• Updates from Dr. Hiley

     

    June 12, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    The end of the school year is always an emotional time for me.  But, leaving Laurelton-Pardee makes it even more so.  I have loved my time here and am humbled by the amazing group of educators I have been able to lead.  I know you and your children remain in good hands. 

     

    I told my staff that this is a true opportunity for our school.  We have made some remarkable growth in six years, but a fresh set of eyes at this moment will assure that the progress continues.  There is not time for resting on laurels! I look forward to watching Laurelton-Pardee to continue its journey.

     

    In case you missed it, here is a video of my announcement: Mr. Hiley's News 

     

    And, as promised, here is LP's first (and hopefully last) virtual Moving Up Ceremony.  Thank you to Tom White for putting our videos into one streamlined experience for you.  Now, get some popcorn and enjoy!  Moving Up Ceremony Congratulations to our soon-to-be sixth graders! 

     

    Finally, the District has added some Race and Justice Resources to its website.  Click the hyperlink to view some child appropriate materials for conversations at home.

     

    This is the last Sway for the school year.  We will be in touch throughout the summer with updates regarding the opening of school as they become available.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with your family and have a terrific summer!

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     


     

    June 5, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    As if dealing with a worldwide pandemic was not enough for our community, the recent national and local events have undoubtedly put additional stressors on our East Irondequoit community (and probably you personally).  The gross injustices feel personal to many of you, and the violence and unrest was literally at many of your doorsteps.  I want to acknowledged my empathy and support for each of you in this moment. 

     

    This week each LP teacher made an attempt to check in with students and provide a platform for them to safely share their feelings and/or ask questions.  This is particularly difficult for our students of color, but I have also heard of White students concerned for their Black and Brown friends.  The attempt from teachers was to provide support and to create as much unity among our virtual community as possible.  We know that a child's response to stress is often delayed or manifests differently than adult feelings.  We hope you will reach out to the supports at school if and when that is needed.

     

    Our East Irondequoit community is stronger because of our diversity. My hope is that we can continue to learn from and to support each other.  All parents in our community have the right to use their voice to strengthen our community. I welcome any ideas that will enhance our school culture, continuing to promote a place where all students from all backgrounds are loved, supported, and respected. 

     

    I have one piece of "business" to share.  We still have about 70 students' belongings here at school.  I will continue to send "text" reminders each week as long as belongings are left here. We do not have space to store them, and we do not plan on throwing them away. Thank you for your cooperation. As a reminder, please call Mrs. Lohrberg in the main office (330-1370) to schedule your pick-up.

     

    With gratitude and respect for each of you, I send this week's message.

     

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

    Upcoming Events.

    Our fifth grade moving up ceremony will be recorded and shared with a You Tube link on Friday June 12 as part of this communication.

     

    LP Virtual Talent Show

    Thank you to the 13 students who contributed to our Talent Show.  So far, the "show" has been viewed 81 times.  Let's see if we can double that number this weekend.

    Have you ever seen a fifth grader do trick shots?  Or have you ever watched a fourth grader hit jumps on a bike trail?  You are in for a treat!

    LP Talent Show 2020

     

    Open PTA Leadership Positions

    Our PTA is looking for candidates to fill open PTA board positions.  You do NOT need to be available to be in school during the day, and you do not need any prior experience.  Our PTA leadership is focused on supporting teachers and students in all that they do.  If you are interested in talking further about the possibility of being the Vice President, the membership coordinator, and/or the talent show coordinator, please email Lucas Hiley (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).

     

    LP Counselor's Corner

    Second Step Update:

     

    The Second Step Lessons this year addressed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Students were exposed to lessons that were adapted for each grade level and covered numerous SEL topics.

     

    I am continuing to teach these lessons however, with the current COVID situation in mind. The following topics are discussed:

     

                  Emotion Management

                  Managing Strong Feelings

                  Calming Down

                  Managing Anxiety

                  Managing Disappointments

     

    Please review the Second Step Schedule below for each grade level.  I communicate with each grade level via Schoology, regarding the date and time of each lesson.   Our meetings are being held  through the ZOOM meeting app. The log in information is shared with students each week through Schoology. Please remind your child to attend their lesson.

     

    3rd Grade – Mondays, 11:30 – 12:00am

    4th Grade – Mondays, 10:00 – 10:30am

    5th Grade – Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:30pm

     

    If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.

     

    Thank you!

     

     

    ****************************************************************

     

    Genesee Mental Health Services – 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, 585-922-9900.  Provides mental and behavioral health services for adults ages 18 and over, and their families.

     

    Mental Health Association of Rochester NY – 320 North Goodman Street, 585-325-3145. This agency promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services.

    United Way of Greater Rochester – Call to request possible funding for essential items.  75 College Avenue, Rochester, 585-242-6400.

     

    Liberty Resources – This is a non-profit agency that provides physical health, behavioral health and social services to individuals and families.  They are located at 175 Humboldt Street, # 100, Rochester, NY, 585-410-3370, ext. 200 or 201.  Their website: www.liberty-resources.org.

     

    Compeer Rochester – This service provides and supports friendships between volunteers and community members recovering from mental illness. They are located at 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, 585-546-8280. 

     

    Tree of Hope Counseling – This service is a collaborative network of private practitioners. Offering individual, group and family therapy, psychiatry, training, education and consultation. They can be reached at 585-500-9420; located at 2300 East Avenue, Rochester.

     

    Strong Behavioral Health – Located 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, the department of Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits, emotional regulation difficulties, moods disorders, and other behavioral concerns.  They can be reached at 585-275-0320.

    UR Med: Behavioral Health Crisis Call Line o Licensed clinicians can help to determine level of care needed and connect families with appropriate services; for youth and adults.

    o 585-275-8686

    o Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am -8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am 6:30pm

    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline (24 hours) o For youth and adults @ (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 Hours) o Free and confidential prevention and crisis resources for people in distress. o (800) 273-8255 or online chat platform @ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
    • National Parent Helpline o Emotional support and problem-solving help for parents. o Available Monday through Friday, 1-10 pm @ (855) 427-2736

     

    SPOA – The Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral system can be seen as a way to access Monroe County services through one source.  Once on the website, go to the search area and type in SPOA.  Look under your desired category such as either child or adult.  Once you click on that area, you will find actual applications and a detailed description of services provided. The website is: www.monroecounty.gov.

     

    Teen Mental Health – Support for ages 15 – 18 years old.  Their website:

    www.teenmentalhealth.org.

     

    The Children’s Institute – Has been based in Rochester for over 60 years, offering social and emotional health of young children. Online open support group for parents/teens/adolescents. They can be reached at: www.childrensinstitute.net.

     

    Catholic Family Center (CFC) – Accepting new patients age 5 through adult.  They can be reached at 585-546-7220.  A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.  For more information visit their website at: www.cfcrochester.org.

     

    Nomiroc.org – Online group support for displaced college students.

     

    United Health Care: Should you need assistance with Health Care Insurance, please contact Sonia Gonzalez (Figueroa) at 585-435-6362.  She can also be reached at sgonzalez@yourcarehealthplan.com. A pleasant bonus for us at LP, she is also bilingual!

     

    Monroe County Masks – On Wednesday, May 6th, the county announced that they would be providing face masks for the entire Monroe County area. Referring to our Monroe County Executive Adam Bello in a report from WHAM 13 News, “Wednesday, Bello said the county will be working with the City of Rochester and local towns to distribute thousands more to citizens.  (Thus far, masks have been given to caregivers, first responders, daycare centers and others.)  Towns and villages will begin to receive masks this weekend for distribution.” The article noted that “Information for mask distribution in Rochester will be forth coming.”

     

    Wi-Fi/Internet (FREE) – Charter Communications (Spectrum) is providing complimentary Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K – 12 and college students, and/or that qualify as low-income. Contact them at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

    The Usual Reminders

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Video Four - Community Helps

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

    Zoom Etiquette

    Our PBIS team put together a matrix to help students show appropriate behavior during their Zoom or video conferencing meetings.  Teachers will review this protocol with students as needed, but I thought parents might want to do the same.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

     


     

    May 29, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    It was great seeing so many of you yesterday at our supply pick-up.  Thank you for making it to school and for complying with the social distancing requirements.  We have quite a few bags left in the hallways, so I will be in touch once we know how we are going to handle the next step.

     

    This week's big news is the announcement of the final day of school for LP students.  The board of education approved June 16 as our last school day.  Teachers are busy thinking of ways to make the final days fun as a way of offering some closure for all of their students.   The date is a bit earlier than a normal school year because we continued online learning through what would have been our April Break.  It seems like an earlier end date will be welcomed, as we are seeing a decline in student engagement with the nicer weather.  We appreciate any support you can offer your little Lancer to hang on for just a bit longer.

     

    My final weekly Sway will be June 12, and that will contain a link to a recorded version of our fifth grade moving up ceremony.

     

    Absentee ballots for the District Budget Vote and Board Member Election which were supposed to be mailed this week have been delayed until early next week due to the inability of the printer, NTS, to meet their deadline. The district learned of this delay earlier today. We are in the process of securing a new printer to distribute the ballots as quickly as possible and they should be mailed to residents on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

     

    Finally, I have included  LP's thank you video in case you did not catch it on social media.  We put this together to say thank you for all the EXTRA support you have offered this year - So, thank you from us all here at LP.  We could not do this without you!

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

    Upcoming Events.

    Our fifth grade moving up ceremony will be recorded and shared with a You Tube link on Friday June 12 as part of this communication.

    LP Virtual Talent Show

    All LP students are invited to participate in our virtual talent show!  I will be collecting their videos between now and May 31 and putting them into a single video file.  Please encourage your child to share a special talent, or to develop a new one to share with the school. Video submissions should be no more than 2 minutes and school appropriate, of course.  Students can direct message me via Schoology, or you can email me their video submissions.

    The students already know about this if they have been watching the Morning Show.

    Open PTA Leadership Positions

    Our PTA is looking for candidates to fill open PTA board positions.  You do NOT need to be available to be in school during the day, and you do not need any prior experience.  Our PTA leadership is focused on supporting teachers and students in all that they do.  If you are interested in talking further about the possibility of being the Vice President, the membership coordinator, and/or the talent show coordinator, please email Lucas Hiley (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).

     

    LP Counselor's Corner

    Second Step Update:

     

    The Second Step Lessons this year addressed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Students were exposed to lessons that were adapted for each grade level and covered numerous SEL topics.

     

    I am continuing to teach these lessons however, with the current COVID situation in mind. The following topics are discussed:

     

                  Emotion Management

                  Managing Strong Feelings

                  Calming Down

                  Managing Anxiety

                  Managing Disappointments

     

    Please review the Second Step Schedule below for each grade level.  I communicate with each grade level via Schoology, regarding the date and time of each lesson.   Our meetings are being held  through the ZOOM meeting app. The log in information is shared with students each week through Schoology. Please remind your child to attend their lesson.

     

    3rd Grade – Mondays, 11:30 – 12:00am

    4th Grade – Mondays, 10:00 – 10:30am

    5th Grade – Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:30pm

     

    If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.

     

    Thank you!

     

     

    ****************************************************************

     

    Genesee Mental Health Services – 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, 585-922-9900.  Provides mental and behavioral health services for adults ages 18 and over, and their families.

     

    Mental Health Association of Rochester NY – 320 North Goodman Street, 585-325-3145. This agency promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services.

    United Way of Greater Rochester – Call to request possible funding for essential items.  75 College Avenue, Rochester, 585-242-6400.

     

    Liberty Resources – This is a non-profit agency that provides physical health, behavioral health and social services to individuals and families.  They are located at 175 Humboldt Street, # 100, Rochester, NY, 585-410-3370, ext. 200 or 201.  Their website: www.liberty-resources.org.

     

    Compeer Rochester – This service provides and supports friendships between volunteers and community members recovering from mental illness. They are located at 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, 585-546-8280. 

     

    Tree of Hope Counseling – This service is a collaborative network of private practitioners. Offering individual, group and family therapy, psychiatry, training, education and consultation. They can be reached at 585-500-9420; located at 2300 East Avenue, Rochester.

     

    Strong Behavioral Health – Located 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, the department of Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits, emotional regulation difficulties, moods disorders, and other behavioral concerns.  They can be reached at 585-275-0320.

    UR Med: Behavioral Health Crisis Call Line o Licensed clinicians can help to determine level of care needed and connect families with appropriate services; for youth and adults.

    o 585-275-8686

    o Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am -8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am 6:30pm

    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline (24 hours) o For youth and adults @ (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 Hours) o Free and confidential prevention and crisis resources for people in distress. o (800) 273-8255 or online chat platform @ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
    • National Parent Helpline o Emotional support and problem-solving help for parents. o Available Monday through Friday, 1-10 pm @ (855) 427-2736

     

    SPOA – The Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral system can be seen as a way to access Monroe County services through one source.  Once on the website, go to the search area and type in SPOA.  Look under your desired category such as either child or adult.  Once you click on that area, you will find actual applications and a detailed description of services provided. The website is: www.monroecounty.gov.

     

    Teen Mental Health – Support for ages 15 – 18 years old.  Their website:

    www.teenmentalhealth.org.

     

    The Children’s Institute – Has been based in Rochester for over 60 years, offering social and emotional health of young children. Online open support group for parents/teens/adolescents. They can be reached at: www.childrensinstitute.net.

     

    Catholic Family Center (CFC) – Accepting new patients age 5 through adult.  They can be reached at 585-546-7220.  A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.  For more information visit their website at: www.cfcrochester.org.

     

    Nomiroc.org – Online group support for displaced college students.

     

    United Health Care: Should you need assistance with Health Care Insurance, please contact Sonia Gonzalez (Figueroa) at 585-435-6362.  She can also be reached at sgonzalez@yourcarehealthplan.com. A pleasant bonus for us at LP, she is also bilingual!

     

    Monroe County Masks – On Wednesday, May 6th, the county announced that they would be providing face masks for the entire Monroe County area. Referring to our Monroe County Executive Adam Bello in a report from WHAM 13 News, “Wednesday, Bello said the county will be working with the City of Rochester and local towns to distribute thousands more to citizens.  (Thus far, masks have been given to caregivers, first responders, daycare centers and others.)  Towns and villages will begin to receive masks this weekend for distribution.” The article noted that “Information for mask distribution in Rochester will be forth coming.”

     

    Wi-Fi/Internet (FREE) – Charter Communications (Spectrum) is providing complimentary Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K – 12 and college students, and/or that qualify as low-income. Contact them at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

    The Usual Reminders

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Video Four - Community Helps

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

    Zoom Etiquette

    Our PBIS team put together a matrix to help students show appropriate behavior during their Zoom or video conferencing meetings.  Teachers will review this protocol with students as needed, but I thought parents might want to do the same.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

     


     

     

    May 20, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    This week teachers spent time in their classrooms packing up the belongings of all students' desks.  The belongings have been bagged and labeled. They are on floor outside of each classroom.

     

    Students will be able to pick up their belongings here at school on Thursday, May 28 any time from noon to 6PM.  We will ask people to follow the following guidelines:

    • All entrants to the school building will need to have a face covering (nose and mouth).
    • Gloves will be provided.
    • Entrants will have no more than 10 minutes to collect his/her bag (including art work from Miss Ryan) and to empty the contents of his/her locker.
    • Entrants are permitted to their lockers only.
    • Students may be accompanied by one adult, if needed.
    • Entrants will enter the main doors and exit at the playground doors (the doors they use for recess).
    • Restrooms will not be available.
    • Please follow all posted signage once on school property.

     

    During this time, students are also encouraged to return any materials belonging to the school (except for iPads).  We will be ready to collect library books and instruments.  Your child will be able to receive medications (if arranged with the nurse), art work, desk contents, and locker contents.

     

    Our IT department will also collect any non-working or broken iPads.

     

    We will stage people in line much like stores are doing. We will have markers on the sidewalk indicating six feet and ask that folks maintain that physical distance.  I will communicate an alternate plan in the event of rain.  It is important to bring as few people as possible, and I would advise against coming right at noon if other times in the day are convenient for you.

     

    If this schedule does not work for your family, or if you have extenuating circumstances we need to consider, please call Mrs. Lohrberg (339-1370) to make other arrangements.

     

    I added a new (fourth) video for caregivers.  My attempt was to highlight the power of connections through community, if even in ways we are not used to.  I welcome any suggestions that I might help with, particularly over the summer months.  I think it is important to keep students connected to the school community in some new and different ways over the summer.

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

    Upcoming Events.

    Our fifth grade moving up ceremony will be recorded and shared with a You Tube link on Friday June 12 as part of this communication.

     

    LP Virtual Talent Show

    All LP students are invited to participate in our virtual talent show!  I will be collecting their videos between now and May 31 and putting them into a single video file.  Please encourage your child to share a special talent, or to develop a new one to share with the school. Video submissions should be no more than 2 minutes and school appropriate, of course.  Students can direct message me via Schoology, or you can email me their video submissions.

    The students already know about this if they have been watching the Morning Show.

    Open PTA Leadership Positions

    Our PTA is looking for candidates to fill open PTA board positions.  You do NOT need to be available to be in school during the day, and you do not need any prior experience.  Our PTA leadership is focused on supporting teachers and students in all that they do.  If you are interested in talking further about the possibility of being the Vice President, the membership coordinator, and/or the talent show coordinator, please email Lucas Hiley (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).

    EIMS Informational Zoom Calls for 5th Grade Parents

    The EIMS leadership is offering two different informational Zoom meetings for parents of five-go-six students.  The first meeting will be May 27 from 6:15-6:45.  This meeting is intended for students in Antonelli, Brennan, and Spadoni's classes.  On Thursday, May 28 from 6:15-6:45, a second meeting will be held for the students in Wells, Crawford/Martello, and Weitzel's classes.

    They will be sending the zoom codes via Talking Points.

    Please contact the middle school with specific questions.

    LP Counselor's Corner

    Second Step Update:

     

    The Second Step Lessons this year addressed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Students were exposed to lessons that were adapted for each grade level and covered numerous SEL topics.

     

    I am continuing to teach these lessons however, with the current COVID situation in mind. The following topics are discussed:

     

                  Emotion Management

                  Managing Strong Feelings

                  Calming Down

                  Managing Anxiety

                  Managing Disappointments

     

    Please review the Second Step Schedule below for each grade level.  I communicate with each grade level via Schoology, regarding the date and time of each lesson.   Our meetings are being held  through the ZOOM meeting app. The log in information is shared with students each week through Schoology. Please remind your child to attend their lesson.

     

    3rd Grade – Mondays, 11:30 – 12:00am

    4th Grade – Mondays, 10:00 – 10:30am

    5th Grade – Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:30pm

     

    If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.

     

    Thank you!

     

     

    ****************************************************************

     

    Genesee Mental Health Services – 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, 585-922-9900.  Provides mental and behavioral health services for adults ages 18 and over, and their families.

     

    Mental Health Association of Rochester NY – 320 North Goodman Street, 585-325-3145. This agency promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services.

    United Way of Greater Rochester – Call to request possible funding for essential items.  75 College Avenue, Rochester, 585-242-6400.

     

    Liberty Resources – This is a non-profit agency that provides physical health, behavioral health and social services to individuals and families.  They are located at 175 Humboldt Street, # 100, Rochester, NY, 585-410-3370, ext. 200 or 201.  Their website: www.liberty-resources.org.

     

    Compeer Rochester – This service provides and supports friendships between volunteers and community members recovering from mental illness. They are located at 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, 585-546-8280. 

     

    Tree of Hope Counseling – This service is a collaborative network of private practitioners. Offering individual, group and family therapy, psychiatry, training, education and consultation. They can be reached at 585-500-9420; located at 2300 East Avenue, Rochester.

     

    Strong Behavioral Health – Located 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, the department of Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits, emotional regulation difficulties, moods disorders, and other behavioral concerns.  They can be reached at 585-275-0320.

    UR Med: Behavioral Health Crisis Call Line o Licensed clinicians can help to determine level of care needed and connect families with appropriate services; for youth and adults.

    o 585-275-8686

    o Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am -8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am 6:30pm

    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline (24 hours) o For youth and adults @ (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 Hours) o Free and confidential prevention and crisis resources for people in distress. o (800) 273-8255 or online chat platform @ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
    • National Parent Helpline o Emotional support and problem-solving help for parents. o Available Monday through Friday, 1-10 pm @ (855) 427-2736

     

    SPOA – The Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral system can be seen as a way to access Monroe County services through one source.  Once on the website, go to the search area and type in SPOA.  Look under your desired category such as either child or adult.  Once you click on that area, you will find actual applications and a detailed description of services provided. The website is: www.monroecounty.gov.

     

    Teen Mental Health – Support for ages 15 – 18 years old.  Their website:

    www.teenmentalhealth.org.

     

    The Children’s Institute – Has been based in Rochester for over 60 years, offering social and emotional health of young children. Online open support group for parents/teens/adolescents. They can be reached at: www.childrensinstitute.net.

     

    Catholic Family Center (CFC) – Accepting new patients age 5 through adult.  They can be reached at 585-546-7220.  A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.  For more information visit their website at: www.cfcrochester.org.

     

    Nomiroc.org – Online group support for displaced college students.

     

    United Health Care: Should you need assistance with Health Care Insurance, please contact Sonia Gonzalez (Figueroa) at 585-435-6362.  She can also be reached at sgonzalez@yourcarehealthplan.com. A pleasant bonus for us at LP, she is also bilingual!

     

    Monroe County Masks – On Wednesday, May 6th, the county announced that they would be providing face masks for the entire Monroe County area. Referring to our Monroe County Executive Adam Bello in a report from WHAM 13 News, “Wednesday, Bello said the county will be working with the City of Rochester and local towns to distribute thousands more to citizens.  (Thus far, masks have been given to caregivers, first responders, daycare centers and others.)  Towns and villages will begin to receive masks this weekend for distribution.” The article noted that “Information for mask distribution in Rochester will be forth coming.”

     

    Wi-Fi/Internet (FREE) – Charter Communications (Spectrum) is providing complimentary Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K – 12 and college students, and/or that qualify as low-income. Contact them at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

    The Usual Reminders

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

     

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Video Four - Community Helps

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

    Zoom Etiquette

    Our PBIS team put together a matrix to help students show appropriate behavior during their Zoom or video conferencing meetings.  Teachers will review this protocol with students as needed, but I thought parents might want to do the same.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

     


    May 15, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    I hope today's message finds you well and ready for a weekend, not that the weekend days feel that much different for many of us. We are hopeful to spend time outside this weekend!

     

    Due to COVID-19, the district budget vote will be done differently this year. All residents (over 18,000) will be sent an absentee ballot to complete and send in.  The deadline for the absentee vote is June 9.  We hope you will all exercise your right to vote!

     

    Today I want to celebrate the exceptional efforts of the Laurelton-Pardee teaching staff.  Many staff members have made trips to students' homes, offered 1:1 zoom sessions to help students with learning.  They also continue to meet with each other and me virtually each week to plan for the continuation of work.  I hope you are seeing efforts of your child(ren)'s teacher(s).  I know this is the week after Teacher Appreciation Week, but I did not give them the proper public acknowledgement last week.   Please continue to work with your child(ren)'s teacher(s) if you are needing support at home with school work. They are happy to help.

     

    The district continues to accept nominations for faculty and staff members of the year.  Your submissions can be accepted by accessing this link on the EICSD website:   www.eastiron.org/lancerawards .  This is a great opportunity to recognize that ONE staff or faculty member who has had that last impact on your child.

     

    We are making plans for staff to enter the building next week to organize student materials in a way that they can be efficiently picked up by families.  The following week (after Memorial Day), we will have plans for families to secure student personal belongings, as well as drop off library books, safety belts, etc.   A separate drop-off for student iPads will be coordinated at the end of the academic year.

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Upcoming Events.

     

    EIMS Informational Zoom Calls for 5th Grade Parents

    The EIMS leadership is offering two different informational Zoom meetings for parents of five-go-six students.  The first meeting will be May 27 from 6:15-6:45.  This meeting is intended for students in Antonelli, Brennan, and Spadoni's classes.  On Thursday, May 28 from 6:15-6:45, a second meeting will be held for the students in Wells, Crawford/Martello, and Weitzel's classes.

    Please contact the middle school with specific questions.

     

    LP Counselor's Corner

    Second Step Update:

     

    The Second Step Lessons this year addressed Social-Emotional Learning (SEL). Students were exposed to lessons that were adapted for each grade level and covered numerous SEL topics.

     

    I am continuing to teach these lessons however, with the current COVID situation in mind. The following topics are discussed:

     

                  Emotion Management

                  Managing Strong Feelings

                  Calming Down

                  Managing Anxiety

                  Managing Disappointments

     

    Please review the Second Step Schedule below for each grade level.  I communicate with each grade level via Schoology, regarding the date and time of each lesson.   Our meetings are being held  through the ZOOM meeting app. The log in information is shared with students each week through Schoology. Please remind your child to attend their lesson.

     

    3rd Grade – Mondays, 11:30 – 12:00am

    4th Grade – Mondays, 10:00 – 10:30am

    5th Grade – Wednesdays, 2:00 – 2:30pm

     

    If you have any questions/concerns, please email me at Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.

     

    Thank you!

     

    ****************************************************************

     

    Genesee Mental Health Services – 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, 585-922-9900.  Provides mental and behavioral health services for adults ages 18 and over, and their families.

     

    Mental Health Association of Rochester NY – 320 North Goodman Street, 585-325-3145. This agency promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services.

    United Way of Greater Rochester – Call to request possible funding for essential items.  75 College Avenue, Rochester, 585-242-6400.

     

    Liberty Resources – This is a non-profit agency that provides physical health, behavioral health and social services to individuals and families.  They are located at 175 Humboldt Street, # 100, Rochester, NY, 585-410-3370, ext. 200 or 201.  Their website: www.liberty-resources.org.

     

    Compeer Rochester – This service provides and supports friendships between volunteers and community members recovering from mental illness. They are located at 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, 585-546-8280. 

     

    Tree of Hope Counseling – This service is a collaborative network of private practitioners. Offering individual, group and family therapy, psychiatry, training, education and consultation. They can be reached at 585-500-9420; located at 2300 East Avenue, Rochester.

     

    Strong Behavioral Health – Located 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, the department of Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits, emotional regulation difficulties, moods disorders, and other behavioral concerns.  They can be reached at 585-275-0320.

    UR Med: Behavioral Health Crisis Call Line o Licensed clinicians can help to determine level of care needed and connect families with appropriate services; for youth and adults.

    o 585-275-8686

    o Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am -8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am 6:30pm

    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline (24 hours) o For youth and adults @ (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 Hours) o Free and confidential prevention and crisis resources for people in distress. o (800) 273-8255 or online chat platform @ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
    • National Parent Helpline o Emotional support and problem-solving help for parents. o Available Monday through Friday, 1-10 pm @ (855) 427-2736

     

    SPOA – The Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral system can be seen as a way to access Monroe County services through one source.  Once on the website, go to the search area and type in SPOA.  Look under your desired category such as either child or adult.  Once you click on that area, you will find actual applications and a detailed description of services provided. The website is: www.monroecounty.gov.

     

    Teen Mental Health – Support for ages 15 – 18 years old.  Their website:

    www.teenmentalhealth.org.

     

    The Children’s Institute – Has been based in Rochester for over 60 years, offering social and emotional health of young children. Online open support group for parents/teens/adolescents. They can be reached at: www.childrensinstitute.net.

     

    Catholic Family Center (CFC) – Accepting new patients age 5 through adult.  They can be reached at 585-546-7220.  A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.  For more information visit their website at: www.cfcrochester.org.

     

    Nomiroc.org – Online group support for displaced college students.

     

    United Health Care: Should you need assistance with Health Care Insurance, please contact Sonia Gonzalez (Figueroa) at 585-435-6362.  She can also be reached at sgonzalez@yourcarehealthplan.com. A pleasant bonus for us at LP, she is also bilingual!

     

    Monroe County Masks – On Wednesday, May 6th, the county announced that they would be providing face masks for the entire Monroe County area. Referring to our Monroe County Executive Adam Bello in a report from WHAM 13 News, “Wednesday, Bello said the county will be working with the City of Rochester and local towns to distribute thousands more to citizens.  (Thus far, masks have been given to caregivers, first responders, daycare centers and others.)  Towns and villages will begin to receive masks this weekend for distribution.” The article noted that “Information for mask distribution in Rochester will be forth coming.”

     

    Wi-Fi/Internet (FREE) – Charter Communications (Spectrum) is providing complimentary Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K – 12 and college students, and/or that qualify as low-income. Contact them at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

    The Usual Reminders

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

     

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

     

    Zoom Etiquette

    Our PBIS team put together a matrix to help students show appropriate behavior during their Zoom or video conferencing meetings.  Teachers will review this protocol with students as needed, but I thought parents might want to do the same.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

    Creating Kindness

    Here is a summary of all the kindness that was created by our community this week:

    Evelyn Brown wrote positive chalk notes on her sidewalk.

    Eliana Colabatisto helped her mom with yard work.

    Jada Phanthavong was on a walk when she noticed it was a neighbor's birthday. She yelled happy birthday to them from across the street.

    Clara Kneezel made a gift for a friend and her mom and are delivering it to their doorstep today.

    Amina Altaee helped her mom plant vegetables in their garden.

    Abigail Underwood dropped of Easter presents on a friend's doorstep.  Mikayla Worden gave her the idea.

    Micah and Eve Hiley made signs that said, "Honk for Ellie's 10th Birthday" and stood on our street with them to help celebrate our neighbor's birthday while in quarantine.

    Salma Ali - Her family  helped out an elderly lady with her husband suffering from cancer.  They needed cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, so we gave her some. She was very thankful!

    Vincent Saliceti- We took a walk around the neighborhood and Vincent left chalk messages for friends and neighbors. As a family we painted our picture window with a message to Be Kind.

    Logan Keiser -  The neighbors across the street asked Logan to sing the Star Spangled Banner for him, he did from across the street they are elderly and they clapped for him!

     He also wanted me to share that he chalked around the neighborhood

    Bailey Clark - She made posters for front-line workers especially the police she loves and the healthcare workers like her grandma.

    She also spread inspirational words and pictures to surprise grandma while she was at work.

    Mackenzie, Carter, and Bryce Richardson - My family and I have been decorating our windows and doors full of stuff to spread kindness. Also, I have been baking things and making letters and delivering them to my friends door steps. 

    Yaleni Retamar - Here are some acts of kindness. 1: I made cookies for all of my family members and delivered them. Next we did 2 drive by birthdays.

    Olive Keiran and her family made signs to remind people to stay home AND to share some love with EICSD teachers.  Thanks Olive!

    Levi Choi and his mom decorated their front windows to cheer up passers by.  Also, we have been sending post cards to people all over the world through the postcrossing.com website trying to connect with people both near and far in a positive way.  He's also been helping me pick up fresh produce from the public market to deliver to his grandparents here in town, and sending care packages to his grandparents and cousins who are out of town.

    Emmy Columbo and her sister  have been decorating "kindness rocks" and leaving them around where people will see them, such as the fire department and Netsins.  They are truly CREATING kindness.

    Vincent Salicetti strikes again!  This time, Vincent is acting as the "book fairy" in his neighborhood, delivering books to friends and neighbors.  He is surely cut out to be a principal!

    1 - Levi's front window.

    2 - Mackenzie Richardson has been baking up a storm - and sharing with her loved ones.

    3 - Bailey Clark made this for her grandma.

    4 - Bailey Clark made this for her grandma.

    5 - Vincent Salicetti decorated the front door of his house with this inspirational message and design.

    6 - Olive Keiran and her family made yard signs, one devoted to showing some love to EICSD teachers.

     


     

    May 8, 2020

    Laurelton-Pardee News May 8, 2020

    Dear LP Families:

    The highlight of this week is the LP/HR Parade. It was such a joyous event for all involved.  We thank you for your participation - the signs, the waves, the smiles... It was a priceless event.  We owe a HUGE thank you to the hard work of Officer Laird and Officer Whitaker who formed the dynamic duo of traffic control and to the volunteers from Laurelton Fire Department for leading the parade.  It was such a special event!  You can find oodles of pictures on the East Irondequoit Facebook page and in the Laurelton Pardee PTA group Facebook page.

    The district continues to accept nominations for faculty and staff members of the year.  Your submissions can be accepted by accessing this link on the EICSD website:   www.eastiron.org/lancerawards .  This is a great opportunity to recognize that ONE staff or faculty member who has had that last impact on your child.

    I have moved my usual reminders to a section below, just in case you need a link.  Also below is a list of resources for families provided by Ms. McAllister, our school counselor.

    If you or a family you know is experiencing food shortages, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard is equipped to support families at home.  The ICC number is 336-9107.  Ask for Debbi Evans, and she will assist you.

    Finally, I want acknowledge an outstanding fundraising effort led by the East Irondequoit Teachers Association  They have been busy collecting monetary donations to support the ICC, and their total efforts reached $4,250.  It is another way our teachers are supporting our community.

    Happy Mothers Day to all of our LP mothers. Enjoy you day!

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Upcoming Events.

    Please monitor the following link for the official word on cancelled/postponed events:

    https://www.eastiron.org/postponedevents

     

    LP Counselor's Corner

    LP Counselor Corner/Ms. McAllister

     

    Hello LP Parents/Guardians:

     

    What a difference a day makes.  That saying has really taken on a new meaning.  First of all, it is my hope that all of you are safe and well.

    With such unexpected changes we often find ourselves needing extra support.

    It is very important to Mr. Hiley and me that you have access to local community resources.  I have provided this list for your use.

    You will notice that these agencies and organizations offer a wide range of support to different age groups and provide an array of services. As you read through the list, think of your relatives, neighbors, and friends as well.  Feel free to share with them. We are all in this together, supporting each other.

    Feel free to contact these resources to discuss your needs.

    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at: Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.

    Please remember to stay safe and well!

     

    Ms. McAllister/LP Counselor

     

    ****************************************************************

     

    Genesee Mental Health Services – 224 Alexander Street, Rochester, 585-922-9900.  Provides mental and behavioral health services for adults ages 18 and over, and their families.

     

    Mental Health Association of Rochester NY – 320 North Goodman Street, 585-325-3145. This agency promotes mental wellness through a spectrum of culturally competent services.

    United Way of Greater Rochester – Call to request possible funding for essential items.  75 College Avenue, Rochester, 585-242-6400.

     

    Liberty Resources – This is a non-profit agency that provides physical health, behavioral health and social services to individuals and families.  They are located at 175 Humboldt Street, # 100, Rochester, NY, 585-410-3370, ext. 200 or 201.  Their website: www.liberty-resources.org.

     

    Compeer Rochester – This service provides and supports friendships between volunteers and community members recovering from mental illness. They are located at 259 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, 585-546-8280. 

     

    Tree of Hope Counseling – This service is a collaborative network of private practitioners. Offering individual, group and family therapy, psychiatry, training, education and consultation. They can be reached at 585-500-9420; located at 2300 East Avenue, Rochester.

     

    Strong Behavioral Health – Located 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, the department of Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and families with a variety of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits, emotional regulation difficulties, moods disorders, and other behavioral concerns.  They can be reached at 585-275-0320.

    UR Med: Behavioral Health Crisis Call Line o Licensed clinicians can help to determine level of care needed and connect families with appropriate services; for youth and adults.

    o 585-275-8686

    o Hours: Monday-Friday: 7am -8pm; and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 10am 6:30pm

    • COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline (24 hours) o For youth and adults @ (844) 863-9314
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24 Hours) o Free and confidential prevention and crisis resources for people in distress. o (800) 273-8255 or online chat platform @ https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
    • National Parent Helpline o Emotional support and problem-solving help for parents. o Available Monday through Friday, 1-10 pm @ (855) 427-2736

     

    SPOA – The Single Point of Access (SPOA) referral system can be seen as a way to access Monroe County services through one source.  Once on the website, go to the search area and type in SPOA.  Look under your desired category such as either child or adult.  Once you click on that area, you will find actual applications and a detailed description of services provided. The website is: www.monroecounty.gov.

     

    Teen Mental Health – Support for ages 15 – 18 years old.  Their website:

    www.teenmentalhealth.org.

     

    The Children’s Institute – Has been based in Rochester for over 60 years, offering social and emotional health of young children. Online open support group for parents/teens/adolescents. They can be reached at: www.childrensinstitute.net.

     

    Catholic Family Center (CFC) – Accepting new patients age 5 through adult.  They can be reached at 585-546-7220.  A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.  For more information visit their website at: www.cfcrochester.org.

     

    Nomiroc.org – Online group support for displaced college students.

     

    United Health Care: Should you need assistance with Health Care Insurance, please contact Sonia Gonzalez (Figueroa) at 585-435-6362.  She can also be reached at sgonzalez@yourcarehealthplan.com. A pleasant bonus for us at LP, she is also bilingual!

     

    Monroe County Masks – On Wednesday, May 6th, the county announced that they would be providing face masks for the entire Monroe County area. Referring to our Monroe County Executive Adam Bello in a report from WHAM 13 News, “Wednesday, Bello said the county will be working with the City of Rochester and local towns to distribute thousands more to citizens.  (Thus far, masks have been given to caregivers, first responders, daycare centers and others.)  Towns and villages will begin to receive masks this weekend for distribution.” The article noted that “Information for mask distribution in Rochester will be forth coming.”

     

    Wi-Fi/Internet (FREE) – Charter Communications (Spectrum) is providing complimentary Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K – 12 and college students, and/or that qualify as low-income. Contact them at 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

    The Usual Reminders

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

    Zoom Etiquette

    Our PBIS team put together a matrix to help students show appropriate behavior during their Zoom or video conferencing meetings.  Teachers will review this protocol with students as needed, but I thought parents might want to do the same.  Please reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.

    Creating Kindness

    Here is a summary of all the kindness that was created by our community this week:

    Evelyn Brown wrote positive chalk notes on her sidewalk.

    Eliana Colabatisto helped her mom with yard work.

    Jada Phanthavong was on a walk when she noticed it was a neighbor's birthday. She yelled happy birthday to them from across the street.

    Clara Kneezel made a gift for a friend and her mom and are delivering it to their doorstep today.

    Amina Altaee helped her mom plant vegetables in their garden.

    Abigail Underwood dropped of Easter presents on a friend's doorstep.  Mikayla Worden gave her the idea.

    Micah and Eve Hiley made signs that said, "Honk for Ellie's 10th Birthday" and stood on our street with them to help celebrate our neighbor's birthday while in quarantine.

    Salma Ali - Her family  helped out an elderly lady with her husband suffering from cancer.  They needed cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, so we gave her some. She was very thankful!

    Vincent Saliceti- We took a walk around the neighborhood and Vincent left chalk messages for friends and neighbors. As a family we painted our picture window with a message to Be Kind.

    Logan Keiser -  The neighbors across the street asked Logan to sing the Star Spangled Banner for him, he did from across the street they are elderly and they clapped for him!

     He also wanted me to share that he chalked around the neighborhood

    Bailey Clark - She made posters for front-line workers especially the police she loves and the healthcare workers like her grandma.

    She also spread inspirational words and pictures to surprise grandma while she was at work.

    Mackenzie, Carter, and Bryce Richardson - My family and I have been decorating our windows and doors full of stuff to spread kindness. Also, I have been baking things and making letters and delivering them to my friends door steps. 

    Yaleni Retamar - Here are some acts of kindness. 1: I made cookies for all of my family members and delivered them. Next we did 2 drive by birthdays.

    Olive Keiran and her family made signs to remind people to stay home AND to share some love with EICSD teachers.  Thanks Olive!

    Levi Choi and his mom decorated their front windows to cheer up passers by.  Also, we have been sending post cards to people all over the world through the postcrossing.com website trying to connect with people both near and far in a positive way.  He's also been helping me pick up fresh produce from the public market to deliver to his grandparents here in town, and sending care packages to his grandparents and cousins who are out of town.

    Emmy Columbo and her sister  have been decorating "kindness rocks" and leaving them around where people will see them, such as the fire department and Netsins.  They are truly CREATING kindness.

    Vincent Salicetti strikes again!  This time, Vincent is acting as the "book fairy" in his neighborhood, delivering books to friends and neighbors.  He is surely cut out to be a principal!

     


    May 1, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    Today's decision from Governor Cuomo to keep schools closed through the end of the academic year allows us to plan accordingly.  Our staff will remain committed to sharing new content through distance learning through the end of year.  We will also begin to make plans for how we can effectively offer closure to our students and families in new and different ways.  I am confident that our staff rise to the occasion, as they have been doing since mid-March when this all started.  We will come together in the next few weeks to honor our fifth graders, to provide closure for all students, and to make accommodations for families to enter school to obtain students' belongings.  We will communicate these plans as they unfold.  As always, please reach out to your child's teacher or me if you need assistance.  We miss your children terribly and wish we could continue things as normal.

     

    As much as things change, they stay the same... so, we have some "normal" business to tend to.  This is the time of year that our staff starts building classrooms for next year.  You are welcome to share your class placement input directly to me between now and May 15, 2020.  While we do not take specific teacher requests, you can give some ideas about the kinds of teacher characteristics that have proven successful for your child.  We will do our best when putting the very intricate puzzle together.  We consider all elements of a student, including learning needs and social factors.  Please email me your input directly (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).

     

    The district is accepting nominations for faculty and staff members of the year.  Your submissions can be accepted by accessing this link on the EICSD website:   www.eastiron.org/lancerawards . This is a great opportunity to recognize that ONE staff or faculty member who has had that last impact on your child.

     

    Here are the usual reminders:

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

     

    Stay well and thank you for everything you are doing to support your child at home. 

     

    I did not add a new video this week, as I wanted to see the governor's announcement.  I think we have  enough information to process with that!

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     


     

    April 24, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

    This week's newsletter has two new videos for your review.  I added a second video about balancing our multiple roles and the importance of modeling resilience for our children.  Dr. Suzanne Engel created a video with some specific advice for finding daily success. It is a nice compliment to my video. I hope you find them both helpful.  They are listed below in the Videos for Parents/Caregivers section.  Additionally, there is a document with a sample home schedule, if that fits your needs.  Please only use this schedule (or others) if they meet your family's needs.

    It occurred to me that you might not know the complete names or correct spellings of your child's special area teachers.   In the event that you need to ask a question or offer a suggestion directly to them, here are their names and email addresses.

    Special area teachers:

    Art - Ashley_Ryan@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Physical Education - Peter_Cresimanni@eastiron.monroe.edu and Stephen_Reynolds@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Music - Eric_Trumpowsky@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Library - Jennifer_Costello@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Band - David_Savine@eastiron.monroe.edu

    Spanish - Rose_DiGennaro@easriron.monroe.edu

    Here are the usual reminders:

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be ware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

    I will end today's message with a little fun.  Mr. Crescimanni put together a video of how our community is keeping active during this time.  Please enjoy!   Thank you to everyone who submitted content.  Fitness Video  He also uploaded it to Schoology for students to see directly.

    Stay well and thank you for everything you are doing to support your child at home. 

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

    Videos for Parents/Caregivers

    I will be adding some videos as resources that are focused on addressing common questions I am hearing from parents in our community.  I hope they are helpful.  Please let me know if there specific topics you would like addressed, and I will add it to the queue. 

    Video One - Basic Expectations for Distance Learning

    Video Two - Priorities: Balance, Resilience, Modeling at Home

    Video Three - Dr. Suzanne Engel's Hat Trick

    Sample Daily Schedule for Families

     

    Creating Kindness

    Here is a summary of all the kindness that was created by our community this week:

    Evelyn Brown wrote positive chalk notes on her sidewalk.

    Eliana Colabatisto helped her mom with yard work.

    Jada Phanthavong was on a walk when she noticed it was a neighbor's birthday. She yelled happy birthday to them from across the street.

    Clara Kneezel made a gift for a friend and her mom and are delivering it to their doorstep today.

    Amina Altaee helped her mom plant vegetables in their garden.

    Abigail Underwood dropped of Easter presents on a friend's doorstep.  Mikayla Worden gave her the idea.

    Micah and Eve Hiley made signs that said, "Honk for Ellie's 10th Birthday" and stood on our street with them to help celebrate our neighbor's birthday while in quarantine.

    Salma Ali - Her family  helped out an elderly lady with her husband suffering from cancer.  They needed cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, so we gave her some. She was very thankful!

     

    Vincent Saliceti- We took a walk around the neighborhood and Vincent left chalk messages for friends and neighbors. As a family we painted our picture window with a message to Be Kind.

    Logan Keiser -  The neighbors across the street asked Logan to sing the Star Spangled Banner for him, he did from across the street they are elderly and they clapped for him!

     He also wanted me to share that he chalked around the neighborhood

    Bailey Clark - She made posters for front-line workers especially the police she loves and the healthcare workers like her grandma.

    She also spread inspirational words and pictures to surprise grandma while she was at work.

    Mackenzie, Carter, and Bryce Richardson - My family and I have been decorating our windows and doors full of stuff to spread kindness. Also, I have been baking things and making letters and delivering them to my friends door steps. 

    Yaleni Retamar - Here are some acts of kindness. 1: I made cookies for all of my family members and delivered them. Next we did 2 drive by birthdays.

    Olive Keiran and her family made signs to remind people to stay home AND to share some love with EICSD teachers.  Thanks Olive!

    Levi Choi and his mom decorated their front windows to cheer up passers by.  Also, we have been sending post cards to people all over the world through the postcrossing.com website trying to connect with people both near and far in a positive way.  He's also been helping me pick up fresh produce from the public market to deliver to his grandparents here in town, and sending care packages to his grandparents and cousins who are out of town.

    1 - Levi's front window.

    2 - Mackenzie Richardson has been baking up a storm - and sharing with her loved ones.

    3 - Bailey Clark made this for her grandma.

    4 - Bailey Clark made this for her grandma.

    5 - Vincent Salicetti decorated the front door of his house with this inspirational message and design.

    6 - Olive Keiran and her family made yard signs, one devoted to showing some love to EICSD teachers.

     

     

    April 9, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    I hope today’s note finds you well.  We continue to adjust our approach at school – more information should be coming next week about our next phase in distance learning.

     

    Meantime, enjoy your health and the time you have with those around you.  I have attached a document from Strong Center for Disabilities that has some nice tips for parenting during this time. I feel like many of us are stuck in a rut and need to adjust our approach, as the quarantine has lasted longer than many of us originally thought. 

     

    Below is today’s news:

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    For those of us celebrating Easter and/or Passover this year, it is surely to be a different kind of celebration.  So much of these holidays involve gathering in large groups.  So, surely it will be different, but I hope it is at least joyous and reflective in your faith traditions.

     

    We need a bit of help monitoring your child's iPad activity.  Many students are trying to initiate their own Zoom meetings, which means they are trying to advertise the pin number to their meetings.  When this happens, they are not moderated by an adult as the "host" of the meeting.  I strongly discourage students from hosting their own Zoom meetings.  Thank you for your assistance with this.

     

    We talked about Creating Kindness on the Morning Show throughout the week. I have created a section at the bottom of this newsletter to highlight the the kindness that was shared with me. I would like to keep this going through another week, especially since this week was cut short with Good Friday.  My hope is to gather all the acts in one place to see how big we can get it.  Let's work together to CREATE kindness together!

     

    I did not get any feedback for the  Supporting Parents/Caregivers "Town Hall" idea I proposed last week, so will repeat it another time.  I would like to help answer some of the questions you have about balancing the parenting while teaching at home.  Over the next week, you can send your questions directly to my email (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).  I will compile your questions and create a video that I can share with all of you to help answer questions like "How do I know if I am doing enough?"  "What if my kid won't work?"  "My teacher's zoom times are not convenient for our family, what should I do?" "What does the district expect?"   I'm sure you have lots of other questions, so my first attempt at helping you will be to gather them and create some coherent answers.  Once I have enough questions, I will create a video and share it on this platform. 

    Here are some reminders:

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be aware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

     

    Today's newsletter has additional sections below.  So, please scroll to read about the the Creating Kindness section and some information about healthcare during these times from New York State of Health.  In addition to that, i have add

     

    Stay well and thank you for everything you are doing to support your child at home. 

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

     

     

    New York State of Health

    As we work through these challenging times together, NY State of Health is committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers so they can get the care they need during this state of emergency.

    With the recent closure of businesses across the state, many New Yorkers are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage as a result of COVID-19. Many are likely to be eligible for health coverage with financial assistance through NY State of Health due to their loss of coverage and income. NY State of Health opened a Special Enrollment Period last month for people who are uninsured, and the Marketplace has started an awareness campaign to let people know that NY State of Health is there as a safety net in difficult times like these.

    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.

    If you have additional questions you can contact the Marketplace directly at 518-486-9102 orNYSOH@health.ny.gov.

     

    Creating Kindness

    Here is a summary of all the kindness that was created by our community this week:

    Evelyn Brown wrote positive chalk notes on her sidewalk.

    Eliana Colabatisto helped her mom with yard work.

    Jada Phanthavong was on a walk when she noticed it was a neighbor's birthday. She yelled happy birthday to them from across the street.

    Clara Kneezel made a gift for a friend and her mom and are delivering it to their doorstep today.

    Amina Altaee helped her mom plant vegetables in their garden.

    Abigail Underwood dropped of Easter presents on a friend's doorstep.  Mikayla Worden gave her the idea.

    Micah and Eve Hiley made signs that said, "Honk for Ellie's 10th Birthday" and stood on our street with them to help celebrate our neighbor's birthday while in quarantine.

    Salma Ali - Her family  helped out an elderly lady with her husband suffering from cancer.  They needed cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, so we gave her some. She was very thankful!

     


    April 3, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    I hope this week has been a good one for you and your families.  It seems that everyone I talk to is on a roller coaster, as we all manage our new (temporary) realities.  Many of us continue to work, whether at home or out of the home.  Striking a balance as a partner, an employee, a parent, a partner, and as an individual continues to be something we all consciously manage.  I can sympathize with you 100%.  So, remember my message from last week:  be kind to yourself and adjust your expectations so you can still be you.

     

    This week's message has two specific items on which I would like to focus:  1. Create kindness and 2. Supporting Parents/Caregivers?

    1. Create Kindness - In my lived experience, it seems that people want someone to blame when things go "wrong." In this case, there isn't really anyone to blame. I think we can all agree that social distancing (hence not gathering at school) is the responsible choice.  But, that leaves a lot of unanswered question and intense emotions.  So, instead of trying to find someone to hold accountable, I will use the Morning Show next week to encourage the boys and girls to 'create' kindness.  Simple, random acts of kindness shared with someone can help keep us focused on the things we can control.  Spreading a little kindness creates kindness within ourselves.  So, please make an effort to make this part of your routine next week.  Examples that get shared with me, I will share out to our community on the Morning Show.  Thanks for helping!
    2. Supporting Parents/Caregivers "Town Hall" - I would like to help answer some of the questions you have about balancing the parenting while teaching at home. Over the next week, you can send your questions directly to my email (Lucas_Hiley@eastiron.monroe.edu).  I will compile your questions and create a video that I can share with all of you to help answer questions like "How do I know if I am doing enough?"  "What if my kid won't work?"  "My teacher's zoom times are not convenient for our family, what should I do?" "What does the district expect?"   I'm sure you have lots of other questions, so my first attempt at helping you will be to gather them and create some coherent answers.  Once I have enough questions, I will create a video and share it on this platform. 

     

    Here are some updates:

    • Counselor Support - Ms. McAllister has scheduled group check-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00. Your child can find the information they need on Schoology to "attend" these sessions.  She had some good participation this week and is encouraged to have even more next week.
    • Calls from us - Please be aware that staff calling from school are likely calling from "blocked" or "private" numbers. We hope you will take a chance and answer in case it's one of us!  Thank you.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11-1 M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

     

    Thank you for understanding the fluidity of this situation.  The conditions and our actions seem to change daily, based on the advice from the top medical and government officials.  Please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have.   We are here to support each other, so I will continue to share ideas that are shared with me. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal

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    March 27, 2020

    Dear LP Families:

    After another week away from school, the LP staff and I continue to miss your children so much. I am encouraged to hear about how excited your children are to connect with their teachers through Zoom and Schoology. If you are running into connectivity issues, please reach out to me to see if I can help. In terms of daily connectivity, please continue to partner with us in monitoring your child's daily online activity through the lens of digital citizenship.

    As you may have heard by now, Governor Cuomo announced today that schools will remain closed through April 15 for a reassessment at that point. In this time, we will continue to reach out to students, to provide work for them to do, and our District will continue to provide breakfast and lunch.

    I hope you are caring for yourselves as the caregivers of your children around the clock, without the break of school, sports, church, etc.. I read something helpful written by Emily W. King, Ph.D. this morning that can help all of us parents who are balancing all these new expectations. She shared about how parents are balancing working, teaching, and parenting and that it is hard. It's not hard because we are doing it incorrectly, but it's hard because it is too much. She writes, "...When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection. Pick playing a game over arguing about an academic assignment. Pick teaching your child to dolaundry rather than feeling frustrated that they aren't helping. Pick laughing, and snuggling, and reminding them that they are safe."

    These words are not lip service. I believe a number of our students are stressed about the pandemic. They feel our stress, and they are old enough to realize the impact COVID-19 can have on people they love. Their misbehavior at home could be a signal of their stress. We are living that first hand in our house.

    Maintaining an academic routine is ideal, but my hope is that it doesn't define your relationship with your children right now. Engage them in some exploratory learning. Allow them to think about, read about, and write about topics that are most important to them. And, when that is too much to ask, that's okay.

    If you are struggling to find balance or a realistic amount of daily academic work for your child, please be in touch with his/her teacher. Ms. McAllister (Jacqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu) also remains available as a resource.

    I am super excited about our return to school. Behind the scenes, we are beginning to plan how we can support students through the transition. We know that being off a routine is enough to disrupt some children's flow. Add that to the stress of the daily news, and that could amplify a child's dis-regulation. Please reach out to us (me, teacher, Ms. McAllister) if you predict your child having a hard time re-adjusting to school. We appreciate your partnership now more than ever.

    Here are some updates:

    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We continue to offer a breakfast and lunch available from 11am-1pm M-F.
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.

    Thank you for understanding the fluidity of this situation. The conditions and our actions seem to change daily, based on the advice from the top medical and government officials. Please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have. We are here to support each other, so I will continue to share ideas that are shared with me.

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal


     

    March 20, 2020

     

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    Hello!  I hope you and your families are feeling connected to school.  I know that virtually every LP teacher has engaged with families and/or students.  By now, you should have heard from your child's classroom teacher and have a sense of what this "new normal" will look like, at least for now.

     

    In addition to classroom teacher contact, all of our special area teachers have shared activities with the student body via Schoology (grades 4 and 5) and/or SeeSaw (grade 3). 

     

    I know a lot of us are feeling overwhelmed and unable to manage the competing demands in our lives right now.  While our health and safety is our first priority, I know that some of you continue to report to work and others are adjusting to balancing being at home as part-time parent and part-time teacher.   Please reach out to our school staff if we can help you balance the expectations.  We are NOT expecting you to take the place of a classroom teacher.  We are grateful if you are creating a time and space each day for your child to practice reading, writing, and math in a genuine and meaningful way.  It is also appreciated if you embrace the engagement activities that have been posted in Schoology/SeeSaw.  In addition to phys. ed, art, music, Spanish, there are some STEM activities from Mr. Scheg and Mr. DeJohn. 

     

    There are some changes since my last email:

    • Office News - Mrs. Lohrberg and I are officially working from home until further notice. We are grateful for this opportunity to prioritize our health, while still meeting the daily expectations of our jobs.   We are available on email, and our voicemails have been transferred to email.  So, we are "here" if you need us.
    • School Breakfast/Lunch - We received input from families that were reluctant to leave their houses twice in one day, so our breakfast/lunch services have been consolidated into one pick-up for both meals. Spread the word to your neighbors and friends with kids.  Official update are posted here.
    • i-Pads - All remaining iPads at school should have been delivered to homes by now. Please email/call if this is not true. 
    • Tech support - Please continue to use the tech resources on the EICSD webpage.
    • District Closure Webpage - This site continues to be the hub of EICSD school closure information.
    • Review Work - Most teachers have posted review work for their students on their individual SeeSaw/Schoology pages. Additionally, review packets were mailed home and should be in your mailboxes already.  I have heard a few folks are still waiting, which makes me think our large order got backlogged.  They were processed and sent out, so I appreciate your patience. 

     

    Thank you for understanding the fluidity of this situation.  The conditions and our actions seem to change daily, based on the advice from the top medical and government officials.  Please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have.   We are here to support each other, so I will continue to share ideas that are shared with me. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal


    March 17, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    I know you have been hearing a lot from me (and other sources, too) over the last few days. I will try not to be duplicative. Rather, I will attempt to limit my sharing to novel/LP specific news.


    You can find almost anything you need on the EICSD website. There is a COVID-19 subpage that includes all sorts of resources for families, including archived principal updates and technology troubleshooting information.  So, please become familiar with this school closure information page.  This has become the District info hub.

     

    There are several bits of LP specific information for you today:

    1. Epic Reading App - Thank to you to the LP family who shared some good news – The app Epic is FREE for use from home now through the end of June. This is a reading app that our students at school know and love, but it typically requires a monthly fee for home use.  So, EPIC is FREE – your children will be happy!  The app could work through Clever, but you might need to go to the EPIC website to create a second login for usage.
    2. Teacher Contact - By now I hope that you have heard from your classroom teachers. They are trying to reach out to all families.  If you have not heard, then I wonder if email addresses need updating. Please initiate contact with your child’s teacher if you have not heard from him/her.  Special area teachers are also posting activities/prompts in Schoology/SeeSaw for all students. 
    3. Morning Show – I will do a morning show each day and post it in Schoology. Miss Antos is posting it in SeeSaw for me.  You may consider watching the Morning Show as a family.
    4. School Work - Review packets have been created by each grade level team. They are being mailed out today. Each team has assembled about three weeks worth of review. You can check in with your child’s teacher if issues or questions arise.
    5. iPads - We continue to have folks pick-up iPads today and tomorrow.  After Wednesday, March 18 at 3:30, all remaining iPads will be delivered to homes.  If you do NOT want an iPad, let me know so we pull your child’s out of the delivery pile. 
    6. Technology Help - There is a section of the website for “School Closure Information” which includes “Technology Questions for Students/Parents”.  Check this out if you are needing some personalized IT support.  In addition, there is an email address for our helpdesk that you can contact if you need further assistance.
    7. Building Access - All EICSD facilities will be closed to ALL visitors (except for the meal program) after Wednesday at 3:30.

     

    I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the forced change of pace.  I have chuckled at the many Facebook posts from parents who are exhausted after one day of “homeschooling.”  My advice is to set up a reasonable schedule for yourselves and for your children and to remember that learning can be fun.  Home learning  is so very different from school learning.  So, it’s okay to readjust your expectations after a few days so that you can co-exist with your children for the long-haul.  Please know that we are here to support you however we can, even if it’s a pep-talk for you and/or you child.            

     

    Sincerely,
    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal


    March 16, 2020

     

    Dear LP Families:

     

    I hope you are comfortable at home and that your workplaces have been flexible in understanding you have kids out of school.    I wanted to give you a few updates so you know what to expect while our schools are closed.  While we are out of school, I suggest structuring your child's day as much as possible.  At our house, we sat with our son and created a schedule that he could buy into.  He knows that he has some reading time and some math time each day.  He also was really committed to "family game time" and "bake something" in his daily schedule.  His schedule also indicates when electronics are allowed and when they are off limits.

     

    I have several announcements (in no particular order):

    • Lohrberg and I plan to maintain regular office hours throughout the school closure.
    • Each grade level has prepared about three weeks worth of review packets. Lohrberg and I finalize copying and distributing these as a priority on Monday (today).
    • We still have about 40 iPads to get into the hands of our students. This is also our list of priorities for Monday.
    • In terms of communication, your teachers will be in touch with you regularly. I know that several teachers reached out to families this weekend.  Additionally, we will use the LP Student Group in Schoology for some regular school-wide communication.  I will share a modified "Morning Show" each day with a link posted in Schoology.  Please let me know wifi is a concern, and we can work together on finding a solution. 
    • I plan to post a regular conversation starter in Schoology for students to think about and respond. In this Morning Show I will be reminding students that responses need to be written in academic sentences - I will not post sentences that look like they were meant to be a text to a friend. 
    • Costello (our librarian) has already posted some online resources you can utilize.
    • Crescimanni (our PE teacher) has created some at-home activities meant to keep kids moving.
    • This is a really important time to monitor your child's device usage. They will be sharing and receiving a fair amount of information. I suggest you do at least daily checks of all of their communication and online activity.
    • If your child is expressing anxiety about COVID-19 and the extended school closure, Ms. McAllister remains available for consultation. She can be reached at Jaqueline_McAllister@eastiron.monroe.edu.
    • Our school breakfast and lunch program will continue throughout the closure. To start, the meals are offering in all six buildings, and these meals are free to all children.  We will begin by offering lunch today from 11-1.  Breakfast will start tomorrow (Tuesday 3/17) from 8-10.  These meals are provided to all youth 18 and under, regardless of where you live.  Adults can purchase lunch for $4 and breakfast for $2.  While we are excited to offer food, we are not permitting anyone to stay and eat.  Please plan to pick up your food "to go" so that we can enforce the recommended social distance.
    • Throughout the closure, our custodial staff is deep cleaning all areas of the school.
    • We are considering our playground closed. It is recommended that people remain socially distant, and a playground is one of those places that brings people together.  We appreciate your commitment to staying off school grounds whenever possible.

     

    Please be in touch with any questions or worries that you have.   We are here to support each other, so I will continue to share ideas that are shared with me. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Lucas Hiley, Ed.D.

    Principal