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Day 1 Reminders
Thomas Liss
Monday, August 30, 2021

Dear CAS Learning Community,

We had a great first day!  Our students entered smiling and eager to see friends and engage with their classmates!  Our classes focused on team building, procedures, and normal first-day protocols.  For many of our students, they have not encountered a full day since March of 2020 and they did a fantastic job!

As always there are some important reminders we would like to share after running through our master schedule.

  1. Please pack an extra mask.  Many students soiled their masks and they required a second mask.

  2. Reusable water bottles are important.  Please make sure you also label the water bottle.

  3. Please minimize the drop-off of items.  Create a checklist or a phone reminder so that you do not forget any items.  If you do drop off an item, there is no need to ring the doorbell.  Please just place the item in the bin and label it with the student’s name and class.  The bin is checked often.

  4. Drop off and pick up Areas-Please make sure you stay back from school.  It is difficult to dismiss students if families do not leave us room to see the students. If students are in line, please stay behind the line and not next to your child.  

  5. Many parents asked about the elementary lunch menu-Please click here!

Here is a brief overview of lunches.

We have three lunch periods, which consist of:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

4th Grade and 5th Grade

What you need to know:

  1. Lunch is free.  Today they had an option of a hot dog/waffle fries or mozzarella sticks.  They also get milk and a vegetable/fruit.  The students did not fully understand how the process works, but they will learn.  They would enter the cafeteria and find their assigned seat.  If they are buying lunch (again it is free) we would call them to get in line, which is at the Kitchen window (They would stand on the red line).  They would proceed through the line and go back to their seats.  Please walk your child through the process (I probably make it sound a lot easier than it is).  

  2. Students are seated 3 feet apart.  Students are assigned a spot and each spot is clearly marked with a “HERE” sticker.  Please remind your children that they must adhere to the assigned spot.

  3. Students must remain masked up when they are not eating or when they get up to get a napkin or other item.  They did a great job following this rule and we reminded them throughout the lunch period.

  4. The students should only begin eating when we announce to start.  This will allow us to track 15 minutes of unmasked eating and the students were very good at following this rule.

  5. The students will be asked to clean up after themselves toward the end of lunch.  We will call each table to throw their garbage away, return to the seats, and then we would dismiss them for recess

  6. To adhere to the 3 feet apart we have set up a schedule where some classes would eat outside.  These classes would come to the cafeteria if they have students buying lunch, get their lunch, and then proceed outside where they would have a supervised lunch.  Each class will experience this at some point. 

  7. If we have inclement weather, the classes that were supposed to eat outside would have to eat in their classroom.  The classrooms are already set up to accommodate the 3 feet of distance.  

  8. Bathrooms.  Students are allowed to use the bathrooms during lunch.  They just raise their hand and ask for permission.  Of course, they must remain masked up when they go to the bathroom.   

Here is a picture of the cafeteria

As always, there is no way we could do this without the support of our CAS LEARNING COMMUNITY!  Support one another and we are looking forward to an amazing day 2!

Thomas Liss