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Principal's Post | November 9, 2020

Greetings!

 

We had another wonderful week with K-3, Cohort 2 last week! Again, students wore their masks, physically distanced from others, and were attentive and engaged with instruction. Parents, you have clearly prepared your children well for their return to school and we appreciate your support! Please take a few minutes to check out this week’s updates:



Instruction This Week

This week, students who are in K-3, Pre-K, and EBS on Cohort 3 will be in the school building for in-person learning. Wednesday is Veteran’s Day and a holiday for students and staff. The building will not be open. 



Preparing for In-Person Learning This Week: Pre-K-3, EBS, Cohort 3

Our Returning to In-Person Learning website page has been updated with the latest information. Please review it carefully and discuss the health and safety expectations with your child. There are several videos that you can watch together, including this video about arrival that I shared with students a few weeks ago in their Google Classroom.

 

All parents are asked to sign this attestation form that you have received and understand the expectations. If you are unable to print it this weekend to send on Monday, we will send a copy home with your child. 

 

Because parents will not be able to walk their children to class when they come, some children may be feeling especially anxious. Please assure them we have lots of staff here that will help them, many who have introduced themselves here in this video.  

 

We look forward to welcoming the K-3, Pre-K, and EBS students on Cohort 3 on Monday! If you are not sure which cohort your child is in, please contact your child’s teacher. 



Social Distancing in Elementary School

Social, or physical, distancing and minimizing exposure is a key tool to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing means keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and other people outside of your home. Though maintaining this distance from others is especially difficult for our little ones, at Brier Creek, we have set up our physical spaces to allow for social distancing and we are using routines and procedures that reinforce the importance of physical distancing. We use markings on the floor, markings on chairs, and other physical and verbal reminders to our students to maintain distance from others. Beginning the week of November 16, our in-person K-3, Pre-K, and EBS students will return to school full-time in full classes. Physical distancing will still be encouraged, however, because of the number of students in a classroom at any point in time, parents should be aware that six feet of space will not always be possible. We will still have routines and procedures in place to support maintaining distance, but it is important that parents are aware that students may only be 3-4 feet apart once we are no longer in rotations. Fourth and fifth grades will be in rotations, at reduced capacity, in the classroom and will be able to maintain the 6 feet of physical distancing.



P2 This Week: Bravery

On Monday, we'll begin learning about bravery. Bravery means that you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. Bravery refers to voluntary (not coerced) action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgment; the brave person must have an understanding of the risks and consequences involved in acting. 

 

According to Socrates and Plato, forethought separates acts of valor from acts of rashness. This means that bravery isn’t simply fearlessness, but instead the overcoming of fear. Bravery can take many forms. Physical bravery involves overcoming fear of bodily injury or death. Moral bravery occurs when an individual does what that person believes is right in the face of social and/or financial consequences. Mental bravery occurs when people overcome their everyday fears and anxieties.

 

For a 1-page character card overview, click here. And, for P2 for Families (password: P2), click here.

 

Repeating from Last Week: PTA Spiritwear <A Message from Your PTA President, Jeannie Sollars>

We know that this year might look different than what we’re all accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean our school spirit should be minimized. If anything, it means that we should be putting even more of our energy into making sure our Brier Creek pride is loud, strong, and here to stay.  

 

We know Spiritwear is more than just t-shirts and sweatshirts. It’s a connection, when students need it most.  Spiritwear gets kids excited about our school, it gets them feeling connected to their friends, and it gets them feeling grounded in the community.  

 

Please join us in spreading excitement about what this school year has to offer and order your Spiritwear online today!  https://briercreek2020.itemorder.com/

 

The Brier Creek Online Store is now open for business. And it’ll be open 24 hours a day until November 13th.  Share the link to the store with your friends. There’s power in numbers, and we’d really love to see our whole Brier Creek community, parents & alumni included, showing off their new gear!

 

Have a wonderful week, Jets!

 

Kathy Livengood