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Principal Imels Newsletter 2/12/2021

Due to many families reaching out to me regarding our next steps for increasing in-person learning for students, I wanted to connect with you. While we have continued to see a reduction in local transmission rates and moved to level blue on the dial last weekend, we are now back to level yellow given some increases.
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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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9-R Public Budget Hearing - 5.13.21

9-R held its Public Budget Hearing on May 13, 2021 via Zoom. Please click Read More to access a recording of the Zoom meeting as well as the link for the survey/feedback form. The slideshow is also available in both English and Spanish.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update - 5.14.21

Our district continues to engage in various conversations and work related to improving opportunities for each learner in our schools. The Culture and Equity Design team hosted its final meeting in May. The team provided feedback and recommendations for district leadership which will provide leaders with insight into the most critical actions steps in our schools.

COVID-19 Weekly Summary - 5.14.21

This week, the district responded to two positive cases of COVID-19, causing three (3) cohorts to quarantine at Durango High School and Sunnyside Elementary. We remain optimistic that these numbers will continue to decline as more and more residents are vaccinated.

Board of Education Coffee Chat

Mark your calendars for May 18, 2021 at 4:30pm to join 9-R Board Members to share your ideas and suggestions to support the ongoing work at the district. The meeting with be on Zoom and translation services are available.

9-R Kicks Off Bond Summer Projects

We continue to be grateful for and humbled by the ongoing support from our community, which passed the 4A Bond measure last November with more than 70% of residents in favor. We are excited to get going on all the work this measure is funding.

9-R Public Budget Hearing

The 9-R Public Budget Hearing for the 2021/22 academic year budget will be on May 13, 2021 starting at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Come to learn more about how funds are allocated to schools to determine staffing, resources and services based on school enrollment, as well as other priorities in spending. Translation services available during the hearing.

Community Meet & Greet - Incoming Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser

Incoming Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser, is hosting a community meet and greet on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to hear from Dr. Cheser on her vision and initial plans when she begins in July, as well as ask her any questions you may have.

School Lunch Hero Day is May 7

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes.


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