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Ordway Elementary Newsletter
Wednesday June 3, 2020 

Dear Ordway Families,
June is here and the month kindly brings us the gift of Phase 2! I am sure everyone is excited for small gatherings of five or less. We have all come to appreciate time with friends and family since we have had such little interaction in-person since March.

During the week of June 15th we will begin student item retrieval/drop off. There is a table below to help you plan and mark your calendar for the day and time your child’s teacher will have your child’s supplies ready for pick up.  As the table shows, classes are scheduled to come to the school at staggered times on a specific day that week. Items from student’s desks will be bagged up and labeled for easy ‘grab and go’ (like meals at lunch time). Similar to device pick up, families are to enter the front drive where the ‘bus zone’ is and go to tables where you will pick up/drop off items.

In order to keep things as organized as possible, please only come during your designated time slot. As a means to keep everyone safe, we have tried to make this process as contactless as possible. Please bag up materials like library books that you are returning and have your student’s name somewhere in or on the bag as well. For families who are unable to make the drop/off pick up time listed, please contact our office at 206.842.7637 or email sdunstan@bisd303.org
School library books can be dropped off at the same time families pick up school items. School devices should  be returned at this time only for students who are not returning in the fall, or for those in a specific grade where a different device will be used in their new grade. More information will be sent to families about returning devices at a later date. Most parents should plan on students keeping their checked-out devices through summer and plan to return them for cleaning in the fall.

 With June here the last day of school is around the corner and many people are wondering what is in store for fall. BISD is looking to see what is possible in the wake of the current pandemic when it comes to providing ample instructional time for students. The District will consider many factors to determine what the school week will look like for elementary students. On June 8th, the State Superintendent’s Office is set to release its 2020-21 school operating guidelines, and we expect this framework to provide a clearer path moving forward. More information about the plan for 2020-21 will be shared with families shortly after that release, so please keep reading the school and District newsletters and continue checking for updates on the District’s Covid-19 Webpage.

Kind Regards,

Melinda Reynvaan
Ordway PTO would like to wrap up this unprecedented school year with a virtual Spirit Week. Let’s show our Otter Pride by sharing pictures of ourselves on our PTO Facebook Page. It’ll be fun to see each other virtually and head into summer with some renewed school spirit.  
We encourage you to like our Facebook page Ordway Elementary PTO. This should not to be confused with the page Ordway Elementary PTO Parents which is a closed group for current Ordway parents. 


Monday, 6/8 - CRAZY HAIR DAY 

Spend a little extra time this morning making your hair unique and crazy! 


Take a picture of yourself and the book you’re reading or share some of your all-time favorites. 

Wednesday, 6/10 - COSTUME DAY 

Let’s spend the day dressed in our favorite costume or mask. 

Thursday, 6/11 - BUILD A FORT DAY 

Take some time today to build the ultimate fort, inside or outside! 

Friday, 6/12 - OTTER DAY 

Pull out your Otter gear or something blue


Annual Back to School Check-in

Parents, please complete the Annual Back-to-School Check-In (ABC) process for your student(s). This allows us to collect information about students returning to the district for the next school year. Having an accurate understanding of the number of returning students helps us determine staffing, class size and building capacity to better serve the needs of our students. 

All current BISD parents: Access the ABC process on your computer through Skyward, or on your mobile device by choosing "Desktop" access in the Skyward mobile app. 

Parents of new students to the district for the 2020-21 School Year (kindergarteners, transfer students): Access the ABC process after July 25, 2020. (That's when new students are added to our system.)
The ABC process also allows the district to fulfill annual notification requirements for public schools in Washington State in an efficient manner.
IMPORTANT: The ABC process must be completed and submitted to the district in order to access your student's class placement for next year. Class placements and schedules will be available in late August. 
If your student is not returning next year, please inform the Ordway office manager Sarah Dunstan at sdunstan@bisd303.org. 
Nondiscrimination statement: Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.