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  • Falcon Family News: 1/8/21

    Posted by SBLSD on 1/8/2021

    Dear Falcon Families,

    We are excited to open our doors for Hybrid In-Person Learning for K-2 students starting January 19 and then with students in grades 3-5 two weeks later.

    Thanks to your quick response to the survey in selecting your child’s learning model, we’ve been hard at work creating the exact number of classrooms needed to honor the requests of all families for both in-person and distance learning.

    For those who are still trying to make their learning model decision, check out these FAQs on topics including instruction, health, and operations.

    Here are details on what to expect the week of January 11

    On Tuesday, January 12, families of K-5 students can expect to receive a message indicating whether their student is on the Hybrid A schedule, the Hybrid B schedule, or in full-time distance learning.

    • Hybrid A students attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • Hybrid B students attend school on Wednesdays and Fridays.

    When students resume in-person learning, elementary schools will be operating on regularly scheduled hours. Victor Falls Elementary’s operating hours are 8:25 am - 3:10 pm. More information will be coming next week in regards to drop off and pick up expectations as well as bus transportation details.

    Please note that students who are served in the DLC or Links programs will receive specific information on their school schedule from Special Services next week.

    As we have built new schedules to accommodate both in-person and distance learning, some classroom rosters have changed. Families of students who have a new teacher assigned to them will be informed of their new teacher via a phone call from their current teacher. Our goal is to have all calls completed by the afternoon of Thursday, January 14th.

    Both in-person and distance learning students who have a new teacher will be able to meet them through an individual or group Zoom session on either Thursday (1/14) or Friday (1/15). Please watch for an invitation from your new teacher. They are excited to welcome their new students and are planning activities to welcome all students to their new learning environment

    Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15:

    Students will receive asynchronous work for both Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15 as teachers prepare for the transition to hybrid in-person learning. There will be no synchronous Zoom sessions on either day. Students will be able to find asynchronous lessons and practice materials in their current Google Classroom account. During this time, schools will also ensure all final details for student arrival are ready. Students who receive Special Education services will also be provided asynchronous work.

    The Blue Crew is creating videos and presentations so students and families know what to expect when in-person learning resumes for each grade level. This will include information on health and safety protocols. Here are some more details on upcoming events as well as links to helpful documents.

    Upcoming Dates and Activities:

    Monday, January 18--No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    • Students will not have any asynchronous work assigned since Jan 18 is a non-school day.

    Tuesday, January 19

    • New class rosters will be in effect K-5 (Hybrid and Distance Learning)

    • First day for K-2 In-Person Learning (Hybrid A)

    • First day for K-5 Distance Learning (for students staying in Distance Learning)

    Wednesday, January 20

    • First day for K-2 In-Person Learning (Hybrid B)

    Tuesday, February 2:

    • First day for 3-5 In-Person Learning (Hybrid A)

    Wednesday, February 3:

    • First day for 3-5 In-Person Learning (Hybrid B)

    In closing, as a parent of three school-aged children and the husband of a high school math teacher, I know how challenging this season has been for children and families. Thank you for trusting the Blue Crew and continuing to walk alongside us with grace and grit. Please reach out with any questions.

    Make it a great day to be a Falcon!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether

    #BlueCrewStrong

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  • Falcon Family News: 12/18/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/18/2020

    Throughout December, you may have noticed the quote on the school sign, “See the light in each other. Be the light for each other.” There is no doubt that we couldn’t have made it through this year without each other. Your light has shined brilliantly this holiday season. Thank you to each of you who helped support over 20 families, over 50 Victor Falls Falcons with holiday assistance. Your generosity ensured that each has a warm coat, needed personal items, and a special gift to unwrap.

    As 2020 draws to a close and I reflect on our journey at Victor Falls, I am in awe of the resiliency and creativity of our kids, staff, and community. While we may not have chosen the challenges of the year, we have risen together to meet each challenge with grit and grace. And as we walk through this holiday season amidst a pandemic it is more important than ever to continue to build resilience. In a recent interview, Dr. Kira Mauseth shared that the key ingredients for resilience are purpose, connection, flexibility and adaptability, and hope. For each of us, these ingredients may look a little different but we do have a shared purpose--to love, care for, and serve our children well. I encourage you to take this time away from screens to connect with your children. Go for a walk. Read a good book together. Play a game. Get them talking and listen to their heart. I also want to encourage you to find hope--don’t look too far ahead but dream of the possibilities for the next few weeks to a month. What will you and your family look forward to?

    For the Blue Crew, we are looking forward with the light of hope--the possibility that someday soon we will once again see smiling faces of students filling the classrooms at VFE. While I do not have details to share yet, please stay tuned after Winter Break, when we’ll provide more information about our next steps and timelines, including a survey confirming families’ choice of in-person or distance learning. We appreciate your patience during this ever-changing time.

    Because of your support, the Blue Crew is stepping into 2021 with confidence knowing that we may not know the successes or opportunities for growth that lie ahead but, we will meet each opportunity together and grow more than ever before. We know 2021 will be a great year to be a Falcon!

    Happy Holidays!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether

    #BlueCrewStrong

    Stage 3 Learning

    Our Stage 3 learning has been a huge success! The kids have been very mindful of staying 6 feet apart and wearing their masks. We love having students back in the school. We will be adding even more in January.
     
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    Falcon Character Nominess!
     
    We got to celebrate 104 students for our Falcon Character Traits. We are so proud of all of them for implementing so many amazing characteristics. Each month is a different trait and all of these students implemented Kindness, Respect, and Gratitude.
     
    PurposeFull Family Activities

    Please follow these links to the Courage Parent Newsletter: K-2 Courage NewsletterK-2 Courage Newsletter En Espanol , 3-5 Courage Newsletter3-5 Courage Newsletter En Espanol .

    Spirit Week

    Our Spirit Week was a huge success. We made this last week before our break fun and exciting. The creativity was awesome! Thank you to our Student Council for putting this together.

    Crazy Hair Day

    Crazy Hair Day

    Pajama Day

    Pajama Day

    Hat Day
    Hat Day

     

    Stay Tuned for Updates

    Updates coming after Winter Break regarding our next Beep n' Greet and Stage 4.
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  • Falcon Family News: 12/1/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 12/1/2020
    Dear Falcon Families:

    I hope that each of you was able to get some much-needed time away from screens and with loved ones during the Thanksgiving holiday.  While this year has brought so many unique challenges, it has also brought many opportunities for us to reflect on what truly matters and what we are grateful for.  One thing that has not changed is how thankful I am to serve the Victor Falls community--you continue to show up and support our students, staff, and fellow community members big time.  Many of our classes had 100% attendance at conferences.  Over 95% of families attended Beep n’ Greet.  And, as you will read below, our community showed up in a big way to support the food drive.  We have a tremendous amount to be proud of and thankful for!  So, as I shared with the staff this week, during this time, I don’t want us to ignore all of the challenges, but I do want us to bring balance to our hearts and minds by purposefully seeking ways to show empathy for each other each day.  Check out this month’s Family PurposeFull Pursuit for one idea of how to make this happen in your family.

    Falcon Family Update December 2020.pdf 

    If you have additional questions please feel free to contact our main office at 253-891-4700.   

    Go Falcons! 

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether 

    #BlueCrewStrong

     

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  • Reminder: Beep n' Greet

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/13/2020

    Happy Friday, Falcons! Just a reminder that Beep n' Greet 3.0 is on Monday, November 16th. We are so excited to see you all. Please see attached flyer and the Falcon news video for more information about this upcoming week. Remember to bring in your donations for the Bonney Lake Food Bank and Sidison Sisters. See you on Monday!

    VFE Beep and Greet Revised pg1.png  VFE Beep and Greet Revised pg2.png 

    https://youtu.be/mlVOsRsEHeE

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  • Falcon Family News: 11/2/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 11/2/2020

    Dear Falcon Families:

    As we enter the month of November, while there are many challenges each of us face, I want to encourage you to join our students and staff as we seek to purposefully practice gratitude.  As you read in the PurposeFull People family note, “Gratitude has been shown to be one of the number one ways to reduce anxiety, increase happiness, and improve relationships. Why? Because it is a matter of where we put our attention! Did you know we can only have one thought at once? Scarlett Lewis from the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement says it like this: We can’t have a grateful thought and an angry thought at the same time! So, over the course of the month, we will consistently practice putting our attention and our focus on Gratitude. We will think about how to be grateful even for challenges. We will encourage Gratitude towards our classmates, ourselves, and (of course) our family!”  You will notice more information about this work in SEL and Kindness Campaign notes below.  Think about the positive impact we can have on our community just by purposefully expressing gratitude!

    Please read the rest of the November update by clicking on the link below. 

    Falcon Family Update November 2020.pdf 

    If you have additional questions please feel free to contact our main office at 253-891-4700.   

    Go Falcons! 

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether 

    #BlueCrewStrong

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  • Falcon Family News: 10/7/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 10/7/2020

    Dear Falcon Families:

    Wow! What a dynamic start to 2020-2021 school year!  When I wrote to you in late August, “We know that there may be a few bumps in the road that we will need to learn and grow from,” I didn’t fathom what the next few weeks would bring.  Thank you for your courage, persistence, and flexibility as you’ve walked alongside us navigating a truly unparalleled time. 

    We will continue to experience a number of things that are beyond our control.  As I shared with the staff recently, “when you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what is happening.  That’s where the power is.”  With each new change and challenge the Blue Crew is committed to responding by seeking positive solutions that will continue to keep what’s best for students and their learning in mind.  We remain eager and hopeful for the day that our students return to Victor Falls while being committed to continuing to improve engagement and learning within the Distance Learning model.   We appreciate your grace, patience, and support as we work to improve and meet each student’s needs.  Thank you for continuing to be an incredibly supportive community, we are honored to serve you and your children!

    Please take some time to review the rest of the newsletter, which includes information about Beep n' Greet 2.0, our continued journey with Distance Learning, and great tips for supporting your students social-emotional development.

    Falcon Family Update October 2020.pdf

    We are off to a great start and I have no doubt that our community will continue to pull together and do great things for our kids and our neighbors. 

    Go Falcons!

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    #BetterTogether 

    #BlueCrewStrong

     

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  • Reminder: Stage 4 & 5 Survey

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/22/2020
     

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.  On September 4th, we received new guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department showing that Pierce County has now transitioned from the high level to the moderate level of COVID-19 infection. It's good news that COVID-19 cases continue to drop. We want our students and staff back in school as soon as it's safe to do so with all the required health and safety protocols in place.

    A drop in COVID-19 activity level means districts can plan to bring back elementary aged children for in-person instruction using a hybrid learning model while adhering to all health and safety protocols. After K-5 elementary students successfully transition to a hybrid learning model, overtime, secondary students in grades 6-12 will transition to a hybrid learning model.  Overtime is defined by the TPCHD as a minimum of 21 days. 

    To prepare for this transition, we want to reconnect with your family to make sure we have current, accurate information on your preference to either continue in a distance learning model or transition to the hybrid learning model.  

    A brief description of each model is listed below.

    Hybrid Instruction: 

    It is the district’s goal to plan and implement a safe return to school for all staff and students in a hybrid A/B model. Students would attend school in person on either Tuesday and Thursday, or on Wednesday and Friday. The remaining three days of the week students will be in distance learning. Strict health and safety protocols will be followed for students returning to in person hybrid instruction. This includes 6 foot social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing and sanitizing, as well as daily health attestations. Buildings will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

    Full Time Distance/Online Learning:

    Based on feedback from families, the district is hoping to utilize current staff as much as possible for distance learning. A third party provider will also need to be used for certain grade levels and classes. Families should know that not all classes are available with distance learning. If a family selects distance learning, this choice will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. Details for distance learning will be finalized once the exact number of interested families is determined.

    Next steps: Once survey data is received from all families, new schedules may need to be built across the district at all schools to accommodate requests. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for all students.

    Please follow the links below to access the survey in Family Access. The survey will remain open through Tuesday September 22. Once you are logged into Family Access using guardian credentials, you will be directed to enter your choice of hybrid or distance learning for each child in your family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school or email the district registrar at register@sumnersd.org.

    Thank you in advance for helping us plan the transition to hybrid learning.

    Link to Family Access

    If you have trouble logging in, choose Forgot Your Login/Password and enter the guardian email associated with the district. An account reset will be sent to your email.

    Sample Survey Link in Family Access

    Thank you,
    Adam Uhler, Principal
    adam_uhler@sumnersd.org
    253.891.4700

     


     

    Queridas familias,

    Gracias a todos por su paciencia y flexibilidad al comenzar el año escolar 2020-2021. El 4 de septiembre, recibimos una nueva guía del Departamento de Salud del condado de Tacoma-Pierce que muestra que el condado de Pierce ahora ha pasado del nivel alto al nivel moderado de infección por COVID-19. Es una buena noticia que los casos de COVID-19 continúen disminuyendo. Queremos que nuestros estudiantes y el personal regresen a la escuela tan pronto como sea seguro hacerlo con todos los protocolos de salud y seguridad requeridos.

    Una caída en el nivel de actividad de COVID-19 significa que los distritos pueden planear traer de regreso a niños en edad de primaria para instrucción en persona usando un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido mientras se adhieren a todos los protocolos de salud y seguridad. Después de que los estudiantes de primaria K-5 pasen con éxito a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido, las horas extras, los estudiantes de secundaria en los grados 6-12 pasarán a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido. El TPCHD define las horas extraordinarias como un mínimo de 21 días.

    Para prepararnos para esta transición, queremos volver a conectarnos con su familia para asegurarnos de tener información actual y precisa sobre su preferencia para continuar en un modelo de aprendizaje a distancia o hacer la transición al modelo de aprendizaje híbrido.

    A continuación se incluye una breve descripción de cada modelo.

    Instrucción híbrida

    La meta del distrito es planificar e implementar un regreso seguro a la escuela para todo el personal y los estudiantes en un modelo híbrido A / B. Los estudiantes asistirían a la escuela en persona los martes y jueves, o los miércoles y viernes. Los tres días restantes de la semana los estudiantes estarán en educación a distancia. Se seguirán estrictos protocolos de salud y seguridad para los estudiantes que regresan a la instrucción híbrida en persona. Esto incluye distanciamiento social de 6 pies, cubrirse la cara, lavarse las manos y desinfectarse, así como certificaciones de salud diarias. Los edificios se limpiarán y desinfectarán durante todo el día.

    Aprendizaje a distancia /Aprendizaje en línea :

    Basado en los comentarios de las familias, el distrito espera utilizar al personal actual tanto como sea posible para el aprendizaje a distancia. También será necesario utilizar un proveedor externo para ciertos grados y clases. Las familias deben saber que no todas las clases están disponibles con educación a distancia. Si una familia elige el aprendizaje a distancia, esta opción permanecerá en vigor durante el resto del año escolar. Los detalles para la educación a distancia se finalizarán una vez que se determine el número exacto de familias interesadas.

    Próximos pasos: Una vez que se reciben los datos de la encuesta de todas las familias, es posible que sea necesario crear nuevos horarios en todo el distrito en todas las escuelas para satisfacer las solicitudes. Nuestro objetivo es hacer que esta transición sea lo más sencilla posible para todos los estudiantes.

    Siga los enlaces a continuación para acceder a la encuesta en Family Access. La encuesta permanecerá abierta hasta el martes 22 de septiembre. Una vez que haya iniciado sesión en Family Access con credenciales de tutor, se le indicará que ingrese su elección de aprendizaje híbrido o a distancia para cada niño de su familia. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con la escuela de su hijo o enviar un correo electrónico al registrador del distrito a register@sumnersd.org.

    Gracias de antemano por ayudarnos a planificar la transición al aprendizaje híbrido.

    Enlace al acceso familiar

    Si tiene problemas para iniciar sesión, seleccione “Olvidó su nombre de usuario/contraseña” e ingrese el correo electrónico de la familia asociado con el distrito. Se enviará un restablecimiento de cuenta a su correo electrónico.

    Ejemplo de enlace de encuesta en Family Access

    Thank you,
    Adam Uhler, Principal
    adam_uhler@sumnersd.org
    253.891.4700

     

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  • Stage 4 & 5 Survey

    Posted by SBLSD on 9/17/2020

    Dear Falcon Family,

    Thank you all for your patience and flexibility as we begin the 2020-2021 school year.  The first week of school has gone very well thanks to your gracious support. While we are in Distance Learning now, I want to update you on plans for the future. On September 4th, we received new guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department showing that Pierce County has now transitioned from the high level to the moderate level of COVID-19 infection. It's good news that COVID-19 cases continue to drop. We want our students and staff back in school as soon as it's safe to do so with all the required health and safety protocols in place.

    A drop in COVID-19 activity level means districts can plan to bring back elementary aged children for in-person instruction using a hybrid learning model while adhering to all health and safety protocols. After K-5 elementary students successfully transition to a hybrid learning model, overtime, secondary students in grades 6-12 will transition to a hybrid learning model.  Overtime is defined by the TPCHD as a minimum of 21 days. 

    To prepare for this transition, we want to reconnect with your family to make sure we have current, accurate information on your preference to either continue in a distance learning model or transition to the hybrid learning model.  

    A brief description of each model is listed below.

    Hybrid Instruction: 

    It is the district’s goal to plan and implement a safe return to school for all staff and students in a hybrid A/B model. Students would attend school in person on either Tuesday and Thursday, or on Wednesday and Friday. The remaining three days of the week students will be in distance learning. Strict health and safety protocols will be followed for students returning to in person hybrid instruction. This includes 6 foot social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing and sanitizing, as well as daily health attestations. Buildings will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day.

    Full Time Distance/Online Learning:

    Based on feedback from families, the district is hoping to utilize current staff as much as possible for distance learning. A third party provider will also need to be used for certain grade levels and classes. Families should know that not all classes are available with distance learning. If a family selects distance learning, this choice will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. Details for distance learning will be finalized once the exact number of interested families is determined.

    Next steps: Once survey data is received from all families, new schedules may need to be built across the district at all schools to accommodate requests. Our goal is to make this transition as smooth as possible for all students.

    Please follow the links below to access the survey in Family Access. The survey will remain open through Tuesday September 22. Once you are logged into Family Access using guardian credentials, you will be directed to enter your choice of hybrid or distance learning for each child in your family. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school or email the district registrar at register@sumnersd.org.

    Thank you in advance for helping us plan the transition to hybrid learning.

    Adam Uhler, Principal

    Link to Family Access

    If you have trouble logging in, choose Forgot Your Login/Password and enter the guardian email associated with the district. An account reset will be sent to your email.

    Sample Survey Link in Family Access

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  • Principal's Message: 8/26/20

    Posted by SBLSD on 8/26/2020

    Dear Falcon Families:

    Welcome Back!  I am so excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. I hope that you are enjoying the summer and have been able to enjoy this gift of time with your children.  We are eager to see our students and we hope your student is eager to return to Victor Falls.   Thank you for continuing to be an incredibly supportive community to serve!

    Like you, at our house, everyone is ready to know what the beginning of the school year will look like.  The Blue Crew has been hard at work throughout the summer learning about best practices for distance learning and how to create a welcoming and engaging environment during a uniquely challenging time.  I can say with confidence that in collaboration with you, we are prepared to deliver a great learning experience for our students that meets their academic and social-emotional learning needs.  We know that there may be a few bumps in the road that we will need to learn and grow from.  We appreciate your grace, patience, and support as we work to improve and meet each student’s needs.

    Please take a few minutes to review the attached newsletter to learn key details about Beep n' Greet on 9/3 and the start of school on 9/8.  

    Falcon Family Update Welcome Back 2020.pdf

    As you digest the details of the Stage 2 learning plan, I want to encourage each of you.  As I shared with the staff this week, we don’t get to always choose the plan we would like but we do get to choose how we respond.  A poem Mrs. Wilde shared with me captured this perfectly, “we plant thoughts/in the soil of our minds/and water them/with worry/or hope”.  As you process the information in this newsletter, I encourage you to join our staff in the good fight of casting a positive, hopeful vision.  If you have additional questions please feel free to contact our main office at 253-891-4700.  We look forward to seeing you at Beep n’ Greet.  

    It is going to be a great year!  I have no doubt that together we will do great things for our kids and our community this year.  Go Falcons!​​​​​​​

    Adam Uhler, Principal

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  • Family Message June 19

    Posted by SBLSD on 6/19/2020

    Dear Falcon Families,

     

    Thank you for being incredible partners in your child's education this year!  Our staff is tremendously thankful for your support and care.  You have invested a tremendous amount of time and energy helping us ensure your children continue to grow academically and social-emotionally.  We couldn’t be prouder of the VFE community!

     

    Please take a moment to read the rest of the newletter including a special note from Mrs. Schumacher, information about Kindergarten Jump Start, our 21-day Racial Equity Challeng, and an introduction to our new counselor by clicking on the link below.

     

    Falcon Family Update 06.19.20 (1).pdf 

     
     

    Thank you for making this challenging time a gift--an opportunity to serve each other and grow stronger as a community! Take care and stay healthy!

     

    Adam Uhler, Principal

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