This Week at Blakely
11/2 - 11/6

Dear Blakely Families,

Happy first week of November! I received a great deal of feedback regarding the Hybrid Model and requests for more information —even if it is subject to change.
To that end, I would like to provide some additional information about this model, as well as some answers and explanations to the most common questions I have received over the last week. My hope is that this information will be helpful, regardless of the Hybrid Model return date. Click on the green links below or click on the tables to enlarge.

The Hybrid Model school day is 7:50-3:10. 
In-person learning time during the Hybrid Model:
  • During in-person learning students will focus on core academic areas-Math and Language Arts
  • Students need to wear a mask the entire time that they are at school.
  • Students will have a specialist class for two forty minute slots per week, either M/W or T/Th
    • We will remain on our same 4 week specialist rotation, having the same specialist for one week at a time.
  • Students will not have a traditional recess (ie accessing the big toy area, jump ropes, playing soccer) but instead will have outdoor movement/stretch and water breaks. 
  • Students will not be eating a snack at school, unless there is a health or special education need for an individual student.
  • Students will each need to bring their own water bottle, which will be used during outside water breaks.
  • Student desks will be spaced 6 ft apart, with a maximum capacity of 12 students per AM or PM class section.
Asynchronous (remote) Learning during the Hybrid Model:

Here is an idea of what may occur during asynchronous learning time:
  • Synchronous (ie live) Zoom sessions for support services such as ELL, Title/LAP, Highly Capable, Speech Language services, and potentially specially designed instruction for our students that receive special education services. Note that these support services, and their delivery is dependent on a student and his/her individual needs. 
  • Synchronous (ie live) Zoom sessions with Ms. Sodt for guidance lessons.
  • Instructional activities assigned by the classroom teacher to be completed during the asynchronous blocks:
    • Journal writing
    • Quiet reading time (ie reading a “good fit book” or text assigned by the teacher related to in-class work)
    • Independent math work (ie to follow up on the lesson/concept from in-person class time)
    • ST Math
    • Handwriting practice

I know that many of you have likely seen this as it was shared in the BISD Community Newsletter a few weeks ago, but please be sure to take the time to review the information and watch the video links. This handbook gives a great overview of what to expect for your child when we return in-person to the Hybrid Model and the video links can also be very helpful for students and families to watch together in order to understand expectations and new health and safety routines at school. 

My goal is to utilize our weekly school newsletters in order to continue to provide updates about Hybrid Model planning as well as answer common FAQs. I believe that this will help create a shared understanding in our school community, allowing our eventual transition to the Hybrid Model to be as smooth as possible. 

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week,

Dear Families,

I have heard such a mix of feelings as the news was shared that our hybrid schedule won’t begin until January. Some families expressed great relief and gratitude while others are feeling stress and disappointment. It’s understandable that our circumstances and feelings are different as we face the changes this year brings. The teachers and staff at Blakely are committed to working together to be flexible and creative and find as many ways as possible to meet the diverse needs of families during distance learning. I hope you were able to share your thoughts and ideas with teachers during conferences.
Since we now have an idea that we will be working in continuous learning until January, it makes sense to consider ways that we can support our children’s coping. You may be seeing behavior changes during this time of distance learning. Your child may be more loud or dramatic than usual (such as whining, fighting with siblings, or crying) or perhaps may become quieter (less active, less playful, or less interested in things they used to enjoy). When you see these changes in your children, try not to become frustrated or angry.

How to Help
  • Be aware of your own feelings. If you are upset or angry, try to relax and take care of yourself so that you can support your child. Finding time and space to take care of yourself will support your family too.
  • Teach your child that there is a connection between their behavior and their feelings. If we can practice new and relaxing behaviors, we can often help ourselves feel better.
  • Maintain routines that you can still do while social distancing. Movie nights, family dinners, bike rides and other special family activities are especially important to help us cope.
  • Do not let your child spend too much time alone or being passive (hours alone in their bedroom, watching screens, or over-sleeping)
  • Get outside every day.
  • Take regular breaks, and plan lots of movement. Check out Mr. Grimm’s brain breaks (click on your class, teacher, and then brain breaks for a ton of excellent ideas)
  • Encourage your child to talk about their negative feelings or thoughts. This is an opportunity to practice naming feelings, and feeling accepted even when our feelings are uncomfortable. It’s understandable if your child is feeling frustrated, sad, angry or confused by what is going on. Practice Emotion Coaching to help your child feel safe with their feelings.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there are ways that I can support your child and family during this time.

Krista Sodt
Drive Up School Pictures
When: Friday, November 13th
Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Save the date!  During materials pick up, we will have a drive up school pictures. 
Safety: We will be using a similiar process used to take photos for more than 1600 secondary students earlier this year.
  • Pictures will be in conjunction with materials pick up. We have never had a long line of if you come around your usual time, the line should never be too long.
  • All Quality School Portrait employees will be screened by a BISD COVID monitor and will wear proper masks during their entirety on campus.
  • Safe distancing will be practiced during the duration of your student’s photoshoot.
  • Please ensure all students who exit a vehicle have a mask on. They will briefly remove it for their photo, then put it on for their walk back to their vehicle.
Do all students need to have their photo taken? Yes! In addition to being a keepsake, this photo serves several other important purposes:
  • These photos are uploaded into Skyward and will continue to play a valuable role in helping us get to know your student.
  • These photos are used in the school yearbook.
  • These photos are used for a Student ID Card
We will schedule retakes in early December.
Online Ordering
Test. This is only a test!

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, we will test our Emergency Notification System. Among other things, this system is used to alert you to weather-related or time-sensitive delays and closures. We will test all aspects of the system — phone, email and text (you must first opt-in to receive texts, see below for instructions.)
STAFF & GUARDIANS: If you do NOT receive the test messages on Wednesday, Nov. 4, please contact Erin Bischoff at 

STAFF, PARENTS & GUARDIANS: Please login to Skyward and verify that your contact information is current by clicking on the Account link in the top right corner. If you need to make changes, please update the information and click "save".

ENROLLING IN TEXT ALERTS*: If you haven't enrolled to receive texts via our notification system, using your cell phone, please text Y to the code 67587. (Or, if you've changed your mind and no longer wish to receive texts, text N to the code 67587). 
You must enroll in the system to receive texts from BISD. 
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BISD is hiring to expand our pool of available substitutes.

Part of BISD's reopening plan includes growing our pool of awesome substitute staff.
Please consider helping out during this most challenging time — you will also be making a difference in the lives of children.
Interested in joining our team of substitutes? Learn about the application process and what being a substitute entails at our Substitute Informational Webinar. 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19 from 4-5 p.m.
WHERE: Online via Zoom
WHAT: Please join BISD's Human Resources team and district personnel for a webinar where we will share the ins and outs of being a substitute. There are two types of substitute positions: Substitute Teachers & Substitute Support Staff. Both positions offer a flexible schedule. 
R.S.V.P: Please complete this form with your contact information and we will send you the Zoom link prior to Nov. 19.
PTO Happenings

Did you know that the Blakely PTO sends out their own newsletter weekly?! Please make sure to check your spam folder ( or email us directly if you are not receiving them!

Save the Date for the next PTO Happy Hour - Wednesday, November 18th at 5pm.

Stay tuned for more information in our PTO newsletter about our food drive that we will start this Friday!

6 - Materials Pick Up / Drop Off 7:30am to 3:00pm 
10- Veteran's Day All School Zoom Assembly 10:40am
11- Veteran's Day - No School
13 -  Materials Pick Up / Drop Off 7:30am to 3:00pm 
13 - School Pictures 7:30am to 3:00pm
18 - PTO Meeting 5:00pm via Zoom
26-27 - Thanksgiving Break No School
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager
Robin Thomas
(206) 780-2046
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