AUGUST 27, 2020

Office Hours Alert

Offices will be open 9/2-3 and 9/8-11

We will communicate schedules for future weeks soon
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  from 9:00 am – 12:00  pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm     

Building capacity will be limited to maintain social distancing expectations. The primary purpose of these limited hours is to assist families with enrollment issues specifically to support those needing help with the registration process.  There may be other issues that require school support; as such, families are encouraged to reach out to the school first to resolve issues or respond to questions.  If the matter can only be resolved in person, families are asked to enter each building through the main doors and follow all signage and guidance posted.  Masks will be required for all who enter Colonial facilities.

Device & Materials Pick-Up

On September 3rd  from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, Colonial will host a Technology and Materials Distribution Event at William Penn and Gunning Bedford.  These events will provide opportunities to:
  • Pick up a new device (if you are new to the District) or exchange a broken device for another one. 
  • If you are a parent of a previous Kindergartener or 1st grader who was given an iPad last year, and you would like your child to have a Chromebook, please come pick up a Chromebook for your student and hang on to the iPad for this school year.  The iPad does not need to be turned in at this time in order to receive a Chromebook. 
  • All students in grades K to 8 will be provided with the following school supplies/materials to be used as part of their virtual learning experience. Items should be placed in a location that allows the student access to them during their virtual classes

     These materials include:
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Crayons-24 pack
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors 
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Post-its 
  • Composition book per student
  • Loose Leaf lined paper

    In addition to the items above, each grade level has specific items that are connected to their curriculum that they will need; the items below will be distributed on-site
  • Kindergarten to 5th Grade Math Student Activity Book & Packet
  • Kindergarten-ELA Handwriting Packet; Math 5-10-20 frames & 100 chart, Primary Number Cards & Then Frame Cards
  • 1st Grade-ELA Handwriting Packet, Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Math 5-10-20 frames & 100 chart, Primary Number Cards & Ten Frame Cards
  • 2nd Grade-ELA Sentence Writing Packet; Math 5-10-20 frames & 100 chart
  • 3rd Grade-ELA Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume; Math 5-10-20 frames & 100 chart
  • 4th Grade-ELA Holes by Louis Sachar
  • 5th Grade-ELA The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • 6th Grade:Math: Comparing Bits & Pieces and  Let’s Be Rational
    ELA:  Watsons Go to Birmingham  by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  • 7th Grade:Math: Data About Us and Decimal Ops
    ELA: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  • 8th Grade:Math: Filling and Wrapping and What Do You Expect
    ELA: Code Orange by Caroline Cooney

Ready, Set, Go Remote!

Starting on September 8th, when school begins virtually for Colonial students on a staggered schedule, the CSD Virtual Academy will be ready for an engaging academic school year.  For more information about the CSD Virtual Academy, visit the link below:

Webinars to Support Home Learning

We understand that the transition to learning at home can be both new and challenging at times for you and your child.  With this in mind, we want to ensure you have the supports you need to support your child in their Colonial School District virtual school experience.

This is why we have partnered with Insight Education Group to provide you with a series of no-cost webinars titled How to Become an Effective Home Learning Coach™. 

In the 90-minute Zoom interactive webinars, you’ll learn the “secrets of the trade,” including just-in-time practical ideas for helping your child be successful. 
For more information on the sessions, please see this brochure. Seats are limited so sign up today!
To register:Link: 

Code: Colonial2020 (There is no cost for Colonial School District parents, guardians, or caregivers when you use this code.)
Zoom Tutorial Link:
Once you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the Zoom login. 

We hope these sessions will be a valuable resource for you as you navigate this new experience. For any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kia Johnson (

Teachers are Ready!

Colonial teachers got right to work this week preparing for a more robust remote learning experience for their students because they can’t wait to connect with students again!

Show Your First Day School Signs!

It’s that time of year again!  Share your excitement for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year with our First Day of School signs!

Visit to find the sign that fits your student’s grade and school. 
Take a picture of your student with his or her sign by either printing out the sign or displaying on your Chromebook or tablet. 
Share on social media using hashtag #firstdaycsd!
Click here to download your signs today and get ready to share the week of September 8!

Updates for William Penn Students

To get students and families prepared for the upcoming school year, we will have several events in the weeks ahead.

WP Collection of Materials: Additional dates added: August 31 & September 1

Any items that students needed to be returned at the end of the 2019-20 school year can be dropped off at William Penn from August 31-September 1.  This includes any item, besides a Colonial Chromebook, that is property of the school.  Examples are class textbooks, novels, math materials,  calculators, sports uniforms and equipment, ROTC uniforms, library books, etc. 

Please return items you may have during the following dates and times:
Monday, August 31 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 1 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
WP Open House:  Thursday, September 3 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

After spending the summer planning for the return to school, the staff at WP are excited to meet families during their Virtual Open House.  During this time, families learn more about grade level and behavioral expectations, curriculum, schedules, grading, and educational technology platforms.  Details about how to attend will be provided soon.

WP Device and Schedule Pickup:  Tuesday, September 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

If a student has not received a device or a class schedule online, they can pick up both on September 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Schedules will also be available via Home Access Center.  Students and parents will need their username and passwords to access.  If they do not have their username and password, email their counselor.

WP Pick Up -- New Materials - SAVE THE DATE

Students will be able to pick up items needed for this semester's classes -- textbooks, novels, math items, etc.  More specific information will follow about where students and parents should report in the building to pick up the items.

Monday, September 14:  Seniors from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

-  Tuesday, September 15:  Juniors from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

-  Wednesday, September 16:  Sophomores from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

-  Thursday, September 17:  Freshmen from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Transportation & Nutrition Staff are Getting Ready!

Staff from the transportation and nutrition departments are back in buildings getting ready for the start of the school year. From training to putting safety protocols into place, these employees are hard at work preparing to serve Colonial students and families

WE Must Continue to Practice Safety!

WE will continue to share videos that will encourage students to practice safety during this pandemic. The first is appropriate for elementary students, the second may be shared with teens.

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