Remote Learning at Ashley and Important Updates

Posted September 1, 2020

Dear Ashley Families,
We hope you all had a wonderful and safe summer vacation! Although this year has started in an incredibly unique and challenging way, it has been so great to reconnect with students and families over the last week! Teachers have been hard at work to ensure that students and parents understand how to use our district-wide elementary school platform See Saw. We know there are still many questions about hot to use See Saw and that there have been technology challenges across the city with the platform, but we are working to resolve those and hope to be in a much better place with all of our technology and the platform in the next week or so. Please find resources for See Saw from DPS located here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sNwV9sXj4vtPrKC9o4jPy42xJ8TdjvGzcEg3k-ZRweU/edit and a video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzlrtDR84KY&list=RDCMUCYUfnb7MIsGald-Xtig9Umw&index=23.

We have learned so much about remote teaching and are working hard to make our school See Saw more consistent across the Ashley community. We are working to ensure that parents and students can go to one page each day and see the day’s schedule as well as the links to all of the day’s meetings and activities in one place. This should be completed by Tuesday of next week in every single classroom. Teachers will be walking students through their daily schedules so that they understand how to navigate each day and you, as the parents, will be able to see everything your child will be doing in one place, on one schedule. We are striving to bring greater consistency to See Saw to make it easier for students and families to understand the week and each day’s learning goals! 

We Know these times are challenging for everyone. Please know that we are here to support you. Every teacher has office hours every day except Thursday from 2:45-3:30. You do not need to schedule a time, the teachers are in the meeting live daily to answer questions, support students with work and answer any questions you or your child may have. So far office hours have been very well attended!

We want to send a big shout out our 2nd Grade ELA-S classroom, Ms. Rowe’s class, who has had perfect attendance several days this week- WAY TO GO Ashley Elephants in Ms. Rowe’s class!

ECE UPDATE:
ECE has announced that students will return in person on September 14th. We have lots of work to do to prepare and are so excited to be welcoming our youngest students back to school! More information to come soon!

Finally, we know it is hard to feel connected in these remote settings. We are looking forward to our back to school car parade next week, our first virtual parent coffee next week and our Virtual Back To School Night in two weeks. Please see the schedule below and mark your calendars! We hope to see you at all of these events so we can continue to connect and build relationships even in our community’s most challenging times .

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS:

CAR PARADE 5:00-5:30 on September 3rd at McNichols park, across the street from Ashley! Each teacher will have a sign with this/her name on it and hold it up so kids can see this year’s teacher in person!! We are very excited to start the year on a positive and celebratory note . Since last year’s car parade was such a success we thought we would do another one to kick the year off!

Virtual Back to School Night on September 10th from 6-7 (1st session 6:00-6:30; 2nd session 6:30-7:00) To welcome students and families back to school. Give an overview of the year and the modules students will be studying and provide any resources and support with remote learning).

Virtual monthly parent coffee Kick Off  September 2nd at 8:40. We will host these coffees each month online. This month we will have our school psychologist and our school social worker with us to talk about supporting kids and families through remote learning. They will provide some resources and information on how to support families with anxiety and stress. Please join us at the zoom link  posted on facebook and here : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3886919720?pwd=OVAvUVVIT1d5UUpndzc0UGpnZjRwZz09 (password Elephants)
 Finally, we want to thank you all for your patience, your partnership and your support. We look forward to a great year ahead!

Best,
Liz TenCate
Principal
Ashley Elementary