Principal's Message

Dear Parents

Thanks for a great first quarter despite unique circumstances. Through virtual and hybrid transitions, through K-12, Zoom, SeeSaw and Google Classroom…..with your support, our Otters were able to navigate learning for the last 9 weeks. Our staff members, especially our courageous teachers, have worked incredibly hard to foster learning despite ever changing platforms and learning models. With minimal notice, our teachers have worked to ensure that students had daily structure, a combination of mini lessons with differentiation, and independent practice so that our students remained on target. Our community learning pods have offered the extra support needed for so many families.  Regardless of what the future holds in terms of our school day, I know that our team is the best team to support your children.

Our students have truly exhibited the elements of the IB Learner Profile. Our students have had to attempt to be Balanced with working hard, but focus on staying healthy - have been Communicators by participating in discussions virtually in front of their peers, be Open-minded about the different modes of instruction, and have had to be Thinkers and work hard especially during independent practice. Being Principled and showing up on time to Zooms, even when parents/guardians aren’t home to help, is something that has been exhibited everyday by so many of our students. As the school principal, I can’t tell you how proud I am of all our Otters!

Moving forward, I just want to let you know that we will continue to communicate with you as clearly as we can. Safety and the well being of your child and our staff will be at the forefront of every decision we make. We ask that our entire school community communicates to school personnel regarding any potential health issues (see Nurse’s Notes). We are currently working with district personnel about transitioning Face-to-Face 5 days a week starting January 4, 2021. We will communicate out soon the procedures to change learning platform, if desired, and timeline for that to take place.

What I know for sure is that our Otters are resilient, and I have no doubt that they will be stronger because of what they have had to endure during these last 9 months. Thank you for all your support, patience and kindness during this time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sarah L. Owen

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