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August 3,2021

Welcome Back Dennison Families,

I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer and were able to refresh and renew. I am excited to welcome you back to a new school year, and welcome our new families as you join our community.  We are still the Dennison Crew with a new focus on #Better Together.  We weathered the rough waters last year, and we did it successfully with the commitment and hard work of our staff, students, and parents/guardians.

You have all received the district communication regarding our opening under the guidelines of Jefferson County Public Health.  I thank all of you that have reached out and assure you that all involved are trying to bring their best to the difficult decisions around starting the school year.  Your gracious and kind communications help me to bring our community's thoughts forward.  Later this week I will be meeting with all elementary principals and district leadership for current updates.  As a Jeffco Public School, we will be opening under the guidelines sent last Friday.  I acknowledge the many deeply held beliefs and thoughts regarding masks, and am happy to discuss this in the context that our main goal is to keep school open, safe, and consistent for our students.

The other event that continues to challenge our flexibility is the bond project that has allowed us to remodel and upgrade parts of our building.  Work crews have been in the building beginning the first of June and are working hard to ready school for the start.  If any of you have been working to get any home projects completed, you will understand that the current state of production, workers, and materials has caused a delay in construction.  Our construction crew and architects have worked hard to find new vendors, work with schedules, and find creative alternatives.  As I have reminded the staff, we are seeing and hearing the sights and sounds of progress.  While we will be starting school with a “few loose ends,” we are excited to be welcoming our students back in the building and will practice patience over the next few months as the district works to finish the remaining projects. 

So what will our start look like?  We will still need to have students enter the building through their outside classroom doors. We are working out the details of scheduled Open House and Back to School night events, as well as how soon the community can be brought inside.  I will have further details to share following the next construction meeting.  Both the teachers and I will communicate the details.

For families who have been with us before, you know that last year we had a “soft start” for students to enter the building in the morning.  A soft start for students mimics the way you likely prefer to start your day – with a chance to settle in before beginning work. Even with a soft start, kids still complete classroom morning routines (emptying backpacks, etc.) Parents should drop students off between 8:30 and 8:40.  All students will go straight to their classroom doors and enter beginning at 8:30 for a soft start.  The first bell will ring at 8:40 and the tardy bell at 8:45.  Please do not drop children off prior to 8:30 as there is no outdoor supervision before school.  Students will be dismissed at 3:20 and will proceed to the bus or their pick up spot.  Students must be picked up in the afternoon by 3:30 p.m.  

Class lists will be made available on Friday, August 13th.   I know students wait anxiously to know which teacher they have and what friends will be in their class.  It makes me so proud to work with a staff of teachers that are the best and are committed to giving your child a successful year.  The lifting of cohort restrictions will allow all students in a grade level to interact with each other.  They have been waiting a long time to reconnect with friends.  Teachers will continue to provide opportunities for students to get outside for breaks and movement as weather permits.  We will also be welcoming everyone back to the cafeteria.  The flooring and kitchen updates are completed and I will begin to send pictures of the various projects out soon.

This seems like another unusual start, however, we are all in person, we aren’t navigating remote learning challenges, and we are back together as a community.  Teachers and staff are so excited to welcome students and begin supporting them for success.  We have been working on transitions back to the school environment and expectations while ensuring we create relationships and community.

I thank you for entrusting your children to us as we reset and reimagine this school year.

Our next communication will include many details including first day drop-off, pick up routines, when we can begin to offer before/after school activities and what our “Welcome Back” activities will look like.  Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as I wait for district and construction messaging.

We are “Dennison Crew” and will continue to do school well.


With Gratitude,

 

 Pam

Pamela Yoder

Principal

Dennison Elementary

303-982-4775

 

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