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The Pride Family Letter 11.16.20
Posted 11/16/20

 

 

Monday, 11.16 

Wave 3, Cohort A, 8:15-11:15 am

Tuesday, 11.17 

Wave 3, Cohort B, 12:00-3:00 pm

Coordinating Council Meeting, 9:00-10:30

Wednesday, 11.18

100% Remote Learning Day for our Hybrid families

Thursday, 11.19

Both Wave 3 Hybrid Cohorts

Friday, 11.20

Both Wave 3 Hybrid Cohorts

Please do find ways to enjoy your family and friends until we see you again on November 30th, 2020. 

 

 

PARENTS - LAST CALL BEFORE THE HOLIDAY ONLINE AUCTION STARTS NEXT WEEK!

If you have an item or service to donate please contact Can Do! today. Help us reach our goal of 200 items! 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 

Update from Mr. Anderson

Thank you to the families of Mrs. Torbet's and Mrs. deGuia's 3rd-grade classrooms, for their patience and understanding at this time as we make adjustments to their classes. A change of teachers is no easy task for anyone at any time, but a pandemic creates a whole other level of need and support and of course, patience. This is especially true when you think about how quickly we need them to adapt and complicated knowing they are straddling the tech and live learning environment. The days of walking into a class and reviewing lesson plans do not apply here. That being said, we are lucky to have found 2 talented folks, Ms. Shakelford and Mrs. Torbet, who are excited about this challenge and eager to support your children and families, as well as our colleagues at this time. Just wanted to pass a little love to the LVE community for your understanding as I know change is not easy.

 

I also wanted to note that as you have all read, there are recent spikes in Covid-19 cases in the bay area. No surprises here I know as we all knew this was to be expected at some point. Note that we have been preparing for that eventual reality. The following are firmly in place:

Our Site Safety Plan is up and running - Links below

Our protective gear is in the hands of our staff

Our custodians are working hard to clean bathrooms regularly and I meet with them often to review

Fantastic Remote Learning Resource Page: District Miller Creek Website 

Each teacher has the support of a 3 hour Home Support team member to provide not only instruction but careful cleaning between the am and pm cohorts. 

We have a 6-hour health specialist, Suzi Urquhart, who has been trained to prepare for Covid-19 scenarios, who to call, what to do, what to share, reaching out to families, etc. 

We have provided teachers the option to creatively prepare their hybrid programs by providing them the $ needed to purchase resources like rolling whiteboards for outdoor classroom teaching experiences.

We have added Needle-Point Bipolar Ionizers to all classrooms as well as HEPA air purifiers (1300 square feet! - see screenshot below)

 

Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series Opportunity

Spaces are still available for all four dates! The deadline for registration is 12/1/2020 and the capacity for each session is 50 people so jump in quickly!

I have taken part in several of Dr. Lori Watson's seminars and each one is better than the previous one. She has a remarkable way of helping us all understand our personal journeys as relates to race and "racial consciousness". She is an inspirational figure and not to be missed!

Click the "Parent Link" for information and the "Registration" Link to register

Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series

Registration Link (The link does not work in the above URL)

 

 

Is the 100% Virtual Academy closed at this time?

Yes, at this time, the district M.C.V.A. is at capacity and officially closed. Our superintendent shared a letter with the community last week explaining the reasons for this decision. We all wish there were avenues that meet the needs of all of our families but that, as you might imagine, is a difficult task. Thank you for your patience.

 

 

What information can you provide for the 4th and final Wave?

*Our final phase takes place on December 7th, 2020. Mr. Hough, Mrs. Osterman/Sullivan, Mrs. Kersnick, and Mr. Peregoy are in that group.

*The week of 11.30-12.4, is a transition week for these classes, and online instruction will conclude at 12:00 pm each of those days.

*Arguably, one of them the most important things you need to remember is the CrisisGO email you will be receiving each morning. You MUST respond to this email and temperature check your child each morning before coming to school. If not, your child will be visiting the health specialist and a call will be made home to check. Sadly, your child will not be able to enter the classroom without that check. So be vigilant. Click here for a fantastic video from one of our health specialists that outlines exactly what to do. 

*There is a webinar presentation on November 30th, 5:30-6:30 pm to help explain the process, safety, expectations, and shine a little light on what we have experienced thus far. A Q&A will follow. Links for that event will be coming in the days ahead.

*The hybrid involves 2 different sessions, 8:15-11:15 and 12:00-3:00. We will be prioritizing siblings. Unfortunately, we are not able to take requests regarding which session due to the complicated arrangement of students teachers must work with to provide balance. 

*Drop off and arrivals for 2nd grade will be through the parking lot. For Mr. Hough's class, it is up on Idyleberry. Drivers are not to park cars on campus. Walkers are not to walk across the parking lot. Use designated sidewalks. I will provide a video for you to review as a nice visual.

*The campus remains closed to all members of the community. The sidewalk skirting around the parking lot is available for drop off but please make your way off campus soon after. 

 

 

Will there be an adjustment to the December 7th and 8th dates for the incoming Wave 4 hybrid classes similar to the previous phases?

Yes. To help prepare teachers and grounding them in what is working and needs adjusting, the following schedule will be in place. Note, wave 4 families do not know their cohorts at this time. I just wanted to provide an outline so you can prepare.

Monday, December 7th: Group A attends school from 8:15-11:15. Group B is at home following asynchronous learning programs.

Tuesday, December 8th: Group B attends school from 12:00-3:00 Group A is at home following asynchronous learning programs.

Wednesday, December 9th: Fully remote day

Thursday, December 10th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

Friday, December 11th: Groups A 8:18-11:15, Group B 12:00-3:00

I have heard that covid-19 cases are on the rise? What does that mean for us at the moment?

Yes, there has been a recent surge and we are closely watching and listening for guidance from our County Health Department. At this time, we are moving forward with our plan until we different.

The best thing you can do at this time is to make sure you and your family are diligently wearing masks, social distancing, and pausing those travel plans to see family and friends in large gatherings. Our family made the difficult decision recently to do just this and keep our winter holidays to just Will, Andrea, and Jude. Lots of phone calls and face times, but no visiting. It is not worth the possibility of having one of your loved ones having this holiday as one of their last. It just isn't. With governor Newsome recently announcing a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers and several California counties slipping into more-restrictive reopening tiers due to increased cases and hospitalizations, it is imperative that each of us is part of the solution, not the problem. 

 

Where do families drop off and pick up their children - See screenshot below

Grades K-2 drop off in the loop while grades 3-5 drop off on Idyleberry, close to the field. This, to prevent clustering. Note that if you have a child in both grade groups, select the easier one for you and drop them off together. But always observe social distancing guidelines when heading to lines. If it rains, students will head directly to classrooms. Do not walk your child to their classrooms.

So what is most important for me to know about my child's return on November 16th and December 7th?

*For grades K-2, when driving in and dropping off/picking up, do not leave your car unattended. The car line needs to keep rolling along. No super spreaders at Lucas Valley:)

*Grades 3-5's drop off and pick up is above the campus on Idylberry, not the parking lot.

*If you are walking your child to school, please do not walk across the parking lot. Use the sidewalk along the loop. Safety First.

*If you have a child in the K-2 and 3-5, select either the parking lot or Idylberry, to drop off and pick up. You don't need to do both.

*Your children will be lining up at the start and end of the day in the front office area as shown in the video above

*Please do not be late on either end

*Students can bike or walk to and from school but bring a lock for the bike and remind them to use it. If walking home, they do not need to line up again. Just head home after the teacher releases them.

*Your children and you should be fully masked when on campus

*The interior of the campus is closed to all families. Only the sidewalk in the parking lot area is available. If you need to check in with the office, use the door on the right side facing the office.

*Answer the CrisisGo email each morning and DO NOT forget to take the temperature of your child first.

*Your child will not be able to enter the classroom without the CrisiGo check from home. Our Health Specialist will be notifying families each morning if not completed.

*If your child experiences any signs of a fever, recurring cough, headaches, body fatigue, etc. keep your child home, check in with their pediatrician, and get tested. Safety first!

*Have your children pack a few extra masks to school each day though we do have extras if needed.

*Remind children about social distancing.

*Remind children to wash their hands frequently and for 20 seconds.

*Maintain your family social bubble and avoid large gatherings. Marin Health and Human Services strongly recommend that children participate in no more than three "social bubbles."

*Take a moment and review the links below. They will provide quite a bit of useful information for your family.

 

What important links should I be reviewing? 

I have compiled a few that are well worth reviewing for those currently in hybrid as well as those entering on 11.16 and 12.6. The first, the District Miller Creek Website, is an EXCELLENT resource! 

District Miller Creek Website (Very, Very good to review)

Lucas Valley Phasing in Family Handbook

Family Hybrid District Handbook in English

Family Hybrid District Handbook in Spanish

2020-2021 School Site Protection Plan

New Decision Tree, that begins November 9th - ANOTHER FABULOUS RESOURCE!

 

How will I access my report cards for trimester #1?

You will find your child's Report Card on your Aeries Parent Portal as part of our continued effort to go paperless.  

 

I am interested in being a bus driver? Any opportunities?

Why yes we do! We at Miller Creek School District are seeking a dedicated part-time bus driver to join our team! Our bus drivers provide a crucial service for our students and families. Our transportation department is integral to the success of our district, they are the first MCSD smiling faces that some students see each day. This position follows the school calendar and grants a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the summer sun with loved ones. A class B license would be preferred, but the transportation department is eager and willing to train. The pay range for our bus driver 1 position, $19.01 - $24.27 (based on experience and background). If this type of position might interest you please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell, HR Specialist, at 415 492 3702.

 

Are there new 1st-grade touch screen Chromebooks?

Indeed! If you are a family of a 1st grader and would like to exchange your current "touchless" screen chromebook your child is using for a new "touchscreen" version, stop by the front office and let Teri Edel know and she will make the magic happen. Beautiful and fast! 

 

Community Happenings

Visit the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website.