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July 16, 2020

Return to school & Chromebook deployment

Good morning Sterchi families!

I hope that each of you are staying well and continuing to enjoy your summer!

As you know, the superintendent presented KCS’s plan for re-opening school for the 2020-2021 school year to the school board last night.  Please know that a tremendous amount of work, time, and energy went into creating a plan to support the health, safety and education of all of our students in Knox County. 

While KCS made the effort to gather the input of many different stakeholders, it is not a perfect plan and everyone will not be happy. Things can also change, depending on how the status of the coronavirus continues to evolve. 

However, our task now is to take the KCS plan and implement it to best support our students, families, teachers, and staff at Sterchi Elementary. Our staff will be refining those plans to align with KCS’s expectations and I will share those with you on Monday evening.

Our priorities to consider in our decision-making:

  1. Safety of students, teachers & staff
  2. Students feel loved and cared for
  3. Educational and instructional needs
  4. Efficiency

Remember, our school-wide theme for this year is “Better Together.”  There will be hiccups along the way and unexpected things may occur.  Please help us be role models for our children in showing patience for others (and ourselves), giving grace to others, and persevering through the challenges. 

Important dates to remember: 

July 15-22   Window open to apply for the virtual option

                        www.knoxschools.org

                        Video with instructions to enroll in the virtual option:

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlySJFYzv-0&feature=youtu.be

                        Written directions for enrolling in the virtual option:

https://www.knoxschools.org/cms/lib/TN01917079/Centricity/domain/1046/2020%20fall%20documents/Choosing%20Virtual%20Learning%202020.pdf

*The virtual enrollment numbers will drive how teachers will be utilized across the district.  As a result, your child may or may not be assigned to a virtual learning environment with a Sterchi Elementary teacher.

August 3      Teachers and staff return to school

August 14    Students’ schedules/teacher will be available in Aspen

                        *Please make sure that your contact information is up to date.

August 17    Students’ first day of school – ½ day with 11:15 dismissal

Student devices

You know that KCS has utilized CARES Act funds to purchase a Chromebook for every student in our district.  Sterchi participated in the initial 1:1 launch seven years ago.  Initially we had Macbooks, but our students are familiar with Chromebooks, since our 3rd-5th graders have been using these devices since 2017.  Many of our K-2nd grade classrooms have also had Chromebooks for students to use.

KCS will be sending an email to all families with the Chromebook registration forms and a link, and these will be available online on July 17.  Paper forms will be available at school on July 24.  We will also send paper forms home with students in the beginning-of-year packet of information.  We must have these completed registration/agreement forms in order for your child to be able to bring a Chromebook home.  More information about the Chromebooks can be found at https://www.knoxschools.org/page/22060#chromebooks

Elementary students will not bring their Chromebooks home initially.  Teachers will be helping the students set up their devices, learn how to log in, use in daily instruction, learn how to care for the device, and how to charge it.  At some point, we will send the device home with your child one evening to practice getting it to and from school safely and to assess your accessibility to the internet.

We will also be offering virtual sessions for parents about the Chromebook and Canvas platform, and how to support your child at home.

For families who choose the virtual learning option, you will receive more information about picking up your child’s device.

Thank you for your patience, grace and perseverance as we navigate together through uncharted territory this school year.  We truly are Better Together!

Best regards,

Lynn White

 

July 2, 2020

Sterchi families,

This is Lynn White with an important message related to the fall semester.

As many of you know, Superintendent Bob Thomas and the Board of Education are working hard on the KCS reopening plan, and Mr. Thomas has said the district’s goal is a return to in-school instruction this fall.

However, even if we are able to reopen our school buildings, we recognize that some students may feel uncomfortable returning to classrooms because of COVID-19. With that in mind, the district is considering a virtual option for those students.

To most efficiently allocate school employees and resources, the district is distributing a survey asking whether families are planning to attend school or would make use of a virtual option this fall. You should have received an email with the survey from Superintendent Thomas. It may also be found on our website at knoxschools.org.

Your response is not binding, and you will have the option to change your mind. However, it will be helpful for me to understand the intentions of each family as I make decisions about staffing and programming within our building.

If the virtual option is implemented, many of the details must still be finalized and I appreciate your patience as we work through the scenarios. But your willingness to return the survey by July 7 will be a tremendous help as we prepare for the work of teaching and learning at Sterchi.

I hope that each of you is having a restful summer break. Please stay safe, and we look forward to reopening in just over a month!

~Lynn White

 

June 16, 2020

Happy Summer!

We hope that everyone is staying well and enjoying their summer so far!

I just wanted to send out a few reminders:

The deadline to order you yearbook is Monday, June 22. You may order and pay for it online with this link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectStudent?isAdvertisementOnly=False&jobNumber=14230120

This is the only way that we are accepting orders and payments this year.  No extras will be ordered. Yearbooks will be distributed when we return in August. 

CAC is offering “Summer Grab & Go Meals” on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:30am at various rec center sites around Knoxville.

We want to encourage you to continue to tune into KCS@Home at knoxschools.org this summer for some exciting learning opportunities.  Our Sterchi students can also log into their Accelerated Reader and Reflex Math accounts.

Our teachers and staff will continue to read stories aloud on the Sterchi PTA Facebook page this summer. You can tune in on Wednesdays to listen to a new story.

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter - @SterchiElem & @SterchiPrincip1

These will be the summer office hours at Sterchi.  They are subject to change, so please call #689-1470 before you stop by school.

June 2 – July 10   Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

July 13-31               9am to 3pm

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Please continue to stay safe and stay well.  Enjoy your summer vacation!

We’re Better Together!

~Lynn White

 

May 22, 2020

Happy Friday!

I can’t believe it, but another school year is wrapping up and what a year it has been!  It will definitely be one that we will always remember.  Our superhero theme of “With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility” has never been more true.

We’re excited to announce that our theme for the 2020-2021 school year is “We’re Better Together!”  We will be working this summer to prepare for next school year, whatever that may look like.  We can’t wait until we are all together again!

THANK YOU to everyone for coming by school this week to pick up your belongings and report cards!  It was fun for our teachers and staff to be able to see you!

We will be having a yearbook for this school year!  You may order and pay for it online with this link:  https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectStudent?isAdvertisementOnly=False&jobNumber=14230120

This is the only way that we are accepting orders and payments this year.  No extras will be ordered. Yearbooks will be distributed when we return in August.  The deadline to order yearbooks is June 22.

CAC is offering “Summer Grab & Go Meals” on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 – 11:30am at various rec center sites around Knoxville.  Please see the attached flyer.  Summer Meals 

We want to encourage you to continue to tune into KCS@Home at http://knoxschools.org this summer for some exciting learning opportunities.  Our Sterchi students can also log into their Accelerated Reader and Reflex Math accounts.

Our teachers and staff will continue to read stories aloud on the Sterchi PTA Facebook page this summer.  Beginning the week of May 25, you can tune in on Wednesdays to listen to a new story.

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter - @SterchiElem & @SterchiPrincip1

Here is the link to the story that our staff shared yesterday - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1U1OgSHMrvGIW0z1YQ8n51KYIYvJ-bkOh

We hope that you enjoy it!

We will put the lost and found items out again next week on the Oaklett side to be claimed.  Whatever is left next Friday will be donated to KARM.

These will be the summer office hours at Sterchi.  They are subject to change, so please call #689-1470 before you stop by school.

May 26 – June 1   9am to 3pm

June 2 – July 10   Wednesdays, 9am-12pm

July 13-31               9am to 3pm

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions. Please continue to stay safe and stay well.  Enjoy your summer vacation!

~Lynn White