Further Clarification on Report Cards & Learning

posted May 29, 2020, 2:47 PM by Brad VanDyne
May 29, 2020

Hello again Loon Lake families, I hope this finds you enjoying some sunshine and staying well.  

As we transition to June, my hope today is to try and ease any remaining anxiety you may have about report cards and school work.

For an elementary student, a report cards serves two main purposes.  The first is to inform parents about how well your child is progressing in their learning.  The second purpose is to give information to your child’s teacher next year, to help them plan instruction.  

Right now, given this strange situation we find ourselves in, we understand that our report cards can only fulfill one of these two purposes.  It would not be fair or accurate for our teachers to gauge your child’s actual learning during this closure.  The only thing we can do is help your child’s teacher next year by documenting the level of engagement of your child during this time.  The teachers and I have decided that there will be no F’s, or incompletes, or any letter or effort grades at all for that matter.  Just an indicator for the level of engagement.  Please check out the document on our website for more specifics about what this will look like.

No student will repeat their current grade level if they have been unable to engage with their teacher.  It doesn’t mean they have failed.  It just means we have a lot of work to do when school resumes.  Because while an elementary report card doesn’t play much of a role in your child’s future, the learning your child does during their elementary years absolutely does.  The foundational skills they are learning are crucial to their success down the road.  

We know this is a challenging time for parents.  So, the simplest and best thing you and your child can do right now is to stay in contact with their teacher.  Let them know how you’re doing, let them know what’s going well or not well, let them know how they can help.  More than anything, our teachers miss their students.  Communication and connection are huge.       

Ok, two more quick things.  First, there has been some talk swirling around in the news about what reopening school in the fall could look like.  The most important thing to know right now is that nobody actually knows yet what it will look like.  The state has put together a 100+ person task force to examine options and research what other states and countries are doing.  We’ll know more soon, and when we do, I will communicate what we know.  

And finally, our amazing PE teacher, Mrs. Magnuson received a grant to purchase some items for each student, items that can help keep kids active and healthy during this time.  A bag for each elementary student will be available next week, and we will deliver them on our food service bus routes.  Huge thanks to Mrs. Magnuson!  

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me.  I would be more than happy to talk with you about anything at all.  This is a challenging time, and I’m proud of the way our Loon Lake Family and community has responded.  

Take good care and we’ll talk again soon –
Brad
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