WELCOME to the 2020-2021 school year! I wish it were under different circumstances that we were beginning our year, as the first days of school are always an exciting, fun time for staff, students, and families. But with things as they are, we are going to be Cougar Strong, and find a way to make this year a great one despite the challenges we face. Because when the going gets tough, Cougars get going! This message of perseverance is what we want to model for our students this year, and parents, we need your help with this. Little ears hear really well, and when they hear the people that they love and trust telling them that things are going to be alright, they are much more likely to believe it and keep a positive, motivated outlook. Let’s make this experience and time in their lives one that will help them to be more successful and strong when things do change for the better.
Tomorrow and Tuesday are our "meet your teacher" meetings. This conference will last 10 to 15 minutes, and is intended to start a positive relationship between student, parent, and teacher that will foster a successful rest of the school year. Our teachers have been working hard for the last few weeks planning and assembling materials that students will need to engage in remote learning. Please bring an empty backpack or cloth shopping bag with you. Please arrive a little early for your appointment and proceed to the outside door of your teacher’s classroom. Wait for the teacher to open the door signaling your turn. Masks need to be worn at all times on school property, and 6 foot distancing is required. Children may play on the playgrounds, blacktops, and fields. The office and inside of the building won’t be open at this time, so please call or email if you have any questions or need help with anything. If you have any problems with the computer that is given to you please go to techportal.psdschools.org . On this site you will find tips, guides, and other resources that can help you get started with remote learning, as well as contact information if you have a problem. You can also call our office at 488-5625, and we will do whatever we can to help you.
Parents, I’d like to ask you, and thank you in advance, for your patience and grace as we launch into this new school experience. It will take awhile to work out the kinks. Mistakes will be made. We understand that all families have unique circumstances, and that everyone is doing the best they can. We will do the best we can as well.
We’d like to say thanks for the privilege of working with your children this year at Kruse. My greatest hope is that we have a great Fall, learning remotely, and that students have a positive first experience with this way of working and communicating with others that is becoming more and more common in our world. And I am hopeful that the day will come soon that we can open our doors, bring all our students back into this great school, and continue with the excellent teaching and learning that we have all come to expect at Kruse.
See you soon, everyone!