Family Bulletin 8/1
“Your every action can open minds and hearts”
#togetherallheartsandmindsriseCelebrating and thanking families for Orientation!
Thank you to ALL our families who came out for our orientations sessions this week! We had a great turnout, lots of excitement, and some outstanding questions. Our team is working to prepare to welcome students back to school. We reviewed our COVID protocols to make sure Explorers, staff, and families are safe when we return. We will continue to communicate with you all as the year progresses and new public health recommendations are released. We have always followed the advice of the CDC and AAP, while also complying with local and state health guidelines.
Below are some of the precautions we will take this year:
- Masking for all on campus
- Staff self-screen
- Temp screening for kids
- Assigned seats and areas in the building
- Frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces
Orientation and Back to School!
On Wednesday we will welcome Explorers back on campus for orientation. They will meet their teachers, classmates, and learn new routines for this school year. They will also be engaged in some diagnostic testing so we can learn what they need to succeed! There will be one final make-up orientation session on Thursday, August 5 at 8:30 am. Please plan to attend! Student Orientation begins this week. See below for details!
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 7:45am-1:45pm- Grades: K, 2, 4, and 6
Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 7:45am-1:45pm- Grades: 1, 3, 5
Friday, August 6, 2021 from 7:45am-1:45pm- ALL GRADES
Note: There is no school on Monday, August 9, 2021- PD Day for Staff
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, from 7:45 am-3:15 pm- First FULL day of school for all grades
Each year we have a tradition of families sending off their kindergarteners to school. There may be some tears (Boo-Hoo) and some celebrations (Woo-Hoo!) Most of all it’s a great time to connect with other caregivers and celebrate a key milestone in your child’s life. This year we will offer it for both kindergarten and first-grade students since first graders did not have the opportunity last year. Please see below for details:
Boo-Hoo/Woo-Hoo breakfast will occur on Wednesday and Thursday of this week directly following drop off
All participants must be masked!
Families should park on S 8th street (on the street) and walk to the school
Families can take a picture with their student
Students will go into the building. Families will not enter the building due to COVID protocols
Families will be invited to the breakfast on the patio
For safety reasons, it is IMPERATIVE that families enter the school from S 11th and Dew street. Traffic then flows ONE WAY from Dew through the carline and out passing Martha O’Bryan and the Red Oak apartments. Please DO NOT come up S 7th and turn left to access the school. That can cause a very bad traffic situation and we had a few near accidents last year. We will now have nearly 600 students being dropped off each day. We have to follow the traffic patterns. Please see the attached map for reference.
We are still determining how we may offer Friday Enrichment with some parameters. Enrichment traditionally does not start until following Labor Day. We will be meeting with enrichment providers to determine availability while also considering safety protocols. We are hopeful to offer some quality enrichment programming this year. Stay tuned in coming bulletins for more updates.
We love you all and are looking forward to seeing Explorers this week. Please, please, please, start reinforcing bedtimes, alarm clocks, morning wash-up routines, and reducing screen time. Even a few days of this will help kids get back into a routine for school. They might be sleepy!! Back to school this week!
Stephanie “Ms. JT” Jarrett-Thorpe