Principal's All Call 8-16-22

Principal's All Call 8-16-22
Posted on 08/21/2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Welcome ‘Officially” to the 2022-2023 School Year! This is Ritzman’s opening parent letter.


Here are a few updates. Please make sure you have signed your children up for screening if they are in grades kindergarten, first, second or third grade. These are the upcoming dates to remember.

August 29th- Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

                      Fourth and Fifth Grade Students’ 1st day of school.

August 30th Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

August 31st- Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade Screening (by appointment only)

September 1st –Kindergarten, First, Second and Third grade 1st day of school 


Staff is excited that we get to begin the school year again in person with students. They are already designing the best teaching and learning for you and your child.


In the meantime here are some items to review:

You should have received an opening school packet from APS that included the Parent handbook and an opening letter with direction to update your child’s school records which includes, address, email addresses and phone numbers. It is IMPORTANT to update your emails and all call numbers. Let me know if you need assistance to complete or update this info in Home Access App.


Homerooms

As I have shared with parents in the past a lot of thought and care went into creating Ritzman’s homeroom lists, therefore, I will not be taking requests for classroom changes. We have created these homerooms to best support the needs of all students.  Disclaimer: I still have students enrolling and others withdrawing. There may have to be changes in homerooms before school begins. School supply lists are found on Ritzman’s Website through akronschools.com. These lists are posted by teachers’ names. 


Uniforms

The next update is there are no required uniforms this school year, but children are expected to be dressed and presentable. Here is the Board Policy on Student Attire 5511.


Masks

Masks are optional, but we will still be implementing good healthy protocols. We will continue to keep our children and adults safe and healthy by hand washing often, continuing with social distancing and limiting visitors in the building.


Other updates that we are waiting for more information include: 


        1st-5th grade Open House is Thursday, August 25th 4:30-6:30pm (Agenda)

        KG- Open House is Wednesday, August 31st 4:30-6:30pm

Events--- Calendar of Events (everything is tentative depending on Covid and Safety Restrictions)


Technology

Technology will be integrated daily into lessons and student assignments. Teachers will continue using Google Classrooms & Google Meets. Make sure your child joins their teacher’s Google Classroom once school begins. Students will be working INDEPENDENTLY on I-Ready via their Chromebooks. It is the district’s and Ritzman’s expectations for students and their families to take excellent care of their device. All students, Kindergarten through 5th Grade will be taking home  and bringing back their chromebooks daily this school year. Their device is to be charged nightly.


Arrival and Dismissal

We are finalizing the protocols and procedures for Arrival and Dismissal. They will be similar to last year’s when we had walkers and car riders. Adults dropping off and picking up students are not to gather on Ritzman’s campus. Please remind everyone to be patient and courteous during these times.


PTO

PTO is requesting everyone to complete the following survey. This is a survey to try grasp how parents feel about volunteering and suggestions for the PTO. Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fAonSkrw4RbaAkKEUZOF6ybx23uDzdCfXerhwlIxzAA/edit?usp=drivesdk


Finally, I will continue to share the information. Please continue to follow APS’s website at- akronschools.com  for current information. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions. Call the school at 330-761-7903 or email me at [email protected].


We are all super excited to see students in person again, soon! 

Love Ya!  

Mrs. McIntosh 💓

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