Argonne Family Letter from the Principal, 3/27/21
Sun, Mar 28 8:45am

Dear Argonne Families,

At Argonne, we strive to maintain equity as a driving force behind many of the decisions, structures, and practices we implement for our students and community. Our teachers and staff hold closely the value that each and every one of our students are provided with equitable support and quality instruction- both in person and through distance learning. 

This week we worked to finalize our survey results and identify our schedules for in person learning. At this time, we are able to accommodate our youngest learners (K-3) with Schedule A (5 days a week, 8:30-1:30pm) and our 4th-5th graders will follow Schedule B (2 days a week, 8:30-1:30pm). Students in the Special Day Classes will follow Schedule C (5 days a week, 8:30-2:30pm). While these schedules are not ideal, they reflect the nuances of our space and number of students opting for in person learning. At this time, we are not able to offer after school programs, and I understand this factor creates an additional challenge to meeting the needs of our families. As soon as we have guidance from the District and the ability to partner with our after school programs, I will share this information. 

That being said, I want to ensure all our families that we are working together to develop the details of new in person and distance learning schedules that will center around several priorities. First, the safety of our students, staff, and families will be paramount in our planning. As we move forward, I ask that we all shift our expectations for what our new daily schedule will look like and as much as possible, we will prioritize consistency in the routines and schedules of our distance learners and their families. In holding true to our mission, we will also aim to provide a valuable and authentic experience to both our in person students and distance learners. Maintaining and building community within and across two learning settings will be key in the weeks to come. 

We still have much ahead of us to determine and coordinate, but we are getting closer- and it is very exciting! I am grateful for all of your support and understanding throughout this process. 

I hope you have a restful and safe Spring Break with your family. 

In Community,

Ms. Catingub


Important Reminders:

  • Return Safely Together Updates: Here are a few updates of reopening specific to Argonne and current events related to the preparation process:

  • We held an Informational Reopening Town Hall on Wednesday, March 24. Here are the slides from that meeting. 

  • Argonne will be able to accommodate Schedule A (5 days a week) for our K-3 students and Schedule B (Hybrid/2 days a week) for our 4th and 5th graders. Special Day Classes will follow Schedule C (5 days a week, 8:30-2:30pm).

  • For families opting for in person learning, you will receive your registration information two ways: an email from EPC (if you have your email on file with the district) by March 30th and a mailing should come shortly after that. If you do not receive any information by April 8th, please let me know.  

  • COVID 19 surveillance testing: The district has partnered with Color to do surveillance testing when we return. All staff will be tested the week of April 5th and this will continue every 2 weeks. Testing will also be available for students. More information to come.

  • The week of April 19, 2021 we will welcome back our K-2 grade students in general education classes and students in the K-2 Special Day Classes. 

  • The week of April 26, 2021 we will welcome back our 3-5 grade students in general education classes and students in the 3-5 Special Day Class.

  • When we return from Spring Break on April 5th, teachers will have 4 full work days from April 5-8th. These work days will allow for teachers to begin prepping for the return to in person learning. On these work days, teachers will host a short synchronous check-in or class circle on Zoom in the morning, and then the rest of the day students will have asynchronous assignments. I appreciate your understanding as we give teachers the time they need to prepare for your child.  

  • 5th Grade Book Club: The 5th Grade Book Club met last week and chose for their next book, the modern fantasy, The Golden Compass (Book 1) by award-winning children's author, Philip Pullman. Students will meet to discuss the book on Friday, April 16 from 12:15-1:00pm zoom link: Meeting ID: 788 255 3802). 5th grade students are welcome to join at any time. Questions? Ask Ms. Parker

  • 2021-2022 Placements for New Kindergarten and 6th Grade Students: This week, March 22-26, first round placements for the 2021-2022 school year have gone out to families. Please be on the lookout for that. It should also be in your ParentVUE accounts as well. Visit for more information.

Upcoming Dates:

  • March 29-April 2: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

  • April 5-April 8: Teacher Work Days, shorter synchronous Zoom classes

  • April 19: K-2 in-person learning begins

  • April 26: 3-5 in-person learning begins

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