Family Connection: Letter from the Principal

Family Connection: Letter from the Principal

Elementary students have returned to hybrid and are doing awesome at learning the new procedures a school.  Our middle school students will be starting hybrid on April 19th.  Middle school families, if you have not heard from a Lane school team member please feel free to reach out to the office team at 541-463-8500 or email me at jradabaigh@lesd.k12.or.us. 

Our office team has already reached out to the transportation departments to begin setting up transportation for our middle school students.  You should be hearing from your district transportation departments in the coming days to finalize that process.

Thank you again for your support and patience as we have work to implement this change to our instructional delivery. 

Students in our middle school program start hybrid on April 19th. Here are a few reminders to go over with your child before the first day back on campus:

Things to bring:

  • A coat
  • A mask
  • Technology for the bus (tech will be collected by the teacher and kept safe until the end of the day)

Things to keep at home:

  • Backpacks
  • Toys
  • non-school items (fidgets, toys, etc.)
  • Water bottles (we will provide this at school)

* If your child has a special accommodation written into their IEP, we will honor this. 

Things to keep in mind:

  • A snack will be provided at school
  • A sack lunch will be sent home each day
  • Your child’s daily point card will be sent home electronically

State testing will be going forward this year.  If you would prefer to opt your student out of this testing this year please click on the link below, fill out the form and return it to the lane school team. If you need a form printed and sent to you please let us know. 

Lane School Office Number: 541-463-8500
Email address to send it to: lakin@lesd.k12.or.us
Westmoreland Address: 1717 City View St. Eugene, OR 97402

On May 17th we are going to be shifting all of the at-home work away from using computers. Our goal is to help students not have to use a screen as much throughout the school day. All families that return their Chromebook to the Westmoreland campus by June 4th, 2021 will receive a 10 dollar amazon gift card.  Thank you all for taking such good care of these devices this year. 

emailing address is:
jradabaugh@lesd.k12.or.us

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
–Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America

Family Connection

Elementary students return to Hybrid on March 31st.  If you have not heard from a Lane school team member please feel free to reach out to the office team at 541-463-8500 or email me at jradabaigh@lesd.k12.or.us. 

Our office team has already reached out to the transportation departments to begin setting up transportation for our elementary students.  You should be hearing from your district transportation departments in the coming days to finalize that process.

Reminder to our families with students in our middle school program,  you will be able to connect with your current homeroom teacher after spring break to get the finalized information on your student’s schedule and if there is going to be a change in homeroom teacher for your student. 

Thank you again for your support and patience as we have work to implement this change to our instructional delivery. 

Students in our elementary program start hybrid on March 31st. Here are a few reminders to go over with your child before the first day back on campus:
Things to bring:

•A coat
•A mask
•Technology for the bus (tech will be collected by the teacher and kept safe until the end of the day)
Things to keep at home:
•Backpacks
•Toys
•Stuffed animals or blankets
•Water bottles (we will provide this at school)
* If your child has a special accommodation written into their IEP, we will honor this. 
Things to keep in mind:
•A snack will be provided at school
•A sack lunch will be sent home each day
•Your child’s daily point card will be sent home electronically

Family Connection

 

Our team has been working hard to get classroom rosters set for returning to Hybrid.  I am pleased to share that we have this information finalized for our elementary classrooms.  Elementary students return to Hybrid on March 31st.  We will be sending a message out to you all individually tomorrow, but please feel free to reach out to your current homeroom teacher or a member of our office team to get information on if your student will be attending the AM or PM times and if there will be a change in homeroom teacher for your student.  Our teams’ goal was to make this transition as easy on all of our students as possible but we are not able to keep all students with their current Homeroom teacher.  Thank you for your understanding. 

Our office team has already reached out to the transportation departments to begin setting up transportation for our elementary students.  You should be hearing from them in the coming days to finalize that process.

Families with students in our middle school program,  you will be able to connect with your current homeroom teacher after spring break to get the finalized information on your student’s schedule and if there is going to be a change in homeroom teacher for your student. 

Thank you all for your support and patience as we have work to implement this change to our instructional delivery. 

Calendar changes reminder:

Friday, March 19th – No School Day (Staff grading day)
Monday, March 29th – No School Day (Professional development day for Lane School)
Tuesday, March 30th – Asynchronous Instructional Day (Students will access their instructional materials via google classroom that day.  All instruction will be completed independently at home.  There will be no LIPI or Zoom classes that day.  If you need material printed and sent to you please let us know by Sunday, March 28th so that we can get them to you before Tuesday morning.)

Thank you all for your understanding of this schedule change.  Our team wants to ensure that we are able to make this transition to hybrid instruction successfully, and these changes will help us in that goal. 

Other information to expect in the coming days. 

  • Welcome back message from the staff
  • further information on policy and procedures changes on our campus
  • Information on what to bring and what not to bring to school with you

https://mailchi.mp/lesd/lean-in-westmoreland-7501657

Family Connection

A reminder that this is a shortened week for students in our program.  Below you will see a sample schedule of what the day may look like for your student if they are coming back for hybrid instruction. We will be running a few different schedules on campus to be able to stagger student breaks in an effort to increase students’ social distancing and not have a cross-over of our campus cohorts. 

Information to be looking for this week:

  • AM/PM time slot assignment 
  • Homeroom teacher assignment
  • Transportation setup communication (Elementary only at this time)

Procedures to review with your student: 

https://mailchi.mp/lesd/lean-in-westmoreland-7499817

Family Connection: Letter from the Principal – Part 2

Family Connection: Letter from the Principal – Part 2

One last message before the weekend. First, thank you all again for all the work you are doing to make our students successful.  One of the key factors about this shift to hybrid is that it may come with a shift in the homeroom teacher students have.  Our team is doing our best to reduce that impact as much as possible.  As we are able to get all the data from the survey I sent out earlier this week our team will be able to finalize student composition lists and staffing plan.  As soon as we have a finalized list we will be sharing that out with families.  

Our goal next week is to send you information on:

  • AM/PM time slot assignment 
  • Homeroom teacher assignment
  • Additional school procedure examples
  • Sample student schedules for Hybrid or Distance Learning
  • Transportation setup communication (Elementary only at this time)

Calendar changes reminder:

Thursday, March 18th – School Day (student will report to school following their current instructional plan)
Friday, March 19th – No School Day (Staff grading day)
Monday, March 29th – No School Day (Profesional development day for Lane School)
Tuesday, March 30th – Asynchronous Instructional Day (Students will access their instructional materials via google classroom that day.  All instruction will be completed independently at home.  There will be no LIPI or Zoom classes that day.  If you need material printed and sent to you please let us know by Sunday, March 28th so that we can get them to you before Tuesday morning.)

Thank you all for your understanding of this schedule change.  Our team wants to ensure that we are able to make this transition to hybrid instruction successfully, and these changes will help us in that goal. 

Thank you again for all you do and if you have not been able to complete the survey yet please do so as soon as you can. 

Survey Link:

Parent Survey for Hybrid Planning

https://mailchi.mp/lesd/lean-in-westmoreland-7479717

Family Connection: Letter from the Principal

The Westmoreland Steering Committee is excited to share our plan for hybrid instruction in our programs.  Lane School classrooms will have 5 or fewer students per class and no more the 15 students in a cohort at a given time. We will be running 2 instructional groups a day, 5 days a week, with a shortened day on Wednesday (see visual below). Elementary will begin hybrid instruction on Wednesday, March 31st and middle school will begin on Monday, April 19th.  We will be adjusting the student calendar a bit to help our staff be prepaired for this shift in our instructional model. 

Calendar changes:
Thursday, March 18th – School Day (student will report to school following their current instructional plan)
Friday, March 19th – No School Day (Staff grading day)
Monday, March 29th – No School Day (Professional development day for Lane School)
Tuesday, March 30th – Asynchronous Instructional Day (Students will access their instructional materials via google classroom that day.  All instruction will be completed independently at home.  There will be no LIPI or Zoom classes that day.  If you need material printed and sent to you please let us know by Sunday, March 28th so that we can get them to you before Tuesday morning.)

Thank you all for your understanding of this schedule change.  Our team wants to ensure that we are able to make this transition to hybrid instruction successfully, and these changes will help us in that goal. 

We have 5 cohorts at the Westmoreland campus. Students will receive over 12 hours a week of in-person instruction.  Asynchronous instruction will be delivered via google classroom. All asynchronous materials will be posted for the day by 8:30 the day before (Tuesday materials will be posted by Monday at 8:30 and so on). If you are needing an accommodation for having materials printed for you please communicate with your homeroom teacher and we will work out an individualized plan to assist with this. Following this communication, we will be sending out a survey to ask if you intend to have your student return to in-person instruction.  Please do your best to complete this survey by Tuesday. March 16th as we are needing this information to ensure that we are prepared to provide a robust learning environment in both in-person and comprehensive distance learning. 

Our classrooms we are setting up for in-person instruction are above and beyond the guidelines for creating a safe environment. 
Features include:

  • Greater than 6 feet between desks
  • Multiple clear barriers 
  • A contact-free hand washing station
  • A contact-free hand sanitizer
  • Visuals to support social distancing 
  • Disinfecting procedures posted, followed, and logged
  • Air ventilation and filters effectively providing high air quality

I want to thank our office team and facilities team for all their hard work at getting these classrooms ready for instruction. 

Be safe at school message with school equipment and covid masks.

Our team will be reaching out to the families to assess who will be returning to in-person instruction. Please feel free to reach out to me and discuss this further.  I can be contacted at  jradabaugh@lesd.k12.or.us or  541-463-8500. Our team has a unique ability to come together and build a strong plan that keeps students at the forefront of our conversation.  I thank you all in advance for your willingness to be part of this process.
Things you can do to help with this transition:

  • Start practicing with your student wearing a mask for extended periods of time. 
  • Not all masks are comfortable for everyone. You may need to try out a few different kinds to find one that works for your student.  If you need ideas please reach out to our team here at Westmoreland. 
  • Practice a handwashing routine, especially when leaving and coming back to your home.
  • Begin getting in the habit of doing symptoms check each morning, including a temperature Check. 

https://mailchi.mp/lesd/lean-in-westmoreland-7477637?e=31b068655f

Room 8 Students Use Facts to Persuade Readers

Congratulations to all room 8 Block students for doing a tremendous job on their argumentative essays!  They demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the writing process and were willing to accept help when needed (even coming to office hours to work on their paper!).  Excellent job on taking a position, doing the research to find facts that support your position, and putting it all together to create a compelling argument.

Check out some of the essays students wrote: