September 30, 2020

News and Announcements, Newsletters

Children’s COVID Concerns

A document from the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Nurses recommends when talking to children about the Coronovirus, parents consider the following:

  • Remain calm and reassuring.
  • Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • What you say and do about COVID-19, current prevention efforts, and related events can either increase or decrease your children’s anxiety.
  • If true, emphasize to your children that they and your family are fine.
  • Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy.
  • Let your children talk about their feelings and help reframe their concerns into the appropriate perspective.

E-School Tips for Students and Parents

green, digital timer

Teachers are often providing “screen time breaks” for students to work independently on assignments, read, have a lunch break, etc. We are finding some students have difficulty returning to the next portion of the days’ instruction on Zoom at the time specified by the teacher. Tip: provide a timer for the student at home so an alarm will sound 2-5 minutes before the next “class time” so he/she will be on time and not miss any key instruction or directions. Thank you!

Did You Know?

Friday Oct. 2nd is National Custodial Workers’ Recognition Day. Did you know that our campus is maintained by a team of 6 custodians? Mr. T.J. is responsible for all of the yardwork, cleaning the cafeteria after breakfast and lunch, and all daytime custodial needs, and a team of five hard-working custodians cleans all classrooms and common spaces within our buildings every afternoon and evening. We have always been appreciative of the work done by this crew, and are especially grateful during this time of heightened health issues to have such a dedicated team!

Interims

Interims were distributed via the primary email address on file with the school on Wed., Sept. 23. If you didn’t receive the Interim, please communicate with your child’s teacher.

Library Books

With the abrupt closure of school in March, many students had library books checked out. We need these books returned so they can continue to be enjoyed by others. Every book counts! Please look carefully and return any school books as soon as possible. We are still missing 300 books valued at over $4,500.

Title 1 Annual Meeting & Open House

Please watch for information on how to participate in this year’s Title 1 Annual Meeting & Virtual Open House on Oct. 8th. Videos and information will be available through Oct. 16th.

Volunteer Status

Due to the limited volunteering on campus at the beginning of this year, the district is extending all volunteers’ validity period for an additional year. Volunteer approvals are usually good for five years, but all will be extended to six years. We look forward to having volunteers return to campus later in the year.

Special Recognitions

Congratulations to Ms. Marie Sheffield, Network Manager and Technology Specialist – 2020 Teacher of the Year and to Ms. Nancy Gipp, Paraprofessional – 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year.

Ms. Sheffield works tirelessly to keep our school technology functioning on campus. When Covid-19 struck, she transitioned to serve as our school technology help desk, helping families with virtual technology issues.

 

 

 

When she isn’t pulled to sub in a classroom, Ms. Gipp assists in our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms. She knows many students by name, and is a kind, friendly face at the car line and in elementary lunch.

Ms. Marie Sheffield
Ms. Nancy Gipp