Ordway Elementary Newsletter 
October 12, 2020

PrincipalDevice Insurance


A LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL 

Dear Ordway Families,

October has brought with it some unexpected highs and lows. If you are a Seattle sports fan, watching the Seahawks play undefeated and celebrating The Seattle Storm as the 2020 WNBA champions are definitely highlights (and a nice distraction) for us fans. While both the WNBA and NBA can feel good about their organizations following the safety guidelines recommended by public health officials to have Covid-free pods, it reminds us of one of October's low points for Kitsap County residents which is seeing the current COVID-19 case trends rise in our county.

At the October 8th School Board Meeting, it was decided that the Board will review the Kitsap Public Health Data on Oct. 19. If the numbers look to be improving, and BISD logistics are in order, hybrid elementary students would return to school on the following tentative schedule: Grades K-1: Nov. 9;  Grades 2-4: Nov. 23. If the data and the logistics are not looking good on Oct. 19, the School Board will pause implementing the hybrid model and review those components every three weeks.

Yes, we are all experiencing a roller coaster of emotions this fall but we have been getting through these tough times together through maintaining positive peer connections and creating collective experiences such as drive by events and virtual assemblies. The UW Medical Center has eight quick and easy recommendations that can help us adults support our children.  Due to the fact that “Summer is typically less demanding on kids... (we can) anticipate increasing school demands and weather changes... (that can) lead to behaviors related to stress, chronic worry, anxiety and depression.Younger children don’t always have the words to express their anxiety, so it can emerge in tantrums and fighting with siblings, withdrawal, or in defiance to parents. Here is a brief summary of recommendations from Leslie Graham, a pediatric social worker at the UW Medicine :

Accept  that normal life is on pause. Do your best to problem-solve and stay present. Focus on getting through the day; Breathe and use relaxation breathing techniques to seek calm and emotion-regulation, and teach these techniques to your children; Validate feelings through listening and do not feel obligated to always “fix.”;  Routines should be predictable for meals and sleep; Socializing is important for kids and online is not enough. Make sure they go out and exercise; Make plans: Schedule little activities to look forward to, such as a bike ride or Zoom call with family and friends. Plan meals. “Plan those small moments”;  Limit news; and, Seek help: Think of the doctor’s office or a school counselor as a place to seek help and resources

As Coach John Wooden once said “ All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low”. I appreciate your partnership in providing balance and care to the students in our learning community!

Kind regards,

Melinda Reynvaan


Materials Pick up Friday October 16, 2020

K, 1st, 3rd and 2/3 Online
  • 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. 
  • Friday October 16 th is Materials Pick up for K, 1st, 3rd & Online.
CONFERENCES 

Parent Teacher Conferences October 28-30

No School
Sign up for conferences on Skyward starting Monday October 19, 8 am  
TECHNOLOGY NEWS 

Device Insurance


Just as you insure your home or car to protect you from accidental damages, families  may purchase insurance for BISD's “take home devices” (Chromebooks, iPads, etc.)

This insurance is optional but highly recommended, as the cost of replacing an uninsured BISD device is approximately $428 compared to the annual insurance price of $35. The insurance policy is between the parent/guardian and the Worth Ave. Group. The deadline to purchase insurance for the 20-21 school year is 9 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. To access device and insurance documents, please login to Family Access and complete the Online form. 

For more information,  please reference this list of FAQs.
Device Insurance
RETURN TO SCHOOL HANDBOOK 
Return to Learn Handbook
In preparation for bringing hybrid students to school, BISD has created a Return to Learn Handbook. The handbook includes a high-level overview of the many ways BISD has modified operational practices to keep students and staff as safe as possible during in-person learning.
The handbook includes:
VIDEO: Required steps prior to entering school buildings
VIDEO: Safety measures for riding the bus Please note: because of the pandemic, BISD is encouraging students to arrive at school via walking, biking or personal vehicle, if at all possible, and leave the seats on the bus to students who need them. 
In addition, the Return to Learn Handbook links to the BISD COVID-19 Safety Handbook for those who wish to dig deeper into the details.

CALENDAR 
OCTOBER 
16 - K, 1ST & 3RD 2/3 ONLINE MATERIALS PICKUP
23 - 2ND & 4TH MATERIALS PICKUP
28-30 - PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES/NO SCHOOL
29 - SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
NOVEMBER
3 - ELECTION DAY
11- NO SCHOOL - VETERANS DAY
ATTENDANCE LINE:
206-780-1075
MAIN OFFICE
206-842-7637