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Getting Ready for the First Day of School
Posted 8/21/20


Hello Ardenwood Elementary, I hope this message finds you well and that your children are enjoying their final weekend of Summer Break.  This afternoon you will be receiving an email from your child’s teacher inviting you to attend an Online Access Verification Meeting.  Please look for that email and set aside time between 1 pm and 2 pm this coming Monday to participate in this virtual meeting.  If you were unable to pick up your start of the year materials from the school earlier this week, please note that the school will be open for a material distribution make up day on Tuesday, August 25th between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm.  While on campus all visitors must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.


The first day of school is Wednesday, August 26th, and is what we call a “Super Minimum Day” with instruction ending at 12:30 pm for grades 1 through 6.  Grades 1 through 3 will continue to have minimum days, with instruction ending at 1:10 pm through Wednesday, September 9th.  You may visit our school’s website to view or download all our bell schedules.  Please remember that the bell schedule defines the start and end time of the school day, and your child’s individual teacher will provide you a schedule of what is taking place during the school day. 


Before the first day of school, you will have received from your teacher their schedule with online access links and expectations.  Between the start and end times of each school day, your child will be involved in a range of lessons and instructional settings.  Just like a regular school day, students will have live interaction with their teacher and classmates, they will attend live classes with their science, music, computer, and PE teachers, and they will have an opportunity to engage in asynchronous work established by their teacher.  While it is true that nothing can completely replace the meaningful face to face interactions of physically coming to school, I believe the distance learning program Ardenwood has created to start the 2020-2021 school year will be impactful, meaningful, and ultimately drive our students’ learning forward.


We appreciate in advance all of your continued support at home by supporting our routines and schedules and by creating a dedicated space for your child to virtually participate in school.  The rigor and daily duration of our distance learning program will be different than it was at the end of last school year.  In that sense, this continues to be a new experience for all Ardenwood Elementary community members.    Our wonderful staff will be kind and patient with your child as they bond with their new class.  I ask that you also extend our teachers the same grace as they learn about your child and adjust their distance learning program to support the needs of their students.  Your child’s teacher and Ardenwood office staff are here to answer any questions that you may have.  Questions sent through email will continue to be the best method of communication.  I wish you and your family continued health and success as we start the 2020-2021 school year.  Go Dragons!


Contact your teacher if you do not know your child’s Google Apps for Education username or password.


With Regards,

Elie Wasser