Ordway Elementary Newsletter
Wednesday June 17, 2020 

Dear Ordway Families,

This is a bittersweet time as we reflect on the year and celebrate the many accomplishments made and, at the same time, say goodbye as we prepare to leave for summer break. 

To Ordway’s fourth graders, the staff here at Ordway couldn’t be more proud of not only this year’s accomplishments, but how each of you have grown each and every year as an elementary student! Please know that we are so fortunate that YOU have shared your own unique ideas and special talents at Ordway and because of your many contributions, Ordway is the wonderful community.that it is. Gone are the days of the ‘other way’ as you have consistently shown us all the ‘otter way’ through your positive actions and kind words. As some of your parents who attended Ordway know, we will miss you next year, but the staff and I want you to know that we will be here for you- always. 

To all of our Ordway Otters,this week there is no trivia video, but something MUCH better:  Please take a few minutes  to watch a video that Ordway staff has created for you. This is a message from us to you that comes from the bottom of our hearts. If you have learned anything this year, we hope you have learned: We are proud of you, we wish you the best, and  that WE’LL BE HERE FOR YOU. 

Have a healthy and happy summer!

Principal Reynvaan
To mark the end of this unprecedented 4th grade year, Ordway PTO has planned a 4th Grade Drive Through Parade on the last day of school, Friday June 19th from 11-12. Please come to Ordway, drive through the bus drop-off zone (same as we do for the grab and go lunches) so that you can exchange goodbyes with your teachers. 
The following schedule is proposed to help with traffic but we fully understand families arriving when it works for them during the 11-12 time frame.
11-11:20 - Fehrenbacher
11:20-11:40 - Jastrzebski & Speerstra
11:40-12 - Speestra

Stay in your car: Similar to device pick-up, families will stay in their cars. 

Use the bus lane:  We will use the bus lane (similar to meal service). Please exit to the Right onto Madison Ave (heading toward Winslow) so as to keep the bus lane traffic flowing. 

Please be patient: Traffic could get backed up, so please be patient.
Bring your student: Classroom teachers and extra support staff will be there to say goodbye and best of luck! Our staff is looking forward to seeing the students!
Ordway Otters, we are here for you! Here is a list of resources that may be helpful for your family over the summer, as well as some ideas for summer fun and coping strategies. 

Kitsap Sun has compiled a list of local resources for financial assistance, and other supportive programs available to families.
Helpline House Kids Pantry is providing food for children and families during the summer break.
Extra EBT available for children who qualify for free and reduced lunch, more information is available here.
Parent coaching services are available through Bainbridge Youth Services, and have been expanded to include parenting children of all ages.
Kitsap Regional Library is offering an online summer reading program, it’s fun and great practice!
PBS offers parent resources and information to support families as they teach children about difficult topics in the news.
OSPI has gathered information to support family well-being and student mental health.
Common Sense Media provides reviews for mindfulness apps that families may want to explore to work on developing calming and coping skills.
Due to COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency School Lunch Program, or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in Washington buy food when school is closed. For students who qualify for free meals, the estimated benefits  may be up to $399 per student.  To learn more, read the FAQs for P-EBT. 

Families in our district who qualified this year for free or reduced-price meals will be contacted by BISD Food Services to help you begin the process. If your income has changed and you believe you may now qualify for the program, please contact Food Services to complete an application by June 26th.

Annual Back to School Check-in

Parents, please complete the Annual Back-to-School Check-In (ABC) process for your student(s). This allows us to collect information about students returning to the district for the next school year. Having an accurate understanding of the number of returning students helps us determine staffing, class size and building capacity to better serve the needs of our students. 

All current BISD parents: Access the ABC process on your computer through Skyward, or on your mobile device by choosing "Desktop" access in the Skyward mobile app. 

Parents of new students to the district for the 2020-21 School Year (kindergarteners, transfer students): Access the ABC process after July 25, 2020. (That's when new students are added to our system.)
The ABC process also allows the district to fulfill annual notification requirements for public schools in Washington State in an efficient manner.
IMPORTANT: The ABC process must be completed and submitted to the district in order to access your student's class placement for next year. Class placements and schedules will be available in late August. 
If your student is not returning next year, please inform the Ordway office manager Sarah Dunstan at sdunstan@bisd303.org. 
Nondiscrimination statement: Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For questions, please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.