WILKES ELEMENTARY
NEWSLETTER
August 19, 2020
WELCOME BACK | WILKES STAFF | SCHEDULE | STUDENT PLACEMENT | TECHNOLOGY | 2020-21 FAMILY HANDBOOK | COMMUNITY NEWS
Dear Wilkes Families,
I am so very excited to welcome you and your child(ren) to the 2020-21 school year! It is sure to be a year to remember. I feel so honored to be entering into my sixth year as principal of Wilkes Elementary School. It truly is an amazing gift to work with such thoughtful, caring and supportive students, families and staff!
I am fortunate to already know many of the Wilkes families, but for those that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few things about myself. I am originally from Minnesota and attended Oregon State University--go Beavs! This is my nineteenth year in education. I began my career teaching 2nd grade at Wilkes and spent another six years here teaching 1st grade and in the 1/2 Multi-Age Program. I also taught 1st grade at Ordway and spent three years coordinating a K-5 English Language Learner program in Vancouver, Washington. In addition, I have experience as a Literacy TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), Teacher Evaluation TOSA, and Associate Principal at Sakai. 

Last, but definitely not least, I am a parent, with my oldest son, Landon, is entering 5th grade at Sakai and my youngest son, Carson, is entering 3rd grade at Wilkes. My husband, Chris works at NOAA and we live right down the road from Wilkes. We enjoy walking our dog, Riley, around Manitou Beach and spending time on the water whenever possible. We very much enjoy being a part of the Wilkes and Bainbridge Island community!

We have been hard at work all summer in order to prepare for this upcoming year! As you can probably guess, school reopening planning has been no small task. We find ourselves planning on what feels like constant shifting sand, as we are responsive to changes related to health and safety guidelines. 

I anticipate that you have a great deal of questions about what this upcoming year will look like, and I will be providing regular updates as information becomes available. Please know that things are being sorted out in real time, as we triage the many, many complicated pieces of this puzzle. 

In this newsletter, you will find information about staffing, schedules, and placement. I would also encourage you to read the BISD Newsletter that was sent out last Friday for additional details about Continuous Learning 2.0, and general district-wide Q&As that may be helpful. 

I have never been more proud of our staff, and am blown away by their creativity, determination and commitment to tackling our new style of school (and the many changes) head on. We know that this year may look different, but we will make it as meaningful, engaging, supportive and joyous for your child(ren) as we can. What makes our Wilkes community unique and special is not bound by a physical building. We will still stay true to our core values and the heart work that we do each day to connect with our students, families and one another. I can’t promise it will be easy, I can guarantee it won’t be perfect, but we will face each day, as a Wilkes community, stronger together. 

I understand that this information is a lot to take in, and I am sure you are still left with many questions.  We will communicate information with you as we are able.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of your week,

Amii
2020-2021 WILKES STAFF

Here is a list our our amazing staff for the 2020-2021 School Year.


Principal:
Amii Pratt
Associate Principal: Whitney Skarbek
School Counselor: Sue Constan
Preschool: Kathy Hines
Kindergarten: Carole Cottle, Elaina Weinbach, Zoe Raines
100% Online Kindergarten: Sandy Dreiling
1st Grade: Kelly Pellegrino, Laura Bryant, Suzanne Darling
2nd Grade: Beth Mass, Rebecca Keach, Amy Nordstrom
3rd Grade: Ian Eisenhood, Lisa Wood, Kristin Collins
4th Grade: Ingrid Ryan, Bill Covert, Michelle Smith
Specialists: Jill Queen (Art), Beth Riggs (Music), Noel Strand (PE), Alison Hatletveit (STEM), Tamra Hauge (Library)
Special Education Teachers: Melissa Mello (ILC), Jennifer Garlinghouse (ILC), Rebekah Ballmer (Resource Room)
Special Education Specialists: Rebecca Dawson (SLP), Cindy Wilkins (SLP), Mary-Beth Kobs (PT), Kelly Danielson (OT), Carol Duffy (OT)
Special Programs: Amy Jernigan (LAP), Jocelyn Jablonski (HC)
School Psychologist: Maria Kuffel
Nurses: Jenny Bale, Pru Zosa
Office Manager: Sheila Jakubik
Classified Staff: Jim Behrens, Stacie Boyd, Jillian Buchanan, Sally Corcoran, Kate Dalessi, Jeanne Feinstein, Martha Greenawalt, Elise Hardy, Sheila Jakubik, Roger Johnson, Kate Killigrew, Laura McDonald, Marcia Millican, Colleen Prichard, Lishu Rodriguez, Emily Saling, Susan Schardein, Dawn VanderMeer, Ann Williams, Tanya Agnew
2020-2021 SCHEDULE
We have spent a great deal of time as an elementary administrative team in order to develop schedules that will work best for students, staff and families. We recognize that our students may be accessing continuous learning from a community daycare center, in a small learning pod, with a parent working from home, etc. In order to try to best meet the needs of all students and families, we have determined common times for breaks and lunch/recess. In addition, each grade-level will have a more predictable and structured schedule. It is easiest to think of this in terms of what our daily schedules looked like pre-COVID, rather than what school looked like remotely last spring. 

Draft Schedules: Here is a link to our draft Wilkes Master Schedule during this time of Continuous Learning. You will also find a sample daily schedule on the second tab of this document. This is meant to give you an idea of what a day might look like for your child. We are still planning the specific details about instructional delivery, but in general, it will look more synchronous (students logged in at the same time for instruction) followed by opportunities for small group work and independent practice that will not be as screen dependent.

Material Distribution:  In order to provide hands-on-activities and paper/pencil tasks for our students, we plan to distribute materials on a regular basis (the frequency is yet to be determined-stay tuned!). 

Specialists: Please also note that students will see the same specialist M-Th for one week at a time, in order for students to have consistency and build upon projects or concepts several days in a row. We will not have specialist classes on Fridays.
Early Release: Friday is now the new Monday (ha!) meaning that each Friday students will be “released” 90 minutes early, at 12:50 in order for us to provide time for teacher professional development. We are also hoping to be able to have grade-level and school-wide community opportunities on Fridays, such as all school assemblies, virtual buddy classes, etc. 

Please note, this schedule is for our time in Continuous Learning; we will need to run a different schedule during the in-person hybrid model in order to accommodate AM/PM sessions and the time between each session for transportation and cleaning.  
STUDENT PLACEMENT

Placement 101

We are currently in the midst of placing all of our students into class sections for this upcoming year. We take great care in our placement process, which typically starts in early May. This year, we are tasked with creating balanced classes as we typically do (taking into consideration many factors such as gender balance, students with special education needs, students that work well together, etc) as well as creating AM/PM sections based upon geographical location on the island.  This is for transportation purposes and also to ensure that we have the correct number of students in each AM and PM section in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Your child will be placed into an AM or PM section, which will be seen as one whole class section during this time of Continuous Learning. For example, a 2nd grade student may be assigned to the AM section of Ms. Nordstrom’s class, but during continuous learning this student will be a part of Ms. Nordstrom’s 2nd grade classroom, with all students participating together remotely throughout the day. 

Please note that we take placement very seriously and are doing all that we can to meet student needs while adhering to these new parameters. It is important to note that class placement will be final and we will not be able to make class placement changes.
Class placements will go live on Skyward after 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 27th.
TECHNOLOGY
In a normal school year, there are a variety of important technical tasks performed on student Chromebooks and iPads at the start of the school year.
However, because of the Hybrid & 100% Online learning models, this year we need to complete our technology tasks in new ways.

On Thursday, 8/20, Friday, 8/21 and Monday, 8/24, we will set up a central location in the Commodore parking lot located off High School Road (between Commodore and BHS). This area is referred to as the “Pit”. This location is for all BISD students regardless of their grade. We will be using COVID-19 safety protocols and require that all families wear masks and maintain a minimum of 6-foot distance.
IMPORTANT:  Not all students are impacted, so please read carefully to see if your student is affected.
If your student:
  • Will be in Grade 2 and has a BISD iPad, please return the school iPad (with charger) and exchange it for their Chromebook
  • Is leaving Bainbridge Island School District, you must return all BISD equipment
  • Is experiencing technical problems with their BISD Chromebook or iPad, stop by our outdoor technical support desk for an inspection

To help manage traffic queues, we’ve created specific dates and times, based on the student’s LAST NAME. We ask that you try to work within this schedule, but if you can’t, it is permissible to use another time slot. 

After Monday, 8/24, please schedule an appointment for device return or device pick-up with the BISD Technology Department. You can reach us by calling 206-780-1668 or emailing us at helpdesk@bisd303.org.  

We are currently working on a separate plan to deliver devices to NEW BISD students. We anticipate having that plan in place by next week and will follow up with a separate message. 
2020-2021 FAMILY HANDBOOK

Hot off the press — it's the annual Family Handbook!

Filled with essential information (such as the district's COVID-19 protocols) and key school district policies, this handbook serves as a helpful reference for families.
This year, because the situation surrounding COVID-19 seems to be constantly changing, we formatted the Family Handbook using a Google Doc. By doing so, we can update the handbook as the situation evolves. For future reference, please bookmark this link: https://bit.ly/33GwwQa

COMMUNITY NEWS
Helpline Info

Helpline House is offering Tools for School Aug. 17-28 from 12-4 p.m. (except not on Wednesdays).  


Tools for School bags include basic school supplies and a kid-sized face covering. One bag per student is available to parents or guardians of pre-K to 12th graders. Info: https://www.helplinehouse.org/project-backpack

CALENDAR
August

27 - Class placement goes live on Skyward after 4:00 pm

September

1 - Greet & Go

2 - First Day of School
     1st - 4th Grades

2, 3, 4 - Kindergarten WA Kids In-take Meetings

8 - First Day of School 
     Kindergarten

WILKES NUMBERS
Wilkes Main Line
206-842-4411

Sheila Jakubik 
Office Manager
206-780-3010


Attendance Line
206-780-3050

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.