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October 22, 2020
In This Issue


As a reminder, the Staff Communicator will be distributed each Thursday that school is in session. Archives can be found HERE.
Masking Reminder
Thank you to our amazing teammates for doing a great job of modeling appropriate masking! In addition, our students are doing a great job at the required grade levels. However, we have recently seen a drop in the number of students participating in HIGHLY RECOMMENDED masking for those under 4th grade. Therefore, we're asking our EC-3rd grade teachers to include a masking reminder in your e-newsletters. Feel free to copy and paste THIS MESSAGE and use THIS GRAPHIC in your upcoming parent communications. Thank you!
Patron Surveys Open Through October 30
Republic School District invites parents and guardians of our kindergarten through 12th grade students to complete the applicable short survey(s) found at the links below (EC families will receive a separate survey in November). Your feedback allows us to see at what level we are meeting the needs of our students, families and community at large. Preparing each student for a successful future is our mission, and the information gathered through this survey provides us a measure to see how well we are achieving this goal.

  • 100% seated families please ONLY take the designated survey below.
  • 100% virtual families (LAUNCH and other MOCAP programs) please ONLY take the designated survey below. Please complete one survey per virtual learner.
  • Hybrid learning families are asked to complete BOTH surveys to provide feedback on your seated and virtual experiences.
The surveys should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and are open October 19-30. Thank you in advance!

CLICK HERE to take the 100% seated survey.

TAKE NOTE: The annual employee surveys will be distributed in early November!
Nominate a RepMO Hero!
Don't forget to nominate a CERTIFIED employee for the October RepMO Hero of the month! The deadline for this month is October 31. CLICK HERE for the nomination form!
Meal Applications & EC/Elem Tech Forms NEEDED!
Although ALL STUDENT MEALS ARE FREE through the end of the school year, the free/reduced meal status of our students provides many other opportunities outside of meals. The percentage of students who qualify for free/reduced meals in our district allows our schools to receive important federal funds. Because of the free meal program many of our families have not completed the meal application this year and therefore, we're at risk of losing important funding that supports student literacy growth, Leader in Me resources and various programs that provide needs for our most at-risk learners. 

Also, as we continue to grow our technology capacity for our EC and elementary students and prepare for any potential need to use school devices at home, a technology form for every student needs to be on file with the school. As a reminder, our hope is to stay in phase 1 of the RepMO Return to Learn plan as much as possible this school year. However, it's important for us to all be prepared in the case that a phase movement is needed. 

Students will receive both of these forms (secondary only the meal application) at school on October 26. Please complete them and return them by November 24. Even if you've already completed these OR do not plan to use the meal benefit, please do so. Our goal is to get 100% of these forms returned by November 24.

If you need another copy of the form please see the below links:

Thank you in advance for your help in completing and returning both forms by November 24!

**Take note: This effort looks a bit different for Sweeny Elementary.

Positions Needed: PLEASE SHARE
To assist the district in being able to stay in phase 1 of the RepMO Return to Learn plan, we are in need of substitute teachers and bus drivers. The district is taking the following steps to keep students in seated learning during the substitute shortage:
      • Eliminated District trainings for teachers to be absent
      • Eliminated building trainings for teachers to be absent
      • Have other personnel covering classrooms when an absence is not filled
      • Helping PENMAC advertise for Republic substitutes
      • Working with local universities to encourage student teachers to sign up with PENMAC
      • Encouraged new pathways to substitute certification through a 22 hour training course

Please share the below information with anyone you feel would be a good fit!
No School October 30
There will be no school on Friday, October 30 due to Fall Break. Cub Care will be available on these dates for elementary and RMS students. Click HERE for more information. 
**Teachers, please share this with your families.**

 Daily Wellness Check
Each day we are asking all employees and students to do a wellness check before they come to school. Following these guidelines will help everyone stay healthy!   

District and Community Announcements

**Teachers, please share this with your families.**

Upcoming Dates
October 23: RHS, RMS & Elementary End of Term 1
Week of October 26: Virtual elementary parent teacher conferences (grade cards distributed before Parent Teacher Conferences)
October 29: RHS & RMS grade cards distributed
October 30: District Closed, Fall Break

*Reminder that every Friday during the school year full day preschool-12th grade students are released one hour early for teacher collaboration time.
For questions or comments please contact me via email or by calling 417-732-3605.

Josey McPhail

Director of Communications
Republic School District