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April 26, 2020
Dear parents and families,
We are sharing another common message across all three elementary schools. Neither your child’s teacher, nor us want your child’s school work to be a source of stress for your household. As we are all finding out, distance learning for elementary students can require quite a bit of parent participation. Please know that we recognize and appreciate ALL that you are doing to navigate your child's learning and support your family's evolving needs during this time. We are truly all in this together. #InThisTogether
When we begin the new school year, we will work with your child to ensure they are on track. We are educators and that’s our superpower, our passion! Right now, we need you to provide one another with grace, encouragement, and acceptance as these are important life skills. Thank you for doing your best to balance your family's needs and work in partnership with us. 
Our teachers are continuing to provide our students with learning opportunities and social connection in a variety of ways. While we realize that elementary students may not be able to access their work daily, we do expect them to engage at a minimum level of twice per week. That can include emailing with their teachers, completing assignments, sharing their work with their teacher, and/or working with teachers and classmates via Zoom or Google meetings. Even though we are not physically in the school building at this time, we are still responsible for their education. 
One of our primary goals in distance learning is to ensure that our students are socially and emotionally well and so it is our expectation that our teachers are hosting students in live conversations through Zoom or Google meetings at least two times per week. These live connections continue to build community, allow our teachers to check in with students to assess how they are doing, and additionally provide instruction or feedback to learning. If you have concerns that your child isn't participating in live meetings 2x a week, please reach out to your child's teacher or one of us. Thank you. 
Our very best to you and your family,
Melissa Klosterman-Lando, Jeannine Hetzler, and Susan Drake
Melissa Klosterman-Lando
Principal at Montrose Elementary, Bexley City School District
Email: [email protected]Bexley.us
Follow Montrose Elementary on Twitter at @BexleyMontrose

Please watch this video to find out what's new on the Montrose Online Hub! 
Concerned about feeding your family? please email me
Does your child need to talk or check in? Use this Form for Students- School Counseling Check in and Request to Talk
Need Some Calm? Click Here
As always please email [email protected] if I can support your child in any way.  

This will be an opportunity for our fifth graders to meet Mr. Caudill, MS staff, and 6th grade teachers.  
This link will take you to view the video.
Meet and Greet- Middle School May 1st- 10:00-10:30 AM  (Cassingham)
Meet and Greet- Middle School May 4th 12:00-12:30 PM (Maryland)
Meet and Greet- Middle School May 4th 1:00-1:30 PM (Montrose)

On Monday, April 20, Governor DeWine announced that schools would remain closed to students and distance learning would continue for the remainder of the school year.  While not a surprise to us, certainly a disappointment.  We miss our students, and we know that they miss being in school.  But we also know that we must listen to our leaders and do our part to continue the good work that has already taken place in Ohio.
So what now?  What is the plan to complete the current school year?  What is the plan for summer learning?  And what will it look like to reopen our schools in August, if we are able?
Read more about Distance Learning Phase III, IV, and V at bex.fyi/blog.

Be on the lookout--you will be receiving a “Returning Student Information Verification” email from Powerschool on May 1st. This must be completed by May 30th. The email will contain the verification process.

If you would like to be added to the Bexley City Schools food distribution list, fill out this form.
Please email your school’s counselor for any school-related support.
The City of Bexley has created a form to gauge needs in our city. If your family needs assistance, please complete this survey.

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of high schools across the state. Bexley High School ranked #3 in the state of Ohio, and #1 in the Columbus Metro Area. The district is very proud and honored to receive these accolades. You can read more of U.S. News & World Report’s story here: Best High Schools in Ohio.

BACPack offers care for before and after school for Bexley students from kindergarten to 5th grade.
They began taking registration for new families starting. You can begin the registration process here: BACpack registration
The program runs from Aug. 20, 2020 to May 28, 2021. You only need to register one time, even if you have multiple children. You will receive a confirmation email from ActiveNet one you register. BACpack staff will send you a follow up email.
Have a technology question regarding distance learning?  We can help! Email us at: [email protected]

Montrose Elementary School | 2555 E. Main St., Bexley, OH 43209 | (614) 237-4226

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