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Fort Lewis Mesa Parent Letter - 10.26.20

Fort Lewis Mesa Families- Can you believe we have been in school almost nine weeks? Although school may feel different at times, we appreciate seeing all of our students' faces, whether in person or over Zoom. We thank you for your great communication, patience, and flexibility over this past quarter. Given that it is the end of quarter one, there is some information to share regarding upcoming shifts.
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Principal Imel's Message About Classroom/Learning Structures

August 20, 2020 Fort Lewis Mesa Families, I hope this finds you well and excited to return to school. We miss you! While our new normal might look and feel different, we welcome the opportunity to create a safe and happy learning environment where our students thrive. With this new normal, there have been changes; I appreciate your grace and patience as we map out these shifts. Our Team Since last year, there have been multiple staff shifts. Over the last few months, we said goodbye to different staff members for various reasons (e.g. retirement, moving schools, staffing allocations in our school). Yet with these farewells, we also get to say hello to our amazing full time social worker, Amy Hackmeier. With her many years of experience across many settings, we feel lucky to add her to our team. Our Learning Models As many of you know, the district offered three choices for learning models for the 2020-2021 school year: In-person, blended, and remote. Even though we value providing our families with choices at FLME, we realized that our school would best support our students by focusing on two models, not three, given our student numbers and current staffing. Therefore, FLME will be offering in-person and remote learning. Like the other elementary schools in our district, providing these models caused us to shift our current learning structure. Therefore, we will be moving to multi-age classrooms (combination classes) for most grades; this too is common across the district. As mentioned previously, we are doing cohort style learning. FLME students will be cohorted with their class; this cohort will learn, eat, and recreate together. Cohorts will have contact with 4 or less adults per day. Here is how our structure looks this year: Kindergarten-Ms. Qualls 1st/2nd- Ms. Harris 3rd/4th-Mr. Servais 4th/5th-Ms. Clements K-5 Remote Learning-Ms. O’Buck What Can We Expect? As we move forward, you can expect to have a teacher and a school community that remains committed to the growth and well-being of your child! Our remote learning cohort is part of our larger Fort Lewis Mesa community and we are thrilled to have all our families as part of our team. With this, please keep an eye out for more information about our Meet The Teacher event. It is tentatively planned for Friday, 8/28 and more details will be shared soon. Over the next week, you can also expect to learn more about how our school plans to keep our students, staff, and families safe as we return to in person learning. We are drafting a Fort Lewis Mesa operational plan, extending from the district’s Return to Learn Plan, that details our daily protocols and procedures across the school. With this, please note that cloth face coverings are required for all staff and students. You can expect to become very familiar with itslearning, our shared learning management system. While this will serve as the main platform for remote learning, all teachers will be using itslearning to upload their plans, instructional videos, tasks, and other resources to support your child in their learning and acquisition of new skills. Again, be on the lookout for more information from me as well as your child’s teacher! Keep reaching out with your questions, feedback, and/or concerns. We are here to help you navigate this time of educational change. Don’t forget that school starts Monday, 8/31 at 7:30 am! Best, Jenny Imel~Principal
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Fort Lewis Mesa Return to Learn Plan and Meet the Teacher Information

August 25, 2020 Fort Lewis Mesa Families- Are you ready? In only a few days, on August 31, school will begin. While we all know our normal has shifted, I am excited for us to be back together for a new year of learning. As always, please reach out to us with any questions or concerns as we are here to support and guide you; our front office number at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary is 970-588-3331. Please read these updates and important information:
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Instructional Feedback Survey

As a reminder, we are asking families to share your remote learning experiences with us every week. Your feedback helps us to continually refine and improve the instruction your children receive while remote. We want to be swift in our response to your feedback and we will ask you to complete this each Friday so that we can make adjustments early the next school week.

9-R Community Update - 11.20.20

As shared last weekend, the district will focus its communication on Friday to update you on important matters at the district level during this pivot to remote learning for our students. In this video, we hope to share updates with you on: - The rationale for the shift to remote learning; - The current status of our community with regard to the COVID crisis; - Our pathway forward as we look forward to reopening our schools in a safe and careful manner; and, - Reminders about services currently available to our students as we provide remote services to our K-12 students.

Fort Lewis Mesa SAAC Meeting

Please join us for our Fort Lewis Mesa SAAC meeting tomorrow, November 18, 2020. The meeting will be via Zoom starting at 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. See the following information to join the Zoom meeting~

Remote Learning Expectations

Thank you for partnering with us during the next few weeks as we engage your child in remote learning while we prepare to hopefully open our schools after the winter holidays.  On Friday, we will provide you with more information as to our community's progress in getting control of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our metrics we will look for as we prepare to reopen our schools in the future.

Apply to be on the 9-R Bond Oversight Committee

We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support the community of Durango has for education. Thank you to all of those who supported the bond initiative, whether you helped on the committee or filled in the 'yes' circle. As we move forward with the expenditures of the bond dollars, we are seeking community and staff members to support the work ahead of us.

Remote Meal Services

Order your FREE meals for pick up from school sites or bus routes. Durango School District 9R Food Services is requesting families fill out a form and pre-order meals for delivery starting 11/16. Order deadlines will be the Friday before the delivery week.

9-R Pivots to Remote Learning for All Families - 11.10.20

Dear Families, We commend all the efforts that our families and staff have made to allow 9-R to open up our school year with three different learning models, including in-person. That was not an option for many districts across the state and the country, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support students and enjoy success in the first quarter of the school year with little to no issue.


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