This Week's Letter from Principal Lara Drew

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    March 3, 2021

     

    Dear Highland Terrace Orca Families,

    We recognize each child/family will start with a new learning environment on March 8.  Whether you are on campus, learning remote, or with a teacher at a different school, you are all ORCAS.  Our staff will continue to support our students and you through this change.  Staff across all Shoreline elementary schools are committed to work together to support each student and family.  

    GENERAL INFORMATIONAL FOR ALL

    Transition Work:  This week, our teachers are working on the following to support transitions into next week.  

    • Teachers will be connecting with new classes mid-week to introduce themselves and provide Zoom information.  
    • Teachers are creating space for students to understand the changes, ask questions, and talk together about the transition.
    • Grade levels and teachers are planning community activities this week.
    • Our HT teachers are meeting with teachers in other schools to share information about student learning needs.
    • Highland Terrace teachers put together this padlet Getting to Know Teachersfor students to get to know them and new teachers in other schools.  
    • Here is a resource with videos, read alouds and activities for families, teachers and students, Coping With Change to support students through this process.

    Weekly/Daily Schedules:   Below is general schedule information.  District leaders are putting together more specific schedules for families and that will be available Thursday or Friday.  We will get that information to you as soon as it is ready.  

    K-5 General Education Program:  

    • Class will begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and non-early release Wednesdays. 
    • On early release Wednesdays, class will begin at 9:00 am and end at 1:40 pm.
    • Those students attending the in-person hybrid learning model will follow thenew daily schedule found here.

    Self-contained Special Education Program:

    • Hybrid:  Those students attending the in-person hybrid learning model will follow thenew daily schedule found here
      • Students will attend school on-site from 9:00 am until 1:40 pm and then receive remote learning instruction and services from home until 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and non-early release Wednesdays. 
      • On early release Wednesdays, those students will have remote learning from 9:00 am until 1:40 pm.
    • Remote:  Students in the remote instructional model will continue to receive instruction and services from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. 

    Visitors at School & Office Procedures

    • Per district guidelines, there will be no visitors or volunteers allowed on school grounds or inside our facilities.
    • We know families will have needs from the office or will drop off or pick-up a student outside of arrival and dismissal.   Below are the directions for accessing the office.
      • We have a new door at the front of the school that opens directly into the office.  The door has a doorbell and video/audio intercom.
      • If you need something from the office or need to drop off or pick-up a student outside of arrival and dismissal, please use the intercom.
        • Ring the bell and an Office Staff member will respond.
        • We will work with families outside of the main office.

    Walk to Math:  

    • To be in alignment with safety protocols, walk to math will occur for students who are eligible in the AM session.  
    • Students on-site will not walk to another room for the grade level above instruction. Instead they will zoom with a math teacher providing 100% remote instruction.  Students will need to be seated near the back of the room and will need to bring headphones and their laptops daily to access the instruction.
    • District and school leaders are working on teacher assignments and will get that information to students as soon as it is determined.

     

    ON-SITE INFORMATION & PROCEDURES

    We are looking forward to welcoming students back at Highland Terrace.  Below is information about arrival/dismissal, health screening, school supplies, and important health reminders.

    K-5 Hybrid Welcome Video:  All staff in Shoreline can't wait to see our students and created this fun welcome video just for them! It features mascots from each of our elementary schools sharing some of the important rules and expectations students in hybrid learning will need to know about.  You can also learn more about district hybrid learning and safety protocols on our website at www.shorelineschools.org/hybridlearning.

    Family Information Night: Join us for an information session on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30pm. We will present details about arrival and dismissal, procedures in the classroom, and the attestation process. 

    Use this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8515244866?pwd=eW1RSzMxU2thZThOdnhuWTgwSlNudz09

    Daily Health Attestation Forms:

    • This information is for families who registered students in hybrid and will be returning on campus.
    • A health screening form must be complete PRIOR to coming to school - before 8:50 am each day. 
    • This will be accomplished at home via Parent Square, the District's new communication platform. 
    • This video Submitting Health Screen guides families through the process of submitting a daily health screening through the ParentSquare app or website.
    • This link Daily Health Screening provides directions for how to access Parent Square and complete the form.  Additional ParentSquare Information and Resources are available here.
    • The family must attest that students have no symptoms of COVID-19 and/or that they have not been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed or suspected positive with COVID-19 in the last 14 days (health care providers, EMS workers, and educational staff associate who wore proper personal protective equipment (PPE) are OK to attend).
    • Families, please take time now to learn how to complete the online health attestation form.  Families are welcome and encouraged to start practicing using the health screening form.
    • If you have questions, contact:

    Classroom Supply Lists:

    • This information is for families who registered students in hybrid and will be returning on campus.
    • Teachers have put together the Supply Lists per grade level and program.  See the lists in this document Classroom Supply Lists for In-Person Learning.
    • We will have limited supplies for families who are unable to purchase items for their students.
    • Please have students bring the supplies the first day they attend.

    Arrival and Dismissal:

    • Arrival & Dismissal Map:  This is a map of the school with drop-off and pick-up locations labeled.
    • Arrival & Dismissal Highland Terrace Video: Watch this video with your students to learn our new school procedures
    • Car Drop-off and pick up will be in the back parking lot.  Families will pull in the front driveway and proceed cautiously to the back of the school to the designated drop off area. 
      • Please be mindful of buses needing to turn in and out of the driveway.
      • Please do NOT let your student out of the car until you are in the designated drop off area.
      • Students will exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.
      • Adults must stay inside their vehicle. (If your student requires assistance exiting the car, please park in the neighborhood and walk your child to the walk up area.)
      • Students 1st-5th grade will walk directly to their classrooms, entering through their classroom’s exterior door.
      • Kindergarteners will wait with a staff member until they can be escorted to their classrooms. 
      • Staff will be present to ensure student safety and help students get to their assigned classroom.
      • If the gates are closed, please drop students off at the front office.
      • Please bring your patience as we are all learning! 
    • Walkers will enter campus on the path in between the bus and car driveways. 
      • There will be a crossing guard and staff at this location to ensure student safety.
      • 1st-5th graders will walk directly to their classrooms, entering through their classroom’s exterior door.
      • Kindergarteners will wait with a staff member until they can be escorted to their classrooms. 
      • In order to minimize the number of people on campus, families will not be allowed to walk on campus with their student(s). 
    • Bus riders will be dropped off along the side of the school.
      • When students depart the bus, 1st-5th graders will walk directly to their classroom’s exterior door. 
      • Kindergarteners will wait with a staff member until they can be escorted to their classrooms. 
      • Staff will be present to ensure student safety and help students get to their assigned classroom.

    HT School Map - Teacher Names:  This is a map of the school with locations of specific classrooms.Please go over this map with your student to help plan their route to their classroom.  Teacher photos and grade level will be posted and visible outside the classroom where students will enter.  

    Health Information:

    An important message from Nurse Carrie: Watch this video with your student(s).

    Return to school: Washing your hands video: Watch this with your student(s).

    Health and Safety Videos and Read alouds:

    Hydration:  Water Bottle Update!  

    • Drinking fountains will not be usable this year so it is important (and on the school supply list!) that students bring a water bottle with a sip or sport cap, or a lid with a straw. Staying hydrated is not only good for your child’s physical health, but it also helps to increase energy levels, brain function, and even their mood! 
    • A straw is the best solution for your child’s water bottle because it requires the least amount of mask removal.

    Keep Sick Children at Home 

    • This year, more than ever, it is very important that you do not send your child to school if they are having any cold or flu symptoms. PLEASE ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION AND KEEP SICK CHILDREN HOME.

    Nutrition:  Power Up Before School!  

    • Snack time is not built into the hybrid in-person schedule, so please be sure your child eats a nutritious and well-balanced breakfast or lunch. A well-balanced meal includes a palm-sized amount of protein such as eggs, meat, beans, or tofu, a carbohydrate such as pasta, toast, or rice, 1-2 servings each of fruits and vegetables, and a fat, such as avocado, nuts, or cheese. 
    • If you need help accessing food, our Family Advocate, Jill Steinberg can help: jill.steinberg@shorelineschools.org

    Gear:  Dress for Success!  

    • Students will be lining up outside and they will get an outdoor break so please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather & pack a jacket just in case.
    • Also pack an extra mask or two in case their mask gets wet in the rain or from exhaled moisture, which increases in cold weather.
    • A wet mask is less effective at protecting your child and others so it’s important to have a backup!


     

     

     


    March 1, 2021

     

    Dear Highland Terrace Families,

     

    This afternoon around 4:00 pm you will receive an email about your child’s class reassignment.  The class reassignment is a complex process that is being coordinated across all elementary schools in the district and within Highland Terrace.   A number of factors were considered in the process including keeping siblings together, keeping students with their current teacher when possible, keeping school cohorts together, staff ability to work on site, and student learning needs.

    The reassignments include the following types of class placements and teacher assignments.

    • 100% Remote:  
      • Students may be with their same teacher at Highland Terrace, with a different Highland Terrace teacher, or with a teacher at a different school.
      • Students who are being taught by a teacher at a different school will have other Highland Terrace students in their class.
    • Hybrid:  
      • Students will be assigned an on-site teacher and may have a different remote teacher.  
      • On-site:  Students may be with their same teacher or may have a different Highland Terrace teacher.
      • Remote:  Students may be with their same teacher at Highland Terrace, with a different Highland Terrace teacher, or with a teacher at a different school.
      • Hybrid remote teachers are still being finalized and more information will be provided as soon as those decisions are made.

    We recognize each child/family will start with a new learning environment on March 8.  Whether you are on campus, learning remote, or with a teacher at a different school, you are all ORCAS.  Our staff will continue to support our students and you through this change.  Staff across all Shoreline elementary schools are committed to work together to support each student and family.

    Teachers will be connecting with new classes mid-week to introduce themselves and provide Zoom information.  

    We will be sending a separate email with more specific information about schedules, health screening, arrival/dismissal, and school supplies.  Families have an opportunity to join an evening event on March 3 to review the on-site procedures.  

    Please reach out if you have questions.  

     

    Sincerely, 

    Lara Drew 

    Principal  | Highland Terrace

    lara.drew@shorelineschools.org 

     

     

     

     

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