Letters from Mrs. Kitzmiller

 

September 16th Hybrid Letter

September 16th Brick to Click Letter

                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          September 9, 2020

Dear Esmond Families, 

 

This past Friday, you received a letter from our superintendent, John Carruth, introducing our framework for the Hybrid phase, the next phase of instruction. The purpose of this letter is to provide information on Esmond Station’s Hybrid instructional plan, to which we will transition on September 21st, as long as the health metrics allow us to do so. 

 

Please click here to learn more about our In-person Hybrid option and our Brick to Click option. Since our school is a K-8 campus, we have a Kindergarten plan, 1st-grade through 4th-grade plan, 5th-grade plan, and 6th-grade through 8th-grade plan. Please be sure to read about the grade level in which your children are enrolled as there are significant differences between each age group. 

 

In-person/ On-campus Hybrid Option

It is important to be aware that the In-person/On-campus Hybrid option will look very different from the traditional school day. Following the guidance from the Arizona Department of Health and Safety, we will be putting into place several measures to cohort students by class at the K-5 level and by grade level for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and implementing physical distancing when feasible. 

 

As a condition of returning to In-person/On-campus learning parents/guardians will need to sign an acknowledgement form for their child prior to them starting the In-person Hybrid option. This is a stipulation put forth by the District’s insurance. This form will be shared digitally later this week.

 

  • Our In-person school day for K-4 students will start at 8:20 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with one hour assigned daily to work from home. 
  • For 5th grade through 8th grade, students will attend school In-person Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m with one hour assigned daily to work from home. 5th-through 8th-grade students will be divided by last names; A-K will attend school Mondays and Wednesdays and L-Z students will attend school Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
  • All students, Kindergarten through 8th grade, will work from home on Fridays. 
  • Our intent is not to have any K through 8th-grade classes be larger than 20 students. At the Kindergarten through 4th-grade levels, we may need to assign students to different teachers in an effort to keep classes small. If this is the case, we will work with teachers and families to keep our classes balanced. If a change is made, our intent is to have the students remain with the new teacher for the remainder of the school year.
  • Students will be cohorted at recess, lunch, and specials.  
  • Families will need to complete the Daily Home Health Screening Checklist (view here) before arriving at school.
  • We will be implementing temperature checks for all students upon arriving at school.
  • Students on campus will be required to wear cloth face coverings (view policy here) when in the classroom and when physical distancing is not possible.
  • We will have slightly staggered drop-off times for all students. Students with last names A-K will need to arrive at 7:50 a.m.. Students with the last name L-Z need to arrive at 8:05 a.m.. Bus riders will arrive when the bus drops them off. Student will report directly to their classroom upon arrival.
  • Please click here to learn more about what the day will look like for your child if you choose this option.

 

Brick to Click Option during Hybrid Phase

The Brick to Click option will look different from the current remote instruction as our teachers will not be available all day to assist our virtual learners.

 

  • Students will complete Schoology lessons Monday through Friday.
  • At the Kindergarten through 5th grade level, a teacher will meet with Brick to Click students for two 30-minute scheduled sessions Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, a teacher will host 2 live classes in ELA (English Language Arts) and math.
  • Middle School students will follow their class schedule Monday through Thursday and complete the Schoology lessons. Teachers will be available for short increments during the day and for office hours/tutoring on Fridays.
  • Students selecting Brick to Click will not have virtual specials/elective classes. 
  • ELP students will have virtual ELP class on Fridays, through Schoology conferencing. 
  • Please click here to compare the In-person Hybrid option to the Brick to Click option.

 

Special Education case managers will continue to work with students and families receiving special education services. Students and families will be contacted by their case managers.

 

As a reminder, you will need to make your choice for the Hybrid learning phase by completing this survey. You will be able to make, and/or change, your selection through Sunday, September 13th. During the hybrid phase, students will not be able to move between Brick to Click and In-person Learning except in the case of illness or the need to quarantine. Furthermore, students who choose Brick to Click will be asked to remain in Brick to Click for the duration of the hybrid phase.

 

As always, thank you for your patience, understanding, and grace as we navigate through each phase of school this year. We are excited to welcome our students back onto campus. 

 

Your partner in education,

 

Lainie Kitzmiller

kitzmillerl@vailschooldistrict.org

Principal 

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July 15, 2020

Dear Esmond Families, 

I hope this letter finds your family healthy and well. The last few months have felt much like being on a rollercoaster, feeling every dip and drop as we have tried to navigate school closure and school reopening. With that said, the purpose of this letter is to share details and an update on school reopening for the 2020/2021 school year.

I can imagine you have many questions surrounding our reopening. I would like to thank you in advance for your patience and grace as we navigate the reopening of school.

As you are aware, in light of Governor Ducey’s executive order, we are planning for Vail Schools to open remotely on August 10th. Due to the change in school start date, the school year calendar is being revised and once finalized, will be sent to families and posted on our website. 

Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Night

We are working hard to ensure that your child’s school year is successful. To help your child build a relationship with his/her new teacher, Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Night will still take place but will look different than usual. On Thursday, August 6th, your child’s teacher or teaching team will share a video welcoming you and your child to the new school year. Additionally, your family will have an opportunity to sign-up for a short individual virtual meet and greet with your teacher or team. During this time you will have an opportunity to meet the teacher, ask questions, and learn more about their classroom. In the coming week, you will receive a flyer with sign-up information. 

Supply Lists

Our recommended supply list is being updated for both remote and on-campus learning. Please visit our website next week to view our updated list. 

Devices

Elementary School Devices

We want to be sure that all of our families have at least one device at home that their children can use to access school when learning remotely. In an effort to gather information on our Elementary families’ device needs, please complete this google form by Tuesday, 21st. Please note that families who check out school devices for remote learning must return the device when on-campus school resumes. In the coming week families that indicated that they would like to check out a school device will be sent an email asking them to select a time to pick up their Chromebook the week of August 3rd.

Middle School Student Devices

All 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students will be assigned a Chromebook to take back and forth to school for the entire school year. In the past, this privilege has been reserved for our 8th graders, but this year we are expanding it to our entire middle school. 

Middle school families will have the opportunity to purchase an insurance policy for $50.00 that protects against damages. If a family declines the insurance, they must sign a waiver accepting responsibility for damages. Additionally, middle school students must provide a 12-inch sleeve/case for their Chromebook to ensure it can be properly transported back and forth to school. Next week, middle school families will be sent an email explaining the insurance and check-out procedures.

Remote Learning

During the week of August 10th, you can expect that your child’s teacher will engage your child in get-to-know-you activities, teach classroom management expectations, learn to navigate and utilize a variety of technology tools to assist with remote learning, and begin instruction.

Should remote learning extend beyond the week of August 10th, our approach to remote learning will differ greatly from the review-based general educational opportunities that were offered in the fourth quarter of last school year. Remote learning will include weekly online lessons in the core content areas of reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Lessons will focus on mastery learning of grade-level standards; the new content will be delivered through Schoology and real-time/video lessons. Student work will be submitted and graded. Daily attendance and participation will be vital to your child’s success. Our middle school students will follow their typical schedules for their four core classes.  For our elementary students, we will provide a sample daily schedule for your child before the start of the school year. If you are not already familiar with PowerSchool/Schoology, information regarding parent and student login and set-up will be emailed to you before the start of the school year. 

If your child is in elementary advanced math, ELP, or receives special education services, your child’s teacher/case manager will be in contact with you the week of August 3rd. 

On-Campus School Day

For more information regarding what the school day will look like when we return to school physically, please see our school website and click on the “School Day” button. Here is a link

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with questions or concerns. I truly appreciate the understanding community of Esmond families and look forward to another great year! I am honored to serve our community as principal and look forward to starting a successful year together! 

Your partner in education,

Lainie Kitzmiller

kitzmillerl@vailschooldistrict.org

Principal