Falcon Reflections from
Around the Valley
Thoughts about the extended quarantine. School Spirit Day and Drive By Food Drive. New AfterCare program for RVS. Another give back day on 4/27. Kindergarten Registration.
With the ever-changing news and nature of the current situation here are a few updates for you:
Quarantine Extended. As you know, the Governor has said schools in New Jersey are to remain closed through May 15 at which time he and his team will reassess and make a determination as to reopening. This means another 4 weeks of distance learning.
While we still hold out hope that we can safely return for graduation and other memorable events in June, we also need to plan around the possibility that the ceremonies for our 8th graders will be impacted. As a staff, we’ve been contemplating different scenarios and brainstorming ideas so we’re prepared should we be faced with a longer closure after May 15. No matter what we do, these events will demand our most creative and flexible responses, and our kids are worth the best solutions we can imagine and execute. We will say more when we know more.
School Spirit Day is coming up on May 1. Our commitment to the Interfaith Food Pantry remains strong even though we’re not in the building so we’re announcing our first ever DRIVE BY FOOD DRIVE! From 9:30 - 11:30, drive up to the school entrance with your donation. Staff will be there in masks and gloves to take your donation off your back seat, out of your trunk or through a window. We’ll pack it all up to take over to the Pantry in Morris Plains. As you might suppose, the need is very great at the moment and I believe many of us are in a position to help so let’s Falcon Up! (Also, if you have any masks that you’ve made that you’d like to donate, bring those too. The MCIFP delivers donations to the certain senior citizen complexes and these folks don’t have the same opportunities to acquire needed supplies.)
New Program. I’m also excited to announce the creation of the RVS KidCare program for after-school care. The program will start with the new school year in September and will run much as the YMCA program did from dismissal until 6 PM. We will be publishing all the details and registration information within the next week or two so keep an eye on our website. I firmly believe that by bringing the aftercare program in-house, we can infuse it with our RVS goals and values and provide the best possible option for families whose working schedules depend on reliable care.
Give Back Days. We have three more “give back” days to spread out over the rest of our calendar. We’ll use the next one on April 27 so there will be no school, no distance learning on that day.
Survey Responses. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey earlier this week. We appreciate everyone’s thoughtful responses and are incorporating some practical suggestions where we have the ability to do so. For example, beginning Monday, 5th and 6th graders will have access to email within their Google Classroom accounts. This should make turning in work and communicating with teachers a little easier. We also added the Distance Learning file directly to the homepage. It’s the top item on the left-hand menu. Hopefully these changes will alleviate some small frustrations.
Kindergarten Registration. And finally, just a reminder that Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year is ongoing. If you’re registering a child, please continue to fill out the necessary forms. If you or someone you know has questions about registration, please email our nurse, Mrs. Neretich (firstname.lastname@example.org). Kindergarten orientation will be held this summer on a date to be determined.
Even though I think most of us were expecting the Governor’s announcement, it didn’t make it any less difficult to actually hear it. It’s incredibly disappointing that we’re not going back to school at this time but we all understand this is what needs to happen to keep our loved ones, our neighbors and communities safe and healthy. My hat is off to each one of you for helping to make this work. I can tell from the survey answers that finding balance at home, juggling school and work and technology challenges are major concerns. I heard all of that and we’ll put some more resources together with ideas to help in some of these areas. The whole faculty joins me in a round of applause for your efforts thus far in our distance learning school environment. Stay strong Falcon Nation! We can do this!