Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday, November 29

 

Love this! Pretty fitting these days! We definitely appreciate how all of you 'roll with it.'

Happy Sunday Families! November flew by and now we are heading into December. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. My family's Thanksgiving definitely looked different but we enjoyed the time together. We also watched a movie together every night! Special times- for sure!


Book Fair: November 30-December 4

The book fair is this week! Check out the site and preview what is available. You can make purchases on line or the students can purchase in person. Check out the videos included in Timberwolf TV!

Stoneridge Book Fair


Music Corner


Video Message from Mrs. Vaaler


SAVE THE DATE! RCSD Caroling Night will be December 17th at 7PM. Get cozy with your family and tune in to our holiday sing-along on the RCSD Music Youtube channel. We'll teach you the songs ahead of time in the Community Song portion of your December lessons.


Online Absence Reporting:

We now have online absence reporting available on the RCSD home page. It is available under Parent Resources. (See image below) This link should take you directly to the form: Online Absence Reporting


Sees Candy Fundraiser:
Many of you have taken advantage of our Sees candy fundraiser. This is just a reminder in case you wanted to buy some candy for family or friends. Sees candy is always a holiday favorite! 

Hand Sanitizer Donations: 

Our classrooms would greatly appreciate hand sanitizer donations! We all know it is tough to find right now, but if you happen to come across some, we would be so thankful. In order to use the hand sanitizer in our classrooms, it must follow these guidelines:

  • Gel hand sanitizer only, no liquid sanitizer.
  • Minimum alcohol content should be 60%, preferred is 70-75%
  • Sanitizer should not contain methanol (wood alcohol) - serious health implications, especially for children.  FDA has a "do-not-use" list.
  • Larger sizes 16.9 oz, 33 oz, or gallon sized should have pumps for ease of use.  Smaller sizes may not be as easy to use but can still be donated.
  • Please avoid too many additives (scents, moisturizers, etc) to avoid allergic reactions.
  • Please have a single point of contact for hand sanitizer donations in order to ensure it meets the standards before it is distributed to the classrooms.


Have a great week!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22

 

From our school family to all of your families, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Have wonderful week with your family and a special Thanksgiving Day! 


The Book Fair is here after break! Next Sunday, I will share additional information and videos. Here is the link, so you can take a peek! 
Stoneridge Book Fair

Some quick updates:

During the Thanksgiving break, if your child is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, which may be consistent with the COVID-19 illness, and/or if your child is being tested for a COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, please complete this absence form immediately.  Our district’s nursing staff will follow-up with your family before Monday, November 30th regarding illness.

 

Symptoms:

~ Fever/ Chills

~ Dry Cough

~ Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing

~ New loss of taste or smell

~ Headache

~ Fatigue (tiredness)

~ Nausea or vomiting

~ Diarrhea

~ Sore throat

~ Muscle aches

~ Congestion or runny nose


Communication from the District:

Links from the document above:

Covid Testing
Guidance on Prevention During Gatherings

Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel


Hand Sanitizer Donations: 

Our classrooms would greatly appreciate hand sanitizer donations! We all know it is tough to find right now, but if you happen to come across some, we would be so thankful. In order to use the hand sanitizer in our classrooms, it must follow these guidelines:

  • Gel hand sanitizer only, no liquid sanitizer.
  • Minimum alcohol content should be 60%, preferred is 70-75%
  • Sanitizer should not contain methanol (wood alcohol) - serious health implications, especially for children.  FDA has a "do-not-use" list.
  • Larger sizes 16.9 oz, 33 oz, or gallon sized should have pumps for ease of use.  Smaller sizes may not be as easy to use but can still be donated.
  • Please avoid too many additives (scents, moisturizers, etc) to avoid allergic reactions.
  • Please have a single point of contact for hand sanitizer donations in order to ensure it meets the standards before it is distributed to the classrooms.
We are lucky to have such an amazing community and are thankful for all of you! Have a restful break!



Sunday, November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020

 

Hello Families! We are about to embark on our first full week of school (5 whole days!) since returning to the classroom. Then, we have a week off for Thanksgiving. I am grateful to have our students back in the classrooms and thankful for our teachers and staff who are supporting them each day. We have an amazing community. 

Remember: See's Candy-Just in time for the holidays!

We do have another fundraiser going on right now and it benefits both you and the school! The holidays are approaching and you may need an easy gift. What is better than some See's candy!?! 
See here for the website to order: See's Candy for Stoneridge

Please see the latest communication from the district below.
Check out this updated information: There is now a COVID 19-Dashboard, please fill out the meal application and see Guidelines document to reopen and remain open. 


Have a great week! 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday, November 8

 

Happy Sunday Families! This is how we are feeling these days! Again, thank you for all you are doing to support the transition back. 

First, our website has been updated and I wanted to share a trick with you. On our website, you will see the calendar if you scroll down a bit. It is to the left of the 'Latest News.' When you click on the calendar, the month will pop up. You can add this calendar to your own Google calendar and easily stay up to date with school events. See the image below for where to click:

Hey, whatever we can do to be in the know without having to think too much about it or search through emails-- is helpful, in my opinion!! 

I wanted to share the two PTC opportunities we have going on right now. 
First, is the one and done fundraiser. Give one donation and be done! Nothing more to sorry about. We have gotten quite a few of these and are very appreciative!
See's Candy-Just in time for the holidays!
We do have another fundraiser going on right now and it benefits both you and the school! The holidays are approaching and you may need an easy gift. What is better than some See's candy!?! 
See here for the website to order: See's Candy for Stoneridge

Please see here for the latest communication from the district:

Reminder: No School Wednesday, November 11th in honor of Veteran's Day!

See you tomorrow!



Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday, November 1

 Happy Sunday Families! 

I am pretty sure we have all seen this one! Did it work? Nah, but we do get to come back to school! That is a step in the right direction!

Here is our daily schedule. I have shared it before, but I want to make sure everyone has it.

Procedures for drop off and pick up: Please pick one of the 4 open gates in the morning to drop your students. Before you pick up after school, be sure to discuss where you will be picking up. 

Back to School Videos: Please watch these videos with your children. They explain some of the expected procedures when returning to school. Teachers will be reviewing these procedures with the students, as well. 

Here is the Entering School video.

The Entering the Classroom/Washing hands video.

And finally, the Bathroom video. 

Fundraisers: Our wonderful PTC has decided to offer a one and done fundraiser option. What that means is no anything-a-thon, no Benefit for the Arts, no Carnival, no guilt for not 'dining out'-- NADA! We are not saying those are not wonderful events. What we are saying is-- how nice would it be to write one check and call it good?!? I think that sounds pretty darn good right now, I don't know about you:) The following flier will be sent home with students. You can make your donation at any time!

Of course, that being said, we do have a dine out scheduled and the timing is perfect, if I do say so myself! We have partnered with Chick-Fil-A for a celebratory fundraiser on Nov. 4th! Whether your kids are back in the classroom, or in Champions, the first day is a great day to celebrate with a special dinner. Chick-Fil-A will share part of the proceeds with Stoneridge for all APP orders on November 4th. I will be getting dinner, for sure!

Enjoy Monday and Tuesday with no school! I am sure you have already, but take those computers and hide them for the next two days. Enjoy the break! 


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sunday, October 25


Happy Sunday!

How excited are we for all of these incredible changes?!? We cannot wait to see smiling faces in our classrooms very soon. 

In the meantime, we are busy busy putting procedure and rituals in place to keep everyone safe! 

As I mentioned in the Friday video, this will be our schedule. 

Kinder: 

Early~ 8:15-11:15am /  Late~ 10:15am-1:15pm

1st - 5th:

8:15am-1:15pm 

Please see the latest information from the district:


Also, please watch this video about safety procedures and read this informative document:


Exciting!!  New gear - just in time for back to school: 

As you have seen on Timberwolf TV, we have some new 'merch.' (That is what the YouTubers call it.) The gators are PERFECT for the students coming back to school! My kindergartener has not taken hers off, and like I mentioned, my boys are begging for one. I have also gotten quite a few compliments on my 'Masked Timberwolf' t-shirt. It is pretty awesome, at least according to me! Get your new Stoneridge merch at:  stoneridgeshop.com

Chromebook Return:

If you are coming back to in person instruction, please bring your borrowed Chromebook AND CHARGER to the Stoneridge Office on Friday(10/30), Monday(11/2) or Tuesday(11/3). We are collecting the Chromebooks and putting them back in the classrooms for our students. Your child will be using the same Chromebook they are using now and they will always use that same device in the classroom. One of the many safety measures we are putting in place. 

Ok, keep doing great this last week of distance learning!! We will be working hard to get everything ready and I know you will be doing the same! We can't wait!!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!







Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday, Oct. 18

 It must be Sunday again! Time for the blog.

At the beginning of the year, our staff chose a hashtag that represented their own personal motto. One of mine was #usepencil because everything we do, or try to do, changes-- In 2020, anyway. As soon as we think we know what to expect and think we have things planned, there is an 180 degree shift. So, I suggest using pencil! What would be your hashtag for this year? 
Regardless, I think the best thing we all can do right now is take small steps and keep moving forward. And, to focus on what we can control. 
On Thursday, our school board voted on a plan for coming back to school in November. The good news is, our county is in a place where coming back to school 5 days is an option. As I am sure you know, the outcome of the meeting is that we will be coming back to school 5 days a week for 5 hours a day.  (3 hours a day for kindergarten) We are beyond excited to have students back in their classrooms! That being said, the only way we will be able to keep the students in their seats is by creating and following very thoughtful sanitizing and hand washing procedures. We will be sharing videos of what those procedures will look like in the next couple weeks. 

Please see this most recent update from the district here:
Please notice that in #3 it says you will need to fill out an intradistrict transfer form if you would like to change your original program selection. You have until Monday, 10/19, at midnight to submit the form. 
The form is here: Intradistrict Transfer

Here are some details that will be shared soon:
1) The week of Oct. 26th, we will share teacher information and our daily schedule. 
2) Videos about the daily expectations when we return.
3) A school supply list of what you can get for your student's return to the classroom. They will have a set of things in the classroom and a set of things at home. 

As always, please reach out with questions!