September 15, 2021
The partnership that we have between our schools and families is strong and can be even stronger. As we begin a new school year, I invite parents and anyone involved in the raising of children to partner with us to sustain the growth and achievement that has been achieved in the District. Please join the PTA, which has consistently supported our students throughout the years. Remember, dues and funds raised by the PTA go directly back to the students.
Health and safety continues to be a number one priority. A separate communication is being sent to you requesting assurance that, as a family, you will check daily your child’s overall wellness before coming to school. This assurance will be collected at the beginning of the school year and at the middle of the school year. This is replacing the digital daily health screening that was requested last year.
In my previous communications to you, I shared that the District has partnered with ATC testing and screening services to do voluntary covid testing. Unfortunately, the turn out for testing has been low. Thus, the original schedule for testing on Fridays has been cancelled. We have rescheduled testing to occur for staff and families on Mondays starting September 20, 2021 at the Clear Stream Avenue School from 7:25 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Please follow signs for testing and parking. One time registration remains the same.
Keeping in touch with your child’s teacher is very important. Stay abreast of school activities by reviewing your school calendar, District website, www.valleystream30.com, newsletters, flyers, student folders, homework and any other communication resource your child’s teacher suggests. Most importantly, please make sure you are registered with our newest communication tool Parent Square. Monthly Board of Education meetings also provide another opportunity to gain information about the District and your child’s education. Our next business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, 2021. More information on Board of Education meetings being in-person and or virtual will be decided at our Work Session on Monday, September 20, 2021. Please note that all in-person meetings will be live streamed.
As a reminder, school begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:50 p.m. The expectation is that the instructional day begins as soon as possible with all of our safety protocols implemented. Please plan accordingly, and for safety reasons, please follow all traffic regulations.
Emergency contact cards should be updated. Safety is always a priority, and our need to be in contact with you in case of an emergency is critical. Free and reduced lunch applications should also be completed at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application. If you are not sure if you are eligible or if you need questions answered, please contact your school.
We had a wonderful Meet the Teacher Night this past Monday. Thanks to all for participating virtually.
Schools are closed tomorrow, Thursday, September 16, 2021. Stay safe and well.
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools