TGIF (Tempting Girls Into Football)
My weekly message for 11/13//20
Dear Team Stellar,
Well... this has certainly been a week... We are still moving ahead with our expected back to school date of Monday, November 30. As of this writing, there are still a couple of outstanding t's that need to be crossed and i's that need to be dotted, but it is strongly looking like a go! In the meantime - please start getting your child used to wearing a mask indoors for one hour at a time.
The tentative date for the next Town Hall is Thursday, November 19 at 5:00 pm. I will send out invites to all stakeholders as soon as I can confirm.
Additionally, over the next couple of weeks, you will be hearing a lot about Alameda County and our COVID numbers. If and it's a big IF, we change from Orange to Red, it will have zero impact on our ability to open. All systems will still be a go. Our plan was written while we were in purple (the worst one) and we have no intentions of downgrading our safety plan from the purple level to the orange level. We will take no chances with our community. We have the space to easily socially distance; we have the PPE supplies. We are good over here. Please be responsible on your end of the bargain to ensure a smooth and safe return to school.
In the world of it really doesn't matter:
As a heads up, next week's TGIF is going to be "Turkey Gravy Is Fattening." A couple of you noted that my TGIF changes each week. Good Catch!!! It does. All of that being said, if you would like to contribute a TGIF to the fold, I will gratefully accept it and use it... I can offer credit for your contribution or keep taking full credit for myself.... :D
REPEAT INFO FROM LAST WEEK'S EMAIL:
Before we officially move forward with the date of Monday, November 30, I will schedule another Town Hall Meeting ASAP. There are still a couple of pieces to this jigsaw puzzle that I need to settle first, but in the meantime, be thinking about gathering school supplies for your student. They will need 1 set of everything for each of their classrooms (math, reading, science, etc.) as no supplies may be shared between students. Each classroom will store their toolbox - aka a clear, plastic shoebox.
Teachers will be able to be more specific, but for starters, you will need a clear, plastic shoebox; 1 for each class per their classroom schedule - filled with:
- a dozen sharpened pencils
- box of thick and thin color markers
- sharpened colored pencils
- glue stick
- sticky notes
Please note: Some students may choose to bring their toolkit with them to each class rather than have one per room. That is a discussion and decision each family should make together.
Additionally, for their outdoor time breaks/recess they will need their own outdoor kit. Each kit might include: a jump rope, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, art supplies (paper and drawing tools), markers for hopscotch, book, hacky sacks, etc. Consider including whatever items your student would enjoy using while spending time outdoors. No items may be shared with other students. Kits will be stored in The Den.
For your reading pleasure, I have again attached our plan for opening back up to in person instruction.
A Huge Calendar Change: It was pointed out to me that our Spring Break was at odds with most of the school districts around here. That is 100% my fault. I'm going to change our Spring break dates from 4/17- 4/25 TO 4/2 - 4/11. I truly apologize if this wreaks havoc with your family's plans. It is my fervent hope that this actually eliminates more issues than it causes.
LOOKING AHEAD: (colored entry means that it has changed/added from last week)
Wed. 11/18 - SIP pick up and drop off day. 1:30 - 3:00
Fri 11/20 Minimum Day (Release time will be 11:55 am)
11/23 - 11/27 - Thanksgiving Break
Wed. 12/16 - SIP pick up and drop off day. Only If Needed.
Fri. 12/18 - Minimum Day (Release time will be 11:55 am)
12/21 - 1/3 - Winter Break
Mon. 1/4 First school day of 2021!!!
SPRING BREAK - 4/2 - 4/11
Proud Head of School
Stellar Academy for Dyslexics