Welcome Back! We are excited for an adventure-filled year of learning and growing with all of you! This letter contains information that will help you get ready for the first day of school which is Tuesday, September 8, 2020. WE WILL BE ALL VIRTUAL / ONLINE.
As you know, CONNECTION “with each other, our environment, our neighborhood, and our world” is an important part of Creative City’s culture. This year, our theme, “We Connect for Success!” brings our commitment to build, maintain, and strengthen connections to learning into the virtual world.
During virtual learning, our scheduled instructional day (beginning at 8:30 am daily) will include live instruction from our Creative City staff as well as recorded and posted materials to be completed independently. While interaction will be happening on a screen, there will also be hard copy books, work on paper, and other concrete ways that students will interact with school. And of course, we will still form relationships with one another that support success for all.
This year, there is a whole new set of things to learn in order for families to support their children in distance learning. Families and students will participate in our school’s “Doing Digital” sessions, which will teach you how to use the learning platforms, applications, and other online resources your child will be using while we are teaching and learning online. We are also going to have small group sessions where students and families can meet their teacher and get acquainted with the plan for the year.
And, of course, our staff is currently getting their “classrooms” ready. We are prepping At-Home Kits of supplies and resources for each child, including books for home libraries. Very soon, we will reach out again with details for next week when you can pick up school supplies and, as needed, student chromebooks.
You should have received a call tonight informing you of your child's homeroom teacher. We did it this way to get the information to you in the fastest way possible without encountering possible postal delays. Please check your voice mail for a message from Creative City, or contact our office at 443-642-3600 if you did not receive this information.
Please contact us if you have any questions at all between now and the first day of school. We are excited to begin this year with you!
Traci Johnson Mathena, Principal