Principal's Message

Principal
Megan Lee-Wilfong
mlee@apslearns.org
330-761.7937

October, 2020

Hi Families!

What an incredible start to such a special school year.  Thank you for all of your hard work and perseverance as we have all embraced online learning.   It has been wonderful to see all of the children - even though it’s been virtual!  The end of the first grading period is Oct. 23rd. Remember, you can check Home Access at any time to see your child’s grades.  You do not need to wait for Interims and Report cards.  If you aren’t familiar with Home Access please call Mrs. Ake in the office, and she will gladly help you get that set up.  We have been teaching the students all about how to “Be a STAR” here at Windemere this year.  Please talk to your child about how they are exhibiting the characteristics of Being Safe, Trustworthy, Alert and Radiant.  The links to all of this information can be found on our Google Site as well.  Windemere CLC 20-21  You can also follow us on Instagram to get quick updates on upcoming events.  Windemere CLC (@windemereclc) • Instagram photos and videos

At any time if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself.  We are here to help and we are committed to working together as a team to see each of your children grow and thrive!

Thank you,

Mrs. Lee-Wilfong

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org


September, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are just about ready to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year! This will be a new and exciting adventure of learning for all of us.  The teachers and I have been working diligently to ensure that your children will be receiving the quality and rigorous education that you have come to expect from Windemere.  This is not like any other school year, and while it’s not what we are used to – we are up to the challenge!  We can’t wait to have the children joining us online.   

We have the following new staff members to welcome:

  • Mr. Adam Klimas (Dean of Students)

  • Mrs. Pam Cicora (KG Long-Term sub for Mrs. McMullen who is on maternity leave)

  • Ms. Christine Craig (School Psychologist) 


VIRTUAL - Open House will be Thursday, Sept. 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00.


  • Your child’s teacher will send you a Google Meet invite.

  • Unless directed otherwise by your teacher (some are setting up personalized appointments) you will log in to the Google Meet invite anytime between 4:00-6:00.

  • If possible, you and your child should be visible on camera so your teacher can see you and you can see him/her.

  • The teacher will share general information about the Google Classroom and overall expectations for the 1st 9 weeks of school. Please do not share any personal information about your child during these meets as other parents and children will be present.


Material Pick-up – Friday, Sept. 4th


During the designated hours listed below, please come up to the school on Friday the 4th and “meet” your child’s teacher or other staff members.  We will have materials from the teachers and other items to send home.  If you haven’t brought up textbooks yet from the spring, you can return them at this time as well. If you have children in multiple grades, you will be able to get the materials at any of the times, but you may not necessarily see the teachers.

 

  • Pre-K, KG & 1st Grade – 12:00-1:00

  • 2nd & 3rd Grade – 1:00-2:00

  • 4th and 5th Grade – 2:00 – 3:00


First Days of School:


  • Our school day is from 9:00 – 2:00.

  • Teachers will give you a schedule that indicates when your child will be directly engaged on line and when he/she will need to be completing some independent work during that time. 

  • All students are expected to log-on at 9:00.

  • Students in Grades 2, 3, 4 start online Sept. 10th.

  • Students in Grade 5 start online Sept. 11th.

  • Students in Grades Pre-K, KG & 1st start online Sept. 14th.

  • Please see our exciting new PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Supports expectations for our students below regarding how they should behave while learning online as a Windemere student. 


PBIS

In order to help our students be the best they can be, we are implementing a framework of positive behavior intervention supports to help all of our students achieve as Windemere students.  Our slogan is to “Be a STAR!”  It stands for: Be Safe, Be Trustworthy, Be Alert, Be Radiant.  We will be teaching our students all about what this means while they are learning remotely and with their technology use.  The matrix for what this looks like is in this letter as well, so you can use it for reference.  There is also an At-Home component that you can use to reinforce this message, “Be a STAR,” with your student when they are not engaged in school activities.  


The Zones of Regulation

We will also be implementing a program called The Zones of Regulation throughout this school year.  This program fits perfectly within our PBIS focus.  The Zones of Regulation is a framework to foster self-regulation and emotional control.  There are four colors that we will use as a means of expressing which Zone the students are in throughout the day.  None of the zones are bad, and they are all accepted.  The Green Zone is; however, the optimal zone for learning as those emotions are ones of calm, focus, and happiness.  The other zones are Blue (sad, tired, sick), Red (Mad, Elated, Out of control), and Yellow (silly, worried, frustrated).  You may hear your child’s teacher or our school counselor talk about the Zones with your child.  Feel free to talk about them as well, and discuss the tools that they are learning about each zone.   


Communication:  


Please make sure that you are regularly calling or emailing your child’s teacher with any possible questions or concerns.  We believe in open two-way communication.   I will be making a weekly All-Call and email to your primary phone number and the email that we have here on file every Friday.  You teacher will tell you the best ways to reach them during Open House.


We look forward to seeing you at Open House and at the Drive-Thru event.  We are going to have an amazing year!!


Sincerely,

Megan Lee-Wilfong

Principal

Windemere CLC

330-761-7937

mlee@apslearns.org  


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