Kindergarten parents, did you miss the Virtual Coffee on Thursday? Here’s a recording of the zoom meeting.
From Ms. Goetz:
Wednesday (July 29) from 12pm-4pm will be phase 1 of our technology deployment. If your household does not have a laptop or if you need a hotspot for wifi connectivity, this will be the time for you to pick one up. Just like in May, this will be curbside pick-up only. Staff will be outside- in the back parking lot- at the top of the car rider lane to greet you and bring your items out to you. Also being distributed Wednesday, July 29, from 12pm-4pm is school supply kits and spirit wear. If you purchased a school supply kit and/or ordered spirit wear prior to Thursday, July 23, come to the gym doors (also the back parking lot) at Sylvan Park and we will run them out to you. This will also be your last chance to pick up your child’s belongings from 2019-20 school year. If you did not get a chance to come for our May pick up, you have one more opportunity (ask the staff by the gym doors for your child’s bag). Any items not picked up will be donated.
Phase 2 of our technology deployment will include families with multiple children but not enough devices. Please do not come to pick up a laptop on Wednesday, July 29, if you have a laptop in your household. We want to ensure that those without a device are taken care of before distributing more devices to a household. Keep in mind, once the laptops purchased with the CARES Act funds arrive, everyone will receive a computer- but we will tackle that when the district receives those devices. In the meantime, we are distributing school computers, and they are limited. Phase 2 technology deployment will be Thursday, July 30, from 4pm-6pm (if you miss phase 1 and are in need of a device, you are welcome to come during phase 2 pick-up). Phase 2 will include families with multiple children but not enough laptops. Please come to the back parking lot Thursday, July 30, from 4pm-6pm. Thank you, in advance, for your patience as we work to distribute all of these needs during curbside pick-up. See you soon!
Are you an incoming kindergarten family? Don’t forget to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year. https://www.mnps.org/register-for-school
Please complete this district survey regarding your preference for in-person vs. virtual learning once city-wide health metrics allow a safe return to school facilities. Note: This is not your final decision and MNPS is no longer requiring a commitment for the entire semester at this time. The survey will gauge parent preferences and provide schools with preliminary results for planning purposes.
For information on virtual school platforms/apps and acceptable devices: https://www.mnps.org/digitaltools
For information on preparing for virtual learning: https://www.mnps.org/blog/2020/7/24/preparing-for-virtual-learning
Upcoming District wide virtual meetings to help parents get ready for virtual school: https://www.mnps.org/district-calendar
Is all your contact information up to date with MNPS? Do you have access to the Family Portal where you can view you students grades and more? https://www.mnps.org/familyportal
To help parents plan their day during virtual learning, the school has released the Master Schedule for all grade levels. All classes within the grade level will follow the same schedule, which officially begins the week of August 10th. Teachers will communicate any face-to-face instructions for the week of August 4th directly with families.
Do you have a kindergartner starting Sylvan Park this year? Join the kindergarten teachers in a Virtual Parent Coffee session to learn important information for the 2020-2021 school year.
Use this link to join the Zoom Kindergarten Parent Coffee:
Meeting ID: 895 1895 4809
Did you miss the Virtual Q&A with MS. Goetz? Want to review the information discussed? Watch the recorded meeting below.
Did you know there is a school board race on August 6th? There is no primary, this is it. It is non-partisan. The two candidates for District 9 (West Nashville, including Sylvan Park) are:
Please click their names to check out their websites or read candidate answers to a recent National Public Education Foundation survey here.
Fellow Sylvan Park parents have created a private Facebook group for parents and caregivers to discuss navigating virtual schooling. This group is not affiliated with the PTO. It was created as an informal place for parents to make connections while distanced due to COVID and school facility closures. See the link to join.
Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools for MNPS, will hold a press conference this Thursday, July 9th, at 1pm to announce more information about the 2020-2021 school year. Metro Nashville Network will stream the event.