Published using Google Docs
Elementary Updates
Updated automatically every 5 minutes

January 22, 2021

Dear ES parents,

As we continue to navigate this pandemic please know we will continue to have quarantines. Even with all the precautions in place at school and at home, there are just some times we will need to keep kids home for a period of time. We know that for our in-person students that this is not ideal but, to keep us open, it is a necessity.

With the second semester winding down next month, we will again be asking if you would prefer online/remote or in-person learning (pending room we will do our best to accommodate you).

In-person parents who pick up after school please remember to wait at a distance for safety.

For Valentine's day we are planning on having a party that is similar to what we did for Halloween.

For those students who have art over the next few weeks I have attached art supplies that Mrs. Carver will be needing your student to have ready in class.

 Art Supply Reminder for Newsletter

January 14, 2021

ES Community,

I hope your break was relaxing and that you had some time to focus on what really matters. I had a great break filled with lots of reading, something I seem to make less and less time for lately. One of the books I read over the break was Rest by Alex Pang.

Another very beneficial thing I was able to do recently was listen to Jamie Blackburn at an ES meeting about her thoughts on how to de-stress your life and cope with trauma. She had lots of ideas backed up with sound science at her website: https://www.innermapproject.com that helped our staff find ways, within our control, to cope with all that is happening around us.

Next week (December 19-22) we will be back full time in-person (including Friday). Remote will continue on their current schedules.

Monday early release will again be our normal early release day starting on January 25th.

December 18, 2020

Dear ES parents and students,

The direction moving forward became a bit clearer this past week when District 6 gave guidance to schools and families for what January in-person learning would look like. As we move into our break I wanted our in-person community to be able to start planning for our schedule at University Schools moving forward.

In order for all of this to take place we need to remember our in-person education relies on our community and as those COVID numbers go so do our chances of staying open for in-person learning or being remote again. Please take care of yourselves and your families, but also everyone else’s families over the break by wearing a mask when away from your home and indoors. Be sure to wash your hands and stay 6 feet apart to best avoid getting yourself or others sick.

Remote students and parents will continue to have their same remote teachers and will remain on the current remote schedule of Monday-Thursday with their LIVE lessons and Fridays as a catch up/check in day starting Jan 5.

I hope this break you are able to find some peace and are able to relax a bit from what has been a trying year for most of us. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us or reach out if there is anything we can do to help.

Michael Mazurana

December 4, 2020

With all the information out there on how to best help your child succeed at home with remote/online school, I thought I would chime in with what I have been reading as well.

I have also read a lot lately about depression, anxiety and elementary kids having feelings of isolation during remote/online learning. This is one of our biggest challenges as parents: Having a quiet spot for them to concentrate and learn without having them feeling isolated for 3-5 hours each day which can lead to feelings of depression or anxiety. Online learning is hard on some kids, especially our youngest, who may be used to getting up out of their seats more, raising a hand to be called on and recognized or sharing a joke with a friend.

ahahn@universityschools.com Mrs. Hahn counselor for K-3

dlee@universityschools.com Mr. Lee counselor for 4-5

December 2, 2020

University Schools Students and Parents:

 

Need Remote Learning Technical Support?

November 20, 2020

Congratulations parents and guardians, we did it! Week one of  our whole school being fully remote is in the books and we have a lot to celebrate. This week we averaged over 95% attendance at our LIVE lessons K-5. That says a lot about you as parents and your students. It also says a lot about the preparedness and organization of our teachers. Going fully remote for the whole district was a big change and I would say you passed this test this week with flying colors. Although there will be some kinks to work out, internet issues to solve and quiet work spaces to create, each week will get better and better until we are at a community transmission rate acceptable to return to an option of having some in-person learning.

One concern we had from teachers this week was the amount of time students spent on apps or websites that were not assigned when they were not in LIVE lessons. Our school computers are monitored by a system called GoGuardian and it will notify teachers when kids are on YouTube or on sites that aren’t appropriate. The school also has access to all emails and chats students send. Please look over the computer usage agreement attached, remind your students of the following, and check on what they are using when they are not in the LIVE lesson time. Also, we have been having some unkind Google Hangout chats going back and forth. It will be helpful for us if you are able to monitor their chats during remote learning. Although most students use this feature as a way to stay socially connected and check in on each other, some are using it inappropriately.

Here are the points students agreed to when they signed the tech use agreement:

Finally, I hope that your Thanksgiving break is both a time to rest and a time to recharge. I hope that through technology you are able to reconnect with family and keep safe. I hope you all give thanks for the many great things we all enjoy being part of University Schools. Thanks for all you do for our school, our teachers and of course our students. Thanks for choosing University Schools and if there is anything I can help with please feel free to reach out.

November 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of ES students at University Schools,

As we transition to fully remote learning November 17-December 18th, here are a few reminders for students and parents that will make this experience a whole lot more manageable and meaningful:

Schedule: Grade level schedules for each teacher are attached.

 Kindergarten Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

 1st Grade Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

 2nd Grade Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

 3rd Grade Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

 4th Grade Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

 5th Grade Schedule 11-17-20.pdf

LIVE Zoom and Google Classroom expectations

Classes - The same as always applies to excelling in school.

  1. Show up on time and for the duration of the LIVE classes
  2. Be involved, engaged and active in the LIVE classes.
  3. Do your work to the best of your abilities.
  4. Turn your work in on time.

Communicate

So many of you have done a great job making the most of this year so far.  Don't give up on that attitude now.  We are hopeful to be back in-person as soon as possible, and we know that you can continue to be successful in the meantime.

Go Bulldogs!

November 6, 2020

Dear ES Remote and In-person Parents,

Today marks the end of the first trimester. With all that we had facing us from the start, I want to be the first to congratulate you for working with us on all the new procedures and routines. This first trimester was one like no other I have ever been a part of and I am sure many of you are feeling the same.

With trimester two coming up, we are facing similar challenges. Some students are coming back into the building to help them with attendance and or homework completion and to reestablish some routines and structure while others are now choosing to go remote. We will keep a close eye on the rising numbers in Weld County and Colorado in general and make safety decisions accordingly. There may be times when we will need to be fully remote for a period of time as a whole school so be sure to make arrangements in advance.

Parent teacher conferences will ALL be virtual meetings this year regardless of being in-person or remote/online. Please be sure to sign up and attend as 100% participation is expected at parent/teacher conferences.

Now that class rosters for in-person and online/remote are set for the coming trimester we ask that you wait to change your status until the third trimester which begins February 24. You will be given the choice around mid January to choose either, depending on our availability and if the current health climate allows. If you are joining us in-person this trimester, drop off is 7:15-7:45 with school starting at 7:45. Pick up is 2:30 except for Mondays which is 2:00. New supply pick up for remote-online will be November 9-10 in the patio from 10:00-2:00 each day.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do and as always thanks for choosing University Schools.

Michael Mazurana

Elementary Principal

October 29, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

I am writing to update you that we have received additional information about our 5th grade cohort and will be welcoming all 5th grade students back for in-person learning tomorrow 10/30/202.  I also wanted to alert you that we have been informed an individual in a Kindergarten cohort has symptoms associated with COVID-19.  

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 1 adult and 17 students have been identified in this exposure.  While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 28, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

Unfortunately this was a busy day for quarantines.  A 4th grade cohort, middle school cohort 8.5 and a 5th grade cohort were in close contact with an individual (one at each cohort) with COVID-19 symptoms.  We hope to receive additional information and be able to welcome students back soon.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 16 adults and 66 students have been identified in this exposure.  We have also decided that it will be in the best interest of the remaining 5th grade cohorts to learn remotely.  The students in those cohorts are not in quarantine and may continue their regular activities while learning remotely at home.  

While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary Principal

Nick Kintz, Middle School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 25, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

We have determined that four elementary school cohorts have been exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for 14 days. 8 adults and 104 students have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana, Elementary School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

October 2, 2020

Hello In-person Students and Parents,

I hope you are starting to feel more comfortable with our processes and that you and your students are falling into a more comfortable routine. This past week we all celebrated with a popsicle and the HS band out on the football field for making it through our first month. I want to personally thank all of you for your efforts, but especially our teachers for the wonderful jobs they are doing with our kids under these guidelines. They are truly working and learning right alongside your kids everyday to better meet their needs while ensuring a safe and efficient classroom. If you haven’t in a while, send a little note of thanks to your student’s teachers as it is always appreciated.

A few things to remember this week. School begins at 7:45 not 8:00. Drop off can begin as early as 7:15 and with all of our screeners we are looking at shorter wait times from 7:15-7:40. Also, at trimester we will again be asking parents if they would like to be in-person or remote. Remote parents will be getting a survey on Oct 5 to help us start planning. If you are considering wanting to go remote for the 2nd trimester (November 11- February 19), please let your teacher know as soon as possible so we can begin making that happen. We ask that if you choose to go remote that you commit to that placement for the full trimester. Also, ES in-person and remote learning is very different by design. ES does not allow students to switch between remote and in-person each day like HS and MS as it is two different classrooms and the amount of assistance needed to log on and navigate is very time intensive for younger students and their parents. If you are absent, you will contact your in-person teacher for missed work or for a menu option if you will be out for an extended time.

This month we will again be hosting our Bulldog Family Reads Together by reading as an elementary the book The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Each student will get a book for free to read at home with parents. There will be activities and prizes for both remote and in-person students.

Thanks again for choosing to partner with US and for your support in keeping us all healthy.

Mr. Mazurana

__________________________________________________________________________

October 2, 2020

University Schools Elementary Remote Parents,

Happy Friday. I hope that you are doing well and settling in to a nice flow of online/remote learning. As a principal, it is hard not to see their faces each day, but I know they are in good hands at home with quality teachers and instruction. ES remote teaching is a joint effort between parents, students and the teacher like no other, maybe even more that in-person, which is why my next few reminders are so important.

ES remote learning is very different from MS and HS remote learning in a lot of ways by design. First, it is much more hands on for ES parents. However, we are asking that remote parents work on letting their students be as independent as possible once they are logged in and working through daily assignments. It is vitally important that you allow your student(s) to do their own work and make their own mistakes. By seeing what they know and don’t know, we can better tailor our instruction towards helping students progress. As a parent, it can be very tempting to help, but we are asking that on independent assessments you allow them to do the work without your help. There will be times when parent input and help are indeed asked for and appreciated, but be vigilant to know when to help and when to let students work independently without any help. Second, now that your student’s classroom is in your living rooms, please be cognisant of what comments you share with your student and their teacher. If you have concerns or comments, please wait until after the live whole group meeting to talk with the teacher or set up an alternative time to talk.

As in the past, we ask that students report to each of the three live lessons per day along with their live specials class and counseling. Just as in-person students are expected to attend all parts of the day, so too are remote/online learners. The screens should be on and other distractions like TV turned off and/or put away during instruction. Remote students should interact with the teacher and the class throughout the lessons when called upon.

On October 5th we will be planning for our second trimester of in-person and remote learning (November 11- February 19). A short survey will be sent out for parents of remote students to carefully consider their options. If you are considering coming back in-person, it will be imperative we know your intentions, so please take the time to fill it out when you get it. Our in-person classes are currently full and we would need to look into multi-grade in-person classrooms or your student being taught remotely while having a seat in the building as options we are considering. There is also the possibility of keeping your student remote, but we need to have accurate information so we can plan ahead.

Finally, I want to again thank our remote teachers for everything they are doing for our students. Many have had to totally rethink and learn a whole new way of teaching and have done an exceptional job. If you haven’t in a while, reach out or send a little note of thanks to your student’s teachers as it is always appreciated.

Thanks for choosing University Schools and continuing to partner with us.

Mr. Mazurana

_______________________________________________________________________

September 22, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that an individual in a seventh grade cohort and a first grade cohort has been sent home for symptoms of COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. 16 students and 4 adults in the 7th grade cohort and 22 students and 5 adults in the first grade cohort have been identified in this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Nick Kintz, Middle School Principal

Michael Mazurana, Elementary School Principal

Jennifer Weaver, Director of Schools

September 17, 2020

Dear University Schools Families:

We have been informed that one individual in a first grade cohort grade has been sent home for symptoms related to COVID-19.

The individuals who are considered to be at high risk of exposure have been directly informed and are being asked to quarantine for up to 14 days. 22 students and three teachers in the first grade cohort have been identified in this exposure. We are working directly with the Weld County Department of Public Health on the protocols and contact tracing for this exposure.

Per guidance from the Weld County Department of Public Health, the unaffected cohorts are not at high risk for exposure and will be able to continue their classes.

This is a great example of why we are cohorting students. It limits exposure to others. While we are very concerned about this situation, we do believe that we have the correct protocols in place to address these exposures as they occur.

It is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

    Feeling feverish or having chills or a temperature of 100.0 F or greater

    New or unexplained persistent cough

    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    Loss of taste or smell

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

    Sore throat

    Runny nose or congestion

    Muscle or body aches

    Headache

    Fatigue

    Nausea or vomiting

    Diarrhea

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana

Elementary Principal

Jennifer Weaver

Director of Schools

September 14, 2020

Dear Families,

We have received additional information related to the events that triggered the quarantine of  students from school on Thursday, September 10, 2020.  Based on the most recent information we are happy to announce that we will be welcoming your students and their classroom back to school on Monday, September 14, 2020.

We were humbled by the outpouring of support and kindness many of you showed and the character you exhibited during this time of uncertainty on September 10. Your positive partnership with our school demonstrates what can be accomplished when people work for the benefit of kids and for each other.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, know that it is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Sincerely,

Michael Mazurana

September 11, 2020

Dear In-person Families,

I want to update you on the week that was at US Elementary. This week we had students learning more and working through procedures and routine less. This week we had students being creative, active and showing empathy. This week we had snow and learned how to dress when it gets cold. But, maybe most importantly to you all, we had our first quarantines.

We knew that even if we had a perfect plan that situations would arise and we would have to send kids home for up to 14 days. The classes we had to quarantine, and their parents handled themselves like true Bulldogs with respect, empathy and compassion. I couldn't have been more pleased with our staff, especially our affected teachers. Their character shined through and helped make a stressful situation something much better for all of us involved.

I hope that both groups will be able to join us again soon and not have to quarantine the full 14 days.

As we continue to navigate this pandemic, know that it is vitally important that parents keep sick children home. We need you to keep your child home if your child or someone in your home is showing one of these major symptoms of COVID-19:

In addition, please keep your child at home and contact your child’s healthcare provider if they, or someone in your home is experiencing two or more of these minor symptoms:

Please continue to work with your students on the protocols that will limit the risk of exposure. Encourage physical distancing and mask wearing when in public. Stay home if any symptoms of the virus are present. Continue to let the office at your school know if your student or anyone they have been in contact with tests positive for COVID-19. And if they have been in contact with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, please keep your student home.

We appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward to safely serve our students. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Mr. Mazurana

September 11, 2020

Dear Remote Families:

I wanted to reach out again to see how things were going and to make sure that I gave you a few more important pieces of information to help with having the best possible remote experience.

If you have questions or concerns around remote learning please feel free to email myself or Ms. Halmo as we are always here to help problem solve or brainstorm. I have attached both emails below, but these can also be found on our website.

mmazurana@universityschools.com

chalmo@universityschools.com

A few things to keep in mind for the coming weeks are:

As teachers and students have become more adept at logging in and are getting a better handle around the technology, we are going to start extending those live instruction times from 30 to possibly 60 minutes. This will help us cover more concepts and get more learning for your student. Appropriate time will still be given for independent work time as well as small group times with the teacher.

Also, when thinking about the best possible learning environment, please make sure your child has a proper workspace for remote learning. Students have been more successful when their Chromebooks are placed on a flat surface during all live lessons. Students should have their video on during live lessons and should refrain from distracting others.

Finally, If your child is going to be absent to a live meeting, please call the attendance line at (970) 506-7000 to excuse them from the session/class. If your child is going to miss a one-on-one meeting with a teacher, please contact the teacher prior to the meeting to reschedule.

Any great learning experience is all about what you put into it. Please continue to monitor student work, ask what they are learning with course or subject specific questions and be sure to make time for kids to have social time with others.

Thanks for all you do and all your support of University Schools.

Mr. Mazurana

970-506-7002

September 4, 2020 Elementary Update From Mr. Mazurana

In-person parents and students:

First and foremost, thank you for a great couple of weeks. I want to reach out and give you more information to ensure you have the best experience as an in-person learner and parent.

Pick up and drop off have been seeing times at drop off of around 30 minutes in the morning and 22 minutes after school with pick up. Even with all the extra safety precautions these are times better than last year. Thank you for filling out your screener cards each day and for being honest with symptoms and temperatures. If you need any support with completing the screener (a translated version of the form, a thermometer, etc.) please let us know.  This critical step is to ensure that we are all safe while at school and we catch any potential symptoms before they reach the school. All of our precautions also help maintain in-person learning for as long as we can.

Keep kids home if they have any of the major symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, unexplained persistent cough, shortness of breath or fever of 100.0 or higher. We also ask you to pay close attention to and contact a physician if you have any unexplained minor symptoms like sore throat, runny nose or congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Keeping sick kids home is an important part of our plan to allow staff and students to continue in-person and stay healthy.

Be sure to check your child's mask each day before school and remember these simple rules to help all of us stay healthy: don’t share masks, keep it clean, use a new one or washed one each day and make sure it fits snug round nose and mouth. If you need additional masks, we have plenty available in the office.

Check in with kids early and often about assignments and daily work. Keeping ahead of the game and staying on top of the work is a key to feeling successful and avoids feelings of being  overwhelmed or behind. Make sure to ask leading questions like “What was your favorite part of math today?” or “Who/What did you learn about in Colorado History?” By asking very specific questions it will be easier to start conversations for both of you around what your student is doing and will lead to more insight on your part about their days at school.

Even with all our safety precautions and staying diligent, we will most likely experience times where a student, grade level class or our whole elementary school may need to quarantine for two weeks or longer in some cases. As you have no doubt seen, schools across Weld County and the state of Colorado have had to transition students to remote learning because of being exposed to positive cases of COVID. But, because of cohorting and keeping groups separated, very few schools have had to close completely for two weeks or longer. In the event your child needs to quarantine we have a plan to keep learning happening for everyone from the individual to whole class to whole school. If an individual is quarantined, they will use a menu of activities created by each grade level to complete and turn into the homeroom teacher weekly. If a whole class would need to quarantine, they would log on to their Google Classroom for two weeks and do remote classes with their homeroom teacher just like our remote/online kids. If we need to quarantine the whole school, it would be a system similar to our remote/online students currently with 4-5 live teaching/learning sessions per day (including specials and PE) with independent work time built in throughout the day.

One last piece of news is starting Sept 8, ALL students will be eligible for free breakfast and free lunch at school. Also, online learning families are eligible for meal pack out every Monday and Wednesday here from the kitchen.  (5 breakfast + lunch for every child in the household on Monday, or 3 breakfast and lunches for each child on Wednesday)

As always, stay connected and reach out if you have questions or concerns. This will be something we will get through together because no one person or school will be able to have all the answers. We are relying on our in-person community to help us problem solve and to make the most of this situation this year. Be sure to thank your teacher often as this has been a total shift from almost all the training they have received over the course of their careers. These teachers are putting themselves out there each day and often working late into the night. I hope you will join me in encouraging and supporting them through this as we would our students.

Take good care of each other and thanks again for choosing University Schools.

Mr. Mazurana

September 4, 2020 Elementary Update

Remote Parents and Students:

Thank you for a great first couple of weeks. I want to reach out and give you more information to ensure you have the best experience as a remote/online learner and parent.

First and foremost, continue to help your student log on to the live teaching lessons (4 per day) and attend all required meetings throughout the week. Just as we would during a day of in-person learning, we are asking that kids attend and participate fully in all classes. Remote teachers are being asked to take attendance for each class unlike the AM/PM here at school. Screens/Cameras should be on, unless discussed with the teacher, so we know students are attending and present. Be sure to ask your child each day what they are learning about in each subject and what is due, or needs to be completed, to help with students not falling behind and feeling overwhelmed.

With that being said, we are asking that parents not participate in the classes, comment on other students during live instruction or insert their opinions into student answers during assessments. We still highly encourage parents to help facilitate learning at home and to help students problem solve, but helping too much or doing the work for your child is something we want to avoid. Your student may struggle with ideas and concepts, that is ok and normal. It is ok to help by asking clarifying questions, but we want your remote/online student to do the learning and all the work as much as possible to get a true representation of their abilities. This will help teachers tailor the instruction for the class and know how best to help each student.

Next, be sure to find time when small (2-4) groups of students or pods can get together outside of school to interact. One of the most important parts of school is collaboration and social interaction. Finding ways with remote/online cohorts of kids your family feels comfortable with is essential to their overall development. Having students work in teams on a school project or finding time for them to just socialize and play in person is essential to an emotionally healthy student. Our school counselors are here to help with recommendations or to talk as well if you need them. Their information is on our school website and also found here:  

Daniel Lee

Elementary Counselor, Grades 4–5 (970) 506.7047 dlee@universityschools.com

Amanda Hahn

Elementary Counselor, Grades K–3(970) 506.7074 ahahn@universityschools.com 

One last bit of information is online learning families are eligible for meal pack out every Monday and Wednesday here from the kitchen.  (5 breakfast + lunch for every child in the household on Monday, or 3 breakfast and lunches for each child on Wednesday).

As always, stay connected and reach out if you have questions or concerns. This will be something we will get through together because no one person or school will be able to have all the answers. We are relying on our remote/online community to help us problem solve and to make the most of this situation this year. Be sure to thank your teacher often as this has been a total shift from almost all the training they have received over the course of their careers. These teachers are putting themselves out there each day and often working late into the night. I hope you will join me in encouraging and supporting them through this as we would our students.

Take good care of each other and thanks again for choosing University Schools.

Mr. Mazurana