Dear Ordway Families,
There are many things to be grateful for as we leave summer and enter the first day of autumn this week! I am grateful for the sight of a blue sky and the ability to breathe in the clean air this week. As we transition into a new season, it helps us reflect on the struggle and beauty of letting go. With the school year starting remotely, teachers and students have had to let go of being together in person. The priority of changing how we interact to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy and safe is a beautiful gift of kindness that we are giving to one another but it is not as easy to see as the changing leaves.
The learning landscape may change as our efforts to reduce cases continue and the numbers for COVID 19 decrease and plateau. The BISD School Board will be discussing timelines and logistics for a change to an in-person hybrid model at their September 24th Board Meeting. Look for the link if you would like to attend. An updated Hybrid Model Q&A is available on the BISD website.
Just as we can celebrate each season’s unique qualities, we can be proud of what we as a community have accomplished during this challenging time and capture the feeling of accomplishment as we move ahead with the work that is to come. The staff and I appreciate your participation in Parent Night and the parent survey sent the week prior. This helps us to constantly review and reflect on feedback to better support students. We are also excited that the Ordway library is open and students are able to check out books! Our Books & Materials Pick Up began last Friday and we will be scheduling more pickups so that students can have a variety of learning and reading materials each month. Thank you for your time and partnership with this.
As you may have seen, in the materials bag from your child’s teacher is login information for the fall Fastbridge screening assessment. This online test in reading and math is one, of many ways, to see where students' skills are this fall. This week many classes will start the Fastbridge screening assessment. Many other assessments and tools are used in addition to FastBridge to create a comprehensive and fair picture of your child's starting point this fall.
Season’s may change, but the heart of the Ordway community remains the same!