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Time to Say Goodbye A Fond Farewell

Dear Solomon Plains Elementary Family,

I am both saddened and excited to tell you the news of my leaving Solomon/Plains Elementary.  This change will take place effective Monday, August 10, 2020.  

I will remain in education, but will be working on a different level still within the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.  

Upon my transition, I’d like to thank all of my parents, students, educators, and staff for 15 years of positive productivity.  I am blessed to have collaborated with people who CARE and worked as a team for a common end result.  I will truly miss all of you, but certain I will see you sporadically in my travels.  

Mr. Justin Correll, has been appointed Principal at Solomon Plains Elementary. Best of luck to Mr. Correll as he begins to assume his Principal duties!

Enjoy the remaining part of your summer and stay safe!

Respectfully,

Sean R. Flynn

WBASD 2020-2021 Learning Options

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy and has found time to enjoy these warm summer months. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult and unprecedented times. We realize that the circumstances of this pandemic have been difficult and challenging. We, as school leaders, feel the same way.

We have been working on the details for reopening schools based on recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our goal is to provide high quality and equitable education for your child while mitigating the risk to students and staff.

As parents/ guardians, you will have the choice of one of the following options for each child in your family for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year:

Option 1: Traditional in-person instruction 5 days a week. Masks will be required at ALL times except in classrooms where social distancing of six feet or greater can be maintained.

=        All parents/guardians will be required to prescreen their child/children daily.

=        The school will utilize thermal screening (temperature scans) prior to students entering the building.

=        Teachers and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times as well.

=        Social distancing will be maintained whenever possible and student movement will be limited.

=        Hand sanitize stations will be located in all classrooms as well as throughout the building.

=        Buildings and busses will be cleaned and disinfected daily and high-touch areas will be cleaned throughout the day.

Option 2: Remote/distance learning five days a week. All students will receive a traditional schedule and will be required to log into their classes at the scheduled time daily. Note: With this option, students will be able to participate and interact in real time with the class.

Option 3: Wilkes-Barre Area Cyber Academy. This option does not provide daily real-time interactions.

The District will provide all students with a Chromebook or laptop regardless of the learning option selected.

Transportation: All students who select to use District transportation will be required to wear a mask at all times. Additionally, seats on busses will be assigned with a maximum of two students per seat. Family members will be expected to share seats on the bus.

Parents/Guardians will be able to select one of the learning options through Skyward Family Access. Additionally, parents/guardians will also indicate if they will be using District transportation for the first semester. 

Instructions on how to select the option for your child/children are available by clicking this link.  Parents/Guardians must select one of the options available by August 14th, 2020. Any Parent/Guardian who does not select an option by August 14th, 2020, their child will be entered into Option2 (Remote Learning) for the first semester. Parents/Guardians will have the ability to modify their choice at the end of the first semester.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the building principal at your child’s school. 

Thank you again for your flexibility and cooperation during these challenging times. We will continue to update you with any additional information as it becomes available.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Brian J. Costello 
Literacy Skills Grades K, 1, and 2: Keep your literacy skills sharp!
Parents of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students,
Please check the WBASD website for our new read alouds,  literacy activities , and timed reading passages.  Go to the district website and select  “Parent Resources”. Then select “District Literacy Program Grades K, 1, and 2” on the right side for the new reading activities. We will continue to provide your child with optional reading resources every two weeks throughout the summer to prevent the “summer slide”. The new material post date are:   June 29,  July 13 and 27, and August 10 and 24. There is no need to contact your teacher. We want you to have fun with the activities and enjoy your summer!
United Way United Way Summer Learning Workbook K-2
Students in grades K-2  will be mailed a free workbook compliments of the United Way to support summer learning.  Families are encouraged to complete the workbook to keep student reading and math skills sharp. Students will be treated to an ice cream if they turn in a completed workbook this Fall. If parents have any questions, they contact the local United Way at 570-829-6711
 
The United Way has added a 12 week activity guideline to their website on how to keep kids engaged throughout the summer months. Feel free to use it at https://www.unitedwaywb.org/summerlearning.php
Solomon Parade 2020 2020 Solomon-Plains End of the School Year Parade
 On June 5th, Solomon -Plains Elemenatry celebrated the end of the 2019-2020 school year with a parade through the streets of Miners Mills, Irish Town, Laflin and Plains.  Click to see the fun!