I can neither confirm nor deny that I’ve been known to say “it’s almost Friday” on any given day of the week including Monday. In my thinking we’re closer than we were the day before (unless someone has figured out how to travel backward in time). It’s very similar to how I have shared that every day brings us one day closer to the end of this pandemic. But, and it is a big BUT, the difference is obviously that you know exactly when Friday will be here and we still don’t know when the end of the pandemic will be. However, it really is almost Friday!
I am extremely pleased to be able to share with you a few pieces that our instrumentally talented students at Keene High School have been able to put together during this remote learning period. Yet another example of the incredible resilience of our students as well as the fabulous leadership of their instructors. I am certain that the parents and teachers of these students are extremely proud of this effort, as I am as well. If you have the opportunity, I would encourage you to listen to the three pieces that can be found on the KHS Music Page linked here for your convenience.
Tomorrow is the end of our final challenge of the school year. A special shout out to those out there that have already submitted as well as those in the community that have assisted with promoting this activity. It is our intention to have this ready to share by next week.
All of the focus groups have met with regard to moving the conversation forward on what next school year may look like. They have generated a massive bank of questions that we want to get localized responses to. We realize that taking a long survey is less than desirable, so our task is to identify what the primary information we want responses on will be. I originally shared that it was my intention to have this survey ready to be sent out by June 8th. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but in all honesty, that will not happen. There is significant work that still needs to be done before we can get that survey up and running. I will continue to keep you updated and thank you in advance for your understanding.
Yesterday I mentioned that I would share some resources that are available with regard to the responsible use of social media. While it is not an exhaustive listing by any stretch of the imagination, I have included a few that may be helpful when teaching (and reinforcing) as well as modeling responsible social media practices for our children/students.
We have had inquiries with regard to summer meal availability that have come in. Our outstanding Director of Food Services has continually been monitoring what will be available and has provided a first look at what we know at this time. That information is being shared as an attachment to this update (please scroll all the way down). As further details are finalized, I will be sure to pass on that information as well.
The deadline to submit comments for the Chesterfield School Board to consider is 9:00AM, tomorrow, Friday, June 5th. Please submit your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org so that the Board can respond when they hold their virtual meeting tomorrow at 5pm prior to the drive in vote on Saturday, June 6th from 2:00 - 4:00PM in order to pass their district budget.
Speaking of budgets, I’ll leave you with this thought to ponder, whether it be a family budget, school district budget, town/municipality budget or any budget for that matter: kindness and respect for others (and for oneself) is free so clearly it fits every budget. We Got This!!!
Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher. Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.
Mental Health and Mental Health Awareness Month: A friendly reminder to reach out to your teacher, school counselor or school nurse if you are feeling the need to talk about matters related to our cultural challenges, Covid-19, or anything else that is weighing on your mind. We want to hear from you.
Last week we launched access to our second feature film for Mental Health Awareness Month. Below you will find the link and login information in order to access the Angst online program. I am also including the link and login information for the film Like once again for anyone that may not have had the opportunity to watch it last week. Both of these films will remain available until we have reached our limit for viewings.
The specific details to login to either film is the same and provided below.
The remaining schedule for the films will be as follows:
Ongoing: Like a film about the impacts of social media.
Ongoing: Angst a film about anxiety in our youth.
As a follow up to both films, “Like” and “Angst” some of our dedicated staff have created a pre-recorded panel discussion on many of the most asked questions in relation to those films. This panel discussion will be available for you to watch at your convenience and is linked both here and in the update below.
A friendly reminder that we have limited viewings for each film, so it is really important that households only access one of the viewings. This will allow more of our families and our staff to be able to watch the films as well.
As always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal. If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email email@example.com.
- The 5 Signs to help you identify and support others who may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time, or at any time.
- A Mom's Retreat - A podcast on managing anxiety.
Responsible Social Media Use: As mentioned in the June 3rd update, the responsible use of social media can be an asset or a liability for individuals. It is critical that we teach (and reinforce) as well as model responsible use of social media with our children/students. Here are some resources that may be of assistance:
School Boards: Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.
Chesterfield - CSB Meeting Video
Harrisville - HSB Meeting Video
Keene - KBE Meeting Video
Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video
Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video
Nelson - NSB Meeting Video
Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video
Weekly Challenge: This two-week challenge is to create a BRIEF thank you video lasting about 5-10 seconds long and is open to students, parents/guardians and all staff members. We want to recognize and acknowledge that this has been a difficult time for many of us and being able to complete our school year took a great deal of effort on many people’s behalf.
There are multiple videos that can be created and submitted and you are not limited to any one specifically, meaning you can submit multiple videos if you would like. Here are some suggested categories of videos:
- From Students: a video to your parents to say thank you for all that your parents did to support you throughout remote learning.
- From Students: a video to your teacher(s) and/or other school staff to say thank you for their efforts in supporting you throughout remote learning.
- From Parents/Guardians: a video to your child(ren)’s teacher(s) and/or other school staff thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
- From Parents/Guardians: to your child(ren) thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
- From Staff: to your students and/or parents/families thanking them for their efforts throughout remote learning.
- From Staff: to your colleagues thanking them for their support and effort throughout remote learning.
In order for this to work to the extent we are hoping, we will need permission from parents/guardians to use the videos in the larger production we have planned. This will be easier to attain if permissions accompany submissions so that follow ups are minimized. It could be either a video permission or if the video is emailed from a parent/guardian’s email, written in the body of the email. To safeguard this process, I am emailing students to check with their parents/guardians prior to participation.
Please submit your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org with a Cc to email@example.com before 5:00PM on Friday, June 5, 2020. It is our intent to release the compilation of videos prior to the last day of school for all to enjoy.
Special Education: After careful thought, discussion and analysis, it has been decided that extended school year (ESY) instruction and related service therapies will be an extension of remote learning. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience as we weighed all options before making this important decision.
The special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meetings (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00. Thank you!
Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the towns is open for Monday, June 8th and Wednesday, June 10th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than this Thursday, June 4th at 5pm. Please use this meal order form link to place your order.
Meals in Keene are available for pick up behind Franklin Elementary and Keene High School on Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 to 11:30am. No pre-ordering is required for the Keene locations.
Last day for meal pick up:
Keene - June 10 (4 days)
Chesterfield, Marlow, Nelson, Westmoreland - June 15 (1 day)
Marlborough & Harrisville - June 15 (2 days)
Information on summer lunch programs will be posted this week.
Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.
Technology: Collecting Chromebooks. KHS Seniors if you borrowed a Chromebook or computer please drop it off on the 9th. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.
KMS- Drop off will start on the 15th and 16th. Please contact the school for the assigned day.
Please contact your school for more information on times and where you should drop off the devices. Make sure you have the power cord with the device.
Help desk number, (603)352-0640 ext 3871, For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.
Phishing attempts: We have had another phishing attempt. We have blocked the person that is attempting to scam us. Please read this document for more information.
Vetted APPs and Websites: You can check the online vetted site here SDPC Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team.
Reporting Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
- Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention - We’re here for you 24/7. You don’t have to be in crisis to call. Call our hotline at: 603-352-3782 or 1-888-511-MCVP
- National Domestic Violence Hotline - 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar: SAU 29 School District Calendars. The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.
School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only. All buildings are closed on the weekend.
June 18-19: All buildings in SAU 29 are closed.
June 26: Rescheduled floating holiday from April 24.
School Grounds: All school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.
Social Distancing: Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Orders for additional guidance on this as well as other areas of interest.
Contact Information: Dr. Rick Matte is the lead contact person for all COVID-19 inquiries and concerns at all SAU 29 schools and districts. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Governor Sununu has also activated a 24-hour COVID-19 hotline for all related needs and supports. The hotline can be reached by dialing 211.
COVID-19 and Remote Learning Resources: