So today is my new favorite day.” -Winnie the Pooh
A Note From Clare
We have had an outstanding return! Students have done wonderfully and the joy of learning is very evident throughout each classroom. While we are grateful for technology, it is so wonderful to see screen time on pause and children learning in their classroom spaces with their teachers. The community and relational aspect of classrooms is key to growth of the whole child.
As you know, our energy has gone toward getting school open and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep every child and adult safe. We are proud of our mitigation plan and believe the strategies in place follow best practices with the C.D.C. and the American Pediatrics Guidelines for safe school reopening, while still creating learning spaces that feel good for children.
A Few Highlights:
Canvas Pages/ Student Absences: I invited teachers to fully prepare for student return. They are working tirelessly. Now that routines are in place, they will be creating a flow on Canvas, if they haven't already, for students to access when they are not present in school. Thank you for your patience, while this shift to return in-person has been successful teachers needed just a bit of time to provide Canvas support for student absence. As a project-based learning school, our work is less-scripted and requires a different approach when students are out. Teachers will communicate directly with their families the process to access work if children are out.
Absences: If students are out, but still able to work asychronously, this will be marked as an “Excused Absence.” The rationale behind this is we still need a record that the child was not physically present at school. With it being “Excused” the child is still getting credit for the work they are able to do that day. We encourage children to engage in learning at home if they are not at school.
Valentine Day Celebrations: Of course this is on our minds! Your child's classroom teacher will be communicating the safe way in which their classroom will celebrate.
Success!: I wanted to end this note with affirmations…..
Thank you to each individual on the “Parent Design Team” who helped with barriers. We have thanked them before, and we are thanking them AGAIN! Up until the weekend before 3-6 kids, parents were volunteering to make additional (custom sized) barriers!
Thank you to our Mitigation Leadership Team for all their work over the last few months! Thank you to all the staff in the parking lot before and after school!
Thank you to parents who have supported us in preparing your child for school. They are doing AMAZING!
Thank you to parents Liz Provencio and Denny Wells who have supported being guest substitutes in the office as we have had different staff members on leave.
Thank you to parents for your flexibility in new plans and procedures. We have 202 kids loaded in cars, safely, in 7 minutes at the end of the day!
Thank you to our STAFF for being brave and putting forth their best effort to open school and always caring about each and every child.
Parent Maggie Miller shared this thought that I felt was appropriate to end my note with, “I am nervous, I am scared. I am happy, I am prepared.”
Chugach is prepared, thanks to our community, and we take the care and well-being of your child(ren) very seriously!
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, February 15
No School, President's Day
Tuesday, February 16
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
Thursday, February 18 Community Assembly Meeting
7:00-8:30 p.m. (Zoom link below)
Friday, February 26 Asynchronous Learning Day
Teacher Inservice Day
*At this time our traditional school gatherings are cancelled due to our
"High Risk Status" with COVID-19.
*Please refer to our website calendarfor dates specific to grade levels or clubs*
Due to the need to make-up instructional time lost, we will not hold conferences in February as we have traditionally done in the past. If you need to meet with your child's classroom teacher, please do reach out. However, you will notice that conference days and inservice days in February are no longer on the calendar.
Those are full instructional days.
Fast Bridge & MAP (Measures of Academic Progress Testing):
Students will participate in benchmark assessments for M.A.P. and FastBridge in mid-February. As part of educating the whole child, we do place value on the assessments that the benchmark assessments that show us how students are performing, in reading and math, compared to their grade level standards. While there is value, we also understand there are many skills that are not measurable which we also want to see developed.
More information and the exact time and process on testing (which will be covid safe) will be sent out via email. Please contact Clare with any questions about this piece.
In 1988 the Alaska State Legislature declared February 16 as “Elizabeth Peratrovich Day,” and in 2020 the United States Mint released a $1 gold coin inscribed with Elizabeth's likeness in honor of her historic achievements in the fight for equality.
If you are traveling, please contact Nurse Maya so that she can track your trip and make sure everyone is on the same page! Thank you!
News From Our District
The Anchorage School District Communications team is working hard to provide current and up-to-date information on the district website. Please go to that site for any questions about our COVID-19 response, information to download the ASD App, and more. If you have feedback or need additional support for any resources, do not hesitate to reach out to our school directly (742-3730).
Thank You to Our School Business Partners
*We are still looking for additional business partners *