Territorial students, I want you to know that you matter and that we miss you! I hope you are all safe and healthy. We are thinking of you daily and look forward to continuing to support you and your families. Classes and instruction will look a little different, but I know that together we will be able to figure out this new way of “going to school” and learning. We know that being home in tight quarters can be tough on everyone, so now is the time to dig deep and be kind. Be kind to your family. Help your little sister or brother with the technology they might need for school. Help set the table or pick up your toys without being asked. Your parents will love it!
Parents, please know that we are missing our students. After all they are our purpose, so we feel a little lost without them. We teachers feel a love for students that’s hard for other people to imagine. They become our families each year and we love them fiercely. We are excited to partner with you to help continue your child’s learning this year. This is uncharted territory for us, but I am confident that our students, families, and staff are up for the challenge!
We will be providing supplementary packets with two weeks worth of material. Those will be available for pick up on Monday, April 6th from 12-2 pm or Wednesday 4-6pm. We will also have Chromebooks available to check out. We encourage you to post in your car window the name of your child, their grade, and if you need a Chromebook using a marker or dark pen to write your child’s name and grade on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and place it inside the passenger side of your windshield. You may drive up to the breezeway, circle the upper parking lot so your car is facing the gate. Stay in your car! The materials and Chromebook will be handed to you through the window with a user agreement. Please sign the agreement with the pen provided and return the agreement back to the staff member. Please keep the pen (as a token of our affection lol!). If you have children attending more than one school, pick up devices at each child’s school. Chromebooks will be collected from students when school resumes. If you do not have internet access at home, there are some internet providers offering short-term internet solutions for our community. Comcast has offered two months of free internet to families who qualify at HTTPS://WWW.INTERNETESSENTIALS.COM/COVID19. Likewise, Emerald Broadband 541-363-0260 is also offering specials to families with students.
We are also working on gathering your child’s supplies from their desk so you have those to use at home. Likewise, we have pencils and general supplies on site if you need them. Everything has been packaged wearing gloves and following sanitation protocols. Furthermore, lost and found will be hanging on the fence. If you see a jacket that belongs to your family, just point it out and a staff member will grab it for you. If you are unable to pick up your supplies, or send someone in your place on April 6th or April 8th, please call Territorial at 541-998-8371.
Staff is hard at work preparing to start “Distance Learning/teaching” on April 13th. Teachers are working on preparing their EDLIO page, a page you can access on our school website by clicking the staff directory and then clicking on your child’s teacher. We will be using this platform to connect with students. We are excited for this opportunity to work with you and your child. We ask that you give us grace as we get familiar with new technology and a new way of presenting information. Please remember that we are here for you and your family should you need anything. Together, we’ve got this!