Monday AM Notes, March 29 2020

Greetings Fine People!
I hope you had an amazing week off and that you’re feeling rejuvenated and ready for this last part of the year. I am excited that we are heading in to Spring back home at Amity and that we will ALL be back together starting next week!

Lots to share this week for obvious reasons…

1) As you likely all know by now, 4th and 5th graders will be all-in starting next Monday! This is something I was quite doubtful would happen this year and I could not be more thrilled!

Along with this news comes a few other changes:
*Social distancing for students is now 3 feet. However, distancing between students and adults, and between adults, is still expected to be 6 feet.
*Because students are now allowed to sit 3 feet apart we may be able to bring round tables back for K-2. I’ll likely know more today and we can talk about what this might look like.
*We will likely need more desks for Grades 4 and 5, I’ll work with Matt and Ray on this. We may be able to take desks from K-2.
*There will be NO school this Thursday and Friday, April 1 and 2. The district is giving schools time to make needed adjustments to classrooms, and to lunch plans since students are still supposed to be 6 feet apart while eating. Yup. I’m working on our plan and happy to hear your ideas.
*There is now school on April 14 and 15 (previously these were non-contact days for conferencing–still NO school on Friday, April 16).
*Since we don’t have students on Thursday and Friday of this week I am trying to arrange for us to use this time to finish moving things from Brinson. I should have an answer by the end of the day. This seems like a good use of our time.
*Conversations (virtual) have been shortened to 8 hours (instead of 16) and you are being asked to make time for these in the next two weeks. You can use SIW time this week and next, and some hours on Thursday and Friday of this week. Since the district has cut the time in half, this round of Conversations are supposed to be more focussed on meeting with the families of students who may be most in need. However, if at all possible please make the time to meet with every family. For those with more than 16 kiddos, we can make use of Brad to cover some class time so you can meet with families.

2) With the truncated week, and Grades 4 and 5 returning full time next week, we will not start PE or buddies this week. I’ll send an update later in the week.

3) We were going to attempt a Community Time on Thursday and Friday of this week–we’ll shoot for next week.

4) Using scooters in the gym? A few requests:
*Please put cones in front of the doors below the stage to keep students from crashing into the doors
*Please put the scooters back on the stage as neatly as you can in the far corner

5) A few reminders:
*K-2 teachers, afternoon recess ends at 1:20. Please stick to this time so Grades 3-5 can easily make their way out at 1:25
*Before bringing students inside please have them check for playground equipment left out (balls, jump ropes, hula hoops) and for jackets/gloves/snacks/garbage


Upcoming
April 1 & 2: NO School
April 5: Grades 4 & 5 are back all in!
April 14 & 15: These are now school days (no longer Conversation days)
April 16: NO school

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

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