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The Rogers Way to Be – Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible

10/8: library curbside pickup 4-5 PM

10/9: NO school (state in service day)

10/30: Drive-thru Fall Festival

NEED TECH HELP? Temporary In-Person Tech Support Center through Oct 26 at Nathan Hale High School: Monday and Wednesday 9:30am – 2:30pm (closed for lunch 11-11:30am) Tech info: https://www.seattleschools.org/student_portal/technology_supports_for_families

SUPERINTENDENT’S REOPENING PLAN TASK FORCE Seattle Public Schools is recruiting students, families, and community members for the Superintendent’s Reopening Plan Task Force for the 2020-21 school year. The task force will monitor the progress, implementation, and effectiveness of the remote learning model and advise the Board and superintendent on possible revisions and continuous improvement. The deadline for applications is 10/7. Task Force Application Contact: rptf@seattleschools.org

Seattle Public Schools has extended the Student Verification Form window until October 8. Our district and school-based communication tools are dependent on the accuracy of data retrieved from this form. If phone numbers, emails, and primary contact information isn’t reviewed and updated annually we can’t ensure we are reaching all families with critical information. . Directions on how to access the Source and student verification form can be found here. For questions, please contact: sourcesupport@seattleschools.org.

JOHN ROGERS LIBRARY CURBSIDE PICKUP: 10/8 FROM 4:00 TO 5:00 pm.

Watch the video in Seesaw and/or look at the attached pdf for support – books must be placed on hold by 3:00 PM the day before pick up. How many books can students hold? 5 books; How many books can students checkout? 3 books: How do I know if my book is ready for pickup? Mrs. Burke will send an email to the student AND parent email on file; 1 of the 3 books can be a graphic novel; 1 of the 3 books can be a book from a series; Kindergarten will be delayed a few weeks to teach book care lesson; How do I return a book? There will be a book bin placed outside the building from approx. 9-3pm M-F. When you are finished reading your book, place it in the bin! You can also bring your books at the curbside pickup. Questions? jeburke@seattleschools.org

DRIVE-THRU FALL FESTIVAL! Friday 10/30 from 5pm-6:30pm (details to come), drive (walk if you need) to the school. Stay in your car and wearing your mask to receive grab ‘n go tricks and treats and festive Otter spirit!  Free family Fall Festival fun, drive-thru 2020 style. Further details to come. If you would like to help please contact Kristi Yee: frappuccino35@hotmail.com

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE JOHN ROGERS ART DOCENT PROGRAM! Help bring art to our Otters this year by visiting a class virtually once a month to lead an art project with students. Everyone is invited to participate and you do not need an art degree! Orientation/training will be provided. Questions? Megan: megsmithling@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER AS A CLASSROOM RAFT CAPTAIN The Family Connections Team is seeking classroom volunteers to be Raft Captains (similar to the former room parent role). Raft Captains help communicate school, community and classroom information to families in the classroom. This helpful role can be communicated via email at a time that suits your busy schedule. For details contact Sonja: sjernstrom@gmail.com and/or Maria: greendamen@gmail.com

PARENT DISCUSSION The PTA has a new discussion group for parents. This group allows you to talk with parents in your class, in your grade level also the entire school community. It can be a place to ask questions, connect with other families, and find support. Visit https://discussion.johnrogerspta.org/ to register. Questions? Contact Melissa

PTA GROUP ON FACEBOOK John Rogers PTA Facebook page

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) MEETING: 10/20 at 7:00 PM A short meeting to discuss/vote to amend the budget so the CPA can complete tax work. All are welcome to attend! Meetings will be held via Zoom with the same Meeting ID and Passcode until it is safe to meet in person again. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6789533424?pwd=WlRjdEZaRW5LODZoeWwwVnpZMTB0UT09 Meeting ID: 678 953 3424 Passcode: Otters

Become a PTA member today! Membership is $9. JOIN NOW CLICK HERE! Scholarships are available by emailing John Rogers PTA Questions? Contact John Rogers PTA.


JR Upcoming Events

9/22: PTA meeting at 7:00 PM

9/22: Flu Clinic at Nathan Hale 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

9/28: Flu Clinic at Nathan Hale 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10/9: State In-service Day (no school)

LOCAL MEAL SITES: Nathan Hale, Olympic Hills Elementary and Sand Point Elementary. Pick up time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM. Sack breakfast and lunch. Also, prepared meals available weekdays by FareStart. Weekend support (non-perishable food) can be picked up on Fridays. https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/student_meals Meals are FREE for ALL students!

STUDENT MEALS BUS DELIVERY

https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/student_meals_bus_delivery

NEED TECH HELP?

Temporary In-Person Tech Support Center through Oct 26

Location: Nathan Hale High School

Mondays 9:30am – 2:30pm (closed for lunch 11-11:30am)

Wednesdays 9am – 2:30pm (closed for lunch 11-11:30am)

REMOTE SCHOOL HOURS

Start of School: 8:30 AM

End of School (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri): 3:00 PM

End of school on Wednesday: 1:45 PM (early dismissal every Wed.)



FALL DRIVE-IN FLU CLINICS 2020

Nearest location: Nathan Hale High School

We urge everyone to get a flu shot this year to protect yourself and the community. Register your ENTIRE household for this ‘drive-thru’ flu clinic here:

click to register for drive-in flu clinic

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 28, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Further info: https://www.seattleschools.org/departments/health_services/flu_clinics



YOUR VOICE COUNTS! Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a JR parent led committee that focuses on creating and promoting an anti-racist, anti- biased and inclusive environment for all our families. Race & Equity Team is a school sponsored committee led by JR staff. It focuses on an anti-racist audit of our curriculum, establishing just practices at school, and building an inclusive environment for our families. These committees have different approaches but work in tandem towards the same goals of creating an anti-racist and a socially just environment. Interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact: Diversity & Inclusion Committee: apurvab@gmail.com Race & Equity Team: arferguson@seattleschools.org



PTA (Parent Teacher Association) MEETING: 9/22 at 7:00 PM

Join us for our first PTA meeting of the year to learn about the PTA and get connected with other families. All are welcome! Meetings will be held via Zoom with the same Meeting ID and Passcode until it is safe to meet in person again. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6789533424?pwd=WlRjdEZaRW5LODZoeWwwVnpZMTB0UT09 Meeting ID: 678 953 3424 Passcode: Otters

Become a PTA member today! Membership is $9. JOIN NOW! Click here! Scholarships are available by emailing John Rogers PTA Questions? Contact John Rogers PTA



VOLUNTEER AS A CLASSROOM RAFT CAPTAIN!

The Family Connections Team is seeking classroom volunteers to be Raft Captains (similar to the former room parent role). Raft Captains help communicate school, community and classroom information to families in the classroom. This helpful role can be communicated via email at a time that suits your busy schedule. For details contact Sonja: sjernstrom@gmail.com and/or Maria: greendamen@gmail.com

PARENT DISCUSSION FORUM

The PTA has a new discussion group for parents. This group allows you to talk with parents in your class, in your grade level also the entire school community. It can be a place to ask questions, connect with other families, and find support. Visit https://discussion.johnrogerspta.org/ to register. Questions? Contact Melissa

JOHN ROGERS PTA GROUP ON FACEBOOK John Rogers PTA Facebook page

SPS 2020-2021 CALENDAR https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/school_year_dates

NEWSLETTER REQUESTS

Blurbs must be less than 50 words & include contact info. Email: Kristi Yee by noon Thursday: frappuccino35@hotmail.com

Weekly Newsletter from Principal Ostbye 9/19/2020

JRE Families,

Thank you for your partnership this week. The staff at JRE recognize and appreciate all the work families are doing to help students access their education. I hope that the weekend brings you rest and relaxation.

As we continue down the path of remote learning, please communicate with your classroom teacher what’s working for you and your family as well as what might make your child’s experience better. Additionally, please try to find some of the positives that remote learning might offer.

We’ve talked with the provider about giving him choice as to when he completes his independent work, but that he will need to complete that work before watching TV or playing Pokemon at home. So, after we return home and he eats his late afternoon snack, we go about completing his daily assignments. He sits on my lap as we complete his first-grade work. I do my best not to get frustrated with all the tech play and messing about. I need to remind myself that this is also part of the learning process. When he has completed his work, I know exactly what he’s been working on, and in turn feel more involved in his learning.

Moving forward we are planning our first all school assembly on September 30th from 8:30 in the morning until 8:45. We are still working out all the details involved in moving 300 students to a new virtual location, but we hope that families will join us for the assemblies. We know they’ll follow a consistent routine of:

Principals Message
Counselors Message
Community Spotlight
Optimistic Close
If you are interested in celebrating your culture or a special talent you’d like to share with the community. Please contact Stephanie Trinneer sltrinneer@seattleschools.org or Ximena Grollmus at ixgrollmus@seattleschools.org.

Finally, thank you for coming to supplies pick-up. Staff loved seeing all the children, families and banners on your vehicles!



In partnership,

Brent Ostbye

Principal

John Rogers Elementary

Otter News 9/13/2020

The Rogers Way to Be – Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible

9/14: Remote School Hours Begin (see below)

9/22: PTA meeting at 7:00 PM

10/9: State In-service Day (no school)

Please see this important note from our school nurse, Melissa Teuton. Note from Nurse Melissa

If your family has not picked up a device for your student (i-Pad for Kindergarten through 2nd grade) or laptop (3rd through 5th grade), please call the school office between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday through Thursday, 206-252-4320.

LOCAL MEAL SITES: Nathan Hale, Olympic Hills Elementary and Sand Point Elementary. Pick up time: 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM. Sack breakfast and lunch. Also, prepared meals available weekdays by FareStart. Weekend support (non-perishable food) can be picked up on Fridays. https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/student_meals Meals are FREE for all students!

STUDENT MEALS BUS DELIVERY

https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/student_meals_bus_delivery

SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS REMOTE LEARNING FAQ

https://www.seattleschools.org/resources/faq

TECHNOLOGY (LAPTOP, IPAD) HELPFUL INFORMATION

https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/technology_for_remote_learning

REMOTE SCHOOL HOURS BEGINNING 9/14

Start of School: 8:30 AM

End of School (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri): 3:00 PM

End of school on Wednesday: 1:45 PM (early dismissal every Wed.)

YOUR VOICE COUNTS! Diversity & Inclusion Committee is a JR parent led committee that focuses on creating and promoting an anti-racist, anti- biased and inclusive environment for all our families. Race & Equity Team is a school sponsored committee led by JR staff. It focuses on an anti-racist audit of our curriculum, establishing just practices at school, and building an inclusive environment for our families. These committees have different approaches but work in tandem towards the same goals of creating an anti-racist and a socially just environment. Interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact: Diversity & Inclusion Committee: apurvab@gmail.com Race & Equity Team: arferguson@seattleschools.org

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) MEETING: 9/22 at 7:00 PM ZOOM Mtg.

Join us for our first PTA meeting of the year to learn about the PTA and get connected with other families. All are welcome! Meetings will be held via Zoom with the same Meeting ID and Passcode until it is safe to meet in person again. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6789533424?pwd=WlRjdEZaRW5LODZoeWwwVnpZMTB0UT09

Meeting ID: 678 953 3424

Passcode: Otters

Become a PTA member today! Membership is $9. JOIN NOW and pay at https://www.memberplanet.com/packetview/johnrogerspta/membership
Scholarships are available by emailing John Rogers PTA Questions? Contact JohnRogersPTA@gmail.com

PARENT DISCUSSION

The PTA has a new discussion group for parents. This group allows you to talk with parents in your class, in your grade level, and also the entire school community. It can be a place to ask questions, connect with other families, and find support. Visit https://discussion.johnrogerspta.org/ to register. Questions? Contact Melissa at johnrogerspta@gmail.com

PTA GROUP ON FACEBOOK John Rogers PTA Facebook page

SPS 2020-2021 CALENDAR https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/school_year_dates

NEWSLETTER REQUESTS

Blurbs must be less than 50 words & include contact info. Email: Kristi Yee by noon Thursday: frappuccino35@hotmail.com

JRE Principal Updates

Good evening families,

I hope this email finds you healthy and well. We are a week away from the first day and I know there are many unknowns and anxieties about the start of school. Please know our teachers are working hard to prepare and are excited to see your children virtually next week!

The school board voted on several key decisions last night. Central Office decisions are being made daily, I will share these and other updates with you. Moving forward, you can expect weekly emails from me (likely on Fridays). Next week, I may send additional information if more is available in the interim. Please see below for updates.

First Day of School Sept 4th: The first day of school for 1st-5th is September 4th. The first day for preschool and kindergarten is September 8th.

Schedules: Bell times are 8:30am-3:00pm with early release Wednesday at 1:45pm. We will finalize our building daily schedule and share with you by September 2nd.

“Strong Start”: The first week of school Sept 4th-11th will focus on social emotional learning, learning routines for virtual learning, and connecting with families. SPS Central Office will release more details with schools soon, and I will share these next week.

Teacher Assignments on 8/27: Most teacher assignments were released today. Some; however, were not due to an uncooperative data management system. We hope to have it fixed tomorrow.

Beginning of Year Family Connection Meetings: All families will have a meeting with your child’s teacher in the first weeks of school. The purpose is to learn about your hopes for your child, strengths and challenges about remote learning, and discuss how to work together to best support you and your child.

Devices: 3rd-5th grade students will receive laptops. More specifics on delivery dates as the devices arrive at school. They are scheduled to be here before Sept. 9. iPads for K-2nd arrive in the next couple weeks. We understand this creates significant challenges for students who do not have a device, and we are trying to find out the delivery date and will get them to families as soon as possible.

Learning Platforms: The district has shared Microsoft Teams will be the common videoconferencing platform for class meetings. For organizing classes, assignments and lessons we will use Seesaw for grades K-4, and Schoology for fifth grade to prepare for middle school. The district will share webinars and tip sheets with families about these programs.

Free and Reduced Meal Application: The Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application are now available for families to apply online (www.paypams.com/onlineapp) for the 2020-21 school year. Applications also are available on the Nutrition Services webpage at www.seattleschools.org/meals.

Contact Information:
Office Staff Dana Keene (Office Manager) – dlkeene@seattleschools.org or Michelle Dougherty (Office Assistant) – mpdougherty@seattleschools.org (help with start of school forms, enrollment, etc.)
Family Support Worker (Andrea Bergan): support with food, housing, resources – aebergan@seattleschools.org
Bilingual Instructional Assistants
Ms. Gloria Downie (Spanish Bilingual IA) – gedownie@seattleschools.org
Mr. Joel Fisaha (Tigrinya & Amharic Bilingual IA) – jtfisaha@seattleschools.org
Administration
Brent Ostbye, Principal – boostbye@seattleschools.org

Please reach out to me any time. If you have emailed me, please know I am working through my inbox and will respond to you as quickly as I can!

In partnership,

Brent Ostbye
Principal
John Rogers Elementary