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  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” - Helen Keller. As our year together begins to wrap up and our 8th graders head to high school, we carry with us the memories that will stay in our hearts forever. Tomorrow is Memorial Day.  This quote also rings true as we remember with gratitude and pride all those who served and died for our country and our freedom.  May your day be filled with memories and peace.
  • Distance Learning - Student must still check in daily with their teachers and make sure that they are meeting turn-in deadline in order to receive credit for the 4th quarter.  Please reach out to your child's teachers with any questions regarding due dates.
  • 7th Grade Chromebooks - Chromebook and chargers for all 7th grade students will be rechecked-out to students in the Fall (August). This means that you will be keeping your Chromebook and charger through the summer.
    The Chromebook Hotline 357-9891 will remain open throughout the summer.
    If your child WILL NOT BE RETURNING to Mitchell Senior next year, return the Chromebook and charger on Wednesday, May 27th (see below) or please contact the school office 357-6124 to set up an appointment to turn in your Chromebook and charger.
  • PE Item Pick-up - Wednesday, May 27th, students arrive by their PE period (see times below) and report to the outside of their locker room to collect their items from PE teachers. Please, only one person (preferrably the student) should exit the vehicle to collect and drop off items. Please practice proper health and safety guidelines including social distancing and the wearing of masks if possible.
    Mr. Gamble's locker room: Gym foyer
    Mrs. Haas & Mr. Manzo locker room: Outside of cafeteria locker rooms
    PE Class Period
    Period 1 8:00-8:25
    Period 2 8:30-8:55
    Period 3 9:00-9:25
    Period 4 9:30-9:55
    Period 5 10:00-10:25
    Period 6 10:30-10:55
    Period 7 11:00-11:25
    Period 8 11:30-11:55
  • School Items Return Date - Wednesday, May 27th is also the day for students to return ANY school property at the front of the school near the band room/main office, including but not limited to:
    • library books
    • text books
    • classroom novels
    • calculators. protractors
    • band tux shirt/bow tie
    • school instruments
    • band uniforms
    • band candy money if still out
    • color guard uniforms/equipment
    • Chromebooks loaned to any student not returning to Mitchell Senior next year
    • Any other school property item
  • Yearbooks - Wednesday, May 27th is our yearbook distribution day! Mr. Ward will have a table set up in front of the school office.  Please bring your order number with you for easy pick-up!  If you did not pre-order your yearbook, the online yearbook store will open back up this week for direct sales:  mse.picaboo.com
  • Nutritional Services  - Food service will be on Wednesday only this week from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday) at Bellevue and Mitchell K-6 (enter at the fire lane driveway next to Mitchell Senior on Fifth Street).  Please practice physical distancing during meal pick-up.  
  • 8th grade Celebration of Achievement - Information regarding celebrating our 8th graders was sent out on Friday via Parent Square.  This information is also posted on our website.  We look forward to seeing our 8th grade families on the morning of Friday, June 5th!
  • Mitchell Senior Website - Information is always being updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu and our facebook page at facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
  • CJSF - Attention all current CJSF students: Due to Distance Learning, Mrs. Darnell will be reviewing grades and turning in your applications for 3rd and 4th quarters.  You will not have to do anything.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Darnell: lrenteria-darnell@aesd.edu .  8th grade students who have earned honors, we are working on a plan for how you will be recognized for all of your hard work these last 2 years.  CJSF trip refunds: If you turned in a permission slip and money, please make sure to click on the CJSF trip refund link on the school website so that we can get your money returned to you.
  • Free Resources for Students and Families - The Atwater Elementary School District would like to announce additional free resources for our students and families during this time of Distance Learning.  On the attached flyer, you will find a 24 hour non-emergency emotional support line sponsored by Merced County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services.  The phone numbers to access this support line are 209-381-6800 or toll free at 888-334-0163.  This service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Social-Emotional / Behavioral Support Form - AESD School Psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are available during regular school days and hours to provide social-emotional and behavioral support for all of our students.  To request a call from a school psychologist or BCBA, Please fill out this FORM (also on the district website). Once a submission is received, you will receive a phone call for support from the specialist on staff at your child's school. AESD is dedicated to ensuring the learning and wellness of all of our students.  Should you have questions about either of these supports, please call 209-357-6100 ext. 329.  Thank you.
  • 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.
 
Best!

Principal Dietz
ddietz@aesd.edu
 
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8th Grade Celebration of Achievement

This drive-thru celebration event will take place:
When: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Alphabetical by LAST NAME
  •   9:00 - 9:30       A - Ca
  •   9:30 - 10:00     Ce - Gam
  • 10:00 - 10:30    Gar - J
  • 10:30 - 11:00     K - M
  • 11:00 - 11:30     N - R
  • 11:30 - 12:00     S - Z
Where:  Atwater High School stadium lot
  • One car per student
  • Access Fruitland from Winton Way and enter lot; exit lot by turning right on Winton Way
  • Each 8th grader will write their first/last name on a piece of paper to hold up to their window (use marker to make name easy to read from 10 feet away)
  • DO NOT get out of vehicles - please practice social distancing
  • No walk-ups; students must arrive in a vehicle
  • Certificate of Promotion, awards, pins, cords, program in envelope to be picked up at table at end of lot (trunk can be opened to place envelope in)
  • Students may decorate their car windows to show school spirit and celebration
  • Atwater Historical Society is opening up the Bloss Home for pictures on June 5th from 9 am to 4pm
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 is PE Item Pick-up, School Property Drop-off, and Yearbook Distribution Day!


Students arrive by their PE period (see times below) and report to the outside of their locker room to collect their items from PE teachers.  


Please, only one person (preferably the student) should exit the vehicle to collect and drop off items. Please practice proper health and safety guidelines including social distancing and the wearing of masks if possible.

Locations for PE Pick-up:
Mr. Gamble's locker room: Gym foyer
Mrs. Haas & Mr. Manzo locker room: Outside of cafeteria locker rooms

PE Class Period


Period 1 8:00-8:25

Period 2 8:30-8:55

Period 3 9:00-9:25

Period 4 9:30-9:55

Period 5 10:00-10:25

Period 6 10:30-10:55

Period 7 11:00-11:25

Period 8 11:30-11:55


This is also the day for students to return ANY school property at the front of the school near the band room/main office, including but not limited to:
  • library books
  • text books
  • classroom novels
  • calculators. protractors
  • band tux shirt/bow tie
  • school instruments
  • band uniforms
  • band candy money if still out
  • color guard uniforms/equipment
  • Chromebooks loaned to any student not returning to Mitchell Senior next year
  • Any other school property item
Yearbooks will be distributed this day as well.  Please bring your receipt for fast, easy pick up and see Mr. Ward in front of the band room/main office.
 
 
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  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing happiness.” The weather in Atwater has been beautiful.  Evening walks have been energizing.  Our family has been laughing together more and more.  Today I am choosing happiness.  What brings happiness into your homes?  Choose to be happy!
  • Distance Learning - Students are starting on the second half of the at-home learning calendar.   Continue to monitor the learning and make sure your student is connecting daily with teachers.  Students will receive credit for demonstrating their learning of the essential standards being covered in the packet.  Make sure your student is not falling behind.  If you or your child has any questions, reach out to the teachers for support.  We want every student to be successful.  If you still have not received a packet and have been unable to pick one up, you can find an electronic copy of the packet on the Mitchell Senior website:  Here.
  • Library Books - Mrs. Gomez, Mitchell Senior’s librarian, will continue to collect library books.  Please bring your books to the Mitchell K-6 lunch service on Monday and Wednesday this week from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.  She will have a collection box near our library as you drive up to put your books into.  We had over 100 books turned in last week, but we have over 800 still checked out!  
  • Nutritional Services During Closure - Food service continues until the end of the school year.  All children, 18 and under, can receive breakfast and lunch.  New days, times and locations are as follows:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Bellevue and Mitchell K-6 (enter at the fire lane driveway next to Mitchell Senior on Fifth Street).  Please practice physical distancing during meal pick-up.  Flyers were mailed home last week.
  • 8th grade Celebration of Achievement - An update regarding celebrating our 8th graders when out last week.  Watch your Parent Square for details of the drive-thru event happening Friday, June 5th.  SAVE THE DATE!
  • PE Lockers - We also have a date to pick up items from PE lockers.  Students will be able to come during a schedule time by class period to collect their belongings.  A separate post will explain the time frame, but save the date: Wednesday, May 27th.
  • Yearbooks - Wednesday, May 27th will also be the date to pick up yearbooks. Please locate your receipt for ease of pick up.  Mr. Ward will have a table set up in front of the school office.
  • Mitchell Senior Website - Information is always being updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu and our facebook page at facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
  • Chromebook Helpline - Our district technology department has a hotline set up for students and staff that have a district issued Chromebook.  The number is 357-9891.  Staff is monitoring the line and will return your call. They will direct you on how to proceed.
  • CJSF - Attention all current CJSF students: Due to Distance Learning, Mrs. Darnell will be reviewing grades and turning in your applications for 3rd and 4th quarters.  You will not have to do anything.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Darnell: lrenteria-darnell@aesd.edu .  8th grade students who have earned honors, we are working on a plan for how you will be recognized for all of your hard work these last 2 years.  CJSF trip refunds: If you turned in a permission slip and money, please make sure to click on the CJSF trip refund link on the school website so that we can get your money returned to you.
  • Free Resources for Students and Families - The Atwater Elementary School District would like to announce additional free resources for our students and families during this time of Distance Learning.  On the attached flyer, you will find a 24 hour non-emergency emotional support line sponsored by Merced County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services.  The phone numbers to access this support line are 209-381-6800 or toll free at 888-334-0163.  This service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Social-Emotional / Behavioral Support Form - AESD School Psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are available during regular school days and hours to provide social-emotional and behavioral support for all of our students.  To request a call from a school psychologist or BCBA, Please fill out this FORM (also on the district website). Once a submission is received, you will receive a phone call for support from the specialist on staff at your child's school. AESD is dedicated to ensuring the learning and wellness of all of our students.  Should you have questions about either of these supports, please call 209-357-6100 ext. 329.  Thank you.
  • 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.
 
Have a happy week!

Principal Dietz
ddietz@aesd.edu
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  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of our children.” Today is Mother’s Day.  This quote is for all those who love and nurture as a mother does.  Love your children.  Tell them every day.
  • Distance Learning - I am still hearing from a few of you that you have not received a packet and we are working to get one to you. Please let one of your student’s teachers know or call and leave a message with the school office if you don’t have a packet and you haven’t notified anyone.  You can also call the office and leave a message:  357-6124.  You can find an electronic copy of the packet on the Mitchell Senior website:  Here.  Teachers contacted families to determine the best way to connect with your child and explained the platforms they will be using to support the learning. Please make sure to return calls/emails as soon as possible. Students will receive credit for demonstrating their learning of the essential standards being covered on the at-home learning calendar. Daily engagement is very important for distance learning. Make sure your student is not falling behind. 
  • Library Books - Mrs. Gomez, Mitchell Senior’s librarian, is ready to start collecting library books.  Please bring your books to the Mitchell K-6 lunch service on Monday and Wednesday this week from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.  She will have a collection box near our library as you drive up to put your books into.  Make sure to wave and say hello!  She misses our T-Birds!
  • Nutritional Services During Closure - Food service continues until the end of the school year.  All children, 18 and under, can receive breakfast and lunch.  New days, times and locations are as follows:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Bellevue and Mitchell K-6 (enter at the fire lane driveway next to Mitchell Senior on Fifth Street).  Please practice physical distancing during meal pick-up.  Flyers were mailed home last week. 
  • AVID Scholarship Opportunity - Attached is a wonderful scholarship opportunity for one 8th grade AVID student.  A donor is giving $100 to a Mitchell Senior AVID student who is planning on continuing in AVID in high school.  The scholarship is renewable each of the 4 years in high school.  If your child is interested, please have them fill out document that was sent to them, do the essay and then return it to Mrs. Johnson.  If your child signed up for AVID in high school encourage them to DO THIS!  It is great practice and and it is a wonderful opportunity! Please let Mrs. Johnson rjohnson@aesd.edu know if you have any questions. This is due Friday, 5/15. 
  • Community Service Hours -  Due to COVID-19 school closure, we have dropped the requirement for community service hours for this year. It will be 15 hours. If you have completed the hours, and have not turned in your forms to Mrs. Darnell, you will have until May 15 to get them to her. Forms cannot be accepted after this date. You may email her a copy of the forms or text a picture of the completed form with to 209-233-0256. You must have copies of the front and back of the form. Please make sure that your name and grade level are clearly visible on the form. If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to email, call or text Mrs. Darnell Lrenteria-darnell@aesd.edu
  • Mitchell Senior Website - Information is always being updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu and our facebook page at facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
  • Chromebook Helpline - Our district technology department has a hotline set up for students and staff that have a district issued Chromebook.  The number is 357-9891.  Staff is monitoring the line and will return your call.  They will direct you on how to proceed.
  • CJSF - Attention all current CJSF students: Due to Distance Learning, Mrs. Darnell will be reviewing grades and turning in your applications for 3rd and 4th quarters.  You will not have to do anything.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Mrs. Darnell: lrenteria-darnell@aesd.edu .  8th grade students who have earned honors, we are working on a plan for how you will be recognized for all of your hard work these last 2 years.  CJSF trip refunds: If you turned in a permission slip and money, please make sure to click on the CJSF trip refund link on the school website so that we can get your money returned to you.
  • Free Resources for Students and Families - The Atwater Elementary School District would like to announce additional free resources for our students and families during this time of Distance Learning.  On the attached flyer, you will find a 24 hour non-emergency emotional support line sponsored by Merced County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services.  The phone numbers to access this support line are 209-381-6800 or toll free at 888-334-0163.  This service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Social-Emotional / Behavioral Support Form - AESD School Psychologists and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) are available during regular school days and hours to provide social-emotional and behavioral support for all of our students.  To request a call from a school psychologist or BCBA, Please fill out this FORM (also on the district website). Once a submission is received, you will receive a phone call for support from the specialist on staff at your child's school. AESD is dedicated to ensuring the learning and wellness of all of our students.  Should you have questions about either of these supports, please call 209-357-6100 ext. 329.  Thank you.
  • 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.
 
Happy Mother’s Day!

Principal Dietz
ddietz@aesd.edu
  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “Sunshine is the best medicine.” COVID-19 has changed the way we live and interact but it hasn’t stopped this beautiful California Central Valley weather. Remember to get outside, go for a walk and take a break from electronics. 
  • Distance Learning - Your student should have received their distance learning curriculum packet in the mail by now.  If you did not, please let one of your student’s teachers know or call and leave a message with the school office.  You can find an electronic copy of the packet on the Mitchell Senior website:  Here.  We had some packets that were returned to the post office and we are working with individual families to update addresses and get these packets into students’ hands as soon as possible.  Teachers have been contacting families to determine the best way to connect with your child and the platforms they will be using to support the learning. Please make sure to return calls/emails as soon as possible.  Chromebooks are not needed for distance learning, but if your student has online access, it will make communication easier (home computer, tablet, cell phone, etc.) This is the part where we must get creative in connecting, for example, taking a picture of an assignment on a cell phone and emailing it to the teacher or having your student send a question or file to his/her teacher using your Parent Square app.  Students will receive credit for demonstrating their learning of the essential standards being covered on the at-home learning calendar. Daily engagement is very important for distance learning. Set up a space for learning to occur in your home. 
  • Nutritional Services During Closure - Food service continues until the end of the school year.  All children, 18 and under, can receive breakfast and lunch.  New days, times and locations are as follows:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Bellevue and Mitchell K-6 (enter at the fire lane driveway next to Mitchell Senior on Fifth Street).  Please practice physical distancing during meal pick-up.  Flyers were mailed home last week. 
  • Mitchell Senior Website - Information is always being updated on our website at mitchellsenior.school, Atwater Elementary School District's website at aesd.edu and our facebook page at facebook.com/MitchellSeniorElem/
  • Chromebook Helpline - Our district technology department has a helpline set up for students and staff that have a district issued Chromebook.  The number is 357-9891.  Staff is monitoring the line and will return your call.
  • 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.
  • PE Lockers/Library Books - We are developing a plan to have items picked up from or returned to school.  We will let you know when we have this plan in place and share the details with you.  This likely will not take place until the last weeks of the school year or possibly summer due to the shelter in place orders and social distancing guidelines.
  • Yearbook - This is the last week to order a yearbook with FREE SHIPPING! Go to mse.picaboo.com to pre-order a yearbook for your student. Orders will be taken through FRIDAY evening, May 1st.  Mr. Ward, our yearbook instructor, is reaching out one last time to students asking them to submit their thoughts and photos during this historic COVID-19 event to be included in our yearbook. Here is the LINK to the form for student yearbook submissions. We are working on a way to have yearbooks picked up when they are delivered to the school. This is a historic year!  Make sure to order one today.
  • Stay safe at home,

    Principal Dietz
    ddietz@aesd.edu
 Sunshine is the best medicine
Spring Break Letter to Families from Principal Dietz - April 9, 2020
 
Dear Mitchell Senior Families,

     I’d like to begin by wishing each of you a spring break week filled with peace and enjoyable memories. During the COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” orders, the time spent with loved ones might look much different than what was originally planned, but we are resilient. We are making the most of it while keeping our families, friends, and communities safe.
     I want to thank you for making sure your student had been checking-in daily during the temporary closure time. Teachers and staff were focused on the goals of support and wellness. Beginning the week of April 20th, we will shift to our distance learning plan for the remainder of the school year closure. Moving forward, our students will be provided with new learning aligned with our current AESD grade-level instructional maps and essential standards, and assessment of the work will occur. The learning will look different than if we were in our classrooms with our students, but with creativity, collaboration and commitment we will continue to provide a strong educational learning environment for the remainder of the school year. Students will receive their curriculum packets by bulk mail sometime during the week of April 20th. The decision to mail the curriculum to our students falls in line with the Governor’s “Shelter In Place” orders. The learning packets will also be available on both the school and district websites.
     Your student’s teachers have already established their individual communication platforms to connect with your child during distance learning. This is extremely important as we move into this next phase of learning. In this unprecedented time, we are getting very creative with this hybrid method of instruction. It is of great importance that we have a partnership of parent support in getting the students to engage in the learning. Students will be held accountable for their work through assessments developed by their teachers. Your student’s teachers will be sharing their plan for assessment and accountability for new learning. Internet access is not necessary for distance learning, but will enrich their experience and make it easier to connect.
     Food services will continue after spring break. Once we return from spring break our food service locations will reduce to two sites, Bellevue and Mitchell K6 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm.  This is in alignment of the recommendations from our Merced County Department of Public Health.
     Please continue to take care of one another.  Stay safe.

Sincerely,
Diana Dietz
 
T-Bird News - Week of April 6, 2020
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  • Positivity!  #BringIt! - Our theme this year is positivity and our slogan is Positivity #Bringit. Our positive quote for the week is: “Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere”Erma Bombeck.  What is the opposite of worry?  Calmness, happiness, comfort, trust, peace, reassurance.  In these unprecedented times, choose the opposite of worry.  Think positively.  Do something that gets you somewhere you want to be.  Take these next two weeks to enjoy family time and push aside the worry and anxiety.  We will come back strong from this.  We are resilient.  We are Thunderbirds!
  • COVID-19 Updates - Merced County school district leaders have been working closely in monitoring the impact the COVID-19 health crisis has on our students and school community. The safety of students and staff continues to be a top priority during this unprecedented pandemic. As such, careful consideration has been given to how to best proceed for the remainder of the school year.  The attached letter (English and Spanish) contains updated information regarding school closures for Atwater Elementary School District for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
  • 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-Thursday this week 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. Please practice physical distancing during meal pick-up.
  • AESD Distance Learning Plan - Please continue to monitor communication from AESD as to next steps in our distance learning plan which begins April 20th.  Information will be shared with you as soon as plans are finalized at the district level.  
  • 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 - The enrichment packets passed out before the school closure had a two-week calendar of enrichment assignments.  This week, students can complete any enrichment they did not complete over the past two weeks.  
  • Checking-In - Teachers are still doing daily check-ins with students this week.  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).  
  • Chromebook Helpline - Our district technology department has a helpline set up for students and staff.  The number is 357-9891.  Staff is monitoring the line and will return your call.
  • 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.
  • Yearbook - The Yearbook Store is still open! Go to mse.picaboo.com to pre-order a yearbook for your student. Orders will be taken through May 1st.  Mr. Ward, our yearbook instructor, is reaching out to students asking them to submit their thoughts and photos during this historic COVID-19 event to be included in our yearbook. Here is the LINK to the form for student yearbook submissions. We are working on a way to have yearbooks picked up when they are delivered to the school. This is a historic year!  Make sure to order one today.
  • Time Capsule - Canadian educator, Natalie Long wanted some way to look back on the COVID-19 pandemic, even if it’s not the happiest of situations. In this article, Time capsule will provide something to look back on years after COVID-19, she shares her thoughts and time capsule document that she created.  I've attached the document to this post if your family would like to participate in this activity.
I'd like to wish you all a very calm, healthy, and peaceful spring break, April 10th-19th.

Principal Dietz

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.