DaVinci Connection-November 19, 2020Holly Fischer
(subject to change-see online calendar)
11/16-11/30 Heggies Pizza Fundraiser
11/19 Last Day of Tri 1
11/20-11/30 No School
11/30 Board Meeting
12/9 School Development Committee Meeting, 3:30 pm
12/9 Finance Committee Meeting, 4:30 pm
12/14 Board Meeting, 6:00 pm
12/21-1/1 No School-Winter Break
1/5 School Resumes
Attendance Line: 763-252-6130
Parents should call the attendance line at 763-252-6130 before 9:00 a.m. of the day your child will be absent. This phone number is available 24 hours a day to leave a message. Please leave the following information on the recording:
- Date your child will be absent
- First and last name of your child
- Reason for the absence
- Name of the parent/guardian who is calling
If you know your child(ren) will be gone more than three consecutive days, you will need to fill out an extended absence form four to six weeks in advance. Please send the Extended Absence Form to Ms. Moffatt.
To the left, you will find helpful links to important pages on our website.
As we enter next week and reflect on all the things we are grateful for, know that we are tremendously grateful to you for entrusting us with your children’s education and for your support during this time. If you or your child would like to share something you are grateful for this season, please click here and we will be sure that your message gets shared.
My very best to you and your family,
We know that distance learning can pose challenges for families. Ms. Halverson and Mr. Shields wanted to take this opportunity to share some suggestions that they’ve gathered in talking with families in distance learning. We’ve also gotten feedback from our full time distance learning teachers about ways that students and families can be most successful in distance learning.
Set up a learning environment that is free from distractions.
Some students work well in a quiet space on their own, while others may need to be monitored more frequently to be sure they are on task.
Encourage students to use their school-owned device.
We have a monitoring program called GoGuardian that allows us to see if students are actually on task at home, but this works best on a school chromebook.
Check on your students during distance classes.
We have talked with several parents who weren’t aware that their child was actually watching YouTube videos instead of watching their teacher in class.
Clarify attendance vs. participation.
Just logging in to the Google Meet isn’t enough. We want students to be actively participating with the class.
Make sure to check in every day.
Students are required to check in with their teacher every day during distance learning. Students can check in by attending live class, answering the attendance question in Google Classroom, or turning in work that day. If your child is ill and will not participate that day, please remember to call the office/attendance line.
Don’t leave class until dismissed.
We know computer glitches happen, but just like when students are in person, students should wait for the teacher to dismiss them.
Be focused on the teacher during learning time.
We know it can be hard to focus in class when students have other distractions, both in the home as well as online. Encourage your child to focus on the teacher during class and close all other tabs on their device.
Keep your camera on at all times.
Students are expected to have their cameras on at all times. It’s one way we can make sure they are paying attention and engaged in learning. If your family has a situation that prevents your child from being on camera, contact your child’s teacher.
Take breaks when the class takes breaks.
We know everyone’s bodies need different things at different times, but try to take breaks when the class takes breaks. This helps make sure students aren’t missing out on important instruction.
Use alarms and timers to keep yourself on schedule.
Many students have found success by setting alarms on a cell phone, tablet, or smart home device (Alexa, Google Home, etc.). Some will even use a basic kitchen timer to know when it’s time to log in for class. Posting the schedule in a visible place that your child can see is also a great way to keep everyone on track.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support. Just as in a normal school year, regular attendance and participation in class work is vital to keep your child learning and growing. We understand that each family may have unique challenges and we encourage you to reach out to your child’s school director with questions and concerns.
Ms. Halverson (Elementary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Shields (Middle School) email@example.com
Need to Know
We have seen a major decrease in families applying for free or reduced meals due to the USDA free meal program for the 20-21 school year.
Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for our school. Schools must use this compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides.
The household must complete and return the 2020-21 Application for Educational Benefits form, or complete the online form in Infinite Campus no later than December 15, so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year.
The school will only receive these compensatory funds if families qualify under the free and reduced price meal income guidelines; but, we encourage families to apply if you believe your income falls close to the maximum allowable income.
If you have any questions about this program, please reach out to Cassandra Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Photos – Action Required for Distance Families
We have had many questions about how we will be offering school photos for retakes and families who have been in distant learning mode now that we are all going in to distance learning. Scherling Photography will NOT be coming in to the school on December 2, as planned. Instead, all students who didn’t get their photos taken previously should submit a photo to be included in the yearbook. Please note the following instructions:
* Photo submissions should be emailed to email@example.com and should include the child’s name, teacher, and grade.
*Deadline for submission is Friday, December 4
Students who did get their pictures taken already can expect an email communication from Scherling Photography soon with the child’s photo proof and instructions for ordering prints. If you are not happy with that photo, you can submit a different one for the yearbook using the instructions above.
Please contact Holly Fischer with any questions regarding photo options for the yearbook.
Food Service Update
Starting November 30, we are extending our 5 day frozen meal pack pick up times, 10:30 am-3:00 pm. If you would like to sign up for frozen meals, please contact canderson1@
Looking for a meal site? Use these resources to find an SFSP site near you:
- Download the Free Meals for Kids app provided by Hunger Impact Partners to your phone or device.
- Call the 2-1-1 Hotline or from cell phones – Twin Cities Metro Area: 651-291-0211, Greater Minnesota: 1-800-543-7709, TTY: 651-291-8440.
- Call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 1-888-711-1151, available from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Central Time.
- Text “Food” to 877-877. Spanish speakers, text “comida” to 877-877.
Who: School Development Committee
What: Heggies Pizza Fundraiser
Order Dates: November 16 – November 30
Where: ONLINE ONLY Heggies Pizza Order Form
Why: To raise money to expand our outdoor space and equipment
Nice to Know
Distance Learning Success
After School Activities
We have decided not to offer after-school activities for the 2nd trimester (uncertainty regarding COVID cases, holiday season, inconsistent student activity attendance). We will make a decision whether or not to offer trimester 3 activities in early February.