Welcome to Sherwood Forest Elementary!
I am excited to be joining such a wonderful and caring community. I look forward to collaborating with each of you as we work together to meet the needs of our student scholars. Our staff will continue to focus on providing the highest quality education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment. I understand the commitment that it takes for all students to achieve their very best. I believe that every child can succeed if provided the right supports and opportunities.
We will work hard to maintain a strong two-way partnership with you and look forward to hearing from you about how we can best meet the needs of your child. In order to keep you informed of all that is taking place at school, be sure to look for the Sherwood Forest “Communication Folder” which goes home with students every Thursday afternoon. Students are asked to take the folder home, request a parent signature on the folder, and return it to school the next day.
a. 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 90 minutes a day if your child is in grade K-5 and 110 minutes a day for grade 6-12. 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 of 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
b. Fall Re-Opening: Using guidance from the State and the DOH, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. What we know is that we will begin the year with a hybrid model (some face to face instruction and some remote instruction). At this time, FWPS is exploring several hybrid models that provides a combination of face to face instruction and remote learning. We have received input from parents and guardians, scholar and staff. The early results reveal the Pre-K-12 two day face-to-face and 3 day remote model is the most desired option. Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.
c. Health and Safety and Re-Opening: Health and safety are a priorty. 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 protocls 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.
It is my honor to educate your child each and every day. I look forward to working closely with you to make Sherwood Forest the best educational experience possible. Please do not hesitate to reach out in any way.
Sarah Gill, Principal
Sherwood Forest Elementary