Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Thursday, May 13:
Dear BEU families,
We hope you have had a good week. Teachers have been back in the building working hard to bag up your children’s materials. It has been wonderful to see their faces! Here are your updates for the weekend:
1. Attached to this email are the specific plans for next week’s materials pickup. Please read the entire document very carefully. We are looking to have a very efficient and safe pickup experience. Please let us know if you have any questions about the plan.
2. Next Thursday, May 21, we will release the 5th grade graduation video to 5th grade parents. We hope to share the video with you at 6 pm, when we would have held our original “face-to-face” graduation. Thank you to the fifth grade team for putting together a very special video.
a. At materials pickup, 5th graders will also receive their graduation certificate and their district-provided graduation t-shirt.
b. Any award winners from the graduation video will receive their award in the mail.
3. On June 2, Boone County will hold a General Municipal Election. There are 3 school board seats up for election. The Columbia Board of Education has also submitted a proposal for a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue to Columbia voters. The bond issue proposal requires 57 percent approval. Please see this PDF for more information about the bond: https://www.cpsk12.org/cms/lib/MO01909752/Centricity/Domain/70/Bond%202020%20QA%20060220.pdf If you prefer to vote absentee, you still have until May 20 to apply for an absentee ballot. You may use the application that came in the mail with your June 2 voting materials, or you may apply online at https://report.boonecountymo.org/mrcjava/servlet/VR01_MP.I00045s
4. CPS continues to run its Grab and Go bus routes with meals for students. Here is the link to those routes: https://www.cpsk12.org/cms/lib/MO01909752/Centricity/Domain/9415/Grab-and-Go%20Updated%20Routes%204-13-20.pdf CPS is creating a plan to continue some form of meal distribution throughout the summer. Stay tuned for more information.
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Thursday, April 30:
Good afternoon, BEU families!
Well, we have all been at this social distancing thing for six weeks, and I have to say it still doesn’t feel great. We are getting closer to a go-ahead for teachers and staff to get back in the building and for families to retrieve student items and drop off library books. We will share that plan with you next week. If you are moving out of Columbia in the very near future, please contact Mr. Woods or Mrs. Rogers to make a plan for turning in materials. Now, here are your BEU updates:
1. The Timberwolf Talent Show is going virtual this year! Can you sing? Dance? Magic? Tell Jokes?! We would love to see your talents in a short video. Read the attached PDF for more information about how you and your family can participate in the BEU Virtual Talent Show. Our Timberwolves are talented!
2. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our PTA has put together some easy ideas for students to honor our amazing teachers. That flyer is also attached to this email.
3. We know that as time continues to pass that many of our students may be experiencing some stress and anxiety. Here are a couple of resources for families: https://www.centervention.com/vision-board-ideas-for-students-in-elementary-and-middle-school/
Please remember that our wonderful counselors, Ms. Harris (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. Davison (email@example.com) continue to be available to families.
4. CPS is still offering Grab and Go meals for families. Here is the link to the bus routes: https://www.cpsk12.org/cms/lib/MO01909752/Centricity/Domain/9415/Grab-and- Go%20Updated%20Routes%204-13-20.pdf Breakfast and lunch are provided. EquipmentShare is also providing groceries for families every Monday and Thursday from 1-2 pm in the Douglas High School parking lot.
5. Coach Consiglio wanted students to know that starting tomorrow he will be riding his bike through BEU neighborhoods every Friday starting around 1 pm to wave hello to students while following proper social distancing guidelines.
That’s all for this Thursday. We hope everyone is staying healthy. We really miss our Timberwolf family!
-Mr. Woods and Mrs. Rogers
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Thursday, April 9:
Dear BEU families,
I hope you all are doing well. I wanted to start by letting you know that moving forward, CPS has asked principals to send any mass communications to families on Thursdays. I will continue to send you the daily announcement link, and of course Mr. Woods and I will contact you if any major news needs to be shared immediately. Here are your news items for the weekend:
1. In case you missed it on the Monday morning announcements, Mr. Woods shared with us that one way timberwolves show they care about one another is through group howls. He is going to put together a group howl to share on the announcements next week. If your children (and family members!) are interested in being part of the howl, please email him (firstname.lastname@example.org) a short video of your family howl by tomorrow. This should be fun to see!
2. The district has slightly altered the bus routes for the Grab and Go meals they are providing. Let me know if you have any questions. Here is the link with the new routes: https://www.cpsk12.org/cms/lib/MO01909752/Centricity/Domain/9415/Grab-and-Go%20Updated%20Routes%204-13-20.pdf
3. Our staff has put together a special video for students and families. We call it our “We Miss You” video. You can find it at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15QK39-KKc-5LiaNgNSFgYaBWkGNV2njT/view?usp=sharing
As always, we want to let you know how much we miss you all and “normal school.” We look forward to the day when we can get back to business as usual. Please take good care of yourselves. Go for walks, play outside, read books together. Let us know if you need anything.
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Monday, April 6:
Dear BEU Families,
During this difficult time for all, please know we are thinking about you and hoping that this finds you well. Last week, it was announced that we were “pausing” instruction for a moment as we reflect on what we have done so far and to give us time to determine what is best for our students and families as we continue with this school closure. First and foremost, we want you to know that our number one priority and concern is the well-being of your child(ren) and your family. This unprecedented time we find ourselves in is unlike anything we have ever encountered. In the weeks ahead, we know there will continue to be many hurdles for families, and we want you to know that we will walk beside you as we all navigate this together.
As school closed, you were given a packet of work to do while at home. Many of you have done this work and are ready for more. Others are still working through what was sent, and others haven’t even had a moment to sit down and look at the packet. All of these scenarios are completely okay, and we will meet you where you are. If you have a 5th grader at home, your student has an iPad. As you may know, Schoology has been having connectivity issues nationally. For this reason, beginning next week, a packet of work will be available to each 5th grade student. In addition to this, teachers will encourage students to use several apps they have on their device.
In the coming days and weeks, your teacher will continue to reach out to you so that our kids can stay connected and questions can be answered. Teachers may do this through phone calls, emails, dojo, or through our video conferencing tool, Zoom. We want to stay as connected as possible with our students and give them a chance to talk with their friends and be given a sense of normalcy. Please know these calls are not mandatory, but rather, just a way to stay connected during this time. Additionally, these calls serve as the best, and most effective, way for us to support CPS families as we want to do all that we can for our students.
This week, please continue to work on the packet that you have at home and read with your child. If you have a 5th grader using Schoology, your child(ren) can continue to complete work previously assigned by your teacher in Schoology through the rest of this week. If you would like additional resources, you will find these on our COVID-19 website. As a next step, your teacher will ask when you are ready for additional work to be sent home and will be standing by to help you with any questions you might have. Further, a parent FAQ can also be found on the COVID-19 website. While we know that learning is and will continue to be our mission, our number one priority right now is the health and well-being of our families.
Thank you for being such amazing partners in this work as we walk through these next few weeks. We will get through this together.
All our best,
Seth Woods & Amy Rogers
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Friday, March 27:
Not in a million years did I imagine this is what Spring Break 2020 would be like! I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Here are some updates for the weekend:
1. Most of you are aware that the City of Columbia issued a stay-at-home order until April 24. We hope to be back in session on Monday, April 27! Until then, our school buildings will remain closed and off-limits except to essential personnel.
2. On Monday, Columbia Public Schools will begin its "grab and go" meal plan for our students in need. STA and the district's Director of Transportation coordinated 80 bus stops that are not school specific. The buses will stay at each stop for 15 minutes and distribute food to children. Anyone ages 2-18 are eligible to receive a meal. You do not need to have a student number with you unless you go to the bus without your child.
3. The United Way would like to share: If anyone needs assistance finding food, childcare, assistance paying household bills, locating mental health services or other essential services contact United Way 2-1-1. It's FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. Specialists are available 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626 TTY 1-866-385-6525
4. CPS will continue to update its Covid-19 website. Here is the link: http://www.cpsk12.org/COVID19
5. Mr. Woods and I will begin our office hours for parents starting Monday, March 30. Mr. Woods (email@example.com) will be available from 10-noon, Monday-Friday, and I (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be available from 1-3 pm. Please reach out if you have any questions. We will continue to check our email throughout each day, but will have our computers open during those times.
6. Teachers will also begin their office hours for parents and students on Monday the 30th. By now you should have received communication from your teacher with that specific information.
7. Several parents and teachers within the district expressed some concerns with Zoom. Technology Services made some changes to the student interface. Students can no longer see the entire list of CPS students. They now must have another student's email address in order to interact with them. They can still join meetings that teachers have arranged.
8. If you are the family of a fifth grader that needed a hot spot, those have been mailed out by Technology Services. More should be coming soon.
We will continue to send out information as we receive it. We miss you all and can't wait to get back to BEU! Take good care of yourselves.
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Thursday, March 19:
Here are some additional updates for you:
1. As of now, our office will be open tomorrow until 3:30 for packet pickup. If this changes, and we have to close early, I will let you know immediately.
2. We were able to extend the timeline for ordering yearbooks until April 1. Here is the link: https://sales.yearbookmarket.com/stores/beulahralphelementary/products
3. Ms. Harris and Mrs. Davison put together a counseling packet for you to use at home. I am attaching it to this email in case your child did not receive it. This link from the CDC is also helpful: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress- anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html
4. If you have tech questions, the number for our district help desk is 573.214.3333. You can also access some information through this link: https://www.cpsk12.org/Page/17633
That’s all for now. We will continue to stay in touch as we learn more.
Take good care of yourselves!
Email to Families from Mrs. Rogers, Wednesday, March 18:
1. Our office will be open Thursday and Friday from 7:45-3:30 so that you can continue to pick up your students’ work packets for the extended break if they were not in attendance on Tuesday. After 3:30 on Friday, the building will be closed and we will not be able to enter. If this timeline changes and we must close earlier, we will let you know immediately.
2. For the remainder of this week (March 18-20) please make time each day to read with your child and do some of the various activities from the math websites provided in your packet. On Monday, March 30, after the regularly scheduled spring break, the packet of information provided is to assist you in ensuring that learning continues at home. If you have a fifth grade student, their learning will take place online. You can find the packets under Academic Resources on the CPS COVID19 website: https://www.cpsk12.org/Page/11993
3. Teachers will be contacting you to let you know their office hours, which will start on Monday, March 30. Mr. Woods and I will also hold office hours for parents. Mr. Woods (email@example.com) will be available from 10 am until noon during the weekdays, and I (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be available from 1-3 pm. Of course, you can always email us and we will get back to you as soon as we are able.