Thursday, February 4, 2021

Daisy Update--February 4, 2021

 Daisy Families and Staff,

Thanks so much to our Daisy Students, Families and Staff who have worked so well together to make this week of Remote Learning productive and worthwhile for all.  We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to full, in-person school on Monday, February 8th.

This has been a very busy week, featuring a traditional Snow Day on Monday and Remote Learning on Tuesday through Friday.  We also held virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences this week and celebrated "World Read Aloud Day" with guest readers from Westbrook High School, who joined us online.  Tomorrow/Friday (Feb. 5) will be "Favorite Sports Spirit Day" and we encourage students and staff to "sport" their favorite team jerseys, sports apparel, hats, etc.  

On Monday, February 8, we will celebrate our 100th Day of School and look forward to having our students and staff back in school, in-person.  Of course, families still have the option to have their children continue with remote learning, if they so wish.

As Valentines Day approaches, if students would like to bring in cards for classmates, we encourage them to bring one for each student in the class.  We also ask that students bring in these cards (if they wish) early next week, so that they can "sit" before distributing them later in the week.  We will celebrate "Friendship Spirit Day" on February 12.

Also, just a reminder that February 15 and 16 will be school holidays to recognize Presidents' Day (Feb. 15), creating a four-day weekend for winter break.

As always, thanks so much for all the support you give to our students and our school.  I am always available to listen to your concerns and ideas.

Take care,

Ruth W. Rose, Principal

Daisy Ingraham School


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Schedule for Remote Learning at Daisy, February 1st through 5th, 2021

 Dear Daisy Families & Staff,

By now, you have received Superintendent Kristina Martineau's communication regarding Daisy Ingraham School moving to full Remote Learning starting on Monday, February 1st, through Friday, February 5th.

I'm reaching out to provide families and staff with additional information regarding the schedule for Remote Learning at Daisy next week.

Please know that we will continue to use our current schedule while all students are participating in Remote Learning next week.  Classroom teachers and support staff will reach out to families with instructions on how to sign on for Remote Learning, using Google Classroom (Grades K-4) or Class Dojo (Preschool).

We are currently scheduled for Early Dismissal Days on Tuesday, February 2, and Thursday, February 4, with dismissal at 1 pm for Parent/Teacher Conferences.  These virtual conferences will take place as scheduled during Remote Learning days.

Friday, February 5th, is "Favorite Sports Spirit Day" where students and staff are encouraged to wear clothing, hats, etc., celebrating their favorite sports.

Please note, as Dr. Martineau stated in an earlier email that, in the event of a weather-related closure next week, we will use one day as a traditional snow closure day, but we will transition to remote learning if multiple days are impacted and power outages are not an issue.

We plan to return to full, in-person learning for all on Monday, February 8th.  Of course, remote learning always remains an option that parents/guardians can choose for their children.

As always, I am available to listen to your concerns and comments.  Please feel free to reach out to me by email or phone.

Take care,

Ruth

Ruth W. Rose, Principal

Daisy Ingraham School

rrose@westbrookctschools.org

860-399-7925

Daisy News for Families---January 30, 2021

 

Daisy Families,

As always, thanks so much for all the support that you are giving our children and our school, whether your children are currently learning in-person in school or remotely from home.  It certainly takes a village to be successful and we are so very grateful for the wonderfully supportive community we have here in Westbrook!

Here are a few helpful reminders to keep everyone safe and succeessful:

  • As the winter weather grows colder, please send students in with lots of layers of winter clothing to keep them warm and comfortable. We will go outside every day for recess and additional mask breaks and students will need winter coats, hats, mittens/gloves, boots and even snow pants.  We will go outside every day if the weather is 20 degrees F or above for recess and if it's a bit colder, we may not stay out for the entire recess but we will go out for mask breaks.  If there's snow on the ground, we will play in the snow!  We do have a supply of winter coats for those who may need one, but we do have a limited supply of hats, mittens, snowpants and boots.  If anyone would like to send in outgrown items to share with others, we would graciously accept those!  Instead of "sharing" these items on a daily basis, we will gift them to those in need.


  • Please remember that student drop-off in the morning is from 8:15-8:30 am.  If you arrive after 8:30 am, please come to the front circle and bring your child to the front door as school staff will not be in the parking lot/playground area to accept students since they're in classrooms with our students from 8:30 on.
  • On especially cold or rainy days, we use a modified drop-off/pick-up procedure so that students don't have to walk a long distance across the playground.  On those days, we will bring them in and out of the double doors in front of the school by preschool/kindergarten classrooms.  We'll be outside to help direct parents where to drop-off/pick-up students, as always.

Our students continue to amaze us with how resilient they are in adjusting to our safety protocols, especially mask-wearing.  
Here's a group of fourth-graders, pretty excited to go out and play in the snow!

  • Please complete the Health Checklist/Temperature Check that is emailed to parents/guardians each morning.  If your child is sick (experiencing any of the symptoms on that checklist), please keep them home and call the school to report the absence.  If you have any questions/concerns, please call our school nurse, Kayla Johnson, RN, at 860-399-7925.
  • In order to clear a child to return to school and to rule out Covid-19, most doctors will refer you for testing.  Please remember that only PCR tests are accepted by our district, NOT rapid tests.
  • While you are awaiting Covid test results, your child MUST stay home and quarantine.
  • If your child has had an exposure to a Covid-positive individual, your child must stay home and quarantine and you must report this to school.
  • If there is a Covid-positive individual in your household, your child may NOT come to school and the entire household must quarantine, per the Health Department and the CDC.
  • Each case is unique and we will work with you and the Health Department to advise you on the length of quarantine, etc.
  • Please refer to our district and school website for all the latest information from the CDC regarding safety/Covid regulations at: westbrookctschools.org


Our students are enjoying our new Climbing Wall!
Thanks so much to our amazing Daisy PTO for making this a reality at our school!


Remote Learning Guidelines
While parents/guardians have the opportunity to choose Remote Learning for their children at any time, there are also times when we might need to switch individual students (or a class) to Remote Learning due to a possible exposure, immediately.  Remote Learning is reserved for those scenarios and also can be activitated while awaiting for test results, but should not be used for single day absences.  If your child is not feeling well and is absent due to sickness, we advise that your child rests and relaxes to get better, rather and requesting remote learning for a day.

Please address your requests for Remote Learning to your child's teacher and school principal.  We will help you make those decisions on an individual basis.

Guidelines for Successful Remote Learning:
  • Designate a successful spot (without distractions) for your child to participate in remote learning at home.
  • Please ensure that your child has the materials needed: Chromebook; any essential materials that your child's teacher has asked to be picked up at school; writing utensils; paper; books; etc.
  • Help your child follow the schedule of times to sign on, as directed by the teacher; then please let your child's teacher be the guide during online instruction.
    • While working online, we appreciate when parents/guardians take a step back and let children answer for themselves and work on their own, just as it would be in school.
    • Please ensure that younger siblings are not distracting your student who is learning online.
    • Please keep eating to designated lunch and snack times.
    • Except for our very youngest preschool students, parents/guardians don't need to be right at the computer with them.
    • We want to help develop our students' independence and to simulate an in-school experience as much as possible.
    • Our teachers really appreciate the ability to have time with your children online, without other distractions that may naturally be going on in the household.
    • If parents/guardians have questions/concerns for teachers, please address them as you usually would, such as in an email, phone call or conference.  Live Google Meet time is reserved for teachers and students.
As always, if you have any concerns regarding Remote Learning, please contact your child's teacher and principal.

VALENTINES DAY
If your child would like to send in Valentine cards, we just ask that they send one in for every child in the class.
  • We also ask that you send in the cards a few days early, prior to distribution at school.
  • Our PTO has assigned Room Parents to each classroom and a parent may be contacting you regarding a special, pre-packaged snack for the classroom.  No homemade treats can be accepted from home, due to safety and health protocols, but teachers may suggest a snack that is acceptable for the individual classroom, taking into account allergies, etc.  All snacks must be pre-packaged with ingredients listed on the package.
  • Of course, parents/guardians can also send in individual, preferred snacks for their own children as usual.

Our students (and adults!) were so excited to see one of the two new Westbrook Police Cruisers at school yesterday!  Our students had the opportunity to vote on the color/design scheme for the new cruisers and we were so excited to see "Westbrook Purple" along with school logos incorporated into the new design.




Wishing all a safe and happy weekend and please keep in close communication with our school!

We look forward to "seeing" you at virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences next week.

Please remember that Tuesday, Feb. 2, and Thursday, Feb. 4, are early dismissal days (at 1 pm) for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Warmly,
Ruth
Ruth W. Rose, Principal
Daisy Ingraham School
Email:  rrose@westbrookctschools.org
Phone: 860-399-7925

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Daisy Daily for Families---April 20, 2020


Dear Daisy Families,

I hope that this newsletter finds you and your family healthy and happy.  I'm also hoping that the April break week has given your family a chance to rest, reflect and refresh for the weeks ahead.

We can't thank you enough for the support that you have given your children in order to make Distance Learning work for all of us.  Our teachers and support staff have been working extremely hard, with such dedication to continue to meet the needs of our students in an entirely new, remote, online format.  We are all in this together and please know that we so appreciate the teamwork on behalf of our families, staff and students.  Without the incredible support that you have given us at home, this would not be possible.




(Teachers dressed in blue to recognize "Autism Awarenes" while working remotely.)

We will embark on Week #4 of Distance Learning on Monday, April 20.  We look forward to welcoming our students back to our remote learning platforms by rejoining virtual classroom meetings; visiting our school and classroom websites; and logging into Google Classrooms (grades 2-4).

Please check our Daisy Web Site regularly for updated information re: Distance Learning, Calendar Events and COVID-19 Updates at:


www.dis.westbrookctschools.org


Please remember that lunches are available weekdays, from 12:30-1:30 pm, from the Daisy circle.  Meals are provided for all children up to 18 years of age.

We so appreciate all of our front-line heros and we know that so many of our families and staff members are those heros.  We have decorated the front doors of our school, just as many Westbrook families have decorated their doors and windows at home.  We honor you all!
Doctors, nurses, technicians, lab techs, janitors, hospital staff (pink) 💗

Law enforcement (blue) 💙

EMT’s and fire fighters (red) ❤️

Health Department workers (yellow)💛

Truck Drivers/delivery drivers/postal workers (green) 💚

Food provider (orange)

Media (purple) 💜

Show them some love!




Wishing all a wonderful week and please know that we are all in this together.  The latest Governor's Executive Order calls for schools to be closed through May 20, but please watch our Westbrook Public Schools Website for updates.  Direct updates will also come directly from Superintendent Patricia Ciccone through emails and phone message, as appropriate.

Please keep in touch and let us know your concerns.
Warmly,
Ruth W. Rose, Principal

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