From the Principal's Desk

  • January 8, 2021

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 1/8/2021 5:10:00 PM

    Happy New Year!  I hope that our MES families had both restful and fun winter breaks - I am sure many of you celebrated your farewell to 2020 in unique and clever ways!  This first week back has been very busy as we excitedly plan for a reopening for face to face, in-person students while continuing our strong virtual program.

    We have an assistant principal substitute, Dr. Rhonda Ware, who has joined our team this week.  Assistant Principal Dr. Sinclair (formerly Dr. Sprull - congrats on her recent marriage) is on leave and will return to MES in mid-February.   We are so excited to have Dr. Ware temporarliy on the team, as she brings a wealth of knowledge and a very positive, kid oriented attitude.  She has a legacy of strong educational leadership in Atlanta, from elementary teacher to principal and beyond!  She was principal at Cleveland Elementary for 21 years, and now substitutes for administrators across our school system.   You can reach Dr. Ware at Rhonda.Ware@atlanta.k12.ga.us.  I ask that you send any discipline/behavior or classroom related issues directly to her as I fully commit to our reopening plan and virtual program.  

    The complexity of reopening our school for in-person students and continuing our strong virtual program is REAL.  On a personal note, it is the most difficult work of my career - and it is reminding me of my PhD level work at Purdue University in statistics! (I am an ABD "All But Dissertation" - maybe someday!)  I started the week with meetings with teachers - they have given much input into the plan - and that continued throughout with multiple meetings, phone calls, texts, and lots of lots of spreadsheets as we build the details of our plan.  It is a child by child process, as we look at social distancing, teacher return status, availability of staff and square footage of every room.    I have not only cried with appreciation for the efforts of some of our staff, I have danced in the isolation of my workspace once a solution was found!  We started this process with a focus on our MES students and minimizing their changes as we go forward.  However, there are some changes in who might deliver a child's content, based on teacher return data.  Each week, I will share the progress and our plans via this blog, plus a communication timeline is below. 

    • Our return rate for students enrolled is 61% and our plan creates a system of delivery for all students who elect to return face to face to return all 4 days!  NO HYBRID!!
    • 32% of our grade level teachers are on approved telework status.   
    • Each grade level has their instructional plan and teachers are already jumping into the creative ways they can work together and help our kids to thrive in these new models.  
    • Our plan maximizes face to face students with face to face teachers and virtual students with virtual teachers.  Teachers will continue to collaborate and create daily schedules that are parallel to one another, yet highlight the benefits of each model.  Students will stay on the roster of their teacher - even if they are returning face to face and the teacher is not or they are virtual and the teacher is not.  
    • When we say a "change", we are referring to the delivery teacher only.  In some instances, we have had to move one of our other wonderful MES staff to fill in and deliver the face to face or virtual instruction due to a teacher's status.  Please look at that positively - your student having another team member on the education team - the grade level teacher plus the new delivery teacher.  This could happen both in face to face learning or in virtual learning.
    • The majority of our kids do not have a delivery change.  It varies by grade level, and we are so fortunate to have an amazing cadre of teachers stepping in to join teams and deliver instruction to our students!  The original grade level teachers will continue to lead the planning and the curriculum.  We will share more information with each grade level at parent meetings.
    • In our plan, we have no face to face grade level teachers teaching "simultaneously" to both in-person students and virtual students.
    • Wednesdays remain asynchronous for the remainder of the school year.  We will have "reunion" activities for our classrooms on select Wednesdays, so that the entire original class stays connected, whether virtual or in-person.  
    • GATE days will remain the same, virtual or in-person.  The grade level teachers and students will continue on with their work, while GATE students have GATE resource, either virtually or in-person per this schedule:  M - 3rd Grade, T - 5th Grade, Th - 4th Grade, F - 1/2 days for 1st and 2nd (AM or PM TBD).

    Please know that all decisions made are with your students in my HEART and at the CENTER.  In these challenging times, the entire MES staff is working together for our community.  I will roll out information as soon as I can each week, so that you can prepare for the next steps!  We have made it this far... we can do this!

     

    Return to Learn Reopening Timeline:

    Week of:

    Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

    Grades 3-5

    1/11/21

     

    Virtual learning continues

    Virtual learning continues

    1/18/21

    Mon, 1/18 – Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday – NO SCHOOL

    Virtual learning continues

    Highlights this Week:  

    • F2F Detailed re-opening information given to parents
    • New delivery teachers communicated to families, if necessary. 
    • Facebook Live Tour for K-2 on Wednesday, Times TBD
    • Parent Meetings by Grade Level, Wed & Thurs 1/20-1/21, Times TBD        

    Virtual learning continues

    1/25/21

    First day of in-person learning and continued virtual learning

    Mon – Fri, 1/25 - 1/29 – Virtual learning continues

    Highlights this Week:  

    • F2F Detailed re-opening information given to parents
    • New delivery teachers communicated to families, if necessary. 
    • Facebook Live Tour for 3- 5 on Wednesday, Times TBD
    • Parent Meetings by Grade Level, Wed & Thurs 1/27 and 1/28 – Times TBD

    2/1/21

    In-person and continued virtual learning

    First day of in-person learning and continued virtual learning 

     

     

     

     

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  • December 22, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 12/22/2020 11:30:00 AM

    Thank you so much parents for filling out your Intent to Return Declarations for the third quarter, January 19 - March 15, 2021.  97% of you filled out your intent to return online form, and you have absolutely selected the right choice for your child(ren) and your family.  Here is the raw data from the declaration process, which closed last night at midnight.  

      In-Person Learning Site Based Virtual Atlanta Virtual Academy
    KG 57 52  
    1st 97 60  
    2nd 98 54  
    3rd 101 55  
    4th 68 51 1
    5th 75 50  
    TOTALS 496 322 1

    Virtual learning continues for all of our students starting on January 5, 2021 - with a dismissal time of 11:30am.  This early dismissal is due to the federal run-off elections.  Virtual learning continues for all students January 5 - January 22, 2021.  On January 25, 2021, K - 2 students will fully implement both the in-person F2F model along with the virtual learning model, and we will then add 3rd - 5th grade the following week on February 1, 2021.   It is a lot of transitions, but we are excited and ready!

    It feels so great to write the year 2021 in the dates above!  The year 2020 brought us to new and very unexpected places - but I am so proud of our MES community and how our teachers, students and families have persevered, working together to support our students.   As I reflect on the entire year there have been so many challenges, so much heartache and agony, but also some bright spots along the way.  I look forward to 2021 and the new possibilities the year brings, along with some of our students returning to F2F school while some children continue in our strong MES virtual learning.  

     

     

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  • November 6, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 11/6/2020 4:00:00 PM

    I am very proud to unveil our "Reopening Plans" section of our website!  I look forward to the day when we can reopen and welcome students to MES@Inman.  When we do reopen, I am confident that Morningside will be ready and will have strong risk mitigation strategies in place to welcome students and staff to our temporary property MES@Inman.  Even though we are not open at this time, I am so glad that we have spent the time researching and gathering all of this information, so that when it is needed we are prepared!

    The sections of the website have been developed using the resources of various departments in Atlanta Public Schools as well as federal, state, and local guidelines and CDC recommendations for schools K-12.  These practices, procedures and guidelines will continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19.  The “Reopening Plans” section of our website will be updated as needed until we reopen.  It will most likely always remain a work in progress, as science catches up and our medical professionals learn more about Coronavirus and risk reduction strategies.  We also will add and adjust information as our plans unfold when we receive an exact opening date and numbers of students who will return.

    On October 7, 2020 we held the first meeting of our Covid Readiness Team (CRT), composed of 33 volunteer parents, teachers, as well as our three administrators.  This team has proven invaluable in the reopening planning process.  Our school community not only has amazing moms, dads and teachers willing to research and dedicate extra time to our school, but we also have infectious disease specialists, epidemiologists, public health experts, medical personnel and those who have been on the front lines of COVID-19 since this past January.  I cannot thank parent Emily Cooper enough for taking this on as our "Project Manager" for the CRT.  When I sent out the call for volunteers, she responded with her availability, skillsets and willingness to focus on this effort.  When Mrs. Cooper mentioned project management, cross-functional teams, tight timelines, and meeting management, I reached out for help!  With a possible reopening just weeks away, we had much to do.  I absolutely love how her strategic and engineering mind thinks and truly have enjoyed working with her - this was a challenging endeavor!  I also want to thank our six "workflow" team leads - 3 teachers and 3 parents for their extra efforts.  Brittany Hamilton, 2nd Grade Teacher was the lead of "Flow", Ali Giannavola, parent, was the lead of "Facilities", Crystal Stroud, 5th grade teacher, was the lead of "Learning Strategies", Julie Tracy, parent, was the lead of "Cohorts", Jeanne Connolly, Spanish teacher, was the lead of "Communication" and Gina Coffas, parent, was the lead of "Health".  With sometimes daily meetings, weekend and evening work, these leads and this team have taken the ever-evolving and massive amount of information on COVID-19 and brought forth recommendations to help us in our reopening school plan.  Job well-done and THANK YOU!  The Covid Readiness Team will continue to function on an advisory level until we get our firm reopening date.  

    Our administrators are now shifting into Phase II of reopening work.  This includes purchasing of additional recommended equipment and supplies, plus further assessment of classrooms as we prepare each space for a socially distanced learning environment.  We also are working with teachers on our next Dolphin Toolkit Pick-Up, which will be on December 4, 2020.  

     

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  • October 30, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/30/2020 2:25:00 PM

    My heart is full.  It just felt like a bit of normal today, at our amazing MES Dolphin Toolkit Pick-Up #2.  Kids picking up instructional supplies - actually with their feet on the property, has just brought me to a beyond joyful moment.  Teachers arrived early to finish filling the bags - several of them still without power!  Teacher teams were physically together - working six feet apart, yet side by side, to create this special day for their students.  This is the first time for most of our students to actually SEE their teachers and be in the same space.  Even behind the masks you could see the smiles.  I was teary-eyed more than once - at the kid laughter I heard, the gratitude expressed from parents, the emotion from the teachers, the greetings from the children.  You know how kids sort of jump with delight as they walk?  I saw that so many times today.  Teachers shared stories of seeing students from LAST year, kids they did not get to see in-person after March 13th.  It was a bit of unexpected closure between teacher and past students.   Today was also a way of honoring our decades old Monster Bash/Fall Festival - with costumes, music and just a little bit of candy!  Our community became one again at a school event and I just loved it.  Today was the best day of 2020!

     Toolkit Pick-Up

     

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  • October 23, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/23/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Parents/Guardians, thank you for all that you are doing in support of your child(ren) as we move forward in the virtual learning space!! I appreciate your continued commitment to make sure students are engaged and attending school, our log-in rates remain super high!  I would also like to thank our AMAZING kids who participate every day, it just fills me with joy to see our students interacting via Zoom, doing their work, learning from teachers and each other! 

    Even though our re-opening date has been postponed, our planning continues!   This coming week (mid-week or later) we will be unveiling a new area of our website called "Reopening Plans".  The administrators and members of our Covid Readiness Team have been working these past weeks to look at all areas related to re-opening, including Health, Facility, Flow, Communications, Learning Structures and Cohort.  We have researched and are providing detail to all operations and logistics so that Morningside will reopen with as much reduced risk as possible for our students and staff.  The Covid Readiness Team, made up of volunteer parents and teachers has been spending COUNTLESS hours working in these smaller teams to find the latest research and best practices in each area.  I am in awe of this team and so thankful for their contribution of time and expertise.  I cannot wait to roll-out the information for all to see!  You can find more information on our planning process here, Covid Readiness, while the "Reopening Plans" section of our website is set to open as early as October 28th. Last week, after seeing an article on a local school's success at reopening, WSBTV News Story, I was so honored to meet with the Head of School at The Galloway School, Dr. James Calleroz White in a meeting arranged by Dr. Holly Brookins, Principal of Glennwood Elementary in City Schools of Decatur.   

    School Leaders Meeting

    This was an incredibly valuable meeting, as Dr. White shared what they have learned, what has been successful and what challenges they have faced in reducing risk of Covid-19.  School leaders collaborating across private, public and among two districts plus our MES Covid Readiness Team are just two examples of the work going on as we prepare for student return.  I am so grateful to Dr. White and to Dr. Brookins (our former Program Administrator at the Kindergarten Center) for their openness and desire to help all kids across Atlanta.  When Morningside reopens, we will be ready! 

    I love all the special kid activities that have been happening or are planned at our school.  Thank you to the best librarian in the world, Mr. Rawls MES Library, for the Halloween Themed Scavenger Hunt and for starting the book check-out process!  I know we will be doing a Scavenger Hunt all over Morningside neighborhoods again - this was a huge hit!  We also have our Dolphin Toolkit Pick-Up #2 on October 30th as we strive to get more instructional materials into kids' hands!  This will be a fun Halloween themed pick-up, with costumes encouraged for both students and teachers.  Though we are not having our annual Monster Bash and Fall Festival, this is a way of honoring that tradition during the pandemic.  This will also be the first time most of our students will see their teacher in-person, even if it is just for a few minutes!   Remember to wear those masks and practice social distancing, it is our hope that this pick-up can take place outside, though we do have an inside pick-up rain plan.

    Please reach out if I can help.  I am looking forward to the day when we can return to school.  Until then, we are going to stay focused on enhancing the virtual school experience and meeting the individual needs of each child!!

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  • October 16, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/16/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Today, our superintendent announced that Atlanta Public Schools will remain in virtual learning through January 15, 2021.  Superintendent Blog  Our school will remain virtual due to rising cases of COVID-19.  I know that some of you are disappointed and I am too.  While I was so excited at the prospect of students returning to Morningside, I am not a health expert and have never been a principal nor even lived during a pandemic!  None of us have.  I support this decision, and here is what I can assure you - I just know in my heart that kids are coming back to our school.  They will walk our halls, learn in our classrooms, play on our new playground.  It is going to happen.  I can see it, feel it, I even dream about it!  I will spend these next weeks re-focusing on our student experience in the virtual program, while at the same time continuing the preparations for re-opening our school.  

    Going forward, Wednesdays will return back to synchronous - live teaching, per our regular schedule prior to this past week.  Our schedule will not change - we will continue on with our current schedule, the school day hours as we have known them during the first 9 weeks.  Please see the Grady Cluster Principal Letter from our team of principals.  We are united in support of children and families and will work together as a team for all the students in the Grady Cluster.

     

     

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  • October 13, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/13/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Phase II Reopening Declaration Data - 53% of Morningside Students Select Virtual Model, 40% In-Person F2F

    APS has allowed for choice for parents to send students to MES@Inman for face-to-face instruction starting the second nine weeks of school, if the community spread of COVID-19 continues to decrease.  We have been told that an official announcement regarding this possibility will come from APS District Administration this Friday, October 16th.  
      
    If the form was not completed by yesterday October 12th, student(s) will automatically remain in virtual instruction with Morningside.  MES tied for 2nd place with the highest rate of form completion, with 92% declaring their choice!  Way to go parents and guardians!  64 student families did not complete a form, with this additional 7% continuing to remain virtual, for a 60% overall designation for quarter two.  Many of the 64 communicated with their teacher the choice to remain virtual but did not complete the form. 
     
    We have shared the specific data below with each grade level of teachers today during our planning day, as well as with other staff as we continue preparations for these second quarter shifts!  I know this was a challenging task - to make a decision for the next quarter without complete information.  However, this data is so helpful for us as we plan for each grade level's continuation of virtual instruction along with the return to MES@Inman.   I am so excited about the possibilities as we move forward!  Here are the numbers below:
    (One student has selected Atlanta Virtual Academy)
     

    Grade

    MES@Inman 
    In-Person

    MES@Inman Virtual

    Total Students

    TOTAL STUDENTS

    334 

    508

    843

    Kindergarten

    35

    83

    118

    1st Grade

    56 

    107

    163

    2nd Grade

    73

    82

    155

    3rd Grade

    68 

    91

    160

    4th Grade

    41 

    79

    120

    5th Grade

    61

    66

    127

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  • October 9, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 10/9/2020 6:00:00 PM

    This last week has definitely been intense, full of meetings, more questions than answers, as we all learned of our possible schooling options for moving forward into Quarter 2.  As K - 5 families, you have a choice of face-to-face or virtual instruction beginning October 26.  The indicator to shift to this APS Phase 2 plan remains guided by the Department of Public Health data that suggests at least less than 100 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Fulton County residents over a 14 day period. APS is monitoring that data daily and will be posting updates leading up to the final decision on October 16.  In preparation, all families are asked to complete the Intent to Return Declaration Form now due on October 12  Parent Declaration

    To help you decide, we have created some opportunities to answer your questions on Monday, October 12th as well as this presentation Quarter 2 Choices to give you more information.  In this week's Digital Dolphin, the links are included to connect with me and our administrative team at either 8am or Noon.  We will be there to answer as many questions as we can to help you.  I know this is EXTREMELY difficult.  You are making a choice for your child(ren) without having the certainty of knowing all the answers.  The two biggest unanswered questions revolve around teacher changes and exactly what this will look like in Face to Face (F2F) and in Virtual School.  As we receive your declarations, we will be creating the learning plan and schedule using the additional teacher data of who is able to return to MES to teach in person.  My intention is for the least amount of disruption as possible for the kids and teachers.  However, we just do not have the data to share with you prior to your declaration deadline.  Also, dependent upon the declaration numbers for F2F/Virtual at each grade, plus the teacher F2F/Virtual data, we cannot describe exactly each classroom's model.  It could be F2F/Virtual teaching by the teacher located at MES@Inman, another other class taught by teacher at home - with a staff member to monitor in the room, F2F students taught by a F2F teacher or virtual students taught by a virtual teacher.  There are probably even more combinations beyond this!  It is truly dependent upon all numbers related to who is returning and who is remaining virtual.  Please know that our team will do the best we can to create a strong F2F AND Virtual model of teaching and learning.

    At some point the last few days, the word "turbulence" came to my mind.  As I like to do, an analogy formed to help me persevere - the image of a huge blue MES plane in a turbulent and storm filled sky.  It is full of all of us - kids, teachers, families, staff, community, with me as the pilot!  As in turbulence, everyone reacts differently - some people go very quiet, some become more expressive, some go with the flow, some cry, others help comfort the people around them.  The pilot knows this is all happening in the plane, but is using all of her expertise to get everyone safely thru the turbulence and to the destination, working with the co-pilots and crew to make that happen.   We have amazing co-pilots at MES - our admin team, our PTA, our MESF, GO Team and our newly formed volunteer Covid Readiness Team.  I know this turbulence is "scary".   I am going to get us to our destination and get us through as a community, using my experience and expertise.  Children will be coming back to our school - some now, some later and we will continue to provide that MES experience to all our kids - both in person and virtually! 

     

     

     

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  • September 11, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 9/11/2020 4:00:00 PM

    It is hard to believe that we have already completed 15 days of school in our first quarter!  Kids are making friends, learning is happening, and our students and teachers are adjusting to this virtual school world.  As we all battle feelings of isolation and uncertainty, I am seeing our community rally around the one certain piece – our kids.   Sometimes I find myself scrolling through my pictures from school and recently found a favorite from my entire career - 2 friends on the way to the MES library - and this gives me hope and and a huge smile!

     MESFriends

    As long as I can see those bright spots and work to do all that I can for all kids during these challenging times, I may get some sleep at night these days!  I know we are all in this together for sure, facing our daily life challenges and concerns as we continue school virtually.

    Since day two of school we have been making slight adjustments to the schedule, by grade level, based on the kids’ needs.  Starting next week, we have some additional enrichment and enhancements as we strive to continuously improve our virtual learning program for your child(ren) during quarter 1.  We are making adjustments to the schedule based on three key things - our kinder and 1st grade learning needs for a shorter day, adding additional teachers into the schedule with “Super Specials” of STEM, Library, and Spanish school-wide, as well as adjusting our reading intervention and gifted programming.

    We tried to change as little as possible, while making needed shifts.  As you can imagine, if you “fix” something in one area, you could be “breaking” it in another.  The good news is we are moving the school-wide lunch/recess/snack time back by 15 minutes!  This helps our youngest learners, while not changing the schedule too much.   Speaking of our youngest learners, we are shortening the official day for kindergarten by one hour and for first grade by 30 minutes.   It is a recommendation from our district that we shorten our day in those two grades.  Virtual learning is challenging for all students – from kinder through college!  However, our youngest learners are having the most difficulty, so this shortened day will help.  Our teachers continue to have one on one and small group time right after the official day ends – and our kinder and 1st grade teachers are booked daily right now, as that works well for this virtual start of year. 

    We are shifting our current daily resource gifted model to our former one day per week resource gifted model.  This better provides the 28% gifted students with their services, while allowing us to add our planned Enrichment/”Super Specials” time.  “Super Specials” are College and Career Signature Program offerings, with a school-wide schedule by homeroom.   Every child will receive STEM, Spanish and Library, with an expert teacher in a non-graded weekly class throughout the quarter.   The week prior to your child starting the class, you will receive more information about the teacher and the program – I know you will be as excited as I am about this new feature at MES!   Within the schedule we still have our block for reading and intervention teachers to help students who need support, our special education and English language learning services provided by specialized teachers, and we are following our 504 plans specific to students.  There is quite the teacher “army” here supporting our kids each day.   

    I know any schedule adjustment is hard, even if it is just a little change - it is hard for me too!  Even one 15-minute shift to our routine can feel like a massive adjustment!  Right now our lives are full of uncertainty – so I totally understand! Schedules Here There is one change I would love to see – and that is our Coronavirus numbers continuing the downward trend so that our children can begin the return back to our school!  One of our amazing parents shared this site with me this week COVID Trends; it is the best I have seen to track the Covid data.  Thank you for your patience and "grace" as we work together as a team on behalf of our beautiful Morningside children.  

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  • August 4, 2020

    Posted by Audrey Sofianos on 8/4/2020 4:30:00 PM

    Lots of Activity as We Prepare for Morningside to Open Virtually!

    Our teachers and staff have "returned" from their summer break!  There is so much exciting work going on - either at MES@Inman or in teachers' homes as we prepare for our first day with students on August 24th.  Our teachers are unpacking their materials from the move to our relocation site at MES@Inman, meeting together virtually as teams to plan the lessons and student work of the first quarter, and attending at least 5 days of training in preparation for virtual learning.  It is a busy time, but I love it and I am so excited for the 20-21 school year.   

    Wednesday, August 5th at 3pm, we will open up Campus Parent Portal so that all parents can see teacher assignments!  We will also post Class Lists on our doors at MES@Inman.  Please do not all come at once - they will be posted for the next weeks and not removed.   If you do come to MES@Inman to see class lists, remember to wear your mask and socially distance to keep our community safe!  Our registered kindergarten families should have already received their letter with their teacher assignment via US mail.

    Next week we will have Town Halls by Grade Level, via Zoom.  For added security, the Zoom links will be posted within the Thursday, August 6th Digital Dolphin, as well as our private MES Facebook page.  The Town Halls will be led by our Administrative Team including me, School Business Manager Brian Baron, Assistant Principal Dr. Nakiesha Sprull, along with special guests representing the grade level(s) and departments.   These Town Halls will provide an overview of the daily schedule, our virtual learning plan, and what to expect during the start of school and the first quarter.  The meetings are open to all in our parent community, with a 500 seat limit, so there should be NO issues with capacity for each night.  Please feel free to join the session(s) for your grade level(s) or if you have a conflict, you are welcome to join another night as some of the information will be consistent across grades.  Also, we have added in an optional 10 minute "Community Time" prior to the meeting start, where we will just chat virtually.  Feel free to join, this informal 10 minute Community Time is an opportunity for all of us to get to know each other better!  

    We are so thrilled to meet and get to know our students this year.  Teachers will lead individual "Meet & Greets" with each of his or her assigned students and the student's family.  These Zoom meetings will be a 10 - 15 minute time for the teacher and student to connect and get to know each other!  Teachers will contact you via email or phone to set up your Zoom meeting, so be looking for that starting next week, August 10th.  These meetings will take place August 10th  - August 21st.  

    In the August 6th edition of the Digital Dolphin, plus on this blog and our MES FB Page, there will be more information shared about the week of August 17th, our final planning week for "Return to Learn".  We will give you the latest details for anything related to devices plus information on student "Welcome Back - Home Learning Kit" pick-up, as well as returning student belongings retrieval (only for those who need it).   These activities will not take place until the week of August 17th.  Please see the chart below, which summarizes information as we lead up to the start of school!   

    Teacher Assignments & Class Lists Posted

    Wednesday, August 5th at 3pm

    Town Halls

    Led by Principal Sofianos, School Business Manager Brian Baron, Assistant Principal Dr. Nakiesha Sprull and special guests

     

    August 10th 

    5th Grade 

    5pm Meeting, with Community Time at 4:50pm

     

    August 11th

    Kindergarten

         5pm Meeting, with Community Time at 4:50pm

     

    August 12th

    1st & 2nd Grade

    5pm Meeting, with Community Time at 4:50pm 

     

    August 13th

    3rd & 4th Grade

    5pm Meeting, with Community Time at 4:50pm

    Meet & Greet Your Teacher!

    Teachers will organize individual meet & greets via Zoom with each child and family August 10th - August 21st  

    Device Distribution & Welcome Back- Home Learning Kits plus Returning Student Belongings Retrieval (if necessary)

    Starting on Monday, August 17th

    Latest information will be shared via Principal Sofianos Blog & Digital Dolphin on Thursday, August 6th

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