Principal's UPDATE 5/7/2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020 

Monroe Elementary

End of Year Pick-Up & Return Schedule


What to expect when you arrive:

  • This will be a DRIVE THROUGH experience. Parents/students are asked to remain in their vehicles to practice social distancing.  We will come to you!

  • Everything you need will be stationed outside near the main entrance.  Please don’t forget to bring your school-issued Chromebook & charger AND your textbooks & school library books to return!  (5th Graders are also asked to return school recorders.)

  • All items that belong to your child will be labeled by last name and organized by grade level.  Teachers will have cleaned out their classrooms, so there will be no access needed to the building.  


In addition, staff will also be conducting the following tasks for your convenience:

  • Chromebook & Charger Drop-Off 

  • School Library Book & Textbook Drop-Off

  • Medication Pick-Up 

  • Pre-Purchased Lifetouch Yearbook Pick-Up* (if available)

  • Report Card Pick-Up


Guidelines for your visit:

  • Please enter the large parking lot on the side that is currently marked “exit” (near the practice baseball field) and file a line of vehicles along the fire lane. We will bring items to your vehicle and collect items from you directly. 

  • Please write your child/children's last name/names on a piece of paper and display on your front dashboard.

  • Please, no students/children are to be left unattended & no one is permitted to play on the school grounds/playground while at school. 

  • Everyone must practice “social distancing” and give others a minimum of 6 feet of space, so we ask that you remain in your vehicle if at all possible.  

  • If you have a temperature or are feeling ill, please stay home.  

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Parents/guardians should make every attempt to arrive during the window of designated times below…


Last Names A - E:  Monday, May 18th between 9AM-11:30AM

Last Names F - J:  Monday, May 18th between 12:30PM-3PM

Last Names K - O:  Tuesday, May 19th between 9AM-11:30AM

Last Names P - T:  Tuesday, May 19th between 12:30PM-3PM

Last Names U - Z:  Wednesday, May 20th between 9AM-11:30AM


 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Remote Learning Update from Principal Jamie Kunz at Monroe


Dear Parents & Guardians,


Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor announced an extension to the K-12 school closure through May 1st. Our anticipated return date is now Monday, May 4th.


We are in our 7th day of Remote Learning. Thank you for the photos, the appreciation, and the helpful feedback.  Your positive responses are affirming the truly amazing work our faculty is doing to translate their teaching expertise into effective distance learning.  We appreciate you as well for doing your best to carve out space and time in your work and home life to support your children’s learning.


We are working to get it right –- the workload, an appropriate amount of time with students, the expectations for learning, and a balance of work time, downtime, playtime, and family time. To that end, and for consistency, I’d like to share with you that we are asking teachers to consider a few key principles as they plan their remote lessons, keeping in mind that their professional judgment and their knowledge of their students should drive their decisions.


Teachers will:


Focus on core skills, not simply content coverage.  This means that w?hile we are attempting to move students along with curriculum goals, we know that nothing fully replaces what is done in the classroom.  Lessons will be pared down, along with time and product expectations for students. 


Present lessons in a way that allows students access throughout the day.  For families, this means students can watch videoed lessons or complete assignments when it is most convenient for them and their parents.  Remote learning may be more effective when students participate live with their teacher, but we know it may not be possible for every student to tune in on any given day or time.   Do what works best for your family.


Provide clear directions.   This is something we’re learning day by day as we receive feedback from students and parents.  If you have questions, use the teacher’s school email address. Don’t panic if you don’t receive an immediate answer; due dates are flexible.


Assign “classwork” only, with no additional traditional “homework”.   We know students take varying amounts of time to complete assignments, be it in class or at home.  Teachers will adjust the quantity and type of work they are assigning as they assess student work and progress.  Flexibility along with compassion for everyone’s life situation is key for us. While we do need your help to provide encouragement and an environment conducive to learning in your home, we do not expect you to teach the course or curriculum.


Use live chats or recorded lessons when appropriate.  If students are unable to attend the live session, they can watch the video when it is more convenient for the family.  At times, a teacher may want to also meet with small groups of students. 


Teach and communicate with compassion and flexibility.  This is perhaps most important as we know significant physical, emotional, and financial strain are new realities for our families. 


Over the last two weeks, parents and students have expressed appreciation for the creative ways teachers are engaging students through activities like small and large group chats, live and video recorded lessons and activities, story hours, posting funny motivational videos, online activities, and teaching in a Google Hangout.  Principals and supervisors are also staying connected to students using district online platforms and social media to send messages, stories, resources, and updates to parents.


We do know that learning is most effective when it is a social experience, and our teachers and administrators are striving to maintain social interaction despite mandated social distancing.  


We are so very grateful to our teachers for creating positive remote learning environments with instruction and guidance that is appropriate to the age and grade of their students.  With that, we are especially grateful to parents. We know that balancing work, family, and school isn’t easy for anyone. 


Our teachers & instructional staff will continue to reach out to students and parents to encourage participation and engagement. We are here to help! As always, please feel free to email your child’s teacher should you have questions about instructional activities and assignments.  If you have questions about operations or need any further assistance, please contact me directly at [email protected]. You can also refer to the district’s FAQ document in the COVID-19 folder that can be found on our district’s website.


A drop off box is still available outside the main doors at Monroe for completed paper/pencil work. Parents may also take pictures of completed assignments and email those photos to teachers. (Photographs are preferred.)


A Note about State Testing:  All Spring 2020 State assessments have been canceled, which include the Ohio AIR assessments. Third grade students will not be held accountable for the promotion requirements outlined by the Third Grade Reading Guarantee.


We miss you and look forward to being together again soon!


With sincere appreciation for this wonderful village we are all a part of,


Jamie Kunz
Principal, Monroe


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