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Let the 2020-2021 School Year Begin!
While the new first day is September 8, 2020, not all students will begin at the same time.  While all students will begin the year learning remotely, a staggered start will be implemented.  Please see the schedule below to determine when your student will officially begin school. 
 Students with the last name beginning with A to L will attend remote learning on: 9/8/20-1st Day 9/9/20-2nd Day Students with the last name beginning with M to Z will attend remote learning on: 9/10/20-1st Day 9/11/20-2nd Day
9/14/20 – All Students will attend remote learning
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 (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/imvu34)
Don’t Forget-Show Your Back to School Signs
It’s that time of year again!  Share your excitement for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year with our First Day of School signs!
Visit www.colonialschooldistrict.org/blog/back-to-school-signs/ (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/yewu34) to find the sign that fits your student’s grade and school. 
Take a picture of your student with his or her sign by either printing out the sign or displaying on your Chromebook or tablet. 
Share on social media using hashtag #firstdaycsd!
Click here to download your signs today and get ready to share the week of September 8! (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/e7wu34)
WE will Continue to Feed our Students
Great news!  Starting September 8,  our virtual learning feeding program will provide breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to any child 18 years and younger, Monday – Friday from 40 Colonial buses in designated stops throughout the District.  We will not be operating any drive-thru sites. 
For locations and times for food delivery, check our website at www.colonialschooldistrict.org/community/remote-food-program/ (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/uzxu34)Please grant us some grace the first week, our times are estimates and we will be working out the kinks.  There are also two links for parents on the district website to contact transportation and nutrition services directly:
Attention Parents & Guardians
Governor John Carney has announced options for parents and guardians who must return to work while their child(ren) are at home for remote learning. The State is working with districts and charter schools, licensed child care providers, and other organizations to create additional school-age child care options for children 12 and under who need a place to go during the day for remote learning. While care is open to any parent/guardian needing it, those who can stay at home with their child during remote learning or can make alternate care plans are encouraged to do so.
Additional Child Care Capacity The following child care options are available to parents/guardians for school-age children.
• Licensed child care homes and centers have additional capacity to serve school-age children. You can find a site near you at this link (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/asyu34). Parents/guardians will need to contact these child care centers and homes to inquire about open seats.
• Existing camps will be allowed to continue operations through the end of October. If a child attended a camp this summer, families may wish to contact the camp to see if it is continuing operation.
Additional Information for Families
Parents/guardians can also visit the new My Child DE (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/qkzu34) site to learn about programs in their geographic area. For information about program costs, families should contact providers or POC directly at 1-866-843-7212.
News for Sports Players & Fans
The Colonial Family is waiting to collect more information from the DIAA meeting next Thursday, September 10th so we can provide you with proper, up-to-date information about athletics for the 2020-2021 school year.  
 William Penn’s Athletic Director, Matt Sabol, would like to begin meeting with all interested athletes from grades 9-12 starting next Thursday, Sept 10th to provide student athletes with information and answer any questions they may have.  He will begin with the fall sports teams.  For times and links to these zoom meetings, please refer to www.colonialssports.com (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/6c0u34)
WE Got This!
Colonial administrators, teachers, and staff ended two weeks of professional development by coming together virtually for one last time to motivate and inspire each other to do the very best for students on Tuesday when the new school year begins, despite COVID-19 and the challenges it brings to educating students. Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Menzer told more than 100 participants, “I believe each and every one of you is a leader in this district, and each and every one of you has the ability to tell the story of the Power of WE. You have to trust me and believe that you’re going to create a moment that will live forever on Tuesday.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, but you’re going to create a moment that no one is ever going to forget.”
And the Winners Are…
For the first time, the Delaware Department of Education is sponsoring the ESPY awards, that’s Educational Support Professionals of the Year. Much like the Teacher of the Year awards program, ESPY will recognize those other than classroom teachers who do outstanding work in school districts. Winners were nominated by their peers and members of the community. Each winner will receive an award, and one will be chosen to represent the district.  Our district winner will go on to the state ESPY awards program with hopes of being named that Delaware ESPY winner of the year! Those who will be recognized in Colonial’s virtual celebration this fall are:
Carrie Downie:Patricia Sentman (Nutrition Services)/Eric Cardwell (Custodial) Castle Hills: Louann Polite (Secretary) Colonial District Office: Tammy Roop (Nutrition Services) Colonial Operations Center: Kathaleen (Cammy) DeHoyos (Transportation) Colwyck: Azadeh Narimanian (Occupational Therapist) Eisenberg: Bonnie Hastings (Custodian) George Read: Jean Smiley (Nutrition Services) Gunning Bedford: Scott Eger (Paraprofessional) Leach Tim Kelleher: (Transportation) McCullough: Jaleah Grimes: (Paraprofessional) New Castle:Kelly DeCento: (Paraprofessional) Pleasantville:Joanne Johnson: (Nutrition Services) Southern: Holly Wiedenmann: (Paraprofessional) Wallin: Gwendolyn Simpson: (Paraprofessional) Wilbur: Vanessa Lewis: (Transportation) William Penn: Merlyn Burns: (Secretary) Wilmington Manor: Andrew Ecker (Paraprofessional)
Congratulations to all of the 2020-2021 ESPY winners and good luck at the state awards ceremony!
Remember to Stay in Touch!
Looking for contact information for a particular school?  Check out the link below for this information.  www.colonialschooldistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/colonialcontacts.pdf (t.e2ma.net/click/imns4d/yyzamkd/m50u34)
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Lauren Wilson-Public Information Officer: Lauren.Wilson@Colonial.k12.de.us  (302) 323-2753 • colonialschooldistrict.org

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