Ordway Elementary Newsletter 
December 7, 2020

Principal | PTO News | Counselor's Corner 

Ordway Library

Dear Ordway Families,

The first Friday in December kicked off asynchronous Fridays for elementary students. This may be a change for some students and not for others depending on their grade level and program, but the staff and I thank you for your cooperation with this shift. Teachers are using their time on asynchronous days to prepare for the upcoming hybrid model which will change the instructional landscape when it comes to daily schedules, content time, and logistical components involved for students returning to campus in January.

As we prepare for in-person learning, we have many safety protocols that have been targeted for staff training and implementation at each site which include: 
  • Promoting behaviors that reduce Covid’s spread 
  • Maintaining a safe and healthy school environment 
  • Orientation and maintenance of healthy operations 
  • Preparation and procedures for when someone gets sick 
Much of this can be found in the COVID19 Safety Handbook that outlines our procedures. The District also created the  Return to Learn Handbook for families to explain daily operations in a hybrid model.  The most important daily task to highlight is how parents will help students go through daily attestations to ensure each individual is healthy and symptom-free prior to attending school each day.  Orientation videos will be shared in advance so that families can watch these protocols prior to returning to campus in January so that students of all ages know what to expect. 
Additionally, Ordway staff have been trained and plan to implement the cleaning and sanitizing requirements per the Department of Health guidelines prior to each shift of students on campus each day. At our site, Nurse Carol has identified an Isolation Room that will be a place for students or staff to stay if any symptoms are suddenly exhibited once the day is underway so that any individual with symptoms will be immediately removed from others, isolated, and sent home. After an Isolation Room visit, a communication from a District Covid Monitor will be sent home that must be immediately followed. The letter will outline a plan of action that parents must follow in order for a child to safely return to campus as determined by the Health Department.  With all this in place and to keep our campus open and as safe as possible, a reminder that if you think your child might be getting sick please err on the side of caution and keep your child at home.
Staff will be following the same protocols attesting that they do not have any Covid-19 symptoms prior to working each day to ensure a safe and healthy school environment.  Staff are also advised to stay home if they think they might be getting sick. From October to December the District has been dedicated to having the necessary staffing in place for the in-person hybrid model and to have an adequate substitute pool on standby when staff call in sick. The substitute pool has tripled from where it started this year thanks to increased awareness, recruitment and training efforts. This puts each teacher’s mind at ease knowing that there will be someone to cover their class when out sick.
As you can see, we are working hard preparing for students to return to campus second semester.  Knowing that things are shifting brings a warm feeling of joy to us during these cold winter months. 
Kind Regards,

Melinda Reynvaan

Materials Pick up Friday December 11, 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 4 days during 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 the Ordway Main Entrance December 11th and December 16, 17 & 18. 

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 

Yearbook photo submissions. PTO is collecting photos for the 20-21 yearbook. Please provide photos of your child doing school away from school or other school related activities. Please submit your photos to ordway.secretary@bainbridgeptos.org  

ORDWAY PTO ENRICHMENT NEWS

Ms. Nelson, our school librarian has posted a few fun community videos!
Our All School Read 8 Class pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde features special community guests reading each chapter.
Our Fire prevention Month video  includes a read aloud by our own Fire Chief Hank Teran!
And lastly we have a PTO interview with local author Suzanne Selfors! See the link below.
Author Suzanne Selfors
CALENDAR 
DECEMBER
11 - MATERIALS PICKUP K,1,3, Online
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
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