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Back to School 2020-21

Dear Antietam Families,

We are thrilled to be opening our virtual school doors September 8th to serve you and your children. We welcome both our returning and new families with open arms and open hearts. My name is Mark Mahalchick and as the proud assistant principal of Antietam Elementary and on behalf of our entire Antietam team, we are honored to have you.

During these final weeks of summer, we will be continuing to work hard to get the school ready for the new school year. As always, our summer has been a busy one and very different from years previous due to our ongoing pandemic.  We will continue to do our best to provide a "World Class Education".    We welcome your support and look forward to make this a great school year despite our new normal.

 With much respect,

 Mr. Mahalchick
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkMustangs

Reminder Mustang Families:
Shop tax free for back-to-school needs August 7-9



At the July 15 meeting, the School Board adopted a Return to Learning Plan that will have the first quarter of the school year as all virtual learning for most students. The first quarter will start for students on September 8, 2020, ending October 30, 2020. The goal will be to transition to a 50 percent hybrid in-person and distance learning model in the second quarter, with the option for students to remain all virtual. 

Key information about the Return to Learning Plan:

  • *2020-21 school year will begin September 8, 2020, with a 100 percent distance learning model for the first quarter;
  • *Special Education students and other especially vulnerable student groups, as feasible, will receive some in-person services;
  • * It is the goal of the Division to transition to a 50 percent capacity In-Person and Distance Learning Model for the second quarter, with the option for students to remain virtual, while maintaining flexibility throughout to adapt to public health guidance as needed.

For more information please take a look at the FAQ's in the link below:
Preparing For The 2020-21 School Year FAQ



Canvas for Parents
PWCS has acquired Canvas as the Division-wide platform for virtual instruction and learning. In the spring, our teachers were not providing new content. Students reviewed and received remediation of content already learned. The Canvas platform will provide specific lessons tied to standards of learning and create consistent curriculum for students in any format (in-person or virtual). This new platform will also be connected to a PWCS-license of Zoom teleconferencing platform that will provide a secure method for live teacher interaction with students when needed. This method is currently being used successfully in PWCS summer school.  Use the links below for more information:

Overview of Canvas for Parents

Learn about the tools and features available to parents in the Canvas parent app

A tutorial for accessing Canvas as a PWCS Parent 

 


Wash your hands
There has been lots of scary stuff in the news about the coronavirus. This video will you tell me more about it to help you understand it.
Brain Pop- Coronavirus

Virginia is for learners
Up-to-date resources and information about the phased reopening of Virginia's Public Schools



Teacher Resources


Teaching Channel
 Launched in 2011, Teaching Channel is a multi-platform service delivering professional development videos for teachers over the Internet. In addition to showcasing inspiring teachers in videos, Teaching Channel also hosts a community for educators to share ideas, best practices and enhance their knowledge.
https://www.teachingchannel.org/



Helping students tackle dyslexia
http://www.smartbrief.com/original/2018/07/helping-students-tackle-dyslexia?utm_source=brief


Kiss and Ride Info 2020-21 


This year the pattern will work the same as last year with a simple shift of the traffic pattern to match our new parking lot.  Please take a look at the map.  The solid red line represents the primary route.  The dashed line represents the overflow traffic.  As always with the start of the year, we ask that you practice patience and caution.  Thank you in advance!  Contact Mr. Mahalchick if you have any questions.




Kiss and Ride 2020-2021 Video #1

Kiss and Ride 2020-2021 Video #2

Afternoon Kiss and Ride 2020-21







Life Skills

Tolerance: the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.

Empathy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.