Principal Bi-Weekly Message
Hello Shorewood Families,
October came in like a lamb. I am always happy to extend our summer weather, so no complaints here. Hoping your family has been able to take advantage of the dry days and spend some time outdoors. During these busy days of distance learning, it is so important to recharge and relax in any way that works for you. The Shorewood staff is thinking of you and wishes you a safe and healthy season.
When we were able to work with your children in person, there were lots of opportunities to check in with students on a human level—ask how things are going, listen to a student describe their amazing weekend, check in with a student who looks like they need some extra attention, as examples. This is more difficult during distant learning. At Shorewood, we are preparing to launch a program where we will be matching a Shorewood adult with every student at Shorewood. These adults will meet once a week with their students to check in with them. This program reflects our district’s commitment to know every student by name, strength, and need. These connections build upon the great work we did in building relationships with our families at the start of the year during our three family connection days. The weekly meetings are intended to be short but meaningful check-ins that ensure all students have a trusted adult at school during this unusual year. Our plan is to begin these checkins during the week of October 19. In practice, checkins will most likely occur at the end of a zoom meeting and often with another student from the same class. All instructional staff will be part of this program which allows each adult to work with about 10 students in this way.
We have distributed all but a handful of at home learning kits. Teachers are eager to continue to get learning resources in the hands of their students. As such, Shorewood has set additional distribution days so that we can be sure that students have the materials they need to do their best learning at home. We have scheduled these days for October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, and December 8. These days are optional for grade levels to participate in, so be looking for information from your child’s teacher to see if your student will have resources to pick up, and to see what time the teachers will distributing the goodies. If at all possible, please make plans to stop by during the pick up window for your grade level.
Many of you have taken advantage of the in person tech support our Tech Rep, Keegan Campbell, has offered during September and October at Cascade Middle School. There has been a decrease in demand for his services as families have been able to get their technology needs met, so Keegan will have reduced hours starting October 12. Keegan will be available to support you with chromebook, iPad, and hotspot issues on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 am - 2 pm at Cascade Middle School.
As always, we appreciate your feedback on the work we are doing at Shorewood. We continue to be grateful for all that families are doing to support distance learning, and truly value the strong partnerships that have developed during the last 7 months.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Shorewood Elementary School