- Principal's Points
Happy Summer to our Northpoint families and students!
It has been a wonderful year of learning and community at our school, and I hope we will all close out this year with feelings of gratitude and pride in our school and district.
Since March, most of my messages have been around learning in the time of COVID-19, and that has been necessary. But as we look back, I want us to pause and reflect on the entire year and the wonderful community we have created.
Starting in September, our staff and families began our partnership for the common goal of educating our children to be leaders for our future. We worked to know each child, to be aware of and in support of their goals, to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams. We worked hard, laughed together and enjoyed one another’s company.
Every day our teachers and support staff worked to provide each student with a personalized learning experience, one which captured the interests of their children and took them to the next steps in their learning. We focused on engaging our children in high level thinking, conceptual understanding in math, and collaborative learning around a common purpose. We helped develop kindness, responsibility and respect, along with seeing a job through to completion.
Some of our processes were changed as we entered Extended Flexible Learning, but I am thankful for our staff and families that we did not stray from our purpose. We came together like never before, and we didn’t lose sight of our goals for each child as we supported them in their academic growth.
I believe as educators we were able to learn from our experiences this spring. We learned how to create the conditions for students to have even more voice and choice in their education, how to help our kiddos see themselves as valuable contributors to a group, and how to provide students with increased ownership in their learning. I think we have positioned ourselves to move into the future with even more effective practices for providing our students with relevant and meaningful learning experiences!
Here are a few highlights for this week as we wrap up the year:
- Tomorrow, June 4, is the last day to drop off any library and curriculum books and pick up any personal belongings. School-issued iPads do not need to be returned for the summer unless you are moving or leaving the district. Schedule for tomorrow is:
- 8-11 a.m. - Last names letter R-Z
- 11-1 p.m. - Last names letter J-Q
- 1-4 p.m. - Last names letter A-I
- 5-8 p.m. - Families who cannot make it during their scheduled time or have high-risk health concerns.
- Friday, June 5 we hope you can join us for our drive-thru for families to wave good-bye to teachers and staff. Please follow the guidelines found in the Need to Know section.
- Wednesday, June 10, report cards for end of the year will be available in the Campus Parent Portal. An explanation of report card reporting and instructions for accessing report cards online can be found in the Need to Know section.
- Families of students referred to summer school will be receiving direct communication about the program and plan from their teacher and a follow up from school staff with an invitation to register. We also anticipate offering some online only, fee-based summer enrichment programming beginning in July. More information on the options will be communicated with families the week of June 22.
We know there are many unknowns and questions about the 2020-2021 school year. Planning for a variety of possible scenarios has begun. We continue to plan for school to resume Tuesday, September 8. We will plan to update families a few times this summer with status on the situation and our planning. Watch for those updates the weeks of July 6 and August 3.
See the Need to Know section for details on these highlights, information about summer meals, reports cards, and more.
I wish you all a wonderful summer, one of health, safety and relaxation. Enjoy your children, family and friends! I will miss our fourth graders and those students moving from Northpoint, and I look forward to seeing our returning friends when school resumes!