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  • Principal Rennie

    Greetings Star Lake Families,

    I am happy to say that we have successfully navigated almost two months of full remote instruction here at Star Lake!  Our teachers and students are in zoom meetings for face to face instruction, and I am noticing more students understanding the importance of doing asynchronous independent work when they are not with their teachers. Students are accessing reading and math lessons in iReady, and are doing quizzes, assignments and activities that their teachers are putting in Canvas.

    Our teachers and students are building capacity with technology tools and I am seeing wonderful PowerPoint presentations, teachers using their doc cameras to demonstrate concepts and skills and students filling out polls on line, creating Flipgrid videos to share work, and using google slides to show their work….just to name a few. Our staff is working everyday building strategies to give students more opportunities to discuss concepts and learn with each other, and to gather formative assessment information so they can share student learning progress with their students and with parents.

    I want to thank our parents and students for the great attendance trends we have been seeing here at Star Lake! The majority of our students are joining zoom sessions every day!  Our daily average attendance is above 90%.  On Wednesdays, that rate drops to about 80%, so I want to remind families that students need to log into Canvas every Wednesday and engage in the asynchronous work that teachers are providing on their homepages. This combination of zoom live instruction and student independent work and READING at home every day, is the best plan to help students learn and grow in this remote setting.

    Just a reminder, that I have a parent zoom meeting on Thursday, October 29th at 6:00pm.  This is a joint meeting with our PTA and will provide parents an opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to me and then to also meet our PTA board and hear about the great plans they have for supporting our students this year!  Please watch for an email with a zoom link.

    Our Student Led Conferences that were planned for November 5th and 6th have been postponed. Please stay tuned for district communication coming out soon with details about instruction for those two days, and when Student Led Conferences will be rescheduled.

    Thank you families, so much, for your continued support and help at home!  We appreciate you for helping your children access technology and actively participate in zoom sessions.  Please also remember though, that we are working to build independent learners; it’s always a great plan to support and encourage your children, but make sure to let them grapple with information and even struggle a bit as they learn; don’t be too quick to jump in and give answers…this is how we learn! As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to me with any questions you may have.

    I hope you all are healthy and happy!

    Kris Rennie, Principal








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