Wednesday, July 1
From Superintendent Hanna:
To our Leon County Schools families—
The safety and well-being of every student will always be our number one priority. We have been working around the clock for the past months to provide you options to best return your child(ren) to school. As we move forward to the 2020-2021 school year, I want to share important information about the Re-Open Leon Schools Plan (see the plan here: www.leonschools.net/reopenleon.)
Over the course of the past several weeks, District Leadership sought input from a variety of sources: the Re-Open Leon Schools Task Force, the Leon County School Board, the Leon County Department of Health, other healthcare professionals as well as considerations from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. From that feedback, we created the Re-Open Leon Schools Plan and the Health and Safety Guidelines.
Re-Open Leon Schools Health and Safety Guidelines
The Re-Open Leon Schools Health and Safety Guidelines were created in coordination with the Leon County Health department. The guidelines will remain fluid in order to adapt to any changes or mandates issued by the State, or to better adhere to any CDC updates. Any changes to the LCS guidelines will be communicated to schools and families and will be reflected on the Re-Open Leon Schools website (www.leonschools.net/reopenleon).
We are requiring our families to commit to one of the three educational options for their children/students for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year by July 13. After that, schools will be reaching out to the families that have not indicated their commitment. Our goal is to have confirmed feedback from all families in order to begin the staffing and scheduling process. To access and complete the Educational Commitment form, parents/guardians will need to sign-in to their FOCUS parent portal account and complete a form for each student in their household. Directions for that process are on the Re-Open Leon Schools website: www.leonschools.net/reopenleon
This will be a semester-by-semester commitment. Please note that ALL of our students, regardless of which option you choose, will be assigned a digital device—a Google Chromebook—for the school year.
Traditional (Face-to-Face Classroom Instruction)
At this time, based on the information I have today, we are requesting School Board approval that August 19 will be the first day of school for students, with the Re-Open Leon Schools Health and Safety Guidelines mentioned above in place. Schools will be implementing physical and social distancing measures to best fit the needs and spaces of their school. Masks will be required during transportation and transitions, and when social distancing is not possible.
School Based Digital Academy
Each LCS student will have an option of attending their enrolled school as a digital academy.
▪ Every Leon County School will have their own Digital Academy that is unique to that school community.
▪ A student’s learning and instruction takes place online with teachers from their school.
▪ The student maintains school site enrollment and pacing.
▪ A Digital Academy Parent Resource website with information and answers to frequently asked questions: www.leonschools.net/DigitalAcad will be available starting July 2 at 6 p.m.
▪ For more information about your individual school’s Digital Academy, visit the school’s website and click on the “Digital Academy,” tab (available July 6) or contact your student’s school with questions starting July 6.
Leon County Virtual School
Leon County Virtual School is a franchise of the Florida Virtual School system and is considered a separate school in Leon County for middle and high school students. It is staffed by Leon County Schools’ teachers, but adheres to a curriculum developed by the Florida Virtual School system. For more information about Leon County Virtual School visit www.leonschools.net/virtualschool.
These are unprecedented times for all of us. Never have we faced a new school year with all the different variables as this one presents. However, I have every confidence in my Leadership team, principals, teachers and staff to do their very best to provide a safe and successful school re-opening. Thank you for your continued compassion, flexibility, patience and grace as we move forward together into the 2020-2021 school year.
Superintendent Rocky HannaThursday, June 4From Superintendent Hanna:Dear LCS Community—At this time, we have not received information from the State of Florida regarding the plan for re-opening schools in August. However, I am strongly advocating that schools fully reopen in the fall. I know that you have many questions when it comes to the anticipated reopening of schools. I want to reassure you that we are making every effort to accommodate the needs and preferences of our families, while at the same time, making the health and safety of our students and staff our top priority. We want you to be aware of our direction and focus to assist you with your 2020-2021 planning, and we are requesting your help with our parent survey () as we prepare for staffing and logistics regarding our three educational models. As previously announced, all LCS students will be receiving smart devices for the 2020-2021 school year, which will be incorporated into the three choices:
· Traditional, on-site, face-to-face instruction with health and safety measures in place.
· Leon County Digital Academy— The Leon County Digital Academy (LCDA) will be offered at every school for the 2020-2021 school year. Leon County students enrolled in the LCDA will receive individualized instruction from their home zoned school utilizing technology, one learning platform, and live lessons. This will allow students and families to maintain association with their assigned school while receiving instruction at home. They will remain on school pacing and will be expected to work through lessons and assignments at the same rate students on campus are moving. This will also give students and families an element of control over time, place, and individual pace/learning style. Course selection will include specific elective choices that adhere to the distance-learning model. This will be a semester-by-semester commitment (August 2020—December 2020, January 2021—May 2021).
· Leon County Virtual School— Leon County students enrolled in the K-12 Leon County Virtual School receive individualized instruction from local teachers utilizing technology. The virtual format allows flexibility of time, location, and pace while promoting the skills and self-discipline for success in the 21st Century. Leon County Virtual School has been a franchise of Florida Virtual School for 10 years and is a statewide leader in virtual instruction. This will be a semester-by-semester commitment (August 2020—December 2020, January 2021—May 2021) .
We know each of these options will impact families in different ways. We need to hear from you, so we know what would work best for your family and for LCS planning purposes. Please fill out the survey () to help guide our decisions. The survey will be open until Friday, June 12.
We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we work on reimagining our school district in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.
Happy Friday and first day of summer vacation! Please take the time to review below what Mr. Millard and Mrs. Young sent out earlier this week. Mr. Millard provided the supply list for next year and the summer reading challenge.
As we all know, this is not the way I hoped this school year would end. There is a lack of closure, goodbye hugs and no way to let you know individually what your child means to me. It was a great pleasure to have your little ones in my classroom this year. We learned so many things. I return them to you with a few more pounds, a few inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature. It has been a pleasure and privilege to see their personalities emerge and to see how they developed in their learning. I am missing them and can’t wait for visits and hugs when we finally return to school. Please take care of yourselves this summer and stay safe.
Sonja DardenThursday, 5/28From Mrs. Young:Buck Lake Families, We still have MANY books checked out. Please help us out by returning them to the box outside of the school office as soon as possible. If you need to know if your child still has a book checked out, please email Ms. Young (email@example.com) or Mrs. DiLiello (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you to everyone who has returned their books at this point.Fifth Graders, It is imperative that your books are returned and checked in before you move on to middle school.Thanks for your help! We miss you and hope you have a great summer and Happy Reading!!Ms. Young and Mrs. DiLiello
From Mr. Millard:
We have almost made it through this school year. Here are a few updates for you as we wrap up this academic year and turn our sights to next year.
· Lost and Found is located outside the front office until Friday. Items will be left out after hours for your convenience. Any items left after Friday will be donated to charity.
· Report Cards will be published to the Focus app on Friday afternoon. If you need assistance accessing your Focus account, please contact the front office.
· Attached you will find our school supply list for next year. While, it is uncertain what next year will look like, we are currently planning for a normal opening of school and wanted you to have every opportunity to shop for your supplies.
· This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is also attached. This is a great way to keep students engaged in reading over the summer. Our local library is currently offering curbside pick-up for patrons who place holds on books.
· The last day to submit a parent input form for next year’s class placements is Friday. The form can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/parent_input_2020
· Registration for Kindergarten and other new students is available now! Please access our Kindergarten Orientation video here: https://www.loom.com/share/87e094732937436d83c991b96e4ef46a
· The applications through Class Link should be available through the end of June. They will be down in July for maintenance and updates.
· IXL for students currently in grades 3-5 should be accessible throughout the summer.
· Our carpet replacement originally scheduled for this summer is almost complete! It looks amazing and will add to the warm, loving classrooms that we strive for.
· We have not received any guidance on Summer Camp being offered this summer. We will send updates as they are available.
· Next week, our office will begin our summer schedule. We will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will remain closed to the general public, so if you need to visit, please call to make an appointment.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Have a great summer!Friday, 5/22We are almost there... summer will officially begin next Friday afternoon! Report cards will be posted to your child's FOCUS account for you to view on Friday.I know many of you are trying to juggle work and your families so the K teachers wanted to provide you with one last Distance Learning Calendar to help you stay in a routine. Monday is Memorial Day (school holiday), but we included activities for Monday if you want them. This week has some familiar guest readers that will read stories, a little review, as well as some first grade skills to start to get familiar with. You do not need to email me this week to tell me that your child completed the work as it is an optional week.I also added many new resources to my website. I added a getting ready for first grade workbook and the first grade Wonders reading sight word list and flashcards for printing.I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!Hugs,SonjaWednesday, 5/20From Mrs. Young:Buck Lake Family,On the evening that our local graduates "officially" graduate, there will be a parade of the graduates in our area. If you are available, please join us to celebrate our former Bobcats (and others) who will be graduating! Feel free to stand out on the sidewalks in front of the school or in the parking lot area-modeling expected distancing, of course. The graduates will leave from the movie theater at 6:30 and travel towards the school first. We hope to see you there!From Mrs. Perez:Imaginations soar with our new at-home program, Camp Invention Connect™! Children in grades K-6 receive four exciting activity kits packed full of materials to get them outside and active as they explore concepts of flight, tackle environmental challenges, build the ultimate sports complex, design the next great invention and gain confidence as innovators and entrepreneurs! This flexible program reinvents distance learning — it can be screen-free and self-led, or it can be enhanced through online collaboration sessions with Coaches from Buck Lake, Mrs. Perez and Coach Barrett and fellow participants. Visit //invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register. Use promo code SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).The DEADLINE to register is this Sunday, May 24th.Registered families will receive a package of materials delivered to their homes one week prior to the camp. Mrs. Perez and Coach Barrett will lead ONLINE hands-on STEM sessions and introduce new concepts daily during multiple online sessions as we focus on a different topic each day.Introducing our NEW at-home program, Camp Invention Connect!
Camp Invention Connect™ delivers imagination and high-energy fun right to your doorstep! This flexible program redefines the learning experience with minimal screen time and engaging activities that build an innovation mindset:CREATEReceive and unbox four unique, creative activity kits, packed full of all the materials you need to bring your ideas to life, from creating an invention prototype to building the ultimate sports complex!
COLLABORATEBuild confidence as you team up with camp friends virtually for optional, small group sessions to share your big ideas and collaborate.
PROBLEM SOLVELearn how to be persistent and overcome any obstacle as you take apart a robot, build parachutes and design solutions to real-world problems.Kimberly S. Perez, NBCTSTEAM TeacherTuesday, 5/19A message from Superintendent Hanna:Dear LCS Family,As we await a decision from Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran regarding schools re-opening in the fall, I wanted to update you on what our district is working on in the meantime. Although we will not be making the final decision at the local level we must be prepared for any and all scenarios.
I have established a task force charged with advising staff and securing community feedback ahead of any decision made by the state of Florida. The goal of the Re-Opening Task Force is to have recommendations for each possible re-opening scenario ready to execute prior to a final decision by Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran. We believe that state leadership will decide between three options for our schools to operate under in August and a fourth option to consider if circumstances change after re-opening:
· Option 1-One Hundred percent of Leon County Schools students would return for the 2020-2021 school year in-person and on campus.
· Option 2-A hybrid model where some students return to brick and mortar school sites and some students would participate through a distance learning model—or a variation of schedules for on campus and distance learning.
· Option 3-All students participate through a distance learning model.
· Option 4-All students return to school in August, a second outbreak of the virus occurs later in the year and students are again sent home.
Leon County Schools staff has continued meeting with parents, principals and community members this week receiving feedback, suggestions, and concerns. Individual work groups of the Re-Opening Task Force will meet during the first week of June and the Task Force’s final recommendations for each option will be presented to the Leon County School Board at the June 16 meeting.
I understand how difficult it has been for everyone involved. We know how much our students want to return their schools, to visit with their friends, and get back to a state of normalcy—we want the same. We will be prepared for the governor’s decision and ready to act with a vetted plan. Until then, please know that the safety of our community will remain our number one focus.
Thank you for your patience, flexibility, compassion and grace during these past weeks.
Rocky HannaSaturday, 5/16From Mr. Millard via ListservGood afternoon,If you are new to Buck Lake, please take a few minutes to view our Virtual Orientation.If you have additional questions, please contact our front office. We are here to help.
Have a great day,Billy Millard
Friday, 5/15Happy Birthday to Daisy on Thursday, 5/21!
Below you will find the link to the Special Area activities as well as the Distance Learning Calendar for next week (Week 8: 5/18-5/22). You will notice that this week your child will only receive a participation grade. I do not need pictures of any specific *graded* activities returned. A simple e-mail stating that your child has completed the work will be enough. If you would like to include a photo of the colored completed chart that is optional. Assignments are due FRIDAY, MAY 22nd-due to Memorial Day weekend as well as finalizing report cards.
This was a hard week packing up our classroom and your child's belongings, as it was just another reminder of the time we were not able to spend together. I know this has been hard on all of us, but I think we succeeded in making the best out of this crazy and unusual situation.
On Thursday (5/21) from 9am-10am, K families are welcome to drive through the parent pick-up line at the back of the school to pick up your child's classroom belongings. Please have your child's name, grade, and my name clearly printed on a piece of paper and put it in the front window so we can see it easily. Teachers and staff members will be putting your child's items in the trunk/back of your car (I will be there helping). See Mr. Millard’s post on social media as well as the listserv email that was sent yesterday for more details.
I completed a basic K skills check with every child recently Zoomed with. I sent reports to families with specific skills to keep working on. I’ve been sending Lexia certificates to individuals who have earned them. I am so proud of how hard your children have been working!
The log in ID# and password are the same as the last few weeks.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Take a break from the screens and make memories with your loved ones!
SonjaWednesday, 5/13A message from Mr. Millard via Listserv
Good morning Buck Lake Community,
I am pleased to announce that we are making strides to re-open our campus. Beginning next week, our office staff will be reporting to campus. If you have any questions or needs, please call our regular phone number (850) 488-6133 beginning Monday. Our office lobby will still be closed to the public. Visitors will be permitted by appointment only, so please call or email if you need to drop off or pick up items from the office. If you need to drop off Media Center books, we will have bins available outside the front office.
Our carpet instillation for the entire campus will begin next week. This will be a great upgrade for our school when we resume with our students.
We are planning student materials pick-up for next week. Please refer to the schedule that is attached. If you are unable to make it during your assigned time, materials will be set outside the front office for pick-up on Friday. If you need assistance, please contact the front office.
I know that the past weeks have been hard on our families. We are so close to closing out the school year. Thank you for helping us end on a strong, positive note. You are all doing an amazing job!
If you have any questions or we can help in any way, please let us know.
All the best,
Happy Friday! Below you will find the link to the Week 7 Distance Learning Calendar as well as the Special Area assignments. All graded assignments due by Monday the 18th.
Next week, Mr. Millard has received permission for teachers to enter classrooms to pack up students’ personal belongings (parents will be able to pick up student items at a later date) as well as pack up our classrooms to get ready for NEW CARPET! This is no quick task as all supplies, materials, toys, books, etc. must be packed and moved out so the carpet installers can begin. Due to this, I will not be able to hold our one-on-one Zoom calls until Friday of next week. The sign-up link below is for Friday, May 15th and the following week of May 18-22. Feel free to select a time slot that works best for you. The Zoom ID number and password will be the same as last week. Thanks!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and Happy Mother's Day! SonjaThursday, 5/7From Mr. Millard via Listserv:Good afternoon,
At this time, all Leon County schools have been directed to cancel summer camp programs. Given the requirements for reopening under the phased plan set out by Governor Ron DeSantis, district leadership does not believe we will be able to hold summer camps at this time. If anything should change, we will communicate at soon as we are given clearance.
I know that this will impact our families and will create a burden. For that I am truly sorry. A member of the EDEP staff will be contacting families who registered for the camp in regards to credits and refunds.
I hope you and your family stay healthy and safe and I am hopeful that continuing to take precautions will put us on a path to a normal school opening in August.
Billy MillardFriday, 5/1Good afternoon! It is so hard to believe it is already May! Wow-I sure am missing the fun times in our classroom with your kiddos. Below you will find the link to the DL calendar and the Special Area activities for Week 6: May 4th-8th. *Graded* assignments are due on Monday the 11th!One-on-one Zoom Meetings: I love meeting with the kids as it gives me a way to assess how your child is doing academically as well as time to chat. The link is below and I will send out the Zoom meeting ID and password through Remind as a safety precaution.Please remember I am here for you! Here for any help you may need-just send me an email and I will respond as quickly as possible. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend-get out and enjoy the warm weather!SonjaThursday, 4/30
Helping Kids Cope
First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free workbook from the Yale Child Study Center–Scholastic Collaborative, written by child development expert Denise Daniels. This comforting resource is designed to help children alleviate stress and anxiety and to provide a sense of control during changing times. This workbook will encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings while providing families with simple strategies to help kids handle emotions.Wednesday, 4/29Here is the sign-up for our weekly meeting. I am planning to assess your child on basic K skills using ESGI this week or next. Please select a date and time using this Sign-up Genius link. I will send out the zoom meeting code and password through Remind. Thanks!Monday, 4/27Happy Monday! Mr. Millard, Ms. Young and Mrs. Darden can't wait to see the favorite reading places of our bobcats! Just send pictures or videos to Ms. Young if you would like. Thanks!Friday, 4/24/2020Happy Birthday to Emily!Happy Friday! I hope you all are beginning to feel like you are getting into a routine and things are more manageable. Please remember I am always here to help!Below is the link to the 4/27-5/1 calendar, as well as the special area assignments for the week. Please remember to email the assignments that are listed for a *grade* to me no later than Monday 5/4 (don't forget to tell me if your child completed the special area activities as well). The Darden household has been using the Genius Scan app to submit our assignments. It is really easy. You just take a picture with your phone of each page and it makes the pages into a PDF file.I look forward to seeing all of your kids at our scheduled one-on-one time again next week. I will send out the Sign-Up Genius link and Zoom information through Remind.FYI: CNN and Sesame Street will hold a Town Hall for kids and parents about the coronavirus on Saturday, 4/25 at 9:00 a.m.Have a wonderful weekend!SonjaFrom Mrs. Mullinax via Listserv:Please see the Mental Health Support Flyer below. We are here to assist with supporting our students and families during this time. This also includes connecting families with resources for food distribution or internet assistance.Please e-mail Mrs. Mullinax at email@example.com with any questions.We are here for you!Tuesday, 4/21/2020From Mr. Millard via Listserv:
It is strange to think about anything other than today considering the situation we find ourselves in. However, it is time to gather input on class placements for the upcoming school year. If you would like to provide input, we ask that you complete the following survey before May 29th. Input provided after this date will not be used for class placements. Also, please understand that many factors go into teacher assignments and class placements. We have a history of having the very best teachers. Requests for specific teachers will not be honored. If you have multiple children, please fill out separate forms for each child.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 4/20/2020Just a friendly reminder that the K Distance Learning Calendar for the week of 4/13-4/17 is due today. I entered grades for the LCS week 1 and week 2 packets and for the *graded* assignments already submitted by families for the week of 4/13. My "office hours" are Monday to Friday from 10:00am until 12:00pm. Please e-mail me if you need any assistance or have questions and I will respond promptly.Thank you!
Optional Resource: Use this power point daily with your child to quickly review counting, numbers, letters/sounds, shapes and the 40 Wonders sight words. No need to print flashcards!Friday, 4/17/2020Hello Kinder-Darden Families,Woohoo! We made it through another week! I really enjoyed talking to everyone this week during our one-on-one meetings. It will be the highlight of my week until we can all be together again! I will send out the Sign-up Genius link over the weekend if you would like to touch base next week.Below you will find the link to the weekly calendar as well as the special area activities for next week. Please remember your child has from Monday to Monday to complete the required work. Each Distance Learning calendar can also be found on my website as well as many additional optional activities and resources.Please email me the required *graded* activities on or before each Monday. I am required to enter the graded work scores in my gradebook. Please make sure you go over the *graded* assignments with your child before they complete them to make sure they understand the directions. The math pages have the directions at the bottom of the page.Thanks so much for all of your help and support-we will get through this together! Please reach out at anytime if you need anything, I am here for you and your child.YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB!Much love,SonjaWednesday, 4/15/2020From Mrs. Mullinax via listserv:Terrific Kids, virtual version 2.0, will be coming back and airing each week on WBLS! If you would like to nominate your child, please send me an e-mail with a few details on what they did to earn this recognition and I will include them in the Terrific Kid video shout-out for that week. Please send your nominations each Monday to email@example.com.We're looking forward to continuing the tradition of recognizing our Terrific Bobcats!Tuesday, 4/14/2020Monday, 4/13/2020Hello Families!Below you will find a link to the kindergarten Distance Learning (DL) calendar and the Special Area assignments for the week of April 13th. The weekly DL calendar should be fairly kid-friendly after your child has done it a time or two- I suggest sitting with your child for the first few activities so they understand how your device works and what to click on to close out of the pop-up screen for each hyperlink. The activities with *grade* under them will be entered in my gradebook. During our weekly talk (ms teams, zoom, phone call, e-mail) I may also give your child a quick assessment (if needed) to make sure their learning is on track. Tomorrow morning I will be sending a Sign-up Genius link with time slots to schedule our weekly meeting time and your meeting type preference for this week.When your child has finished the DL calendar, please send me photo of the *graded* assignments. Also let me know when the Special Area assignments have been completed. I will contact the Special Area teachers on your behalf to let them know your child has completed their assigned work. Remember, student work does not need to be completed on a paper copy. You can print assignments and scan/e-mail them to me when completed. Other options might include: having your child write it on a white board, in a notebook, on the sidewalk, complete it orally (video), or complete it in the form of a PDF. Weekly assignments will be due the following Monday. The assignments for the week of April 13th are due on or before Monday, April 20th.An example email to me might look something like this:Bobby completed the DL calendar and special area activities for this week. See the attached items for his *graded* assignments.Just a friendly reminder that the LCS Week 1 and Week 2 packets are due today (4/13). I have already entered grades for packets returned to me electronically. Today is the last day to drop off paper copies at the front office by 3:00pm. My "office hours" are Monday to Friday from 10:00am until 12:00pm. Please e-mail me if you need any assistance or have questions and I will respond promptly. Thank you!Click here for the K Distance Learning Calendar and Special Area Assignments for the week of April 13th!This link also has a "how to" video tutorial for the Kindergarten DL calendars!From Mr. Millard via listserv:
I hope all our families enjoyed a Happy Easter weekend and that you are all healthy and doing well. This week, we begin Phase 2 of our distance learning plan with teachers doing what they do best- directing the learning of our Bobcats!
Your child’s teacher(s) should be reaching out to you by today if they have not already with the academic plan for the week. If you have not heard from them, please reach out via email. All teacher emails are listed on the school website. Teachers are planning week to week and will be updating you regularly in regards to weekly expectations.
Today is the last day to drop off hard copies of the Week 1 and 2 academic packets provided by the district. After today, the office will be closed to all visitors and there will be no drop off of materials available at the school site in order to support social distancing. Please refer to your correspondence from your child’s teacher regarding returning assignments for this week and beyond.
With our office closed, we are working mostly remotely. If you have a question or need assistance, the new number to call for the front office is (850)879-7894. This phone will be answered Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
If you have medication in the clinic and would like to arrange pick up, please contact me directly- firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish you and your family all the best in these very difficult times. Please keep our Bobcats safe and let us know how we can be of assistance.
Buck Lake Elementary
From Mrs. Young via listserv:If you read at least 3 SSYRA Jr. books (K-2nd grades), please vote for your favorite here. Only one vote per student, please:If you read at least 3 of the SSYRA books (3rd-5th Grades), please vote here. Only one vote per student,please:
From Mr. Millard via listserv:
Good afternoon Bobcats,
First and foremost, I want you to know that I think about our students every day. I truly miss seeing those smiling faces and greeting our students with a hug each morning. I hope you families are well and that you have begun settling into a routine as we continue our distance learning. I know that it has taken us some time to adjust to our new normal at the Millard house!
I wanted to provide you with some updates regarding Academic Packets. After receiving information regarding the continued spread of COVID-19 throughout our community, Leon County Schools has made the decision to stop academic packet distribution and return at the school sites. The last day to pick up materials and return completed materials will be Monday, April 13th at 3 p.m. No hard copy packets will be distributed or accepted at the school after this date. In planning with our teachers, we have discussed using resources that are technology friendly for the remainder of the school year. I have asked them to look at resources that are equally accessible on desktops, laptops, tablets, and smart phones. You don’t have to expect large packets like we’ve had the last two weeks. I am asking a favor of our families. Please give the technology a try. I completely understand that many of our families have multiple people working from home and trying to complete school work from home with limited access to technology. I have been living this reality with you for the last 2 weeks. Please, please, please just try it for a week. If it is absolutely necessary to have a hard copy of work, please let your child’s teacher know and we will make arrangements to mail you academic materials. Please understand that this may mean a delay in receiving the materials and the materials being entered into the gradebook. I truly appreciate your understanding on this point.
We have gone from having a skeleton crew on campus to having no crew on campus. If you need to reach someone from the school, please call (850)879-7894. This phone will be answered Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
We are living in extraordinary times. There are so many questions unanswered and in so many respects, parts of our lives are on hold as other parts continue. Please know that we are partners in getting through the next two months. If there is anything that we can do to assist your family, please let us know.
Stay safe and hug your Bobcats for all of us,
4/5/2020Monday 4/6Class Shirt Day -Wear your class shirt or class shirt color, as we come together for our second week of distance learning. Show your class pride! We wonder which class we can get the most pictures from with the most students wearing their shirts? Is that a challenge, classes? Why, yes it is! Faculty and Staff, wear your favorite Buck Lake shirt if you don’t have a class shirt.
Tuesday 4/7Twinning Tuesday-Two is always better than one! Get together with someone that you would like to be just like and dress up like twins. It can be someone in your house...a parent..a grandparent...a brother or sister...a pet... or get together virtually... dress up like one of your friends and get pictures from each location, put them together and share them with us.
Wednesday 4/8Word Wednesday-Let's have a VIRTUAL Vocabulary Word Parade! Pick one of your favorite words...it could be a noun (automobile, pickle, meteor, etc.)...it could be an adjective (spicy, colorful, rowdy, sweet, stinky, etc.)...it could be a verb (crumple, lounge, snore, croak, etc.). Write the word clearly and put it where we can see it. You could write it on a piece of tape or make a word necklace and put it on your clothes. Dress up like your vocabulary word to show what it is or what it means. Will you have to be creative? Yes! Will you have to think outside of the box a little? Yes! Do we want you to go somewhere to buy something for this? NOOOOO! Use what you have at home!
Thursday, 4/9Tried To...But Can't Get Dressed Today Thursday!We love PJ Day at Buck Lake! How about you stay in your pajamas today...have breakfast for lunch and maybe dinner, too!
Friday, 4/10Fri-Yay Virtual Field TripNone of us are going anywhere on vacation anywhere soon. Pick out a destination you might like to go visit...look it up on the computer...and dress up like a tacky tourist who might be visiting that location.
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From Mr. Millard via listserv:
Good afternoon Bobcats,
In order to comply with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order issued yesterday afternoon, our campus including the front office will be closed to the public beginning tomorrow, April 3rd. We are encouraging all teachers, paraprofessionals, and office staff to work from home. We will have someone available to answer phones from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Academic work pick-up and drop-off will continue on the tables located outside the front office during these times as well. Please feel free to drop off Media Center books at this time as well. In a few weeks, we will be reaching out to families about books that are checked out to students.
We’ve gotten some questions about how the academic packets are to be turned in. I would strongly encourage you to turn in materials electronically if at all possible. This afternoon, I shared a resource on Facebook called Scannable that allows you to scan documents and send them as a PDF using your cell phone. If you cannot scan your documents or send them electronically, please feel free to drop them off in the boxes that are outside the front office. We have provided large envelopes. Please make sure your child’s name is somewhere on your packet and that you clearly write the teacher’s name on the envelope. The packets should be completed and returned in some fashion by Monday April 13th at 3 p.m. If you are having any difficulty with the content of the packets, please reach out to your child’s teacher for help.
Your child’s teacher should have reached out to you by yesterday afternoon. If you have not heard from him/her, please send them an email to make sure they have your correct contact information. Beginning April 13th, teachers will be directing the distance learning for our students. They will be sending directions for work at home materials and will be ready to assist in a variety of ways. Please understand that distance learning will be different that the learning being done by our students in their traditional classrooms. We will not be able to replicate a seven hour academic day. You can expect that your teacher will provide one to two hours of required academic work per day on average with lots of supplemental activities that are optional and ungraded. If you are looking for more rigorous academic work , please remember that your child has access to Class Link and can take AR tests, work on Lexia (K -1st), complete IXL lessons (3-5th), and complete I Ready lessons (K-5th).
I know that this time is unprecedented and hard for all of this. I believe that by being flexible and showing kindness, grace, and patience, we will come through this as a stronger community. Our teachers, staff, and administration stand ready to keep our students engaged academically and we will partner with our families in making this happen.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Stay safe, Bobcats,
I will be calling every family today or tomorrow to touch base with you and to share information. I hope all is well in your homes. It is a bit crazy here with both Kevin and myself working from home and Jacob (10th grader) and Owen (7th grader) learning from home too. Giving my best effort helping with Algebra 2 honors... Jacob has taught me so much! We'll get there:) I scheduled a p.j. party and story time for tomorrow night, 4/1 at 7:00 so we can see our classmates and catch up. I sent you the link on Remind. Hope you will join us!
From Mr. Millard via Listserv:
Good evening Bobcats,
Please be advised that in a conference call this afternoon, Commissioner Corcoran ordered school campuses to remain closed until at least May 1st. We had a great virtual faculty meeting with teachers this morning and they are ready, willing and able to move forward with our distance learning plan. If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher, please expect to hear from them by Wednesday. This week and next, all students are working their way through their academic packets. An easier link to these packets is now available on our school website or you can pick up a hard copy outside our office between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Buck Lake Elementary
3/30/2020 a.m.3/26/2020From Mr. Millard via Listserv:
Good afternoon Buck Lake Community,
I hope this email finds you well. These are truly trying times. It was so amazing to see so many families on our Parade of Smiles yesterday. Talk about a bucket filler! I wanted to provide you with some updates about our academic expectations for the next few weeks.
At this time, school buildings will be closed to students until at least April 15th. All students (Pre-K-5th grade) including those on Access Points curriculum will be working on academic review packets in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. These packets will be accessible on the district website on the COVID-19 page and on our school webpage. There will be a small supply of hard copy packets available at the school site. Our front office will be open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for questions and to drop off or pick up items. To help us practice social distancing, we will be putting some measures in place to help protect everyone. We will have academic packets available on a table outside the front office. We will also have a bin available for items to be dropped off including Media Center books, completed work packets, and registration documents. Envelopes will be available for dropped off items. Please clearly write the person’s name on the envelope. The drop-off bins will be checked regularly by the office staff. If you need assistance with the academic packets, please reach out to your child’s teacher.
If we are unable to return to school on April 15th, we will enter into distance learning driven by your child’s teacher. Teachers will be reaching out to you next week to discuss plans for distance learning. We all understand how difficult these times are. Many of our families are juggling full-time jobs and child care. Our goal with distance learning is to allow our students to finish the school year on time, not to burden our families. Our teachers and staff will work with you on completing the assignments. Please reach out to them with any questions or concerns about assignments.
Please remember that you have access to your child’s classlink account. Here they can access all their same tools they use at school. We have worked with the district to ensure that Accelerated Reader is up and running from home, so if your child is reading AR books, they can still get points.
Attached to this email are two documents. First, we have created a list of 20 books on tape with QR codes. You can have your child use a phone or tablet to access these titles. We’re also going to put a supply of these in the lending library at the front of the school. Many of these books are read by celebrities and are animated. We think the kids will enjoy them since they can’t check out books at this time. The second document is a FAQ from the district about our plan for schools. There is a lot of helpful information included there.
If you have questions, or need assistance, please feel free to email me: email@example.com.
Stay safe and have a great day,
Billy Millard3/24/2020Hello Kindergarten Families!
We hope this email finds you all happy, healthy, and at home!! We wanted to touch base to clarify a few things about what the next two weeks (3/30-4/10) of learning will look like for your child. Hopefully you can enjoy the next few days of our extended spring break as next week we will begin our 4th nine weeks!
The district has put together some packets (should be mostly review materials). These packets are to be used at home from 3/30-4/10. These packets will need to be returned (at a later date TBD) as they will be used as part of your child’s 4th nine weeks grade. Packets will be available online through classlink or can be picked up at the school beginning Monday.
Teachers will be reaching out to each student/parents individually next week to check on progress and to offer assistance.
Report cards will be posted on the Focus app on 4/1. As of now we will not have paper report cards. Please make sure you get a chance to view how your child is progressing!
We will continue to keep you updated and informed on any changes but please continue to read your ListServ emails and social media accounts for updated information!
We miss you all and we are working hard to make this learning experience as painless as possible! We are in this together!
Many air-hugs coming your way!
BLE Kindergarten TeachersIMPORTANT:ALL Parents: Please fill out the...
Student Access to Technology survey -
Your responses to this survey are critical to help us determine the level of students access to technology at home and what type of technology needs may be present in our student population so we can better determine how to address any technology needs with at-home learning efforts. We are asking that EVERY FAMILY have ONE parent fill out this survey for your children.3/2/2020Field Day is scheduled for Friday, March 13th from 8:45-10:15am. Please have your child wear his/her class t-shirt, tennis shoes, a hat and sunscreen to school. I will not have time to apply sunscreen at school before the event. Please send a water bottle labeled with their name for them to carry to the event. We would love for parents to join us! If you can volunteer during the event or would be willing to send in popsicles for field day, please send me an e-mail. Thanks!2/17/20202/10/20202/3/20201/27/2020We are gearing up for the Bash Family Carnival happening Saturday, February the 8th! Please visit the links below to sign-up to work a shift at our class booth and to sign-up to bring items for our Tisket Tasket basket. Thank you!
Arts & Crafts - Darden (K) & Baker (5)
From Mr. Millard:
Buck Lake Families,
Bash is only 2 weeks away but you are needed to make this event happen. We have created a website to give you all the information that you can find very useful.
We need your help on Tisket Tasket, volunteering for your class and youth volunteers.
Visit this website for presale on tickets, youth volunteers information, Tisket Tasket, and silent auction information!1/20/20201/13/20201/7/202012/18/2019Our Gingerbread Festival is tomorrow from 8:45-9:30! Woo hoo! The kids have worked very hard on our first Problem Based Learning Project on needs/wants & consumers/producers as well as working on literary elements with Gingerbread stories. Our festival will be outside on the Kindergarten playground in the sun. It will be cold but each class will only be out for 30-45 minutes. Make sure your child has on a warm coat, hat, mittens, long pants and closed toed shoes (Layers are always helpful in Florida).If you volunteered to come and help out our festival please make sure you are dressed warmly as well. Looking forward to seeing the Kinder-Darden volunteers in the morning and I'm so appreciative!https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094da5a923a4fb6-volunteerBuck Lake Kindergarten will be having a Gingerbread Festival to wrap up our Problem Based Learning on Needs/Wants & Consumers/Producers. We are in need of volunteers to help run some fun games/booths. The booth Name and time slot are listed! Please see below and feel free to sign up for multiple time slots! Times Classes will Attend: 8:45-9:30-Darden, Duclos, & Register 9:30-10:15-Huggins & Davis 10:15-11:00- Koerner & Perrittwww.signupgenius.com12/16/2019We will be having our PJ Day this Friday to celebrate reaching our 10,000 book milestone back in November. We hope that you will join in on what has become a fun tradition!