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Zinser News
December 4

Zinser Elementary News December 4

12/04/20

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • December 7: Black Schedule (A-K) (Gold learns remotely)
  • December 8: Gold Schedule (L-Z) (Black learns remotely)
  • December 9: No Students - Remote Learning for all
  • December 10: Black Schedule (A-K) (Gold learns remotely)
  • December 11: Gold Schedule (L-Z) (Black learns remotely)
  • December 14: Black Schedule (A-K) (Gold learns remotely)
  • December 15: Gold Schedule (L-Z) (Black learns remotely)
  • December 16: No Students - Remote Learning for all
  • December 17: ½ Day of school - Black Schedule
  • December 18: ½ Day of school - Gold Schedule
  • December 21-January 1: Holiday Break
  • January 4: Return to School - Hybrid Schedule Continues
  • January 18: No School - MLK Day
  • January 28: The NED Show 1:30 pm (streamed/virtual)

Important Information:
12 Days of Christmas at Zinser: Feel free to enjoy these activities or dress up days with your kids, whether they are coming to school or at home for each day!

Monday, Dec. 7 – Reindeer Games! Paint your nose red and wear antlers.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 – Jingle Bell Rock! Wear bells to school!
Wednesday, Dec. 9 – Polar Express. Drink hot cocoa at home!
Thursday, Dec. 10 – Candy Cane Day. Wear Red and White!
Friday, Dec. 11 – Get Cozy. Flannel or holiday PJ Day.
Monday, Dec. 14 – Holiday Socks!
Tuesday, Dec. 15 – Wear Red and Green.
Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Grinch Day. Be a kid who cares and show an act of kindness.
Thursday, Dec. 17 – Ugly Sweater Day.
Friday, Dec. 18 – Santa Spirit Day! Happy Holidays Zinser!

HYBRID SCHEDULE: Starting November 30th and going through at least January 15th, the students at Zinser, and all K-8 at Kenowa Hills, will be on a hybrid schedule. Even when many districts are going to all remote learning, we felt it was important to still offer some face to face learning with an added emphasis on social distancing. Here are the highlights to be aware of:

  • Mondays and Thursdays - Black Schedule: Students with last name A-K will be face to face all day.
  • Tuesdays and Fridays - Gold Schedule: Students with last name L-Z will be face to face all day.
  • Wednesdays, and off days, will be asynchronous learning: Students will be working and doing assignments or activities at home. Teachers will be using Canvas to add activities, or may Zoom with small groups on Wednesdays, or may send homework packets.
  • Specials classes will continue and will be rotated now week to week, so students in time will still receive all of the Specials classes.
  • Chromebooks and iPads: These will be traveling home with the students each day they come to school. Please help make sure the device is charged prior to sending it to school with your child. You and your child are responsible for taking care of the device and making sure it is in proper working order. Any cost to repair a damaged device is your responsibility. KHPS does offer a $20/school year optional insurance that you can purchase to help cover instances of accidental damage. Insurance does not cover misuse or abuse. You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting khps.org/tech-support.
  • Food Distribution: All students are able to take home food when they leave for the home learning days. Food will be distributed at dismissal.

COVID Update:
Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result. The daily screening tool is still important to track the start of any symptoms for students. If your child is quarantined or learning remotely, we still need and expect you to complete the screener even if they aren’t coming to school! Thank you for those consistently using this tool, and please reach out to our office with issues or concerns.

Mental Health Needs:
With change can come stress and changing the way our education is provided is no exception. We encourage our students, families and staff to take time during these difficult transitions to focus on mental health. The Mental Health Newsletter from November is available on the website and offers some tips on how to talk with your students about the stressors they may be facing. Last week Zinser classrooms focused on different mental health topics including relaxation, mindfulness and support systems. If you would like resources for additional mental health support, please reach out to Brooke Davis or Ashley Anderson at Zinser and they can provide you with a number of options.

SchoolStore.com:
With the holidays approaching, you can shop online and help support our school! We also wanted to share that we will once again be using SchoolStore.com as a program to shop online so students can earn a prize, and help earn money for classroom supplies. Information was sent home, get that holiday shopping started and use SchoolStore.com!

KHPS is providing FREE breakfasts and lunches through December! Menus are sent electronically and are available at www.khps.org and on the mobile app. If you need a printed copy, please contact the school office. We appreciate your support of the Food Service Program. - KHPS Food Services Department

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