Hello Blakely Families,
Week one of the 2020-21 school year is officially in the books! I was able to “stop by” and visit our virtual classrooms and was so impressed, grateful and filled with joy by what I saw; computer screens full of connection, lots of smiles and giggles, and beginning of the school year excitement! It feels like we have been running at full speed since June 22nd in anticipation of the start of this school year, and while I acknowledge that it is probably not the start of the year that any of us had hoped for, it was still a really stellar first few days!
Here are a few important updates for you to be aware of this week:
The first day of Kindergarten was today, Tuesday, September 8th. Welcome, to our Kindergarten students and families! Our Kindergarten students this year are in the class of 2033 (wow!) and it will be really crazy for our Kindergarten families and students to be able to some day look back on how they started their K-12 educational journey.
Parent Nights this year will be held on September 16th (2nd/3rd grades) 5:15-6:15 and September 17th (K, 1st, 4th and online K) 5:15-6:15pm
Our Parent Nights will be accessed via Zoom (classroom teachers will send out individual links as the dates get closer) and will be a time for families to learn a bit more about their child’s teacher, the curricular areas of focus for the year, and the general routines, procedures and expectations of each classroom. School and family partnerships have never been as important as they are in our current Continuous Learning reality, and we look forward to spending this time together so that we can have a shared understanding of how to best support our Blakely students.
We will have our first Materials Pick-up this Friday, September 11th between the hours and 8:30-1:00pm
Here is an overview of how it will work:
Please pull through our bus loop to where you see the big white tent. We will have staff (not individual classroom teachers) out for the duration of the time to help families pick-up (or return) materials.
Families can come anytime between 8:30-1:00 on Friday, and can pick-up materials for all children in their family at once. For example, if you have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader, you can ask for both sets of materials at the same time.
Materials will be alphabetized by classroom and grade-level. Please make a sign with your child(ren)’s first and last name written in large letters to be placed on your dashboard. You will be pulling through the materials distribution station and should not exit your vehicle.
We are still establishing the frequency of these materials pick-up and drop-off days, and will you know as soon as possible when the next materials distribution is scheduled. They will likely be weekly or bi-weekly, and we will monitor and adjust as needed.
Classroom teachers will correspond with their families directly about the need to either pick-up or return materials and/or student work.
Our Librarian, Kathleen Pool will also be working with grade-levels and individual classrooms to create a plan for book distribution and collection.
We will be quarantining any materials returned to school for 96 hours to ensure staff and student safety.
Please let your child’s classroom teacher know if this timeframe will absolutely not work for your family and we can work together to create a plan.
We are in the planning process of our first school-wide event, our annual Welcome Back Assembly which will be held via Zoom on Friday, September 18th. We are revisioning what this looks like during Continuous Learning and know that while in a different format, it will still be focused on community building, relationships and laughter! Stay tuned! Please tell your child(ren) that I am so very proud of their dedication and hard work this first week back. We are in this together, and truly, we’ve got this!
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead,