March 26, 2020
I hope all of you are well and are finding ways to take care of yourselves, whether it is going for a walk, trying a new recipe or craft, or reading a book/magazine. For me, I love joining the teachers’ Google Classrooms and seeing student comments and work. I even called one student to share my excitement about what she created!
Tomorrow, Friday the 27th, the big yellow busses will be rolling, and members of the administrative team will be riding them to deliver new packets, supplies and/or materials. Also, volunteers will be riding the busses to deliver food for the weekend. The busses should arrive between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. If the bus cannot get down your road, we will try to call 10 minutes ahead and plan to meet you. The last bag of school materials was tied at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, so to follow the 72-hour guideline, wait until 2:30 p.m. Friday before opening your treasure.
When work is completed, you may bring it to school and put it in the barrel, which is tied to the front door. However, do NOT return math books, because they are needed to continue learning. Each day, we pull the bag from the barrel, tie it, and set it aside for the required 72 hours. Then, the work is sorted and the teacher notified. The teacher will pickup the work during school hours, as only essential staff has access to the building now. Because this process is inconvenient for families and creates quite a delay in informing instruction and student feedback, we are working hard to make all our assessments digital. Please let the teacher know A.S.A.P. if you do not have Internet. Help may be available in the weeks to come.
Our staff has been working to identify the most essential learning in each content area and has been brainstorming ways for students to demonstrate their learning. During this process, all assessments are to inform teaching, so for now, assignments will show in PowerSchool as collected, not graded. We will still report on what students know and are able to do at the end of the trimester. We will be working on creating additional learning time for students to gain the skills that they did not demonstrate during Distance Learning.
I hope everyone stays healthy! If you have questions, please call me at 876-4301.
Anita Wright, P.C.E.S. Principal