School Update, November 16

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Dear RDLS families.

As we know, we have to make the difficult decision of going to distance learning. The last day for in-person instruction for all students currently enrolled in the hybrid program (PK-12) will be Friday, November 20. Students in grades PK-5 will have NO SCHOOL November 23-24 so that teachers can use those days to plan and prepare for the transition. The first day of full distance learning for students in grades PK-5 will be Monday, November 30.

Getting ready for the transition requires us to continue to work together—families, students and staff—to ensure that our students succeed.

As a principal, I have to be honest and say that I am very sad we have to go distance learning as I know in-person instruction is the best for most of our students. But I support the decision because safety and health is a priority.

I want to thank each one of you for your support this school year as we started a very unusual academic year. I ask you to please continue to work closely with your child/ren teacher/s. Reach out if you need help, we are here to support you!!

A few details:

  • Picture day for the students who were not able to be photographed. We are waiting for Lifetouch to give us a date. They have many schools in similar situations.
  • A few tips to keep in mind as we transition to full distance:
    • The TV should be off when it is time to be connected or/and working on school content
    • Phone put away
    • Camera on
    • Uniform tops
    • Check Seesaw for red notifications in each course each evening
    • All workbooks, notebooks and school supplies should be kept in students’ backpacks with the backpack close to their workplace
    • It is hard at the beginning, but consistency is key. After a few weeks, students will get into a groove.
  • One last detail, to say SEE YOU LATER to our beautiful building for a while, Friday, November 20, is a NO UNIFORM DAY for the whole school.

Please help us to lower the case rate by:

  • Always wearing a mask when you are with friends and/or out in public.
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when washing your hands with soap and water is not an option.
  • Staying home when you are not feeling well.
  • Limiting group gatherings with people from outside your household.

Thanksgiving week is coming up. I am thankful to have you as part of my close community. I am thankful for my teachers, students, family, health… Please have a small, safe Thanksgiving.

Be safe, be well

Sra. Marta Shahsavand, Principal

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