Monday, January 25 2021

Wow, we’ve all dreamed about the week we would go back to school, and this is it! Well, not likely exactly like we dreamed it, but a partial dream is better than no dream! I’m so excited to be back with kids and doing the thing we all love to do, and I am looking forward to many amazing weeks ahead!

Thanks for everything you have done to get us to this point, you have been incredible in every way–you have been there for kiddos and their families, you’ve stayed positive and optimistic even when you’ve had your own doubts and struggles, and you’ve shown extraordinary perseverance in the face of daily challenges (your list of challenges must be so long!) What an insane journey this has been, but I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group of people to be on this journey with!

A few notes to get you rolling back to school full time:

1) Great job with Orientation Days last week, overall everything went really great! Remember to stay vigilant with distancing and hand washing/sanitizer (before and after everything!). This will obviously be more challenging with a full class, but we have to do everything we can to make it work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for support from me, Patti, Kim, and the EAs.

2) See Something, Say Something. If you spot something that is not working, not meeting the guidelines, or simply seems “off” please let me know immediately. We need to stay on top of meeting guidelines and the sooner we respond the better! Thanks for your help with staying as safe as we possibly can.

3) Staff meeting this Wednesday at 2pm. This will be a great chance to debrief the first part of the week and make adjustments.

4) Music, Art, PE. Below is the new Art Schedule starting this week. Music and PE are still in the planning stages as we settle in to the new routines–I’ll keep you posted!

Art-All on WebEx
K/1: Fridays at noon
2/3: Fridays at 8:15am
4/5: Wednesdays at 9am

5) Don’t forget about this great resource you’ve been working on (thanks Stephanie for getting this started!): 6 Feet of Fun Or if you want to copy and paste into the url: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10thBXwJHJ9nVVPOM6180HBP0xB5hCAk8Jt2zD9kE2_0/edit?ts=5ffe0f5f

6) Feb 5 is report card day, no school. Since we don’t do report cards I’d like for you to use this day for some short parent conversations via WebEx. Please create a sign up to share with parents this week. 15-20 minute time slots should work.

7) Thinking ahead, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Principals have been asking for guidance and here is what we have received from the district:
*Valentine cards will need to follow the same safe handling rules as all materials. Plan to have students bring their Valentines to school and distribute them in individual boxes or bags by Tuesday, February 9.  The boxes/bags will then sit until Friday, February 12th, when students can open them at Valentine “parties”.
*If you plan to have kids bring candy (or you’re bringing some), all candies brought need to be sealed airtight – i.e., foil-wrapped Hershey Kisses are not airtight.
*If students bring their Valentine cards with less than 72 hours to sit, their cards can be laid out on a table and misted with the electrostatic machines. (This doesn’t seem like a very good option!)
*We can talk about this at our staff meeting this week

Lastly, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the kids have been through over the last 10 months and I think we have an amazing opportunity to help them capture some of their stories from their time during the pandemic. I’d like to propose the idea of a collective writing project for us to do school wide. The idea would be something like “My Quarantine Story” (or something more catchy) where they capture a vivid memory (or two or three…) experienced over the last 10 months. The kids have stories that need to be told, and we can capture this moment in history through writing. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas about this on Wednesday at our staff meeting

Upcoming
January 27: Staff Meeting, 2pm
January 26 and 28: Grade 4 and 5 Orientation Days
February 5: District inservice day, No school, Parent Conversations.
February 15: President’s Day, No School
March 22-26: Spring Break, No School

Here’s to our first full week back!
Andy

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