Weekly Cougar Update
April 4, 2021


Good Morning, Caleb Families, 

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable spring break! The Hansons sure did!

Beginning today, we are transitioning to our new schedule, which means students will be engaging in either synchronous or in-person learning from 8-11am daily. Small group support and asynchronous learning will now all take place after lunch each day. Students in K-3 assigned to Cohort B will be the first to return to campus on Thursday, April 8, with K-3 Cohort A returning on Tuesday, April 13, and our intermediate students joining us in their corresponding cohorts on April 15. 

By now, you all should have received cohort notification. If not, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or our front office to find out in which cohort your child has been placed. As I stated before the break, I am not able to accommodate requests to change cohorts, however if you’d like to switch either to or from full distance learning to in-person concurrent learning, please keep an eye out for a district form allowing you to make this request. 

As we transition to in-person concurrent learning, it will be critical to check the weekly learning plans provided by your teacher for schedule updates and assignment expectations. For two days prior to their grade level return to in-person learning, teachers have been granted workdays during which students will engage in asynchronous instruction. This will be highlighted in your weekly learning plans. 

For students receiving Special Education services, all services will be provided asynchronously Monday through Wednesday of this week with synchronous services resuming Thursday, April 8. 

Special Education services will be provided virtually as often as possible to allow all of our students to engage in-person instruction with their peers and classroom teacher. Parents of these children will hear directly from case managers about scheduling services this week. 

As you continue to prepare to return to in-person learning, please remember to practice mask wearing, social distancing and proper hand hygiene. Whether your child is learning at home or school, it’s important to show up prepared. For in-person learning, this means checking your weekly learning plan for items your teacher has requested your child bring to school to make the most of their learning day. At home, this means keeping everything organized in a consistent place. School begins at 8:00am sharp, whether you are on campus or at home, so plan your mornings to arrive in plenty of time to comfortably move through our health screening process and say goodbye to each other at the gates or to be ready for Zoom at 8am! 

I am holding a community meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6 at 6pm via Zoom to share information about our return to in-person concurrent learning. At that time, I will share details about health and safety, schedules, arrival and dismissal, recess, snack and lunch and our instructional model. Here’s the Zoom link: 

Check out this week’s Cougar Video Message and IB PYP Newsletter and keep an eye out this week in your IB PYP Google Classroom for clues to our next IB Unit! I can’t wait to see many of you in person soon!  

Principal Erin Hanson