•  No School for Students Tomorrow - Monday, September, 28, 2020
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    Neil Cummins Weekly, September 29, 2020


    • September 28 No School for Students (Teacher Work Day)
    • October 2 All School Assembly / Spiritwear Fridays 8:150am Zoom Link
      October 5 Anticipated Return to School Detailed information here
    • October 7 All School Assembly / Spiritwear Fridays 11:30am Zoom Link
    • October 7 “Becoming a Trustee” meeting via Zoom, 6:00pm 
    • October 8 – October 19 Application Window for LCMSD Board Trustee
    • October 16 No School for Students (Teacher Work Day)
    • October 26 LCMSD Special Appointee Board Meeting via Zoom, 6:00pm
    • Weekly Dates
    • All Mondays LunchMaster Pickup 12:15pm - 1:00pm
    • All Fridays Library Book Pick Up and Return 8:00am - 4:00pm
    • All Fridays Classroom Materials Pickup 8:00am- 4:00pm (* as notified by your classroom teacher)


    What will teaching and learning look like when we return to school? When we come back to school, it will look different than what we are used to. There will be some important rules and procedures in place for safety.  Within those rules we will be working hard to keep learning fun and engaging for your kids!

    What can you expect?

    • Daily Health Screening: Parents will complete this health screening every day before their child comes to school. Teachers will confirm (by looking at the results page) that you have completed it before allowing your child to enter the classroom.
    • Entering Campus: Students will enter through a specific assigned entrances (based on their class) and proceed to a specific place to meet their teacher. There are blue markings on the ground designating where to stand while waiting to meet their teacher.
    • No Adults other than Staff: No parents are allowed on campus. Kindergarten and first graders will meet their teachers outside the entrance gate so parents can be with them. Grades 2-5 will meet their teachers inside the entrances so they will need to say goodbye to parents at the entrance. 
    • Masks: Masks covering nose and mouth are required for all students. 
    • Backpacks/ Learning Supplies: Your teacher will tell you exactly what your child should bring to school to keep at school and what should be kept at home. We cannot share supplies, so your child’s supplies from their learning kit will be exclusively used by them.
    • Bring charged LCMSD ipad or chromebook: Remember the charger cord too! If your child didn’t borrow a device from the district, they will have one designated for their use at school.
    • Water Bottle: Bring a filled water bottle in the backpack (sealed tightly so it doesn’t leak on technology!) for designated water breaks.
    • Specific Seats: In the classroom, students will have an assigned seat/space and will largely be expected to remain in that space. 
    • Outdoor Learning: Many teachers will utilize outdoor spaces, so be sure to send a layer with your child! Also consider hats for outdoor use (to help with sun).
    • Hand Washing Breaks: Teachers will schedule hand washing breaks using the sinks in their rooms and other hand washing stations nearby.
    • Movement Breaks: Teachers will provide movement breaks within the day, but these will be social distanced movement breaks. We won’t have recess scheduled as we want to maximize instruction during the 170 minutes we have with them each day. 
    • Traffic Flow: There will be specific directional flow to get around on campus...it will be like at stores! 
    • Bathrooms: Students will use the bathroom as needed. Maximum capacity will be 2 students at a time and they will be cleaned on a regular, frequent schedule. Students will wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom.

    Teachers will start talking about these things this week and they will use the time with students the week of October 5 to teach routines and procedures. While it will be unfamiliar at first, we will all get the hang of it! Helping everyone feel comfortable with the new routines is our goal. We want to talk about them lots so we “demystify” them!

    Coming Soon...We are working on some resources that will come out this week:

    • Series of Short Videos (1-4 minutes each)- These will demonstrate various scenarios for our return to school. These will be helpful to show your children so they know what to expect.
    • 1-Page Reference for Families- This will be a helpful, quick reference on the daily routines. You can print it out as a checklist or keep handy on your phone. 


    Fall Conferences: There will be no official conference week this fall. An early release week is not feasible given the AM/PM in-person learning schedule we will be following. Thus teachers will not be conferencing with every family as they usually do this fall. We look forward to getting back to conferencing as soon as we are able to return to some semblance of normalcy! Teachers will be sending progress reports sometime before December break. For more information about how to monitor how your child is doing, see this doc: How is my child doing?

    Onsite Child Care and Distant Learning Support at Neil Cummins
    Corte Madera Parks & Recreation have adapted their program to help students transition from hybrid to in person school care needs. Offering two pods in the morning, two pods in the afternoon, and a full day pod for those who opt out of hybrid schooling and would prefer to continue remotely with support. The goal is to provide affordable care options to support you while working with the District and State to ensure a safe and fun environment for kids to transition into hybrid learning. Register here, select Youth Programs/Enrichment under options or see here for more information.

    Student Artwork from Last School Year If you want last year’s art class work, it will be in boxes marked with LAST YEAR’s teacher’s name, on Friday 10/2 and 10/9.

    Return All Library Books From Last Year We are still missing hundreds of books! Individual email reminders will be sent out next week.  Books can be returned by leaving them on the library book return cart by the front office on Fridays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    School Lunches Now Free to All Students Please see the LCMSD Covid-19 Plan website for Lunch Information. Free lunch to all students!  All you need to do is order online but don't miss the deadline of Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Monday pickup.

    Zero Waste Tip of the Week Meet a lovely family taking Zero Waste to a new level here: https://safeYouTube.net/w/yaCP Discuss the video with your kids. How can we as individuals and households reduce waste in our own homes? What ideas can you implement as a family?

    Annual Giving In addition to maintaining access to Music, Art, Science, Technology and Wellness programs, SPARK is also funding distance learning tools and safe return to schools. This includes intervention specialists and stipends to teachers for supplies needed for our new learning environment. Your support has never been more crucial. You can set up automatic monthly payments or pledge now pay later. Corporate Match can help boost your donation - check here to see if your employer participates.

    Want to become a Biz Partner? Get your business in front of our growing community of nearly 1,000 local families and support SPARK at the same time! We offer a wide variety of sponsorship options to help you find the perfect level of exposure for your business. Learn more here


    Click here for our Community News that includes

    • Google Classroom Training Sessions for Parents 
    • Managing Mental Health During These Uncertain Times Webinar 
    • Marin Girls Chorus is Now Online 
    • Community Institute for Psychotherapy “Raising Healthy Families” Community Education Series
    • Join the Cub Scouts
    • Corte Madera Rec Outdoor Classes 

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