From the Principal



September, 2020

NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY: 2020-2021



Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:


It is with great gratitude with which I am able to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year as the new principal of Northside Elementary. Northside students and staff will certainly miss the caring leadership of Ms. Hagadone and we wish her well in her retirement. 

 

Our focus this year is on meeting the educational needs of our children during perhaps the most unique and challenging period in educational history. First and foremost, I know that the reopening plan, and how it will look specifically at Northside is the most important information families need at this time. The Lake Pend Oreille School District Board approved a reopening plan which prioritizes:

  • The safety of students and staff

  • Maximizing the instructional time students have with teachers given the community transmission of Covid-19

  • Providing families with educational choices for their students

For more detailed information, please click on this link to view the LPOSD reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year: https://covid.lposd.org/  You may also find this information on LPOSD.ORG. Based upon the current community spread of Covid-19, our reopening will follow the yellow stage of the plan. Additionally, here is a link which may also be found on our website to FAQ specific to Northside. 

 

I am extremely excited to introduce a new member to our teaching and learning family. Although we will miss Mrs. Whalen and wish her well in her retirement, we want to welcome Mrs. Katie Augustine as our new first grade teacher. She comes with extensive experience and is well-versed with early learning and literacy. Because we are taking additional measures to keep class sizes small during the yellow reopening stage, this class was divided into two. Mrs. Cain, who has taught music at Northside since 1995 and who has previously taught first and second grades for almost a decade will be leading the second class. 


Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th. We have temporary changes from the years’ past. Students will arrive at school from 7:50 - 8:20. Students who ride the bus will be expected to wear a face covering. For parent drop off you may park your car and walk your child to the main entrance, or drop them off in the drop off lane in front of the school once the buses have left. Please be ready to say goodbye at the main doors. Students are expected to wear a face covering when entering school. Parents should wear a face covering if walking students up to the main doors. We will have staff available at the main entrance to walk your child to his/her classroom.  Kindergarten/1st Grade Note: On the first day of school, Kindergarten parents please bring your children to the pavilion in the playground area where Mrs. Padilla and helpers will greet them. First grade families, if your teacher is Mrs. Augustine please meet her outside at the playground entrance door and if your teacher is Mrs. Cain please meet her at the outside door of Portable B. After the first day of school, kindergarten and first students will follow the arrival procedure outlined above. 


While we are in the  Yellow  stage, students are expected to wear a face covering while entering and exiting our building and during transition times. Students are encouraged to wear face coverings in the classroom, however, they may remove it if they choose. Face coverings must cover the nose and mouth.

  • Options for face coverings include:

    • Cloth masks

    • Disposable masks

    • Plastic Shields

    • Bandana


School will be released at 1:00. Students riding the bus will exit through the playground doors and load using the COVID Bus Protocols. If you are picking up your child, please park your vehicle in the parking lot, and wait at the main entrance. Parents should wear a mask, and social distance while  waiting at our main doors. Students are expected to wear a face covering while waiting in the gym to be picked up. Students will be dismissed to their parent/guardian once the adult arrives at the door. 


With all that said, we still have work to do. We know the sudden move to distance learning was not optimum, but everyone did the best they could. Our children continue to grow in reading and writing. We  do know; however, we need to be focused on math even more than we have been. One way we know you can help them is to work with your child, so they can learn their math facts. We are going to provide you with resources, which you can use at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will send home more information about this critical math component. With your help and a district commitment to improving our instruction, we will grow and thrive in this critical subject. 


I want to take a moment to give our PTO a huge shout out!! I know we have one of the best PTOs I’ve ever experienced. Thank you for all you do for us, for it is truly amazing: pay for field trips, classroom supplies, help fund our new gaga pit, pay for art supplies, help teachers with special requests, purchase a traveling cart for our push-in specials. Northside PTO is an integral part of our success. Please look for information about how to join this group coming out soon.


I would like to thank you in advance for your help to make this year successful, engaging, and filled with learning for your child(ren.) Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


With warm regards, 

Ms. Crossingham

Northside Elementary Principal