March 26, 2020
Dear Eugene Ware Students and Families,
These are unprecedented times. As I came into the building on Monday, I was overwhelmed with emotion to know our students would not be entering the doors for some time. I know this is hard for your families as well, but please know it will get better. I am praying for all of our students, families, staff, and friends and hope you will agree with me for us to stay healthy and safe during these times.
So, when does school begin is your question? April 6th is when we will officially start. Our district has created a Continuous Learning Plan based on state guidelines. Our first step in this plan is to deploy devices during the week of March 30th. Every child in the household will receive a device. We will have enough for every child. With that said we are asking that you please adhere to the schedule for deployment. Please come to pick up on the date based on your LAST NAME. If you can’t make that day, we do have a makeup time.
Tuesday, March 31st –
- 9am to Noon (Last Names A to H – Monica Shields Henderson)
- 3:30 to 6:30 (Last Names I to O – ex. Linda Lopez Orepeza)
Wednesday, April 1st –
- 9am to Noon (Last Names P-Z)
Thursday, April 2nd –
- 3:30 to 5:30 – If you miss the times above, this is a makeup day.
Please Note: If your children have different last names, we do NOT expect you to come back on a different day. We will accommodate you on whichever day you come.
Please know we are still here for you even if it is virtual.
Mr. Beebe, our school nurse, has set up a Nurse line where you can call and reach out to him with questions and needs. He will be available from 8am-4pm from now until the end of the school year. Please call 913-627-5963. It will ring through to his cell phone. If he doesn’t answer it may mean he is helping another family and leave a message. He will strive to return all calls by the end of the business day.
Ms. Woods (Social Worker) and Mr. Matt (Counselor) are working on ways to connect and provide social and emotional support. Ms. Woods has a Facebook page that you can follow @facebook “A Break with Woods”. She will post messages and talks and you can interact with her there. More to come from our Social Emotional Department.
Lastly, what is school going to look like? Please do not expect to teach your children for 8 hours like a normal school day. Based on various articles I have read, the district is also suggesting following:
|Kindergarten to 2nd Grade||3rd to 5th Grades|
|Reading/Writing – (Consider Science/Social Studies Connection)||20-25 minutes||25-30 minutes|
|Mathematics||20-25 minutes||25-30 minutes|
|Science/ Social Studies – related experiences and or integrated projects.||20-25 minutes||25-30 minutes|
|Being immersed into a good book is something we always value and is something we encourage you and your child to engage in frequently over the next few weeks.|
|Reading aloud and independent reading times are:
K: 10 mins, 1st: 10 mins, 2nd: 15 mins 3rd: 20 mins 4th: 20 mins 5th: 20 mins
Create a daily routine to help with keeping up with what is asked. Here is an example I am using with my 2nd grade son. We are still trying to work out the kinks.
9:30 – 10 – Reading
10 – 11- Outside activity/Dance party – Get active
11-11:30 – Lunch
11:30 – 12:00 – Math
12:00 – 12:30 – Science/Social Studies
Teachers are working on developing virtual learning resources to help students access content at their grade level. Please check our school website – https://eugeneware.schools.kckps.org. I am also sending out Bright Arrow phone, text, and email messages. If you are NOT receiving any of the messages you can email me at email@example.com or call me at 913-302-8061 (cell phone) and we will try to get this corrected.
Thank you for your patience and please know you will soon have the tools you need to help your students with their academic needs.