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2020-2021 School Year UPDATES!

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Grades 1-8: September 8
Kindergarten: September 14
SCHOOL MATERIAL PICK-UP DAYS

It is very important your child has all the essential materials for learning.  These materials/packets must be picked up for your child.

SCHOOL MATERIAL PICK-UP DATES:

Wednesday, Oct. 28th – Packets & Food – 7:30am – 10:30am

Wednesday, Oct. 28th – Packets ONLY – 11:00am – 12:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 29th – Packets ONLY – 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 29th – Packets & Food – 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Bring your child’s school bag or a bag.  There will be a lot of items!  Items will include:

  • Workbooks
  • Packets
  • Resources
  • Materials
  • School supplies

There will be material pick-up days throughout the year.  We thank you for your cooperation!

重要通讯,务必要看:学习材料领取日期

为您的孩子备齐所有核心的学习材料是很重要的一件事。您必须为您的孩子领取这些学习用品/材料。

学习材料领取日期如下:

10月28日,周三 – 学习材料及学生套餐 – 早上7点半 至 上午10点半

10月28日,周三 – 只取学习材料 – 上午11点 至 中午12点

10月29日,周四 – 只取学习材料 – 下午1点半 至 下午3点

10月29日,周四 – 学习材料及学生套餐 – 下午3点半 至 晚上6点半

领取物品时,请带上您的孩子的书包或是一个袋子。会有很多物件需要您领取!需要领取的物件将包括:

  • 练习册

  • 学习材料

  • 资源通讯

  • 学习用品

  • *学校所订的文具货品仍在邮寄当中,我们仍在等待它们的到来。

我们会在整个学年的不同时间,安排数个学习用品领取日。感谢您的合作!

IMPORTANTE INFORMACION PARA QUE USTED LA LEA: Días para Recoger Materiales Escolares

Es muy importante que su niño tenga todos los materiales esenciales para su aprendizaje. Usted debe recoger estos materiales/paquetes para su niño.

Las Fechas para Recoger los Materiales son las siguientes:

Miércoles,  28 de Octubre – Paquetes y Comida – 7:30 am -10:30am

Miércoles,  28 de Octubre – Solo Paquetes – 11:00am-12:00am

Jueves,  29 de Octubre – Solo Paquetes – 1:30 pm – 3:00pm

Jueves, 29 de Octubre – Paquetes y Comida- 3:30pm -6:30pm

Traiga la bolsa de escuela de su niño o una bolsa ¡Va a recoger muchas cosas! Esto incluye:

  • Cuadernos de Trabajo

  • Paquetes

  • Recursos

  • Materiales

  • Materiales escolares

Va haber días para recoger materiales durante el año. ¡Les agradecemos mucho su cooperación!

TECH DEVICES

FACTS will be issuing each student a Chromebook this year. We ask that students only use the FACTS issued device and not their own home device to make it easier for us to address any technical issues that may come up. We expect parents to be involved in ensuring that you child properly cares for this school device.

G SUITE & GOOGLE CLASSROOM

FACTS will be switching from Microsoft to G Suite products this year. Students will be given new email login information during tech pick-up. We will be using Google Classroom for student assignments instead of Plus Portals. Plus Portals will continue to be used as a place to check grades, report cards, IEPs, and attendance.

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH

All FACTS students can receive free breakfast and free lunch from FACTS. We encourage you to participate!

At this time, the only pick-up location will be at FACTS. Government guidelines have changed. FACTS student can no longer go to other schools to pick up free meals. They must get the meals from FACTS.

PICK-UP DAYS:

Wednesdays (7:30am – 10:30am)

Thursdays (3:30pm – 6:30pm)

The first pick-up will be Wednesday, Sept. 9th!

Families will be given a full week of meals on the day they pick up. Lunches will be individually frozen meals. Breakfast will be cereal and/or cereal bars. Both will include milk.

STUDENT SCHEDULE

During virtual learning, student school hours are:  8:00am – 3:00pm

These hours include breakfast/logging on (8-8:30am), Morning Meeting (MM), community-building, social-emotional learning (SEL), What I Need (WIN), content courses, specials, and breaks.

 

Content courses: 10-15 minutes of direct instruction, plus independent work time in small group breakout rooms with a teacher.

*We are reassessing schedules for students in lower grades. More details soon.

MORNING MEETING

Students must be ready for Morning Meeting at 8:30am. Attendance will be taken everyday during Morning Meeting.

WIN (WHAT I NEED)

FACTS will have a scheduled block of time for students to receive additional academic support from teachers. These sessions are mandatory.

SERVICES FOR SPECIAL ED & ENGLISH LEARNERS

FACTS will continue to provide services to students with IEPs and English Learners. This may look different in the virtual setting.

AT-HOME LEARNING RECOMMENDATIONS

We strongly recommend families set up an undisturbed space in the home for their child to fully engage in virtual learning. The following are some tips to set your child up for virtual success:

  • Keep the laptop on a desk or table
  • Have the camera facing a wall (instead of full view of room)
  • Have your child wear school appropriate clothing (ie – Dress Down Day guidelines)
  • Keep the video on as much as possible
  • Have all learning materials close by
  • Decorate the space to inspire learning
  • Post learning goals
  • Headsets help to drown out background noise (optional)
Distance Learning Guidelines
ACCESS CENTERS FOR K-8 STUDENTS

The City of Philadelphia is providing Access Centers to serve students while fully-digital learning is in place. Registration is required with priority given to children of caregivers who need to work outside the home and cannot provide or afford other childcare solutions. Limited site capacity.

https://www.phila.gov/programs/access-centers/

 

2020-2021 BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT (virtual)!

Grades K-4:

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd, 5:45 – 7pm

Grades 5-8 and Stars:

Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, 5:45 – 7pm

8/20/20 PARENT MEETING – RETURNING TO SCHOOL VIRTUALLY

Slideshow presentation – 8-20-20 Returning to School Virtually Parent Meeting

DECISION TO GO ALL VIRTUAL

FACTS is using 3 criteria to determine whether to open school all virtually or with a hybrid model (1 in-person day/wk). If any one of the following criteria are true, FACTS remains all-virtual:

  1. The City of Philadelphia COVID-19 website rates the risk of transmission as high
  2. Philadelphia is still requiring significant mitigation
  3. The rate of positive tests exceeds 5% over a 14-day rolling average

On August 7th, since #1 still indicated the risk of transmission as HIGH, we decided to open school all virtual. On November 16th (beginning of 2nd marking period), FACTS will reassess the COVID-19 situation in Philadelphia.

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