PARKING & PICK-UP
Now that we have had some time to hopefully settle into a routine, I have a few reminders. If you are in the loop, please stay in your car and do not get out. We understand if you need to run around to securely fasten a car seat belt, but other than that, please do not leave your car. You are also welcome to park in the middle lot if you need more time to do that, but please do NOT use that middle lot to drop-off. That is way too dangerous. In the mornings, try to drop-off using the right lane and try to use the left lane for pulling away (I know that there are a lot of cars so this might be difficult). In the afternoons, we use both lanes. While turning right onto 3 mile, feel free to use both of the lanes to turn right, but please make sure to pull into traffic in the correct lane.
HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS NOVEMBER 2-6
• K-Knight (Young 5’s) will have their hearing and vision screened.
• Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th graders will have their hearing screened.
• 1st, 3rd and 5th graders will have their vision screened.
HALLOWEEN PARTY INFORMATION
1. Students are welcome to wear simple costumes or Halloween colors. Due to social distancing and separating classrooms, students won't be able to use the bathrooms to change into their costumes at school. They are welcome to wear their costumes on the bus in the morning and during the school day, so parents need to make sure that what their child wears is comfortable! Students will not be able to wear Halloween masks at school this year. As always, no “weapons”, gory costumes, or makeup.
2. No food donations may be sent to school due to COVID restrictions.
3. Classroom parties will be planned for a specific time per individual classrooms (cannot share students or activities across grade levels). Party activities planned will be considerate of best cleaning practices (disinfected item needs if stations involved or we need to have individual materials). No bobbing for apples or Twister. :) Think simple, spooky, educational activities. Sorry, no volunteers or visitors this year.
4. The parade is cancelled.
HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR FACE-TO-FACE
Continue to be diligent with your daily health screenings in the mornings and making sure your child has a clean mask every day. This is what we are all agreeing to in order to keep everyone safe.
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30a. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement. Please contact the school if you have problems with the screening at 453-6351.
QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Please contact me if you ever have questions or concerns. My cell phone is 616-401-7829. We both want your child to have the best year possible. Texts, calls, or Facebook messenger is the best way to contact me. Feel free to email as well - I try to be in the classrooms as MUCH as possible, so email responses can be delayed up to 24 hours.
VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS
Due to the current Executive Order as well as the safety/health of our students, visitors and volunteers may not enter the school at this time. For health purposes, we want to reduce the number of people in and out of the school building each day.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH SCREENER
As we continue and expand our efforts to address students' social and emotional needs, this fall the district will begin the use of a mental health/social/emotional screener. This activity is a strongly recommended component of the Governor's Return to School Roadmap. The collected information will help our building teams develop targeted social/emotional lessons as needed. Student-level responses will only be shared with staff and administrators who have an educational interest. The social/emotional health screener is compliant with HIPAA and FERPA, and will include instructions for students to speak to confidentiality and mandated reporting guidelines.
For health reasons, we will not be permitting birthday treats or other items to be distributed to students at this time. Teachers will do their best to recognize students on their special day.
LUNCH & RECESS
Students will eat in their classroom if having cold lunch and hot lunch will be taken in the cafeteria. If social distancing permits, we may move more students to the cafeteria. The first week of school, everyone will eat in the room at this time.
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10/22: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
10/23: ½ Day for Students, Conferences 12:30-2:30pm
10/27: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
11/2-6: Hearing and vision screenings
11/23-27: No school
12/4: Report cards sent home in Friday folders
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