Ordway Elementary Newsletter 
January 4, 2021

Principal | Counselor's Corner 

 

Dear Ordway Families, 

Happy 2021! We have all been looking forward to saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new year and it is finally here. I hope this letter finds you well rested after a peaceful winter break.

First semester ends this month which means that we will have Parent-Teacher Conferences and report cards shared at the elementary level the week of January 21st. Conferences will take place remotely via zoom on Thursday and Friday of that week, Sign up for conferences starting at noon January 11th. Report cards will be shared via Family Access. If you need support with Family Access, please call our office at 842-7637.

The Ordway staff recognizes that the impact of COVID-19 makes this an unusual year when it comes to assessing learning. Our focus is supporting the social emotional needs of students as our first priority.  We know that families have been doing their best to engage with remote classwork, connect with teachers, and stay on top of classwork during Continuous Learning 2.0. We also realize that for some families, this first half of the year has been extremely stressful and difficult. In order to address the impact of the pandemic, elementary schools have adjusted first semester learning outcomes, how learning is measured, and how it will be communicated to families.

This year, elementary report cards will be focused on student growth and progress toward the priority content areas of Reading, Writing, and Math. (Science and Social Studies are still a part of classroom learning but integrated with other content areas this year). In each student’s report, parents will see some asterisks used in areas such as specialist classes and other classes where remote learning did not allow for full coverage or assessment that would typically be done during in-person learning. An asterisk  may also mean that a standard has been introduced but it is not being evaluated at this time of year. If you have questions about your child’s report card, please reach out to the teacher for clarification since this year’s report will look a little different.

We will be sharing a lot of information over the next couple of weeks about the ‘Return to Learn’ hybrid model that is targeted to begin the week of January 25th for K-1 students and continue to gradually include more grades until all students grades K-12 are learning in-person. Families can continue to see up-to-date information at the District’s Hybrid Model site.

Yours in learning,
Melinda Reynvaan

Materials Pick up Friday January 8 

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! Thank you for all the wonderful cards you made for the IVC Holiday Meal campaign.  250 meals were delivered to island elders and your amazing cards accompanied all of those meals! 

AM PM Designations

Some families have asked where to find their child's AM/PM Cohort assignments. You can find your child's AM/PM cohort assignment on Skyward Family Access. 
2. Select the AM/PM Link
If you have questions please call the main office at 206-842-7637.
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.
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.)

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 
JANUARY
4 - RETURN TO SCHOOL
8 - MATERIALS PICKUP- VARIOUS
15- MATERIALS PICKUP- VARIOUS
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