All of our staff were so pleased to welcome your children back to the classroom this week! I made sure to visit each class on Tuesday morning to personally say “bienvenidos" and to let the students know that we missed them so much! A quiet and empty school feels ok when summer is starting, but in not in May. Fingers and toes are all crossed for a smooth finish to the year. Being together in the same space has already created amazing learning opportunities which you may have heard about at home. From our virtual Artist in Residence to our new “duck in residence", there is a lot of activity at school!
We have received some very welcome news from our technology team. As you may recall, our school received loaner Chromebooks to supplement our inventory in order to help families connect, during periods of at-home learning. We now learned that we are able to keep our loaner devices! Over 4,000 Chromebooks were deployed temporarily to schools as part of the CBE's Pandemic Response to support ongoing at-home learning. As funding was made possible through specific Pandemic Response allocations, the decision has been made to leave the Chromebooks as currently deployed within the school. We will work to integrate these into our existing inventory and distribute them to where they are most needed: in classrooms.
SDP Engagement: Earlier this week (well, yesterday), you received an invitation to our School Council and Enrichment Society meetings. During the council portion of the meeting, I will be walking parents through our School Development Plan process. Your engagement and feedback contributes to ongoing student success and learning progress. This year, we have focused our efforts on bilingual literacy, with a particular emphasis on reading as well as social/emotional well-being for learning. I truly want to know if you are able to see your child benefitting from these areas of focus and if you can see their progress as learners being reflected within our goals.
Planning for Next Year: During our professional learning day last Friday, we spent time as a staff creating next year's class lists. We strive for balance in terms of dynamics and learning needs. To help us create lists that are as accurate as possible, please let our office know immediately if your plans have changed and you are no longer planning to return to Eugene Coste.
Again, we are absolutely thrilled to have our classrooms filled with students once again.
Sra. Riquelme and Sra. Jackie