April 6 Update

posted Apr 6, 2020, 3:09 PM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Apr 6, 2020, 3:56 PM ]

Good afternoon, Loon Lake Families,

As you have perhaps already heard, the Governor held a press conference just a few moments ago where he has extended the statewide school closure through the end of the school year. 

While this is hugely disappointing for all of us, this decision was made with all of our safety in mind.   The situation seems very unreal, and I’m not sure any of us could have imagined this reality back when we started this school year.  But one thing I know about the Loon Lake community, from working with our students and families for the past 7 years, is that we are tough.  Our kids are resilient.  Our families are strong.  Our community is in this together.  And this too shall pass.

As we move forward, we at the Loon Lake School District will continue serve you to the best of our abilities.  We will keep food coming to you and we will continue to find ways to keep learning going.   We will keep in touch.  We will be here if you need us. 

For now, take this time to hold your family close.  I will be back in touch soon. 

Take good care –

Brad

April 3 Update

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:30 AM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 11:31 AM ]

Good afternoon, Loon Lake Families,

Just a quick check in today with each of you at the end of week number 3.  I truly hope this message finds you healthy and well. 

Two quick updates for you today.  First, remember that next week is spring break, which means our office will be closed and no new learning packets will be available to pick up.  However, our food service delivery and pick up will continue uninterrupted.  So we will see many of you on Monday and Wednesday as we deliver or you pick up. 

Second, if we were not living in this weird twilight zone, we would be holding our parent-teacher conferences yesterday and today.  Since we obviously cannot do that, we will be mailing your child’s most recent report card to you.  You should receive it early next week.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s report card or want to chat with your child’s teacher, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Please let us know if you need anything at all.  Have a good weekend and stay safe and healthy. 

I’ll talk to you soon –

Brad

March 30 Update About Spring Break

posted Mar 30, 2020, 12:27 PM by Brad VanDyne

Loon Lake Families,

A quick update on next week, which is marked on our calendars as spring break. 

Originally, food service was not going to be available next week.  But the more we thought about this, the more we realized that we couldn’t just leave you hanging like that.  So, we are happy to let you know that we will be continuing our food service next week.  The process will be the same.  We will deliver and have pick up on Monday and Wednesday.  Huge thanks to our food service team, their helpers, and our bus drivers for their willingness to make this happen. 

However, because my team struggles to take time off, I want them to have a spring break.  So, our office will be closed next week and no learning packets will be available for pick up.  The next learning packet pick up will be Monday, April 13th. 

If you have any questions or need anything at all, please let us know. 

Stay well, and we’ll talk to you soon. 

Sincerely,

Brad

March 27 Update

posted Mar 27, 2020, 6:25 PM by Brad VanDyne

Loon Lake Families,

As always, I hope this message finds you healthy and well. 

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that these first two weeks of this school closure and COVID-19 stuff has felt more like 2 months.  But we’ve made it through together, and we will continue to do so. 

As the weekend begins, I just wanted to touch base with you regarding four quick things for next week. 

First, remember that food service delivery and pick up will take place on Monday and Wednesday.  Please reach out to us if you experience any difficulty or frustration getting the meals that you need.  Huge thanks to our food service staff and all of our helpers and our bus drivers for their hard work in getting our kids fed.

Second, a reminder that new learning packets will be available for you to pick up beginning Monday at 9:00.  Huge thanks to our teachers for getting these together.  We hope you are finding them helpful.  Also, two quick side notes regarding learning.  First, we are continuing to add online learning resources that you may find helpful to our website homepage.  If you go to www.loonlakeschool.org, you will see them right there on the left.  And second, if picking up your child’s learning packet is not an option for your family for whatever reason, just let us know.  We can deliver it to you when we are out delivering meals.  Please don’t hesitate to request this. 

Third, I want to let you know that if you purchased any chocolate during our last CPO fundraiser, that chocolate is available to pick up beginning on Monday at our school office, between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00.  If that time doesn’t work for you, that’s no problem.  Just call our office and we can set up a different time. 

Fourth and finally, I think it’s important for all of us to step back, take a deep breath, and realize that this is a challenging time to be a human being.  The stress of the virus, the stress of keeping our loved ones safe, and the stress of adjusting to social distancing.  It can all be overwhelming, not to mention the impact on local business and our economy.   It is a lot to deal with.  As you have heard me say many times by now, the only way through this is together.  So to help us stay together, we are starting something at Loon Lake School that we call One Caring Adult.  Our goal is to make sure each family who has children attending Loon Lake Elementary has one caring adult reaching out to them at least once a week.  The purpose of this call is simply to stay connected, and also to see if there is anything you might need.  It could be an academic need, or a food need, or any other kind of need, including just talking to another person for a while to remind us that we aren’t alone.   

If a weekly call like this sounds burdensome to you, no problem at all, just let us know and we won’t keep bugging you.  But we want to reach out and help in any way we can.  We will begin our phone calls next week. 

Have a great weekend, stay healthy, and let us know if you need anything at all. 

Talk to you soon –

Brad

March 25 Update

posted Mar 25, 2020, 12:10 PM by Brad VanDyne

Hello Loon Lake Families,

Our first week of food delivery is in the books, and we just want to make sure it is going ok on your end.  Did you get the meals you need?  Do you have any questions?  Please, please let us know if there is something we can do to better serve your family. 

Also, one quick side note.  if you are hesitant to accept help with meals because you do not want to take away from other families getting meals, you do not need to worry about this.  We have enough for every child in our community.  If school was in session, we would feed each kid, every day, that’s part of the deal.  So even if you are getting by just fine, we still have meals for your kids.  Please don’t think twice about getting food delivered or coming to pick it up.  That’s what it’s for. 

Remember, next week we will deliver Monday and Wednesday, and pick up at our school will be Monday and Wednesday as well. 

If you need anything at all, please let us know.  Take good care, stay safe, and stay healthy.  


Sincerely,

Brad

Update for March 23 - Changes to Food Service Plan

posted Mar 23, 2020, 1:10 PM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 1:12 PM ]

As you recall, our current plan is to do food delivery and food pick up 5 days a week.  However, to make sure our services are sustainable, we are going to switch this up a bit.  So here is the new plan:

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th, we will deliver one day’s worth of meals, just like we did today.  Remember, you can also pick up this one day’s worth of meals out in front of our school between 9 and 11:00 a.m.

On Wednesday of this week, which is Wednesday, March 25th, we will be delivering 3 days' worth of meals.  That would be meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  You can pick these meals up on Wednesday at the school from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Then, starting next week, March 30, we will start doing delivery and pick up services twice a week.  On Mondays, we will deliver meals for Mondays and Tuesdays.  On Wednesdays, we will deliver meals for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Our pick up days will be the same as the delivery days, which is Monday and Wednesday, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in front of the school.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need anything at all.  


Here is a link to the letter about these changes that will be sent with each meal we deliver or hand out tomorrow. 

Update for March 20, 2020

posted Mar 20, 2020, 4:59 PM by Brad VanDyne   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 5:02 PM ]

Hello Loon Lake Families,

I want to offer my sincere thanks for your patience as we have been planning services that will be starting on Monday.  We are ready to roll, so I wanted to give you a quick update on the 3 main things:  Food service, optional learning opportunities, and childcare.  But before I start, just a reminder that this whole Coronavirus situation we are all facing seems to keep changing.  If more restrictions are placed on us from our state’s leaders, our plans might need to change.  So please keep that in mind.  But as of today, right now, this is our plan.    

So first, regarding food service, thank you so much for filling out our family needs survey.  This survey, and the phone calls you should have received from your child’s bus driver have helped us get a general idea of how many folks need meals delivered.  So a reminder of our plan:  On Monday morning, we will load our buses with food.  Beginning at 9:00 a.m., they will drive their afternoon routes and deliver to families who need it.  Remember, any child between the ages of 0 and 18 can receive these meals, regardless of where they go to school.  We will also have meals available for pickup here out front of Loon Lake Elementary between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.    The challenging piece of this is truly knowing how many meals are needed.  We hope our estimates are accurate.  If for some reason something weird happens when we start this and you don’t get the meals you need, please call our office and we will do what we need to do to make sure you get those meals. 

Second, let’s talk about optional, enrichment learning opportunities.  Our plan is to provide these optional activities and materials for families who want them on a week-by-week basis.  Every Monday morning, beginning at 9:00, these materials will be available to pick up from our school office.  So right now, for all grades, including preschool, we have materials ready for you to pick up on Monday.  Our teachers have been working hard on this.  If you can’t pick them up on Monday, don’t worry.  You can pick them up any time during our office hours, which is Monday through Thursday, 8:00 to 4:30. 

 A few more quick thoughts on this:

  • - Remember, these learning activities are optional and there is no penalty for not completing them. 
  • - As your child finishes these activities, just plan on bringing them back to us the following week when you pick up the next batch. 
  • - We are requesting that families do not ask to retrieve items from within our building, as we are hard at work deep cleaning this place.  If there is something that is a true necessity, we will try to fetch it for you.
  • - And finally, if you have any questions about these learning activities, the best way to reach your child’s teacher is via email.  Don’t hesitate to do this.  A staff directory of email addresses is on our website.  Also on our website, you will see a link to some online learning resources for kids.  Feel to check those out as well.
  • - If you have other questions on this topic, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Ok, finally, let’s talk about childcare.  We are working with families in need on a case-by-case basis.  I have reached out individually to each family who said they might need some help.  If you have not talked to me directly, for the safety of your kids and your family, please do not bring them here for childcare.   If your needs in this area change, please let us know as soon as you can so we can prepare accordingly. 

Please reach out if you have any questions or need anything at all.  The Loon Lake Family is strong and we will get through the upcoming weeks together.  Stay safe and healthy, and take good care. 


Sincerely,
Brad

UPDATE FOR MARCH 17, 2020

posted Mar 20, 2020, 11:43 AM by Brad VanDyne

Today's message will be brief, and it will focus on two things.  

First, we have created a survey to give us a better idea of what your needs are during this time.  You can find this survey on our website.  If you go to www.loonlakeschool.org , you will see a link right there on the top of the page.  If you have given us your email address, I will send the link to you via email as well.   Please respond to this survey as soon as you possibly can.  

And secondly, I want to share with you our plan for feeding hungry kids.  This plan is subject to change, but I want to let you know what we are thinking.  Our goal is that, beginning on Monday, March 23rd, there will be two options available to you to receive meals for your kids.  The first option will be having the bus deliver meals to your home address.  Our buses would leave Loon Lake Elementary at 9:00 each morning and run their normal afternoon routes.  They would deliver a sack containing that day’s lunch and the next day’s breakfast, to each child in your house between the ages of 0 and 18.  It doesn’t matter what school your child attends.  They can receive these meals. 

The second option for you would be to come to Loon Lake Elementary between 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. each day to pick up these same lunch and breakfast sacks.    

The survey I mentioned earlier will help us know how many of you are interested in the delivery option and how many would be interested in the pick-up option. 

A few more thoughts on this.  First, based on regulations, children need to be present at the delivery or pick-up locations in order to receive the food.   Second, your child’s bus driver will be calling you later this week to determine if food delivery is something you are needing, and to help give you an idea of what time they would delivering to you.  And third, we would deliver every day except for spring break, which is April 6th through 10th

I think that’s it for today.  If you need anything at all, please let us know. 

Take good care -

Brad

Quick Announcement Monday, March 16th.

posted Mar 17, 2020, 4:29 PM by Brad VanDyne

Childcare - As mentioned yesterday, first priority must be given to those who work in the medical field, work in a medical office or clinic in any capacity, or are first responders.  You need to be out there working keeping us all healthy.  So if this is you, please reach out to us.  Second priority must be given to families who have no options.  If you have no childcare options, and simply can't miss work - please reach out to us.  We hope to have childcare up and running by Monday, March 23rd.  

Learning Activities - We are working on preparing optional learning activities for kids.  These will be ready Monday, March 23rd.  More info to come this week.

Food - We are working on plans to make sure every child in our community gets the food they need.  We will up and running no later than Monday, March 23rd.  

If you need anything at all, please do not hesitate to ask.  Thank you all!

LOON LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED STARTING TOMORROW, MARCH 16, 2020

posted Mar 16, 2020, 3:31 PM by Brad VanDyne

March 15, 2020

Dear Loon Lake Families, 

Since we last spoke on Friday, things have a changed a bit regarding the Coronavirus.  We now have confirmed cases in Spokane County, and folks who are connected with schools in Spokane County are being tested.  Out of an abundance of caution, some schools in our area have decided to close school tomorrow, Monday, March 16th, one day earlier than we are required to by the governor. 

 Because the health and well-being of the entire Loon Lake family is my top priority, I have decided to close Loon Lake School District tomorrow as well.  This was truly a difficult decision.  The teachers and I have been agonizing over what to do.  Of course we want our kids and families safe, but if we aren't going to see them for six weeks, we really wanted to see them tomorrow.  It saddens all of us that we will not be able to do that.  I’m sure many are wondering if closing is the “right” thing to do.  Honestly, I’m not sure there is a right thing to do here.  But because the issue at hand is health and safety, I believe it is the “prudent” thing to do.  If holding school tomorrow has even the slightest chance of putting any of you at risk, then it just isn’t worth it.  I apologize for the inconvenience this causes.

 I will bring much more information to you as the week progresses, but there are 3 things I need you to know right now.

First, we will have staff at school tomorrow, so if you need to pick up any medications or personal items that your child needs, please feel free to do so. 

Second, as we figure out childcare for families who need it, we must give first priority to families who have adults who work in the medical field or as first responders.  If this is you, please contact our office tomorrow so we can plan for this. 

 And finally, our top priority is determining the plan to get our kids fed.  Unfortunately, we will need some time to create a plan for this.  Our goal is to have a solid plan no later than next Monday, March 23rd.  However, if we can deploy sooner than this, we absolutely will.  I will keep you updated throughout the week. 

 As always, if you need anything at all, you know where to find us.  Together we will get through this.  Thank you for support and flexibility, and willingness to do what is necessary to keep us all healthy.  

Sincerely,

Brad

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