It is hard to believe we are approaching the one year mark since the pandemic directly impacted our school and community. As we have said in the past, we are certain these challenging times will ultimately result in us becoming stronger and more resilient than ever. There is reason to be hopeful and optimistic. We must continue to support one another on this journey with kindness, empathy, and compassion at the forefront. Thank you all for your continued patience, flexibility and understanding. Although not perfect, our efforts have created a productive school year in light of the circumstances. Remember, some school districts have been remote since March 2020. I am grateful we have been able to move out of the hybrid format with all students PK-12 coming to school every day. I am additionally grateful that our high school students are now utilizing the recently renovated classrooms and atrium area. Let us continue our partnership to make the remaining months of this school year the best they can be!
Canceling school these past two weeks has been an additional challenge for staff, students, and families. I would like to remind everyone that this year’s calendar had extra built in hours. Due to this astute planning, we will not be required to make up the missed inclement weather days this school year. Our last day of school will be a half day on Wednesday, May 26.
As we look forward to the 2021-2022 School Year, we are gearing up for our future Preschool and Kindergarten students. Preschool screening is scheduled for February 25-26 and March 4-5. Kindergarten screening is scheduled for April 8-9 and April 15-16. If you know anyone who has a child eligible for preschool or is interested in attending our schools in Grades K-8 in August, please contact the principal’s office in each building. Parents of preschool and new kindergarten students will need to set up an appointment with the LWJE Counseling Center.
As a reminder, it is still extremely important for us to remain informed about household illnesses, positive COVID-19 cases, and exposures. Contact your school nurse or principal’s office to report any information. Immediate communication will allow us to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Continue to take the appropriate precautions regarding gatherings outside of school, including face covering usage and frequent hand washing. As always, please keep your child home if he/she is sick and keep your child home if someone else in your household is sick with COVID. We appreciate your support.