COVID-19 Planning

COVID-19 Planning Updates

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Back To School Town Halls - COVID-19

Dear Parents,

As New Jersey continues its phased reopening, The Newgrange School of Princeton, Inc. recognizes that faculty, staff, students and their families have many questions about how the pandemic will affect the return back to school in the fall. To address these questions, we will be hosting two town hall meetings via Zoom to discuss our plans to reopen and the safety measures we will be taking to ensure a safe and smooth return to our new normal. Make sure to register for your preferred date below:

Monday July 20 @ 9AM – REGISTER HERE – https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkce-uqTopGNb__Pc241Yl-Kic2f8l4YrL

Monday August 3 @ 6PM – REGISTER HERE – https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuc-quqjwuHtH6KSXWLYYNlVNCYDFrQMkT

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

Best,

Tim

Important Announcement Concerning COVID19 And School Closures

Dear Teachers, Staff, Students, and Parents,

Governor Murphy announced on May 4, 2020, that all schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year through June 30, 2020. Students will remain on remote learning through the end of the school year, as it relates to each specific school.

With this decision finally confirmed, we must move forward to make the remainder of the school year as positive and successful as we can considering the conditions under which we are operating.

Student participation in their academic, social and emotional success is paramount. Our goal is to provide continuous educational opportunities and practice for students while schools are closed but also to eliminate as much stress as feasibly possible for students, parents, and teachers. We (students, teachers, and parents) must continue to be diligent, creative, flexible, and supportive of each other to allow for a successful transition to the 20-21 school year.

The Laurel School Summer Program will be online from July 6 – July 31. Discover the virtual enrichment program that will integrate math, science, reading and language arts, and research skills into an interesting program in a relaxed atmosphere, so your child will have fun while maintaining and strengthening their academic skills. REGISTER HERE. Since we’re online for The Laurel School, please feel free to forward this to any family, friends or colleagues all over the nation. We’re hoping this expands our mission-reach beyond that of Central New Jersey.

Our administration and teachers are planning and preparing for the possible opening of the Newgrange School’s ESY Program that will run from July 1 – August 12 at our new location in Hopewell, NJ. This decision will be based on the Governor’s approval. Although, the safety and security of everyone will be paramount in all decisions.

In closing, one of our main focus points for our educators and students during the 2019-2020 school year has been having a “growth mindset.” A growth mindset unlocks our ability to learn and grow especially during challenging times. Little did we know how important this growth mindset would be for all of us this year! Because of this experience and our growth mindset, I believe we all will be stronger when we come out on the other side of the COVID-19 Pandemic! History is being written! We hold the pen! Together, we will write the BEST story for our children!

Please reach out to Dee, Elisa or me with any questions.

Sincerely,
Tim

Spring Break Message With Strength, Courage and Confidence

Dear Laurel and Newgrange Families and Community,

As we enter spring break, I am reminded about a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt:

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

In these time of change, uncertainty and trepidation, reminding ourselves that we are the most courageous of the courageous generations and will come out on the backside of this all the better.

That said, in the interest of candor and clarity, while we hope we rejoin together with in person schooling sometime this year, I am beginning to feel that it is unlikely. While we certainly hope to see each other in person, we need to prepare as a community that this might just not happen.

We’re preparing on our end what a virtual field day, graduation and prom looks like. We’re examining what summer and ESY looks like, in the event that does not occur in person; although I remain hopeful.

I want to acknowledge what’s what. We’re going to come back. It is going to be odd. We will establish new ground rules. When it is finally ok, we’re going to be so glad we’re going to be back. But it will be ok. It will be ok. We will be stronger together, as a community.

With a warm heart, love and appreciation, Shannon and I send our best wishes and thoughts,

Tim

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From Our Head Of Schools: A Note To Parents, March 16, 2020

Dear Faculty,

Thank you for your continued diligence in helping our schools provide a quality education to your students under difficult circumstances. The Governor of New Jersey announced today that schools, both public and private will be required to be closed, beginning Wednesday until “such time that health officials deemed to be resumed.” We will begin distance learning tomorrow following your schedules.

While we have 10 days of lessons prepared already, you should begin preparing for a more lengthy closure and lessons beyond 10 days. School buildings will be accessible to staff for the purpose of obtaining and preparing materials and assembling additional home packets, and otherwise prepare for extended school closure. We have already heard from one of our sending districts, Lakewood, that they expect us to provide 20 days of plans, a plan for continued assessment and communication with parents and/or guardians. As Lakewood is one of the largest sending districts for Newgrange, we want to ensure that we are complying with their requirements, as well as others.

It is also very important that you document the work completed by the students. Also, we need to find ways to assess student progress to assure our families and districts that students are learning as much as possible, despite distance learning. Assessments may come in many forms, including functional assessments (work samples and dictation sheets, which may be photographed and digitally collected, on-line projects and assignments) as well as actual testing through i-Ready Progress Monitoring, Oral Reading Fluency measures (via Google Meet) and other creative ways. These portfolios are likely to be used as our evidence that we have fulfilled our distance learning plans, so that we have justification for billing our districts.

We are currently planning how to conduct IEP meetings during this period of distance learning. It is critical that you keep up with IEP-related documents to ensure that we have them for these meetings that will occur even during building shutdowns. Kathy, Dara and Alison are available to assist as needed.

Your professional responsibilities while at home are no different than while at work. While we need to be flexible in how we get it all done, we still need to continue our work so that we continue to meet our own high standards and the expectations of our parents and sending districts. Communication with parents, colleagues, and administration, grading, Paradigm reporting, documentation, and time spent on instruction should continue as usual. Also, as meetings occur, whether IEP related or school related, you will be expected to attend virtually.

Please let Dee, Lorraine, Kathy or Elisa know if you have any questions. As always, I am happy to answer any questions as well.

These are uncertain times, but we will continue to work together as a strong, supportive and loving community. Thank you for your continued professionalism and dedication to our students and our mission.

Sincerely,

Tim

From Our Head Of Schools: A Note To Parents, March 15, 2020

Dear Families and Faculty,

It is so important that we continue to communicate in this stressful time. I understand that all of us want to have as much clarity as possible about our plans for the closing of the Newgrange and Laurel Schools.

This afternoon, Governor Murphy gave a press briefing about COVID-19 in New Jersey. He indicated that it is inevitable that all schools will close in efforts to contain the virus. All indications are that the Governor will announce a statewide closure of both public and private schools by tomorrow. That said, families should be prepared by Tuesday for a school closure for an extended period of time.

Please reference the links below. There will be a continuing update of school closures on the Department of Education website beginning today.

NJ.com Article:
https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/all-new-jersey-public-schools-will-be-ordered-on-monday-to-close-because-of-coronavirus-governor-says.html

Department of Education:
https://www.nj.gov/education/

As we move forward, we will continue to communicate with our families, via email, regarding updates to our distance learning plans. Please read your emails daily to ensure that you have current information from your child’s teachers and from our administration.

At this time, despite the fact that we are unsure about the amount of time our schools will be closed, we have a good plan for continuing long distance learning and our teachers are prepared to provide the best possible lessons for your children in the coming days.

If you have any questions regarding The Laurel School please contact:

Dee Rosenberg
1-609-462-6020
drosenberg@laurelschoolprinceton.org

If you have any questions regarding The Newgrange School please contact:

Elisa DiLolle
1-859-607-6042
edilolle@thenewgrange.org

I pray that you all stay healthy in the coming days and know that we will all get through this together as a collaborative community.

As always, feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

-Tim
tviands@thenewgrange.org