Bees are Buzzing in the Hallways!
Greetings Parents and Community Members,
It is a big week at MBES as we are able to bring back our K-2 students who opted for face to face learning for the first time this year! Our K-2 virtual students transitioned to new homerooms or began simultaneous learning with their class as is the case with DLI. It was great to see our Primary Campus halls buzzing with little bees for the first time in a long time. Of course, adapting to this new normal comes with growing pains, like that of planning dismissal for close to 250 cars! Each day we are looking to get better and better with our processes and procedures and want to continue to ask for patience and kindness as we work to be the best we can at what we do. Implementing our mitigation strategies is still the most important, and we will never take shortcuts to safety.
I’m also excited to announce that we are in the planning phases of bringing COVID-19 surveillance testing to Morris Brandon! APS will be the first school district in the state to offer this service. Students will have the option to take this less invasive test to determine if they are in fact, asymptomatic spreaders, in hopes of creating a more secure and safe environment for our students. It’s another layered mitigation strategy and we are happy to be one of the first schools to participate. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days on how this will look at our neighborhood school.
I want to also remind everyone that we are in the heart of the budget season. Believe it or not, now is the time that our GO Team and I plan our 2022 FY budget. Facing a larger loss of students will impact our local revenue and federal dollar amount, but I’m confident in the work we will do in order to prioritize the needs of our students and align a budget that best serves our children. This Thursday I will share my Principal budget presentation and will then post it on our website.
As we move forward into the next phase of face to face and virtual learning, I want to remind everyone that our mask sales have reopened, and will remain open until this Sunday night. If you haven’t had a chance to purchase some MBES logo masks, or just want to buy some more, now is your chance! Use THIS link to purchase your one of a kind mask that will sure to be something to remember many years down the line.
For our 3rd-5th grade virtual students, I am well aware that you are currently sitting on a Face to Face schedule but in a virtual environment. I have asked our grade level chairs to show flexibility in the new schedule for the next six academic days before you return in person. To that end, we are planning to rotate to any new homerooms (virtual included) on February 4. Stay tuned for more information from your homeroom teacher.
Thank you for continuing to support our school and most importantly, our dedicated and unwavering staff that have gone above and beyond for our school during some really tough times. Please consider sending in some recess equipment like basketballs or soccer balls (no baseballs or softballs please) for our students to play with when they are in the recess zones.
I look forward to sharing much more information soon around our new mitigation strategies and even a little bit about how Valentine’s Day will work in next week’s Beemail.