Dear Mustang Community,
I hope that this finds you all well and growing in excitement for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Our school is coming back to life as our office staff is back at work, and the teachers are preparing the classrooms for the students’ return.
You should have received the district’s updated and detailed plan for reopening. If you have not had a chance to review that plan, you can access it on our district website: https://www.asd20.org/return-to-school
Our staff has been busy planning our return to school to ensure that we are ready for our students on August 24th. Attached to this email, you will find specific information regarding the procedures we will be following at Ranch Creek Elementary. This guide will provide you with a vision as to what your students will experience throughout the day when they return to school. If you have questions after reading this guide, please do not hesitate to contact me. Conditions continue to change quickly, so I ask for flexibility and patience as we start the new year.
Soft Start and Assessments-
As you know, the week of August 24th will be a soft start for our schools. This will allow us to bring in small groups of students to get to know their teachers, acclimate to their classrooms, learn about our procedures, and begin to build relationships with the other students in their class. Students will come to school on either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for the full day to participate in this back to school experience. Teachers will meet all students at the beginning of each day of the soft start on the field. They will have signs to identify themselves.
• Monday, Aug. 24th- Students with last names beginning with A-I
• Tuesday, Aug. 25th- Students with last names beginning with J-Q
• Wednesday, Aug. 26th- Students with last names beginning R-Z
August 27th and 28th are identified as Elementary Testing Days. As in past years, we will have you sign up for small group testing sessions. We will be using Sign Up Genius to manage these testing sessions, and soon a link will be sent for you to schedule. Each student will come to school for a 90 minute session with their classroom teacher. Teachers will meet the students outside at the beginning of the session and will walk the students out at the end of the testing session. Teachers will have their signs to help identify the class and be dispersed in grade level groups starting with kindergarten near the kindergarten playground.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)-
Our 4th and 5th graders will once again be participating in the BYOD program. We ask that students who will be using a personal device at school bring that on their scheduled soft start date. Our staff will work with the students to get the devices on the school network. Devices for students who choose to borrow from the school will be distributed on these days, as well. We ask that parents watch for an important form that will be sent home. This form should be signed and returned to school. Detailed information about our BYOD program, including acceptable devices, can be found on our school home page under Bring Your Own Device: https://ranchcreek.asd20.org/Pages/BYOD.aspx
As we begin the school year, we will be limiting people in our building. As you read in the Return to School Plan, volunteers and visitors will not be allowed in the schools. Because of this, we will be postponing the Volunteer Orientations that we had scheduled as part of our beginning of the year activities. We will reschedule those as soon as we are once again allowed to have volunteers and visitors in the building. We greatly value our community partnerships, and we rely heavily upon and appreciate our volunteers. It is our intent to get our volunteer program up and running as soon as possible.
Our outdoor classroom has been installed, and we are excited for this alternative learning space. As we head back to school, we will be encouraging teachers to find opportunities to take the students’ learning outside. Please ensure that your students are dressed appropriately for the weather and prepared to be outdoors during the day.
I know that the students are waiting anxiously to find out who their teacher will be this year. At this time, we are waiting to see which of our families will select the online option so that we know who will be returning to us. The deadline to register for Journey K8 is August 12th. Once registration is complete, we will finalize our class lists and post teacher assignments in Infinite Campus. At that time, we will also send out the Sign Up Genius link allowing you to select a time to meet your student’s teachers in a Microsoft Teams meeting. As a reminder, we have our Virtual Meet the Teacher Night scheduled for Aug. 20th from 5:00-6:15pm.
- August 13th- New Parent Orientation 6:00pm via Microsoft Teams
- August 20th- Kindergarten Orientation 1:00-3:30pm via Microsoft Teams (teachers will send out specific session information)
- August 20th- Meet the Teacher Night 5:00-6:15pm via Microsoft Teams
- Aug. 24th- First day of school for students with a last name beginning with A-I
- Aug. 25th- First day of school for students with a last name beginning with J-Q
- Aug. 26th- First day of school for students with a last name beginning with R-Z
- Aug. 27th and 28th- Elementary Testing Days
- Sept. 4th- Back to School Night Presentations will be posted online for viewing
Ranch Creek Elementary
an Academy District 20 School