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Monday, AUGUST 24, 2020

MONDAY-October 5, 2020

English
Happy Monday! Thank you to everyone for continuing to work together as a Heights team! We continue to fall forward! Progress reports will be available online Wednesday, October 14th.
Face Mask Update-Important! Face masks must be worn by students and adults/visitors while on school district property. This includes anyone who is escorting students to school or picking-up children at dismissal-all individuals must wear a facial covering as per our social distancing and face mask requirements.
Option 2/Virtual Learners should be visible on the screen and remain online with the teacher to receive credit for attendance. Adults should not be visible on camera due to enforcement of our online code of conduct and safety for all learners. 
Thank you!
Spanish
¡Feliz lunes! ¡Gracias a todos por seguir trabajando juntos como equipo de Heights! ¡Seguimos cayendo hacia adelante! Los informes de progreso estarán disponibles en línea el miércoles 14 de octubre.
Actualización de la mascarilla facial: ¡importante! Los estudiantes y adultos / visitantes deben usar mascarillas en la propiedad del distrito escolar. Esto incluye a cualquier persona que acompañe a los estudiantes a la escuela o recoja a los niños a la salida; todas las personas deben usar una cubierta facial de acuerdo con nuestros requisitos de distanciamiento social y mascarilla.
Opción 2 / Los estudiantes virtuales deben estar visibles en la pantalla y permanecer en línea con el maestro para recibir crédito por asistencia. Los adultos no deben ser visibles en la cámara debido a la aplicación de nuestro código de conducta en línea y seguridad para todos los estudiantes.

Gracias!

Monday, August 24th-2020 (English/Spanish)

English
Kindergarten Virtual Orientation will now be Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 @ 6:00 PM. Our Superintendent, Dr. Brian Costello, will be holding a live meeting for all parents/guardians of students who are attending Option 1 school on Wednesday, September 2nd. In order to accommodate families who are interested in participating in Dr. Costello's meeting on Wednesday, we have moved our kindergarten orientation to Tuesday, September 1st at 6:00 PM. Please check back here for the Orientation Meeting Link and Call-In number.

Spanish
La Orientación Virtual de Kindergarten ahora será el martes 1 de septiembre de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m. Nuestro superintendente, Dr. Brian Costello, llevará a cabo una reunión en vivo para todos los padres / tutores de los estudiantes que asisten a la escuela Opción 1 el miércoles 2 de septiembre. Con el fin de acomodar a las familias que estén interesadas en participar en la reunión del Dr. Costello el miércoles, hemos trasladado nuestra orientación de kindergarten al martes 1 de septiembre a las 6:00 PM. Vuelva a consultar aquí el enlace de la reunión de orientación y el número de llamada.

Thank you!
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August 20, 2020-Important Update (English/Spanish)

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I hope students and families have stayed safe and well this summer! We are busy preparing and planning for the opening of the school year. Over the next few weeks, I will provide important information here on our school website about returning our students to school. Here are a few items to keep in mind:
*Kindergarten Orientation will be Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 @ 6:00 PM.
Due to the Pandemic, this year's orientation will be VIRTUAL/online. Therefore, a Google meeting link with access information and a call-in code will be provided on this website. 
*The first day of school is Friday, September 11, 2020. 
*Every student will receive a school district chromebook to utilize. Students who are not attending school in-person will be given a day and time for chromebook pick-up sometime in the near future.
*The average class size for students who are physically coming to school is no larger than 10-12 students, giving us the ability to properly social distance in the classroom.
*Option 1 students are required to wear masks in school at all times, but will be given a break when able to properly social distance and meeting teacher directive.
*There will be two blocks of instructional time for Option 2 students to be present online during the school day: 9:30-11:45 & 12:30-2:45. Attendance will be taken.
*Student behavior expectations will be shared for Option 1 and 2-it is imperative that families review the expectations with their children to ensure the safety and proper educational opportunities are maintained for all.
En Espanol
* La orientación para kindergarten será el miércoles 2 de septiembre de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m.
Debido a la pandemia, la orientación de este año será VIRTUAL / en línea. Por lo tanto, en este sitio web se proporcionará un enlace de reunión de Google con información de acceso y un código de llamada.
* El primer día de clases es el viernes 11 de septiembre de 2020.
* Todos los estudiantes recibirán un Chromebook del distrito escolar para utilizar. A los estudiantes que no asistan a la escuela en persona se les dará un día y una hora para recoger el Chromebook en algún momento en el futuro cercano.
* El tamaño de clase promedio para los estudiantes que vienen físicamente a la escuela no es mayor de 10-12 estudiantes, lo que nos brinda la capacidad de mantener una distancia social adecuada en el aula.
* Se requiere que los estudiantes de la Opción 1 usen máscaras en la escuela en todo momento, pero se les dará un descanso cuando puedan separarse adecuadamente y cumplir con las instrucciones del maestro.
* Habrá dos bloques de tiempo de instrucción para que los estudiantes de la Opción 2 estén presentes en línea durante el día escolar: 9: 30-11: 45 y 12: 30-2: 45. Se tomará la asistencia.
* Las expectativas de comportamiento de los estudiantes se compartirán para las opciones 1 y 2; es imperativo que las familias revisen las expectativas con sus hijos para garantizar que se mantengan la seguridad y las oportunidades educativas adecuadas para todos.


Thank you, and have a great weekend!
Mrs. Melissa Myers
 Principal
Heights-Murray Elementary School



Week of June 1, 2020 

We hope students and families enjoyed the parade last Thursday evening! We enjoyed seeing our students' and community members! it was a great experience for everyone!

The last day of school  is Friday, June 5th. Students and families should check-in with teachers to finalize assignments and complete participation requirements.

Student Meals The school district's breakfast and lunch distribution has concluded. We thank Nutrition Inc. for their hard work and dedication to our students!

*The Mt. Zion Baptist Church will continue to distribute frozen dinners at our school 11:30-1:00 daily until further notice. 


Student Belongings Pick-Up  Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2nd and 3rd, from 11:00 am-7:00 pm, student belongings may be picked-up in our gym. We must follow social distancing guidelines, wear facial masks/coverings, and only one adult will be permitted to enter the building. Please click on the following link below for important guidelines that must be followed:

Student Belongings Pick-Up Information 

 

Thank you, and have a great week!

Mrs. Melissa Myers

 Principal

Heights-Murray Elementary School


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Week of May 26, 2020

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Memorial Day weekend! Please check back here for updates this week, information will be placed on this site if there are additional updates.

Student Belongings Pick-Up  Tuesday and Wednesday, June 2nd and 3rd, from 11:00 am-7:00 pm, are designated days and times that student belongings may be picked-up in our gym. We must follow social distancing guidelines, wear facial masks/coverings, and only one adult will be permitted to enter the building. Please click on the following link below for important guidelines that must be followed:

Student Belongings Pick-Up Information 

Chromebook Return Opportunity will also be Tuesday or Wednesday, June 2nd and 3rd, from 11:00 am-7:00 pm. The charge cord and chromebook must be returned at the same time.

Heights on Parade! Typically, at the end of the school year, we host a' Kindergarten Celebration' at school to recognize the significant academic growth students make in Kindergarten. We also host a 6th Grade 'Moving Up' Ceremony to recognize our 6th grade students' achievements and share our well wishes with them and their families for junior high school success. In honor of these celebrations and to also give our students the opportunity to see their teachers, Heights-Murray Elementary School teachers and staff will be participating in a parade with their personal vehicles. Please click on the following link for our parade route. The parade will be Thursday, May 28, 2020, starting at 6:00 PM in the Laurel Run Estates. All students and families who are interested in seeing their parade should adhere to social distancing guidelines along the route.

 PARADE ROUTE

Thank you, and have a great week!


Mrs. Melissa Myers

 Principal

Heights-Murray Elementary School

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Week of May 18, 2020

Congratulations again to our 100% Student Participation winners from the week of May 4th! Mr. McKenna delivered 14 prize bags to our winning students' homes last Thursday (2 from every grade). I can't wait to see who wins this week! Keep up the great work! Winners will be announced on Thursday and prize bags will be delivered for the week of May 11th!

The Children's Free Food Pantry  will be at Heights' front entrance on Thursday, 5/21/20, @ 11:30-1:00 PM. Vehicles are recommended vs. walking for pick-up. Please pull through the front driveway to the school's main entrance. The box of food will be at the curb for pick-up. All food will be boxed for pick-up, and visitors must wear a mask.

Kindergarten and End of Year Celebratory Parade-Typically, we host a Kindergarten Celebration to recognize students for their hard work throughout the year. Due to the school closure, we decided to have a parade for students! Kindergarten teachers will share details with parent/guardians through their communication apps. In addition to celebrating our kindergarten student accomplishments, we hope that all students will join in the fun! Teachers and staff will be parading through the Heights' school territory on Thursday, May 28, 2020, @ 6:00 PM. A parade route will be shared on our website next week. Come by and wave to teachers and staff to celebrate the year's accomplishments!

 I hope you have a great week!

Mrs. Melissa Myers

 Principal

Heights-Murray Elementary School

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Week of May 11, 2020

This week, we are kicking-off a raffle for students to participate in by meeting the 100% participation goal for their classes. For the remainder of the school year, teachers from each grade will submit students' names who have met 100% of teacher expectations for each week. The names will be entered in a raffle and two students from each grade will be selected and announced on Thursdays for the previous week. A special prize bag will be delivered to their home! All 100% Participation student names will be updated weekly to our 'Student Achievement & Recognition' section on our school website.

Friday, June 5th, 2020 is the last day of school. Our annual '6th Grade Moving Up Ceremony' will be presented to students and their families, virtually, on June 4th. We'd like to recognize our 6th grade students who are moving up and on to junior high next school year! 

The 3rd Quarter grades were finalized last week as the last 3rd quarter end date was March 13th. Report cards will not be mailed home until the end of the 4th quarter and will display both the 3rd and 4th quarter grades. Please make sure to access your family Skyward account to review any previous grades. If you do not have Skyward access, please visit parent resources website on our district website to request Skyward Access.

We will develop a plan to make student items from their classrooms available for pick-up at a later date. Please check back here for updates about that. 

Upcoming Event: '570 On the Go' Meal Distribution will be at every elementary school this upcoming weekend, May 16th and 17th @ 1:00-3:00 PM. Please stop by Heights for a delicious take-away meal and snack. Students must accompany a parent/guardian. 

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner distribution continues to be distributed at the South Side, daily, 11:30am-1:00pm.

The Free Children's Food Pantry will be Thursday, May 21st, 11:30am-1:00pm @ Heights' main entrance. 

Thank you for your continued patience and perseverance during this time. We are here to support families in any way we can! 


Enjoy the week!

Mrs. Melissa Myers

 Principal

Heights-Murray Elementary School

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Welcome to May 2020 & Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to our teachers!

Please join me while recognizing our teachers for their dedication to our students and school, their compassion, and tireless efforts to assure our students receive the best educational experience possible! We hope the students enjoy participating in this week’s online spirit activities and share photos with their teachers??

Heights families, we thank you for your continued cooperation during our school closure and remote learning time. Please continue to stay in touch with your child’s teacher(s) and ensure the assignments are completed and submitted according to specified timelines. In addition, all students should participate during the teacher’s scheduled live session weekly. 

The 3rd quarter grades will soon be finalized as of March 13th, 2020-the last day school was in session. Teachers have previously provided students with the opportunity to complete any 3rd quarter missed graded assignments until the end of this week.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School District’s 4th quarter grading guidelines are attached below and are also available on the school district’s main website for review. It is imperative that our students continue to participate and complete assignments to promote continued learning achievement. 

 4th Quarter Grading

If students are not participating and/or submitting assignments, phone calls are made on a weekly basis to the parents/guardians of non-participating students. Our goal is to work together during this time, maintain communication, and promote continued educational and social-emotional experiences for your children. You are not alone, your children’s success is always on our minds and in our efforts. 

Enjoy the week!

Mrs. Melissa Myers

 Principal

Heights-Murray Elementary School

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Week of April 26th, 2020 
Hello Heights-Murray Elementary School Families!
I encourage you to stay positive during these challenging times. We are resilient people, and I am confident we will continue to persevere!
 
Last week, all teachers began to track attendance and participation of students. It is imperative that students continue to complete teacher assigned work/activities and participate during any scheduled online/live class meetings. We understand that families may experience circumstances that impact the student's availability to complete work/participate at a given scheduled time. If there are circumstances, please communicate them to your child's teacher(s). Communication is imperative at this time, especially when we rely on phone calls, emails, and live technology-based sessions to communicate. 
 
To best meet the unique needs of our students, how the learning process will look for the remainder of the school year is established by the teacher and grade level teams. Kindergarten through 2nd grades utilize a variety of resources while communicating through Class DoJo or email, while 3rd through 6th grades utilize Google Classroom as the main means to faciiltate instruction, in addition to communication apps. New content is being introduced, which is why it is so imperative that students participate to promote continued academic growth.
*Since our instruction relies heavily on access to the internet and technology, please keep your child's teacher informed if there are technological difficulties so that we may assist you.
 
Although the school building is closed, we hope to maintain family engagement virtually. Our 'Heights-Home away from Home' feeling for students will not be forgotten; therefore, I'll begin to discuss with teachers how we might facilitate family engagement opportunities virtually. Stay tuned...
 
Student meals will continue to be distributed daily at the South Side entrance, from 11:30am-1:00pm.
We understand that all families are impacted by the pandemic differently. If you are experiencing difficulty, please check the school district website for available resources (i.e. food distributions, emotional support, etc.) or contact myself or Mr. McKenna by calling the school's main office: (570) 826-7255.
 
During the weeks moving forward, please check this site for updates and information, and most importantly, stay healthy and safe.
 
Be well, 
Mrs. Myers
Principal
(570) 826-7111, ext. 6102 
 
 
 
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