Welcome Back to School 2020

Posted Date: 8/30/2020

WELCOME BACK DEER CANYON - Principal's Message

 

Summer 2020

“It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever - the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.

-       Vince Lombardi

 
Welcome Deer Canyon families to the 2020-2021 school year!
 
If ever there was a time to recognize our doers and achievers, this is it! The staff of Deer Canyon is working hard to prepare for our students’ Virtual start to school. PTA and Foundation are brainstorming virtual enrichment activities to keep our community connected, and families are preparing Virtual Learning spaces for students to start our year. The lazy days of summer are quietly settling behind us as school supplies permeate our stores and Virtual Learning arrives. While there continues to be much uncertainty about the year ahead, there is one thing that is certain. The staff and families of Deer Canyon are going to have a GREAT year!
 
While we are ALL beginning September 2nd in a virtual learning mode, there is interest in the PUSD Board of Education to open elementary schools sooner than January, if metrics are met and it is feasible. Classes are being created to allow for this pivot and minimize disruption to our students. Using your responses to the Family Commitment Survey, students electing ‘on campus’ will be placed together and students electing ‘virtual learning’ will be placed together. Furthermore, students attending ESS will be clustered within their grade level. This grouping will simplify a return to campus, possibly in a staggered session to minimize exposure. This placement model creates numerous multi-age classes. We have the most creative, flexible, and talented staff at Deer Canyon! Our teachers are determined to make this year amazing for our students, whether learning virtually or on campus. Our collaborative efforts will ensure every child grows and succeeds this year. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters.

Material Pick Up and our Drive Through Welcome Back Rally will be happening on Wednesday, September 2nd. We are inviting families to join us as defined in the schedule below. This will allow families with multiple children to pick up their materials and greet their new teachers at the same time. Grade levels will be spread out along our driveway, wearing masks and socially distancing. We strongly request that ALL families drive through and that all remain in their vehicles. If you are unable to attend on this day, please make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to pick up your supplies. Your child will need them for virtual learning.
 

Last names: Drive Through Window
A-F 8:00am-8:45am
G-L 8:45am-9:30am
M-S 9:30am-10:15am
T-Z 10:15am-11:00am
 
Chromebook and iPad pick up will also be happening on Wednesday, September 2nd during this time for families who have requested a device. iPads will be issued to requesting families in TK and Kindergarten, Chrombooks will be issued to requesting families in grades 1-5. Please be sure to bring with you the completed Chromebook Check Out form.

Setting the Stage for Success
Virtual Learning creates a new schedule and set of expectations for our students. Teachers will be implementing lessons as we start the year to build classroom community and set expectations. At home, it will be important for families to do the same. As we prepare to start the year, please ensure:
1.   Your child has a dedicated work space at home. This space should be in a quiet space with limited distractions
2.   Your workspace has necessary materials. A bin with sharpened pencils, crayons, scissors, colored pencils, markers, highlighters, and notebook paper will help your student meet each day with success. Be sure to also keep a bottle of water nearby.
3.   Your device is fully charged each night and ready for the day
 
5 Bee’s
Our school-wide expectations focus on following the “5 Bee’s”
1.   Be a Good Listener
2.   Be Kind
3.   Be Your Best
4.   Be a Problem Solver
5.   Be Safe
Families may wish to print the rule poster included in Echoes as a reminder to students of our school-wide expectations. Teachers will be reviewing these expectations and how they tie to classroom expectations during Virtual Learning. Additional expectations for being a responsible Digital Citizen will also be reviewed as we begin the year.
 
Schedule for first days of school
We are SO excited for the return of our students and families - even in our time of Virtual Learning. We have many events and activities planned to introduce students to this new and exciting year.
 
Many thanks to all of our families who completed the Virtual Learning Start Time Survey! Please see the results posted later in echoes. Your voice was clear! Our Virtual Learning hours will be 8:30am-2:45am Monday through Thursday, and 9:45am - 2:45am on Friday. 
 
Below is our schedule for the first day of school. We are so looking forward to meeting our new classroom of learners during the materials pick up and rally.
 
Wednesday, September 2nd
 
8:00am-11:00am Material Pick Up and Drive Through Welcome Back Rally Please see schedule above for your designated times. Please be sure to greet your new teacher, and please remain in your vehicle.
11:00am - 12:30pm LUNCH! And Recess  
12:30pm - 1:15pm
 
TK/K Zoom 12:15-12:45
Class ZOOM Welcome Meetings Be sure to find your special sign in your materials packet. You will need to bring the sign to the zoom meeting.
1:15pm - 1:35pm Recess / Brain Break
1:35pm - 2:15pm Prep/Collab !st Day Activity
2:15pm - 2:45 Organize your Workspace

 
The learning schedule for subsequent days can be found at the end of Echoes. Teachers will initially be using small group time to meet individually with students. We are working hard to build collaborative bridges between home and school, while getting to know our students. Please feel free to  reach out as our year begins with any needs or celebrations.
 
We are looking forward to a most amazing year together!
 
With thanks and appreciation,
Terry Worthington
Principal

 

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