Monday Notes, September 14

Happy Virtual First Day of School!
First, I’d like to acknowledge the tremendous work you have put forth in a very short time to get ready for today. You continually amaze me with your determination, creativity, and undying commitment to make things work for children! I am sincerely in awe of your perseverance and I feel so lucky to work with such an amazing group of people! One day, hopefully soon, we’ll look back fondly on today as the strangest start of school ever–and, we’ll be so much stronger for having survived it!

A few notes to get the year rolling:
1) As you kick off the year this week please be sure to let me know if there are students in your class who are not attending meetings or who seem to be having difficulty with connectivity. Just keep me in the loop so I can help out if needed.

2) I have a working draft of our Amity PE page that we will use each week. The link will be the same each week and I will update the content–you can use the same link on Seesaw and Google classroom each week. Here’s a quick preview if you want to have a look: https://blogs.bend.k12.or.us/andy.slavin/amity-creek-pe-page/. We’ll start PE, music, and art next week.

3) Thursday lunch will be provided by Rachel Worbes! Food will be here by 12:oo. I’m hoping we can all break for lunch around that time to eat and chat.

4) SIW time for the first 2 weeks is all yours as you make time to connect with families and plan. We will plan to have our first SIW on Wednesday, September 30. I’m hoping we can do these meetings in person, even if not everyone can attend–the rest could attend via Webex.

5) It’s likely that big discussions about Hybrid instruction will begin today as there were some high level meetings going on last week. I anticipate communications from the district today or tomorrow outlining the big picture plan.

6) For those looking to start using Lexia soon it’s important to note that every student will be asked to take a placement test upon starting. I am hoping this will be helpful to you in gathering a little data at the start of the year. NO DIBELS this year.

7) I’d like to create a version of the Amity song and the Amity Birthday song by recording each of you singing a line or two. I’ll try to catch you when you are on site this week. I think the result will be an awesome thing to share with students and families!

These are challenging and stressful times, so PLEASE remember to take care of yourself!

Best of luck to you this week, and remember the first few weeks are all about establishing connection and rolling out routines. You got this!

Here’s to thriving on line!
Andy

35 thoughts on “Monday Notes, September 14”

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