OCTOBER 15, 2020

Safe Return to School

Many staff members spent time during our recent Professional Development Day learning the many safety protocols that must be taken for students who opted to return to school. Teachers also spent time preparing for face to face instruction. Among the things families should know:
Families should conduct a self-screener checklist before sending children to school
Any child not feeling well should remain at home, and all children not feeling well during school will be sent home, especially if they have a fever. 
Students in grades K-8 must wear a face mask on buses and in the classroom throughout the day, except when eating and drinking. Children in Pre-K are recommended to wear a face mask
Children must bring their own labeled, filled water bottles. Extra water will be provided if needed and milk will be served with breakfast and lunch.  Water fountains will not be operational.
Students will remain in the same classroom throughout the day.

An in-house instructional video called The Safe Return to School is being produced and will be shared with families soon. 

More About Keeping Students Safe

The “new normal” for students and staff will mean following safety guidelines developed by state and district health advisors. We ask all parents who are sending students to school to complete the self-screener for students each morning BEFORE leaving home. This link will take you to the required screening process: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/blog/self-screening-for-students/

Attendance is a MUST!

The Colonial School Board voted on measures to ensure that our students are attending both virtual and in-person classes. Please review the new Temporary COVID School Attendance Policy  by clicking this link which is also posted on our website: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/parents-students/attendance/

Anticipated Return Dates to School

Students who opted in for in-person learning  are scheduled to return on the following dates:

Anticipated Student Return Dates - For students that have opted in for in-person learning:

Phase 1 - 10/22/20- Integration A students at Southern, George Read, and William Penn; Communication and Social Learning (CASL) at Southern, Intensive Learning Center (ILC) at Southern

( The programs listed above in Phase 1 are special programs that students were in prior to COVID)

Phase 2 - 10/29/20- Students at Leach, Adult Integration at Leach, Colwyck Pre-K students (CEEP)

Phase 3 - 11/9/20- All Elementary Schools (all elementary students who are not in the special programs from Phase 1), Intensive Learning Center (ILC) at Gunning Bedford, Communication and Social Learning (CASL) students at Gunning Bedford, Integration B at George Read, identified classes at William Penn High School

Phase 4 - 11/30/20- All Middle Schools (all middle school students who are not in the special programs from Phase1 and 3) Wallace Wallin Intensive Learning Center (ILC), William Penn High Integration B  

*The majority of William Penn High School will continue virtual learning throughout the remainder of the first semester (January 29, 2021). The anticipated decision for the 2nd Semester will be communicated to families prior to winter break. 

If you are a family that is remaining in our Colonial Virtual Academy, we will continue to provide high-quality learning experiences for your child.   

Again, all of these dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances, but we promise to keep you informed.

The YMCA is Back!

The YMCA is excited to offer Before and After School Childcare right at your Elementary School when our buildings open for face to face instruction on November 9th.  (Please note the YMCA is not currently serving Eisenberg Elementary.)  Students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities to expand learning beyond the school hours. The programs include arts and crafts, games, homework help time, a snack (After Care Only), recreational activities, and more! Space is limited so sign up today: https://www.ymcade.org/

View our Teacher of the Year Celebration

 We invite you to join our virtual celebration as we recognize teachers from across Colonial
Nation who have been named the Teacher of the Year for their school! Enjoy our virtual presentation:


Khayree Bey- A Winner in Colonial Nation

On Tuesday, October 13th a small watch party was held for Colonial’s Teacher of the Year, Khayree Bey. The event, sponsored by the Department of Education, named one State Teacher of the Year. While Bey didn’t win the top honor, he remains top in our District as he continues to put students first, and works hard to ensure that racial equity remains a priority for all. Special thanks to Fletcher’s Kitchen for providing delicious contactless meals, and Joyce’s Sweet Treats for dessert-individually wrapped cupcakes in Colonial Nation colors. It was a great, safe, event!

Make Your Choice

Tuesday, October 27th, is Choice Night-- an opportunity for families to choose which school they’d like their child to attend outside of their feeder school. This informational session will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM by accessing our website at www.colonialschooldistrict.org.  There will be a question and answer session following the presentation. The Choice window this year runs from November 2, 2020, to January 13, 2021. 

Coming Soon

 William Penn is preparing for virtual 8th-grade tours for incoming freshmen.  Continue to monitor Colonial Clippings, your school’s Facebook page, and our website for the dates and times.

Ready, Set, Go!

William Penn Athletic Director Matt Sabol says his student-athletes are getting used to wearing masks during practices and are now ready for the games to begin. Students have been communicating with coaches and staff about protocols and situations to ensure everyone’s safety. The first games will begin next Tuesday, Oct. 20th when the boys soccer team travels to Delcastle and the volleyball team will host a game against Delcastle. For more information about all sports schedules, go to www.colonialssports.com

Celebrate Unity!

Next Wednesday, October 21st, is Unity Day! This is a day for children and adults across the nation to WEAR ORANGE to show that we are together against bullying, and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Let's show Colonial Nation is united even while we are apart, and fill our Zoom classrooms with ORANGE!

A website with more info about Unity Day-  https://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp

Parent University is Ready to Go

Colonial is creating a Parent University to provide some technical support and training for parents during this remote learning period. 

These weekly, live sessions will give parents insight on remote learning tools such as Schoology, Kami, and much more.

Learn more about the meeting topics and see the upcoming Learn more about the schedule at the link below:  http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/parents-students/parent-university/

Sign Up to Stay Informed

Stay up to date with information from our schools!  Visit http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/subscribe-to-colonial-clippings/  to subscribe to district and school email newsletters! 

WE Must Keep Safe During Halloween

COVID-19 means many traditional celebrations like Halloween should be handled differently this year in order to avoid spreading this deadly virus. Below is a video with some advice:

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