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Dearing Newsletter 8/7/20Posted by David Wiechmann on 8/7/2020
Good Afternoon Dearing Families! We are just days away from our 2020-2021 school year kick-off. I know we won’t see you and your child in person the first day, but we are still very excited! We got through the craziness of spring, together, and we will get through this Covid season, too! Our community will tackle it together and be stronger for it.
Monday evening, I will send out our schedule for “Meet the Teacher.” Hopefully, you have seen our save the date on facebook. It is scheduled for August 12, 5-7pm. Your child’s teacher will contact you prior to the 12th, providing you additional information about his/her classroom, contact information and such. The evening of the 12th, there will be a 15 minute window for each teacher, so that you can get additional information about what instruction will look like. These 15 minute windows will be staggered, allowing for you to attend for multiple children. I also want you to know that daily time is built in to teacher’s schedules, every day, to allow for any support that you many need.
If you indicated on the Skyward survey and/or by phone that your child would be needing a device, it is time to get those devices to you. If you did not indicate that your child needed a device and he/she does, simply send us an email and we will get you on the wait list. We will have a device pick-up service at the following time, right in front of Dearing. Simply drive up and we will guide you through the stations.
Monday, August 10th Tuesday, August 11th Wednesday, August 12th
If for any reason you have not received any communication from your child’s teacher by 5:00pm on Tuesday, please email me or our registrar at Dianna.Gutierrez@pfisd.net and we will problem solve the situation for you.
I am so looking forward to partnering with you this year, to ensure that your child has a great learning experience!
Dearing Elementary Principal
Dearing Newsletter 7/28/20Posted by David Wiechmann on 7/28/2020
July 28, 2020
Good Morning Dearing Families! I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. Covid has touched all of us in some capacity, whether it be with the illness, financially or even the struggle with social isolation over a prolonged period. I know it has not been easy, but our Dearing community will persevere and get through this together!
Sometimes uncertainty is more difficult than a plan, even if it is not a favorable plan. With all of the information coming from different pipelines such as the governor, Texas Education Agency, health department, etc., it can be over whelming and ever changing and frustrating, as well. As I said, we will get through it. At this time, I know what you know. We will do the first three weeks, virtually. On September 7, we will welcome students on campus that would like in-person instruction or some students may choose to continue with on-line instruction.
You have been asked to complete a survey on Skyward, choosing which option you would prefer for your child, by July 31. If you are have having a difficult time accessing, please contact our registrar at Dianna.Gutierrez@pfisd.net.
If you choose the on-line version, know that it will look much different that the spring. It will be a full, rigorous day of school, as TEA has charged us with providing an equally challenging program with all content that we would cover in-person. We will provide a “suggested” schedule, much like the school day, though there will be some flexibility as to when your child can do his/her independent work and watch content lessons. In addition to prerecorded lessons and independent work, there will be small group times for students to have face to face instruction, as well as whole class times for connecting and social emotional learning. Attendance will be taken daily, so it will be critical for your child to engage with the platform and participate in groups.
If you choose for your child to return to school, when allowable, we will have many safety measures in place in addition to the plan the district has shared. If you haven’t taken a look at that, be sure to do so, as it is very informative. I will be sharing the additional precautions that we will take on campus, very soon for your feedback. I am currently obtaining feedback from teachers, district supervisors and the Health and Safety team. While we will have many safety procedures in place, it will still be an inviting interactive learning environment for your child. He/she will still get their typical instruction, special areas, recess, lunch and breakfast. It will just look a little different.
Whatever option you choose, we will take great care of your child and again, we will get through this together. I look forward to working with you to ensure that we provide the best program possible for your child this year.
Dearing Elementary Principal