This is Jon Shearer, principal, and Valerie Folsom, assistant principal, of Fruitland Intermediate School.
We are excited about the 20 – 21 school year and look forward to connecting with you soon! While there are challenges ahead, our faculty and support staff are working hard to prepare for a smooth transition back to school! We will be open soon, but almost all our connections with our students and families will be on-line. We trust that you have or are working to get access to the Internet through the best means possible since instruction will begin on September 8th by Zoom, Google Classroom and other electronic platforms that your child’s teachers will describe as they connect with you soon.
We continue to remind families to request a computer through our webform found on our website and Facebook pages. Please complete a form only once for each of your students so we may schedule pick-up times after we prepare machines for distribution. We will begin distributing computers and some materials of instruction to families next week according to a schedule that we will publish soon. Please look to our Facebook and website, and check your phone messages so we can get machines and materials to you.
In our welcome letter, one of the few paper documents that we will distribute during the current crisis, you will find a table of information that will be valuable as we maintain connections over the coming months. Please keep the letter handy as a reference for logging into the applications that your child’s teachers will use for distributing information, assigning work and providing instruction.
One document that you will not find in your letter is the student information sheet that we usually ask you to review and return to school. Our district is working to create a fillable on-line form that they will roll out in the next few weeks through the Family Portal, the same portal through which you access your child’s grades. Look for a message about it soon.
Please look for a message from your child’s teachers by the end of next week. They will invite you to a virtual meeting on September 1, beginning at 3:00 p.m., so that they may introduce themselves and identify some of the expectations for students and families as we begin the school year. Ms. Folsom and I will prepare and share a message, as well.
Thanks for your attention to this message and for your support of our virtual return to school. Let’s get about it!