Good evening and Happy Friday Owls!
We are moving into week
of remote learning; week 6 of last being at school. If you would have even entertained the thought 6-weeks ago that we would be out of school for this long, I would have laughed (under my breath, of course). The gamut of emotions have been far reaching, and while I have succumbed to the idea that we will most likely end the school year like this, I miss seeing all of our Owls like crazy.
Thank you (again) for the participation in our Remote Learning Survey. We had representation from 211 students (or about 44% of our student population PK-8). The summary is provided for you below if you are interested. The biggest pattern seen across the responses, other than trying to find balance and working family systems in each household, was the correlation between the amount of time we are aiming for through our teaching/learning opportunities and the amount of time being spent in doing them at home. I highly encourage you to reach out to your teacher if you find that:
- Work time at home is taking more time than what teachers are aiming for.
- Additional work/practice opportunities are needed for your child.
- Trying to find time to work with your child (especially 3rd grade and under) is creating high levels of stress within your home.
When I consider the fact that our children may potentially be away from on-premise learning for almost 5 months (and that's given that we are able to return for the 20-21 school year without huge social distancing implications), I think about the 7 Mindsets that we have been learning about all year. We are currently learning about the last mindset...
The Time Is Now
. While no one is loving this new reality,
the time is now
- Nail down schedules at home each week.
- Continue problem solving and adjusting to continued teaching and learning opportunities at home.
- Empower your child to keep reading, practicing and participating in their learning.
- Allow your children to be responsible for their assignments and learning, and allow them to struggle as they figure out how to work through this process (especially 4th grade and up).
Thank YOU for being the strong role model in your child's life that helps to show kids that we can, and will, prevail together; that no one is perfect; that struggle through problem solving is normal; that patience is a virtue; that kindness is key.
Lastly, whether on premise or not, celebrating our FIRST class having attended ARPS from K-8th grade, AND celebrating our Kindergarten students who have completed their first year of school successfully is HIGH on our priority list. We need your assistance! Do you have some fantastic ideas to make this year special for these Owls? Or would you like to be a part of the team to make the ideas become a reality? Sign up
! Our students are amazing; let's shine a light on their success!
I'm proud to be a part of our school community--built BY the community to build UP the community. We are a strong, caring group of teachers, staff, students and families, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope that everyone is staying well and that our parents out there on the front-lines are SOARing in their roles. We appreciate ALL that you do!
Mrs. Salmeron, Principal