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Amity Elementary School October 2020

Parent Information

School Operating Plans and Yamhill County Metrics

When Governor Brown close schools for safety and health, she specified metrics that counties must meet for schools to reopen to students.

Currently, Amity Elementary School is required to provide Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) because Yamhill County does not meet the metrics to move to the Hybrid Model. In our CDL Model, we planned the day and scheduled students so that when we could move to the Hybrid Model, it would closely mirror what students and families were already doing and were familiar with.

To move to the Hybrid Model, Yamhill County must meet certain metrics for specific grade spans as follows:

  • Grades K-3 - For 3 weeks in a row, the cases per 100,000 must be less than or equal to 30
  • Grades 4-5 - For 3 weeks in a row, the cases per 100,000 must be less than or equal to 10
  • The Test Positivity Rate was suspended for the month of September. It will become a factor again in October.

Yamhill County was trending downward in cases per 100,000 for 2 weeks (under 30) and AES staff did start solidifying our Hybrid Plan. Students in Grade K-3 would come to school in person every day either in the morning or afternoon the same as they are scheduled in CDL. That plan keeps the classes very small with no more than about 13 students in a class.

  • Week of September 13 = 28.7 cases per 100,000 (below 30)
  • Week of September 20 = 19.4 cases per 100,000 (below 30)
  • Week of September 27 = 46.3 cases per 100,000 (above 30)

The week of Sept. 27th, the number in Yamhill County jumped up to 46.3 cases per 100,000. That means we continue with Comprehensive Distance Learning at all grade levels and return to monitoring case counts in 3 week intervals. The AES staff will continue to work out the details of our Hybrid Model for when we do return to school, we want to make sure it is a safe and healthy environment for our students and our staff.

We recognize this is a very difficult learning time for our students and families, but we also think you are doing an amazing job. Keep communicating with the teachers. That is the key to success. Remember, especially with the younger students, educators have to teach kids how to use the computer and programs and to navigate between classes. They will learn how to do that faster than you can imagine because your kids are amazing, too!

School Food Service Update

Free Grab and Go Meals for EVERY child under age 18 will continue throughout the entire school year. The Amity School District Food Service Team will provide meals to any child along bus routes between 10:25am and 11:45am. Meal pickup is available at the elementary school between 10:00am and 1:00pm.

While the free meal service will continue, eligible families are encouraged to complete free and reduced price meal applications. Note: Meal applications must be submitted every year, despite prior eligibility.

Gentle Reminders

Registration Paperwork Updates: Please be sure to turn in updated and corrected paperwork. It is important that we are able to contact you!

2019-2020 Yearbooks: They are here! Pick them up at the AES office.

CDL Pictures: If you have 1st Day of School pictures or other student learning pictures or Amity sport pictures, please send them to Mrs. Ludwick at danielle.ludwick@amity.k12.or.us

Communication from School: AES Website; Class Dojo; Newsletters; All Calls

Thank You: The AES Staff would like to thank our Angel for thinking of us. You are wonderfully generous!

Counselor Corner

This month in SEL (social-emotional lessons) we are focusing on identifying emotions in ourselves and others. It is important to recognize our own feelings because then we are able to address them, and when we recognize the feelings of others we can communicate with them more effectively. In grades 4-5 we are learning about empathy, which helps show kindness and respect to others. At home, if your student is having a hard time managing his/her emotions, ask them how they feel and why, even if it is obvious to you. Sometimes after they identify their own emotion, it makes it a bit easier for them to express what they need.

School Happenings.... Coming UP

Spirit Week

Monday, October 26: Hat Day - Show off your personality!

Tuesday, October 27: Color Day

  • Kindergarten - Purple
  • 1st Grade - Yellow
  • 2nd Grade - Blue
  • 3rd Grade - Orange
  • 4th Grade - Green
  • 5th Grade - Red

Wednesday, October 28: Amity Day - Celebrate our community! Wear your Amity gear!

Thursday, October 29: Pajama Day - Comfy and cozy and covered!

We are saving costumes for the Senior Parent Scavenger Hunt, (see below) but please take pictures and email them to danielle.ludwick@amity.k12.or.us

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair

October 26 - November 8

The Scholastic Book Fair is back! While the Fair will be exclusively held online this year, we still plan on making it a fun and joyous experience for our kids. Features include:

  • Amity Elementary School's own online store with over 6,000 products
  • A Virtual Fair so you and your kids can browse titles by grade and meet popular authors all from the comfort of your home
  • All orders ship directly to your home
  • Free shipping on book-only orders over $25

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

APaTT

Amity Parents and Teachers Together is the parent-teacher organization serving both the Amity Elementary and Amity Middle Schools. Our mission is to provide additional support and funding for classroom and school related activities and programs.

APaTT 2020-2021 Executive Board

  • President: Annette DeRaeve
  • Vice-President: Kristy Runge
  • Secretary: Jennifer White
  • Treasurer: Brian Schkeryantz
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Dovie Vaughan

1st Meeting: Oct. 20 @ 6:00 via zoom - click the link below

Dial-in: (US) +1 470-285-4376 PIN: 601 793 466#

Warrior Strong! - Warrior Proud!

This year's Amity Booster Club is taking pre-orders for Warrior apparel. We have two different logos available that were voted on by our Warrior Fans! Payment can be either cash, check or Venmo. If you have any questions, please contact Morgan Silacci or Brenda Whiteley at amityboosters@gmail.com.

Amity Senior Parents (Class of 2021) are excited to invite you to our Halloween Activities! We have a Scavenger Hunt and a Pumpkin Contest planned. Two Divisions: 3rd-6th (must have adult supervision) and 7th-12th. Up to 5 students per team (students can be from local area, not limited to Amity SD). $10 per student (Siblings $5 additional). Registration due 10/27, $15 Team late fee after 10/27. Prizes for top 3 teams in each division. The Pumpkin Carving Contest is open to anyone in the community. We are asking for a donation of 4 canned/non-perishable food items for entry fee. More info to come on this. All Covid guidelines will apply. Thank you for your support! Let us know if you have questions by emailing ahsseniorparents2021@gmail.com

Because we still do fun stuff in school....

1st Grade students will partner with the HS Agriculture class and pick up pumpkins for a class activity!

Don't forget Spirit Week!

And, the Scavenger Hunt!

"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”.... Mason Cooley

Scholastic Book Fair! Oct. 26 - Nov. 8

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! And, Keep Learning!

Credits:

Created with images by Annie Spratt - "untitled image" • Element5 Digital - "untitled image" • Tim Mossholder - "Love to Learn" • Robyn Budlender - "Children’s books"