April 10, 2020
Dear Andrew Maier Students and Families,
We all know how challenging life has been the past month. As a school community, it has been very difficult for our students, families, and the Andrew Maier staff not to be together the past 29 days since school was closed on March 13th. The challenge will continue as Governor Tom Wolf declared schools to close for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Each day in school our students practice to care for one another, to try their best and persevere, and to start every day with a good attitude. These are words from our Andrew Maier Promise that students and staff say and put to practice each day. We have faith that our students, families, and the Andrew Maier staff will continue to roar and be “paws-itive”.
There are many questions that families have regarding the beginning of online learning and school related topics. If you were not able to participate in one of the two parent meetings on Wednesday, I would encourage you to view the recording of the meeting. The videos from these meetings are currently available on the district’s website. In addition, visit the FASD website and click on FASD ONLINE LEARNING to view resources and guidelines for the online learning.
I am extremely proud of our faculty and staff at Andrew Maier as they have been working to provide the best available options to continue the progression of learning for our students. I know that your child’s teacher has reached out to each of you through various communication tools. If you have not replied to these communications, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher through email. The management system of Google Classroom will be the main communication tool used for online learning. Please be prepared to use this tool prior to the beginning of online learning on April 14th. Click on the following link to view a Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom https://www.east.k12.oh.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Copy-of-2020-Parents-Guide-to-Google-Classroom-1.pdf.
In addition, a grade level Google Classroom specific for attendance has been created. At the current time, each day students/families are required to login to the attendance Google Classroom for their grade level to record their daily attendance. This can be completed anytime during the 24 hour period for that day. A district attendance officer will verify attendance the following day. To avoid receiving a call from the school district for not completing daily attendance, it is required that families complete this task. Below are the classroom codes for each grade level Google Classroom for attendance. Once in the attendance classroom, please click on and open the current day and then click the red box labelled Mark as Done. (You may have to click a second time, Mark as Done in a small additional pop-up box.) This will submit your daily attendance. This process is separate from the completion of the assigned work from the teachers. Once again you can visit the FASD ONLINE LEARNING site to view guidelines for attendance.
I am aware that families have received numerous emails from administration and teachers and the feeling at times is overwhelming to keep up with the communication. I feel that sharing what we know and communicating with families to help students continue their learning is critical. Please reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Russo, Mrs. Cammarano, Mrs. Nicholas, or myself with any questions. Continue to make learning fun from home, be safe, and know that we miss you.
Chris Redding, Principal
Andrew Maier Elementary School