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May 11, 2020

Listed below are the important dates and activities you will need to be aware of as the school year winds down.  Please calendar these dates and times and be prepared to participate in these events.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the office or email. 

Important Dates:

May 14: Library Book drop off from 10am-12pm. Please pull up on the WEST side by the Gym, **stay in your vehicle** and someone will be there to collect your books! If you have any questions, please reach out via email to Mrs. Jellum. jjellum@earlylightacademy.org

May 18: Parents have received a checklist from teacher(s) of items to return to school

May 18: Drop off and pick up map with pick up times sent to teachers and families

May 21 and May 22: Families return all school issued tech and textbooks between 9-12 p.m.

May 22: No new Assignments given to students. 

May 25: All school fines and fees paid through Aspire

May 27 and 28: Families will come to school at designated times to pick up prepackaged student belongings

May 28: 9th Grade Promotion Drive-by at ELA

May 28: History Fair Video sent to families

June 2: All grades are finalized by 4:00 p.m.

Details:

On May 18: A map for drop off and pick up procedures with pick up times will be sent to teachers and  families.

On May 21 and May 22 from 9:00-12:00 families will be asked to return all school loaned items such as computers, iPads, textbooks, and Library books to the school. Teachers will have sent checklists to families to verify that all items have been returned. If families need to return tech at a later date to finish assignments, they may do so when picking up their personal belongings on May 27 and 28.

Families can drive by the school anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on May 21 and 22.  We will have teachers and paraprofessionals at the drop-off zone with wagons, masks, and gloves to collect all items from families. No family members will leave their vehicles.  This is a drop off situation only.

Teachers and paraprofessionals will account for all school loaned materials and communicate with families if items were not returned.  This will be completed before May 26 in order to accurately provide yearbooks to those who have returned all school property.

From May 22-June 4:  Teachers will continue contacting students through Zoom for end of year activities. Wrap up the year with highs and lows. Teachers will continue reaching out to students and help with missing assignments to raise their grades.  Teachers may share Read Alouds with students,  use Nearpod to do virtual field trips, Talk about how to prepare for next year and the next grade level.  

On May 27 and 28 All families will come to school at designated times to pick up student belongings. All student belongings will be pre-bagged and located in a central area. School staff will clear desks, lockers, and classrooms of all belongings prior to the pick up dates. Parents will be given a mapped route for pick up.  Again, families will stay in cars.  Staff will communicate which family has arrived, collect the student bags, and deliver them to families in cars.

A staff member will also be available to collect any items not dropped off beforehand and check items for accountability purposes.

On May 28 is 9th Grade Promotion. Families with 9th graders will be sent a promotion video at 6:00 p.m. and given directions on the driveby promotion which starts at 7:00 p.m. Junior High teachers will be at school to wave farewell.  Students will receive their certificate and swag bag at the end of the graduation trail.

On May 28 a History Fair Video will be sent to families through social Media and a S’more.

On June 2: Grades will be finalized and locked by 4:00 p.m.

April 23, 2020

Early Light Academy Students and Parents,

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing job that you are doing during this unique and challenging time. We recognize that things changed for you and your families very quickly. We know the circumstances that we find ourselves in are challenging. We appreciate the new role that parents are playing in the education of your students and we continue to value that partnership today and in the days to come.

We are concerned about the health and well-being of all of our students. We know that this has been a challenging and stressful time for many. Please know that your teachers, counselors, administrators and other school employees miss being with you and want to do anything they can to help.

Governor Herbert announced last week that he was extending the school dismissal through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although this means that no more classes or activities will be held in person, at-home learning will continue. This email provides additional guidelines, information, and updates on the dismissal. 

  1. Teachers will continue to provide rich content, meaningful instruction, and valid assessments through online learning to the end of the school year. 

  2. No new assignments will be given after May 22, 2020. 

  3. Grades and credit will still be issued, but with certain modifications in order to be sensitive to the difficulties students may encounter as a result of at-home learning.

  4. Arrangements will be made for parents and students to return to our campus to return and retrieve items from the school, such as collecting purchased yearbooks, text books, chromebooks, library books, or locker and desk items.  More information will come regarding these procedures.

  5. Collected student fees for sports, 9th grade Capstone, etc. will be reimbursed to parents before the end of May.

  6. Registration for the 2020-2021 school year will continue online. If you have any questions concerning this process, please contact our school counselors.  

  7. It is important to maintain engagement in the educational activities being provided by teachers to avoid gaps in learning. However, we acknowledge that every student is in a different circumstance, and at-home learning may create challenges not present in the classroom. 

  8. If your student is concerned with their grade, please contact their teacher.

  9. Details on a virtual 9th grade promotion will be sent out soon, but it will still be “held” on May 28th.

Grading for Grades K-6

  • Report cards will still be generated

  • Some standards listed on the report card may not be covered, as teachers have focused on essential standards.

  • Potential grades for K-2 students will be 2, 3, or 4 and students in grades 3-6 will be A, B, or C depending on the quality of work submitted.

  • If enough evidence of student learning has not been gathered for a particular standard, that standard may be left blank on the report card

  • Citizenship grades will not be recorded for the last grading period

 

Grading for Grades 7-9

  • Report cards will still be generated

  • Potential grades will be A, B, or C depending on quality of work submitted and no failing grades

  • All M’s and R’s will be kept in Aspire as a way to help students and parents better understand what their student has and has not completed

  • Student’s whose grade would be below a C due to retakes and or missing work will be adjusted to a C

  • Students in 9th grade will continue to have the opportunity to earn high school credit during 4th quarter

  • Citizenship grades will not be recorded for the last grading period

Thank you for continuing to stay engaged in learning. We hope that these changes will take some much needed stress off of students, parents, and teachers during this challenging time. Please take care of yourselves. You are an important part of our ELA Team!

Early Light Academy Administration and Teachers

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