Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of September 21, 2020

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of September 21, 2020

Greetings Caregivers! 

It has been so nice to see many of you for teacher meetings or materials pick up/drop off. Thank you for everything you are doing to help support your child have a positive start to school despite the obvious struggles and frustrations that are involved this year! 

I really hope you and your child(ren) can start feeling like you are in some sort of school routine as we get rolling with this remote plan. We know it is not ideal. We all miss the frequent smiles, gestures, human contact, and laughter that is so much a part of our days AT school. We will do our best to build compassionate classroom communities despite the challenges.

Photos

This week’s photos show our nice Welcome Windows (thank you, to Ms. Desmond!). Also, we have a bubble video and some student additions. If your child want to send a bubble photo or video, please send to me this week, and we can add it to our collection!

By this time, teachers should have sent out specific classroom schedules, but I can let you know that the plan is to have students engaged in learning (with teacher/staff support) for the full school day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and that Wednesday would be a lighter day with a morning and afternoon check in with the teacher, but more “independent” activities throughout the day. For this remote time, school “hours” will remain the same as they have been in the past 8:50-3:00 (on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays). If we can get to the Hybrid Model (hoping good health and a vaccine will get us there!), the schedule would obviously change, and I’ll send further information at that time. 

***Many teachers will continue scheduling days for materials pick up. Our wonderful PTO is happy to help with material pick up/drop off if you could use that type of help. See information below.

 Remote Learning Drop Off/Pick Up System:


In this brave new world of remote learning, we would like to facilitate getting paperwork from teachers to students as needed.

If you are unable to come to the school and your teacher has worksheets or other physical learning materials for your student, the PTO can help by picking up and/or dropping off documents on an as needed basis (once/week or every other week depending on need).  Note that it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to communicate when documents will need to be dropped off and picked up to the person driving. 

If you need help getting your students paperwork, please complete the following formhttps://forms.gle/YLqazyrPYYkKYaTA9

We will try to find someone who can drive documents to/from you for contactless pick-up. We ask that you have a phone number you can be reached at so we can coordinate, and live within 15 minutes from the school. If you are outside this range please reach out and we will see if we can find some way to assist.

In addition, we are looking for drivers who can help us with drop off and pick up once per week or every other week. If this sounds like something you can help with, please reach out to us at RyanRoadPTO@gmail.com

Thank you to our wonderful community!

Questions? Email RyanRoadPTO@gmail.com

If you are still in need of a chromebook, please contact the school office at 587-1550.

Our Technology Department is offering Technology Workshops for Caregivers. Check it  out! I hope you able to “attend” something that might be helpful for you as you try and support your children online.


And, here are links if you need technical assistance:

ZOOM: shorturl.at/iBPZ0 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm-1pm)

EMAIL: nhshelpdesk@northampton-k12.us

Stay up to date (under normal circumstances or not!) with all of our school activities on our School Website’s Calendar!

I hope that all families feel welcome, comfortable, and valued at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Sarah Madden, Principal

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