Community News! Lots of Information8/27/2020
Hello all, Wow! Have we been busy getting ready for you and your kids! This Fall will be like none other and we are hoping to be here for you in multiple ways!
We just met as a whole staff for the first time this morning. Our theme for the year is HoPe. A small, simple word but a huge concept! We are taking HoPe into every aspect of our planning and teaching in the virtual world and we will share our HoPe with you!
There are a few logistics I wanted to share with everyone.
First, what in the world does “Soft Start” mean for my child/ren???
Soft start will run from Sept.2-11. It will be split into two sections.
The first week (NEXT WEEK!!) will be used for Home Visits. Our goal is to meet with families in some way (in person/socially distant or virtually) for 30 minutes. Each teacher will be setting up that meeting time with you soon. Obviously, this will take a lot of the teachers time and will be their primary goal for next week. They will also be prepping/planning and attending Vestal staff meetings..
So, for you and your family, all you will have next week is the Home Visit.
The second week will involve a one hour CLASS MEETING on Seesaw each day. This is a time to practice using the devices and Seesaw platform and problem solving. Your teacher will be letting you know what time the class meeting will be.
Each student will get a backpack full of school supplies during Soft Start. You should not need to buy anything special! All Kindergarteners will receive their chrome book during the Home Visit.
FRIDAY PICK-UP/DROP-OFF DAY
Each Friday during regular school (starting Sept. 18th) we will be handing out packets, any needed technology, and library books from 12-2:30 in our side parking lot. You can pick up each week OR we can drop off at your house. Your teacher will be asking which will be best for you! More details as we get closer to the 18th!
Breakfast/Lunch Pick Up-
Vestal is one of the sites for breakfast and lunch pick ups. All food at VESTAL is free (no one needs to pay!) Food can be picked up Mondays and Wednesdays from 3-5 pm. More details to come! You can also have food delivered. Food begins Sept. 2nd.
FULL school day schedule will begin on Sept. 14th. (see schedule below)
We have been directed that we MUST keep with our regular Vestal schedule of 8:00-2:15...YES, 8:00 is early :)
The general schedule for school meets the ODE and PPS guidelines; it is an ambitious and kind of overwhelming schedule. Please know that we will start slowly and there will be LOTS of practice time. Just like when we are in person, we will take baby steps and build up to a more full schedule. Also know that we all realize this is a very intense and difficult way to ‘do school’. Distance learning will not last forever, and we will just do the best we can! Your child’s teacher will be sharing the exact schedule for their class with you soon, but this is a general example and will be close to the real deal:
Specialist- Art or PE or Library
Independent Work is OFF SCREEN and/or Asynchronous
Science/Health Block- This will be asynchronous and will NOT START right away
Synchronous (S) Live- at the same time
Asynchronous (A) Recorded, can watch whenever
We know that EVERYTHING in this letter as well as EVERYTHING in the world right now feels overwhelming. Please know our whole job is to do our best to support you and your child. We will go day by day and work to be our very best Vestal Virtual school until we are able to be back in person!
You may want to bookmark this VESTAL You Tube Channel. It will house recordings of our Family TownHall Meetings and my Read Alouds!