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Jun 09

SKIPWITH NEWS – Posted 6/9/2020

Good morning Skipwith families,

We look forward to celebrating the end of the year today with all of you. We invite all 5th graders and their families to the car rider loop at 10:30 today for our end of the year celebration. We will have staff there to help with parking and we ask all families to remain in your cars.

Then we invite ALL Skipwith families for a drive through parade in the bus loop from 1:30-2:00 pm today. Our staff members will be in the bus loop to greet you and wave you off into the summer. Please feel free to decorate your cars and have signs to help us celebrate as you drive through.

 

We look forward to seeing you today at our Skipwith schoolwide parade at 1:30 today.

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Jun 07

SKIPWITH NEWS – Posted 6/7/2020

In the interest of ensure you are informed with some of the schedule changes for next week and giving you time to adjust your schedule I am sending this message today and will have the same message go out on Sunday as well.

  1. As you know this coming week June 8-12 will be the last week of the school year! We will be celebrating with you and your children throughout the week.

    Please mark you calendar for the following dates and times:

– Tuesday, June 9 at 11:00 am we will hold a 5th grade recognition ceremony for 5th grade families.

– This is a change: The school parade will now be on Tuesday, June 9  from 1:30-2:00 pm. We invite ALL preK-5th families to join our Skipwith staff to celebrate the end of the school year with a drive through parade. The Skipwith staff will be in the bus loop with signs, noise makers, and school spirit to wave each of you off for the summer. All you need to do is SLOWLY drive  through the school bus loop between the times of 1:30-2:00 pm on Tuesday, June 9. Feel free to decorate your car, make  signs, and wave goodbye for the summer. All families must remain in your car and simply drive through slowly!

  1. Monday-Friday our teachers will continue to hold their zoom meetings, they will focus on celebrations and bring closure to the school year.
  2. We encourage you to have your child attend these zoom meetings and enjoy celebrating with their teacher.
  3. Your teachers will also share a virtual field day activity.
  4. If you still have library books at home you may drop them off during the parade. Just be sure to have them in a bag and hand them to a teacher as you drive by.
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  5. If you were unable to get your child’s materials this past week please know we have them saved and your child will get them in the fall.
    However, if/when school reopens this summer you may come to the main office to get these materials, Just be sure to have your child’s teacher name.

Thank you!

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Jun 01

SKIPWITH NEWS – Pick Up Students’ Items & Drop Off Library Books!-Posted 6/1/2019

Good afternoon families,

1. Parents and Guardians are invited to pick up students’ items this  Wednesday June 3 and Thursday June 4 using the following
schedule.-
–  Pk-2nd grade will be on Wednesday June 3 from 9:00 am -11:00 am and 2:00 pm -4:00 pm
–  3rd -5th grades will be on Thursday June 4, from 9:00 am -11:00 am 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

2.    To help us maintain the safety of social distancing procedures we ask you to follow these directions for the pick-up times:
– All families must remain in your cars for pick up. No students or parents will be allowed in the building

– Pull into the front bus loop to gather you materials.

– Pull up to a staff member, with a sheet of paper in your car window with your child’s first and last name, teacher’s name and
grade, or tell the staff member the information.

– A staff member will bring your child’s items to you in a bag and hand it through your car window.

– If you have a student in another grade not designated for that day, please let the staff member know and we will get your
materials.

– We also ask for you to return ALL library books during these times. Please put all books in a plastic bag and hand it to the staff
member as you drive up.

– These are the only days for student item pick up. Any items not picked up on the designated days will be held until the next fall.

3. Student pictures are in! Both class pictures and individual spring pictures will be in your child’s bag as well. If you choose to purchase
the pictures you will need to order them online using the code which will be in your child’s bag. If you choose to not order pictures
we ask that you keep the pictures at home until the Fall and return them at that time. If you have any questions please email
Margaret Taylor at mwtaylor@henrico.k12.va.us

 

4. Teachers will continue to hold their zoom class meetings and celebrate the end of the school year with you and your children. Please
continue to attend these zoom classes.

The PTA has given us a “First Watch” kids meal card to hand out during the pick-up times. Don’t forget to ask for the card. See you soon!

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Jun 01

Summer Reading 2020

Summer Reading Kickoff
For the perfect way to start your summer, check out a video about the HCPS Summer Reading Kick-offListen and laugh as 15 of Virginia’s own authors, illustrators and community partners help YOU kick off a summer full of reading and fun. Visit the Summer Reading 2020 Kick-off Landing Page for elementary, middle and high school readers. All activities are optional, engaging and designed to encourage learners to read widely all summer long.

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May 28

SKIPWITH NEWS – Summer School Information – Posted 5/28/2020

Good afternoon,

This message is about summer school options for all students who are currently in elementary school.

HCPS summer offerings for all students, known as “Edflix Season 3”, begins on July 13, 2020. The “summer season” is intended to prepare all students for the start of the 2020-21 school year with additional LifeReady learning experiences through several pathways. Important: LifeReady content-review and enrichment experiences are being made available for all students, which is different than in previous years. For instance, students who typically would have been identified to engage in Summer Academy for remediation, or in exceptional education extended-school-year programming, will also take part. This is possible because of the variety of pathways available to students.

Summer experiences for elementary students are described below:

Pathway 1: Teacher-directed virtual learning experiences to support identified students in need of foundational literacy and numeracy skills delivered by teachers over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Parents and guardians will receive communication from the school if their student qualifies to participate in this pathway.

*Pathway 2: Online resources embedded in a daily schedule to support students in need of foundational vocabulary development over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Available to access anytime, according to family’s needs. Parents and guardians will receive communication from the school if data indicates their child would benefit from participation in this pathway.

*Pathway 3: Online resources embedded into a daily schedule to support foundational learning and enrichment for all students for the upcoming grade level over a four-week period (July 13 – August 6). Available to access anytime, according to a family’s needs. This pathway is recommended for and open to any student who may benefit from continued review, application and enrichment in preparation for the coming school year.

*For pathways 2 and 3, teachers will be available during virtual office hours (3 hours each day) to answer parent questions, clarify content, assist with choosing resources and/or provide feedback, Monday through Thursday from July 13 – August 6.

Exceptional Education:
Exceptional education support systems will be provided for students with disabilities using options that run from July 13 through August 6. One option is for students who meet criteria for extended-school-year services, and the other option is for students who do not qualify for these services.

Option 1:  Students whose IEP teams have determined that they meet criteria for extended-school-year services will have access to synchronous, disability-related services and support through virtual platforms as outlined in their individualized plans. These may include teleservices for speech, OT/PT, consultation with special education service providers, or direct instruction through virtual sessions with an exceptional education teacher. (July 13 – August 6)

Option 2: Students with a disability who do not meet criteria for extended-school-year services will have the same level of access to learning opportunities provided for all HCPS students. Accommodations to support students’ access to the educational materials will continue to be provided.

Again, this message is about the overall plan and various options for students. If your student would benefit from Pathways 1 or 2, then you will receive additional communication from your student’s teacher. If you would like your student to participate in Pathway 3, additional information will be available prior to July 13.

If you have questions, please contact me at: tasmith@henrico.k12.va.us

Sincerely,

Todd Allen Smith

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May 23

SKIPWITH NEWS – Posted 5/23/2020

Good afternoon families,

1. You may see some cars and movement at the school, next week May 26 – May 29 as our teachers and staff will be at school to
prepare students materials and clean their rooms. The building will be closed to ALL non HCPS employees and we cannot let
anyone in the building during this time as we will be following the COVID19 social distancing guide line from the county and state.

2. We will have a material drive through pick up plan on June 3 and 4 for parents/students to come to the school bus loop to collect
belongings on the following dates and times:

(Pre K-2nd grade) Wednesday June 3 – from 9:00- 11:00 am and 2:00 – 4:00pm

(3rd-5th grade) Thursday June 4 – from (9:00 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 4:00pm)

We will share more details regarding these pick up dates and plans in my May 31 message!

3. The school pictures have arrived and we will have the pictures in your child’s bag during the pickup times.

4.  We will also collect ALL library books during these pick up time. We ask that you place your library books in a bag with your child’s
name on the outside of the bag and bring them with you on your pick up day.

5. PTA yearbooks have not yet arrived due to COVID 19. The PTA will send more information on a delivery time.

We will have other exciting school closure events such as class celebrations, 5th grade moving on event, and last day of
school parade to share with you in next week’s message.

One final reminder Monday May 25 is Memorial Day which is a school holiday. Your teachers will not hold zoom meeting on this day.

We hope you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend

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May 19

SKIPWITH NEWS – Chromebook – POSTED 5/19/2020

Skipwith Elementary families,

 

This message is for families who have not already picked up an HCPS Chromebook or your family needs an HCPS-issued Chromebook computer for online learning.

Chromebooks will be available at the four remote Mobile Technology Support Hubs.  Guardian/parent should be listed as an authorized contact in the division’s PowerSchool student information system and bring identification to validate their student’s registration at a Henrico County school.  Borrowing a Chromebook requires verbal agreement to take care of the Chromebook and charger, use it for instructional purposes only and to return Chromebook and charger at a later date to the school division.

 

If families are unable to travel to pick up a Chromebook, another communication and solution is forthcoming.

 

 

Mobile Technology Hub Sites:

Deep Run High School

4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.

 

Douglas Freeman High School

8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.

 

Hermitage High School

8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.

 

Highland Springs High School

15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.

 

Hours:

Monday through Friday.  8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will begin deployment of Chromebooks from these sites on Tuesday, 5-12-20

 

Questions and answers:

 

Who is eligible to receive a Chromebook? 

  • Any Henrico elementary student who is registered at an HCPS elementary school and does not have a laptop or Chromebook at home. Families indicated their need for a Chromebook in surveys we sent out in April.

 

What is needed for a Chromebook to work?

  • Internet service is required for the Chromebook to function and connect to digital resources that will be provided to students by their teachers.
  • Each student’s HCPS Google account must be used to log into the Chromebook.
  • There is no educational software or content saved or stored on the Chromebooks.

 

Where should I go if the Chromebook is broken or does not work?

  • Remember, to function well, all Chromebooks and chargers must be cared for appropriately.
  • If Chromebooks develop problems, they can be brought to a mobile technology hub to be turned in for repair. Hours of operations are Monday through Friday from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Mobile hub locations are:

 

    • Deep Run High School (4801 Twin Hickory Road, Glen Allen, Va.)
    • Douglas Freeman High School (8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico, Va.)
    • Hermitage High School (8301 Hungary Spring Road, Henrico, Va.)
    • Highland Springs High School (15 S. Oak Ave., Highland Springs, Va.)

 

What if I don’t have internet service in my home for the Chromebook?

  • HCPS will loan you a Wi-Fi hot-spot device if they are available.  At this current time we do not have any Wi-Fi hot spot devices in our inventory.  We have placed an order for more but due to high demand we are not able to provide and actual arrival date.  Additionally, Comcast is offering free and low-cost internet at this time for qualifying families. To see if you qualify for their promotion, visit Comcast’s “Internet Essentials” website. The website for the promotion is internetessentials.com/covid19.  If you want to apply for Internet Essentials over the phone please call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376).  Comcast’s call center hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

 

Is the Chromebook set up to safely avoid access to inappropriate web content?

  • Yes. Every Chromebook is filtered by HCPS’ web filtering system to provide as secure an environment for students as possible. Students should use technology responsibly at all times.

 

When do I need to return the Chromebook and charger my family has received? 

  • A date will be announced later for the return of each Chromebook. Until then, each Chromebook and charger must be properly cared for.

 

Where can I find HCPS’ online learning materials for elementary students?

 

Thank you for reading,

 

Todd Smith

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May 18

SKIPWITH NEWS – Posted 5/18/2020

1. Calling ALL students, your teachers are holding weekly zoom class lessons using the county EDFLIX materials along with new fourth quarter skills. Please continue to join your class lessons and do your best. Please see the link in my email for EDFLIX.  https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/mockupedflix/elementary#h.ry2qbnp1wtmf

2. Parents we are in the process of planning our close out of the 2019-2020 school year. I will be working with my team this week to
develop both virtual plans and outside procedures for the following:
Teachers preparing student materials for parent pick up
Parent and student material pick up process will be shared soon
Teachers will continue to hold zoom classes
PTA yearbook distribution and other exciting events will be shared
Your child’s report card will be mailed to you after June 12, 2020

Mr. Smith will share more specific details in next weeks message regarding our close out plans. Please note for the safety of all Skipwith families and staff members ONLY staff members will be allowed in the building during these times. We cannot allow any non HCPS employee in the building at any point during these closure events. This includes parents/students or any other community members.

Thanks for your support and teamwork during this very unusual school closing. We look forward to sharing more details about these procedures which will begin on May 26. Have a wonderful week.

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May 04

SKIPWITH NEWS – Posted 5/4/2020

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, so PTA has put together some optional ideas of ways to show our teachers some virtual love for all they do!

MONDAY: “Say Thanks” Send a teacher a note of thanks via email

TUESDAY: “Share Smiles” Make a teacher smile with a picture or video via email

WEDNESDAY: “Sing Praises” Share a link to an inspirational song with a teacher via email

THURSDAY: “Spread Love” Post a shout-out to a teacher on Skipwith PTA Facebook page

FRIDAY: “Share Memories” Email a teacher a note about your favorite memory with them

If there’s a staff member you’d like to express appreciation to but don’t have their email, try the Henrico Schools email search to look it up, or contact the PTA via Facebook or president@skipwithpta.com and we’ll send your message along!

For those who would like to send an appreciation gift to a teacher, consider a digital gift card or check https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2f%2f%2ftinyurl.com%2fteacherlist2020&c=E,1,y029KaP0rxoRp5RUjGuJij5HK5RN8z2aG8hP-gKj3vPSana8YQckyXkOvsUJUmm3qDtMMnkDfMiyoiu5fc1lNjJSG3dNkwUpfIBJD1j_pW96Og,,&typo=1 to see if your teacher has an Amazon wish list that you can order an item from and it will be mailed to them (If your teacher doesn’t have a list yet, check back later in the week because some more wish lists are still being added)

We also encourage you to come up with your own unique virtual ways of showing your Skipwith teachers how much you appreciate them!

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Apr 28

SKIPWITH NEWS – EDFLIX – Posted 4/28/2020

  1. Parent Edflix Trailer:  This video unpacks HOW to utilize our site and WHAT is contained there to support your child. 

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