ARDMORE PRINCIPAL Weekly Newsletter
September 18, 2020
Well done to our teachers and students for completing the first full week. I have been super impressed with our students and their ability to focus in the online environment. Thanks to all you families and care givers for helping students to be successful. It is a stressful time for all and I am proud of the way Ardmore rises to the challenge. I would like to hear how the start of the year has gone for you and your child/ren. Please complete the survey below.
Have a great weekend,
Dr. Anne Reece
- Cell – 425-961-3028 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding and Translating Principal News
You can use the website translation feature at the bottom of the page to read this newsletter in any of the languages offered. The link for the newsletters is https://bsd405.org/ardmore/category/principal-news/
Puede utilizar la función de traducción del sitio web en la parte inferior de la página para leer este boletín en cualquiera de los idiomas ofrecidos. El enlace para los boletines es https://bsd405.org/ardmore/category/principal-news/
School website https://bsd405.org/ardmore/
These are new items to the newsletter. Reminders are below. We don’t want you to forget anything.
I would love to hear from families how the start has been for you. I invite you to complete this survey if you want your comments to be anonymous – LINK TO SURVEY. Feel free to email me if you would like a response or you have a specific concern at email@example.com
Student Must Have a Laptop from District
Please ensure your child has a district computer. We are having technical difficulties supporting students with personal computers and it is interrupting learning. Please get your child’s computer at the BSD Tech Center at Sammamish High School
Kinder and 1st grade parents, please make sure you get a laptop (NOT an iPad).
Tech Center at Sammamish High School
100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Families will be expected to wear a mask, do a self-attestation, and practice safe distancing.
If you still have a BSD laptop from the Spring, you need to return that laptop. Then you need to get a new one. You can hand the spring one in at Sammamish HS.
Curriculum Night – October 8th at 5:30
We will have a 20-20-20 agenda.
- 20 Minutes in a live event to share the school vision and goals (use the link below)
- 20 minutes – Rotation 1 with teachers in classrooms (Look for an invite in your child’s calendar)
- 20 minutes – Rotation 2 – repeat of Rotation 1 for families who have more than one child.
This is the link for you and your students and their families to use to watch the live event with the Admin team.
Parent teacher conferences will be in the afternoons/evenings of October 12, 13, and 14. Teachers will contact you directly with the directions for how to sign up for your conference. Please prepare for you conference with:
- Your hopes and dreams for your child
- The strengths of your child
- Other information you want the teacher to know
Returning to Building for Hybrid Students
The district is starting to plan for how we will return to the building for Hybrid students. The numbers of new cases in King County are getting lower and need to remain low for the board to approve us to return to the building for the Hybrid classes. The district website has information about this transition – use this LINK to go to the district website. Here is a PDF LINK that can explain the plan in a visual. .
Family Forums for Multilingual Learners
Please join a live virtual event to learn about the Multilingual Learners Program from the district.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Microsoft Teams: Here is the link to the live Elementary Participant Link MLL Family Forum
There is a survey for families to fill out ahead of time, with translation in 6 languages: MLL Family Forum Survey
During this live event, families will:
• Meet the new Directors: Chitra Bhardwaj & Ricardo Macias Tamez
• Learn about the MLL model
• Learn how to support your student at home this fall
• Learn about school and community services
• Learn how to get more help
Following the presentations, staff will reserve time to answer questions from families. The sessions will be recorded for families and will be available on You Tube for those who cannot join the live events. Closed captions will be translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Korean, and Japanese.
Share Your Thoughts with the District
The district would like to know what went well during the first week of school and what we can improve. Please join our ThoughtExchange conversation. Families have until Monday, September 21 to complete it. Your feedback will help us get this year off to a strong start as we launch with remote learning and prepare to transition to hybrid.
Please make sure you are up to date with information about the district plans for COVID. It is all on the district website here: https://bsd405.org/services/health/covid-19-information/
The district is closely watching the public health information to make a decision of whether we will return after the first six weeks. Teams are making plans and recommendations for a safe return.
In the meantime, you can start helping your child to prepare to be back in the building if they in the Hybrid classes. We will use these verbal directions with students as reminders:
· MASK – Practice wearing masks when you are outside or with others. Teach them to keep it on and to keep it clean.
· HANDS – Practice washing hands with each transition. You can also have them practice washing their hands and not touching their face.
· SIX FEET – Socially distancing when playing with friends so they are used to keeping a distance from others when playing.
Doing this in the home and building the routine and understanding the importance of safety will make our return less stressful for students.
The September drill if we were in the building would be a Fire Drill. We will do one in the first ten days of returning to school. One way you can help with this is to teach students what to do when a fire alarm goes off at home. Keep calm. Use a 0 voice and listen to adults. Walk outside to a safe place. Wait until the all clear is given to return.
These items were in previous newsletters – but don’t forget them!
Free Vaccination Clinic for Children 0-18 years
If your student needs immunizations, call Eastgate Public Health to sign up for a FREE appointment for Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Offering all vaccines required for K-12 students + additional childhood vaccines
- Starting September 3, call (206) 477-8000 to make an appointment for Thursday, September 17
School Supplies K-5
Again, we apologize for the communication that caused confusion on supplies. This is the list of supplies all students will need for the start of the year.
- Box of Crayons
- Pencils – (Prefer Ticonderoga #2)
- Color Pencils
- Paper (for projects and art)
- Glue stick
- Composition books (two)
- White board marker (here is an example LINK)
- White board (here is an example LINK)
- Water color Crayola kit with brush (here is an example LINK)
- Jump rope (here is a link for an example LINK)
The school will arrange a second pick up of supplies in a few weeks once we receive the shipment. Please contact Ligia Calvo De Anleu firstname.lastname@example.org or phone her at 425-456-4703 to get on the list.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications available on August 17th
- The application will be available on the Bellevue School District website in several languages. Visit the website on Monday: https://bsd405.org/services/nutrition-services/free-reduced/
- All students on Free and Reduced Lunch last year will be kept on FRL status for 30 days. This will last until 10/16.
Technology Issues & Support
We apologize for the technical issues that were happening today (Friday 9/4). We have informed central office and hopefully they can smooth them out. Often it is happening with Microsoft itself and the district does not have control. Please be patient as we solve these technology issues.
Teachers are managing 15-30 students and they can’t leave them to help a specific child. Please email Jennifer Lynch for technical support email@example.com if the teacher cannot help.
Here are the Top 5 Tech Tips from the District
Supporting student technology needs during remote learning is important to the Bellevue School District. The following are the top five questions families have and their solutions:
1. What is my ParentVUE activation key?
2. How do I monitor my student’s online behavior?
3. My student’s device is constantly freezing in Teams. What do I do?
4. My student is unable to access content that should be available. What do I do?
5. Where do I find my student’s Teams meeting links?
Technology Support is also available online, by phone, and in-person. Learn more.
Technology Responsible Use Pledge
The Bellevue School District recently replaced our previous student technology agreement with a new Technology Responsible Use Pledge. Please have a discussion with your child about this pledge. It aims to teach positive use of technology, foster student ownership and reinforce digital citizenship. We believe that this new Technology Responsible Use Pledge is better aligned with our vision, mission and shared values. The district is excited that we can provide each student with a device that will enable them to continue learning through these uncertain times. Technology lends itself to many unique opportunities for students to learn, innovate, connect and thrive. This opportunity will also help students learn how to be responsible digital citizens.
Elementary Student and Family Technology Webinars
You can watch this live event recording.
BSD technology and instructional staff introduced elementary families to the hardware and software elementary students are likely to use this year. The presentation focused on:
- Device use and care
- Using Microsoft Teams for announcements, meetings and assignments
- Using Clever to access digital curriculum
- How to get more help
You can find the recording here: Monday, August 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. OR
Information for technology support is on the district website. Follow this link to technology support
OR – Student and family technology support is available Monday through Friday online, by phone and in-person. Visit https://bsd405.org/techsupport for details
Optimize Your Internet Connection at Home
Here are a few tips that can potentially improve our internet connections at home. • Use a wired connection or relocate as close to your router/modem as possible. • Reboot your router/modem and device – at least weekly! • Consider turning off Wi-Fi enabled devices in your home (security cameras, doorbells, TVs and printers, baby monitors, etc.) and file-syncing services (Google Drive, DropBox, etc.) when you are not using them.
Online Student Data Verification
The Online Student Data Verification process for the 2020-21 school year will start on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. This applies only to students in grades K through 12 (not preschool). Starting on August 19, parents and guardians can update student information by signing into ParentVUE to update it. Upon logging in the first time, they will be directed to data verification.
On August 19, parents and guardians can:
· Update their address online and provide required proofs of address electronically
· Update student demographic data
· Manage student emergency contacts
· Update photo permissions
Reminder – #MaskUpWA
BSD has been sharing information related to the state’s #MaskUpWA campaign. Wearing face coverings, along with adhering to physical distancing, is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are encouraging our learning community to follow the current guidelines in order to help stop the spread, which is vital to reopening our buildings and bringing students back to classrooms for in-person learning. The Washington State Department of Health created a short video available in English and Spanish that shows how to properly wear a face covering and how to care for face coverings.
Teacher’s Emails – Updated
Here is the list of classroom teachers and their grade level, hybrid or virtual, and room number, and their email for this year. Note, just add @bsd405.org after the email name listed.
|Last Name||First Name||Certified Assignment 2020-21||Room||Email Address …@bsd405.org|
|Calvo||Ligia||Family Engagement Specialists||Family C. Center||calvol|
|Lopez||Ana||Kindergarten Teacher – Hybrid||201||lopeza|
|Elrod||Sheryl||Kindergarten Teacher – Hybrid||204||elrods|
|Espinoza||Cassie||Kindergarten Teacher – Virtual||202||espinozac|
|Mendenhall||Sarah||Kindergarten Teacher – Virtual||203||mendenhalls|
|Teng||Linda||1st Grade Teacher – Hybrid||205||tengl|
|Amadon||Emily||1st Grade Teacher – Virtual||206||amadone|
|Marulis||Melina||1st Grade Teacher – Hybrid||207||marulism|
|Manca||Maria||1st Grade Teacher – Hybrid||108||mancam|
|Gaines||Sherry||2nd Grade Teacher – Hybrid||209||gainess|
|Becker (White)||Sophi||2nd Grade Teacher – Hybrid||210||whiteso|
|Roberts||Hana||2nd Grade Teacher – Virtual||211||robertsha|
|Chancellor||Shannon||3rd Grade Teacher – Hybrid||213||chancellors|
|Korver||Katie||3rd Grade Teacher – Hybrid||212||koeverk|
|Lemcke||Katherine||3rd Grade Teacher – Virtual||110||lemckek|
|Anjaz||Bahar||4th Grade Teacher – Virtual||106||anjazb|
|Anderson||Julie||4th Grade Teacher – Hybrid||107||andersonj|
|Symonds||Lisa||4th & 5th Grade Teacher – Hybrid||105||symondsl|
|Zaghian (Bebina)||Alissa||5th Grade Teacher – Virtual||108||bebinaa|
|Frederick||Mireya||5th Grade Teacher – Hybrid||109||frederickm|
|Richardson||Ashley||Cascade 1-5 Teacher – Hybrid||113||richardsonas|
|Roschy||Elana||Cascade Social Worker (.8)||112||roschye|
|Balzer||Kelly||PBIS Facilitator/Admin Intern||Conference||balzerk|
|Wahlberg||Ryan||ELL (1.0) Facilitator||Stage||wahlbergr|
|Chan||Eve||ELL (0.5) Facilitator||Stage||chane|
|Doleac||Bev||.5 LAP Facilitator||Literacy Rm||doleacb|
|Kearns||Irene||. 5 LAP Facilitator .2 Title CoTeacher||Literacy Rm||kearnsi|
|Danielson||Jolyn||Librarian & Librarian Specialist – Hybrid||Library||danielsonjo|
|Estrada||Miriam||Music Specialist – Virtual & Hybrid||215||estradam|
|Holloway||Jessica||Art Specialist – Virtual||214||hollowayj|
|Kraemer||Serei||Art Specialist – Hybrid||214||kraemers|
|Johnson||Griffith||PE Specialist – Virtual||Gym||johnsong|
|Thomas||Emily||Computer Science Specialist – Hybrid||111||thomasem|
|Katsman||Shira||Orchestra Teacher – Hybrid||Stage||katsmans|
|Gillespie||Paul||Band Teacher – Hybrid||215||gillespiepa|
|Cheung||Lisa||Art Specialist – Virtual||cheungl|
|Young||Rachel||Computer Science Specialist – Virtual||youngra|
|Sheffield||Matt||PE Specialist – Hybrid||sheffieldm|
|Hinton||Jerry||PE Specialist – Hybrid||hintonl|
|Carpenter||Patricia||Art Specialist – Hybrid||carpenterp|
|Ching||Jennifer||Librarian Specialist – Virtual||chingj|
|deAlteriis||Kristen||School Psychologist (1.0)||244||dealteriisk|
|Fu||Yifan||Resource Room (1.0)||Bookroom/110||fuy|
|Peterson||Diane||Resource Room (1.0)||Bookroom/110||petersondi|
|Snow||Katherine||OT||VB Old ELL||snowk|
|Richards||Chela||PT||VB Old ELL||richardsg|
|LaCrone||Megan||SLP – Hybrid||231||lacronem|
|Hansen||Carol||SLP – Virtual||231||hansenc|
|Dupree||Natalie||OT||VB Old ELL||dupreen|
|Boggs||Lane||School Psychologist Intern||244||boggsl|