REMOTE LEARNING INFORMATION AND LINKS

CSD Elementary Summer Learning Program

#WEread for FUN! (And love math too!)

 

To help our youngest students build a love of reading, Colonial is excited to offer an engaging and enriching learning opportunity for students entering 1st to 5th grade during the 2020-21 school year.   Participating students will receive picture book(s) or a novel, an activity choice board, and creative materials that will be used during #WEread for FUN.  (July 6th to August 6th). Students will have the option of participating in a daily Zoom session (30-45 minutes) with a Colonial teacher that connects them with other students reading the same book.  The teacher will also provide engaging and fun ELA and Math activities that they can complete throughout the day.   As a parent, you can decide if your child participates in the choice board activities at home, the zoom lessons, or everything being offered to extend their learning this summer!  

 

Click the link below, if you’re interested in having your child participate in our summer enrichment opportunity #WEread for FUN! Please enroll by June 12th. 

 

Click here

Congratulations, Southern Elementary 5th Graders!

Once a Southern Shark-Always a Southern Shark!

Southern Elementary is going to miss our 5th graders as they transition to middle school. However, we know they are well on their way to achieving wonderful things. Once a Southern Shark – Always a Southern Shark!

 

Watch 5th Grade Video

Kindergarten Camp

Please see the flyer and link for more information about Kindergarten Camp and registration.

 

Click here to register

The Power of WE & the New Normal
Much work and discussions have been centered around the return to school for our students and staff. Please know that planning continues on a daily basis among administrators, teachers, and staff who are considering input from parents, students, and legislators who represent the Colonial School District (CSD). The decisions are difficult since no one can predict the course that COVID-19 will take, but the safety and well being of students and staff remains a top priority. Many decisions made for the CSD will hinge on directions from the governor and the Department of Education, which are forthcoming.

We promise to keep you informed!
- Beginning with this post, we will send you weekly updates to communicate our plans and give you details as those plans are in place for a return to school.
- We will update several media platforms to do our best to keep students, staff, and families informed. Some tips to stay informed:
• Bookmark our website at Colonialschooldistrict.org
• Follow us on social media - www.colonialschooldistrict.org/newsroom/social-media/
• Sign up for email alerts - www.colonialschooldistrict.org/subscribe-to-colonial-clippings/
• Download our mobile app - www.colonialschooldistrict.org/newsroom/mobile-app/

As our current situation is constantly evolving, please understand that planning could change based on a resurgence of the virus, just as plans could change based on developments with testing and treatment. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we adapt to the changing environment throughout the summer. We would like to provide some updates about what’s happened this summer in CSD:

In the last month . . .
We have asked parents to complete a short survey and we received almost 2,000 responses. The survey showed:
• 39% of parents indicated they would prefer their children to return to school
• 37% prefer a combination of remote learning and in-school instruction or a hybrid model
• 22%indicated they want remote learning to continue.

This was very important data for us to utilize in our planning, so we want to thank everyone who participated in the survey.

- District leadership and staff conducted 27 one-hour virtual focus groups with a combined total of over 250 participants, who represented groups from every building in our District, as well as parents and students. We are very appreciative of not only the time given by our participants but also their thoughtfulness and engagement in this difficult process. The feedback received from the groups was productive, with participants providing ideas and suggestions on topics such as masks and face coverings, transportation, social distancing, and more. Our administrative team will use these ideas in conjunction with the latest guidance from local and state agencies as we finalize our plans.

- Over 100 staff members from throughout CSD have been meeting virtually often to have thoughtful discussions around current issues and decisions being made in our state and how these decisions will impact Colonial. These discussions are weighing heavily on our planning for any possible back to school plans for this upcoming school year.

In closing, please continue to make every effort to contain the virus in our community by maintaining good personal hygiene, practicing social distancing, and wearing masks in public. We can’t thank you enough for your support and the part you play in the Power of We.
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Cammi DeHoyas as been on the frontlines for the Colonial School District (CSD) by driving a bus that delivered free meals to students beginning in March when Delaware’s State of Emergency was declared, and she continues to do the same now for the Summer Feeding Program. A driver with 30-years under her belt, DeHoyas is deeply devoted to (CSD), saying she’s seen generations of children as passengers. Her adult children attended CSD schools and so do five of her 11 grandchildren. DeHoyas took special delight in driving for the Grab and Go program when school buildings were closed. “Some of the kids were kids on my bus, so to see them out there with their parents getting stuff and to see the smiles on their faces...they lit up, and oh my God it felt so good!” she said. DeHoyas also felt good about spearheading a video for William Penn seniors that included endearing messages from all of the drivers. “It felt nice to do that for them. I know they went without a lot and I wanted it to come from transportation-from all of us. DeHoyas made posters for the video and even giant graduation caps that were placed on top of the buses. She says working side-by-side with staff from Nutrition Services reminded her what Colonial’s Power of WE really means, “We’re all in this together, we’re a family. I love the district...I just love it!” Cammi is #WhoWEAreCSD ... See MoreSee Less

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