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    Family Update: September 21, 2020
    Posted on 10/02/2020
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    September 21, 2020
    Greetings Magnolia Elementary Families!
    Saludos familias de la escuela primaria Magnolia!
    (Para este mensaje en español, ver más abajo)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your support is essential to your student’s success in this challenging remote setting and all of the time and energy you have put into this critical role is noticed and appreciated. Thank you!

    When we opened as a school last fall, our staff was 100% committed to creating an inclusive school culture that allowed our students to feel a sense of significance and belonging. This fall, as we open remotely, we are even more committed to ensuring that our online relationships are grounded in messages of “you matter” and “you belong”. Last week, teachers took time to create class agreements with their students, outlining what the members of the classroom need from each other to learn and grow this year. Teachers will continue to provide social and emotional learning support for our MES students in the coming weeks as they implement class routines and rituals to develop inclusive, encouraging and supportive classroom communities. Make sure to ask your student about the agreements they are co-creating in their classroom.

    Our new remote learning setting is presenting us with an urgent need to teach positive digital citizenship skills to our students. Teachers will continue to grow these skills in classes. I have included the agreements our 5th grade students came up with for their Teams meetings.

    5th Grade Teams Agreements

    1. During our learning times only use CHAT:

    • To ask questions
    • To report tech issues
    • When a teacher asks you to respond to something

    2. Do not:

    • Post GIFs or emojis
    • Send greetings to start conversations

    Any assistance you can provide on your side of the screen to monitor your students’ digital citizenship and coach them in avoiding behaviors that are disruptive to learning would be helpful. Specifically, we need students to know that they are not expected to:
    use the chat feature during instruction unless they have been asked to by their teacher
    use their SPS Teams account to create or join any meetings without permission from/supervision by an adult.

    Every Monday, I will be sending out this update to let you know what is happening school-wide. In addition, your student’s classroom teacher will also be sending you a weekly communication regarding learning activiites specific to your child. For these first few weeks, it is my intent to keep these messages short. As we move further into this school year, we will be implementing more school-wide activities, including our Orca Pod social justice work, monthly school-wide assemblies and weekly student announcements. Stay tuned for more information about all of these things. This coming week, our PTA will be holding our first community social event with our Family Bingo Night. I hope to see you all there! More information can be found on their MES PTA website.

    With gratitude and appreciation,
    Katie