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  • Principal Van Wijk

    Hello Rainier View Families,

    It is with great pride and excitement that I will be starting my third year as Principal of Rainier View Elementary School.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such history, pride, and a rich tradition in education! For those of you who are just becoming a part of the RVW Family- WELCOME. I know we have a lot of questions and concerns for this coming school year, here is some information below.                                               

    Summer Learning:  This year, FWPS is providing essential summer learning for all scholars. Engaging in learning throughout the summer months will support your scholar in being prepared for when we return to school. We ask that you set aside 110 minutes a day for summer learning. A daily schedule and free online resources have been posted to the FWPS website at  https://www.fwps.org/summerlearning. We will also be mailing home learning packets to all scholars who were in K-11th grade last year.  Packets should be arriving in your mailbox the week of July 6.  We are also really excited to share a new experience geared toward our youngest learners.  Tune into FW Channel 21 Monday-Friday from July 6-August 7 each day between 9-5 to see amazing 20-minute reading and math lessons. There will even be math lessons taught in Spanish each hour.  These lessons will give the opportunity for your child to learn and grow throughout the month and will be posted to our FWPS youtube channel as well.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    Fall Re-Opening: Federal Way Public Schools has been engaged in ongoing conversations with regional school districts. This week, most of the surrounding districts have decided to start the 2020-21 school year with 100%remote instruction.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
    For FWPS, this means we will begin the year providing 100% remote learning. We will be working with Public Health – Seattle & King County to monitor when we can reopen schools with our hybrid model. If the rate of infection has diminished, and face-to-face instruction is supported by public health guidelines, we will be prepared to transition to our hybrid model with two days of face-to-face instruction and three days of remote instruction each week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Health and Safety and Re-Opening: Health and safety are a priority.  As we prepare for our Fall Re-opening, we are using the guidance from the Department of Health and OSPI.  Our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols with social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize contact, considering bus transportation, and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs.  As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, students will be required to wear face masks.  Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks. We will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look toward the Fall.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
    Thank you for entrusting the RVW Staff with your most precious treasure, your child. My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each scholar at Rainier View meet their goals and have a successful school year. 2020-2021 here we come.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
     LySander Collins                  

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