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T-Bird News - Week of March 30, 2020
  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: "Just keep swimming!" I am quoting a fish -- a really famous fish. A friendly, helpful, optimistic fish. Parents, students, and staff, hang in there! In difficult situations we may feel frightened, sad or just overwhelmed. And we may want to give up. But then a friend says, “Just keep swimming,” and it gives us the hope we need.
  • COVID-19 Updates - In an effort to keep our students, faculty and community safe and healthy, all schools and the district office in the Atwater Elementary School District, will be on a temporary closure until April 17th.  Please be advised this timeline could change as new information is received from our Merced County Department of Public Health.  We have made this decision with guidance and in collaboration with the Merced Department of Public Health, Merced County Office of Education and all Merced County School Districts.
  • Nutritional Services During Closure - To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students, Atwater Elementary School District Nutritional Services Program will continue with food service.  All children, 18 and under, can receive breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00am - 1:00pm. The food service locations are:  Aileen Colburn, Bellevue Elementary, Mitchell K-6, Elmer Wood, Peggy Heller, Shaffer Elementary, and Thomas Olaeta. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.
  • Mitchell Senior Website - Information will also be updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu and our facebook page at facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
  • Enrichment Packets - If your student did not get an enrichment packet, you can find it HERE along with many other online resources.  Also, there is now a box of 7th and 8th grade packets* stored in the Mitchell K-6 cafeteria.  You can pick one up during Nutritional Services from 11:00am - 1:00pm at MK6. *If your student has an IEP, a customized packet was put together for him/her and has their name on it.  Please specifiy this when requesting to pick up your student's packet.
  • Checking-In - Teachers are doing daily check-ins with students.  Please make sure your student has checked-in with at least one teacher every day during closure.  Teachers are monitoring student needs via many different ways, email, Google Classroom, Zoom meetings, ParentSquare.  If you need to contact a teacher, you can do so easily using the ParentSquare app (it has many more features than email/text).  
  • Social-Emotional / Behavioral Support Form - Please fill out this FORM (also on the district website) if you would like to receive a phone call to discuss social emotional or behavioral concerns. 
  • Math Problem of the Day - Mr. Ward, one of our math teachers, is putting up a daily math problem-of-the-day with incentives for all T-Bird students to solve them!  Have your student go to the school's website and look for it under the Student link.
  • Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 - I've attached an article (English and Spanish) from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) to support you with the changes our children are dealing with during the COVID-19 crisis.  It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events.
Hang in there,
Principal Dietz
If your student is having difficulty with the link in their gmail, here it is:  

https://illuminate.online?access_code=X53E5W2

They should only have to enter their lunch number in the first field. The second field should have the access code already. If not, the access code is: X53E5W2
Principal Dietz
AESD Technology Survey, March 24, 2020
 
Parents,
Your student received a technology survey via an email sent this morning. This email will give all students the link to take the survey. The technology survey will ask a few questions regarding the devices they have at home and whether they have internet access. This information will help the district plan for a potential long term closure plan. Please complete survey by Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m.

Please support your student in completing the survey.

Thank you,
Principal Dietz
T-Bird News Week of March 23, 2020

T-Bird News - Our T-Bird News format this week is little different as much of the normalcy and predictability of the school year is on hold for now. I will continue to update you here, on Parent Square, every Sunday evening. Our temporary closure remains in effect right now until April 17th. As I shared on Friday, it is important that you or your student check in with teachers daily. Your student's well-being is our most important goal right now.

Positivity! #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “Nothing else has the power to calm, comfort, and care for you better than home.”― Richelle E. Goodrich. Our quote speaks for itself. Calm, comfort, and care for one another.

COVID-19 Updates from AESD- In an effort to keep our students, faculty and community safe and healthy, all schools and district office in the Atwater Elementary School District, will be on a temporary closure until April 17th. Please be advised this timeline could change as new information is received from our Merced County Department of Public Health. We have made this decision with guidance and in collaboration with the Merced Department of Public Health, Merced County Office of Education and all Merced County School Districts.

Websites - Information will be updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu, and our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
 
Google Classroom - I came across this YouTube video resource for parents on using Google Classroom. Many of our teachers will be using this tool during the closure to communicate with your students, and while many of them use this resource with ease, some parents have never used it: Parent Guide to Google Classroom 2020
 
Nutritional Services During Closure - To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students, Atwater Elementary School District Nutritional Services Program will continue with food service. All children, 18 and under, can receive breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00am - 1:00pm. The food service locations are: Aileen Colburn, Bellevue Elementary, Mitchell K-6, Elmer Wood, Peggy Heller, Shaffer Elementary, and Thomas Olaeta. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.

Enrichment Packets - If your student did not get an enrichment packet, you can find it HERE along with many other online resources.

Social-Emotional / Behavioral Support Form - Please fill out this FORM (also on the district website) if you would like to receive a phone call to discuss social emotional or behavioral concerns.

Math Problem of the Day - Mr. Ward, one of our math teachers, is putting up a daily math problem-set-of-the-day with incentives for all T-Bird students to solve them! Have your student go to the school's website and look for it under the Student link.

Be Well!
Principal Dietz
Friday, March 20, 2020
Daily Check-ins with Teachers
Parents,
Please make sure that you or your student is checking in daily with teachers. It is very important that families check-in with school so that we can make sure that they are all doing well! If you have a need, we can find resources for you. Teachers have established different ways to do this. Have your student communicate with his/her teacher on how they will be checking in. Some are using Google Classroom, email, YouTube, Zoom, etc. The important piece is making sure that there is some contact daily. We care about your student's well-being. We will be in touch with any new updates regarding COVID-19 temporary school closure.
Stay well!
Principal Dietz
Friday, March 20, 2020
Parents,
If your child does not have an enrichment packet yet, you have two options.
Download/print from our website:  HERE or pick up at the attendance window by 11 am today.
Don't forget that we are serving grab and go lunches (with breakfast for the next day included) at all school sites.
Our service is in the Mitchell K6 parking lot on Grove Avenue.
Principal Dietz
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Dear Parent/Guardians,
To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students during this temporary school closure, Atwater Elementary School District Nutritional Services Program will provide an opportunity for families to walk-up or drive through to pick up meals for children and teens (18 and under) at the school sites listed on the attached flyer. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.
Grab and go meals have started! 11 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, today through April 9th.