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Principal's Update - August 19, 2020

Dear Addison Families,

Thank you for joining our Back to School Night yesterday. Our teachers shared valuable information regarding schedules, curriculum, community building and team-teaching approaches. If you were not able to attend, please reach out to your child's teacher for information.

This week, we've all been adjusting to the schedule, transitions and attendance. I've been asked a couple times whether it's possible to alter the schedule or change the lunch period but during online distance learning, all PAUSD Schools are adhering to the same schedule. Attendance expectations were outlined in the Aug. 16th Konstella message sent and I appreciate everyone's support in ensuring that students attend all the learning blocks each day in order to count towards a full day of attendance.

Earlier today, a Konstella message was sent out to grade 1-5 families regarding our initial reading assessment. Please reference that message and ask your child to take the reading assessment by Friday, 8/21/20. If you have any questions regarding the assessment, please contact our Reading Specialists, Kim Peckenpaugh (kpeckenpaugh@pausd.org) or Britt Brown (bbrown@pausd.org).

I've also received a few emails inquiring about the possibility of scheduling unstructured time for students in the same grade level to interact via Zoom. I've reached out to one of our lunchtime campus supervisors from last year who might be able to monitor this optional opportunity. We will discuss the logistics to possibly open this experience after Labor Day.

Now that students and families have gotten to know their classroom teachers and aides, I'm eager to reconnect with students and families! In previous years, I hosted weekly school-wide Monday morning assemblies which the staff would like to start again. Our current Zoom capacity is 300 participants to I'm investigating upgrading to a license that would allow me to host more users in order to invite all students and staff members.

Also, I plan to host my own Back to School Night presentation in partnership with PTA and PiE. Please save the date- Back to School Night with the Principal, PTA and PiE on Tuesday, September 1 @ 6pm. Once I obtain the upgraded Zoom license to host more than 300 participants, I'll send out the invitation.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and partnership as we work through the launch of online schooling!

Fondly,

Amanda Boyce

Principal