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Message from the Principal

20-21 Welcome Letter

Dear Sharpsburg Families,

On behalf of the Sharpsburg Elementary staff, it is our pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year. We are thrilled that you have entrusted your child's education to us, in lieu of everything going on in the world around us.  Be assured that we are dedicated to providing an educational experience of the highest quality for every student.  We have spent the past 5 months learning, gathering information, putting together a comprehensive safety plan to ensure the most conducive learning environment for all to enjoy.  Together with everyone’s help, we can & will get through these turbulent times

It’s our belief that all of us - the school, the parents, and the community - must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for each student in helping them become forward thinkers and problem solvers.    Whether that be in class or virtual, our staff and administrators have taken various professional development opportunities to get the much-needed growth from every student.  We know that COVID-19 has changed protocol, policy and strategies, but we know that without your support and being active in your student’s educational endeavors it would be a much tougher road.  We encourage each of you to become a member of our PTO, communicate with your child's teachers, and attend school events throughout the school year.

 

Please be aware of some reminders and new changes for 2020-2021:

  • Please utilize the new drop off lanes at both the Primary and Elementary if you are driving your child to school.  Do not stop on the street, as you likely will be ticketed.
  • To be allowed to take a student from the building, the adult must be VERIFIED as a listed emergency contact on the students Emergency Medical Authorization Form and MUST SHOW PHOTO I.D.

 

2020-2021 Back to School plan:

  • We will start the year with A & B Days.  Students in group A will attend school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, while completing online learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Students in B Group will have online learning on Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesday, and in person learning on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • The first day of school for group A is Monday, August 24th, and group B will have their first day of school on Thursday, August 27th.
  • Students K-12 will be required to wear a mask and/or face shield to school each and every day they attend.  
  • They will need to bring their Chromebooks with them each day (please make sure they are completely charged each evening).  Students also need to bring a water bottle with them to school every day.
  • Entrances/exits will vary based on grade level, as well as exiting the building at day’s end (videos are posted at norwoodschools.org on how that will look).
  • Please check the back of this letter for your child’s group and homeroom teacher.

 

We are committed to a safe and healthy learning environment.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 924-2600 or via email ([email protected]).

 

Sincerely,
 
Mr. Westendorf
Principal, Sharpsburg Elementary

3/20 Letter to Families

Dear Sharpsburg Families,

I want to thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.  Please know that we ask everyone to check the Norwood City School’s website (norwoodschools.org), school social media and email daily.  We are committed to staying in contact with you and your children to ensure that we can provide the best learning during the challenging times at hand.

This is unchartered territory for us all, and during times like this, we need to come together, help others in greater need than ourselves and be willing to what is asked of us to stay healthy.  Please take the extra precautions that are recommended by the CDC.  The following link will provide you with some information: https://www.cdc.gov/ .  It provides up to date information and will adjust as more information becomes available. 

We will continue to serve lunches to our NCSD students at each building from 11am to 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  While we are not serving on Tuesdays and Thursday, we will provide extra food to cover those days as well on the MWF pickup days. 

Our staff is continuing to learn as we go and are coming up with better ways of communicating information and learning to our students.  I encourage you all to continually check out the Sharpsburg At Home Learning page within the NorwoodSchools.org website, as it is frequently updated with new work, staff reading books on video, and other wonderful learning opportunities.

With restrictions across the nation, please be safe, practice social distancing, and try not to go out unless it is necessary.  Be sure to stay up to date on items at hand and feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns.

Sincerely,

Mr. Joe Westendorf

Principal

Arrival & Dismissal Updates

Good afternoon Sharpsburg Parents and Families,
 

            Today marks the final day for students in the elementary building as renovations will begin next week!  As a reminder, we will not be having school for students on Monday, November 18th.  Starting Tuesday, November 19th, primary students will return to the primary building and elementary students will begin in the modulars on Tuesday, November 19th.

            Arrival and dismissal will certainly be congested and will require patience, and most importantly, SAFETY!  As an urban school in a walking district, it poses challenges when we have all our students arriving and leaving from the same small space.  However, that does not mean that students should be dropped off in the middle of a street, along a sidewalk that is not for drop-off, and other unsafe behaviors.  I hope for everyone’s cooperation and consideration in making this transition safe and efficient. Below you will see where each grade will enter and exit the buildings each day.

Arrival Information

  • =         Students may arrive to school beginning at 8:15.
  • =         Elementary students will line up at the bottom of the ramp to their homeroom modular.
  • =         Preschool students will enter through the large sliding gate and meet their teachers outside the steps.
  • =         K,1,2 students will enter through the small gate and enter the building through the cafeteria
  • =         There will be a designated drop off lane (one way in and out) for families wishing to pull up and drop off students safely without exiting their car.  
  • =         There will be additional law enforcement on hand as often as they are available and they will be enforcing posted signs and traffic laws.
  • =         Any student (primary and elementary) arriving tardy after 8:35 will need to enter the campus through the main entrance of the primary building.

Dismissal Information

  • =         Preschool students will dismiss to the same location
  • =         Kindergarten students will dismiss from the cafeteria at 3:10; please come through the small gate to pick them up
  • =         1st grade will dismiss through the cafeteria: please come through the small gate to pick up as well.
  • =         2nd grade will dismiss out the main entrance of the primary.
  • =         Elementary students will dismiss outside the large, sliding gate

I highly encourage anyone who is able, to pick up and drop off their children (typically older students) at Robertson Avenue, as we will continue to have crossing guards at the Smith Road crosswalk.

If you have any questions regarding this update, please reach out to myself at [email protected] or 924-2600.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Joe Westendorf

Principal, Sharpsburg Primary and Elementary

Moving Day Update

Good evening Sharpsburg Parents and Families,

            I am writing to inform you of a change in the school calendar for Sharpsburg Primary and Elementary.  Due to the upcoming renovations of the elementary building and the completion of the primary renovations, we will not be having school for students on Monday, November 18th.  This day will be utilized for staff, teachers and administrators to safely prepare their new classrooms and learning spaces that will be moved back into the Primary building and into the modular classrooms.  Due to the fluid nature of construction, this was the earliest we could notify families of this change, as we wanted to be sure of the moving dates for both buildings were accurate for families to plan.  By moving all classrooms at once, we are able to maximize learning time and avoid multiple days of moving, inconveniences and other challenges that a large-scale move incurs.  As a result, primary students will return to the primary building and elementary students will begin in the modulars on Tuesday, November 19th.

            The renovations in the Primary are nearly complete and we are excited for the upcoming renovations of the elementary building.  We are grateful for the support and understanding that our Sharpsburg family has shown throughout this challenging process. Additional information regarding pickup, drop-off and classroom locations will be finalized and shared with families in the upcoming days.

            As a reminder, we still will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11th.  If you have any questions regarding this update, please reach out to myself at [email protected] or 924-2600.

Sincerely,
 
Mr. Joe Westendorf
Principal, Sharpsburg Primary and Elementary

Primary Modular Update

Dear Sharpsburg Primary Families,
 
I am delighted to share with you that all students grades K-2 will begin classes in the modular classrooms this Wednesday, October 2nd.  Many students have already travelled over to the rooms and are very excited to have their own comfortable learning space.  I cannot say enough about the resilience of our students and staff, and I am grateful for your patience as we work through this construction process.  I have included some helpful items below as we begin using the Primary side of the street again on Wednesday.
 

Arrival/Dismissal

Students should not be dropped off or arrive prior to 8:15am.  During arrival and dismissal times, the large gate will be open for students to walk up to/from their modular classrooms.  We ask that parents stay at the bottom of the ramps when dropping off or picking up students.  During the school day, the large gate will remian locked and all students are secure within our fence line, along with locked doors in the modular classrooms.  Safety always remains our #1 priority.

Any student arriving late, or being picked up early, will need to enter through the small gate and proceed to the gray modular, which is where the office is located. 

 

Driving/Parking

The pickup and drop-off area in front of the primary on Forest Avenue is for stop and go parking, and drivers are to remain in their vehicles.  If you wish to walk with your child to the entrance, you will need to park elsewhere in the area and walk.  You may not stop your vehicle on Forest Avenue for any reason, unless in the pickup/drop-off zone.  Again, safety should be everyone's priority.

If your primary child has siblings across the street in the elementary, I would encourage them to be picked up by their older siblings and walk to the pickup area on Robertson Avenue behind the elementary building.  We have had great success utilizing that area behind the school and it has kept traffic at a much safer volume.

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this information.  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. Joe Westendorf

Principal

513-924-2601

[email protected]

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