Welcome Back to School 2021-22
Dear Shorewood Families
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! The Shorewood staff is excited to engage your children in our current version of in person learning and are so thankful for the opportunity to have students in our classrooms again. School will continue to move toward more normal routines, but we will open the year with many important safety precautions to support healthy students and staff. Below are LOTS of important details that will help you prepare you and your child for the school year, including a summary of our COVID safety plan.
- K-5 classrooms will be implementing a new literacy curriculum this year. The name of the program is American Reading Company and is referred to as ARC. Strengths of ARC include an explicit connection between reading and writing, a robust assessment and recordkeeping system to support student academic growth, and reading and writing units taught around themes. There is a tremendous amount of positive energy amongst the staff for these new materials.
- This school year we will continue to build on our work around instruction on Race and Identity started at Shorewood in 2020. Students in grades K-5 will participate in conversations, activities and lessons that address some or all of the following topics: relationship-building, uncovering injustices, identity and diversity, and taking action. Our goal is for our students to acquire knowledge and skills related to both prejudice reduction and collective action, but most importantly to help our students cultivate positive identity formation and value and dignify others who are different.
- For the 2021-22 school year, ALL STUDENTS will receive FREE breakfast and lunch. Of course, students can continue to bring lunch from home, but know that free meals will be available every school day for all students. It is very important, however, that if you think you qualify for free and reduced lunches that you complete the meal application. Our school’s free and reduced lunch rate is one of several measurements that state and federal governments use to determine funding of a variety of programs. The online meal application can be found here: online
- There will NOT be a meet and greet event this year. The Shorewood staff is disappointed in not holding this fun event, where students and families are able to bring their school supplies to school, see their classroom and meet their teacher, but given the current health concerns we decided a large in person event was not appropriate at this time.
- Class lists will be posted on Shorewood’s website on Tuesday, August 31, as well as on the front doors of the school. The lists will be posted at 2 pm on the 31st. As a reminder, class lists are subject to change up to the first day of school.
- As most of you know, our school and district offers all students their own device. Kindergarten and 1st graders use iPads and 2-5 grade students use Chromebooks. At some point in early September, all 2nd graders will need to return their iPads to school on the first day of school. At a date to be determined, they will receive their new Chromebook. Kindergartners will receive an iPad within the first three weeks of school. At this time, we are asking all students to keep their devices at home as we plan to establish classroom sets of devices for use at school. This will prevent students from having to bring their devices to and from school.
- The first day of school for 1st-5th graders is Thursday, September 2. School hours are 9:15-3:45
- Friday, September 3 is a FULL day of school. For all other Fridays, the school day is 9:15-2:15.
- The first day of school for Kindergartners is Wednesday, September 8. On September 2, 3, and 7, Kindergarten teachers will be holding family conferences with ALL of their families. Families know their child best, so this meeting provides teachers an opportunity to hear about the strengths and interests of their new students.
- There is no school on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day
- There is no school on Monday, September 13. Teachers will use this day to reach out to families so that the school/family connection is strong to start the new school year.
- A summary of Shorewood’s COVID safety precautions is below:
- All students must wear masks during the school day. Students will remove masks while they are eating, however, students will wear masks during recess. Students riding the bus must wear their mask for the duration of the bus ride.
- Students will maintain 3 foot social distancing while at school, to the extent possible. This includes during recess.
- All students will sanitize their hands upon entering the school building in the morning. All students will wash their hands with soap and water as part of the morning routine in their classroom.
- Families will NOT complete a daily online health screen, like was done during hybrid school last spring. As such, it is imperative that families not send their students to school if they have ANY flu-like symptoms. Please error on the side of keeping your student home if they look, sound or feel like they are not well.
- Students who develop flu-like symptoms while at school will be screened by the nurse or an administrator. Students with symptoms will be isolated in our Isolation Room and/or will be accompanied outside of the main entrance to wait for pick up. Families will be contacted to pick up their child immediately.
- For arrival and dismissal, we highly encourage families who drive their students to school to use the drop off loop. Parents are NOT allowed to leave their car. Students should exit/enter their car on the curbside and enter the building at the doors nearest the cafeteria. Our goal is to reduce the number of people (adults and students) congregating in front of the building during arrival and dismissal
- For Kindergarten students at dismissal, families should plan to park in the neighborhood and walk onto campus to meet up with their child until the teacher and family are familiar with each other. When this is established, Kindergarten families should also use the drop off /pick up loop.
- Families who walk to and from school are asked to meet their students at the school’s readerboard. Again, this will keep from having too many people near the front entrance of the school.
- At dismissal, please pick up students on time. We are not able to hold students indoors who are waiting to be picked up. Thanks for your attention to this.
- Phone calls and emails continue to be the best way to communicate with the school and your child’s teacher. At this time, our office will be open to serve families in person, but our hope is that we can meet your needs through phone calls and emails.
- Use the following link (https://www.highlineschools.org/return-to-learn/health-and-safety/school-safety-plan) to access the district safety plan, which describes the safety guidelines all schools are using to build their individual school’s safety plan. If you would like to see the Shorewood safety plan, please call Vicki at 206-631-4900.
- Shorewood will hold a zoom meeting to review our COVID safety plan on Monday, August 30, from 6:00-6:30 pm. Use this zoom link to join this meeting: https://highlineschools.zoom.us/j/92182144438?pwd=Yy9EN1RGdEJSWmFNWU1UWTExWFFsUT09&from=addon
I look forward to welcoming your children back to in person school soon. For many of our students, September 2nd will be the first time in one and a half years that they have been in school. And for some, it will be the first time they have ever been in school. Our staff recognizes this and will focus on supporting students socio-emotionally, and spending time developing comfortable routines for all our students.
As I told the staff recently, I will never again take for granted the opportunity to work in person with students and staff. The joy, positive energy, and incredible curiosity of the Shorewood community that I get to witness every day when students are in school is the reason I love my job so much.
Please continue to ask questions as they come up. Enjoy what’s left of our fabulous summer!
Mike Fosberg, Principal