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Welcome Back Update

Dear Bryantville Elementary School Families,

We look forward to starting a new school year.  Even though we start this school year in the midst of much uncertainty, the staff at Bryantville are dedicated to making this year the best experience possible for your children.

We know there are a lot of questions and we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions and answers below.  All of this information is also posted to the fall reopening section of our website linked here. 

Please note that additional communication related specifically to Cohort D (fully remote students) will be coming later today, however much of the information outlined below applies to all cohorts.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Thank you.


 First Day of School
The first day of school is September 15th (Grades 1-12)

  • Cohort A- In Person
  • Cohort B-  At Home 
  • Cohort C- In Person
  • Cohort D- Remote 

The first day of school for Kindergarten is on Thursday, September 17th

  • Cohort A- In Person 
  • Cohort B- At Home 
  • Cohort C- In Person
  • Cohort D- Remote 

Kindergarten Orientation

Tuesday, September 15th at 10:30 AM (Virtual)

We are looking forward to welcoming our kindergarten students to Bryantville on Thursday, September 17th (Cohort A) and Friday, September, 18th (Cohort B). Before that, we invite students and families to join us for a virtual kindergarten orientation event on Tuesday, September 15th from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. The event will be hosted by our kindergarten teachers: Ms. Kelli Burke, Ms. Sue Fitzpatrick, and Ms. Whitney Reilly. The Google Meet login information appears below:

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/gwt-tvuv-rtp

Phone Numbers

(‪US)‪+1 470-241-5389

PIN: ‪583 342 477#

If you cannot attend the virtual orientation, it will be recorded and posted to our various media outlets.



Accessing Remote Instruction

Cohort B Students (Grades 1-6)

How to access your first morning meeting on Tuesday, September 15th    

Since Tuesday, September 15th will be a remote learning day for Cohorts B students, we ask that you please use the Google Meet codes that we sent you via email to access your first morning meeting and your remote teacher on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher listed under each grade level.  *Please do not post, share, or publish meet codes.

General Instructions:

Using the Google Chrome Browser, go to: https://meet.google.com/

In the space provided: Enter the Meeting Code below that is appropriate to your grade level and enter the Google Morning Meeting.

Grade: Kindergarten 

Please note the first day of school for kindergarten is Thursday, September 17th.  Cohort A & C students will be IN PERSON and Cohort B will be AT HOME and Cohort D will be REMOTE. Cohort B Kindergarten students will use the code below to log in at 8:45 AM. (there is a slight delay to  the regular start time because Ms. Reilly will be welcoming the in-person students in the morning.)

Remote Teacher: Ms. Whitney Reilly

Grade: One

Remote Teacher: Ms. Kathryn Frustaci

Grade: Two

Remote Teacher: Ms. Samantha Powell

Grade: Three

Remote Teacher: Ms. Lynne Drowne

Grade: Four

Remote Teacher: Ms. Megan Glynn

Grade: Five

Remote Teacher: Ms. Bonnie Murphy

Grade 6

Remote Teacher: Ms. Kathie Adams


Cohort D Students (Full Remote)

Family Q&A Session Monday, September 14, 2020

4-5 PM

Google Meet: meet.google.com/yzx-uqie-uyx

Join by phone
‪(US) +1 413-338-0235‬ PIN: ‪554 422 030‬#

How to access your first morning meeting on Tuesday, September 15th

Cohort D students (100% online learning)--We ask that you please use the following Google Meet codes or direct links to access your first morning meeting and your remote teacher on the first day of school. If you have any questions, please reach out to the teacher listed under each grade level.  

General Instructions:

Using the Google Chrome Browser, go to: https://meet.google.com/

In the space provided: Enter the Meeting Code below that is appropriate to your grade level and enter the Google Morning Meeting. If a link is provided, just access the meeting via that link. Meet codes were sent via email. Please do not post or share the meet codes online.

Grade: Kindergarten

Remote Teacher: Ms. Margaret Maurano

Grade: One

Remote Teacher: Ms. Annie Goode

Grade: Two

Remote Teacher: Ms. Katie Dugas

Grade: Three

Remote Teacher: Ms. Meghan Grier

Grade: Four

Remote Teacher: Ms. Nicole McCann

Grade: Five

Remote Teacher: Ms. Carol DeSimone

Grade 6

  • Remote Teacher: Mr. Joseph Towers
  • Google Meet Code and Link are forthcoming

 Passwords & Logins

We were able to import new Google passwords for all Bryantville students.  Google requires 8 characters for passwords, and since this was a direct import to Google we set all student passwords to their 5-digit student ID number from PowerSchool plus the initials bes.  For example, 12345bes.  All student usernames are their lastname.firstname@pembrokek12.org.  
 
Prior to using Clever, all brand new students (including all kindergarteners) will need to log into Google first to accept Google's terms of service.  Once they have accepted Google's Terms of Service, their account is activated and they can then log into Clever.
 
If any student has difficulty logging into Google or Clever, the teacher or other staff member should send an email to helpdesk@pembrokek12.org with the student's full name and we will reset the student's password ASAP.
 
Please take a moment and practice using your logins prior to your first online meeting. 
 


Health & Technology Training

We will be hosting two very important family training seminars next week to cover the topics of health and technology.  The login details are below.

Health- Monday, September 14th from Noon-1:00 PM

Please join our school nurses for an important parent/guardian education meeting about what to expect when we return to school.  They will be going over the DESE COVID Guidelines, medication drop-off procedures as well as answering questions and providing tips to help your child prepare for the start of school.

meet.google.com/zee-wrhq-emb

Or open Meet and enter this code: zee-wrhq-emb

Dial in (audio only): (US) +1 484-424-4164 PIN: 315 605 269#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/zee-wrhq-emb?pin=3986434253913  

 

Technology- Thursday, September 17th 

Please join our Titan Tech Guru & Director of Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall on Thursday, September 17th for one of our informative Q&A sessions.

Session 1:

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM

Session 2:

7:00 PM- 8:00 PM

Join with Google Meet

meet.google.com/qim-pdtg-jgi

Join by phone

(US) +1 904-580-8665 (PIN: 260896745)

For the Titan Technology Newsletter Click Here.


 Dismissal & Arrival 

This won’t change from past-practice, but we will change if needed *No parents/others allowed in the building unless it’s an emergency.

Front Entrance (Door 1)-Parent Drop Off and Pickup

  • 8:05 AM will be the earliest entry time (unless you have YMCA care)
  • You may park in spaces out front
  • Students should be masked when entering the building-escorted by teachers/staff. 

Bus Drop Off-Building Rear (Door 9)

  • Busses will drop off in a staggered manner

Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals 

Parents should check-in from the front of the building/building speaker.

Early dismissal procedures or late drop off will be similar to our previous practice with the exception that parents will wait outside the main doors for their children.  Administrators will complete the information needed for the dismissal book (time & reason).


Student Backpacks & School Supplies

Students will be carrying all their materials, (e.g. Chromebooks, lunches, water bottles, art supplies, binders, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.) so backpack weight will be something we want to remain mindful about.

Students will need a labeled bag of art supplies (e.g. colored markers, colored pencils, scissors, etc.) to use across courses.

  • Students will not be allowed to share materials
  • We will have some new school supplies in the office for students who may need them.
  • Teachers may communicate additional supplies needed after the start of school

Supply lists are posted online.


Masks

Staff, like students, must wear face masks, except when eating (or during teacher announced mask breaks).

  • No neck-gators or bandanas allowed for students or staff
  • Masks must be worn when entering the building
  • Students should bring masks from home but the school will provide masks to students, as needed (e.g. lost/broken).

Lunch

At the start of the day, students will place their cafeteria lunch order with their teacher online. Breakfast, lunch, snack will be delivered to each classroom. Lunches will be grade-based and occur in the classroom or outside. Students may remove masks and eat while seated at least 6 feet apart. Water bottles are recommended. Students cannot use their mouths at any of the water fountains.

Be mindful of Nut/Peanut Free classrooms when planning your child's lunches. Please do not send any peanut or nut containing product for your child to eat. Letters from the nurse were included in the classroom placement mailings. 

The lunch menu is posted here.


Transportation

Transportation routes will be posted to our website by the end of the day on Friday, September 11th.  All students will require a current bus pass in order to receive transportation. No exceptions.

Bus passes have been mailed over the course of this week and anyone who completed the transportation registration should receive their pass in the mail no later than Monday, 9/14. If you do not receive a pass in the mail, you will have to transport your child to school until you complete the transportation registration. All students grades 7-12 are required to pay for transportation and payment must be processed prior to a bus pass being issued. Please contact the transportation office at 781-829-0832 with any questions. 


Technology & Materials

Cohort A & C Students will receive their technology and materials on the first day of in-person instruction on September 15th.

Cohort B & D students can pick up their materials on Friday, September 11th from 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM or Monday, September 14th from 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM.   Please pull up to the front of the building and a staff member will deliver materials to you.  We ask that you wear a mask for your safety and the well-being of our staff. 

Please note Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will receive an Ipad. We will send a separate communication regarding Ipad pick-up. 

Students will be expected to use a school-issued device while in school. We cannot support personal devices at school, nor can we push out important software on personal devices. Students are free to use their personal devices at home, although we strongly encourage them to use the school-issued device so our Technology Department can troubleshoot any issues.

If you cannot pick-up a school-issued device prior to the start of school, please reach out to the building principal. In the meantime, you can use a personal device while learning from home. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this unconventional start to the school year.