November 18, 2020
Updates on Re-Opening Langley from Principal Kellogg
DCPS has made movement toward making sure school buildings are ready for students. We have updates in our newsletter
- Hot Water - We have installed “insta hot” installations to faucets throughout the building. They are still working on installing insta-hot to group restrooms
- We are waiting to hear more from DGS on a long-term fix for our hot water issues
- Filters – we noted those on the last walkthrough (We have pictures on the website). They are in all classrooms and offices
- PPE Supplies – They are still coming in. Almost all items have been delivered. We are not 100% but we are close to what was said would be delivered
- Air Quality Sensors - still “in progress”
- Elevator Project - Today was the first day to start our elevator project. There has been a big push from the community for this and the contractor was onsite today.
- Medical Technicians are onsite - We currently have three medical technicians that started on Monday. When you arrive, you are greeted by one of three medical techs to take your temperature and provides the health screening assessment. Ms. James is still onsite but there is also a nurse that oversees Langley and two other schools.
Question: What’s the status of “in progress” repairs?
Principal Kellogg: I’ve put in dates for some but others we are still not sure. The walk-through team is filling out the checklist.
Q: Do you have an update on soap dispenser?
Principal Kellogg: Yes, they are ready to go, we are waiting for greenlight from central office for purchase
Additional Updates from Principal Kellogg:
- Parent Portal - for those that have access you should have received an email with your username and password. We are here to help parents navigate through that. Our newsletter has information and links. We will be sending out paper report cards.
- Our families have access to Gold, it’s a site for families to log in to view progress. Mid December families will get a hard copy that will be mailed.
Question: Teachers union did not sign to come back, what does this mean?
Principal Kellogg: Staffing with teachers is TBD. For term 2, the hope is that we can offer at least one Cares class room but staffing is still not determined yet. It won’t be any teachers, it will be non WTU staff.
-Cares Classrooms - There were 20 care classrooms that opened today around the city. I’m hopeful we will learn from that experience that we can use when we open our cares class room. Keep in mind our building must be ready first.
-Class room “safe place” – we brought this to DCPS and there was a good reception, so the team is working on developing this, there is movement to create a safe place in every in-person class room. During the walkthrough we talked about how one student
could use it as a time, students could have items to take in to it. I have seen some schools have bean bags as their safe space.
Tomorrow 11/19 – We are celebrating mental health, the family engagement team with Mr. Carr will be having an event
Today 11/18– we had supply distribution day and we have another one on Saturday. I’m going to transition from Microsoft Teams to Instagram Live for the “Coffee with Principal Kellogg”
- Monday – there is a budget hearing. People can register here to attend. I’m not sure if there is a deadline for testimony. I’m concerned about the budget due to COVID.
Q: Can we testify about facilities?
Principal Kellogg: This budget hearing is focused on Equity and Financial Stability I do not think facilities is part of this hearing. Top of mind for us is resources, non-personnel spending, personnel spending, we want to keep programming in place.
Update from Mr. Carr –
Tomorrow (11/19) we will have a Langley gratitude event. Some dancing at the start and resources or mental health. We will finish it off with Ms. Bacon singing.
Tuesday, Nov. 24, we are accepting food from 10-1pm. If you can organize bags before you drop them off that would be great. We are distributing same day 330pm-5pm.
- For partnerships - we have a pre-K partnership – “Wild Wednesday.” Links will be in the family newsletter at 10am or 130pm. You can attend one or both.
- We also have a partnership with “Dance Place” we had our first virtual field trip, there are two more sessions. It’s limited to 35 students. We are going to pilot K through 2nd grade and then one class a week for 3rd through 5th grade.
- We are also doing with Kaizen Karate and we will take 25 students’ school wide if we get more we will try for another day. That’s in the family newsletter. This is for K to 5
- I meet with Melissa and Meg once a week and they can also pass along updates.
Principal Kellogg: We also have a partnership with Food Prints. We will post this on class Dojo and on our website for people to sign up
Family Engagement Update – Melissa B:
- Uniform drive – looking for new coats, gloves and hats. We will make and send out a flier.
- There are still a lot of clothes in Mr. Car’s office that need to be washed. From lost and found earlier this year
- There is going to be an email about teacher appreciation
Budget update from Patrick
- We currently have $8007 in our account
- Since the last meeting we have spent close to $3K ($1299 on concrete foundation and $650 on soap supplies for the school). We have brought in $133 from dues and Amazon Smile
- They Winter and Spring are our big fundraising events so we anticipate increase revenue at that time
Fundraising update from Christina
- We have raised $3565 – in our first week from Tiger Trek. We are still looking for Gold sponsors, we have two Silver sponsors. When you sponsor please share a picture or video of you exercising. The Tiger Trek goes until the end of January. You can donate
- Our other fundraiser is the Chipotle Fundraiser – this will take place December 5 from 4pm to 8pm. Encourage everyone to come out and sponsor. Please use the promo code (PROMO CODE: 8P6X222) so that w can get 33% of proceeds.
- Please share the TigerTrek and Chipotle Fundraiser with friends.
Additional update from Annie:
- Masks - we are giving them away for kids and 2for $5 for adult masks during Saturday’s distribution
- After TigerTrek we are looking forward to the Scholastic Bookfair fundraiser.
Garden and Wellness Update from Katie:
-Food Forrest – Huge thank you to Julia for working with different groups to plan the planting day on October 31. We received 70 different shrubs and bushes and the next day we came back and planted the last two trees. They were planted on the terrace.
There will be another planting day in Spring. The groups that are working with us that we should enjoy the space but take care of it in the coming years. So, if you’re around please pull out weeds so that the area can flourish.
- Langley Garden is pretty much closed for the winter. Thanks to the Food Prints rep for planting our winter garden
-The old shed kept tipping over so the garden supplies are near the fence. The week of December 12 is when the new shed will arrive
Grants update from Annie
-We won a grant for the sensory garden for $2K for an internal garden. However due to COVID we are not sure if we can go onsite to build the sensory garden that was identified to be inside of the school.