SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

Middle School Update

Please mark your calendars for our Middle School Meet the Teacher event on Thursday, September 24th.  Teachers will offer evening sessions for parents to meet their students’ teachers.  Each middle school will communicate details by the end of the day on Monday, September 21st. Director of Schools, Jim Comegys says,”WE are excited about this fall and how our Colonial teachers and students will be working together to learn.  WE have grown and evolved significantly from where we started this spring.  Students, families, and teachers were all in crisis mode back then. Now we are working in our new normal called the Colonial Virtual Academy.  We intentionally started last week with a rolling start so our teachers and students would have time to connect with each other.  We wanted to use the first week as a time to practice; to get comfortable using the technology, including Chromebooks, Schoology, and Zoom.  Please visit both your school and district websites for support, to ask questions, and stay informed.   We are looking forward to a great school year!” 

 

High School Update

William Penn Meet the Teacher Night
William Penn will be hosting a Meet the Teacher event on Thursday, Oct 1st.
More information is forthcoming. 

Let's Play!

Fall sports have been reinstated, pending final approval from the State Board of Education. Practices for William Penn athletes will begin Monday, Sept. 28th

For field hockey, cross country, boys soccer, and volleyball contests will be on Monday, Oct. 19th and each sport will be allowed up to 12 contests.
For football, contests will begin on the weekend of Oct. 23rd and will hold a  seven (7) game schedule.

William Penn will be participating with Varsity level sports with a hope to add some JV level games for all fall sports.  Freshman level contests will not be held this year.  

Please refer to www.colonialssports.com for up-to-date information about times and other details.

Help for Your Day Care Provider

If you are sending your child to a Child Care Provider who is helping with remote learning, we are here to assist them.  Please click on this link to complete a brief survey so that Child Care Providers will have the information about your child’s specific schedule and needs. This is not mandatory, but some Child Care Providers and families have expressed a desire for more student information regarding Colonial’s Virtual Academy.  Once the survey has been received and completed by the school, the student’s information will be forwarded directly to the Childcare Provider via email. 

Webinars to Support Home Learning

We understand that the transition to learning at home can be both new and challenging at times for you and your child.  With this in mind, we want to ensure you have the supports you need to support your child in their Colonial School District virtual school experience.

This is why we have partnered with Insight Education Group to provide you with a series of no-cost webinars titled How to Become an Effective Home Learning Coach™. 

In the 90-minute Zoom interactive webinars, you’ll learn the “secrets of the trade,” including just-in-time practical ideas for helping your child be successful. 


For more information on the sessions, please see this brochure. Seats are limited so sign up today!
To register:
Link: http://www.insighteducationgroup.com/HLC 
Code: Colonial2020 (There is no cost for Colonial School District parents, guardians, or caregivers when you use this code.)
Zoom Tutorial Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opg0cdsindI&feature=youtu.be

We Continue to Feed!

Partnering with our Transportation Department, Nutrition Services, AND our Colonial Parents WE  have delivered 38346 delicious and nutritious student meals since September 8th!  

Did you know school meals are a powerful educational support that have been shown to improve behavior, the ability to focus, and academic performance?    The meals Colonial serves are “student approved”; meaning menus are based on their preferences.  Meals include fresh fruits and veggies, 100% fruit juice, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat milk varieties!  One Colonial mom shared, “My 4-year-old made lip-smacking noises all through his lunch.  He thoroughly enjoyed it!  Thanks!”  

Remember, masked parents may pick up meals for students, or students may quickly leave their zoom studies and grab and go!!!  Delivery meals provide a well-deserved break for you, parents, as well!   Let us do the work of providing a nutritious breakfast and lunch for your scholars.

 Check this link  for the delivery schedule daily as it is subject to change

Citizen Finance Oversight Committee Needs You

Do you have a knack for numbers?  Interested in learning more about education funding?  Colonial is looking for volunteers to serve on our Citizen Finance Oversight Committee!  Members attend a monthly meeting to review and discuss the district’s financial information and provide recommendations and input to the district and board of education.  Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the Administration building.  You can attend a meeting to get more information or contact our Chief Financial Officer, Emily Falcon at 302-323-2729 or emily.falcon@colonial.k12.de.us. 

WE are Prepping for the Safe Return to School

Operations Supervisor Ted Lambert says his staff has been extra busy lately. Social distancing signs have been placed throughout all schools, along with signage reminding students and staff about requirements to wear face masks. Other signs about the importance of washing hands and using hand sanitizers have also been placed around schools and other buildings in the District.  Lambert is expecting a new shipment of additional disinfectant wands that help custodians thoroughly sanitize classrooms, offices, and other spaces, along with new information from the EPA about disinfectants that have a quicker kill rate for the Coronavirus.

WE Must Always Practice Safety

We will continue to share videos with important tips as long as COVID-19 remains a threat to our health and safety. The following videos stress the importance of handwashing. The first is in English, the second is in Spanish.

Colonial Schools & District Office Hours

Colonial schools and district offices will be open to the public for limited hours:
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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