Message from Principal Bonacio
I wanted to share some of the procedures for the upcoming school year with you all. We will be trying to make this school year as close to “normal” as possible. However, we are incorporating some of the positives from last year into our plan as well!
- Arrival. Families can drop off students at the crosswalk by the main office from 8:20 until 8:40 a.m. There will be staff members available to assist them into the building. If students arrive after 8:45 a.m. they will need to be signed in at the main office. Buses will arrive at the building between 8:20 and 8:40 a.m. If your child is NOT taking the bus this year, please let Mrs. Kelch know by filling out the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.
- Morning Recess. Students who arrive between 8:20 and 8:40 a.m. will proceed to their classroom during the month of September to allow them to acclimate and make connections with their teachers. We will assess morning recess as an option in October.
- School Day. The official school day will be 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Specials. All specials like art, music, physical education and library will be in their typical spaces this year. Children will travel in the hallways to these specials.
- Lunch/Recess. The current plan is to have half of the children in each class eat their lunch in the cafeteria while the others will eat in their classroom, six feet apart. This will be rotated each week to give all of our students the opportunity to eat in the cafeteria. All students in the same grade level will then have recess together at the same time.
- Dismissal. Children who will be picked up daily will be dismissed from the main office doors and will use the crosswalk. They will be escorted by a Pashley staff member to your car. Families will wait in their cars with a designated sign in the windshield, as we did last year. Please make sure your sign is visible and large enough for staff to see. You will need identification for us to release your child to you. Students will be released at the end of the instructional day.
- Back-to-School Nights. This special event will be virtual again this year. More details will be emailed in the coming weeks.
- Supply Drop Off Extravaganza. Instead of having an open house, we will have an optional opportunity for families to drop off supplies on Tuesday, September 7, between 9 and 10 a.m. Our first and second graders will go to the outside quad doors from 9 to 9:30 a.m. There will be staff members outside to provide direction. Our 4th and 5th grade will have tables on the front lawn of Pashley from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. The tables will be labeled with teacher names and set up outside or under the overhang, weather dependent. Please label the bag of supplies so that our staff members can deliver it to the classrooms. Everything will be done outside and staff members will be available to assist.
- Birthday Treats. Students can bring in birthday treats this year, either pre-packaged or individually wrapped. We won’t have children traveling around the building to deliver the birthday treats.
- Cubbies/Lockers. Children will be allowed to use their cubbies and lockers this year to store their personal belongings.
- Student Absences. We will treat student absences like we have in the past, with teachers sharing work that needs to be made up through work sent home, or through google classroom. An exception would be if an entire class is quarantined, then instruction would be provided virtually. Fingers crossed that this won’t happen this year! Please remember to use our Pashley Absentee Form which can be found on the Pashley Web page. In doing so, the main office and the school nurse will know of the absence. This form can also be used to notify us of a late arrival.
As we open this year, let’s remember that we are all in this together. We will encourage, support, communicate, and work with one another cooperatively on behalf of the Pashley children. We will grow and learn, make mistakes and adjust, as well as create new directions for the future of our Polar Bears. Our children need us more than ever, and we will rise to the challenge.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year!