• Updates from Mr. Roach

     

    June 5, 2020

     

    Hello DE Families,

     

    Please see my June 5th Principal Update below.  Here are some important guidelines for Student Item Pick-Up Next week—with more details in the update!

     

    • Enter the side Parking lot on Baymouth Street 
    • Families will stay in their cars and items will be brought out to each car from the gym side doors by the benches/Little Lending Library
    • Please plan to drop off any BROKEN iPads that have been replaced the night you come—Do not return working iPads.
    • Please bring any Library books or class books to return
    • Please return Safety Patrol Belts
    • If you would like us to discard any medications/nursing items, please email our nurse at Hae-Jeon_Hutchison@eastiron.monroe.edu

    IMPORTANT!

    • Please place a sign in your windshield with your student’s name and teacher to assist our staff runners—Large enough to see from a distance (Copy/notebook paper would be fine)

     

     

    Principal Update June 5 2020.docx

     

    Stay Well!

     

    Tim

     


     

    May 22, 2020

     

    Hello DE Families. 

     

    Please read this letter carefully as we will be explaining procedures for student items pickup.

     

    It was wonderful to see so many of you and your students for our Celebration Bags for Distance Learning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday!!!  All of our staff loved the parade also. We miss our kids so much!!!

     

    We all know how hard YOU have worked during this time, so our staff wanted to send you a little thank you. 

     

    Please see our Family YouTube Thank You HERE

     

    Important Library Information and Summer Book Exchange Information

    Next Tuesday, May 26 at 12:30 we will be having a special live Zoom guest joining us from Melbourne, Australia!  Anton Thomas is a cartographer and artist who gained recent fame for his creation of a massive hand-drawn map of North America.  He will be sharing how his project and interest in geography began.  Check out his YouTube video and have questions ready for him!  Hope to see you there.  Send any questions to Mrs. Truelson on Schoology or email at rebecca_truelson@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Zoom code: 964 0875 4232 

    For more information and a YouTube video of Anton Thomas click HERE

     

    Summer Books--Curbside pickup of books from the DE library! 

    Who is missing the library?  Many people are realizing how important libraries are now that they are closed.  We recognize how important it is for kids to have access to books, especially now.  So, for the first time, we are going to loan books to students for the summer!  Starting June 8 students can order books using the digital library catalog and pick up will be the following week.  Students in good library standing will be allowed to have 5 books total on loan and the books will be due back in September.  Please be watching for specific directions on how to check your students’ library accounts and place orders for books.  We are excited to get books in the hands of kids where they belong! 

     

    Student Pick up of Items Left in School—

    **Read Carefully—some students in different grade Levels will come on different days depending on Nurse/meds pick up, instrument drop off, etc.**

    • Enter the side Parking lot on Baymouth Street
    • Families will stay in their cars and items will be brought out to each car from the gym side doors by the benches/Little Lending Library
    • Please plan to drop off any BROKEN iPads that have been replaced the night you come—Do not return working iPads just yet.
    • Please bring any Library books or class books to return
    • If you would like us to discard any medications/nursing items, please email our nurse at Hae-Jeon_Hutchison@eastiron.monroe.edu

     

    • Please place a sign in your windshield with your student’s name and teacher to assist our staff runners—Large enough to see from a distance (Copy paper would be fine)

     

    Monday June 8, 2020

    3rd Grade –

    Time:  2:30-4:00PM or 5:00-6:30PM

    Families can come either shift

     

    Tuesday June 9, 2020

    4th Grade Night and ANY 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student who needs to pick items/medication from the nurse AND for ANY 4th or 5th grade student  who needs to drop off a school rented instruments to Ms. DiRaimo

    Time:  2:30-4:00PM or 5:00-6:30PM

    Families can come either shift

    Nurse Item/Medication Pick up will be at the door by the flagpole with Nurse Mrs. Hutchison once student bags are delivered.  Medications/items not picked up will be discarded.  Please let us know in advance if you would like us to do that.

     

    Wednesday June 10, 2020

    5th Grade –

    Time:  2:30-4:00PM or 5:00-6:30PM

    Families can come either shift

     

    Thursday June 11, 2020

    FLEX DAY-All Grades

    Time: 12:00-2:00PM

    For Families that cannot make other days-  Nurse Items/Medication pick up this day would need to be made by appointment—Please call the office

    As always, Please, let me know if you need anything. More information on the end of the year will be coming out soon!

     

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman Intermediate School

     


    May 15, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

    I hope you are all well and continuing to manage all that life has thrown our way.  In an earlier email today, I sent out details on our PTA/PBIS Celebration event for next week to honor your students for working so hard and to keep them engaged.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Our amazing Art teacher Ms. Lanzafame had started a project prior to the district art kit give-away, which include MORE ART KITS!  She obtained a grant through Flower City Arts Center.  These kits are free and will be on first come, first serve basis on Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th at the DE food distribution site during food pick up times.

    Ms. Howe (4th grade) is an aeronautical buff and shared with me information about “Operation Thanks from Above” by the National Warplane Museum. She says there will be a fly over DE around 11:30 AM on Saturday as a thank you to our First Responders and Essential Workers.  We know many of our DE families are First Responders and/or Essential Workers and we can thank you enough for all you do.  You can find more information about “Operation Thanks from Above” HERE

    5th Grade Parents, please be on the lookout for information from the Middle School on a Virtual Parent Information nights scheduled for Wednesday 5/27 @ 5:30-6:00pm and the second on Thursday 5/28 @ 6:15-6:45pm.  Individual classes will be scheduled for each evening.  If you have questions, please reach out to Brian Kurdziel at the Middle School: Brian_Kurdziel@eastiron.monroe.edu.

    Please continue to have your students visit our Special Area Schoology Pages for PE, Art, Library and Music activities.

    A word about Yearbooks-- Given the fact that group pictures were not able to be taken, and having limited content, there is no yearbook this year.  It breaks our heart, but we did not want to put out a mediocre yearbook that we would still need to charge full price for.  We hope you understand.

    Our PTA is still looking for volunteer officers.  Please consider joining.  As I noted last time, if we cannot run a PTA a lot of special events by the PTA for DE run the risk of being lost.

     

    As always, please stay safe!

     

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman Intermediate Building

     

     

    DE Families,

     

    Your teachers have probably already sent this out… Our Amazing PTA and PBIS team have put together an event to recognize students hard work and to help keep them engaged as we enter the final push towards the end of the year.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week we will be handing out Celebration Bags to all students to say thank you for working so hard.  While we would have loved to be able to open this event up to all of our staff to participate, given current guidelines from the health department to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people, only a small handful of staff will be present as cars pull up.  I know all of our DE family would love to be there!

     

    See the flyer below for details. 

    DE Celebration Bags

     

    Some important things to remember. 

    • Families must be in a car (no walk ups) -Please reach out to me if this is an issue
    • In order to minimize traffic flow, if your last name is at the back half of the alphabet, please try to come after 5:30.  We understand this may not be always be possible
    • If you have student in more than one grade, pick just one night.
    • Please let your student’s teacher know if you have any questions.

     

    Timothy G. Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman Intermediate School

    585-339-1350

     


     

    May 1, 2020

     

    Hello DE Families,

     

    I hope this letter finds you well.  As you have undoubtably heard, the Governor has extended the distance learning protocol for the remainder of the school year.  Now, more than ever, it is important to remind students that school is not “closed” for the rest of the year.  Our expectations remain the same, that students engage with their classes on-line.  Our staff will continue to push out new learning standards as we progress through our current reality.  Please encourage students to maintain their focus.  Again, we understand how hard this can be, so please let us know if we can help in any way. 

     

    Here is a nice video from Susan Engel, Ed.D., the district’s Behavioral Specialist, regarding goal setting for kids and families during this time.  You can find that video here.

     

    Next week is teacher/staff appreciation week.  Please reach out if you can with a kind word to your student’s teachers.  The work they have done is nothing short of AMAZING!

     

    Now that we know the building will be closed for the remainder of the year, I will be working on plans for families to come in and get what students need from desks, lockers, or the nurse’s office.  Please be on the lookout for more information.

     

    A note about the District Meal Program

    A new addition to our Meal Program: with Friday’s meal pick-up you will receive an extra meal to help you with meals over the weekend. This will begin Friday, May 1st!! We are committed to doing our best to support our families in the community at this unprecedented time.

    The following is from the Governor’s Office on support for families:

     

    Immediate Release: 4/24/2020        GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO

     

     IN FACE OF A DANGEROUS UPTICK OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENTS, GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TEXT PROGRAM AND NEW CONFIDENTIAL ONLINE SERVICE TO AID VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND PROVIDE POTENTIAL LIFESAVING WAYS TO GET HELP

     

    DV Reports Overall are up 30 Percent in April Compared to Last Year and Incident Calls to State Have Increased 15 Percent in March Compared to Last Year

     

    New Yorkers in Need of Help or Assistance Can Text 844-997-2121 or Can Go to the New Confidential Online Site to Reach a Professional on www.opdv.ny.gov

    New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

    www.opdv.ny.gov

    Domestic Violence, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV), information on domestic violence, including New York State domestic violence referral resources, training and technical assistance to professionals who interface with domestic violence in many areas, including child protective services, child welfare, colleges, health care, mental health, police, social services, and workplace

     

    Please be well, stay safe, and reach out if you need anything.

     

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman

     


     

    April 24, 2020

     

    Hello Durand Eastman Families,

     

    I hope you are all doing well and managing our new normal.  We are missing our students more and more each day.

     

    DE Car Parade Monday!!!!

    Monday April 27th, starting at 4PM, 3 groups of teachers and staff will be following major bus routes in a small parade around our DE zone.  Each group of staff cars will take a route.  The goal is to hopefully have kids see some friendly faces.  We ask that you stay on your own property and kids do not run up to cars.  Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all our students’ homes will be part of the routes. One way to think of it is, if a bus typically passes your house the cars will likely pass on by.  Also, given the fact that we have 3 groups of cars taking a separate route, we cannot guarantee that students will see their specific teacher.  Logistically, there is just no way to make sure we hit every house.

    I know there have been questions about the routes. In the spirit of social distancing and current stay home orders, I will not be publishing the routes.  We are trying to avoid folks from leaving home and going to a particular spot to “see” the parade.  I hope you understand.  I will be taking video of our line up and posting that for kids to see, however.

     

    Academic Questions

    Please know that with the new learning, students are expected to engage in 90-120 minutes of work from their classroom teachers in reading, math and ELA/writing tasks. Our amazing special area teachers are also posting a good deal of activities in Schoology.  Please encourage your students to check out their postings as well. 

     

    District Web Page

    The district has added an E-learning section to the top of its website with a lot of helpful links to support you during this time. Please check it out here.

     

     

    Student Opportunity

     Lancer Contest

     

     

    Another Resource from Mr. Jasak

     

    There are some good mental health resources regarding COVID-19 here from Mr. Jasak.

     

    As always, please let us know how we can help you and your families at this time.  We really do recognize how difficult all this is.  I am beyond proud of our staff and the work they are doing.  I go on frequently and see all the work your students are doing and am amazed!  Keep them engaged the best you can.  As I always tell the kids, just because the building is closed that does not mean the teaching and learning has stopped!

     

    Be Well,

     

    Tim Roach, Principal


    April 17, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

     

    I am sure by now you have heard that the Governor has closed New York State schools through May 15th. We are committed to providing support and new learning to our students during this closure. I wanted to make a few points regarding the continuation of school:

    • Please know that our expectation is that students understand that just because the building is closed, school is still in session.
    • Teachers and school staff will continue to reach out to those students and families who are not engaged.
    • If your student is in a Zoom session, we ask that you be mindful of those lessons and have families/parents/guardians refrain from asking teachers question during whole class Zooms. If you have a need to reach out to the teacher or staff member, send them an email and they will respond. Also, whenever possible, please be mindful of who is on your child’s screen in the background during those lessons. We ask so that these new learning sessions can be as distraction free as possible. Please feel free to sit next to your student so you can understand the learning goals being explained. Again, reach out separately with specific questions.

     

    Our district office is looking for pictures of students engaged in on-line learning. If you have any great pictures, we might be able to use for our website, please email them to me!

     

    As always, we are here to support and know that this is not an easy time. PLEASE reach out if you or your students are overwhelmed so we can come up with a plan with their teacher.  We understand that you need to do what is right for your family.

     

    Best Wishes and STAY HEALTHY!

     

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman Intermediate School

     

     

    April 8, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

     

    As I am sure you are aware, Governor Cuomo has ordered the closure of all public schools through April 29, 2020.  We will keep you posted as more information comes in.

    Our staff will be rolling out some new learning initiatives moving forward.  They are busy working on finding the best ways to do that.  Staff will identify important learning that we want students to be exposed to and push those out digitally.  The goal will be for students to have about 2 hours of new learning work a day.  Some of it may be “live” instruction while some of it may be videos/resources that address a particular concept, so students can access the material when it is coinvent for them.  If your student cannot access the digital resources, please reach out to me.

    It will be important for your students to maintain contact with their teachers during this time.  Staff are here to help you and your student navigate the learning and technology, and most of it will be on platforms students already use.  With that said, please remember to do what is right for your family at this time.  We recognize that this is a difficult time for everyone.  Again, we are here to help. 

     

    Here, I have identified some helpful resources you might be able to use.

     

    • Schoology help page for parents:

    https://support.schoology.com/hc/en-us/articles/201000833-Home-Page-Parents-

     

    • District Schoology Help

    https://www.eastiron.org/Page/5969

     

    • Librarian, Mrs. Truelson’s Sora instructional video for students and families on how to access digital books:

     

    https://eastironcsd-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/rtruelson_eastiron_monroe_edu/ESFZv8E9JwZKs7IMqiDRwrwBOOEy-f_vd-mD4Iyu_ko-HQ?e=NhjHKr

     

     

    • Jasak’s link to family resources for Second Step- our Character Education Program:

    Second Step is starting to put lessons online for families.  These are lessons we already did, but think it could be good for review for the kids.  
    Here is the link with instructions on how to log in https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support

    Sign-up is free

     

    • Parenting during COVID-19

    Parenting during covid document

     

    • Information on Health Insurance during this time:

    New Yorkers who are without health insurance should apply now through NY State of Health. If  you lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of a loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus, or subsidized Qualified Health Plan coverage.  Thousands of assistors are ready throughout the state to help consumers enroll by phone. NY State of Health is committed to helping New Yorkers get the coverage they need so they can get the care they need.

    Visit us at: www.nystateofhealth.ny.gov and let us help you find a health care plan that works for you.

     

    Please let me know how I can help!  I am happy to...

     

    Stay Healthy,

     

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman


    April 1, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

     

    I hope the days are short and everyone is taking this time to slow down a bit and enjoy the extended family time we have been given.  I do know my pups are loving having mommy and daddy at home all the time.  My only regret is not being able to go out to Wisconsin to visit the grandbabies, but we all have those stories of social isolation.  Stay Strong!

     

    As you have probably heard by now the state has provided clarification regarding “school” during spring break:

    Pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.11, “Districts must continue to provide remote instruction for students, meals for students, and child care every weekday between April 1, 2020 and April 14, 2020,even if the district is scheduled to be on spring break during that time.”

     

    We recognize how difficult all this has been for everyone, teachers, staff AND families.  As I have said in previous updates, do what is right for your families.  If your students need time off, take it!  If you or your students are feeling overwhelmed, please let us know.  This is the same message we are sending to our staff -family first!!!

     

    With all of that said, next week, teachers will continue to provide remote resources for students.  As we move forward, we will be looking at how we can provide students and families with resources that will roll out NEW learning.  Again, if you need support with any of this please reach out.  Our staff will continue to reach out to those students and families who are less engaged.  Look for that information soon.

     

    A few important websites to help you navigate this whole thing:

    Parent/Family Technology Support -If you need help with the technology your student has at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions -FAQ’s for this closure from the district.

     

    Keep in Mind:

    • Teachers are Zooming with their classes. I try to join each class.   Please make sure your kids are joining.  These are a great way for kids to stay connected, get clarification on “assignments”, and have fun.   Teachers have standing Zoom times which will be important as we push forward.
    • Continue to set structured times for kids to engage in the on-line resources.
    • Be sure to monitor their screen time.
    • Food service meals will continue next week

     

    Again, do what is right for your families and do not hesitate to reach out.   Please let me know personally if I can help in any way. 

     

    Stay Healthy,

    Tim Roach, Principal

     


    March 27, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

     

    Our hope is that everyone is staying healthy!  The theme of this update is to ensure that you are taking care of you -- and your family.  We at DE recognize how hard all of this must be on you.  We spent a good deal of time in our team meetings this week, at all 3 grade levels, talking about how our students and families could start to feel overwhelmed with all the work and resources being provided by our teachers.

    First, our staff continues to do an amazing job providing resources, reaching out and staying in contact with students and families.  I could not be any prouder of them.  With that said, if you or your student are starting to feel overwhelmed with all the information coming your way, do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s teacher.  Like I stated, we talked about ways to help students and families if this were the case.

    I “stole” this from a neighboring district (Livonia CSD), but I think it does a great job of articulating how DE staff feels about the job you are doing, and where our priorities should be!

     Home Learning Standards

    If you would like a good resource on explaining this situation to your students, here is a comic-like resource shared by New York State:

    COVID-19 Comic

    Please be sure you are checking the district website for continued updates on the closure and/or if you need technology support:   

    A few important websites to help you navigate this whole thing:

    Parent/Family Technology Support -If you need help with the technology your student has at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions -FAQ’s for this closure from the district.

     

    Important Tips

    • Teachers are Zooming like crazy with their classes. I try to join each class.   Please make sure your kids are joining.  These are a great way for kids to stay connected and have fun.
    • Families continue to set structured times for kids to engage in the resources.
    • Be sure to monitor their screen time.
    • From Mrs. Truelson, our amazing librarian:
      • As all of you, I have had to think about how to navigate an online presence and keep kids engaged. I have been using Schoology and Zoom, but I have also been working hard on revamping my website (Library link HERE) to be useful for students, staff and parents

     

    Again, the goal is to take care of yourself and your families.  Please let me know personally if I can help in any way.  Here are a few more resources to help YOU!

     

    Hierarchy of Needs for school

     

    Stay Healthy,

    Tim Roach, Principal

    Durand Eastman Intermediate School


    March 18, 2020

     

    Dear DE Families,

     

    I trust this letter finds you all well.  I just wanted to share some more information.  I know you are probably being inundated with information at this time.  I promise to only send relevant information!

     

    First, we miss your students – please let them know that.  Second, I have never been prouder of ALL our staff for the work they are doing for your kids, our kids!!

     

    A few important websites to help you navigate this whole thing:

    Parent/Family Technology Support -If you need help with the technology your student has at home.

    Frequently Asked Questions -FAQ’s for this closure from the district.

     

    Library Literacy Resources from Mrs. Truelson

     

    Information from teachers is going out at a furious pace.  We need your Help!  Please be sure you are checking your students’ Schoology or SeeSaw (for 3rd Grade) pages with them so you have an idea of what resources teachers are sending.  I encourage you to create some structure at home regarding learning activities, with times and expectations!  Teachers will be sending you information on their “Office Hours” for when they will be live on Schoology, email, or SeeSaw for kids to get feedback and or ask questions.  Please keep checking your emails, as well.  Also, please be sure your kids are reading, reading, reading!

     

    Students will belong to several groups on Schoology so make sure they are showing you all their groups!

     

    Yesterday I launched our Talking Points service.  This is a text-based service that allows me to send out a quick burst of information via text message.  You should have gotten that text yesterday.  If not, please let me know.  The service allows me to send a message and have it translated into a family’s home language. It then allows those families to respond in their home language and I receive the response in English.  Pretty neat stuff!

     

    A few other tidbits:

    • My counseling staff will be following up with families and students that are not engaging with the learning opportunities regularly.

     

    • Our support staff (e.g., reading teachers) will be joining classroom teachers in providing resources.

     

    • Our special area teachers have been incredibly busy providing resources for PE, Music and Art on Schoology. Please ask your students to incorporate those activities into the structures you create for them.

     

    • iPads not picked up at school by the end of the day today will be delivered home sometime this week.

     

    • Do not forget about our food program at DE and other district buildings. You can find that information on the District web page

     

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any needs or questions.

     

    Stay Healthy,

    Tim Roach


    March 16, 2020 

     

    Dear Durand Eastman Families,  

     

    I want to take a minute to reach out and provide some more information regarding our approach during these very unprecedented times. 

     

    First and foremost, the district’s number one goal during this closure is to ensure that schools and teaching staff are staying connected to students and families on a regular basis for support and connection.  As far as learning, our staff has been hard at work trying to put together resources for students to access at home.  Please know these resources are intended to maintain the continuity of learning and are not intended to replace instruction.  Please be on the lookout for electronic information from your child’s teacher.  If you need assistance reaching your child’s teacher, please let me know. 

     

    Undoubtably, you will see a lot of educational resources on social media.  I encourage you to preview any site prior to letting students go on by themselves.  And do not allow them to send any personal identifying information to such sites. Teachers and I will communicate primarily through Schoology and/or SeeSaw (3rd grade).  Please make sure your students are checking those daily. 

     

    Our amazing PTA has offered to support families in any way they can.  I encourage you to join their Facebook Page @Durand-Eastman PTA.  That will be the easiest way to get information and reach out for help.  They are an amazing group of people and we are so blessed to have them. 

     

    During the closure, our buildings and grounds staff will be working to deep clean the building and making sure that touch points are consistently sanitized.  This will be important as we launch our food program.  Starting today, March 16, children under 18 can get a free lunch in a “grab and go” setting from 11AM to 1PM daily.  Starting tomorrow, March 17, breakfast will also be offered from 8AM to 10AM in the same format.  The price for adult servings will be $2.00 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch. Please use the door on the left corner of the building, near Dayne Street.

     

    Please understand the following:

    • For any students whose iPad is still at school, you can pick them up by calling the main office for an appointment through Wednesday March 18th. After this date we will be delivering them home through our transportation department. 
    • All school grounds, including playgrounds, are closed to the public.
    • If you need to pick up your child’s medication, please call the main office to schedule a pick-up time.
    • Important district information for this closure can be found on the District Website HERE
    • If you have any questions or need anything, please do not hesitate to call me at 339-1350, or use my e-mail.

     

    Stay healthy and look out for each other! 

     

    Sincerely,

    Tim Roach, Principal 

    Durand Eastman Intermediate School