April 2nd Newsletter4/2/2021
Beach School Newsletter ~ here we go Quarter 4!
A Message from Beach’s BSU~
Dear Beach Families and Caregivers,
We hope that you all had an amazing Spring Break and that those returning to Hybrid are excited and ready!
In case you missed it, you can still view our Black History Month virtual Drawing Show celebration for Black History Year!
We are sorry for the delay and hope you are still enjoying participating in Mr. Domo's Virtual Dance Class!!! Keep practicing and dancing with us!!!
Here is the link to the class video for weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4! We will have the 5th and 6th final videos ready very soon!
"Make today GREAT!"
BHY Fun Fact of the Week: After graduating from Oberlin College in 1850 with a literary degree, Lucy Stanton became the first Black woman in America to earn a four-year college degree.
You’ve been teaching your children to smile with their eyes, amongst many other things! It is so wonderful to have seen some of our students at school these past few days. As Mr. Ramirez described and captured in photos for us, “we welcomed our Kindergarten and 1st graders this Thursday and Friday with some clear skies, warm weather and lots of smiles. Thank you for working with us to do this as safely as possible. Have a great weekend and see you all in some fashion next week.”
Please be sure to reference our Beach Arrival & Dismissal Map & Procedures for Parents slides and the video clips embedded in the Beach Hybrid Procedures & Expectations slides for arrival and dismissal procedures. We look forward to our full re-start with our students in both CDL and in person instruction next week! Here are some important, additional reminders and messages.
- Please be sure to send your child with a backpack and filled water bottle every day, and have them dress in layers… our classrooms are pretty warm this time of year.
- We would love to be able to provide water bottles (the small recyclable ones that we actually try to avoid using in regular times) to students who don’t have a water bottle at school. If you can provide a pack of those to your child’s teacher or even a few classes
- We will have grab and go lunches to take home, but no snacks served while students are at school. Please make sure your child has eaten breakfast (or lunch) before arriving.
- Meal service will go from 10:15-10:30 and 2:30-2:45. Afterwards, Nutrition services staff will be at the front entrance for parents, siblings, or caregivers to pick-up meal bags for CDL students or any other child 1-18 years old. This will be available for 10 minutes after the dismissal of each cohort. If a student from the Annex changes their mind and does want a meal bag, students can tell their teacher they've changed their mind; the teacher would need to find an adult (parent, older sibling, available staff) to come to the main building to get the additional meal bag(s).
- At dismissal time, teachers will walk students to an assigned location (see the “Dismissal” slide in the slides linked above). Before Dismissal each day, we’ll put out signs with teacher’s names on them so adults picking students up can know where to gather to meet their child. It will help to look at the “Dismissal” slide in the slides linked above and familiarize yourself with your children’s teachers’ assigned spots ahead of time.
The front office would greatly appreciate it if you let us know if you will be more than 10 minutes late dropping off or picking up. At this time only staff and students are allowed in the main building and blacktop, so we will be responsible for ensuring that your student makes it to class safely. These are the short processes we would like for you to follow.
- If your child will be late - Call ahead so that the front office is informed. Once the student arrives they will need to ring the bell at the main entrance doors. There will be a clipboard to sign in on; if they are able to, the student will fill that out their own. (Students who need help signing in will receive it.) A staff member will be located to walk younger students to the annex. To ensure accurate attendance the student will then give a tardy slip to their teacher. If the student is in grades 2-5 they will walk to their classrooms unless they request assistance.
- If you will be late picking your child up at dismissal time - Please call the front office as soon as you know you will be late. Teachers will stand outside with students only 15 minutes after dismissal time, after that they will be escorted to the front office where a staff member will need to wait for you (with your child of course!) outside the front of the school. Please remember that only staff, students and pps contractors are permitted to come inside the school at this time. Please keep in mind that our office hours have changed, and will close at 3:30pm. It is very important that you communicate with us if there is an emergency or plans have changed.
- If your child will be absent - Please call the front office as soon as you know your child will be absent. It is important to remember that you will need to give us a reason such as sick, family emergency etc.
- Here is a link to a form if you have questions, comments or want to otherwise provide feedback to the district: PPS Ready Schools Safe Learners process. As we move solidly into this new phase of the school-year, please reach out to your teacher, our office, any of our support staff or partners, or me if we can help you with questions or anything else. We want to listen, share, adjust or improve where we need to.
Thank you so much for all the flexibility, patience and support these past weeks as we’ve worked to provide a whole new, uncharted start to our 2020-2021 school year! Our staff is wearing our Beach Black Lives Matter shirts today, and we can’t wait to pass them out to each and every student on Thursday next week -- then our whole staff and student community can all wear our school shirts on Fridays. To our incredibly generous and supportive Parent Support Team, thank you for making this possible! Our lead, Kelly, collaborated with a Black-owned business to create and fund these shirts for us. We love them!
A message from our School Counselor, Ms. de Boer
Parents and Guardians,
I am so excited to see you children in person next week. We anticipate that goodbyes at drop off might be harder for both parents and children this year. Know that your child will be well cared for and that we are ready to support any feelings of sadness or worry. It might be helpful to let you child know that goodbyes will need to be quick so that we can get every student screened before entering the school grounds to meet their teachers. The fortunate part of a quick goodbye is that it actually creates less anxiety for children. For this reason, we are asking parents not to linger after drop off (especially above the playground near the staircase where children can see parents congregating). We appreciate your understanding and support with this. If your kid is having an especially challenging time separating from you, it is all the more important to make the departure quick. I promise that we will take good care of your child.
A message from our School Nurse
Dear Beach Families,
We are excited for many of our students to return to in-person school soon. We know that parents and students are also feeling excited and nervous about returning to school. Please know that the district and school have been working hard to develop procedures to keep everyone safe.
One new aspect of the health room is that there is a separate room called the Symptom Space where students will go to directly if they are displaying any primary symptoms of COVID-19* or if they have any other excludable symptom**. The Symptom Space separates ill students from otherwise well students who need to use the health room for medication administration or first aid. If a student goes to the Symptom Space, then parents/guardians will get a call from the school and will be expected to pick up their student promptly. We ask that you have a conversation with your child about only going to the nurse when it is absolutely necessary.
One way that families can help keep our community safe and healthy is by using the attached checklist or flowchart to do your own illness screening at home. Take your student’s temperature and see if they have any of the symptoms described in the chart. Follow the directions on the checklist or flowchart and keep your student home if they have any primary symptom of COVID-19 or any other excludable symptom of illness. If you have any health-related questions you can call your healthcare provider or the school nurse.
See you soon!
* What are the primary symptoms of COVID-19? Chills, fever (temperature of 100.4°F or higher), a new cough that has not been diagnosed by a healthcare provider, unexplained shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, and difficulty breathing.
** What are other excludable symptoms? Undiagnosed rash or sores, vomiting, and diarrhea.