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Principal's Message

A Message from Principal Imel~3.26.20

March 26, 2020 Dear Fort Lewis Mesa Community, Grace and patience. As we move into this “new” way of doing things, I repeatedly say those words as these two beliefs are important right now. In the past few days, the Fort Lewis Mesa staff quickly transformed our school into a digital and paper-based distance learning structure. Our teachers’ flexibility, creativity, and problem solving inspires me; I am honored to work alongside our hard-working staff at FLME. Not to mention, I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished to support our kids and families during this global public health crisis. Our goal right now is to provide a sense of normalcy. Through educational supports, ongoing communication, and connection opportunities we strive to do this. Starting yesterday, teachers sent out lessons and home-based work digitally. At this time, we do not have the ability to issue Chromebooks to students; however, should that change, I will let you know as soon as possible. Our teachers committed to getting digital work out each Wednesday by noon, to be completed and resubmitted digitally by the following Wednesday at noon, when the next week’s work will be issued. We will follow that weekly cycle until we are allowed to return to school. Our paper-based educational program is still being organized. Currently, we plan to have mailings out and school-based pick-up available on Thursday afternoons (if packets are available sooner or there are delays, we will notify you). As we move forward, families who requested these services will be notified when the materials are ready. In order to turn in completed assignments on the paper based model, we ask parents or students to scan and return the work digitally to the assigning teacher. We ask for this method of return due to concerns around transmission of the virus. Ideally, students or parents can download an app on their phone like Genius Scan or Scanner App to generate a PDF file that can be sent to teachers via email. Taking a photo of the completed work and emailing the photo to the assigning teacher is another option. If neither is possible, students should keep completed work and turn it in when they return to school. On another note, in a home learning environment, it is important for families to create a routine and clear expectations for students. I created a schedule for my kids however, it keeps changing; I continue to tell myself grace and patience. Below is a visual of a sample schedule that might support you (as is or with adjustments). Sample daily schedule for Remote Learning *Children benefit from structure and predictability. This is a SAMPLE schedule. Adapt to suit your family needs and only use if it feels like a good fit and is helpful. Before 9:00 am ~Wake Up/Free Time (eat breakfast, get dressed, clean up) 9:00-10:00 ~Morning Exercise (walk dog, stretch, yoga) 10:00-11:00~ Academic Time ( NO ELECTRONICS) 11:00-12:00~ Creative/Electives Time (art, Legos, crafts, music, cook/bake) 12:00~ Lunch 12:30~Chore time 1:00-2:30~Quiet Time/Independent Learning Time (reading, puzzles, projects) 2:30-4:00~ Academic Time (ELECTRONICS OK, IXL, iReady, DIBELS, Educational shows) 4:00-5:00~ Afternoon Exercise/Fresh Air (walk, bike, run, play outdoor games) 5:00-6:00 ~Dinner (plan, prep and cook together, clean up) 6:00-8:00~ Free Time (showers, chores, play) 8:00 ~Bedtime Another way to connect the home learning environment to our school is through daily attendance. Each day, a text and/or email alert will go out to each family to complete the student’s attendance via the linked Google form; it started yesterday, 3/25/20. This helps us document the student/family use of the services as well as your ability to receive the materials. If you are not able to use the Google form then please call the main school number at (970) 588-3331 for attendance. The learning curve is extremely steep; we appreciate your understanding as we shift to a home-based model. While teachers have already been connecting with families and students, please remember you can reach out to your child’s teacher and our building team too. During their “live office hours,” which they shared, your teacher(s) will be available for live support. In addition to this, they will be working and responsive to email and calls throughout the day (8 am to 4 pm). Thank you for your grace and patience as we develop our systems. While it may not always be perfect, we’ve got an amazing team at FLME who cares deeply about your students. We’ve got this! Jenny Imel
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Principal's Message

March Principal's Message

Happy March to you all! As spring approaches, it is an ideal time to reflect on the first semester. At Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary School, our staff has had ongoing professional development opportunities focusing on building a safe, supportive environment for our students. As we move forward, we will continue to strengthen our learning environment so that we best support students academically, socially, and emotionally. As shared previously, we do this through the PBIS lens which is a proactive approach to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. The aim is prevention, not punishment as well as proactive, not reactive. To ensure student growth and success in all areas, it is key that students come to school. We have noticed a pattern, especially during the winter months, of lower attendance. Excessive absences mean missing school work. Not only is work difficult to make up but also this time out equates to learning gaps and poor grades. Please continue to reinforce good attendance habits with your child. Here is some additional information around the importance of attendance: “Attendance Works” (http://www.attendanceworks.org/research/ mapping-the-gap/) has substantial information on attendance and its impact on student achievement. Below is some of the research on why attendance matters. Start Strong Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict frequent absences later in the school year. Nearly half of all students that missed more than two days of school in September went on to miss almost a month of school. Chronic absences: An estimated 5 to 7.5 million students in the United States miss almost a month of school every year. This adds up to over a year missed by the time of graduation. Early Absences Lead to Attendance Issues in Later Grades Absenteeism starts early. One in 10 kindergarteners and first graders are considered to be “chronically absent.” Chronic Absence = Missing two or more days per month. Research shows students who miss 10% of school, or two days per month, show negative academic progress. In some schools, that adds up to 18 days a school year and is considered to be chronically absent. Third Grade Reading Level Poor attendance can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of third grade, which is shown to negatively affect their chances of graduating on time. Dropout Indicator by sixth grade: A chronically absent student is shown to have a significantly higher chance of dropping out of high school. Every Minute Matters If a student is 10 minutes late to school each day, this adds up to missing more than 33 hours of class time. A student with a 90% attendance average for kindergarten through12th grade will miss over a year of accumulated time in the classroom. A few reminders for this month… Spring break week is Monday, 3/16 to Friday, 3/20 There is no school Monday, 3/30. CMAS testing begins Tuesday, 3/31. Please follow this survey link, FLME Survey, and share your thoughts with us! We thank you for being our partners! Jenny Imel, Principal
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News & Announcements

District Weekly Update - 4.1.2020

Hello 9-R families and members of our Durango community. Thank you for your work with your children to keep them engaged in learning during these unusual times. While we have started distance learning, we recognize that our families are in different places. First and foremost, please know that our intent is not to overwhelm our families, but to provide enough academic engagement to meet the varying needs of students across our community. We know this is a stressful time for all of us. If you are finding the work to be overwhelming, communicate with your child’s teacher or your school leaders. Our goal is to keep our children engaged in learning, but we also want to ensure that we partner with families during these trying times.
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News & Announcements

Stay-at-Home Order - What it means for school families

As we all know things change quickly and many families are asking about the governor’s stay at home order and public health order (attached). We wanted to provide some clarity. Please know that education is considered essential. Additionally, the order states that traveling for the purpose of “...receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services from educational institutions…” is an approved purpose.
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News & Announcements

Update on Remote Learning for Special Education Families

We hope that this finds you all well. We understand that you likely are working through a number of challenges at this time. We want to communicate with you about your child’s special education services during changes in school closures and distance learning situations. During this unexpected and unprecedented time, our partnership between home and school becomes increasingly crucial when it comes to our children. That will include staying in close communication in the coming days and weeks.
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