcbend.org/program/school-year-program/

Classified Employee Week
Every year we have a week to honor and appreciate our classified employees–these are all the people who work at the school who are not certified teachers (custodians, bus drivers, office support, educational assistants, maintenance, etc). For Amity this includes Patti (office manager), Mindy (Educational assistant), Nathan (Educational assistant and Musician-in-residence), Karima (Educational assistant), Kim (Nurse), and Scott (North Star custodian). If you feel inspired to send a thank you to any one or all of these amazing people, please do! We’re doing some card making here at school.

Last Call for siblings applying for next year
For those with children who you plan to have in Kindergarten next year at Amity, the lottery deadline is Friday, March 19 at 3pm. Even though we hold spots for siblings , you must apply through the lottery. Questions? Call or email Patti: [email protected] or 541-355-2800

Upcoming
March 14: Move-in day!
March 15: First day back at Amity!!!
March 19: Lottery deadline at 3pm
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School
April 14-16: No school–Conversations (for new parents these are what other schools call parent/teacher conferences). More info coming soon.

Good days ahead!
Andy

 

Amity Creek Information Video for Prospective Parents

Hello Prospective Amity Creek Parents,

We’re so happy you have chosen to find out more about our school! We wish we were doing this in person, but we are confident you will get a good sense of the school from the video below. The video is about 54 minutes long–we didn’t want to cheat you on time just because it’s virtual! Why is it so long? We want to be clear that this is an informational video, not a promotional video; it is a video full of important information about Amity Creek, what we believe in, and how we go about our days at school–and, it’s shared in the words of the staff and a few parents.

When you’re done watching the video we sincerely hope you have a good sense of what being a “Creeker” is all about. Grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the video–we feel it’s well worth the time!

We’ll see you virtually at our question and answer session on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30pm. Here’s the link: https://bls.webex.com/meet/andy.slavin

February 1, 2021

Hello Creeker Families,
It feels good to say–WE ARE BACK! As hoped, the first week with K-3 students back full time was a huge success filled with lots of reconnecting, celebration, and joy. A big thanks to all of you for helping make the week such a success and for your endless support and encouragement. This week Grades 4 and 5 return in a hybrid model attending in-person school twice each week and continuing to do school at home three days each week. We’re really hopeful that Grades 4 and 5 will transition to all-in in the near future.

First, a few photos now that we’re back:

A few notes to share with you as we start the week:
1) You have all been AMAZING with drop off and pick up–I cannot thank you enough for your efforts to support the plan! Drop off has been flawless; I cannot say as much for pick-up. As you know we had to make an immediate change on Friday in an effort to reduce conflict with busses and North Star parents picking up their children. The new plan worked great on Friday and I am hopeful it will continue to work great going forward! As a reminder, pick up starts at 2:40pm–please do not enter the pick-up loop prior to 2:35pm. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Wednesday pick up time is 1:10.

2) A few other drop off/pick-up reminders:
*Please do your best to have your child(ren) exit and enter your car on the curb side–this is a significant safety concern
*Please do all you can to have your child ready to exit the car when you pull up for drop off
*Please avoid getting out of your car if at all possible
*If possible pull forward just beyond the pick-up area after your child gets in the car to do any final buckling and adjusting.
*Arriving late? You may find the gate locked; if so, please call Patti (541-355-2800–a good number to program in your phone for many reasons) and we will send someone down to unlock the gate. This may take a few minutes.

3) NO school this Friday, February 5. This will be a day to check in with teachers and you should have received communication from them about this already.

4) A request from teachers about food being sent to school: Please send food that is easy for a student to open themselves, including thermoses, snacks, and water bottles. This will help us minimize the amount of adult contact with food items.

5) April Conference date changes: The original dates on the District calendar were incorrect. Conference Days (we call them Conversations at Amity) will be April 14-16. There will be no school on these days.

6) Reporting an absence: It is vital that if your child is not going to be at school for any reason that you contact us by phone or email ([email protected]) to let us know. In our efforts to track illnesses we need to hear from you and to know what symptoms your child is experiencing. We also want to know if your child is absent for other, non-medical, reasons. We appreciate your help in keeping everyone as safe and healthy as possible!

7) IMPORTANT MASK UPDATE: Initially gaiters and buffs were not going to be allowed at school, then that guideline changed allowing them to be warn. New information about their effectiveness has brought new guidelines–gaiters and buffs are no longer allowed to be worn at school. Not sure what a gaiter or buff is? See below:

Upcoming
February 5: District inservice day, Parent/teacher meetings, No school
February 15: President’s Day, No School
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School
April 14-16: No school, Conference Days (called Conversations at Amity)

Thanks for all you are doing to support your child and us during this transition back to in-person schooling!

See you in the Drop Off Zone,
Andy

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:

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(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.

Upcoming
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!

Andy