Request for brief student KINDNESS VIDEOS! – From Principal Jett

Hello Two Rivers – Dos Rios Families! We hope you’re having a safe and relaxing summer and that you are all healthy. Please see this summer video communication from Principal Jett.  Go Otters!

Let’s spread some kindness, Two Rivers – Dos Rios students! Take a few minutes during the rest of this summer to film yourselves briefly descibing what KINDNESS looks like, or even act out a short skit demonstrating what an act of kindness looks like. Send your fun, inspiring videos to Principal Jett at ‘charlie.jett@springfield.k12.or.us’ and we will show these videos throughout the year. Imagine if every student at Two Rivers – Dos Rios filmed just ONE video, we’d have 460+ examples of what KINDNESS looks like. And students, you can make as many as you want! So, let’s get filming and spread some kindness! Go Otters!!
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“When Can I See You Again?” Year-End Music Video!

Have a safe and healthy summer, Otters!  Enjoy our farewell music video, “When Can I See You Again?” Share it, forward it, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to receives updates as school resumes in the fall!  Take care!

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Final Principal message for this year

Dear Two Rivers – Dos Rios Families,

Our year is rapidly drawing to a close with only three school days left for our students.  It feels very difficult to imagine we’re truly at the end… and we look forward to bringing some closure and community connections the last week of school with final class activities.

The school district will be collecting all the technology (Chromebooks, iPads) along with their components, including chargers and Wifi hotspots, etc. June 16th, 17th, 18th and 24th between 10:00am and 7:00pm at Hamlin Middle School.  If you checked out devices from the school district for distance learning, please return them to Hamlin on any of these days between these times.  Fifth grade orchestra students must also return instruments to Hamlin on any of these days.

Meals will continue to be offered at the following schools, including Two Rivers – Dos Rios throughout the summer, Monday through Friday, between 11:00am and 1:00pm:

  • Agnes Stewart: 900 S 32nd St, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Centennial: 1315 Aspen St, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Guy Lee: 755 Harlow Road Springfield, OR 97477
  • Maple: 2109 J St, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Ridgeview: 526 N 66th St, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Riverbend Elementary:320 N 51st St, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Two Rivers – Dos Rios: 1084 G St, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Yolanda: 2350 Yolanda Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

In the face of our global pandemic and the uncertainty of the last two months, and with intense local and national events sharply, painfully and violently highlighting the racial, economic and social disparities of our United States, I’m grateful for our school and the vision of supporting students in becoming contributing, global citizens.  As we head into the next school year, knowing that our current circumstances disproportionately impact our families, my hope is to fully examine our school’s core mission: “Every day, every way, a community inspired to learn, excel, and celebrate success.”  This time of such unrest also provides an enormous opportunity for reflection and consideration… thanks for being on this journey with all of us.  Please stay safe and healthy, and I hope to see you in the fall.

Sincerely,

Charlie Jett

Principal, Two Rivers – Dos Rios

 

Queridas Familias de Two Rivers – Dos Ríos,

Nuestro año escolar está llegando a su fin muy rápidamente con solo tres días de clases para nuestros estudiantes. Se siente muy difícil imaginar que estamos realmente al final de este año… y esperamos terminar el año escolar conectándonos con la comunidad en la última semana de la escuela con actividades finales de las clases.

El distrito escolar recogerá toda la tecnología (Chromebooks, iPads) junto con sus componentes, incluyendo los cargadores y los Hot Spot de Wifi (puntos de acceso Wifi), etc. el 16, 17, 18 y 24 de junio entre las 10:00 am y las 7:00 pm en la Escuela Secundaria Hamlin. Si usted sacó dispositivos del distrito escolar para el aprendizaje a distancia, por favor devolverlos a Hamlin en cualquiera de estos días y entre estas horas.  Los estudiantes de orquesta de quinto grado también deben devolver los instrumentos a Hamlin en cualquiera de estos días.

Se seguirán ofreciendo comidas en las siguientes escuelas, incluyendo Two Rivers – Dos Ríos durante el verano, de lunes a viernes, de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m.:

  • Agnes Stewart: 900 S calle 32, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Centennial: 1315 calle Aspen, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Guy Lee: 755 Harlow Road Springfield, OR 97477
  • Maple: 2109 calle J, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Ridgeview: 526 N calle 66, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Escuela Primaria Riverbend:320 N calle 51, Springfield, OR 97478
  • Two Rivers – Dos Ríos: 1084 calle G, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Yolanda: 2350 Yolanda Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

Frente a nuestra pandemia global y la incertidumbre de los últimos dos meses, y resaltando los intensos eventos locales y nacionales, agudizando, dolorosamente y violentamente las disparidades raciales, económicas y sociales de nuestro Estados Unidos, yo estoy agradecido por nuestra escuela y la visión de apoyar a los estudiantes para que se conviertan en ciudadanos contribuyentes globales. A medida que avanzamos en el próximo año escolar, sabiendo que nuestras circunstancias actuales impactan desproporcionadamente a nuestras familias, mi esperanza es examinar completamente la misión central de nuestra escuela: “Todos los días, en todos los sentidos, una comunidad inspirada para aprender, sobresalir y celebrar el éxito”. Este momento de tanta inquietud también ofrece una enorme oportunidad para la reflexión y la consideración … gracias por estar en este viaje con todos nosotros. Por favor, manténgase seguros y saludables, y espero verlos en el otoño.

Sinceramente,

Charlie Jett

Director de Two Rivers – Dos Ríos

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Two Rivers – Dos Rios Teacher Car Parade, Thursday, 5/14, at 1:30pm

The Two Rivers – Dos Rios staff will be driving through TRDR neighborhoods on Thursday, May 14th at 1:30pm.  Ollie the Otter will be present in the parade too to wave to all our amazing students and families as the parade passes by.  Come out and join the celebration!  Please see the attached Parade Flyer (linked here) and map for details!

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Important information about end of year students grades

5/8/2020

Dear Two Rivers – Dos Rios families,

Thank you for partnering with us as we navigate Distance Learning for All, together. Our partnership is critical and has allowed our entire school community to find success, while navigating COVID-19 challenges and focusing on your family’s health.

Our Distance Learning for All model adjusts the way in which we report student progress. While our priorities center on care and connection with our students and families and focusing on students’ needs, we are also committed to being flexible, allowing for multiple modes of student engagement, participation, and responses to acknowledge all students’ efforts.

Oregon’s Distance Learning for All guidelines require schools to issue end-of-year report cards that use  PASS/INCOMPLETE.  This means teachers may not be scoring assignments in the manner in which you are accustomed, but instead, will provide meaningful feedback to students related to their understanding of concepts taught during this time. Teachers will recognize students’ efforts, as they continue to monitor participation and engagement, and will communicate progress through email or direct phone calls.

For your review, we have included an Oregon Department of Education document entitled, Supporting Our Students in Grades K-8 Summary Document, summary distilling ways in which districts are supporting their local school communities. And finally, should you have questions regarding grading practices during Distance Learning for All, then please reach out to your child’s teacher, myself, or submit questions to askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us. In the meantime, we thank you for partnering with us to support your child!

A printed PDF copy of this same letter is available in both English and Spanish here:

Pass or Incomplete Distance Learning Grading SPS May 8 2020.

Take care and be well,

Charlie Jett

Principal

Two Rivers – Dos Rios Elementary School

Springfield Public Schools

(541) 744-8865

charlie.jett@springfield.k12.or.us

 

 

5/8/2020

Estimados padres o tutores legales de los estudiantes de Kinder a 8º grado,

Gracias por trabajar con nosotros mientras navegamos juntos por el Aprendizaje a Distancia para Todos. Nuestro trabajo juntos es crítico y ha permitido a toda nuestra comunidad escolar encontrar el éxito, mientras navegamos por los desafíos de COVID-19 y nos enfocamos en la salud de su familia.

Nuestro modelo de Aprendizaje a Distancia para todos se ajusta a la forma en la que reportamos el progreso de los estudiantes. Mientras que nuestras prioridades se centran en el cuidado y la conexión con nuestros estudiantes y familias, y nos enfocamos en las necesidades de los estudiantes, también estamos comprometidos a ser flexibles, permitiendo múltiples modos de participación y respuestas de los estudiantes para reconocer los esfuerzos de todos ellos.

Las pautas de la Educación a Distancia para Todos de Oregón requieren que las escuelas emitan boletas de calificaciones de fin de año que utilicen PASS/INCOMPLETE. Esto significa que los maestros no podrán calificar las tareas de la manera en que están acostumbrados, sino que en cambio proporcionarán comentarios significativos a los estudiantes relacionados con su comprensión de los conceptos enseñados durante este tiempo. Los maestros reconocerán los esfuerzos de los estudiantes, ya que continuarán monitoreando la participación y el compromiso, y comunicarán el progreso a través del correo electrónico o llamadas telefónicas.

Y por último, si tiene preguntas sobre las prácticas de calificación durante el Aprendizaje a Distancia para Todos, por favor póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo o envíe sus preguntas a askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us. Mientras tanto, gracias por trabajar con nosotros para poder apoyar a su hijo.

Sinceramente,

Charlie Jett

Principal

Two Rivers – Dos Rios Elementary School

Springfield Public Schools

(541) 744-8865

charlie.jett@springfield.k12.or.us

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Teacher Appreciation Week next week: May 4-8th!

Dear TRDR families,

It is Teacher Appreciation Week this next week, May 4-8th!  Since this week is at a time when we have to maintain distance and are unable to express our gratitude for our wonderful TRDR teachers, the PTO, classified staff, and myself have planned several opportunities for all of us to come together and show them we care!  Watch the latest PRINCIPAL LOG, and read the information below about ways you can show your appreciation for our teachers!

First, you may have already received blank coloring sheets & materials in the mail from our school district offices encouraging families to color and decorate the coloring sheets, which is great!  You can showcase those in your home windows facing outward to our Springfield neighborhoods.

Second, students can create other cards, posters, or poems, and show/read them to their teachers and classmates during our morning meeting times each morning.  The teachers would really appreciate seeing your artwork, and hearing poems or thank you messages, students!  Get creative!

Third, students can continue to get creative and photograph themselves with their cards or posters, and send them to their teachers, or even film themselves expressing appreciation.  You can tell your teacher you have a video or picture and ask how to upload it to their digital classroom platform (Seesaw, Google Classroom, Class Dojo, etc.).

  • Parents, you could also take a picture of your student participating in Distance Learning (without showing images of other students on a screen, please) and share it with your student’s teacher.
  • AND, the PTO will be displaying a Thank You message on the fence at the front of the school starting Monday, May 4th. If you feel so inclined, and are able to maintain appropriate social distancing precautions, take a picture in front of the sign and send to your teacher through your usual communication methods or upload to the digital card (see below)!

Lastly, students and families, help us surprise the teachers by signing a digital school-wide card!   Please click on the link below and follow the instructions. You’ll be able to write a message and add pictures to the digital cards. Again, get creative! Send pics of drawings or projects kids have made; or just the smiling faces the teachers are surely missing. The digital card will automatically be sent to the school on Friday, May 8th.

https://www.openme.com/aFfxT

Thanks for helping to make this teacher appreciation week special!

– TRDR PTO Board

– TRDR Classified Staff

– Principal Jett

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This week is Spirit Week and the Hooray Drawing is back!

Principal Jett and mascot Ollie Otterton celebrate the “Virtual Spirit Week” taking place April 27-May 1, and the return of the weekly Friday HOORAY DRAWING in the new distance learning model! Students, pay attention because you might win attendance at a fun Friday event any Friday between now and the end of the school year!

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It’s SPIRIT WEEK next week, 4/27-5/1!

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK!  Despite us all being apart from each other now, and participating in Distance Learning for All, we can still engage in fun activities we’ve enjoyed as a school!

Monday, 4/27 – Pajama Day!
Tuesday, 4/28 – Share a Family Picture at Morning Meeting!
Wednesday, 4/29 – Inside Out Day!
Thursday, 4/30 – School Spirit!
Friday, 5/1 – Hat Day!

We can’t wait to see your spirit!!

Spirit Day - English Spirit Day - Spanish

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Letter from Mr. Jett – Distance Learning Update, 4/22/2020

Hello Families,

We began distance learning last week with what our district termed a “soft start” giving students and families an opportunity to get devices connected, share information about how to use learning platforms, and review digital citizenship expectations.  This week we are implementing our district’s distance learning program.

What will distance learning look like? 

Distance learning will not look or feel the same as a regular in-person school day. It will provide students a consistent connection with school staff and continued learning focused on essential skills as we finish the school year, but cannot fully replace the rich experiences a student has when engaging with their teacher and peers in the classroom every day.  Distance learning will include a blend of teaching modes, some online learning and other methods, such as online meetings and phone calls. Parents and families will play a key part in student learning.

What does distance learning consist of?

Distance learning has three components: teacher-led learning, supplemental learning, and health and wellness.

Teacher-led learning: Structured, course-specific learning directed and supported by the teacher, focused on essential content. Teachers will a specific digital platform to provide assignments and activities on a weekly basis through the use of a Learning Grid, which will have the week’s lesson plans and materials available at 5:00pm the Friday before the next week.  These assignments may be completed on a daily schedule that is convenient for your family.  The state has recommended maximum daily time for teacher-led learning: 45 minutes maximum for Kindergarten and first grade, 60 minutes maximum for 2nd and 3rd grade, and 90 minutes maximum for 4th and 5th grade.  Most teacher-led learning will not take place on a daily scheduled time but will be communicated through online assignments, recorded videos, emails, etc.

Once your student’s assignments activities are posted on Friday afternoons, please do not email or otherwise attempt to contact teachers over the weekend hours. We all need some separation from work and would hope that students take advantage of the break and weekend family time as well. Thank you for honoring this request.

Supplemental learning: Teachers will provide additional supplemental activities and guidance to students for optional skill practice and enrichment, led by the student and family, such as independent research, reading and writing, and creative work. The state has recommended 1–2 hours per day for supplemental learning.

Classroom connections in “Morning Meetings”:  Face-to-face, real-time teacher-students’ interactions will be conducted for a daily “Morning Meeting” using Google Meet. Teachers have sent information by email about how to connect with their Google Classroom.  Morning Meeting is intended to support the care and connection of our students and may include daily check ins, announcements, community building activities, and healthy social/emotional awareness.

Health and wellness:  Additional wellness activities should be included into the day as it works best for family schedules and student needs. This includes meal times, indoor and outdoor play, exercise, and social and emotional learning activities. The state recommends 2 hours a day for health and wellness activities.

What about…?

Office hours: Teachers will hold office hours from 1:00-3:00pm Monday through Friday in a variety of forms, for students and families to check in about assignments, instructions and other questions.  For specific details, please look for information from your teacher. 

Technology needs: The district is working to provide technology supports to make sure that all SPS students can access learning. If you need support with accessing technology devices or internet services please email:  askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us.  Our District’s Technology Services has bilingual support for our families that can be accessed via email at: FamilyTech@springfield.k12.or.us, or 541.726.3406.

Connectivity Needs:

  • Technology Services is working through a process to distribute hotspots once they are available. In the meantime, the district has equipped busses with free WiFi access and has positioned them throughout our district, for family access, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 6 pm. Locations are posted here.
  • Xfinity hotspots map

Thank you for partnering in your child’s education.  Thank you for your patience and understanding that this is a tremendous change for teachers as it is for students and families—we are all learning this new normal. Please know we are committed to equity and access, and will continue to support families and strive to ensure every student has a way to connect with distance learning opportunities.

We know that this new mode of teaching and learning at home is challenging for families and that balancing work, family, and school isn’t easy for anyone. We appreciate your grace and grit as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

Sincerely,

Charlie Jett, Principal

 

Hola familias:

Comenzamos la educación a distancia la semana pasada a lo que nuestro distrito calificó como un “comienzo suave” que brinda a los estudiantes y sus familias la oportunidad de conectarse a dispositivos electrónicos, compartir información sobre cómo usar las plataformas de aprendizaje y revisar las expectativas de ciudadanía digital. Esta semana estamos implementando el programa de aprendizaje a distancia de nuestro distrito.

¿Cómo será el aprendizaje a distancia?

El aprendizaje a distancia no se verá ni se sentirá igual que un día escolar regular en persona. Proporcionará a los estudiantes una conexión constante con el personal de la escuela y un aprendizaje continúo centrado en las habilidades esenciales mientras que terminamos el año escolar, pero no puede reemplazar por completo las ricas experiencias que tiene un estudiante cuando se relaciona con sus maestros y compañeros en el salón de clase todos los días. El aprendizaje a distancia incluirá una combinación de modos de enseñanza, algunos de aprendizaje en línea y otros métodos, como reuniones en línea y llamadas telefónicas. Los padres y las familias jugarán un papel clave en el aprendizaje de los estudiantes.

¿En qué consiste el aprendizaje a distancia?

El aprendizaje a distancia tiene tres componentes: aprendizaje dirigido por maestros, aprendizaje complementario, y salud y bienestar.

Aprendizaje dirigido por el maestro: Un aprendizaje estructurado, específico del curso dirigido y apoyado por el maestro, enfocado en contenido esencial. Los maestros tendrán una plataforma digital específica para proporcionar las tareas y las actividades semanalmente a través del uso de una Casilla de aprendizaje, que tendrá los planes de las lecciones y los materiales de la semana que se harán disponibles a las 5:00 pm del viernes anterior a la semana siguiente. Estas tareas pueden completarse en un horario diario que sea conveniente para su familia. El estado ha recomendado un tiempo diario máximo para el aprendizaje dirigido por maestros: un máximo de 45 minutos para jardín de infantes (Kindergarten) y de primer grado, un máximo de 60 minutos para el segundo y el tercer grado y un máximo de 90 minutos para el cuarto y el quinto grado. La mayoría del aprendizaje dirigido por maestros no se llevará a cabo en un horario diario programado, sino que se hará a través de tareas en línea, videos grabados, correos electrónicos, etc.

Una vez que envíe las actividades de las tareas de su estudiante los viernes por la tarde, no mande un correo electrónico ni intente comunicarse con los maestros durante el fin de semana. Todos necesitamos un poco de separación del trabajo y esperamos que los estudiantes aprovechen el descanso y el tiempo familiar del fin de semana también. Gracias por cumplir con esta solicitud.

Aprendizaje suplementario: Los maestros proporcionarán actividades suplementarias adicionales y orientación a los estudiantes para la práctica y enriquecimiento de habilidades opcionales, dirigidas por el estudiante y la familia, como investigación independiente, lectura y escritura y trabajo creativo. El estado ha recomendado 1–2 horas por día para el aprendizaje suplementario.

Conexiones en el Salón de Clase en “Reuniones matutinas”: Se llevarán a cabo interacciones cara a cara entre maestros y alumnos en tiempo real (por video) en una “Reunión matutina” diaria utilizando Google Meet. Los maestros han enviado información por correo electrónico sobre cómo conectarse con su Google Classroom. La reunión matutina está destinada a apoyar el cuidado y conexión de nuestros estudiantes y puede incluir registros diarios, anuncios, actividades de desarrollo comunitario y una conciencia social / emocional saludable.

Salud y bienestar: Se deben incluir actividades de bienestar adicionales en el día, que funcionen mejor con los horarios familiares y las necesidades de los estudiantes. Esto incluye horarios de comidas, juegos adentro y afuera de l casa, ejercicio y actividades de aprendizaje social y emocional. El estado recomienda 2 horas al día para actividades de salud y bienestar.

Qué pasa…?

Horario de oficina: Los maestros tendrán un horario de oficina de 1: 00-3: 00 pm de lunes a viernes en una variedad de formas, para que los estudiantes y las familias vean las tareas, las instrucciones y otras preguntas. Para detalles específicos, busque información con su maestro.

Necesidades tecnológicas: El distrito está trabajando para proporcionar apoyo tecnológico para garantizar que todos los estudiantes de SPS puedan acceder al aprendizaje. Si necesita asistencia para acceder a dispositivos tecnológicos o servicios de Internet, envíe un correo electrónico a: askSPS@springfield.k12.or.us. Los Servicios de Tecnología de nuestro Distrito tienen apoyo bilingüe para nuestras familias que se puede acceder por correo electrónico en: FamilyTech@springfield.k12.or.us o llamar al 541.726.3406.

Necesidades de conectividad:

  • Technology Services (Los Servicios de Tecnología) están trabajando en un proceso para distribuir puntos de acceso al internet (hot spots) una vez que estén disponibles. Mientras tanto, el distrito ha equipado autobuses con acceso WiFi gratuito y los ha posicionado en todo nuestro distrito, para acceso familiar, de lunes a viernes de 8 am a 6 pm. Las ubicaciones se publican here (aquí).
  • Mapa Xfinity hotspots (Puntos de acceso de Xfinity)

Gracias por asociarse en la educación de su hijo. Gracias por su paciencia y comprensión de que este es un cambio tremendo para los maestros como lo es para los estudiantes y las familias: todos estamos aprendiendo esta nueva normalidad. Tenga en cuenta que estamos comprometidos con la equidad y el acceso, y continuaremos apoyando a las familias y nos esforzaremos por garantizar que cada estudiante tenga una manera de conectarse a las oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia.

Sabemos que este nuevo modo de enseñar y aprender en casa es un desafío para las familias y que equilibrar el trabajo, la familia y la escuela no es fácil para nadie. Apreciamos su buena actitud y valor mientras navegamos juntos por estas aguas desconocidas.

Sinceramente,

Charlie Jett, director

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Principal Log – Week 2 of Distance Learning (April 20, 2020)

Principal Jett checks in with families during the second week of Distance Learning, and provides some important points of information while providing a quick insight into his home life with a newly adopted kitten!

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