Ordway Elementary Newsletter 
December 14, 2020

Principal | PTO News | Counselor's Corner 

 

Dear Ordway Families,

At this time of the school year, I typically share a summary of what has taken place at Ordway during the first semester. In our Continuous Learning 2.0 model, we have been partnering with families and care providers to support learning, so many of you are already aware of what’s been happening and the growth that has taken place from September to December as demonstrated by your child. So instead of a ‘year in review’ it seems appropriate to instead highlight ‘the year ahead’.

C.S. Lewis stated “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” and this resonates as we are leaving 2020. The year is ending with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approving a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. Our District has begun a partnership (thanks to a grant) with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for rapid and comprehensive screening at each school campus starting in the new year. Additionally, the School Board approved a ‘Return to Learn’ plan for a rollout of in-person learning for students starting with grades K-1 in January (pending the KPHD metrics support it). So, as we move ahead into 2021 we can find peace in knowing the new year will be better.
May you and yours not only enjoy a Happy New Year, but a better one at that!
With gratitude,

Melinda Reynvaan

Materials Pick up Friday December 18, 2020

Your teacher(s) will let you know if you have items to pick up.
  • Items can be found in the South Courtyard 7:30 am -6 pm.
  • This is Self -Serve: park in bus lane or school parking lot. Wear a mask and social distance.
  • There will be carts/boxes for you to place library returns or anything for the student’s teacher.  All materials including student work, cards, or letters, library books must come in a bag and will sit for a quarantine period. 

Island Volunteer Caregivers Seasonal Card Campaign


Ordway Otters! Please consider making a cheerful seasonal card to be delivered to a local senior citizen who may be isolated and/ or homebound during this pandemic. Deliveries are made by Island Volunteer Caregivers. For more information on this project please read through the card instructions below. Collection boxes for the cards will be outside in the Ordway Courtyard December 16, 17 & 18. 7:30- 6pm
IVC Card Instructions
IVC / Ordway Card Flyer
COUNSELOR'S CORNER


During this time of unprecedented stress, many of us are experiencing normal reactions to a highly abnormal situation. 


Never before have we experienced an ongoing pandemic (we are in our ninth month now), economic insecurities, racial and equity experiences/awareness of historic and ongoing injustices, political division and much more. The experiences of ongoing stress and trauma affecting our brain, our body and our functioning can result in the following symptoms:
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Depression, fatigue and lack of motivation
  • Workplace burnout and lack of purpose
  • Memory problems: Difficulty concentrating, organizing,  planning and recalling
  • Heighten emotions and reactions

A great tool for managing these symptoms and building healthy coping habits is the Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families created by the Washington State Department of Health. Practicing self-care and healthy mental health practices are more important than ever. If you are experiencing any of these warning signs or need extra help getting through these challenging times, please visit our website for counseling & crisis resources.
PTO NEWS 

Many families have asked how to get a gift to their teacher this year. 
Bins will be in the courtyard (same location as materials distribution) for families who want to drop off cards and gifts for teachers and staff. Bins are monitored throughout the day.

All items do have to quarantine, so make sure nothing is perishable! Also make sure everything is clearly and securely named. Thank you.

Dates/Times:

Wednesday December 16:   7:30 - 6 pm
Thursday December 17:       7:30 - 6 pm
Friday December 18:            7:30 - 3 pm (deliveries made after 3 may not make it to the teachers before the return to school in January.
MULTICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 
MLK JR. VIRTUAL WALK: JANUARY 2021

Please join the Multicultural Advisory Council of BISD to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in the 2021 Virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk

DATE: Anytime between January 16 - 18, 2021

DISTANCE: A mile (or any distance you wish!) in your neighborhood or any safe walking path or trail

REGISTER: The event is free but registration is requested 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO:

Follow COVID-19 safety protocols (maintain six-feet of distance, wear a mask, etc.)

Follow pedestrian laws (use sidewalks when they are available, obey traffic signals, etc.) For a complete list of laws visit: https://bit.ly/2JDEEs

Print out the MLK Jr. Virtual Walk sign, answer the question and carry it with you on your walk:

In the steps of Martin Luther King Jr. I will ...

CALENDAR 
DECEMBER
18 - MATERIALS PICKUP- Various
19 - WINTER BREAK /NO SCHOOL
JANUARY
4 - RETURN TO SCHOOL
18- MLK HOLIDAY
21-22 CONFERENCES/NO SCHOOL
25-  TENTATIVE DAY TO WELCOME BACK HYBRID STUDENTS IN GRADES PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN, 1ST, 5TH AND 6TH FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING
27 - TENTATIVE DAY TO WELCOME BACK HYBRID STUDENTS IN GRADES 2ND, 3RD, AND 4TH FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING
ATTENDANCE LINE:
206-780-1075
MAIN OFFICE
206-842-7637
PTO Website