In Motion 2020

August 31, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

We had a great first week back to school!!  My heart is so full seeing such happy kids return to Sandburg.  Our students seemed joyful with all of school.  Our new procedures were welcomed with enthusiasm and compliance.   I can’t say enough about what a great first week we had.  Your support has been amazing too.  Gotta love the Sandburg Community!!!

A couple of reminders, we are implementing a “Two Step Attendance” process.  When parents notify the office of an absence they will be directed to complete a Google form with details about the absence.  It’s important to complete the form so we have an accurate record of all COVID-19 related absences.  This includes students who are required to quarantine and/or are positive for COVID-19.  Thanks for your help and understanding.

School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, September 1st in the STEM lab.  Students will line up in the 3rd grade kiva hallway and exit the exterior door after their pictures are taken.  There will only be one back-drop this year, and parents can pay on-line for their picture package.  

Hearing and vision testing for kindergarten and 1st grade students will take place on Monday, September 28th.  This is a change from previous years because we are able to include 1st grade on the same testing day as kindergarten this year.

Our community is invited to a virtual meeting with our superintendent, Brian Ewert.  The meeting will take place on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm.  More information will be sent out, including the link to the meeting.  Brian will be sharing LPS budget information in preparation for the Mill Levy Override on the November 2020 election ballot.

We have one working water bottle filling station located outside the gym doors.  Two additional stations should arrive soon.  They will be located in the 3rd grade kiva and the 4th and 5th grade kiva.  

As our weather turns cooler this week, our students may be wearing jackets to school.  Please make sure all these items are labeled with the student’s name.  Also, just a reminder to label students’ lunch boxes and water bottles.  We are trying to return any lost and found items each day.  

Finally, be sure to visit the Sandburg webpage to view our Back to School videos.  I watched them over the weekend, and they are very well done.  

Again, thanks for a great week!!!  Thanks for sending such great kids to Sandburg.

    

With love,

 

Karen Tarbell

Principal

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675

 

August 28, 2020

 

Dear Sandburg 4th and 5th grade parents,

As kids return to school this year, it is important to remember the three R’s that will help them to be successful at school.   Regardless of which model of school they will be entering, parents and school staff can support kids by focusing on re-establishing RELATIONSHIPS and connections with their peers and teachers,  helping with READJUSTMENT by discussing and practicing new routines, and bolstering self- REGULATION by reminding them of strategies to manage stress and emotions.  LPS is committed to helping kids through the restart process, including two new activities designed to support social emotional needs:

School staff will be leading structured classroom conversations designed to let students reconnect, check in about their experiences over the past 5 months, and discuss the new health guidelines and procedures.  We encourage you to also talk with your child(ren) regularly as they start school and adjust to the changes this year.  

A social emotional screener survey will be given to students in 4th grade and older.  At Sandburg our 4th and 5th graders will be completing the survey the week of August 31st.  This survey is designed to allow students to tell us how they are doing and share any concerns about returning to school.  School staff will use the results of the survey to support social emotional needs of individual students.  For details, see the Elementary Survey (4th-5th) and Secondary Survey (6th-12th).  If you have questions or concerns about the screener survey, please contact the Dept. of Social Emotional & Behavior Services at (303)347-3388.

Warm regards,

With love,

 

Karen Tarbell

Principal

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675

August 24, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to see you today!  Yeah, it's the first day of school!!  Couple of quick reminders.

We expect a larger number of cars for student drop-off.  Please remember the following:

  • No U-Turns on Columbine or Elizabeth
  • Student drop-off is on Elizabeth at the South Playground
  • We have three crosswalks:
    • Two on Columbine
    • One on Elizabeth at the South Playground
  • Please consider parking in the Cherry Knolls parking lot and crossing at the crosswalk to walk your student(s) to the school.

 

As a reminder, please have your child bring a labelled and filled water bottle.  We have one functioning water bottle filling station outside the gym. Two more are coming.  Due to a generous gift from PTO and a former Sandburg parent, we have a case of bottled water in each classroom if extra water is needed.

Monday is a half day!  Can hardly wait to see you!

    

With love,

 

Karen Tarbell

Principal

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675

 
 

August 20, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

I know all of you are looking forward to the start of second grade.  We are too.  I want to update you on your student’s teacher, Merri Linn Harmon.  Merri Linn is taking a short leave and will be returning to Sandburg soon.  She is looking forward to returning to school and working with her class.  

Kathy Egan, our STEM teacher, will be filling in for Merri Linn during her leave.  Many of you know Kathy, and we are happy to have such a qualified teacher help us during this time.  Don’t worry, STEM will start soon.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Again, we are looking forward to seeing our students!!

Warm regards,

Karen Tarbell

Principal

303-347-4675

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

 

August 17, 2020

 

Dear 3rd grade families,

I am pleased to announce Ms. Maeve Heavey is the Long Term Substitute Teacher for Mrs. Baca’s maternity leave.  Last year Ms. Heavey was a student teacher in Mrs. Baca’s classroom during 2nd semester.  Mrs. Baca will return to Sandburg in early October.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Heavey to Sandburg!

With love,

 

Karen Tarbell

303-347-4675

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

 
 

August 17, 2020

 

Dear 1st Grade Parents,

Last spring when we moved to Distance Learning, chromebooks were issued to kindergarten students.  If you have an LPS issued chromebook please return it to Sandburg on Tuesday, August 25, 2020. You can send it in your child’s backpack.  Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will each have computers for student use at school.  Only one student will use a computer for the day, and it will be cleaned each night.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you next week.

With love,

Karen Tarbell

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675

 

August 17, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to see you next Monday.  Here is a video to help your student see some of the safety precautions we are implementing.  Thanks to our staff members for helping.  The video has closed captioning.  Simply click the “CC” button on the bottom to engage closed captioning.

Welcome to Sandburg!

Some of our families will need to bring their child’s medication to school before the start of the school year.  Bring your medication to the Main Entrance #1.  Ring the doorbell, and we will come and take the medication.  Please make sure all the paperwork is completed ahead of time.  We are unable to accept any medication without the correct paperwork.  If these dates and times don’t work for you, please call Sandburg to schedule a time to bring the medication to school. 

Medication drop off will be on the following days:

  • Wednesday, August 19th from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Thursday, August 20th from 8:00am-11:00am

 

Students will bring school supplies the first day of school.  Students in grades 2-5 will start bringing their chromebooks on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.  We know this will be a big change for our families and will take some time to implement fully.  Students in grades 2-5 should bring a charged chromebook each day to school.  They do not need to bring the charger.  If a student forgets to bring her/his chromebook, a chromebook will be available for checkout.  

 

Students in 1st grade may have been issued a chromebook last spring during distance learning.  Please bring those chromebooks to school on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 to turn into their teacher.  A separate communication is being sent to our 1st grade families.

 

You can expect communication from me every one or two days as it gets closer to August 24th.  Please continue to reach with your questions.

 

With love,

Karen Tarbell

Principal

303-347-4675

 

August 14, 2020

 

Dear Sandburg Community, 

 

I am very excited as we get closer to the first day of school and welcoming our students back to in-person learning. Our teachers are back in the building working hard to prepare for our students safe and healthy return. I want to take a moment to thank you in advance for your support, flexibility, patience, and partnership as we navigate these uncharted waters.  Our partnership with families is going to be crucial in order to ensure we are able to start our year safely and in our building.   We are so excited to hear the laughter of our students in our hallways and classrooms!

As you have read in communications from our school district, data is the determining factor for us to return to the school building.  It is so important that we all do our part by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing in the weeks before school starts.  Once school starts, I am going to ask for your partnership and cooperation to ensure that we do not expose students or staff to anyone who is sick.  It is going to be essential that we keep students home who are showing symptoms.  Please self screen before sending your child to school.  You will receive district communication about our procedures to ensure kids are healthy as they enter the building.  

We are implementing some new routines and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all of our students.  Please remember that parents/guardians will not be permitted to enter the building at this time. 

Please click on the following documents to learn about these new routines and procedures:

 

If you need to pick up your student early from school please consider calling the front office 5 minutes before you arrive. The office staff will call your student down to the office to be ready for pick-up. When you arrive, please ring our doorbell.  A staff member will walk your student out to you once you arrive. 

If you need to drop off any forgotten items, please ring the doorbell and tell us the name of your child and what items you are dropping off.  Our office staff will retrieve those items and deliver them to your student. 

Please remember that all students need to be wearing a mask everyday.  Please put your child’s name on your mask, and if possible, put an extra mask in your student’s backpack.  

All students in grades 2-5 will be assigned a Chromebook and will bring it back and forth to school everyday.  Please be sure the Chromebooks are charged each night so they will be ready for school the next day. 

As we plan for a safe dismissal, it is important that we have accurate information regarding how your student goes home each day. Please fill out this form. Classroom teachers will be collecting additional information from you as well. If there is a change in your student’s regular dismissal routine, please call the front office by 2:15pm on the day of the change. 

I know this is a lot of change and many unknowns remain.  I know we will figure this out together.  We are all doing the very best we can.  Thank you for your support, flexibility, patience, and grace.  Please know that even though I am not able to physically open my office doors to you, I am still here for you by phone and email.  

With love,

Karen Tarbell

Principal

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675

 

August 7, 2020

 

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We are excited to start our unique school year.  We will officially begin with the Welcome to Kindergarten Assessment.  This is an opportunity for our teachers to meet their students and assess their early knowledge of reading, writing, and math.  

These assessments are scheduled for August 13 and 14.  The dates and times were scheduled in May through Sign-up Genius.  If you have forgotten your date and time, please call us.  You will bring your child to Sandburg for your assessment. Please come to the main entrance, and we will perform a health screening including a temperature check and screening questions.  Mrs. Bast and Mrs. Hamzeh will pick up their students from the main entrance.  Unfortunately parents are not allowed in the building at this time.  Once the assessment is complete, students will exit through the exterior classroom door on the south playground.  Mrs Bast’s students will exit through door #30 and Mrs. Hamzeh’s students will exit through door #31.  The door numbers are blue signs each door.  Please reschedule your assessment if your child is running a fever or is not feeling well.  

Our kindergarten students do not need to wear a mask, but the adults will be expected to wear masks.  Masks are not required for kindergarten assessment.  

I want to take this opportunity to update you on some changes.  Our current enrollment is 58 students, and this means two classes with 29 students.  We will have full time paraprofessionals  in each classroom.  In order to maintain physical distance for students, each student will have an individual desk instead of sitting at a table with 3-4 other students.  This is a big change for kindergarten, and we believe desks will provide the best opportunity for students to maintain their distance from each other.

Again, we welcome you to kindergarten and are so excited to meet you.  Please call me with your questions.  See you on August 13 or August 14.

With Love,

Karen Tarbell

303-347-4675

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us 

 

August 3, 2020

 

Dear Sandburg Parents,

The Sandburg staff is looking forward to welcoming students back to in-person learning on Monday, August 24, 2020.  It will be a half day with dismissal at noon.  Lunch will be served that day for all students.  We know this year will be different as we continue to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  What will be the same is our commitment to a welcoming and supportive school community and our partnership with our parents to meet the needs of every student.  As we prepare for a return to in-person learning, I am sharing information on a variety of key topics to support a successful start to the school year.  There are still many unanswered questions, and we will continue to work through them.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Education, and Governor's Office released the draft health guidance for keeping our kids safe as schools reopen this fall. The guidance is organized by COVID-19 incidence levels and provides specific recommendations on the levels; Stay at Home, Safer at Home, and Protect our Neighbors. This guidance is designed to help local public health agencies and school districts ensure the safest learning environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the guidance on the Reopening Schools: Health Guidance by COVID-19 Phase.  The guidance document is available here: Reopening Schools.  You may also find the Reopening Schools Questions and Answers information helpful.

 

Health and Safety

We will have a variety of requirements and protocols to support student and staff health.  While these may take some time and require some adjustments on the part of families, students, and staff, we know that strictly following them will help us maintain in-person learning.  

  • School staff will complete an in person health screening and temperature check for each student each day as students enter the classroom at the beginning of the day.   
  • Students who begin the day in childcare, SACC, will also have a daily health screening and temperature check.  SACC will open on the first day of school, August 24th.  
  • Do not send your child to school if they are not feeling well, have a fever, or have been around someone who has symptoms of COVID-19.  As always, please adhere to the How Sick is Too Sick guidance when determining if your child should come to school.  This document is currently being updated to include the COVID-19 guidelines.  As soon as it is available, I will share with you.  Thanks for your patience.
  • All staff and students will be required to wear masks with exceptions.  Students will not wear masks when they are at lunch, outside for recess, or in PE.  Mask breaks will be provided for students as developmentally appropriate for the grade level.
  • Parents are asked to ensure their student has a mask every day.  If a mask is left at home, we will have one to give your child.  Here are two district resources that you may find helpful:  Face coverings - Do’s and Don’ts and  How to Help your Child Adapt to Wearing a Mask, 
  • If your child may need an exemption to mask wearing, please submit the Request for Exemption for Wearing a Mask.
  • All students and parents who are on school grounds must be wearing masks.
  • Students will practice hand hygiene throughout the day.  This includes before lunch and after all recesses.  Establishing these hand hygiene routines will support our health and build good habits.
  • The district is providing hand sanitizing stations to each building at entrances and cafeterias.
  • Specific guidance about positive COVID cases, contact tracing, and quarantining will be in place.  The district is working with Tri-County Health to finalize this.

Teaching and Learning 

Instruction is designed to meet the academic, social-emotional, and safety of our students.  

  • Students will remain with their classroom cohort for most instruction.   
  • Student support services including Literacy Support, GT Services, English Language Development, Special Education Services, and Mental Health Services and Support will be in place to meet student needs.  
  • Students will participate in Specials: Art, Music and PE.  Students will also participate in STEM.
  • In an effort to support cohorting and limit student contacts, there are no field trips, assemblies, or large gatherings at this time.
  • Our teachers will be using Google Classroom to support learning, whether we are in face-to-face sessions or if we move to a distance learning platform at any time during the school year.  
  • We want to support families in using Google Classroom at home, so please be looking for our upcoming Family Academies for using this great tool to support your children. 
  • We will continue to use 1:1 technology (one Chromebook per child) for grades 2-5.  The district will provide an assigned Chromebook for the student’s exclusive use in these grades.  More to come, but this practice will help us with social distancing and hygiene practices.  Additionally, should we need to return to remote learning strategies, we will be that much more prepared.  There will also be a technology plan for K-1 students should we need to move to distance learning.
  • Parents, please check the revised school supply lists which will be available no later than August 10.  You may notice some changes or additions.  We have added supplies at some grade levels so that students have their own materials.  
  • Please send a water bottle labeled with your student’s first and last name.  Drinking fountains will not be used, but we do have a bottle fill station.

School Environment and Building Access

  • A necessary change to our school is that only students and staff will be able to enter the building.  We know this is hard as we love having parents and volunteers in our school.  We cannot have parents or visitors in the building as we need to make every effort to keep our students and staff healthy.  
  • Classrooms, instructional areas, and the cafeteria are being set up to maximize space and provide social distancing to the greatest extent possible.  
  • Meetings involving parents will be held virtually.  
  • Sandburg School Accountability Committee (CSSAC) and PTO meetings will be held virtually.
  • We will not have any before or after school activities or enrichment classes.  SACC will be open for registered students. 
  • We want to thank our custodial crew for all their work to get school ready to open.  They have done thorough cleaning of every area.  As students and staff return to school, all areas inside schools, as well as playgrounds, will be cleaned and sanitized (following the protocols of local health officials) as frequently as possible.  
  • We also want to thank the district Operations and Maintenance department for increasing the ventilation in our building.  The ventilation system has been serviced and will be frequently checked to make sure indoor spaces are properly ventilated.

Structure of our Day

 

The structure of our day is designed to support current health and safety precautions for students and staff.  

  • All elementary schools will have a soft start.  Students may enter the building 15 minutes prior to the start of school.  There will be no morning playground supervision.  Students can’t be on the playground in the morning.  A soft start allows students to social distance as they enter the building.  Students will wash hands upon entry to the classroom.
  • Students will eat lunch by grade level and classes will be assigned specific areas to support cohorting and limit exposure.  Hand hygiene will be required prior to students eating lunch. 
  • LPS Nutrition Services will be utilizing a new system where families can make online payments for students' meals.  We are no longer using MySchoolBucks so families are not able to make payments with their old accounts.  Funds remaining in lunch accounts will roll over to the new account.  Please use this link, https://family.titank12.com, to begin the process of making a new account.  Simply click on "Sign Up Today!" to begin the process.  Families will be able to check what their student has purchased for the day, put limits to their account and much more. Additionally, families will be able to fill out their Free and Reduced meal application using this link.  If you have questions or need assistance, please call the Nutrition Services department at 303-347-3355.
  • Some parents have asked if we will continue to have recess.  The answer is YES!  Recess is important for physical activity and supports all kinds of learning. Students will have recess during the morning and/or afternoon as well as at lunch.
  • Students will be dismissed in an organized manner that supports social distancing.  Students attending SACC will be released first, followed by bus riders, then carpool students and walkers.  This process may add a few minutes, but it will help us in the long run.  
  • If your student is a bus rider, please review the information from Transportation and talk to your student about what is expected on the bus: Bus Transportation Expectations.

School to Home Communication

 

  • Our school website will now include a Restart tile on the homepage to provide current information on the start of the school year.
  • Our school newsletter is sent to parents each week on Monday morning.  Additional communication will be sent as needed. 
  • You can also find helpful information regarding the return to school on the district website Restart LPS 20-21.  
  • Prior to the start of school, there will be communication that includes more first day details as well as information about our virtual Back to School Night.

Thank you for your partnership, flexibility, and understanding as we all navigate the changes and circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

On behalf of theSandburg staff, we can’t wait to welcome our students back to school!

Sincerely,

Karen Tarbell

Principal

ktarbell[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us

303-347-4675