Latest Communication

 

November 11, 2020

 

Dear Elementary School Parents,

 

We almost made it to Thanksgiving Break! As of today, a member of our school faculty is positive for COVID-19.

 

As a result of this positive case, and the close contacts associated, several staff members are included in the quarantine, leaving a significant staffing shortage. In the interest of school safety, we will be moving to full remote learning effective immediately and through the Thanksgiving break. We will welcome students back to school on Monday, November 30.

 

Any students who have been directly impacted have been notified separately and asked to quarantine.  IF you did not receive an additional email, your child is NOT BEING ASKED TO QUARANTINE.

 

Homeroom teachers will continue to be synchronous, as they have been all school year. For the next two weeks, teachers will be live via zoom or google for academic classes during regularly scheduled times. Science and Social Studies classes will push out content through Google Classroom. Arts programming will be temporarily paused.

 

Nothing changes for choice remote students, just know that all classmates will be remoting into the classroom.

ALL Elementary school in-person students will be welcome back in the PPA building on Monday, November 30.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and I will be happy to answer any questions I am able to.

 

In partnership,

Ms. Burgess

 
 
July 15, 2020
 
For the latest information on our Return to School plan please click HERE.
 
 
May 6, 2020
 
Spring is in the air!   I hope this message finds everyone hopeful and healthy!  Our school year is rapidly coming to an end, as preparations are underway for our iPad collection days.  Staff members are busy working to collect student belongings in the building to make sure we get important items back to students before the summer break.  Please know that we are trying our best with this task, but if there are items left in the school, they will remain there until it is safe for students to return to the school and collect them.  Bags with student work, workbooks, locker and cubby items will be handed to you at iPad collection days starting NEXT WEDNESDAY (see details below).  We look forward to seeing everyone (from behind a mask) starting next week.  
 
Until then, take care.  Stay healthy.
 
In partnership,
Ms. Burgess
 

IMPORTANT DATES

May 13 Kindie/1st/2nd grades iPad Collection  9:00am - 12:00pm

May 14 3rd grade iPad Collection  9:00am - 12:00pm

May 14 4th grade iPad Collection  1:00 - 4:00pm

May 15 5th grade iPad Collection  9:00am - 12:00pm

May 15 7th grade iPad Collection  1:00 - 4:00pm

May 18 6th grade iPad Collection  9:00am - 12:00pm

May 18 8th grade iPad Collection  1:00 - 4:00pm

 

STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: MAY 4TH - MAY 8TH

Click here to read about the PCA’s plan for VIRTUAL STAFF APPRECIATION!

 

SPOTLIGHT: SUMMER PROGRAM

Click here for important information regarding our Spotlight summer program.

 

END OF YEAR PLANS

Click here for information from Principal Burgess regarding PPA’s end of year plans.

 

BAND/ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT RETURNS

Please read the letter from Mrs. Mayes and Mr. Naegele regarding rental instrument returns.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY LIBRARY: SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Click here for the Summer Reading Program flyer!

 

Y.E.S.S.: VIRTUAL PARENT ACADEMY

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first virtual Y.E.S.S. Virtual Parent Academy. Click here to see the flyer. RSVP to pharvey@dcsheriff.net required to get the zoom link a password. We appreciate you, stay safe and well!

 

PPA 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Click here for the 2020-2021 school year calendar!


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!! 

Thank you to our “Justice League” level sponsor: Ames Construction:

Also, thank you to our “Superhero” level sponsors: Jesessence Salon, PowerFixx Fitness, and the Meadows Learning Center:

                   



 

 

April 30, 2020
 

I would like to begin by thanking each and everyone of you for your patience, kindness and grace over the last two months as we navigated an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. Your support of students, staff and each other has allowed our community to persevere and unite in ways we couldn’t have predicted. Thank you for sticking this out with us for the last part of the school year.  I am confident we will emerge better than ever on the other side of this.

 

With the Governor’s announcement of the extension of the school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we are planning our end of year procedures a little differently this year. While we would prefer to be enjoying volunteer breakfasts, picnics with parents, and countless end-of-year performances, it is just not safe for us to be gathering at this time.

 

Alternatively, we have planned a safe, socially-distanced iPad collection and end of the year farewell times for each grade level.  At these “events,” we plan to collect devices, books, etc.. that belong to PPA, as well as return any personal student items. We will use our driveline and driveline process to organize families into manageable groups to drop off and collect items.  

 

May 13 9AM-12PM All Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off any loaner iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 14 9AM-12PM All 3rd grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 14 1PM-4PM All 4rd grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 15 9AM-12PM All 5th grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 15 1PM-4PM All 7th grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 18 9AM-12PM All 6th grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

MAY 18 1PM-4PM All 8th grade families should plan to come through the driveline to drop off iPads and to pick up any items left in the classroom.  This is also a time to wave goodbye to all your teachers.  

 

Families should plan to come to the time designated for each child in the household, so we can ensure we have all the items collected and returned from each child.  Also, teachers would love the opportunity to say goodbye to all of their students.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR DROP-OFF

  1. Follow the car in front of you to the stop sign at the front of the school.  Once all cars are stopped in front, teachers will approach cars to collect iPads/books/etc…  Other volunteers will bring student belongings to the car.  

  2. Have your iPad ready for collection (SPECIFIC DETAILS BELOW)

  3. There will be no public access to our school building.

  4. Please do not leave your vehicle.

  5. Family members in cars are encouraged to wear masks.

  6. Teachers/volunteers will be wearing masks.  Please talk to your children about that before visiting the school.


IPAD COLLECTION TO DO

Prior to your drop of day, please complete the following steps below.  We have a lot of iPads to collect, having these steps done will help our staff and parents get through this quickly.


Instructions to parents prior to turning in iPad

-Have the iPad charged to 100%

-Make sure wifi is on

-Change iPad password to 22446688


Parent Cleaning - Help protect our volunteers from COVID-19

-Take the iPad out of the case

-Use a Clorox wipe front and back of iPad, dry with microfiber towel

-Use a Clorox wipe inside and back of case, dry with microfiber towel

-Remove all stickers from the iPad or iPad case.

-Put iPad back in case


Parent Damage Inspection

-Check screen for any cracks, report damage at time of drop off

-Check for any dents in aluminum casing, report damage at time of drop off

-Check iPad case for damage, report damage at time of drop off


Thank you for your help with this effort and for your continued support.  We are looking forward to seeing you all, under a mask and through a car window, very soon!

 

 

April 27, 2020
 

REMOTE LEARNING CLARIFICATION

PPA teachers will assign push out lessons and work Monday through Thursday.  Fridays are catch-up days for students and teachers--no new assignments will be pushed out on Friday.


REMOTE LEARNING--HOW CAN I HELP MY STUDENT?

  • Check Infinite Campus to see what assignments have not been completed.  If you don't see a score, it has likely not been turned in.

  • Communicate with teachers.  If your circumstances have changed and assignments are not being turned in, please reach out to teachers.  Let us know how we can support you--we are here to help!

  • Continue to follow some kind of schedule/routine until remote learning ends and summer begins.


iPAD COLLECTION

We will be collecting iPads in mid-May.  Watch for emails with details for iPad collection coming soon.  


IMPORTANT DATES

April 29 Medication Pick Up: 7:30am - 10:00am

April 30 Medication Pick Up: 3:00pm - 5:30pm

May 1 Medication Pick Up: 11:00am - 1:30pm

May iPad Collection Dates and Times: TBD


STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK: MAY 4TH - MAY 8TH

Click here to read about the PCA’s plan for VIRTUAL STAFF APPRECIATION!

 

Y.E.S.S.: VIRTUAL PARENT ACADEMY

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our first virtual Y.E.S.S. Virtual Parent Academy. Click here to see the flyer. RSVP to pharvey@dcsheriff.net required to get the zoom link a password. We appreciate you, stay safe and well!


PPA 2020-2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Click here for the 2020-2021 school year calendar!

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!!! 

Thank you to our “Justice League” level sponsor: Ames Construction:

Also, thank you to our “Superhero” level sponsors: Jesessence Salon, PowerFixx Fitness, and the Meadows Learning Center:

                   



 

 

 

 
April 8, 2020
 

Now that DCSD has shared their official remote learning plan I want to be sure to communicate updates to our Remote Learning Plan as we adapt to the needs of our own community. As a charter school, we follow our own plan.


First off, thank you, again, for your patience during our first three weeks of remote learning.  We have learned so much about our kids, our community and ourselves. I am in awe of our incredible teachers, and what they have been able to accomplish is a short amount of time, and grateful to our parents for their unwavering support of them.  This community is inspiring!

 

Curriculum

We will continue to move forward in our curriculum as much as we can.  We recognize that there is no substitute for in-person learning and the interactive teaching and learning cycle, and we by no means expect your homes to mirror our classrooms.  That said, we want to continue to offer students daily opportunities to learn and grow within the content at a developmentally appropriate pace. Please know that we will make adjustments to curriculum in the fall, based on what we are able to accomplish during this remote learning time.


Quarter 4 grades

Three weeks in, we are now better able to communicate how we will deal with grades at this time.  We also understand that our youngest students require more assistance from parents than our older students do.  Here are some general guidelines around grading during remote learning:

 

Kindergarten – 4th grade

We will be providing feedback on all assignments that are turned in.  Feedback will be given to support student learning and give multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.  We will continue to provide instruction, activities and feedback in all subjects (encores included), however, final quarter 4 grades will not be issued. While we believe that all of our classes are equally important, if you are struggling with time constraints or difficulty completing assignments, we want to encourage you to prioritize literacy and mathematics.  These content areas will support student success in coming school years.


Middle School Grades 5-8

We will be providing feedback on all assignments that are turned in.  Feedback will be given to support student learning and give multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate what they know and are able to do.  Feedback can take multiple forms including percentages and raw scores, comments, notes, and rubric scores. We will continue to provide instruction, activities and feedback in all subjects, however, final quarter 4 grades will not be issued. Our intention is to provide students with content they need to be successful in the coming school year--specifically our students that are heading to high school.  

 

Grading Philosophy

Students will not be penalized for missing or late work.  All work that is turned in will be graded and feedback provided for student growth.  This is an incredible opportunity to learn and grow without the added stress of grades.  It is our expectation that students take advantage of this feedback loop to finish out this year and prepare for next year. We are determined to be a support to our families and not a burden.


All of our curriculum is valuable and important, however, we realize that everyone’s circumstances are different and we seek to help families prioritize and to lessen the educational burden on our community.

 

Social-Emotional Support

There is so much uncertainty in our world, and kids are not immune to the impact of our new normal.  Our students need support now more than ever. If your student needs someone to talk to, please fill out this FORM and a member of our mental health team will reach out to schedule a time to talk.  If there is a mental health emergency, please call 911.

 

Students on Plans

Our Student Support Services team will continue to support our students on plans during remote learning.  Many have already reached out to schedule individual and group sessions to meet learning goals. Although services can’t look identical to what we can provide in our building, our team is committed to serving the needs of all of our students.

 

Student “Attendance” 

We are no longer recording attendance in IC due to the guidelines put out by DCSD.  However, we will be tracking student engagement through Google Classroom, Zoom calls, and work completion.  We will be calling to offer support to families who are not engaging in Google Classroom. If your student(s)  are not unable to participate in online learning for any reason, please email the classroom teachers so they can offer accommodations if appropriate.

 

We are here for you.  We are in this together.  The show must go on!

 

 

 

April 3, 2020

 

Dear PPA Families,

 

It is with a heavy heart I write to let you know that PPA, as a part of the Douglas County School District will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.  

 

We will continue to focus on learning remotely and strengthening our school culture the best way we know how.  Heading into the third week of remote learning, we have learned a great deal and will continue to make adjustments as we go to meet the needs of our students and families.  We have made meaningful contact with the majority of our PPA families, and we will call that a successful start!

 

I know you have many questions related to this closure, so I will attempt to answer a few here with the understanding that I will address more in the days and weeks to come.

 

Student belongings at school--We will develop a process for families to pick up student belongings at school and to return items, once it is safe to do so.

 

School activities--All in-person school activities for the remainder of the school year are cancelled.  This includes all end-of-course and grade level performances.

 

Continuation--We will not be holding a formal continuation ceremony for our 8th graders. We recognize that these students have worked hard to complete this chapter of their education and are working on alternate plans. Details will be shared soon.

 

Health and Wellness--We are committed to be a support for our students and families during this challenging time. If you have counseling or mental health needs please fill out this form

 

Free Meals Program--DCSD continues to offer free lunches to students in our community.  Please click HERE for details.  

Like you, I am heartbroken that we won’t be able to end our school year together, face-to-face.  I feel like we have unfinished business. There are so many end-of-year activities that we enjoy as a community that we will have to forego in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.  Trying times are what unites a community, and I am so proud to be a part of this one at this time. We will be better for all of this. The show must go on!

 

 

 

March 22, 2020

 

MARCH 23 will be a teacher work day, allowing our staff additional time to prepare meaningful lessons for our students.  We will also use the day to collaborate as a team to prepare for the coming weeks of school. Families can expect teachers to begin sending lessons and activities on Tuesday, March 24. Below are some details on how school is going to “look” for the foreseeable future.


Over the coming weeks, we are going to learn a great deal--very quickly!  We ask for some grace and patience while we navigate remote learning and always assume the best from each other.  We love your kids and your families and miss you all terribly. This is not ideal, but I know our community will link (virtual) arms and come together stronger than ever.


Remote Learning

We understand that homeschooling your children is not something you were expecting to do. We do not want this to be a burden for families, so we are here to support you any way that we can.  PPA is no stranger to blazing a trail in education and this circumstance is no different--we will walk this path together and make changes as necessary.  


What will teachers do?

For week one, we will push out all learning materials and instruction at one time, so that you can work through it as your family's schedule allows. View the video from the teacher before attempting the work, then ask questions.  As we begin, you can expect around 10-20 minutes worth of work for arts and elective classes and around 20-30 minutes of work for academic content classes. Teachers will be available via email, or Google Classroom chats from 8 am to 4 pm daily for questions. If your question requires more instruction, you may receive a video or response as well.  The majority of this work for the first week to 10 days will be foundational practice or enrichment to get us all used to remote learning. As we navigate our new reality, we will make changes accordingly and communicate those with all of you.


What can you do?

Make learning fun--make the most of teachable moments--cook together, play board games, read books. take virtual museum tours, watch a concert online, exercise, take a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood….the learning opportunities around us are infinite.  If you don't get to all the work in one day, feel free to adjust as your family's schedule allows.


Technology Wise

Students in grades 3-8 will be expected to use their school-issued device for online learning.  If your student left his/her iPad at school over the break, we will make arrangements for you to come to the school to pick it up.  If your student does not have access to a device at home, please fill out this SURVEY so we can determine next steps to support your at-home learning. Please only fill out the survey if your child doesn’t have access to any form of technology at home.  Please consider using personal devices during this time. 


PPA Culture/SHINE

One of the best things about our school is how it feels.  Nothing can replace a morning greeting, a hug from your favorite teacher, or a brand new SHINE buck, but we are sure going to try!   If you haven’t already, please make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram, as we will be having all kinds of there. Watch for virtual spirit days, live story time, daily polls, jokes of the day, and much more…  Also, be sure to tag us in all your photos that show you SHINING while practicing social distancing. We want to connect with all of you and be a place for you to connect with each other!

 

 

 
 
March 18, 2020
 
As you already know, Douglas County School District--including Parker Performing Arts School  will be following the executive order from Governor Polis suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state of Colorado from March 23 to April 17. This closure includes SpotLight programming and facility rentals. We announced last week that we would be transitioning to remote learning the week of March 23. 
 
Monday, March 23, will be a teacher planning day and there will be no student assignments on that day.  Following that, teachers will be in touch with students remotely, each day, with lessons, activities and assignments.  We understand that having students at home can create additional stress, especially for working parents (whether you are working at home or in an office setting). Please know that our intent is to ensure that our students continue with learning during this closure. Remote learning is not meant to create additional hardships for our families. Students will be able to complete their assignments each day at a time that is convenient for your family. There is not an expectation that students will be online for a full school day.
 
If your family does not have access to a learning device such as a laptop, Chromebook, iPad, etc. or does not have high-speed internet access in your home, please reach out to your homeroom teacher.  Someone from our team will reach out directly and make plans to assist your student.  
 
Moving to remote learning is easier for our community than most, as we use technology regularly to deliver content and demonstrate knowledge.  Still, a fully online program is unchartered territory for our school and for a performing arts program in general. I ask that you extend grace and kindness to all of our teachers as we are all trying something new.
 
Beginning the week of March 23, DCSD’s Nutrition Services department will be providing grab and go lunches to anyone, under the age of 18. Please visit the COVID-19 Family Resources page of the DCSD website for more information about this program, as well as other programs in our amazing community. 
 
 
 
 
March 12, 2020
 
At present, our school is still open and fully operational for Friday, March 13. Following Dr. Tucker's announcement, we will be closed from tomorrow afternoon through March 27, including the SpotLight program and all facility rentals.  
 
The school district has announced an extension of our spring break through March 27 with a possibility of moving to remote learning on March 23.  In the case we need to move to remote learning after spring break, we will communicate all expectations via email and Schoolbzz in addition to this section of our website. 
 
Please continue to read all communications coming from the school and feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
 
 
 

 

March 11, 2020

 

On the heels of the message from the Superintendent, I would like to communicate directly to the district's precautionary plans as they relate to PPA and our community. Please read through this communication completely.

 

Echoing the sentiments of district leaders, the health and safety of our students and PPA community is our first priority and all of our plans are made with that in mind.  We continue to partner with the Douglas County School District, Tri-County Health and the Center for Disease Control in all of our planning and preparation.

 

Precautionary Measures

The following are a few additional preventative measures PPA has put in place to help minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 in our building:

  • Our building custodians and overnight cleaning teams are cleaning “high touch” areas with disinfectant solutions weekly.

  • We have ordered additional supplies of hand soap, hand sanitizer, and other necessary cleaning and sanitizing supplies and equipment allowing us a surplus for an extended period of time

  • Our classroom teachers and nursing staff are educating students on the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of viruses. We have asked them to allow extra time for students to wash their hands before eating and when returning inside from recess.  We’ve been singing songs and providing incentives for proper handwashing. 

  • We are reminding students and staff to wash hands regularly; use hand sanitizer; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes; and to stay home if not feeling well.

  • Our building will be thoroughly cleaned over spring break.

 

Out-of-State and International Field Trips and Activities

DCSD has cancelled all district-sponsored out-of-state and international field trips and activities and we have as well, postponed our middle school trip to France and Italy.  We have also made the decision to cancel the On Broadway Spring Dance event scheduled for March 28.  This decision was not made lightly and is truly in the best interest of the health and safety of our entire PPA community.

 

Spring Break Travel

If you and your family have plans to travel over Spring Break, we encourage you to become familiar with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Information for Travel. Should you travel to an area with widespread transmission of COVID-19, public health officials will guide you in quarantine requirements.

 

If you travel over the break, please be sure to wash your hands with soap and water often, and cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath, please do not go to school or work, and call your healthcare provider.

 

Absences and Preparations for Remote Learning, Should it Become Necessary

Thankfully, as a 1:1 ipad school, we are fully equipped to meet our students’ educational needs should remote learning become necessary. Teachers will be inquiring about device and wifi access over the next few days, so we can accommodate families that might need additional resources. Additionally, please make sure you have access to learning platforms (google classroom, Pearson, iReady, etc…) at your home--gather passwords, etc..If you need assistance with this, please reach out to teachers.   

 

Understanding that our K-2 students are not 1:1, we will be looking to fill technology gap as necessary or providing alternate paper and pencil activities.

 

Please know that we will communicate clearly our process as well as our expectations for online learning should that become a reality.  Communication will be critical over the next few days and weeks, so please look to our usual modes of communication for updates including: schoolbzz, email, our website and Facebook.

 

Resources for Talking with Children about COVID-19

All of the media coverage and talk of COVID-19 can be stressful for not only adults, but also for our children. If your child is showing signs of anxiety related to hearing about COVID-19, below are some resources that can help you in talking with them about COVID-19.

 

Our PPA community is strong and I have no doubt we will pull together and make the best of whatever we are faced with.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate a situation that is constantly changing.