And Happy Flag Day! We are in the final days of the school year as we wrap everything up next week. I have to say, it has been one heck of a ride this year and there are no words that could fully express my gratitude to everyone. Although we still have a little ways to go, it was certainly a welcomed sight to see the map of NH late last week and Cheshire County getting back to where we were last on November 3rd! In case you missed it, to the right you can see what is looked like when it was released on Friday morning.
A quick note to let everyone know that we are still tracking transmission rates to the best of our ability. NHDHHS has altered their reporting and apparently will no longer be releasing updates on the weekend. This makes it difficult to calculate transmission rates according to the metrics that exist. We will log in the new information on our spreadsheets when it is available and continue to share it with you and regardless of those delays, it is certainly nice to see that our County is out of the “red” in all three of the metrics we share with you!
We have been busy putting together the opening plan for next school year and hope to get that first draft out to everyone for comment and input very shortly. Your input will be helpful to us in finalizing that plan so that we are all fully aware and prepared for the opening of school year 2021-2022. Please be on the lookout for that information and feedback channel.
We continue to celebrate all of the accomplishments and achievements within our schools this week and next. There have been so many reasons to celebrate throughout the year that we tried to capture as many as we were able to on our social media pages, through the student challenges and through the numerous events held in all of our buildings collectively.
As an example, for more than a decade, The Keene Lions Club has brought the rich history of Keene in a meaningful and entertaining way to our third grade students in the Keene School District. With the uncertainty of the pandemic they had to think about how to make that happen this year and what a marvelous job they did! Through many collaborative efforts, last week the 2021 version of Keene Comes Alive! was shared in our classrooms for our students to learn from folks right here in the community. I want to thank all of the participants for making this happen and recognize that the efforts from our Keene High School Studio Production students played a significant role under the leadership of their teacher, Matt Ohlson in making this all possible. Additionally, a special thank you to Tom Sullivan and the Keene Lions Club for always searching for a way to make this possible. And finally, to Peter Siegel, our music teacher at Symonds Elementary, for providing the closing credits song, which I am certain you’ll enjoy as well. Outstanding job all around! If you are interested in viewing the program that was shared in our classes, please use this embedded link - Keene Comes Alive.
Beginning on June 28th and running through August 20th, Southwest Community Services will be providing meals throughout the summer for all children 18 years and under. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pick up at Keene Middle School, Monday - Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm (please see the Summer Food Program flyer linked here). If you have any questions regarding this information please contact Southwest Community Services at 603-719-4208.
I think that's about it for this week. As always, please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher(s), counselor(s) and principal(s) if you have any questions or concerns. We’re less than 10 days remaining in all of our schools (see release dates below) and we all want to finish strong. We’re nearly there everyone and collectively...WE GOT THIS!
COVID-19 Data: UPDATED THIS WEEK WITH THE INFORMATION RELEASED FROM NHDHHS AS OF FRIDAY, JUNE 11TH.
Providing all of the COVID-19 data that we have been tracking since the onset of the pandemic back in March, 2020.
Confirmed COVID-19 Positives that our school personnel are aware of from the beginning of school year 2020-2021 (numbers from 1-4 will be suppressed to help protect individual privacy). These are aggregated so that it does not identify either student or staff and provided in both the most recent weekly totals as well as the totals for the entire school year.
E-Flyer Distribution Program: As a reminder, there are many flyers that our schools are asked to send home throughout the school year. We also post these flyers on our website and it can be found by going to this E-Flyer Distribution Program embedded link.
Last Day for Students Early Release Schedule
Meals: Every student in SAU 29 and all children 18 and under are eligible for free meals through June 2021. Regardless of learning plan, meals for all students are free at this time. If students are attending in-person they may receive free meals during their regular lunch period and will not be eligible for remote meals.
ONLY fully remote students and students that do not attend a public school will be entitled to pick up remote meals curbside as outlined below.
- Students attending school fully remote with 5 remote days per week will receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
- Students not enrolled in public school may receive 5 days’ worth of meals available for Wednesday pick-up.
Please do not sign up under a parent name, use your student’s name only.
SUBMIT ONLY 1 ORDER FORM PER STUDENT. If you are not sure if you signed up, please call Keene Food Services to confirm.
Please submit your order for the following week's meals no later than 7:00am Friday, June 18th. You will receive an email confirmation after placing your order. This form is to order meals for remote pick up on Wednesday, June 23rd.
Please contact Keene Food Services with any questions. 603-357-9011
Screening Assessment: Please continue to complete the screening assessment each school day. This allows our school nurses to continue to monitor and provide support with regard to the health of the school community. Please note that we are not requesting that this be done on the weekends, holidays or breaks, only on days that school would typically be in session.
Special Education: The needs of students with disabilities are enormously important. As always, your first point of contact is your child’s special education teacher or building principal. Please reach out to them anytime and share your thoughts. You may also contact the Student Services Offices at SAU 29 at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected]. The Student Service’s office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. We want to hear from you, Thank you!
https://bookauthority.org/books/best-special-education-books; the 38 best special education books of all time.
https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/ - learn how to help kids handle fears and gain independence with returning to school.
https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/supporting-your-childs-mental-health-during-covid-19-school-return - Learn how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19 school reopenings.
https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/how-to-teach-your-kids-to-fight-hate-an-age-by-age-guide/ - An anti-racism, age by age guide on how to talk with your kids about this difficult topic.
All 12th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to the house office.
All 8th grade students should turn in their Chromebooks to homeroom.
Parents and Students, Chromebooks should be used for your school work only. Please do not eat while using your school issued Chromebook. We are experiencing high volumes of damaged Chromebooks due to spills. Please make sure you fill in the online registration for your students. It is important to have all the correct information in place.
Clever academy for teachers: Login to your clever account and click on the question mark in the upper right corner of the screen and choose Clever academy.
Technology support during COVID19: Please see the update.
Power School Update:
Power school online registration help can be found here.
Please remember to fill out the youtube permission form. For KHS and KMS
Help desk number: (603) 352-0640 ext. 3871. For help with the Home user and remote learning click here.