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Updates from Hance Elementary Principal
March 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
“Focused on learning for every student every day.” That’s our goal at Hance Elementary every day. In times of difficulty, it’s important that we come together to meet the needs of our students to keep them healthy and engaged. Last year, we came together to overcome a challenge, requiring us to relocate our “school” within another “school” (e.g. Hance @ Eden Hall). This year, we will come together to deliver alternative programming for your child during this difficult time. As always, we will demonstrate resiliency and innovation to ensure that our students continue to learn. During this period of closure, I wanted to reach out to families to ensure that your child is supported and remains engaged and connected.
Your child may have received an envelope from their teacher with the label “Bridge Activities” last Friday. Inside the envelope will include everything that your child will need from their teachers for two days of learning activities beginning on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18. Most of the learning activities included are in hard copy form while other learning activities may direct you to our teacher’s online websites. I would encourage you to check your child’s backpack to ensure this was received and reach out if you have questions.
If your child was absent Friday or did not receive their Bridge Activities, these will be available in the Hance vestibule on Tuesday, March 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is no need to check in with the office or sign out these envelopes. Simply use a grab and go procedure by locating your child’s teacher and then their envelope.
Please continue to check your email and read all information in its entirety. We will continue to communicate regularly. A team approach is critical in situations such as these. We appreciate your feedback and patience during this difficult time. I am confident we will continue to collaborate effectively and stay connected as a school community.
Starting on Thursday, March 19th, we will be posting “morning announcements to the Hance Elementary website. This is a great way for you to establish a daily routine with your child, even if you need to view them at a different time during the day due to your work schedule. We felt as though this is just one more way we can stay connected with our students!
As a way to further engage students and keep everyone immersed in learning, I have listed two Twitter challenges related to RAM time and RAMS Way, which have been our focus and building goals during the 19-20 school year. Please post pictures and tag me @Hanceprincipal over the next few days as your child engages in these learning activities.
Day 1 Bridge Twitter Challenge - RAM Time - One of our students’ independent activities during RAM time is called “read to self.” Take a picture of your child or their book during a session of “read to self” and tag me on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
Day 2 Bridge Twitter Challenge - RAMS Way - “R” stands for respectful in our RAMS Way acronym. We know at Pine-Richland that “learning happens inside and outside the classroom.” Students need to apply the skills they have learned through RAMS Way at home due to our current situation. Have your child draw a picture, act out, or write a sentence about one way they can demonstrate respect at home and tag me in the photo of their interpretation on Twitter @Hanceprincipal.
As we continue to work through this situation, I am confident that we will persevere and learn more about resiliency. Our building theme for the 19-20 school year is “Climbing the Mountain.” As we continue to “climb the mountain” together, I know we will rise above this situation and engage in continuous learning to improve the experience for our students and your children. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to discuss.
Ms. Greta Kuzilla