We very much appreciate your continued patience as we develop schedules and prepare for students. We are excited to be starting instruction on the 21st. You have probably already heard that Meet and Greet/Chromebook pick up has be postponed to the 17th and 18th due to the poor air quality. We have more information about this event posted on our website. During this event we will have opportunities for students checking out a Chromebook to practice logging on to their device and to the platform we will be using. If your student will be using your personal device for distance learning, I encourage you to bring it to Meet and Greet. We will have directions for you to follow and tech support so you too can practice logging onto the platform we will be using. We will also be sharing with you about our new family tech support office hours. Finally, we have a photo booth set up so you and your child can take your first day of school photos.
I wanted to again mention a few important changes that will be in place this year. I am sorry to say there will be no visitors allowed on campus, at least at this point. We look forward to a time when our campus is once again enriched with many parent and community volunteers. Also, if you need to talk to a teacher please call, or email. You can also request a virtual meeting with teachers.
Next, I wanted to remind you about drop off and pick up procedures. When dropping off students please form two lines up the driveway starting above the “Y”. Please keep students inside your car until you get to the yellow painted line at student drop off. A staff member will direct you when it is safe to exit. Students in the left and right car will quickly exit and step onto the sidewalk, and walk to their entry door. Then the next two cars will pull up and continue the process. It will be important to have students ready to exit the cars quickly so that we do not have a back-up of cars. Parents will not be able to go beyond the gate.
When picking students up please place an 8x11 sheet of paper in your car window clearly labeled with your child’s name, grade and teacher. When you enter the lower parking lot a staff will be stationed there and walkie for your child. Again please form two lines up the driveway starting above the “Y”. Students will be dismissed and directed to student pick up. K-3 parents, please do not arrive prior to 1:37 as we will be trying to get our bus riders loaded and the buses down the driveway prior to student pick up. If you need to pick up your child prior to school dismissal, please call the front office and we will have your child ready to meet you at the gate.
Also, as you know we will all be wearing face covering when we return to the building. Please send students with an extra mask, sealed inside a zip-lock bag. We have found it helpful to have an extra mask in case the first one becomes soiled. Speaking of masks mom and dad, it is important that students have a mask that they feel comfortable in. One that is not too scratchy, not too big, and not too small. I am also including a link to other helpful tips for student who are learning in the building or at home. https://mailchi.mp/db3de81af296/9-tips-on-remote-learning-for-parents-801888?e=5e5690c9dc
Again, I am honored to serve as the principal of Territorial Elementary School. It is a privilege to be a part of a community where families, educators, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support student success. I value our partnership to ensure a quality educational experience for our students at Territorial. I have a lot of faith in our students, families, and staff! Please contact me if you have questions or concern.