Welcome Parent Letter

Welcome Parent Letter
Posted on 08/25/2020

August 25, 2020


Greetings Firestone Park Family,

Welcome to Firestone Park Elementary, the home of the RAMS. Thank you for choosing our school community as your partner to educate your child. This is a very different time in school education. Due to unprecedented events, Akron Public Schools opening will be virtual. I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time as we plan for a successful online school experience. The goal of the Firestone Park staff is to provide guidance for you and your child through this process. Our ongoing partnership is extremely important. 


What resources are available through the Akron Public School District?

The Akron Public Schools Homepage provides many resources.  Type in Akron Public Schools Homepage, look for the yellow icon with a light bulb that says APS Connected Learning. Once you select this icon click on it, you will see the  APS Connected Learning Family Resource page. The  APS Connected Learning Family Resource page provides needed information that is helpful for families.


What does virtually learning look like?

Teachers will host google meets with your child. Your child will receive an invitation through his or her email address to join the google meet. All students will participate in google meets. Your child will also have free time in the day to complete activities and take brain breaks without the classroom teacher. During the teacher's virtual office hours they will respond to any online questions, concerns, and discuss completion of assignments. Please note that your child will have google meets with the Art teacher, Music teacher, Gym teacher, Tutor, and Counselor.


What will my child’s schedule look like?  Here is a sample student work day.

Elementary (K-6) Remote Learning Model

Student SAMPLE Schedule 

Time/Amount of Time


9:00 a.m.  

Students report online for attendance and to start online learning.

15 minutes 

Homeroom/class meeting

30 minutes 

15 minutes 

Specials (art, music, gym)

Independent practice time

60  minutes 


Reading instruction

20 minutes read aloud with mini lesson(s)

20 minutes small group

20 minutes centers (i-Ready)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Lunch .  Parents or  students can come to the school and pick up lunches. Students are to return to online learning.  Teachers will take attendance.

15 minutes 

Tech time for parents & students

60 minutes 

Math

30 minutes core

30 minutes small group & centers (i-Ready)

45 minutes

Independent work/intervention/enrichment/parent conferencing


What should I do if my computer does not work?

Mr. Miller, TSS, will be available for specific questions such as cord replacements and screen repairs. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Guysick, our secretary, at (330) 773-1308. She will send a service request to Mr. Miller.  You may also share technology concerns with your child’s homeroom teacher.  Your child’s teacher can also submit a service request for you. 


What are the responsibilities of teacher, student, and parent?

Online learning requires an ongoing partnership with the teacher, student, parent, and principal.  All partners share responsibilities during online learning.                                                    


Will there be an OPEN HOUSE?   

Yes, grades K,1,2, and 5 will host virtual meets.  Grade 4 will have a drive through OPEN HOUSE.                                              

                                                                     

                                            Grades K, 1 and 2-OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULES:


Grades


Teachers

OPEN HOUSE             VIRTUALLY

Drive Through Greeting

Kindergarten

Mrs. Earnsberger

Mrs. Essex

Mrs. Zawistowski


Virtual Open House   

Thursday, Sept. 10th

3-5pm

Google Meet will be preloaded - parents just need to click on it.

Not at this time.

Grade 1

Mrs. Angelo

Mrs. Sboray

Mrs. Schnittke

Virtual Open House: 

Thursday, Sept. 10th. 


Teachers will discuss with parents during the individual assessment meetings. Teachers will give parents directions/code then for google classroom and also email the parents in advance with a google classroom invite.


Not at this time.

Grade 2

Mrs. Rebillot

Mrs. Spanger

2nd grade will do a combined open house virtually as a slide presentation and google meet.

Wednesday, September, 3, 

3:00 p.m.

https://meet.google.com/lookup/gr57hjw7pd?authuser=0&hs=179


Not at this

 time.

                                             

        

    




             Grades 3,  4, and 5  OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULES:


                           

Grades 

Teacher

Virtual Open House

Drive through greeting

Grade 3

Mrs. Halley

Mrs. Von Speigel

Virtual open house on Wednesday, Sept 2nd from 4-6. Virtual

Google Meet link will be sent to parents.


Not at this time.

Grade 4

Mrs. Champe

Mrs. Pixler


Grade four will host a drive through, OPEN House on September 11. 1:00p.m


Grade 5

Mr. Liebman        

Mr. Thomas


Open House:

Thursday, Sept. 10th    3-5pm   Virtual

Google Meet link will be sent to parents.

meet.google.com/tfp-eywb-jrw


Not at this time.




When will school start for my child’s online learning?

September 8-10

Students in K and 1 will be scheduled for a 30 minute appointment to complete assessments, screenings, and meet their teacher.  Thank you for wearing a mask during the appointment.  Children are also required to wear a mask during the appointment. 

September 9

Students in grades 8, 9, and 12 return to virtual classes.

September 10

Students in grades 2,3,4, and 10 return to virtual classes.

September 11

Students in grade 5,6, 7, and 11 return to virtual classes.

September 14

Students in grades Pre K, Kindergarten and First grades return to virtual classes.

    






Does Firestone Park have a PTA?

Presently, we do not have a PTA president or  officers.  I would love to host a virtual meeting with parents to discuss reestablishing our PTA.  The Firestone Park PTA has a very positive impact on our school. I look forward to continuing with this partnership. 


I have additional questions about activities and events that are occurring at Firestone Park.

Please go to Firestone Park’s Facebook Page for updates, type in Today's Firestone Park Elementary School. The Firestone Park Facebook Page is managed by Mrs. Julia Spangler, grade two teacher.  Mrs. Spangler provides updated school events and information.


Thank you for your partnership this year. Our goal is to support our families as we launch our Distance Learning.  I will make weekly all calls to provide information every Friday.  Please feel free to contact me at (330)-773-1308 through the school office for questions, suggestions, or concerns.  

 

Your partners  in education,

Mrs. Jones, Principal,  Ms Curry, Dean of Students,  Mrs. Guysick, secretary,  Mrs. Nemith, clerical,  

Mrs. Stokes, Family Liaison,  and Mr. Louis, School Counselor


                                                                          Firestone Mission Statement:

To prepare students for a lifelong journey of learning and service to be productive citizens in our community.  

Adopted  November 17, 2017


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