January 3 Newsletter

January 3, 2021

Dear families and parents,

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break. We realize it probably looked different than in year’s past but hopefully you were able to spend some time making memories with your children.  

As we prepare to have students return, we want to remind you of changes that are happening for the second semester.  Our students will be returning to classes on Wednesday, January 6.  We will be beginning our Hybrid 2.0 (AM/PM) service model at that time. Please check the email sent to you on Dec. 16 regarding your child’s hybrid group.  

Here is a quick review of our new model:

8:05 a.m. (AM group) students arrive and should enter their regular assigned entrance to school 

11:05 a.m. (AM group) students dismissed to go home through their assigned entrance/exit

11:05-12:15 Teacher/staff cleaning, planning, and lunch time. Students will have lunch at home.

12:15 p.m. (PM group) students arrive and should enter their regular assigned entrance to school 

3:15 p.m. (PM group) students dismissed to go home through their assigned entrance/exit

The focus of in-person learning will be on literacy and math. Teachers will be providing instruction in reading, writing, foundational skills/word study, and math concepts, application and fluency. Additionally, students will continue to have allied arts (gym, music, and art) two days a week in person in addition to asynchronous learning activities provided by our allied arts team.  

During the other half of the day, your child will be involved in asynchronous learning activities and experiences including: 

  • Reading, writing, foundational skills/word study practice
  • Math practice

  • Science, social studies, health (Google Classroom)

  • Allied Arts (Asynchronous lessons in Google Classroom and opportunities for Zoom sessions with student groups on Wednesdays

  • Social Emotional Learning via school counselors (LIVE Zoom) as scheduled

We are so excited to have children back in the building five days a week! Please enjoy these last couple of days of break and we will welcome your children with big smiles on Wednesday.

Your Elementary Principals, 

Melissa Klosterman-Lando (Montrose), Susan Drake (Maryland), and Jeannine Hetzler (Cassingham)

Students will begin the second semester on Wednesday, January 6. We are coming back in our new Hybrid 2.0 model meaning students will attend school every day in either the morning or afternoon. You were notified before break of which session your child will be attending. If you have questions please contact your child’s teacher or the Maryland office. 
For information about lunches, please visit this link: Food Services

Measures of Academic Progress (M.A.P.) testing is a computerized assessment we give students three times a year to evaluate their progress in math and reading in grades 1-5.  This assessment helps our teachers plan instruction.  We will be assessing students during their time at school January 11-29. Your child’s teacher can provide you with specific information about the dates your child will be taking MAP.  Students in grades 2-5 will be using their Chromebooks so it will be important that those devices are charged and are at school on your child’s testing dates.  First grade students will be using computers in our labs.

Your child’s report card for Quarter 2 can be accessed in PowerSchool on January 11, 2021. Progress for Quarter 1 was shared during your parent-teacher-student conference; there is no  PowerSchool report for the first quarter. You can access PowerSchool from the district website: BexleySchools.org > click Find It Fast, then Parent & Student Portal. Select Students & Parents under the PowerSchool heading. Please contact your child’s teacher if you’re unable to access this report.

Looking for an opportunity for your child to participate in a mathematics research study?  Click here for an opportunity with The Ohio State University.  For students in grades 3-5 Math study

We continue our work in Bexley City Schools to create safe environments for all of our students and staff, and to better ourselves by unlearning, learning, and doing. With recent events, we consistently ask ourselves how we can better acknowledge and combat racism. Please check out our videos from recent Parent Institute presentations regarding microaggressions, understanding privilege, and implicit bias. https://www.bexleyschools.org/ParentInstitute.aspx
Please check out our Montrose School Photos Flyer and place your order by visiting mylifetouch.com and entering Montrose’s Picture Day ID: EVTFPXXVJ
Lifetouch has taken many steps to ensure student, staff, and photographer safety on School Picture Day. Here is a link that outlines Lifetouch's process for picture day. In addition to what you will see in the video, the Lifetouch team has gone through a COVID preparedness plan training. Each Lifetouch member also completes daily "self-evaluations" (similar to our Bexley Health Pledge) which includes a temperature check that is recorded via their online app. Each camera set up has PPE items and signage to use to help encourage social distancing and good traffic flow. Stephanie Borders ([email protected]) and Katie Anderson ([email protected])are developing a schedule that keeps the flow going smoothly to reduce traffic and ensure students are safely distanced. If you have questions, please reach out to us. Thank you.
Also, our yearbooks are still on sale! Don’t miss out! To order one, please click here: Order Your Yearbook Today! Enter code: 11453221

The second grade families are being asked to fill the Montrose, Alum Creek, and brand new Sheridan Road (595 Sheridan Ave) pantries for the month of January. Here is the link to sign up for a day: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F45AEA92AA0F58-stock4

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