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JB 2020-21
Posted 7/27/20

John Baldwin Families,

The 2020-21 school year is on the horizon. While there are still many questions before us, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you, share some updates, and emphasize some important date changes.  For those of you that are new to our school, I would like to provide a warm welcome on behalf of our John Baldwin Community. While some of our in-person events to interface in person may be limited, our faculty and parents will be providing creative experiences for you and your child to become more acclimated with fellow students, families, and our amazing educators. Connecting with our families is important to us. For those of you families that are returning, we are so pleased to have you back. Thank you for your continued support and partnership in your child’s education. 

NEW DATES

As communicated by our district over this weekend, the revised start date for students for the 2020-21 school year will be Thursday, August 13, 2020. Both Thursday, 8/13 and Friday, 8/14 will be minimum days. More information with specific start and end times for remote learning will be communicated soon.

ANNUAL UPDATE/SCHOOL REGISTRATION

Typically, we open up school registration at the end of July. However, with the continuing changes occurring over the past several weeks our Cougar Education Foundation, Parent Teacher Association, and school site council elected to delay the registration opening until August 3rd. We know that our families have many important decisions to make around student learning. More information will be coming on our school registration in a future email. 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

For those of you that are new to our school, we do not send out supply lists over the summer. Instead, we typically ask for a donation to cover our teachers’ costs for school supplies throughout the year. Obviously, this year is quite unique. Please rest assured that there is nothing you need to purchase or do at this time. As we are starting the year with remote learning, we are currently re-evaluating what essential supplies will be necessary for instruction. When the time comes for our students to return to school, we will revisit necessary supplies and communicate donation needs to our community. 

STAFFING REDUCTIONS

With the uncertainty of which school instruction model would be in place for the 20-21 school year, coupled with concerns about declining enrollment, and potential shortfalls in donations, our Cougar Education Foundation Board (composed of parents, teachers, and myself) had to make some difficult decisions regarding staffing over the summer. Reductions were made in instructional assistants supporting literacy, math, art, and physical education, our TK-1st grade paraprofessional, and with noon supervisors. More information will be forthcoming in a future communication. 

Thanks in large part to the fiscal soundness of our Cougar Ed Fund, we were able to retain a number of staff positions. Those positions include, reading specialist, instructional assistant reading, instructional assistant math, and supplemental hours for our rainbow room paraprofessional and library media coordinator. 

IN CLOSING

Truly, this year promises to be like none other before. However, our community continues to be vibrant and energized, despite the challenges that we face. In the coming communications, I will be sharing more information on remote learning, school reopening plans, important dates (such as a beginning of the year principal coffee/Q&A, Back to Baldwin, and Back to School Night) and staffing updates. 

As we said in a communication last year, ‘School isn’t closed, the building is, if you listen closely you will hear the sounds of hard working students, parents, and staff.” Please feel free to reach out to our John Baldwin Office staff with any questions. 

Sincerely,

Joe Romagna

Here is a link to a video with this information: https://youtu.be/zPUUhfLdZ9s