Hello Vestal families!
We have a had a full and busy week here at Vestal!
Remember that tomorrow is both Vestal Spirit Day and our wonderful food pantry!
A huge shout out to all of our teachers for being prepared each day with engaging learning and a supportive classroom community!
COVID Updates- There is a lot here, please read carefully :)
As everyone is likely aware, the Omricon variant is spreading quickly everywhere.
I wanted to remind folks what we have in place at school AND what help we need from you.
At school we continue to wear masks all the time, except eating. Students are to be 3 feet apart, except when eating. Eating is with masks off and 6 feet distance. For January, we will eat mostly indoors, due to the weather. Every classroom has an established system for eating while 6 feet apart.
When/if a student has primary symptoms of Covid, we strongly encourage you to keep them at home.
Primary symptoms are-
Fever of 100.4 or higher
Chills, Cough, Shortness of Breath, difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or small
If you student has any of these symptoms at school, we will call you.
In PPS there are three ways to test right now. on Friday you will get a BRIGHT YELLOW paper sent home asking for consent to test.
Here are the three possibilities-
1. Consent to test for any symptoms (many of you have done this already)
2. Test to Stay- If your child is a close contact, unvaccinated, AND you have signed consent
3. The OHSU weekly tests (many of you have done this already)
You can sign YES for all three, or just whichever tests you want available.
We are following Oregon Health Authority guidance on all things Covid. AND it can be frustrating to get a phone call from us...we understand this frustration AND ask for your support and partnership. We are still in a GLOBAL PANDEMIC. Please be respectful when our staff needs to call about your child's health.
What if my child has to quarantine?
We are making bags for each student that contain-
* A menu of options for each day of at home learning. We suggest putting this on the refrigerator!
* Directions on how to help your child log-in to the chrome book
* A New Clever badge for your student
We will also send home a chrome book that your child will keep until they return to school
IF your child has to quarantine, we will either send this all home with them OR deliver it to you safely.
Individual teachers MAY choose to give more at home work and if they do it will come directly from them.
IF your child is home NOW in quarantine, please email me today and we will get you the bag and a chrome book if needed.
I know this is just so much to deal with, believe me! It is also almost entirely out of our hands, which is very frustrating.
Please continue to work with us, be in communication with us, and ask questions as we go.
We look forward to the day we are all back at school without masks, where a cough (or other symptoms) doesn't involve all of this follow up!
However, for now...this is where we are and what we must do.
Ok...more fun....an update from Mr. Williams-
Happy New Year Vestal Families! In music class this week, we are jumping right back in with a review of all of our Fall semester curriculum. Students will be reviewing how to keep a steady beat with a variety of percussion instruments, reminding ourselves how to read notes on the treble clef staff, and refamiliarizing ourselves with the instrument families and how they function in ensemble settings! We will also be finishing a cooperative project both expanding and finalizing our Music Classroom SKLS and agreements to create the best learning environment for all students.
To top it all off, I am very excited to say our 5th graders will be finally starting our work with Ukuleles this week with a brief lesson on ukulele history along with an introduction to maintenance and handling of the instruments.
Looking forward to an awesome semester making music with our students!
AND PTA News:
Vestal PTA Meeting
We would love to see you all!
Tuesday, January 11th
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Zoom Meeting ID 826 7170 4834