This Week at Blakely
11/9 - 11/13

Dear Blakely Families,

I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful fall weekend. As I mentioned in my newsletter last week, I want to continue to provide updates about our Hybrid Model and reopening plan. This week, I have highlighted a few answers to the FAQs (frequently asked questions) that I have received most often. Please note that my answers to these questions are based upon the information as of right now and in order to be responsive and flexible to student, family and staff needs some decisions do change as we navigate such uncharted territory. 

Hybrid Model Schedule for K-4, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

If I select to have my child switch between programs (ie move from Hybrid to 100% Online) when will this change occur?
    • This change would not occur until the Hybrid Model begins for your child’s grade-level. For example, if you have a 2nd grade student, and select to have them move from Hybrid to 100% Online, this switch would not occur until 2nd grade students come back to the building in-person for the Hybrid Model. 
Is it true that all K-4 students will move to the Hybrid Model schedule when the preK, Kindergarten and 1st grade students come back in person? 
  • Yes, when we welcome our preK, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students to our in-person Hybrid Model, ALL students will move to the Hybrid Model schedule. This means that even when PreK, K and 1st graders come back in person, ALL students in 2nd-4th grade will also move to the Hybrid Schedule, but access their instruction remotely until their grade-level moves to in-person instruction.
  • For example, If we had moved to in-person instruction for our preK, K and 1st grade students on November 9th, our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students would have been on the Hybrid schedule remotely until November 23rd, when they were scheduled to move to in-person instruction. This will remain true regardless of when we come back in the Hybrid Model,  but the length of time between grade-levels rolling back in for in-person learning may be shorter than the originally discussed 2 weeks. 
  • This decision was made in order to keep all families on the same schedule (ie a Kindergarten and 2nd grade student in the same family) and to help support our students and families that access child care centers in our community. Additionally, we would have had to create an interim “transition to Hybrid schedule” in order to accommodate our preK, Kindergarten and 1st grade students in person, which would have caused a temporary schedule change for our 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students, and then a 3rd schedule change when they came back in person. 
Does the move to the Hybrid Schedule apply to students in the 100% Online program as well? Why?
  • Yes, K-4 BISD students in either the Hybrid Model or the 100% Online will switch to the Hybrid Schedule as soon as preK, Kindergarten and 1st grade students come back to the building in-person. 
  • All of our BISD 100% online teachers are “housed” in one of our elementary school buildings and need to be on the same schedule in order for their students to access specialist times. 
  • In addition, the 100% Online teachers need to be able to attend building meetings with colleagues, which will take place in the middle of the day (a portion of 10:35-12:25 time frame) instead of before or after school due to the number of hours in a teacher’s contracted work day.
Return to Learn Handbook (link):
I know that many of you have likely seen this as it was shared in the BISD Community Newsletter a few weeks ago, but please be sure to take the time to review the information and watch the video links. This handbook gives a great overview of what to expect for your child when we return in-person to the Hybrid Model and the video links can also be very helpful for students and families to watch together in order to understand expectations and new health and safety routines at school. 

Hopefully these FAQs have helped to provide clarity regarding our eventual return to the Hybrid Model. I believe that by helping to create a shared understanding in our school community we will have a smoother transition in January. Also note that the actual return date in January is currently being discussed and we hope to have an update on that soon.

Wishing you a great rest of your week,
Dear Families,

Last week I shared tips for child mental health and wellness during this time of distance learning. This week is about supporting those of us who are caregiving and trying to balance multiple competing demands.
Self care has 3 basic aspects to keep in mind, and can be easy to remember as the A B C’s. 

A: Awareness- The first step is to become aware of how you are feeling, your stress level, your thoughts, and whether you are acting in a way that’s consistent with your values. This is not an opportunity to judge yourself, rather to notice and build awareness of what is happening.
B: Balance- The goal of self care is to create more balance between different areas of your life, rest, joy and leisure, work, personal care, and family life. Becoming aware of areas of your life that are out of balance gives you the opportunity to change. You will be more productive when your needs for rest and recharge have been met.
C: Connection- One of the most powerful stress reducers is connection with supportive people. Nurture and prioritize connecting with supportive co-workers, friends, family and community members. This is one of the best, most important, ways you can find joy and balance during stressful times. 

If you’d like to check out an app that supports these ideas, and provides self care and mental health tips, I recommend COVID coach as a place to start.

If you find that you would appreciate more support with intentional parenting, and would like to nurture connection with other parents, you might like to consider this 6 week, virtual Positive Discipline class being offered.

Please reach out if there are any ways that I can support your child or family.
Drive Up School Pictures
When: Friday, November 13th
Time: 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
It's finally here! This Friday, during materials pick up, we will have a drive up school pictures for ALL Blakely students and staff.

We will schedule retakes in early December.
Online Ordering
PTO November Food Drive

Thank you to those that donated on Friday...we donated 80 pounds of food! Let's see if we can double or triple it this week!

For three Fridays in November—November 6, 13, and 20—you can drop off food, gift cards, or money at school pickup/drop-off. PTO volunteers will bring the donations to Helpline House at the end of the day. Thank you for supporting our community!

What to Donate
Most Needed Items—Basics
**Pull-top preferred **
Hearty soups, stew & chili
Canned fruit
Canned proteins (tuna, salmon, chicken)
Canned corn and green beans
Kid-friendly snacks

Most Needed Food Items—Holiday
Baking (flour, sugar, baking powder/soda)
Spices (cinnamon, basil, oregano, etc.)
Broth (beef, chicken, vegetable)
Cooking oils (vegetable, olive, canola, etc.)
Boxed mixes (stuffing, scalloped potatoes, etc.)


10- Veteran's Day All School Zoom Assembly 10:40am
11- Veteran's Day - No School
13 -  Materials Pick Up / Drop Off 7:30am to 3:00pm 
13 - School Pictures 7:30am to 3:00pm
18 - PTO Meeting 5:00pm via Zoom
Blakely Numbers:
Main Office
(206) 842-4752
Kyanne Hawkins
Office Manager 
Robin Thomas
(206) 780-2046
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