Principal's All Call 8/30/20

Principal's All Call 8/30/20
Posted on 08/30/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of August. I know many of you are anxious for our online learning to begin. Teachers and staff just returned to work last week. They have been meeting virtually with me and each other to plan and prepare for the start of this school year. Each teacher is creating a Google Classroom for your child to join. They will be sharing this information this week during our virtual open house. Many of your children may have already received an email on their gmail in their portal inviting them to their teacher’s Google Classroom.

Open House is this week for all grade levels except Kindergarten and First Grade. They are the following week. Please check the date below for the information. This year parents will log into the Open House via Google Meet on their child’s chromebook. I am attaching an Open House document with the links. Be sure to start with the main link at the top of the page. After a whole group parent meeting, then each grade level will have a separate virtual meeting with their child’s teacher and classmates. Teachers will be giving directions for the start of the year and answering your questions. Fourth grade is tomorrow night!  All Open Houses will be from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.  See below:

Kindergarten is Thursday September 10th

First Grade is Wednesday, September 9th

Second Grade is Thursday, September 3rd

Third Grade is Wednesday, September 2nd

Fourth Grade is Monday, August 31st

and Fifth Grade is Thursday, September 3rd

Here are other important items to know as we get ready to begin the school year virtually.

  1. Review the online expectations for parents and students carefully with your child.
  2. More details for KG and 1st grade screening. We will be practicing appropriate safety protocols to keep everyone safe. Please secure a mask for you and your child.

  1. SCHOOL LUNCH & BREAKFAST are over at this time. Child nutrition workers will start serving meals on September 9th with new days and time. The Daily Service will be Monday - Friday from 10 am.- 12pm.  Again, meal service will not start again until September 9th. 

  1. If you were an APS or Ritzman student last year, please prepare your school Chromebook for this school year. Make sure the Chromebook and charger are in proper working order. If you have any issues with the Chromebook that need to be addressed, you may bring it to Ritzman Monday, Wednesday and/or Friday for our tech support to look at and repair. He is available on those days from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  2. Here is more information about the daily schedule for online learning. The district’s main focus will be on English Language Arts, Math and interventions for all students. There are only two vital times where students will be connected during the day. They are from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-2:00 p.m.Monday through Friday.  Here is an example of a typical schedule.

9:00-9:15 a.m. Homeroom

9:15-10:15 a.m. ELA

10:15-11:00a.m. Intervention

11:00-12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

12:00-12:15p.m. Tech Time

12:15-1:15 Math

1:15-2:00 Specials (LRC, Art, Music and PE). 

Again, this is an example. Every child will have these same components in their day, they may be in a different order. The most important is 9:00-11:00 a.m.learning time, lunch at 11:00 and 12:00-2:00 p.m.learning time Monday through Friday. 


I know this schedule will be difficult for working parents. The district is aware and trying to problem solve. There are daycares that offer to support children in logging on during the school day. There are other caregivers who can help like relatives. Remember, we will do our best and problem solve as we go.

Email me with any questions at imcintos@apslearns.org or call Ritzman at 330-761-7903. Our substitute secretary, Becky Flossie is a veteran to APS and she will answer your questions, too. 

I know there will be bumps in the road and glitches. We will problem solve when they come.

Thank you for your patience.

Love Ya!

Mrs. M


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