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Book of the month

Those Shoes

During January, Mr. Gagnon is reading the story "Those Shoes" by Maribeth Boelts. He has received raved reviews from the students and parents about this story and the special way Mr. Gagnon reads the story to the students. Here is a summary of the story:

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.

Mr. Gagnon's Story Corner

Here is a collection of all of Mr. Gagnon's books he has read to you online during Remote Learning.  Feel free to revisit any of your favorites by clicking on the book.

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Staff Spotlight

Sherry

For the month of October, I highlighted the work of Ms. Sherry Forsythe. Ms. Forsythe has been a Neil Armstrong Eagle for the past 24 years and for that, we are grateful. We have been so blessed to have her positively impacting every student’s life with whom she works. Ms. Forsythe works tirelessly to support the students in her Focus 1st grade classroom and distance learning has been no exception. Ms. Forsythe began with her class last school year and looped with them as part of the Focus program allowing her to know where her students were coming into this year. That has helped her to seamlessly launch this school year with her students and have them tuned in to her schedule and expectations. She loves seeing their faces pop onto the screen and adores their warm greetings.
Sherry is continuously positive and encouraging of her students and is their best advocate. She thrives on the close community that she is able to build within her classroom and with the families of her students. She loves watching how the students look out for one another and constantly push each other to grow both socially and academically. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with Sherry and for all of the passion and energy that she brings to her class and her students. THANK YOU, SHERRY!

Principal's Corner

January 2021 Newsletter

HAPPY NEW YEAR to our Neil Armstrong Community – 

Welcome to 2021. I hope this finds you and your family healthy and happy as we make our way out of the holiday season, into the new year and the 2nd semester of the school year. Hopefully you had time to make some wonderful memories with your loved ones over a winter break that was unlike any we have ever experienced. For me, it was a much-needed break after all of the uncertainty that surrounded the first semester and hopefully your families felt the same. Now, we are back and re-charged, and ready to support your students in their learning and growing during the back half of this school year. 

NAAB 2nd semester donation ~ Happy New Year from NAAB! As we embark on a new year and a new semester, we are asking all of our families for a donation of $250 per family so we can continue to nurture our school. Here is the link to the store website to make your tax-deductible donation, NAAB Eagle Fund  You may recall that our Fall Registration Donation was less than we have asked for in the past due to the changes that remote learning brought. We were not able to host our annual Eagle March, which is one of our major fundraisers for the year. Your generous donation for the second semester will help to fund our school library, the Rainbow Room, our paraprofessionals, promoting literacy, enrichment, and intervention. It’s families like you that make our school an amazing place. Thank you for your generosity.

School Bell Schedule ~ As we are all acutely aware, we are in between the fully remote phase of our year and the hybrid learning model for those families who chose it for their students. This has been stressful for many. Choosing the model of learning that your child engages in is very personal and a challenging proposition to grapple with, and please know that we understand the difficulty of this decision. However, as we press forward, please continue to check-in with your teachers about the schedule that we will be following and the learning they are expected to be engaging in. In general, we are following the bell schedule we have been following all year long, until the point where we are able to bring our hybrid cohorts back onto campus. At that point, our schedule will shift slightly but should not be a significant impact to your students. Your child’s teacher will be the best reference for this information. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused to your child or your family. 

1st Semester Report Cards~ Teachers have been hard at work completing a report card for each student that is in their class. This information will be available to you on January 15th. You will be able to access this information in the Infinite Campus Parent portal. We are excited to share with you all of the growth your students have made thus far this year. 

Supply Pick-up ~ Our next supply pick-up will be taking place TODAY, Thursday, January 7th here at Neil Armstrong. We will follow a similar schedule to what we have been following for the past few pick-ups. Not all teachers will need to provide supplies for students and they will correspond with you to let you know their intentions. For those that are picking up, please check out the times for Thursday as follows: Kindergarten – 11:30; 1st Grade – 12:00; 2nd Grade – 12:30; 3rd Grade – 1:00; 4th Grade (check with your teacher as a pick-up may not be necessary) - 1:30; and 5th Grade – 2:00. If you are not able to make your time, please come to the school after the pick-up and we will distribute the supplies through the front office. 

Grab and Go Meals ~ Grab and go meals continue to be available to any and all families who have children who are under 18. Please visit the school districts Food Services website for more information. 

As always, thank you for all of your support and patience with us this school year. We miss seeing our students and are committed to supporting them in every way that we can. Please give them our best and we look forward to seeing you all at the supply pick-up or the next available opportunity. 

Happy New Year and please give your students a huge hello from me. We miss them dearly! 

Mr. Jared Gagnon 

Principal 

Neil Armstrong Elementary School 

Contact Information

Email Mr. Gagnon at:

jgagnon@srvusd.net

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Safety Corner

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 - Any time you come to campus, whether for a supply pick-up, library pick-up or any other reason, please be sure you are wearing your mask and remain 6 feet from our staff for the safety of everyone in our school community.
- Please have a conversation with your students about the inappropriate use of chat, chatrooms and Google docs as a chat room. Students should only be using their school Google accounts for school activities and assignments! We have been noticing that students are chatting throughout the day, diverting their attention from the tasks that are asked of them. Students are using the chat feature, chat rooms feature or create a Google doc, share it with one another and have just created their own chat room. This is very difficult to monitor as students continue to find ways to circumvent our oversight. Thus, we would encourage all families to talk to their students about the expectation that their Google accounts are just for school work and not to chat with one another. We appreciate your help and support in keeping all of our kids safe.

Housekeeping Items

Supply Pick-ups will occur about every two weeks. Upcoming dates are:

1/21

2/4

2/18

3/4

3/18

4/15

4/29

5/13

5/27

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If you have technology issues or if your child is unable to access any sites, please put in a tech work order at SRVUSD TECH HELP FOR PARENTS