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.