Farrand Robocall Email May 23, 2021
Good Evening Farrand Families, Hello Farrand Foxes
Mrs. Washington here with your weekend updates. Next Monday, May 31 is a school holiday. There will be no school on Monday, May 31, 2021.
We are honoring two retirees this year at Farrand. Mrs. Hurt and Mrs. Easterbrook will be retiring at the end of the school year. They will certainly be missed by the Farrand community.
We have completed our M-STEP and NWEA testing. Congratulations to our Farrand students for a job well done.
The 5th grade Farewell Celebration will take place on June 9 (June 10 rain date). Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the celebration will be held outdoors on the east playground. Each 5th grade student can invite 2 guests.
One fifth-grade student from each class will be chosen to deliver a speech at the end of year celebration. Your speech must include:
- An introduction and conclusion
- What you learned this year/ how you overcame this year’s challenges
- The most important thing you learned while at Farrand
- Advice for middle school
Speeches are due by 5/26 and the winners will be announced shortly after.
Also, thank you to those who have donated to the Fifth Grade Class of 2021 gift to support our library.
And now for District News…
- Student mental health is a great concern for everyone and P-CCS is partnering with New Hope Center of Northville to present “Finding Hope: Navigating Grief, Trauma, and Loss.” This event will take place on Wednesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Little Theater. The presentation and conversation will be on mental health, healing through traumatic loss, and strengthening our community as we move forward in healing together. The forum will be livestreamed on P-CCS’ Official YouTube Channel at:https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=plymouth+canton+community+schools
The night will begin with local native and therapist Matthew Swartz, LMSW, presenting on how to understand and navigate trauma, loss, and mental health. He will share his own story of loss as a teen, as well as the knowledge he’s learned through the years specializing in working with those who have suffered from traumatic losses. Then, New Hope Center for Grief Support will lead a panel discussion with community members who have faced their own tragic losses, providing hope, resources, and insight into the journey through traumatic loss and grief.
Parents may submit questions in advance for the panel discussion at:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXm2C71mFDkXWRjSbzYi61D6oa_P1YHnzgytf3inHOMrwB2g/viewform?usp=sf_link
- All students, staff and parents are encouraged to participate in a "GREEN OUT" every Friday through the end of May to support Mental Health Awareness Month. Everyone is encouraged to wear green on Fridays to encourage others to join in taking a stance to crush the mental health stigma in our community and in society in general.
- Last Friday, May 14, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order. Since then, The P-CCS administrative team has discussed this information and made some decisions about how the district will proceed over the final four weeks of the school year.
In accordance with the latest MDHHS Order, wearing masks outdoors will remain optional for students and staff. Parents and guardians may still choose to have their children wear masks outdoors. The Order includes athletic events and practices for students, staff and spectators alike. You can review the MDHHS guidance by clicking on this link: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-559589--,00.html
As outlined in the district’s approved mitigation plan, the wearing of face masks will continue to be required by all students and staff in all P-CCS schools or buildings while indoors. All gatherings and physical distancing requirements remain in place as well. District officials made this decision through the end of the school year out of an abundance of caution for students and staff, including those not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
- Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Academic Camps and Community-Based Experiences will be running on various dates and times from June 21 through August 20 for students in all grades. These are engaging learning experiences that are designed to excite your student. All summer academies, credit recovery and community based experiences will be presented at no cost for students who are enrolled in P-CCS for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, please click on this link:
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently opened the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB Program) to applicants. The program offers up to $50 a month discount on service and associated equipment, a one-time discount of up to $100 on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Those eligible for the EBB program include, among others, anyone who experienced a substantial loss of income in 2020, those who qualify for SNAP benefits or the free and reduced school lunch programs, and households with incomes at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information on this program, please click on this link:
- Plymouth-Canton Community Schools produces a weekly podcast with all the important district information for students, staff and families. Please click on this linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBMMLZMyABc to view this week’s LPT in 3 podcast.