May 15, 2020
Dear AES Families,
I hope this letter finds you well, I am writing you to provide important information for the end of the school year:
End of School Year
In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th, no assignments will be given nor will there be remote learning sessions occurring on this day. The school office will also be closed. However, meals will still be available and deliveries will still continue on this day.
Remote learning will continue through to Friday, June 5th, now designated as the last day of the school year. In these weeks prior to summer break for students - teachers will begin slowly reducing workload and incorporating more learning projects or creativity focused activities. No new assignments will be given after the date of Friday, May 29th.
The week of June 1st through the 5th will be a remediation week for students. During this week, teachers will continue to maintain online availability and students will have the opportunity for additional time to complete assignments, receive extra remediation/support, and hold exit conferences with their teachers.
The school office will be open daily June 1st to the 5th from 8:00am - 3:00pm to facilitate the return of materials. If you are unable to come to the school during these hours, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.
Guidance from the Maine Department of Education encourages schools to adopt grading practices that “hold harmless” students for whom conditions are outside of their control and as best as possible prevents further learning inequities. The teachers and staff are sensitive to the variety of challenges continuously faced by the students and their families including equity of access and support. In an effort to do no harm, the 4th quarter report card will not be the same as usual.
Teachers will continue to review and provide feedback on student work submitted or shown through online programs and paper packets. At the end of the quarter, a narrative report will provide information based on what the student was able to access and demonstrate. This report will be sent to parents/guardians and will be used by teachers to help students transition to the next grade in the fall. Unless conversations with regard to considering retention were discussed with a student’s parents/guardians prior to school closure, the anticipation is that students will move to the next grade.
Upon returning to school, the use of regularly scheduled assessment tools will provide more exact information about student strengths and needs. Those assessments will help inform instructional needs going forward.
Understandably there may be questions about the reopening of school in the fall. Guidance from the Department of Education, the Governor’s office, and the Maine CDC will be essential to how that process will look. We will continue to provide families with information as it becomes available - please continue to monitor your email as well as the school website at https://alexanderelementary.org where information will be posted.
Supporting Learning during Summer Break
For families interested in supporting learning over the summer - currently available on the school website are numerous links to free online learning resources due to the COVID-19 emergency school closure. This section will soon include recommendations from teachers and information on how to continue to access programs students currently use during remote learning.
The teachers and staff at Alexander Elementary wish to express our gratitude for how our families have approached and responded to remote learning during emergency school closure. Throughout this time and given the enormous challenges faced by each family, your efforts have fostered and supported learning. And to our students: We miss each and every one of you, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again.
April 1, 2020
Third Quarter report cards are scheduled to be mailed to each family on Friday, April 10th. Given the circumstances around extended school closure, I am writing to you to provide information and guidance on grade reporting at this time.
For the report cards you're about to receive, the grades will reflect student achievement during the third quarter period up until the date of school closure, January 17th through March 17th, 2020. The assignments given during school closure will not be reflected on the third quarter report cards.
Moving forward with the 4th quarter, we are sensitive to the variety of challenges faced by families as remote learning continues. Student expectations and grading are under constant review, and consideration is being given to how achievement will be measured and reported during this extended school closure. The traditional grading system at Alexander Elementary will be modified to accommodate the flexibility required during this time. I intend to provide you with more details in this regard as soon as possible.
Remote learning of this magnitude is relatively new to everyone and as we fine-tune this process, your feedback is appreciated and critical to ensuring the process is productive but manageable. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s teacher with your feedback, concerns, and/or questions.
I cannot overstate the appreciation for all of your efforts to support your child’s learning from home as families encounter challenges in all aspects of daily life at this time.
March 24, 2020
Dear AES Families,
I hope this letter finds you well. As we move into the second week of school closure and work to ensure everyone continues to have access to appropriate learning materials, I will provide some additional guidance for continuity of learning from home during this extended school closure.
For those families currently using hard copy packets - in the coming weeks, families can expect packets and materials to be mailed home at the end of each week. Teachers may provide additional materials with the packets, such as guided reading books to accompany assignments. These materials should be dropped off at the school with the completed work packet.
To allow for the return of completed work and materials, the main office will be open to parents on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. To ensure someone will be at the school as well as comply with current Maine CDC guidance of avoiding gatherings of 10 or more, please be sure to call ahead before coming to the school.
If you are unable to come to the school weekly to return completed work and materials, please call the office so we can make other arrangements.
For those families currently using Google Classroom - teachers will continue to utilize these online platforms, please continue to have your child check-in regularly. If your family is currently having internet challenges: Consolidated Communications, which services the towns of Alexander and Cooper, is now offering free internet installation and service to families of K-12 students affected by school closure.
If your family is simply unable to access broadband internet service, please advise your child’s teacher (or call the main office) that you would like to continue using hard copy packets.
March 17, 2020
Dear AES Parents/Guardians,
With the official announcement of school closure, I understand this has generated many questions. I will attempt to summarize previously released information and what to expect moving forward at this time.
Continuation of Education: Teachers have been preparing for the possibility of school closure and sent prepared assignments and resources home with the students on Monday (03/16/20). If your child was absent from school Monday, please call the office to make arrangements to receive your child’s assignments. The building was open on Tuesday (03/17/20) for parents to retrieve student materials, belongings, and devices. If you were unable to come to the school on Tuesday 03/17/20, please call the office to make arrangements for another day this week. School devices (iPads and Laptops) are available for students to take home for those who have need. If you cannot come to the school at all, please call the office to make other arrangements.
The goal of remote learning during this closure time will be to review, reinforce, and practice skills that students have been working on. Teachers have provided more detailed information in letters accompanying your child’s assignments, including how to connect with them online on platforms such as Google Classroom and ClassDojo. Teachers and staff will be available through email, ClassDojo, or Google Classroom during regular school hours to answer questions and provide support. Completed work can be dropped off at the school, please call the office to arrange for a time.
Continuation of Breakfast and Lunch: We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure. Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.
To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure food service gets your message as soon as possible, please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact the school unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.
During closure of the building, only staff will have access to the building. Minimizing traffic will allow the time needed to increase cleaning and disinfecting.
Continuation of Extra-Curricular Activities: All extra-curricular activities will remain suspended until after April break. At that time, the situation will be re-evaluated.
Access of Information: Moving forward, we will be using the school website (alexanderelementary.org) to consolidate information in one easy-to-access place during school closure. We will also update the website with helpful resources for families.
This is a challenging situation and we appreciate the difficulties faced by our entire community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. The teachers and staff at AES are available to support our families.
March 17, 2020
Dear Alexander Families,
We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure. Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.
To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure I get your message A.S.A.P., please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact me unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.
Milk is included with all meals
Breakfast: Either Pop Tart, cereal, cereal bar, or granola bar served with either juice, dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.
Lunch: Either Pretzel, turkey and cheese sandwich, yogurt and cheese stick or a Smuckers Uncrustable served with dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.
Betty J. Wallace
AES Food Service
March 13, 2020
I am writing to inform you of how Alexander Elementary School is currently responding to and planning for the evolving situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19).