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COVID-19: Letter to Families from Mrs. Olds

May 11, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope you are doing well, staying healthy, and taking time to enjoy the beautiful weather. It’s important to remember to take care of yourselves during this challenging time because as they say, “You cannot pour from an empty cup!” We are continuing our weekly distance learning packet distributions on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00. During this time families stop by West Powellhurst in their cars, and we provide distance-learning packet along with some books that we have collected over time. It’s so nice to see your faces and to hear your voices. We miss you!

While we just celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last week, I would like to thank you and acknowledge the role you are playing during this time. You have always been your child’s first teacher, and now that role is important as ever. Please know you are appreciated, and valued as a partner in your child’s education now and always.

Below are a few updates I would like to share with you.

Kindergarten Registration: 

We are starting online kindergarten applications. Students who are age 5 on or before September 1 are eligible for enrollment in kindergarten. So if you have, or know of, a child who is 5 or will be 5 before September 1, please register the child soon. We are looking forward to meeting some of our youngest learners.

The link to kindergarten registration is here: Registration and Enrollment

Distance Learning:

Your child’s teacher has been working hard to create lessons, videos and activities that your child can access online through Google Classroom. Teachers will also connect with your child through Google Classroom, or phone throughout the week to check in on their student’s progress, and offer support if needed. If you need help with signing in, please let your teacher know and they can send you the information you need.

As we move forward please know our number one priority is connection and care for all of our children. It is important that we recognize each family has a different schedule and organizes their day differently, so you need to guide your day. The schedules that are shared provide suggestions or ideas, but you need to make it work for your family. We won’t have all of the answers at first, but we will figure them out.

Your child’s teacher will have office hours throughout the week, so please make sure you are connecting and communicating with them for clarification or support if needed. I recognize that this change is challenging on many levels, and we need to show grace and patience as we embark on this new journey together. Flexibility and partnerships will be the key to our success on this journey!

Below are additional resources you may find helpful:

Please take care and stay healthy.

Susan Olds, Principal

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