Letter from Mrs. Fish
April 5, 2020
Hello Lansdowne Families,
I hope everyone has enjoyed the break at home and is healthy! Tomorrow is the official start of NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) in Fayette County and, as the Governor announced this week, all schools will remain out until May 1st. School is not closed, just the building is closed.
Although students will not be in attendance at our building, these are instructional days, so students are required to participate in order to receive "credit" for being in school. The ways that students will participate will include completing lessons on-line and connecting with their teacher in some way throughout the week. They may participate "live" through virtual meetings or watch recorded lessons. Each teacher has set up a google classroom where students can access and see everything they are assigned to complete.
Your child's teacher will be communicating with you weekly about the expectations and will be available to support you and your student with daily "office hours"
I ask that you remain patient with your child and your teachers as we are all learning in new ways. Be assured that teachers have been working diligently over the past 3 weeks to prepare for this new adventure in learning.
Our website now contains an NTI tab that you can use to get the most important and up to date information in the coming weeks. We will be continuing to add support for you in that area.
Know that there is a tech support hotline manned from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday to answer questions. The phone number can be found on the NTI tab on our website.
If you have any questions, need help please reach out to any of the staff through email. Our teachers, counselors, and support staff are here to help in any way we can.
It will be more critical than ever to communicate with you, so if you have a new email address or phone number, please make sure you let your teacher know, but also let Ms. Vankleeck know so she can keep our information data base up to date.
Thanks so much for your support during this trying time. The emails and calls we have received just to say "thank you" have been amazing. We will get through this together, starting tomorrow! We are here for you! Thanks and stay healthy at home!
Working for Kids,
March 23, 2020
Hello Lansdowne Families -
We have missed our students, whom we love like our own, more than we could have imagined this past week
Lansdowne's teachers worked very hard this past week to prepare for additional days out of school. On Friday, Superintendent Caulk announced that school will remain closed until Monday, April 20, and while I understand and fully support his decision, it will be difficult to not see our kids for such a long time. With that in mind, I want to make sure our families know how Lansdowne plans to proceed with the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Days slated for April 6 - April 17, 2020:
- Teachers have created paper/pencil instructional materials and web-based instruction as well. The on-line instruction requires a device and the internet. Starting April 13th , all instruction will be web based. Students will need a device (computer, laptop, Chromebook, iPad, or cell phone) with a working internet connection to complete the work.
- Material Packet Pickup:
- ALL parents will need to pick up instructional packets on March 24th between 9:00am and 1:00 pm. Stations will be set up around the perimeter of the building by grade level for pick up. Please keep your distance from other parents while in line.
- 1st grade pick up outside A complex, 2nd grade pick up outside B complex, 3rd grade pickup outside C complex, 4th grade pickup outside E complex (front right of building), Early start pick up outside Early start door, Kindergarten pickup outside door near the portable, 5th grade pickup at back door by G complex
- Device Checkout:
For any student who does not have access to a device at home, Lansdowne will allow the student to check out a Chromebook. The requirements are listed on the attached user agreement. Please note there is a replacement fee for a lost/damaged Chromebook and/or power cord and a parent/guardian signature is required before the Chromebook will be released to a parent. Chromebooks will be available for check-out at the same time as packet pickups on Tuesday March 24th from 9:00-1:00
Tuesday March 24th is strictly for packet/device pickup. This will not be a time for staff to answer questions. Should you have questions, please email those to your child’s teacher.
Don’t forget all children under 18 can pick up a lunch and breakfast this week at the front of the school between 11:00 and 12:30. These meals are free but the child must be here in order to receive the meal.
In the coming weeks I will communicate more regarding the NTI (Non-traditional instruction) plan. I do not want to overwhelm students or families with too much information at once. My communication in the coming weeks will provide details about daily expectations, assessments, communication with teachers, etc.
Working for Kids,
March 17, 2020
I hope this message finds you all well and settling in to the change in schedule. The expectation for students this week is to work on activities that came home in their backpacks on Friday. Some activities were created by the district, and some by your child’s classroom teacher. Keep in mind that you child also has access to all their online learning tools through the Lansdowne website, where students can sign in to Lexia, Dreambox, Raz kids, and many other sites they have already been using. I encourage you to have your student access these links for continued learning. We have also added many more learning sites, too.
Since next week’s days are being treated as “snow days,” students do not have specific assignments as these days will likely be made up at the end of the current school calendar days. However, this is still a great time for student to use all the online links and tools to continue learning and practicing.
The week of March 30 – April 3 is spring break.
During the next two weeks, our teachers will be setting up and preparing for future online learning should that become necessary. With the constantly changing directives from federal and state governments, we just want to be prepared.
Teachers are available by email over the next two weeks should you have questions or need help. Please reach out to us if we can help.
Also, remember that we are serving free meals at Lansdowne for pick up by families. Breakfast can be picked up from 8-9 a.m. outside the front office and lunches can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the front office. These meals are for any child under the age of 18 no matter where they attend school. If you do not live within walking distance, there is a schedule of bus stops where meals are being delivered on the FCPS COVID-19 site.
Remember, we are away from classrooms for a reason, please keep your child away from others that do not live in your home, and away from public places to protect everyone. Keep your distance from others as you travel outside your home if necessary to limit the spread of this virus.
In this unprecedented time, with many uncertainties, one thing you can be certain of is the dedication Lansdowne has to our students and families. We are here to help and are just a phone call away. Stay safe and keep learning!
Working for kids,
Principal, Lansdowne Elementary