First Day Back
More than 1,000 Colonial School District staff members attended “We Got This – the 2020 School Year Zoom Kickoff” on Monday, August 24. This event jump-started the 2020 school year for all staff across the District. Over the next several weeks, staff will spend time learning, preparing, and planning for the virtual return of students the week of September 8. Click here for the staggered start schedule
Click the video above to see a heartwarming message that students from William Penn Media and across CSD schools sent to all staff to welcome them back to school this week. Colonial kids made sure everyone knew that this year won’t be easy but . . . . WE Got This #wegotthiscsd
Ready, Set, Go Remote!
Starting on September 8, when school begins virtually for Colonial students on a staggered schedule, the CSD Virtual Academy will be ready for an engaging academic school year. For more information about the CSD Virtual Academy, visit the link below: CSD Virtual Academy Parent/Student Overview
Register for Kindergarten!
Will your child be 5 years old on or before August 31st? If so, REGISTER FOR KINDERGARTEN today!
Material and Device Pickup
On August 27 and September 3 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Colonial will host a Technology and Materials Distribution Event at William Penn and Gunning Bedford. YOU CAN CHOOSE EITHER LOCATION.
These events will provide opportunities to:
- Pick up a new device (if you are new to the District) or exchange a broken device for another one.
- If you are a parent of a previous Kindergartener or 1st grader who was given an iPad last year, and you would like your child to have a Chromebook, please come pickup a chromebook for your student and hang on to the ipad for this school year. The ipad does not need to be turned in at this time in order to receive a chromebook..
- ALL PARENTS can pick up curriculum and school materials for their students that will be needed for virtual learning. These materials include supplies such as: pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons-24 pack, glue sticks, scissors, sidewalk chalk, rulers and so much more.
For a complete list of materials please visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q0jSHI0F9-pkfYsc_HLieqrESLGAT9_zoneE-HBRI5Y/edit?usp=sharing
Why you should pick up and use a Colonial Chromebook
Safe & Secure
Colonial School District monitors our student devices using web-filtering tools to ensure your student’s safety during both remote learning and face-to-face learning!
The Right Tools
WE can install the correct learning tools required on each student device to avoid student frustrations during remote learning and face-to-face learning!
WE have technology staff that can easily troubleshoot Colonial devices when issues or problems occur. Our staff cannot provide support for home or personal devices.
EQUITY for ALL LEARNERS!
Giving every student access to devices will no longer be a barrier for student learning!
Don’t Miss Virtual Open Houses
After spending the summer planning for the return to school, the Colonial School District staff is excited to meet families during Virtual Open Houses. During this time, families will meet the teacher(s) and learn about grade level and behavioral expectations, curriculum, schedules, grading, and educational technology platforms.
- How to attend your virtual open house:
- Each family will receive an invite within 24 hours of the open house date from their school that will include the time in which to log on to the Zoom session.
- If you do not receive an invite, please contact your school principal at: http://www.colonialschooldistrict.org/back-to-school-2020/bts-2020-dates/
Virtual Open House dates for each school in the Colonial School District:
- Carrie Downie: September 1, 2020
- Castle Hills: September 1, 2020
- Preschool: October 8, 2020
- Eisenberg: September 1, 2020
- New Castle: August 31 and September 1, 2020
- Pleasantville: September 1, 2020
- Southern: August 31 and September 1, 2020
- Wilbur: August 31 and September 1, 2020
- Wilmington Manor: September 1, 2020
- Gunning Bedford: September 2, 2020
- McCullough: September 2, 2020
- George Read: September 2, 2020
- William Penn: September 3, 2020
- Wallin: September 3, 2020
- Leach: September 2, 2020
Tips for Parents/Guardians of our Remote Learners
- Help your child maintain a regular sleep schedule (especially middle and high schoolers). Wake them up for Zoom meetings, if needed.
- Check in to see whether your child needs a break, snack, or drink.
- Set boundaries, so your child knows when you are available to help, and when they need to work independently,
- Take care of your own well-being (physically, emotionally, mentally).
We’ve compiled a list of vendors who are currently providing free or discounted internet connectivity.
- Comcast: https://www.internetessentials.com/apply
- Atlantic BroadBand: Keep families connected plan
- Verizon: Lifeline Discount Plan
- Verizon Wireless: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/covid-19-faqs/
- AT&T: https://www.att.com/help/covid-19/ – FAQ3
- T-Mobile: https://www.t-mobile.com/support/account/covid-19-updates
Updates for William Penn Students
To get students and families prepared for the upcoming school year, we will have several events in the weeks ahead.
WP Collection of Materials: August 24-26
Any items that students needed to be returned at the end of the 2019-20 school year can be dropped off at William Penn from August 24-26. This includes any item, besides a Colonial Chromebook, that is property of the school. Examples are: class textbooks, novels, math materials, calculators, sports uniforms and equipment, ROTC uniforms, library books, etc.
Please return items you may have during the following dates and times
Monday, August 24 – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, August 25 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 26 – 8:00 am to 11:00 am
WP Open House: Thursday, September 3 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
After spending the summer planning for the return to school, the staff at WP are excited to meet families during their Virtual Open House. During this time, families learn more about grade level and behavioral expectations, curriculum, schedules, grading, and educational technology platforms. Details about how to attend will be provided soon.
WP Device and Schedule Pickup: Tuesday, September 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
If a student has not received a device or a class schedule online, they can pick up both on September 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
Schedules will also be available via Home Access Center. Students and parents will need their username and passwords to access. If they do not have their username and password, email their counselor.
WP Pick Up New Materials – SAVE THE DATE
Students will be able to pick up items needed for this semester’s classes — textbooks, novels, math items, etc. More specific information will follow about where students and parents should report in the building to pick up the items.
– Monday, September 14: Seniors from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– Tuesday, September 15: Juniors from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– Wednesday, September 16: Sophomores from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
– Thursday, September 17: Freshmen from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Our Super in the Spotlight!
Colonial Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer was among six superintendents from schools around the Delaware Valley who were asked to participate in a virtual Town Hall discussion on 6ABC regarding the start of the new school year and COVID-19. If you missed the 60-minute program, click the link below to view: https://6abc.com/education/watch-here—the-6abc-back-to-school-town-hall/6384488/
6ABC also stopped by George Read Middle School for the first official day back to school for staff. Dr. Menzer showed a classroom that is set up for safety and social distancing when students return. To view, click the link below: first day 2020_6abc.MOV
We Can See Clearly Now
Vision to Learn (VTL), a non-profit mobile service that offers free eye exams and glasses to students in Delaware, made its rounds in Colonial Nation this summer because COVID disrupted the normal school year. Khloee Derrickson, a student at Carrie Downie, was among 70 students who got fitted for new frames this summer. Khloee suffered from a condition that caused one of her pupils to be off-centered so she was having trouble seeing clearly. VTL Program Director, Tina Danz, says her staff took the necessary precautions during COVID-19 to keep themselves and their young patients safe, because she felt continuing the service was essential saying “students who receive glasses from Vision To Learn improve almost 8% on average.” Jay Green, a school nurse at McCullough, calls improving a school-aged child’s vision as life-changing. He helped organize the summer VTL examinations because he realized so many Colonial students had been screened by VTL, but had not received their glasses. Green worried about the students with vision problems who spent the remainder of last school year focusing on Chromebooks and other electronic devices. “I’ve been trying to find a silver lining in my summer as we’re all dealing with this (COVID-19), and this was one of them for me. Khloee’s mom, Roseanna, is thrilled because her child can see, she’s not squinting and struggling anymore!” Green said.