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    January 21 — News

    January 21, 2021 Permanent Link to Post

    A message from the Principal    


    News from the Nurse 

    **UPDATED ROCKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT COVID19 PROCEDURE: If you have a child, parent, grandparent, cousin, friend - ANYONE THAT LIVES IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD, that is recommended to have a COVID19 test by their doctor or is feeling symptomatic and decides to go and get a COVID test, please keep any other children, that attend Rockwood District schools, out of school and at home until you receive the results of the COVID19 testing that was performed. If the test is negative, the siblings of the tested child may return and if the child that was tested has a negative result, they may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving. If the test is positive, please contact your school's nurse to discuss a return date for everyone within the household.

    **Close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 means the student should stay home and quarantine for 14 days starting from the last time in close contact. The CDC has come out with modified quarantine guidelines, but the STL County Health Department has NOT adopted this new modified guidance, thus Rockwood has followed and will continue to follow the direction of the STL County Health Department. We are still requiring a 14 day quarantine from a close contact COVID exposure.  

    **PLEASE wash your student's cloth mask daily!! This is so important to prevent the spread of disease and help to keep everyone at Geggie healthy!

    Parents should be performing a self-screening assessment on their child before sending the student to school each day.    

    You can do this by asking your child how they feel this morning; ask if they are having any of the specific symptoms listed below and check their temperatures with a thermometer. 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    A student should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider for an evaluation if they have one or more of these high-risk symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of sense of taste or smell

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    A student should stay home from school if they are experiencing one or more of these low-risk symptoms. If they have two or more of these symptoms, you should contact their doctor:

    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat

    We are following the St. Louis County Health Department Guidelines and ask students to stay at home with any of these symptoms. 

    Student Symptom Decision Tree

    Thank you!

    Alyssa Hesser, BSN, RN

    hesseralyssa@rsdmo.org


    Geggie Spirit Day Thurasday, January 21

    Please wear your Geggie t-shirt and show your Tiger Pride!   
    "We've got spirit; yes we do!  We've got spirit; how about you?"  



    Geggie Online Yearbook Ordering –  Ends February 28

    ORDER NOW at https://inter-state.com/yearbook Geggie's Yearbook ID Code is 53930H.  Yearbooks will go home on the last day of school.


    Free Meals for Kids!  

    Breakfast and lunch are free for students through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  Meals will be free at school for students attending in person or curbside for children still at home.  

    PDFPDFPDF Click Here for more info. 

    Learn more about the program.



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    Calendar of Events

      Geggie Spirit Day   January 21
      Virtual Learning Day — at home   January 29
      P-T Conference Week via ZOOM    February 1-5  


    January 14 — News

    January 14, 2021 Permanent Link to Post

                 Weekly Parent Heartbeat Survey 

    A message from the Principal    


    This is a reminder that for third quarter Rockwood School District will include the addition of five virtual learning days. 
     
    What are virtual learning days?
    Virtual learning days are when in-person learners stay home from school and connect with their teacher and online classmates via Zoom with learning activities.

    When will virtual learning days be scheduled in the third quarter?  

    • Friday, January 29 
    • Friday, February 5 
    • Friday, February 26 
    • Friday, March 5
    • Friday, March 12

    No School — Friday, January 15, Professional Development Day, Teacher work day.


    No School  Monday, January 18,  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


    Hope in a Box — January 15 - February 12

    This year, Hope in a Box is collecting personal care items and will donate the items to the Eureka Food Pantry.

    Please put them in the box labeled "Hope in a Box" located in the Geggie lobby.

    To spread awareness, tell a friend or relative about this organization. Thank you for donating!  Flyer


    Geggie Spirit Day Thursday, January 21

    Please wear your Geggie t-shirt and show your Tiger Pride!  

    "We've got spirit; yes we do!  We've got spirit; how about you?" 


    Geggie Online Yearbook –  ends February 28

    ORDER NOW at https://inter-state.com/yearbook Geggie's Yearbook ID Code is 53930H.  Yearbooks will go home on the last day of school.


    Free Meals for Kids!  

    Breakfast and lunch are free for students through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  Meals will be free at school for students attending in person or curbside for children still at home.  

    PDFClick Here for more info. 

    Learn more about the program.


    PTO News

    Show that Geggie Pride!  Geggie’s next Spirit Day is January 21.  Get your Spirit wear orders in soon -- we will do a special day for filling orders on Wednesday, January 20 since there is no school on Monday, January 18.  Students will bring their orders home in time for Spirit Day!  Order here:
    www.geggiepto.membershiptoolkit.com  


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    Calendar of Events

      No School — Professional Development Day    January 15   
      No School — Martin Luther King Day   January 18
      Geggie Spirit Day  January 21
      Virtual Learning Day — at home  January 29
      Virtual Learning Day — at home  February 5
      No School — Professional Development Day  February 12 
      Hope in a Box  ends  February 12
      No School — Presidents' Day  February 15

    ​​ 


    January 7, 2021 — News

    January 7, 2021 Permanent Link to Post

    A message from the Principal    


    Happy New Year!  As we welcome the start of 2021, we have much to be grateful for at Geggie.  Our school community is rich with caring and talented teachers, support staff, strong parental involvement, and a family-oriented feel that connects each of us to the values and traditions that make us such a unique school community.  May the New Year bring you and your family health, love, happiness, and joy!   


    Geggie Online Yearbook Ordering –  January 8 through February 28

    ORDER NOW at https://inter-state.com/yearbook Geggie's Yearbook ID Code is 53930H.  Yearbooks will go home on the last day of school.


    2021-2022 Kindergarten Online Enrollment — January 12 & January 13

    Please enroll online on January 12 & 13. Once you have completed the online enrollment, Geggie will email you a Welcome Packet.  You may email Deborah Holtmeyer at holtmeyerdeborah@rsdmo.org with questions. Hours: Tuesday, January 12, 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, January 13, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

     


    Spelling Bee  January 14, via Zoom

    Geggie Elementary will have our annual Spelling Bee contest via Zoom. We will be using Zoom for any participants who may be home under quarantine or have chosen to be virtual, and for our parents and students to be able to watch the bee.

    Our school winner will be competing at the next level at Lindenwood University in
    St. Charles, MO.


    Early Dismissal Day  Thursday, January 14, at 12:55 p.m.

    Students will attend school from 9:09 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.  Lunch will be provided.

    Please note that we often experience transportation delays with our buses on early release days.  If you have arranged for alternative transportation on the early release day, please send a note to your child’s teacher.  Students may ride only the bus they are assigned.

    Adventure Club is available to all students on early release days on a fee basis. Students must be registered two weeks before the early release day to avoid a late fee. If you have questions, please contact the Geggie Adventure Club at 636-733-3215.


    No School  Friday, January 15

    Professional Development Day, Teacher work day.


    No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  Monday, January 18

    Martin Luther King Day- Celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States.


    Attention 5th grade Parents/Guardians

    On Thursday, January 21, Eric Barnhart, one of the counselors from LaSalle Springs Middle School, will speak virtually with 5th graders about middle school classes for next year. He has been working on details and final plans with the Geggie counselors. More information on registration will follow. Mr. Barnhart looks forward to meeting all of his new students!

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    Calendar of Events

      Yearbook Sales Begin On-Line   January 8
      Kindergarten Online Enrollment      January 12 & 13
      Spelling Bee — via Zoom   January 14
      Early Dismissal Day — dismiss at 12:55   January 14
      No School — Professional Development Day     January 15
      No School — Martin Luther King Day    January 18
      Geggie Spirit Day    January 21
      Virtual Learning Day — at home   January 29


    December 17, 2020 — News

    December 17, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    A message from the Principal   

    In-Person Learners are Virtual on December 21 & 22


      

     


    2021-2022 Kindergarten Online Enrollment is January 12 & January 13

    Please enroll online on January 12 & 13. Once you have completed the online enrollment, Geggie will email you a Welcome Packet.  You may email Deborah Holtmeyer at holtmeyerdeborah@rsdmo.org with questions. Hours: Wednesday, January 12, 7 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 13, 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

     



    No School — December 22 through January 1 - Winter Break

    School Resumes on January 4, 2021



    Lost and Found  -  your items miss you!      

    Geggie's Lost & Found is overflowing with "lost but not found" items. Please stop by the school on Monday, December 21 or Tuesday, December 22 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m to see if any of the hoodies, sweaters, jackets, etc., belong to your child.  Some of these items have been lost for several months.  All items not claimed by December 22 will be donated to charity.  


    News from the Nurse 

    ***NEW UPDATED ROCKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT COVID19 PROCEDURE: If you have a child, parent, grandparent, cousin, friend - ANYONE THAT LIVES IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD, that is recommended to have a COVID19 test by their doctor or is feeling symptomatic and decides to go and get a COVID test, please keep any other children, that attend Rockwood District schools, out of school and at home until you receive the results of the COVID19 testing that was performed. If the test is negative, the siblings of the tested child may return and if the child that was tested has a negative result, they may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving. If the test is positive, please contact your school's nurse to discuss a return date for everyone within the household.

    Parents should be performing a self-screening assessment on their child before sending the student to school each day.    

    You can do this by asking your child how they feel this morning; ask if they are having any of the specific symptoms listed below and check their temperatures with a thermometer. 

    High-Risk Symptoms — A student should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider for an evaluation if they have one or more of these high-risk symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of sense of taste or smell

    Low-Risk Symptoms — A student should stay home from school if they are experiencing one or more of these low-risk symptoms.  If they have two or more of these symptoms, you should contact their doctor:

    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat
    • Close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 means the student should stay home and quarantine for 14 days starting from the last time in close contact.

    • To keep our school community safe & healthy, please monitor your child(ren) closely and be cautious.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the school nurse.  

    • PLEASE wash your student's cloth mask daily!!  This is so important to prevent the spread of disease and help to keep everyone at Geggie healthy!

    We are following the St. Louis County Health Department Guidelines and ask students to stay at home with any of these symptoms.   Student Symptom Decision Tree

    Thank You!

    Alyssa Hesser, BSN, RN                                                                                              Geggie Elementary School Nurse


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    Calendar of Events

      In-Person Learners are Virtual   December 21 &  22
      No School — Winter Break     December 23 - January 1  
      School Resumes   January 4
      Yearbook Sales Begin On-Line   January 8
      Kindergarten Online Enrollment      January 12 & 13
      Spelling Bee — via Zoom   January 14
      Early Dismissal Day — 12:55 p.m.   January 14
      No School — Professional Development Day     January 15
      No School — Martin Luther King Day    January 18
      Virtual Learning Day — at home   January 29​


    December 10, 2020 — News

    December 10, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

    A message from the Principal


    Congratulations to Alyssa Hesser, Julie Poulin, Gerald Forrest, and Kevin Heidebur who are Nominees for the 2021 Cornerstone Awards program!  Congratulations to each of these OUTSTANDING individuals who continuously make a positive contribution to our TIGER FAMILY!  We couldn't be more proud of these nominees for all that they do each day.  Pictures


    In-Person Learners Stay Home and Zoom on December 21 & 22

    On Monday, December 21, and Tuesday, December 22, our in-person learners will stay home from school and connect with their teachers and classmates via Zoom for their learning activities. 

    We believe these two days of virtual learning will help prevent the possible quarantining of students and staff leading to our winter break. Also, we typically see decreased student attendance the days prior to winter break due to the upcoming holidays.   ​​

    Please read the entire announcement from Dr. Miles:  A Message from the Superintendent​


    Strings Holiday Showcase — December 14-18

    Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Strings Holiday Showcase will be December 14-18 during your child's strings class, via ZOOM.   Enjoy your children's progress in Strings!  They've been working so hard, and are excited to show off to their families.  Expect an email from Mrs. Poe with a link for your child's particular Zoom, along with a specific day and time.  All Zooms will be recorded for anyone unable to attend at the class time.   Questions?  Contact Mrs. Poe at poeleah@rsdmo.org.


    Picture Retake Day — Wednesday, December 16

    If your child missed Picture Day, this will be your child’s last chance to have his/her picture taken in order to be in the yearbook.   Yearbooks go on sale in January 2021.

    If your child needs to have their picture retaken, please bring the original photo packet to school and give it to the photographer on December 16.  


    Geggie Spirit Day — December 17

    Please wear your Geggie t-shirt and show your Tiger Pride!   "We've got spirit; yes we do!  We've got spirit; how about you?" 


    Cultivating & Enriching Your Child's Development: Encouraging strengths to last a lifetime — In this webinar for parents of children of all ages, Steven May MA, LPC, NCC will review psychosocial developmental stages and offer ideas about virtues to be developed within these stages, giving practical and pragmatic examples to help your child negotiate their development and instill strengths that will last for a lifetime.
    Monday, January 11, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom.  Register HERE


    PTO News

    Amazon Smile — Geggie Elementary PTO is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is an automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop.  And, the best part is, at no cost to you. If you shop at Amazon, simply go to amazon.smile.com and select Geggie PTO as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases back to Geggie Elementary PTO. For more information about the program, go to https://org.amazon.com


    5th grade Smoky Mountain Trip  — will not be offered this year

    Due to the ongoing impact of the current pandemic, the Smoky Mountain Adventure trips for 5th-grade students will not be offered this year.  We understand and share in your disappointment this experience will not be offered.  Should you have any questions, please contact Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed at info@prcommunityed.org or 636-891-6644.  


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    Calendar of Events

     Strings Holiday Showcase — ZOOM  December 14-18
     Picture Re-Take Day  December 16
     Spirit Day  December 17
     No School — Winter Break  December 23 - January 1  

    Geggie Elementary School
    430 Bald Hill Road, Eureka, MO 63025
    Phone (636) 733-3200
    http://www.rsdmo.org/geggie

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    December 3, 2020 — News

    December 3, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

                 Weekly Parent Heartbeat Survey 

    A message from the Principal

    'Tis the season for GIVING! Service-learning and our commitment to the community are what sets Geggie Elementary apart from other schools!  Our students,  staff, and community members give generously because they CARE.  From our successful Eureka Food Pantry collection of over 1,400 items to our TOYDAY toy drive - Geggie Tigers are passionate about giving back to others. Thank you for your support and for instilling a love for charity in the hearts of your children!  We do make a difference!


    Strings Holiday Showcase — December 14-18

    Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Strings Holiday Showcase will be December 14-18 during your child's strings class, via ZOOM.   Enjoy your children's progress in Strings!  They've been working so hard, and are excited to show off to their families.  Expect an email from Mrs. Poe with a link for your child's particular Zoom, along with a specific day and time.  All Zooms will be recorded for anyone unable to attend at the class time.   Questions?  Contact Mrs. Poe at poeleah@rsdmo.org.


    PTO News

    Amazon Smile — Geggie Elementary PTO is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile is an automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop.  And, the best part is, at no cost to you. If you shop at Amazon, simply go to smile.amazon.com and select Geggie PTO as your charitable organization. Amazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases back to Geggie Elementary PTO. For more information about the program, go to https://org.amazon.com


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    Calendar of Events

    Strings Holiday Showcase — ZOOM   December 14-18 
    Picture Re-Take Day  December 16
    Spirit Day  December 17
    No School — Winter Break  December 23 - January 1  


    November 19, 2020 — News

    November 19, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

     Weekly Parent Heartbeat Survey               

    A message from the Principal

    There will be NO School on Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope that each of you can spend quality time, build memories, and take the time to enjoy the little things that make the holiday season so special. One way to create memories would be to participate in Geggie's TOYDAY experience on Thursday, December 3.         TOY Day 2020.pdf 


    Geggie Parent ZOOM Meeting  Monday, November 23 — 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    ZOOM Linkhttps://rsdmo-org.zoom.us/j/92327360548  

    The Geggie Parent Meeting will be hosted by a panel of Rockwood School District Social Workers and a Social-Emotional Behavior Specialist. Topics will include information about mental health, grief, and how to talk to your child. There will also be time to answer questions from attendees. 


    School Picture Day was yesterday, November 18, to order photos please go to www.inter-state.com and enter Geggie's order code, 55201QA.  Picture Day Flyer


    Picture Retake Day is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16


    Scholastic Virtual Book Fair — Ends November 22

    Shop Herehttps:/ /www.scholastic.com/bf / geggieelementaryschool 

    Raffle Baskets:  For every book, you buy at the book fair, you will earn a raffle ticket for one of our two baskets [K-2 basket and 3-5 basket]. To enter the raffle please nil out this form after you make your purchases.  https://forms.gle/RswTnrUVDyC6Badi7

    PDFPDFFlyer with QR codes


    News from the PTO
    Website:  www.geggiepto.membershiptoolkit.com

    Have you ordered your DIY Geggie Cookie Decorating Kit and Hot Chocolate Rounds yet?  Don’t miss out! Get your order in this weekend!! What better way to bring in December than with a fun afternoon or evening decorating cookies and drinking hot chocolate!  Sales are open and end Friday, November 20.  Pickup information — PTO Cookies Decorating Family Event.pdf 

    REMINDER: Spirit wear orders are sent home weekly with your student on Mondays!  If you’d like to order your Tiger some Geggie Spirit wear as a holiday gift, let us know and we can hold your order for pickup in the office.

    As always, thank you for your support of Geggie PTO!


    Community Ed Winter Registration  


    Rockwood Parents as Teachers — Enrollment.  Questions, call 636-891-6276



    Calendar of Events

    Spirit Day  November 19
    Scholastic Book Fair - ENDS-    November 22
    No School — Thanksgiving Holiday     November 25, 26, 27  
    TOYDAY  December 3​


    November 12, 2020 — News

    November 12, 2020 Permanent Link to Post

        Veterans Photo Gallary and Video

    A message from the Principal   ​

    School picture day is finally HERE!  We are looking forward to seeing those smiles on Wednesday, November 18.  We will be offering ONLY online ordering as Inter-State moves 100% paperless. Online ordering will be available BEFORE and AFTER picture day.

    Our intent is to photograph all students without a mask.  Inter-State photographers cannot require a student to remove their mask.  If a student prefers, they will be photographed with their mask on. 

    • Social Distancing - The distance between the camera and a student is over 6 feet. The paper tape will be used to mark 6 feet apart for the student lines.

    • Photographers are required to wear face coverings at all times.

    • Sanitation of Photo Equipment - Cameras, equipment, and stools will be sanitized between every class.

    • Inter-State is going 100% paperless this year, with all orders done safely online.

    • Whenever possible, we will keep the same teams of photographers together, minimizing their exposure to other photographers.

    To order go to www.inter-state.com and enter Geggie's order code, 55201QA.  Picture Day Flyer


    Geggie Spirit Day — November 19

    Please wear your Geggie t-shirt and show your Tiger Pride!   "We've got spirit; yes we do!  We've got spirit; how about you?"   


    Scholastic Virtual Book Fair — Ends November 22

    Join Geggie for a VIRTUAL book fair on November 9-22. All books will ship straight to your home in time for the holidays. No masks, long lines, or social distancing required. Shop together from your home and support Geggie's library.  ​

    Shop Herehttps:/ /www.scholastic.com/bf / geggieelementaryschool 

    Time Travel Spirit Day is on Friday, November 13; help celebrate the start of the book fair by dressing up in clothes from your favorite past [or future] decade! 

    Raffle Baskets 

    For every book you buy at the book fair, you will earn a raffle ticket for one of our two baskets [K-2 basket and 3-5 basket]. To enter the raffle please fill out this form after you make your purchases.  https://forms.gle/RswTnrUVDyC6Badi7

    PDFPDFFlyer with QR codes


    News from the Nurse 

    ***NEW UPDATED ROCKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT COVID19 PROCEDURE: If you have a child, parent, grandparent, cousin, friend - ANYONE THAT LIVES IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD, that is recommended to have a COVID19 test by their doctor or is feeling symptomatic and decides to go and get a COVID test, please keep any other children, that attend Rockwood District schools, out of school and at home until you receive the results of the COVID19 testing that was performed. If the test is negative, the siblings of the tested child may return and if the child that was tested has a negative result, they may return after 24 hours without fever and symptoms improving. If the test is positive, please contact your school's nurse to discuss a return date for everyone within the household.

    Parents should be performing a self-screening assessment on their child before sending the student to school each day.    

    You can do this by asking your child how they feel this morning; ask if they are having any of the specific symptoms listed below and check their temperatures with a thermometer. 

    High-Risk Symptoms

    A student should stay home from school and contact their healthcare provider for an evaluation if they have one or more of these high-risk symptoms:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Loss of sense of taste or smell

    Low-Risk Symptoms

    A student should stay home from school if they are experiencing one or more of these low-risk symptoms. If they have two or more of these symptoms, you should contact their doctor:

    • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
    • Fever (100 degrees or higher)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat
    • Close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 means the student should stay home and quarantine for 14 days starting from the last time in close contact.

    • To keep our school community safe & healthy, please monitor your child(ren) closely and be cautious.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the school nurse.  

    • PLEASE wash your student's cloth mask daily!! This is so important to prevent the spread of disease and help to keep everyone at Geggie healthy!

    We are following the St. Louis County Health Department Guidelines and ask students to stay at home with any of these symptoms. 

    Student Symptom Decision Tree

    Thank You!

    Alyssa Hesser, BSN, RN                                                                                              Geggie Elementary School Nurse


    Community Ed — Winter Registration Now Open!  

    Stay active, stay connected, and have fun this winter! We want to meet families where they are in terms of comfort level in participating in programs. That's why we're offering over 400 online and in-person programs for youth, families, and adults.


    The Rockwood Parents as Teachers program serves our very youngest learners!  The program offers personal virtual home visits, developmental and health screenings, virtual group connections, and a resource network for families expecting a baby until their child enters kindergarten.  This free, voluntary program continues to provide information, support, and encouragement to families during the pandemic.  For more information, visit their website.  To enroll, complete, and return this form.  If you have further questions, call 636-891-6276.


    News from the PTO:
    Website:  www.geggiepto.membershiptoolkit.com


    Our Buzz Book/School Directory is live now!! If you have already purchased your Tiger Club membership this year, you’re good to go! If you have not yet, visit our website to purchase now! This year as a thank you for donating to Tiger Club, you will receive discounted Spiritwear items!

    Geggie PTO is still hard at work putting together fun and safe Family Events. Thanks to the families who participated in our Passport to the Eureka event! Our next one coming up is “Cookies & Cocoa!” We have partnered with Nichole’s Cupcakery to put together some Geggie themed DIY Cookie Decorating kits and Hot Chocolate Rounds! Pickup will be Friday, December 4 from 4:30-7:00.   Sales are open and end Friday, November 20.  PTO Cookies Decorating Family Event.pdf 

    Get your Spiritwear orders in now to be filled on Monday, November 16 just in time for Geggie’s next Spirit Day on November 19!

    Share Event: Today, Thursday, November 12, head to Orange Couch Coffee House where a portion of all sales are donated back to support Geggie.

     


    Calendar of Events

    School Picture Day  November 18
    Spirit Day  November 19
    Scholastic Book Fair - ENDS-  November 22
    No School — Thanksgiving  November 25,26, 27


    November 5, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    Dear Geggie Families,

    Yesterday our Geggie staff and school community took the first steps towards healing.  We drew strength from your children’s eyes, hearts, and embraces.  Together we wiped the tears of each other, provided comfort when there were no words, and found hope in knowing tomorrow was a new day.

    With our deepest gratitude, we thank each of you and your families for the outpouring of love during this sad and difficult time.  Your emails, texts, donations, luncheon, cards, flowers, presence, leadership, and care embodies the TIGER spirit and family we know and cherish.

    In times such as these, we are reminded of the familiar quote – To love and to be loved, is the greatest joy on earth. -Sanchita.  Families understand to truly love, you give all.  You feel the happiness, the joys, and the sorrows of real life.  You risk pain in order to thrive in love. 

    The Geggie family is no different.  Our close ties are bonds of both good times and times of hardship and sadness.  Thank you for loving and embracing us as a special part of you. 

    We are forever FAMILY!

     


    Celebrating Veterans Day 

    We will be celebrating Veterans Day VIRTUALLY this year.  We dedicate Wednesday, November 11 to honor our Veterans and their families, and the many sacrifices they made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy.    A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to all of our heroes for serving our country and protecting our freedom.   Honoring or Veterans, Inspired by Our Heroes" FORM.  

    Rockwood November Heartbeat Parent Survey


    Calendar of Events

    Scholastic Book Fair  November 9-22
    Veterans Day  November 11
    School Picture Day  November 18
    Spirit Day  November 19
    No School — Thanksgiving  November 25,26, 27​


    October 29, 2020 — News

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    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    The Rockwood Heartbeat check-in is an ongoing process to solicit feedback to meet the needs of all members of our school community.  These checkpoints will be used to identify and respond to the needs of our students and families.

    As part of these activities, students will be asked to complete a short online questionnaire that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning (view questions).

    The information collected in the questionnaire will be shared with your child’s school teacher for informational purposes only. It will not be used as part of their grade or academic record, and will not be used in any other way by staff members or other teachers at the school.

    Thank you in advance for your support of your child’s efforts during these activities and throughout the year. For additional information, please contact your child’s school.

    November Heartbeat Parent Survey:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQcGSxgOLT-8ldENymKIqSPP101G7ZBAISQA1WvPbugIaGUw/viewform


    As we continue to monitor the safety protocols of our office procedures, please know our secretaries and our nurse will request to review parent IDs when dismissing their child from the main office or nurse's station   We appreciate your understanding and support as we make this shift, ensuring the safety of students.


    We encourage your child to bring a water bottle to take to their specials classes (Art, Music, PE, Library, etc.) throughout the day.

     


    There will be NO SCHOOL

    • Monday, November 2 (Professional Development Day)
    • Tuesday, November 3 (Conference Compensation Day).

    There is room for you in Adventure Club

    For the first time in over a decade, Adventure Club does not have a waitlist at Geggie. 

    Convenient & Safe

    • Pick the days and times YOU need!

    • Mornings: 6:30 a.m. to bell time

    • Afternoons: Bell time to 6 p.m.

    • Follows district and county guidelines

    • Supervised by trusted staff connected to your school

    Register online: www.prcommunityed.org

    Adventure Club - Fall 2020 Geggie.pdf 


    Home Runs for Hunger Food Drive — Ends October 30

    How Awesome!  Students, staff, and community members showed their generosity by donating over 1,400 items to Geggie's annual food drive. Donations will be given to the Eureka Food Pantry which provides assistance to many of our families.  Thank You!

    To celebrate reaching our school goal, Mr. Hannon will dress like a BASEBALL on Friday, October 30.


     

    Kids Vote at-home on — Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

    Rockwood Students will have the opportunity to take part in Kids Voting Missouri.  KVMO is part of Kids Voting USA, which is a youth voter education program.   By participating in Kids Voting, Rockwood students will learn about our government, democratic systems, voting, and citizenship.

    Kids Voting — November 3 Flyer.pdf  


    Calendar of Events

    Fall Food Drive — Ends  October 30
    Red Ribbon Spirit Week — Ends  October 30
    No School — Professional Development Day  November 2
    No School — Compensation Day  November 3
    Kids Vote at home  November 3 


    October 22, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    This month, our school-wide theme is skills for learning: listening, focusing attention, using self-talk to stay on-task, and being assertive when asking for help with a learning task. In our morning announcements and school assembly, we’ll be reminding students of these skills, which help students be successful learners.

    Second Step lessons teach skills for learning. You’ll be receiving Home Links describing why these skills are important and including fun activities to do with your child to practice them. We hope you enjoy them!

    Please tell your child’s teacher if you’d like more suggestions about supporting skills for learning at home.


    In order to keep our students safe and healthy, we are attempting to maintain outdoor P.E. and recess opportunities on a daily basis.  The weather is changing and getting colder.  Please send your child to school with appropriate outside attire including jackets, hats, and gloves to make them comfortable.  Your help reminding them at home to wear their jackets when going outside at school is greatly appreciated!  


    A big THANK YOU! to the landscaping team, Michelle Jennings, Mark Mueller, Tom Ferrari, and Mary Durchholz for their seeds of kindness — thankfulness grows and so does our new beautiful garden in front of the school.  We appreciate all of you!  


    Rockwood Parent Academy November Workshops is a virtual mental health awareness presentation for parents from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The program teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.

    Register for Tuesday, November 10, 12 pm 

    OR 

    Register for Thursday, November 12, 7 pm


    Health and Safety Together — "What to Do If..." sheets for different COVID-19 scenarios for students.   PDFRockwood COVID-19 Scenario - Students.pdf


    Home Runs for Hunger Food Drive — October 19 - 30

    Food Drive supports the Eureka Food Pantry 

    This year's food drive theme is BASEBALL.  Our school's goal is to collect more than 400 food items.  For every 100 items donated Geggie will earn a base:

    • 100 = first base 

    • 200 = second base

    • 300 = third base

    • 400 = HOME RUN  

    When we reach HOMEPLATE,  Mr. Hannon will dress like a BASEBALL for the day, on Friday, October 30!

    We are collecting the following by grade:                             

    • Kindergarten - Cereal

    • 1st - Peanut butter/jelly

    • 2nd - Soup (Preferably with a pop-top if canned)

    • 3rd - Canned meats/pasta (ex. Spaghetti O’s)

    • 4th - Hamburger Helper/Tuna Helper

    • 5th - Meat Pasta Sauce/Macaroni and Cheese  

           Geggie Tigers Give Because We Care! 

     It’s a home run … and the Eureka Food Pantry wins!


    Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days — October 26-30          Red Ribbon 2020.pdf 

    During the week of October 26-30, we will recognize the importance of making healthy choices and living a “Drug-Free” life!  We have a number of Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days scheduled.

    Monday – October 26   

    "Wear RED" Day — Wear as much RED as you can!  

    Tuesday – October 27

    "We are Drug-Free, What's YOUR Superpower?" — Dress like your favorite superhero!   

    Wednesday – October 28

    "From Head to Toe, I'M DRUG-FREE!" — Wear crazy hair, a crazy hat, crazy socks, or all three!

    Thursday – October 29

    "We Turn Our Backs on Drugs" — Wear your clothes BACKWARDS! 

    Friday – October 30

    "We'll Follow our Dreams, and Choose a DRUG-FREE life!" — Wear your PJs to school!    


     

    Kids Vote at-home on — Tuesday, November 3, 2020 

    Rockwood Students will have the opportunity to take part in Kids Voting Missouri.  KVMO is part of Kids Voting USA, which is a youth voter education program.   By participating in Kids Voting, Rockwood students will learn about our government, democratic systems, voting, and citizenship.

    Kids Voting — November 3 Flyer.pdf  


    Calendar of Events

    Geggie Zoom Parent-Teacher Conferences  October 19-23
    Fall Food Drive  October 19-30
    Red Ribbon Spirit Week  October 26-30
    No School — Professional Development Day  November 2
    No School — Compensation Day  November 3
    Kids Vote  November 3  


    October 15, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    Dear Geggie Parents,

    As we bask in the pride of having ALL our TIGERS back in our arms, we recognize the tremendous responsibility we again embrace in keeping each child safe and progressing forward – academically, socially, and emotionally.  We understand students are longing to reconnect with their teachers, classmates, and friends who they may not have seen in-person for several months.  We honor an “all-in approach” in creating the “just right conditions” for them to take root, grow, and become the best versions of themselves.  We expect to communicate our belief in them, our acceptance of them, and care for them. We hope you, too, feel our love for your child and we will work to be our very BEST for them each and every day!  

    Thank you for your partnership and support over the past several months.  We could not have done all that we have done without you!


    Parent-Teacher Conferences — October 19-23

    Your child’s teacher will be contacting you with dates and times to schedule ZOOM fall conferences during the week of October 19-23.  This year we will schedule times to meet with parents throughout the week to accommodate various schedules.  

    In addition to communicating academic progress, parents are encouraged to complete the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Survey for each of their children.   This updated CASEL assessment is important information as teachers strive to understand more about how your child learns, understands and manages emotions, sets and achieves positive goals, feels and shows empathy for others, establishes and maintains positive relationships, and the ability to make responsible decisions.

    If you have not heard from your child’s teacher, please email them directly to schedule your conference.

    Conferences with our Specialists will be held upon individual requests. 

    We look forward to our time together.


    Fall Food Drive for the Eureka Food Pantry October 19-30

    We are collecting the following by grade:

    • ​Kindergarten - Cereal
    • 1st - Peanut butter/jelly
    • 2nd - Soup (Preferably with a pop-top if canned)
    • 3rd - Canned meats/pasta (ex. Spaghetti O’s)
    • 4th - Hamburger Helper/Tuna Helper
    • 5th - Meat Pasta Sauce/Macaroni and Cheese  

    Calendar of Events

    Spirit Day       October 15
    Geggie Zoom Parent-Teacher Conferences       October 19-23
    Fall Food Drive       October 19-30

     

     

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    October 8, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    Dear Geggie Parents,

    As we prepare for our 3-5 Return to School, Geggie will welcome 275 TIGERS in-person and 22 TIGERS virtually.  We are ecstatic to be together again and look forward to the remaining year ahead!

    As we make this exciting and much anticipated transition, we wanted to provide you with as much specific Geggie insight as we made the changes necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff.  Please visit the following website to see those changes.  Geggie Pandemic Response  We also encourage you to visit the District website to learn more. Rockwood Safe Together  


     

    Grades 3,4,5 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL DROP-OFF — October 12

    To prevent children from having to carry so much in their backpacks upon their return, we have scheduled an OPTIONAL instructional material drop-off date on Monday, October 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  These are the instructional materials that your child WILL NEED for in-person instruction throughout the year.  All Rockwood provided materials/technology that has been checked out to your individual child will need to be returned to the school at this time.  In an effort to prevent high volumes of visitors gathering at the same time, please follow the designated times noted below.

    Monday, October 12          

                  A-F       5:00-5:30                                        M-R       5:30-6:00

                  G-L      5:30-6:00                                         S-Z        6:30-7:00 

    If your scheduled date/time does not work for you, please feel free to come at a time that works for you  prior to our 3,4,5 return.  The building is OPEN from 8a.m.— 4:30 p.m. daily. 


    Grades 3-5 No Zoom Days — Group “check-ins” — October 12 & 13

    Monday, October 12 and Tuesday, October 13 will be NO ZOOM DAYS.  All learning will be done asynchronously so that 3-5 classroom teachers and specialists can plan and ready themselves for the in-person transition.  Group “check-ins” with students will be done at both the 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. times to answer questions and/or offer support if needed.  


     

    Parent/Teacher Conferences — October 19-23

    Geggie Conference Week has been scheduled for the week of October 19-23.  Classroom teachers will be inviting parents to sign-up for a ZOOM Conference date/time during the scheduled conference week.  Conferences with Specialist teachers will be available upon request.

    In addition to communicating academic progress, parents will be invited to complete the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Survey for each of their children.   This updated assessment is important information as teachers strive to understand more about how your child learns, understands and manages emotions, sets and achieves positive goals, feels and shows empathy for others, establishes and maintains positive relationships, and makes responsible decisions. 


     

    Spirit Day — October 15

    Please wear your Geggie t-shirt and show your Tiger Pride!  

    "We've got spirit; yes, we do!  We've got spirit; how about you?"   


     

    Calendar of Events

    Grades 3,4,5 Instructional Material Drop-Off
        October 12
    Grades 3,4,5 NO Zoom Days    October 12-13
    Grades 3,4,5 Welcome Back
        October 14
    Spirit Day
        October 15
    Geggie Zoom Conference Week 
        October 19-23
    Fall Food Drive
        October 19-30​


    October 1, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    No School — Monday, October 5, Professional Development for Teachers

    Dear Geggie Parents,

    It was a great first day!  We were so impressed with your little ones wearing their masks so responsibly, following the social distance markings, and positively responding to our color code systems, ensuring cohorts remain together.  Know that we appreciate all you have done to prepare your children for the return to school.  Having them back in the building and connecting with them in person brought so much joy to all of our GEGGIE staff!

    We also thank our virtual learners for making the adjustments from all-day teacher zooms back to a more asynchronous learning approach.  Your child’s teacher is working to ensure your child remains connected with their class through the morning zooms, scheduling small group instruction times, and reworking special schedules to reconnect in person.  Your ongoing support in assisting your child daily through the Canvas lessons is commended!

    As we reflected on day one procedures, an adjustment will be made to support the number of parent pickup vehicles arriving at the end of the day.  With over 160 vehicles pulling through the back lot, we will tweak our parent pickup process.  Please see below the new parent pick up procedures that will begin TODAY!  Again, we thank you for your patience as we make these adjustments. 

     

    Parent Pickup-.pdf 


    No School — Monday, October 5, Professional Development for Teachers


    Daily Health Screenings AT HOME

    Each morning parents/caregivers will need to do a health screening with their children before sending them off to school.  Students should stay home from school if they have one or more of these high-risk symptoms:

    • A new persistent cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • A new loss of sense of taste or smell           

    Students should stay home from school if they are experiencing one or more of the low-risk symptoms (listed below) that are not usual for them (e.g. seasonal allergies can cause congestion or a sore throat).  If they have two or more of these symptoms, parents should contact their doctor:

    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fever (100 degrees or greater)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat

    Scarecrow Festival During October    

    Geggie Elementary is participating in the City of Eureka's Scarecrow Festival.   Stroll the streets of Eureka and check out the colorful, whimsical characters posing regally in front of participating businesses, churches, schools, and subdivisions.  The 140+ scarecrows will stick around, for your enjoyment, throughout the entire month of October.  VOTE... and read more on the City of Eureka's website at https://www.eurekascarecrowfestival.com/


     


    September 24, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    Dear Geggie Parents,

    As we prepare for our K-2 Return to School, Geggie will welcome 261 TIGERS in person and 28 TIGERS virtually.  We are ecstatic to be together again and look forward to the remaining year ahead! 

    As we make this exciting and much anticipated transition, we want to provide you with as much specific Geggie insight as we can to keep you informed of the necessary changes that have been made to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff.  We also encourage you to visit the District website to learn more. Rockwood Safe Together  


    K-2 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL DROP-OFF

    To prevent children from having to carry so much in their backpacks upon their return, we have scheduled an OPTIONAL instructional material drop-off date on Monday, September 28 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  These are the instructional materials that your child WILL NEED for in-person instruction throughout the year.  All Rockwood provided materials/technology that has been checked out to your individual child will need to be returned to the school at this time.  In an effort to prevent high volumes of visitors gathering at the same time, please follow the designated times noted below.

    Monday, September 28                     

    A-C      3:00-3:30                                                          M-O    5:00-5:30

    D-F      3:30-4:00                                                          P-R     5:30-6:00

    G-I       4:00-4:30                                                          S-U     6:00-6:30

    J-L       4:30-5:00                                                          V-Y     6:30-7:00 

    If your scheduled date/time does not work for you, please feel free to come at a time that works for you  prior to our K-2 return.  The building is OPEN from 8a.m.— 4:30 p.m. daily. 

     

    K-2 NO ZOOM DAYS  — September 28 & 29

    Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29 will be NO ZOOM DAYS.  All learning will be done asynchronously so that K-2 classroom teachers and specialists can plan and ready themselves for the in-person transition.  Group “check-ins” with students will be done at both the 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. times to answer questions and/or offer support if needed.  Specialist classes will be accessible in Canvas on these two no zoom days. 


    NURSE RESPONSE/TRAINING 

    I am so excited to welcome children back into the building here at Geggie! Returning in person to school will require all of us to work together more than ever before. Rockwood nurses across the district have been busy making changes to our policies and practices that will help to limit the chances of spreading COVID-19 in our community. Teachers and staff will teach and encourage preventative behaviors at school, like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing. Likewise, it will be important for families to emphasize and model health behaviors at home, and to talk to your children about changes to anticipate as they return to Geggie. 

    1.     Daily Health Screenings AT HOME

    Each morning parents/caregivers will need to do a health screening with their children before sending them off to school. Please screen your child for: 

                        High-Risk Symptoms:

    Students should stay home from school if they have one or more of these high-risk symptoms:

    • A new persistent cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • A new loss of sense of taste or smell

                Low-Risk Symptoms: 

    Students should stay home from school if they are experiencing one or more of the low-risk symptoms (listed below) that are not usual for them (e.g. seasonal allergies can cause congestion or a sore throat).  If they have two or more of these symptoms, parents should contact their doctor:

    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
    • Fever (100 degrees or greater)
    • Headache
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Runny nose or congestion
    • Sore throat

    ***Additionally, close contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 means a person should stay home for 14 days since their last contact.

     2. Wearing a Mask at School

    Masks are to be worn when inside the building, except while eating, drinking, and when active during indoor PE class.  Students are asked to bring a mask with them daily to school from home.  Please consider having multiple cloth face coverings so they can be washed daily, and have back-ups ready.  Choose cloth face coverings that:

    • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Completely cover the nose and mouth
    • Are secured with ties or ear loops
    • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • Allow for breathing without restriction
    • Can be washed and machine dried without damage or change of shape
    • Label your child’s cloth face coverings clearly in permanent marker so that they are not confused with those of other children
    • Before school starts, practice with your child putting on and taking off masks without touching the fabric

    3. Care in the Nurse's Room

    • Care in the nurse's room will look a little different this year, as we are making every effort to try and decrease the spread of COVID-19. Students will be encouraged to stay with their class and with their cohorts as long as they are safely able to do so. I encourage parents to provide their children with a healthy breakfast every morning, a snack and a water bottle to take to school daily. 
    • Under the guidance of Washington University physicians, the Rockwood Health and Wellness team have developed a COVID Student Procedure Flowchart to help guide the care of students with any potential COVID 19 signs/symptoms at school. Please review this flowchart here: COVID 19 Student Procedure Flowchart Another version, published by Washington University is here COVID 19 Student Procedure Flowchart - WashU version

    Thank you, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have.

    Alyssa Hesser, BSN, RN

    hesseralyssa@rsdmo.org  


    START–END TIMES

    Grades K-2 students will resort back to our published school times starting at 9:09 a.m. and ending at 3:59 p.m. 

    Grades 3-5 students will remain on their current Virtual Schedule 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

     

    K-2 VIRTUAL LEARNERS

    K-2 Virtual learners will join their teacher’s class meeting via zoom at the 9:10 a.m. start time using their existing zoom link.  The use of Canvas will continue to be the main platform for accessing instruction and assignments.  Individual teachers will be communicating with their virtual students/parents on specific schedule changes and designated times for small-group instruction and assessment.   Virtual learners should keep all technology and instructional supplies with them for at-home learning. 

     

    COMMUNICATION & MESSAGING

    Kid friendly messaging signs are posted throughout the building promoting everyday protective measures and describing how to stop the spread of germs. Signage locations include: entrances, cafeteria, restrooms, classrooms, office, and common areas.   Short instructional videos will be shared with students to promote appropriate mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and hand sanitizing upon return.

     

    MASK WEARING

    All students and staff are expected to wear masks throughout the day.  Mask breaks will be scheduled by the classroom teacher and individual mask breaks may be requested by a student when needed.  Interventions for mask instruction, frequent reminders, and individual mask supports will be initiated, however, students who are unable to reliably wear a mask throughout the day will be addressed in collaboration with parents.

    It may be helpful to begin talking with your children about the expectations for mask wearing, social distancing and hand sanitizing.  Students will be issued a “breakaway colored lanyard” to clip to their mask to ensure they have their masks with them at all times.  The colors will also assist students as they are color coded by grade level and class in the cafeteria and on the playground to minimize crossover and the mixing of students.  We ask that students bring the colored lanyard to and from school daily clipped to their mask.

     

    NON-ESSENTIAL VISITORS LIMITED

    Visitors are limited in the building during this time.  If a parent needs to access the building, we ask that they follow the district guidelines by wearing a mask, buzz into the office, identify their purpose of visit, and report to the main office.  Our secretaries will be available to assist.  In addition, no parent volunteers will be utilized during this time.  No parents will be able to join their child  for lunch. 

     

    DISINFECTING & PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

    Custodial staff are routinely scheduled to ensure routine cleaning and sanitizing of high touch areas.

    Nightly Disinfecting — Custodial crews will be spraying/misting all daily occupied spaces within our buildings on a nightly basis with a disinfectant.  Each classroom/special and common area has access to PPE equipment including: additional student masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes, and paper towels.

     

    RESTROOMS

    Classroom teachers will work to schedule “class restroom breaks.”  A limited number of students will be allowed into the restroom (depending on the number of stalls).  Students will be allowed individual restroom breaks as necessary.  Messaging on restroom doors will remind students to determine if at capacity.  Students will wait outside the restroom until availability.

     

    DRINKING FOUNTAINS

    Students who approach a drinking fountain will follow social distance floor marking while remaining masked while waiting.  WATER BOTTLES ARE ENCOURAGED!  Water filling stations are located in the second grade hallway and at the new restrooms by the cafeteria.  

     

    HALLWAYS

    Students moving through the hallways will remain masked, walk single-file formation and follow the directional “paw” social distancing markings. 

     

    BREAKFAST

    Students eating breakfast will enter at the main lobby entrance from the bus, or from the gym doors, and move directly to the cafeteria.  Cafeteria tables have been spaced to meet the social distancing guidelines to the extent possible. Students will wear their masks as they move through the hallway and remain masked as they enter the cafeteria.  Students will follow the directional social distancing floor indications as they move to the serving line.  Masks will be worn until they are seated and ready to begin eating.  Tables will be color coded by grade level with assigned seating reflecting classroom cohorts.  

    After eating, students will re-mask, discard trays, and exit the cafeteria, following the directional social distancing floor markings to the classroom.  Custodians, Cafeteria Staff, and/or CAs will wipe down/disinfect tables immediately following.  All staff will wear masks and gloves when assisting/monitoring in the cafeteria.

     

    LUNCH

    To limit time while unmasked in the cafeteria, students will eat first and then go to recess.  Cafeteria tables have been spaced to meet the social distancing guidelines to the extent possible.  Escorted by the classroom teacher, students will wear their mask as they move through the hallway and remain masked as they enter the cafeteria.  Students will follow the directional social distancing floor indications as they move to the serving line.  Masks will be worn until they are seated and ready to begin eating.  Tables will be color coded by grade level with assigned seating reflecting classroom cohorts.  Students will eat lunch at the same table/same student groups as they eat at breakfast. 

    Teachers will release “lunch bringers” to their identified tables (toss-away lunch sacks are encouraged).  Four students will be ALLOWED in the serving line at a given time.  One goes out…the others move up (following the social distance markings).  Again, masks remain on until students sit down at their table.

    Students will raise their hand to indicate they need help or need anything (straw, napkin, restroom).  Classroom Assistants/Administration will be on staff to supervise and support.  Once a student is finished eating they may mask up, excuse themselves from the table by taking all of their trash and discarding waste, and go directly out to recess.  Masks must be worn until outside and at play.  Classroom Assistants/Custodians will wipe all tables before the next lunch can begin.  Additional time has been added to the schedule to accommodate disinfect/wipe downs. 

     

    OUTDOOR RECESS

    Students will go to recess immediately following lunch.  They will remain masked until they are outside and begin to engage in play.  FIVE recess play locations have been identified to minimize group crossover (kindergarten blacktop, wood chip area, soccer area, back parking lot, tetherball court/patio area -- play equipment will be designated for each area and disinfected between recesses).  Students will follow their identified play location by a color cone matching their class mask lanyard.  Classroom teachers will meet the student at the colored cone to transition students back into the building. Students will mask up and remain 6 feet apart following social distancing expectations while in line.

    All playgrounds will be sprayed with a disinfectant first thing in the morning on a daily basis.  This application will occur before the structures are utilized by students each day.

     

    INDOOR RECESS

    Classroom students will elect an indoor recess play activity and remain in their classroom during the indoor recess time.  All shared game activities will be disinfected after the duration of recess.

     

    CLASSROOMS

    Teachers have arranged seating following the social distance guidelines to the extent possible.  Removal of unnecessary furniture supports open space for social distancing.  Flex seating will be limited and assigned seating will further support small groupings or pods of students.

     

    SPECIAL CLASSES

    Students will transition to their special classrooms and sanitize hands as they enter and leave a classroom.  Adequate supplies will minimize the sharing of objects or limit use to one group of students at a time, and clean and disinfect.  Classroom student pods will be followed in the special classes when possible to minimize student crossover.  Outdoor spaces will be utilized to the extent possible. 

     

    BUS RIDERS

    Students will board the bus with a mask and disinfect hand using a pump dispenser.  Bus drivers will ASSIGN seats on the bus.  To limit student crossovers, students will be assigned to sit with family members.  ALL STUDENTS will be required to wear a mask while riding the bus. Students will disinfect hands using the pump dispenser when exiting the bus.  Busses will be loading from back to front to limit crossover to the extent possible.

    Students ARRIVING to school will be asked to enter the building from the exterior door closest to their classroom. Door #3-Kindergarten Hallway, Door #2-2nd & 3rd Hallway, and Door#1-1st, 4th, 5th Main Lobby Entrance.

    Students wishing to eat breakfast will enter at Door #1 the Main Lobby entrance doors following the directional social distance floor paws to the cafeteria.

     

    ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL

    With limitation on visitors, parents will not be allowed to escort their child to their classroom.  Know that from the bus and parent drop-off Geggie staff will ensure your child gets to their classroom.  Siblings or a neighborhood friend will be allowed to escort a younger child to their classroom if additional comfort/support is needed. 

     

    PARENT DROP-OFF

    Parents dropping off their child will drive to the back of the building where our Geggie staff will be positioned to open car doors and assist children out of the vehicles.  Students K-2 will enter through the gymnasium and go directly to breakfast or to their classroom.  Parents will be issued CAR TAGS to support vehicle/student identification. 

     

    PARENT PICK-UP

    Students will be dismissed from their classrooms to the gym for parent pick-up.  Students will remain masked within the hallways, following the directional one-way social distance paws on the floor.  Once in the gym, students will sit on identified SIT SPOTS, spaced 6 feet apart.  Families will sit together.  Students will be called to line up by following the social distancing floor markings, remaining masked until they are in the vehicle. 



    September 17, 2020 — News

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    A message from the Principal

    It is with much anticipation that we welcome your children, K-2, back in person on Wednesday, September 30.  As we plan for their return, stakeholders across the district are working through the details through a series of 4 Rapid Response teams (Schedules and Staffing, Enforceable Health and Safety Measures, Student, Community & Staff Education, and Well-being and District and School Readiness) with the goal of ensuring all stakeholder voices are involved and part of the planning process. 

    On Friday, September 18, Rockwood will send an email to parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2.  In this message, families will be asked to indicate if their child will attend in person or continue learning online.  Parents' response to the survey will directly impact how grade levels will work collaboratively to support both the in-person and virtual students to meet the learning needs of all students.  Although some changes must be made to accommodate dual programming, we are committed to limiting placement changes where possible, and maintaining a balance in synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences for our virtual learners.

    We look forward to the work ahead as we welcome our students safely back into our school.

    Be safe, be healthy,

    Dr. Kleekamp


    Newsworthy Information

    Grades K-5 Instructional Materials Pick-up TODAY, September 17 — Student items for pick up will be available in your child's classroom.  Masks must be worn.  THANK YOU! 

    Please visit the Geggie Website for scheduled times and information


    Constitution Day is today, September 17 — Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization and have become citizens.


    3rd Grade Aaron Reynolds Author, Zoom September 21 — On Monday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m., author Aaron Reynolds will be Zooming with Geggie, Chesterfield, and Pond Elementary 3rd graders.  You can find out more  about ordering and Zooming on the Geggie Website.


    School Wide Read Aloud  We would like to share this inspiring story "Ron's Big Mission" with students and families. 

    We hope you enjoy reading this story with Mrs. Presley "Ron's Big Mission"


    PTO News

    Hello Geggie Tiger Families!

    Again this year, we are continuing to use our Geggie PTO Membership Toolkit Website and App for communication, purchases, volunteer signs ups, and more. Please head to www.GeggiePTO.membershiptoolkit.com to log in and update your directory information and preferences.  If you are new to Geggie, first of all, Welcome!  Second, you will need to create an account to set up your directory information and preferences; after your account is created, you will be all set!

    Even with the different start to our school year, Geggie PTO is still hard at work supporting our Geggie Tiger students, teachers, and staff while they navigate all the changes happening. Our annual Direct Donation Fundraiser, TIGER CLUB, is open!  Tiger Club will be our MAIN fundraiser this school year.  Your donation helps fund countless programs yearly, building and playground improvements, teacher and staff support, etc.  We will be able to keep 100% of your donation in our Geggie Community.  As a Thank You, when you join Tiger Club, you get access to the School Directory (Buzz Book), will receive Spiritwear items based on your level and have the opportunity to purchase more at discounted rates, all of this while supporting our Geggie Students and Staff!

    To participate in our Tiger Club Fundraiser, head to: https://geggiepto.membershiptoolkit.com/form/m/126393

    If you have any questions, send us a message or email us at: GeggiePTO@gmail.com

    Geggie PTO Tiger Club.pdf 

    Tiger Club Spirit Wear.pdf 

    Tiger Club—Our Purpose.pdf 


    Calendar of Events:     

    Instructional Material Pick-up   September 17   
    Constitution Day   September 17 
    3rd Grade Aaron Reynolds Author, Zoom   September  21  
    Grade K-2 — Welcome Back to the Classrooms    September 30  ​


    September 10, 2020 — News

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    News from the Principal

    Geggie's SECOND parent pick-up day for INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS is Thursday, September 17, 3-7 p.m.  Student items for pick up will be available in your child's classroom.  Masks must be worn.  THANK YOU!

    Instructional Materials for pick up for ALL Grade Levels.  Instructional materials may include but not limited to: 

    Art Paper — K-5

    NEW Math manipulatives — K-5

    Words Their Way — K-5

    Text for Close Reading Workbooks — Grades Kdg, 3, 4, and 5  

    Again, in effort to spread out the number of visitors to the building, we ask that you follow the schedule below by last name.  Please feel free to adjust your time if needed.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

    A-C        3:00-3:30                                         M-O      5:00-5:30

    D-F        3:30-4:00                                         P-R        5:30-6:00

    G-I         4:00-4:30                                         S-U        6:00-6:30

    J-L          4:30-5:00                                        V-Z        6:30-7:00


    Newsworthy Information

    Geggie students & staff  are encouraged to wear Red, White, and Blue in honor of:

    Patriots Day was celebrated on September 11 — Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.  Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

     

    Constitution Day is on September 17 — Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.


    4th and 5th Grade Virtual Running Club,  begins September 15  —  Parents and Students:  We would like to offer our 4th and 5th graders the opportunity to be a member of our Geggie Running Club/Cross Country Team.  Because of the current situation of virtual learning, we thought it would be a great idea to have a couple of virtual running workouts each week to start out our day.  The workouts would take place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the comfort of your own neighborhood.  The program will be designed to teach our students great pacing technique and at the same time prepare them to complete a mile run.  As a district, we are currently working on a safe way of being able to have our students compete in a cross country meet which would be the culminating event of our running club.   More information on that will come later.

    The Running Club would begin at 8 a.m. each morning with a Running Club Zoom link.   The morning workouts will consist of repeating 200 meter runs, 400 meter runs, or 800 meter runs with the total work load covering one mile.  Read more

    Mr. Grimshaw, Mrs. Fonke, and Mr. Bianca


    Girl Scouts Virtual Recruitment, September 16 — Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri virtual recruitment event will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 6-7 p.m.   

    Sign-up link:  https://bit.ly/geggiegs

    Hannah Stillman, Community Engagement Manager - District 12, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Hstillman@girlscoutsem.org

    Geggie- Girl Scout Recruitment Flyer.pdf                       www.girlscoutsem.org


    3rd Grade Aaron Reynolds Author, Zooming, September 21 — On Monday, September 21 at 2:30 p.m., author Aaron Reynolds will be Zooming with Geggie, Chesterfield, and Pond Elementary 3rd graders.  Mr. Reynolds will be discussing his newest chapter book "Fart Quest" and his writing process with our 3rd graders.  The Novel Neighbor Bookstore (in Webster Groves) is sponsoring his visit.  We will be offering 3 of his books for sale through their website.  Books will be delivered to Geggie and I will arrange pick-up times for you.  The books will be signed by Mr. Reynolds.  During class next week I will be reading some of Aaron Reynolds' books with our students to get them ready for the visit.  On the day of the Zoom call students will be able to join with the link (that will be posted) in Canvas.  I am including the link to order books online, but I can also help you with paper forms if you'd prefer to drop off cash or check.  Please let me know if you have any questions. We are very excited to have such an AMAZING famous author chatting with our students.

    Link to order books online: https://thenovelneighbor.com/aaronreynolds/

    Link to order books by cash or check: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScLSY7Yi_z0zSg5xFbkR9fdJy_m3OmRk6qj2zk8iwKvqEYiig/viewform

    Mrs. Presley, presleykristina@rsdmo.org


    PTO News

    Help Geggie PTO earn money while you shop! Shop Amazon Smile!  Geggie Elementary PTO is now listed as a charitable organization on Amazon Smile.  Amazon Smile is an automatic way for you to support our school every time you shop.  And, the best part is, at no cost to you.  If you shop at Amazon, simply go to  smile.amazon.com and select Geggie PTO as your charitable organization.  Amazon will donate .05% of eligible purchases back to Geggie Elementary PTO.  For more information about the program, go to https://org.amazon.com


    Calendar of Events:

    Patriots Day    September 11
    4th and 5th Grade Virtual Running Club   September 15 
    Girl Scouts Virtual Recruitment   September 16 
    Instructional Material Pick-up   September 17
    Constitution Day   September 17
    3rd Grade Aaron Reynolds Author, Zoom   September  21 


    September 3, 2020 — News

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    News from the Principal

    As a young child, I spent countless hours “playing school.”  After a full day of learning, I would come home just to re-enact everything my teacher had done throughout the day.  Without knowing it at the time, I am certain these re-enactments were all an important part of  “a teacher in the making”. 

    I’m sure parents may be experiencing this same sense of “a teacher in the making.”   You have transformed your homes by setting up learning spaces for your children, established daily schedules and routines, and have supported the social and emotional effects virtual learning presents.

    Below you will find a quick guide, “Looking to Make Home More Like School?” as a tool for reflecting and supporting your child through the virtual learning process.  It is my hope you will take time to celebrate the amazing job you are doing!

    Looking to Make Home More Like School?

    As a District, we use “Universal Design For Learning” principles.  Universal design for learning is a concept in which classrooms are designed to be easily accessible for all students to the greatest extent possible.  Here are some practices that may be helpful to apply at home, especially if your child is showing signs of frustration, anxiety, or anger. 

    ▢ Rules/Expectations:

    *Talk with your child about expectations during virtual learning. Ask, “What kinds of rules do we need at home (or other setting) to make sure you can do your best learning?” Include/reframe your child’s ideas.

    *Limit the rules to five or less.

    *Post the expectations and refer to them often.

    *Some ideas for rules/expectations: Do your personal best. If you are having a hard time, kindly ask an adult for a break. Listen to and follow directions from your teachers and the adult at home 

    ▢ Schedule:

    *Post a daily schedule for your child. Your child’s teacher can help with this.

    *Build in break opportunities during long periods of direct instruction (hourly for 3rd-5th grade students, 30 minutes or less for Kindergarten-2nd grade students). For example, between the 8:30-9 Zoom and an independent activity, schedule a bathroom/drink break or time to run around the back yard.

    *Add breaks on the schedule for your child to anticipate and even consider color-coding “down times” and “learning times.”

     ▢ Physical Environment:

    *Talk with your child about opportunities to get comfortable within the learning space: sitting, standing, kneeling, a variety of seating choices, etc.

    *Allow for quick access to materials

    *Encourage students to practice organization throughout and at the end of the school day

    *Brainstorm preferred methods for movement: wall push-ups, chair sit-ups, arm and leg stretches, “air writing” the ABC’s with his/her feet, etc. Here are some examples of motor breaks that could get your child’s blood flowing and ready his or her brain for learning: Lemon Lime Adventures

    *If your child is struggling with a certain procedure or expectation, increase the use of visuals as reminders. Here are a couple of examples: Examples of Visuals

     ▢ Adult/Child Interactions:

    *4:1 ratio of positive to corrective adult to student interaction

                -Provide authentic praise, reinforce appropriate behavior regularly, and                  celebrate small victories

                -Ignore minor behaviors, especially during non-preferred activities

    *If you are seeing many minor behaviors, focus on shaping one behavior at a time, focusing on when and describing how the child is doing what is being asked

    *Provide child input and choice when possible (which order to complete activities, location in the house to complete activities, type of writing utensil to use, etc.)

    And finally...

    If you worry about being a good parent, celebrate by knowing YOU already are one!

    Hang in there. We’re all in this together!


     

     No School Monday, September 7 — Labor Day, in honor of the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the development, growth, endurance, strength, security, prosperity, productivity, laws, sustainability, persistence, structure, and well-being of the country.

     

     

    No School Tuesday, September 8 — Teacher Professional Development Curriculum Day.

     

     

     

    Student Attendance — Teachers will be taking attendance each day, so if your child is sick and will not be able to attend on a given day, we are asking that you continue to call our attendance line to let us know.  That number is 636-733-3205.  If issues come up that will require them to miss part of the day, we ask that you contact the teacher to let them know rather than calling the attendance line.  Please know that we are keeping attendance only for our records.  You will not receive attendance calls or letters during our Online Learning.

     

    Grab and Go Meals — Let Rockwood Child Nutrition Services help take some stress out of your day by offering nutritious breakfast and lunch meals as Grab-N-Go Meals Information/Menu. Packages will be available for curbside pickup every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8-10 a.m. 

     

    Weekly Grab N Go sign-up — The deadline will be each Thursday by 10:00am to order for the following week. (Form will be closed after 10am each Thursday and will reopen on Mondays for the following week.)

    • Curbside pickup will be available every week on Mondays and Wednesdays per the below schedule. Holidays may change the dates.
    • Locations: Crestview, LaSalle, Selvidge, or Rockwood South

    Each Grab-N-Go meal will be linked to students' meal accounts as if they are purchasing a meal in school. Families who need to check their accounts balances can go to MySchoolBucks.

    Students who qualify for free meals will receive the Grab-N-Go meals at no charge. Students who qualify for reduced meal benefits will be charged $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch each day, and breakfast is available for all other students at $1.90 and lunch for $2.90 each day. 



    August 27, 2020 — News

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    A Message from the Principal

    Dear Geggie Parents,

     As we wrap up the first week of virtual learning, I can’t help but think of the quote “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    I am grateful for each of you as we embark on this virtual journey together.  I commend your perseverance as you push through the technological hurdles, click through the layers of Canvas, and juggle the numerous zoom links all in effort to ensure a happy and successful start to the new year for your children.

    Each day we continue to make progress as we make adjustments in response to the learning curves of an electronic world.  The Geggie staff is committed to limiting the number of canvas modules, reducing the number of zoom transitions, and increasing teacher/student instructional contact time all in hopes to better meet the needs of students.

    Although there may be new challenges that still lie ahead, we hope the TIGER spirit and your child’s natural love for learning will light the way forward.  It is here that together we will find happiness.  Happiness in just being a part of this special learning community.  Happiness in reconnecting with friends and teachers.  Happiness in knowing your child is loved, supported, and never alone - we are here for them.  The light is on!


    Meet the Geggie Counselors

    Geggie Welcome 2020-2021.pdf 

    ​ 


    August, 19, 2020 — News

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    A Message from the Principal

    Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!  We cannot “MASK” just how EXCITED we are to have your children in session for the 2020 school year- even if it’s through a virtual lens!   Today is the first day back for our teachers who are in the building setting up their classrooms, preparing instructional materials, planning lessons and participating in virtual professional development training.  It is great to be together again drawing upon the energy that comes from the anticipation of a new year! 

    We look forward to your partnership and thank you for all of your support as we embark on this virtual learning adventure!  

    Teacher Pre-recorded Welcome Message!

    Your child’s teacher will be emailing you a “pre-recorded Welcome” message on Friday, August 21 at 2PM.  Message videos will also be added to the Teacher Landing Page in Canvas on the first day of school for reference.  We hope these short video messages will highlight specific details you will need as it relates directly to your child’s weekly class schedule.

    Instructional Material Pick-Up

    Instructional material pick-up has been scheduled for Friday, August 21 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.  This pick-up is for ALL Geggie families.  Instructional materials are NEEDED for the Online Learning activities.

    In effort to spread out the number of visitors to the building, we ask that you please follow the schedule noted below.  If you have conflict with your scheduled time, please feel free to come at a time that works for you.  We encourage you to consider bringing a reusable backpack for carrying student materials.  Please reference the link for the instructional materials your child will receive.  Suggested supplies

    A-C        3:00-3:30                                         M-O      5:00-5:30

    D-F        3:30-4:00                                         P-R        5:30-6:00

    G-I         4:00-4:30                                         S-U        6:00-6:30

    J-L          4:30-5:00                                        V-Z        6:30-7:00

     

    Pre-Ordered School Supply Kits

    Parents who ordered the School Supply Kit may pick up their kit along with their child’s instructional materials on Friday, August 21 at the designated times noted above. 

    If you wish to come at any other time, please know you are always WELCOME!  Our building is otherwise open daily from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

     

    First Day of School

    All classes begin at 8:30AM.  We encourage you to login into Canvas with your child’s user name: first initial, last name, last three digits of their student ID number. You can find your child’s student ID number in your Infinite Campus portal.  All returning TIGERS will use their last year’s Rockwood login credentials.   If you forgot your password, please contact Technology at 636-733-1111.

    Students NEW to Geggie will enter their Usernamefirst initial, last name, last three digits of their student ID number. You can find your child’s student ID number in your Infinite Campus portal. Password 1234 (you will be prompted to change your password once you log in). 

     When students open their browser on the Chromebook, Canvas will come up on the first tab; they will be automatically logged in.

     

    Below are the most common questions the curriculum department have been asked

    How do I access Canvas?     How do my students access Canvas? 

    • Canvas can be accessed at rsdmo.instructure.com 
    • Use your Rockwood login credentials to login
    • When students open their browser on their Chromebook, Canvas will come up on the first tab; they will be automatically logged in.
    • There is also a Canvas app for Teacher, Students, and Parents.
    • K-1 students will receive iPads. The technology department will be working with K-1 teachers to help them access Canvas on iPads. 

    Parent Support - how to use Canvas 

    Parent Canvas information is located on the district website. On the landing page, click on the banner Online Learning Website Updated. It will take you to the learning landing page where you can find more information. You can find Canvas information for parents by clicking on the third card on the left labeled “Learning with Canvas.” You are highly encouraged to share this information with your students’ parents at the beginning of the school year. 

    • Parents cannot open an observer account until Aug. 24 when classes are published and “live.”
    • The district will communicate that observer accounts information have been paired to the primary email address listed on IC and are open in an email sent on Aug. 24. It is helpful for teachers to follow up with that same information to their parents so no one misses it. 
    • Observer accounts are automatically set up for the primary address in the student’s IC account. If a secondary observer account is needed, the secondary observer will need to follow the pairing instructions that will be available after the first day of school.

    How will specialized instruction and resource teachers access Canvas? 

    Canvas “tiles” are sent to teacher dashboards based on rostered courses in Infinite Canvas. Therefore, any teacher who has a group of students rostered to them in Infinite Canvas will have a course “tile” generated. If teachers are not the name rostered to the course, the primary teacher can add them as a co-teacher.  We are working on a plan for teachers who provide therapies and don’t have students rostered to them in IC. 

    Is there a place in my Canvas courses where parents can gain access to District-level digital resources?

    Parent Resource pages have been developed for parents to easily access District-level information while in Canvas. Maintained at the District-level, for Elementary it is the “Parent Resources” button on the landing page, and for Secondary it is the “Parent Resources” link on the landing page.

    How are we ensuring our students who have food instability receive meals? 

    Our Child Nutritional Services Team has been working on a plan to make sure our students have meals.  Below are details they have made available in a flier shared with all  buildings. 

    It’s as easy as signing up on a weekly basis through a link on the Child Nutrition web page under Grab N Go Meals. Packages will be available for curbside pickup every Monday and Wednesday morning at Crestview, LaSalle, Rockwood South, or Selvidge.

    Each Grab N Go meal will be linked to the student’s meal account as if they are purchasing a meal in school. If you need to check your balance, go to MySchoolBucks.

    The reservation deadline is every Thursday by 10:00am. The first deadline is Thursday, August 20th to provide meals for the first week of school.

    Check out our menu and fill out a form now to reserve your meals to go.

    How are we helping students without Internet access?

    The Technology department is working with multiple vendors to secure hotspots or other means of Internet access.  Requests significantly exceeded our projections.    

    Should elementary specials teachers create their own Zoom links or can they take over classroom teachers’ links?

    Buildings may decide how they want to handle this situation. Either way is acceptable as long as the Zoom links are clearly communicated on Canvas. 

    If students are having problems with Zoom, these are tips to improve their meeting experience

    These strategies will help reduce device CPU utilization, data use and/or network utilization:

    • Only use video when absolutely needed, e.g. when student is talking.
    • Turn off gallery view; only show the speaker or turn off video completely.
    • Minimize screen sharing and only share for the length of time needed.
    • Mute audio except when speaking.
    • Limit other high bandwidth activities in the home, e.g. streaming audio/video and video games. 
    • Shut all Chrome tabs except for the Zoom tab.  ​


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