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Weekly Update from Mrs. Gower - 11/20/20

November 20th, 2020
Dear Wes Families,
  • Thursday and Friday Chromebooks were delivered to students who didn’t already have a school device. A yellow colored paper also came home with the Chromebooks. Please read this paper for helpful information. As noted on the paper devices should be charged each night so that they come to school fully changed on the days when the student comes to school. There is a link to our “Winslow Public Schools Family Technology Support Form” on our website on the first page under a heading called Latest News and Announcements. This form can be used if your student is having trouble with their device.

  • Please remember to check the schedule posted on our website so that you know which cohort day it is. There is a new cohort calendar posted on the website that goes through the end of February 2021.

  • December 1st there will be a virtual informational night for our Title 1A program. You should have gotten a letter about it this week and more information with the link to join will be in next week’s online letter from me.

  • Please remember to complete the COVID-19 pre-screening tool every morning before sending your child to school. This must be done each day. This can be found on our website. Please remember to call the school each day your child will not be present.

  • There will be a flu clinic at the Alfond Youth and Community Center for school aged children on Monday, November 30th from 2-4pm. Contact the AYCC by 11/24 or contact Mrs. Choate our school nurse.

Thanks for helping to keep us all healthy and safe.
Have a restful weekend!Erica GowerPrincipal WES
Important Dates to Know:*November 25th, 26th, 27th- No School Thanksgiving Break*Monday December 14th- No School Teacher Workshop day*December 23-January 1- No School- cohort 2 returns January 4th. Cohort 1 returns January 5th
ATTENTION STUDENT/FAMILIES WHO ARE FULLY REMOTE!! The following are the pick up and drop off dates for materials through December: Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th

November Update from Mrs. Gower - 11/13/2020

November 13th, 2020
Dear WES Families, Parent-Teacher conferences are next Monday, November 16th, and Wednesday, November 18th. Teachers will be sending out Google Meeting invitations to the email address you gave when you signed up for PTC Fast. If you do not see the email please check your spam/junk folder as sometimes the invitation goes there. Picture make-up day will be November 18th. If you are a remote student or it’s not your child’s cohort day you may come to school from 8 am-9 am. You will use the gym entrance that is closest to the main office. Only students will be allowed in the gym. Masks and physical distancing are required. Photos are needed for our records, so even if you do not plan on ordering a package, we will still need to have your child photographed.If you wish to purchase a package and need an envelope, please let the teacher know or call the office.
Please remember to check the schedule posted on our website so that you know which cohort day it is.
Please remember to complete the COVID-19 pre-screening tool every morning before sending your child to school. This must be done each day. This can be found on our website.
Erica GowerPrincipal WES

Old news, but good reminders
  • Please remember that parent drop off starts at 7:35 and students must arrive by 7:55. If students arrive after 7:55 you must walk your child to the main office entrance and check him in at the service window. It is very important that students arrive on time.
  • Please remember that you need to call the school each day that your child will be absent from school.

Important Dates to Know:*November 16th and 18th- Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences in the afternoon/evening*November 25th, 26th, 27th- No School Thanksgiving Break
ATTENTION STUDENT/FAMILIES WHO ARE FULLY REMOTE!! The following are the pick up and drop off dates for materials through December:Nov. 20th Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th

October Update from Mrs. Gower - 10/30/20

October 30th, 2020
Dear WES Families, By now you should have received the letter about signing up for parent teacher conferences. If you have not you can view it here on our website. You will also find the link to sign up on our website. If you have any questions about this please contact Mr. Price. We have put together a “just in case”/red work packet that will be going home today and Monday. We are hopeful that we will never need it, but due to the fact we are still waiting on our Chromebooks to arrive, we ordered these before school started and due to a nationwide shortage still have not received them, we wanted to make sure students had work if we did need to go red/remote quickly. Again we are not planning to go red and hope we never have to, but we are just trying to be prepared. Please remember to complete the COVID-19 pre-screening tool every morning before sending your child to school. It is very important that this is done. This can be found on our website. I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend. Erica GowerPrincipal WES
Old news, but good reminders
  • Update on acceptable masks for school: Per the CDC recommendation face masks with valves/vents will not be allowed at school.
Masks with Exhalation Valves or VentsThe purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
  • Picture retake day will be Wednesday November 18th. More information to follow.
  • Please remember that parent drop off starts at 7:35 and students must arrive by 7:55. If students arrive after 7:55 you must walk your child to the main office entrance and check him in at the service window. It is very important that students arrive on time.
  • Flu vaccine clinic for in-person students only- November 4th and 5th for those who have signed up.
  • Please remember that you need to call the school each day that your child will be absent from school.
  • Please remember we cannot accept bus changes on a daily basis. All bus changes need to be done in advance (we are suggesting a week in advance). This can be done by calling transportation and letting them know of your need to change. They will be able to tell you when this can happen. You will then need to let our office know you have spoken to transportation and when they said your change can happen. If you are not able to call transportation yourself you can notify our office in advance so we can follow up with transportation and let you know when the change can happen.

Important Dates to Know:*November 4 & 5- Flu vaccine clinic for in-person students who have turned in the necessary paperwork. *November 9th & 10th- No School Teacher Workshop days*November 11th- No School Veteran’s Day*November 16th and 18th- Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences in the afternoon/evening*November 25th, 26th, 27th- No School Thanksgiving Break
ATTENTION STUDENT/FAMILIES WHO ARE FULLY REMOTE!! The following are the pick up and drop off dates for materials through December:Oct. 30th Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th

End of October Update from Mrs. Gower - 10/26/20

October 26th, 2020
Dear WES Families, This letter is to update you about the November schedule for Winslow Elementary School. Winslow schools will continue with the two cohort schedule to be able to follow the DOE and CDC safety guidelines. The cohort schedule for November is now posted on our school website. Please note that Monday, November 9th, and Tuesday, November 10th are now No School days. These days will be teacher workshop days designed to provide teachers with the time needed to plan and prepare lessons and materials. Our teachers are working tremendously hard and are putting in more hours than ever. They are finding that due to the safety guidelines, hybrid teaching, and remote teaching that many of the lessons and materials they may have used in the past are needing to be modified or changed. All of this of course takes more time and planning. Teachers are also receiving new technology and equipment in their rooms to enhance student learning in remote/hybrid learning. Teachers will have professional development time to share and explore these new tools as well as other software that can be useful. Sincerely,Mrs.Gower
Here are a few other pieces of information and reminders:
  • Update on acceptable masks for school: Per the CDC recommendation face masks with valves/vents will not be allowed at school.
Masks with Exhalation Valves or VentsThe purpose of masks is to keep respiratory droplets from reaching others to aid with source control. However, masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others. This type of mask does not prevent the person wearing the mask from transmitting COVID-19 to others. Therefore, CDC does not recommend using masks for source control if they have an exhalation valve or vent.
  • Picture retake day will be Wednesday November 18th. More information to follow.
  • Please remember that parent drop off starts at 7:35 and students must arrive by 7:55. If students arrive after 7:55 you must walk your child to the main office entrance and check him in at the service window. It is very important that students arrive on time.
  • Please remember we cannot accept bus changes on a daily basis. All bus changes need to be done in advance (we are suggesting a week in advance). This can be done by calling transportation and letting them know of your need to change. They will be able to tell you when this can happen. You will then need to let our office know you have spoken to transportation and when they said your change can happen. If you are not able to call transportation yourself you can notify our office in advance so we can follow up with transportation and let you know when the change can happen.

Old news, but good reminders
  • Just a reminder that the next opt-in date for in-person learning will be October 30th. Notification must be done on or before the 30th and the start date for the change to in-person will be November 9th. Parents need to call the school and speak to Mrs.Gower on or before October 30th at 3 pm to let us know of the request to switch from remote to in-person learning.
  • A reminder that students who do not complete and turn in the work from the “work at home (or wherever they go when not present in school) day” will be marked as absent unexcused for that day.
  • Flu vaccine clinic for in-person students only- November 4th and 5th. Forms are being sent home. If you do not get a form within the next week please call the school to request one. These forms need to be filled out and returned to school by October 23rd if you want your child to get the flu vaccine here at school.
  • Please remember that you need to call the school each day that your child will be absent from school.

Important Dates to Know:*November 9th & 10th- No School Teacher Workshop days*November 11th- No School Veteran’s Day*November 16th and 18th- Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences in the afternoon/evening- More information to follow*November 25th, 26th, 27th- No School Thanksgiving Break
ATTENTION STUDENT/FAMILIES WHO ARE FULLY REMOTE!! The following are the pick up and drop off dates for materials through December:Oct. 30th Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th

Weekly Update from Mrs. Gower - 10/13/20

October 13th, 2020
Dear WES Families, We hope you all had a great weekend. The weather was lovely. There isn’t a lot of new information here, but just a few reminders. Have a great week!
Old news, but good reminders
  • Just a reminder that the next opt-in date for in-person learning will be October 30th. Notification must be done on or before the 30th and the start date for the change to in-person will be November 9th. Parents need to call the school and speak to Mrs.Gower on or before October 30th at 3 pm to let us know of the request to switch from remote to in-person learning.
  • A reminder that students who do not complete and turn in the work from the “work at home (or wherever they go when not present in school) day” will be marked as absent unexcused for that day.
  • Flu vaccine clinic for in-person students only- November 4th and 5th. Forms are being sent home. If you do not get a form within the next week please call the school to request one. These forms need to be filled out and returned to school by October 23rd if you want your child to get the flu vaccine here at school.
  • Please remember that you need to call the school each day that your child will be absent from school.

Important Dates to Know:*November 11th- No School Veteran’s Day*November 16th and 18th- Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences in the afternoon/evening- More information to follow*November 25th, 26th, 27th- No School Thanksgiving Break
ATTENTION STUDENT/FAMILIES WHO ARE FULLY REMOTE!! The following are the pick up and drop off dates for materials through December:Oct. 23rd, 30thNov. 6th, 13th, 20thDec. 4th, 11th, 18th
Erica GowerPrincipal WES

October Update from Mrs. Gower - 10/2/2020

October 2nd, 2020
Dear WES Families, Well, it doesn’t seem possible that it is October already. I guess time flies. The students continue to do an amazing job following the safety guidelines. The news of COVID cases closer to this area is a good reminder that we need to be vigilant about appropriate mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and physical distancing.
  • Remote students who would like to have school pictures can report to the outside gym door (near the office) between 10:00-10:45 on Wednesday, October 7th. Students will go into the gym and get their picture taken and parents will wait outside the gym doors. Order forms should be in their Friday work pick-up envelope. If not you can fill out a form at the door.
  • Flu vaccine clinic for in-person students only- November 4th and 5th. Forms are being sent home. If you do not get a form within the next week please call the school to request one. These forms need to be filled out and returned to school by October 23rd if you want your child to get the flu vaccine here at school.
  • Please remember that you need to call the school each day that your child will be absent from school.

Old news, but good reminders
  • Thursday, October 8th is an early release day. Students will not be eating lunch at school that day, but instead will be bringing home a bagged lunch for that day as well.
  • We will not be sending home progress reports for this trimester. Instead, teachers will be reaching out to you by email or phone to touch base about how your child is doing. Likely, teachers have already been communicating this to you.
  • Just a reminder that the next opt-in date for in-person learning will be October 30th. Notification must be done on or before the 30th and the start date for the change to in-person will be November 9th. Parents need to call the school and speak to Mrs.Gower on or before October 30th at 3 pm to let us know of the request to switch from remote to in-person learning.
  • A reminder that students who do not complete and turn in the work from the “work at home (or wherever they go when not present in school) day” will be marked as absent unexcused for that day.

Important Dates to Know:October 6th and 7th- School Pictures- order forms went home this week October 8th- Early Release- Dismissal at 12:00. Bagged lunch will be sent home for that day. October 9th- No School Teacher WorkshopOctober 12th- No School- Holiday

Weekly Update from Mrs. Gower - 9/28/20

September 28th, 2020
Dear WES Families, As mentioned in the school messenger we sent out last week we are going to be using this website to keep students and families updated. The goal is to write a weekly brief letter that will include any changes, clarifications, and upcoming dates to know. Please check this website frequently.
  • Thursday, October 8th is an early release day. Students will not be eating lunch at school that day, but instead will be bringing home a bagged lunch for that day as well.
  • We will not be sending home progress reports for this trimester. Instead, teachers will be reaching out to you by email or phone to touch base about how your child is doing. Likely, teachers have already been communicating this to you.
  • Just a reminder that the next opt-in date for in-person learning will be October 30th. Notification must be done on or before the 30th and the start date for the change to in-person will be November 9th. Parents need to call the school and speak to Mrs.Gower on or before October 30th at 3 pm to let us know of the request to switch from remote to in-person learning.
  • A reminder that students who do not complete and turn in the work from the “work at home (or wherever they go when not present in school) day” will be marked as absent unexcused for that day.
  • If you have not returned the beginning of the year paperwork (emergency form, census form, transportation form, etc.) please return that to the office as soon as possible. It is very important that we have updated information.
  • Parent pick-up is going well so thank you for your efforts. Just a reminder that we appreciate your continued mask-wearing and physical distancing when picking up your child.
Please call or email Mrs.Gower or Mr.Price if you have any questions. Erica GowerPrincipal
Important Dates to Know:October 6th and 7th- School Pictures (we are waiting for the flyers to get here and then we will send them out. Remote students will be assigned a time to come to school if they want pictures on October 7th)October 8th- Early Release- Dismissal at 12:00. Bagged lunch will be sent home for that day. October 9th- No School Teacher WorkshopOctober 12th- No School- Holiday

Update from our Superintendent - 9/23/2020

September 22nd, 2020
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,
The Winslow Board of Education met on September 21, 2020. One of the agenda items was an update on the opening of schools. As you know, we delayed the opening of schools until Tuesday, September 8 in order to adhere to the safety guidelines. I am pleased to report that our opening of schools has gone exceptionally well! All grade levels are reporting that the students are abiding to the new safety precautions which include the wearing of masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing. I would also like to add that the staff is working exceptionally hard to provide your students with in-person and/or remote learning experiences.
An inservice day was held on Friday, September 18, 2020. A portion of the day was dedicated for staff to examine our current educational plan. Our inservice day allowed staff the time to have conversations regarding those practices that are going well, along with conversations on how to improve the delivery of instruction while teaching in a hybrid model or using a remote format during this pandemic. Perhaps one of the biggest realizations was that we need to continue with our current hybrid model as long as the current safety recommendations and guidelines remain in effect from the CDC. Our number one priority is to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.
A calendar for the month of October has been posted on the district web site so that you can plan accordingly. We will provide you with monthly updates throughout the year. We will continue to assess and monitor our situation, alerting you to any changes as quickly as possible. An immediate change I would like to bring to your attention is a change for students, parents and staff traveling back from non-exempt states. Our current plan states that you should either quarantine for 14 days upon your return or be tested once you return. In fact, the current recommendation from the CDC indicates that you can be tested 72 hours prior to your return. However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that people should wait 3-5 days after they return before being tested. A member of our nursing staff contacted our school physician consultant to clarify best practice. His recommendation was indeed to wait the 3-5 days prior to being tested upon your return or quarantine for 14 days. Until this situation is further clarified, Winslow Public Schools will choose the latter option based on the recommendation of our school physician consultant.
As a reminder, it is important to note that if a case of COVID-19 were to develop in the Winslow School Community, Winslow Public Schools would work under the direction of the Maine Center for Disease Control and follow their recommendations (including contact tracing, going red (fully remote), notification of close contacts, etc.). Recommended public health actions will depend on the number of cases, the location of cases and the degree of contact those cases may have had with other students, teachers or staff.
To protect confidentiality, we will follow all HIPPA and FERPA guidelines as they pertain to individuals and families and any potential medical situations that arise. While some families may want specific information, we want to assure all families that we will follow the guidance of the CDC in notifying any close contacts to someone who may test positive for COVID-19. In general, a close contact is defined as someone with exposure to the confirmed case within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, regardless of whether individuals were wearing face coverings. If there were a confirmed positive case in a household, the Maine CDC uses a platform called Sara Alert to conduct symptom checks and monitoring of close contacts of confirmed cases. Maine CDC will enroll asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases-whether teachers, students or staff-into Sara Alert for daily monitoring during the quarantine period. Under the direction of the Maine CDC, school community members will be notified when a confirmed or probable case has been detected that is associated with the school. Maine CDC will report publicly when an investigation has been opened into a potential outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a school, as it does in other settings.In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire school community for your support and understanding during our current situation. As we are seeing in other communities (Sanford being the most recent,) our current situation could quickly go from a green rating to red, which means we would need to close our schools to in-person learning and return to a completely remote situation for a set period of time. We are working hard to prevent that from happening and we need your help. Applying and practicing the safety protocols of mask wearing, social distancing and the washing of hands must be encouraged beyond the walls of the school. Now is not the time to take the foot off the accelerator when it comes to safety. If anything, we need to be more vigilant so that we keep our students in school and our community safe.
Thank you,Peter Thiboutot
For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

School Update from Mrs. Gower - 9/21/2020

September 21st, 2020
Dear WES Families, Week two of our return to school hybrid plan is complete. The students continue to do an amazing job with all of the changes and new requirements. Thank you for helping to prepare them for coming back to school this way. There are a few items that I wanted to share so that everyone gets the same information.
  • With our current hybrid plan students are present in school one day and then the next day is their day to work at home. Students are being given work to do on their home day that is to support the learning done when they are in person. The work being given for their home day is required and will count as their attendance for that day. If students do not turn in their work from their home day on their next in-person day they will be marked as absent from their day working at home. It is important not only for their attendance but also for their progress with instruction that they are doing the work sent home for their work at home day.
  • Birthday or shared snacks are not allowed to be sent to school at this time.
  • If your child is absent from school you need to call the main office. Please do not just email the teacher as the main office needs to get a phone call. When you do call please be prepared to answer a few questions about symptoms if your child is staying home because they are not well.
  • School pictures will be October 6th and 7th.- More information will be coming once we get the flyers. Remote students will have an opportunity to come to have their picture taken on October 7th, but the specific time for that has not been determined yet. More information to follow.

Erica GowerPrincipal
Cohort days for this week:Monday 9/21- Cohort 2Tuesday 9/22- Cohort 1Wednesday 9/23- Cohort 2Thursday 9/24-Cohort 1Friday 9/25- Cohort 2
Important Dates to Know:October 6th and 7th- School PicturesOctober 8th- Early Release October 9th- No School Teacher WorkshopOctober 12th- No School- Holiday

Update from Mrs. Gower - 9/11/2020

September 11th, 2020
Dear Wonderful WES Families,
We know that there was a lot of worry about how students would do coming back to school either in person with all of the changes or remotely. I can tell you that from everything I have seen and heard that the students have done a tremendous job this week getting used to the changes. They seemed happy to be back at school and enjoying themselves. We will continue to monitor the plan(s) and make changes as needed (see morning drop off change below), but I think we are off to a great start. Thank you for all of your patience and support. Erica Gower, Principal WES Kyle Price, Assistant Principal WES
Change in the last name split for Morning Drop OffAfter experiencing a few days of morning drop-off in two locations, we need to change the split in our alphabet to help balance the volume of traffic in each location. Please note this will benefit everyone by helping to make drop off safer and quicker.
Beginning the week of September 14, we are asking that you use these splits for your morning drop off: Thank you.
Cohort 1
  • A-E Main Entrance/Front Parking lot
  • F-La Dean Street Parking lot

Cohort 2
  • Le-Re Main Entrance/Front Parking lot
  • Ri-Z Dean Street Parking lot

Please note drop off begins at 7:35 AM and when a staff member is present.


Beginning of Year Letter to Parents - 9/4/20

September 2nd, 2020
Dear WES Families,
We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. We wanted to share some information with you about the beginning of the school year. It will be very important that everyone is flexible and patient this year. We have taken great efforts and time to make the best possible plans, but we have learned that things change quickly.
  • For those of you who have indicated that your child needs transportation it is very important that the schedule is consistent due to the capacity limitations for buses. We will not be able to take changes to transportation/buses on a daily basis. If your child needs a change to their regular bus plans they will need to contact the transportation department at least a week in advance so that they can plan for the change to capacity and routes. If you plan to pick your child up instead of having them ride the bus a note needs to be sent in the morning or a phone call no later than 1pm.
  • Buses will be starting their morning routes 10 minutes later than last year so times will be different. Due to capacity issues on buses, a bus may arrive to pick up your child(ren) and may tell you they are full and will have to come back and get your child(ren).
  • Afternoon drop off times may be later than last year as well due to the same capacity issues and the potential need for two bus runs for some routes. During the first few weeks of school we really need your patience and understanding as we try to evaluate our bus routes, needs, and capacities.
  • It is very important that you are completing the pre-screening checklist with your child every day before they get on the bus or you drop them off at school. The screening tool can be found at this link: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_10.pdf
  • Students are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. Masks must be worn by all students on the bus and in school. Face shields may be an alternative for those students with documented medical or behavioral challenges who are unable to wear masks. The doctor's order needs to be given to the school in advance. Face shields worn in place of a face mask must extend below the chin and back to the ears.
  • Arrival procedures- Students should not be dropped off earlier than 7:35am, but should arrive by 7:50am.There will be two drop off locations this year. One is the front parking lot as has been used in previous years. The second one is using the Dean St entrance. Signs will be in place for the first couple of weeks to help parents know the flow of traffic needed.
    • Students with last names A-H and Le-Q will use the front drop off location.
    • Students with the last names I-La and R-Z will use the Dean St drop off location.
    • Parents should not get out of their vehicles. There will be staff there to direct the students where to enter the building.
  • Dismissal procedures- Parents are asked to stay in their vehicles until all the buses have left the parking lot. We are hoping this will happen around 2:15. Once that happens parents may form a line on the sidewalk, physically distancing from one another, in the front of the school. Students will be lined up under the portico by the front office. Someone will be checking you in (please bring proper identification) and will send your student down the walkway from the portico to the front sidewalk to meet you. It is very important that students are picked up on time.
  • Devices for students- We are waiting on an order of Chromebooks in order to be able to offer them to all students to take home. Right now we are only giving devices out to students who are doing the remote learning option.
  • Just a reminder that school will start next Tuesday, September 8th and will be with cohort 2.
  • We will be offering breakfast and lunch to take home at the end of each school day for the day that the students are not present in person. At this time we will give these meals to all students as we have a waiver to do so. This waiver will go through December or until the funds run out. At that time the meal prices will go back to what you would normally pay (free/reduced/full pay).
  • Please make sure your child has logged into their Google Classroom (if your child has not accepted the invitation they need to go to their email) and please help them fill out the dismissal information there if they have not already. Kindergarten students will be getting their email and Google Classroom information next week.
  • For more information about our return to school plans please check out the district (winslowk12.org) and WES (wes.winslowk12.org) websites. The websites are where we will be posting important information and updates. It is important to check the websites often.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.We have been working diligently to prepare for the return of our students. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all of our students. Please let Mr.Price or myself know if you have any questions.
Erica Gower Kyle PricePrincipal Assistant Principal


Families Who Chose Remote Learning Option - 9/1/20

September 1, 2020
Dear Families who have chosen the remote learning option,
We hope you are all doing well. We know that this year will be different than any other, but we are working hard to make sure that the remote learning we are planning will be more engaging and rigorous than the spring. By now your child should have been invited to their Google Classroom using their school email. Some new students and kindergarten students may not yet have access to their emails. Please make sure that if your child does already have a school email account that they have logged into their new Google Classroom.
Teachers are working on sharing the schedule and expected meeting times through their Google Classroom. Since we are currently in a hybrid model for all students, remote students will be following that schedule on their cohort day and will complete other assigned work on their non-meeting day. Attendance at each online meeting is required and attendance will be taken and tracked. If your child is sick or has an appointment and is unable to attend their virtual meeting day you need to call the school office and let them know just like you would if they were in person.
Just a reminder that during their Google Meetings students need to be sitting in a space that is free of distractions for themselves and others. Students need to be dressed in school appropriate clothing. Students need to keep their mic muted unless their teacher asks them to turn it on to give information or answer a question.
Each week there will be a day to pick up needed supplies and materials for the following week. The plan is to have materials picked up each Friday between 9am and 1pm outside of the main office. As some Fridays there is no school we will follow the schedule below for the first few months. This Friday we will have Chromebooks available to the remote students who need a device to bring home as well.
Friday, September 4th- 9am-1pm Friday, September 11th- 9am-1pm Thursday, September 17th- 9am-1pm Friday, September 25th- 9am-1pm Friday, October 2nd- 9am-1pm Wednesday, October 7th- 9am-1pm Friday, October 16th- 9am-1pm
If your child needs lunch you can call 859-2316 by 9am and pick up lunch at WES (to the left of the commons/gym entrance where the summer food program was) between 10:30-1:00. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher and certainly Mr.Price and myself are also available.
Erica Gower Principal

A Message from the Superintendent Regarding the Reopening of Schools - 8/26/20

August 26, 2020 - 3:30pm
Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff,
Over the course of the summer, I have sent several informational emails to all of you regarding the reopening of schools. Those messages along with any updated messages regarding the reopening of schools can be found by going to our District Website www.winslowk12.org and clicking on Health and Safety.One of my earlier messages explained that we have been guided by three principles in developing our reopening of schools plan. The first principle was protecting the health and safety of our school and local communities. That principal is why I am writing to you today. As you know, in order for us to safely reopen our schools we must adhere to the safety guidelines provided by MDOE and the CDC. Part of those guidelines requires that we have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our students and staff. That equipment can range from masks to certain types of sanitizing solutions and supplies. We have recently learned that some of our PPE is on back order due to the number of requests being made by all schools in the state (and country for that matter). The supplies (or an acceptable alternative) will not be available to us for another week. To that end and due to reasons beyond our control, we will delay the start of schools in Winslow until Tuesday, September 8. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause all of you. I know we are all anxiously waiting for a return to school but it is imperative that we do so with the utmost concern for the safety of our students and staff.We will use the following schedule.Tuesday September 8. School will begin for students with the last names beginning with Le-Z (Cohort 2)Wednesday, September 9. School will begin for students with the last names beginning with A-La. (Cohort 1)Thursday, September 10. Students with the last name of Le-Z (Cohort 2)Friday, September 11. Students with the last name of A-La (Cohort 1)------------------------------------------------------------------------------Monday, September 14. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Tuesday, September 15. A-La (Cohort 1)Wednesday, September 16. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Thursday, September 17. A-La (Cohort 1)Friday, September 18. Staff Inservice No school for students. Time for staff to evaluate progress to date and make recommendations for future programming.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------Monday, September 21. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Tuesday, September 22. A-La (Cohort 1)Wednesday, September 23. Le-Z (Cohort 2)Thursday, September 24. A-La (Cohort 1)Friday, September 25. Le-Z (Cohort 2).Please note, some of you have already made special arrangements if you have children living in the same household with a different last name. Those arrangements will not change.Please contact your building administrator with specific questions pertaining to the building your child attends.
Thank you,
Peter ThiboutotSuperintendent of Winslow Schools