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Book of the month

I have been putting out one read-a-loud book each week for our students’ enjoyment.  This week, I read Emmanuel’s Dream, by Thompson and Qualls.   This is a story of perseverance,  strength, and not being held back by the challenges that we face. Life can put obstacles in our path, but it is the way that we respond to them that counts and shows our true character.  This true story is inspiring and one that I hope the students enjoy.

Mr. Gagnon's Story Corner

Here is a collection of all of Mr. Gagnon's books he has read to you online during Remote Learning.  Feel free to revisit any of your favorites by clicking on the book.

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Staff Spotlight

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Previously, I spoke about our teachers and all of the great work that they are doing during this unusual time.  However, I wanted to highlight the work of all of our classified staff through this distance learning process.  Our front office staff continue to work from home each day as we are processing all of the needs of a school and prepare for next school year, from a distance.  Our custodial team continues to clean and service our school for whatever may come our way.  Our Computer support staff is incredibly responsive in support teachers needs and make sure the technology is running the best it can, our Instructional Assistants are working 1:1 or in small groups, with student who teachers have identified, may need a little extra support through all of this.  The list continues, but I just want to say thank you to all of them for their continued service to our students, even though we are not able to be together at this time. THANK YOU, NEIL ARMSTRONG STAFF! 

 

4/10/20 4:37 PM

Principal's Corner

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Neil Armstrong Community – 

      Welcome to the month of May.  It amazes me how quickly time has gone by and cannot believe that we have not been together, with our students, since March 13th.  The staff and I miss our students terribly and cannot believe we will be ending this school year from a distance. However, for the safety of our entire community, this is what is required and we continue to support the students in every way that we can.  Please let our students know how much we care about them and that we miss them, every day.

       As we are well under way in this distance learning model, I want to take a moment to check in with our community. I always welcome feedback, input, or questions from our community.   I don’t know if I will be able to answer all of them, but I will provide as much information as possible.  Feel free to respond anonymously or if you provide your name and e-mail address, I will get back to you as quickly as possible if there are questions that I’m able to answer.  I know there is much angst about next year and what it will look like and unfortunately I have no additional information to share, but with what information I do have I would be happy to respond to our community.  Please complete this form  if you have any questions, concerns or compliments that you would like to share with me.

     As we move into May, we start with Teacher Appreciation week next week.  I would be remiss if I did not share how hard all of our teachers are working. I have been so proud to see all of the work they are putting in and how they have transitioned to Distance Learning.  There have been definite bumps along the way as we have all made this transition, yet the teaching staff is not deterred and they continue to put in countless hours to make this work for our students and community.  As a teacher, one of the best highlights of our job is to see the smiles on students faces and lightbulbs going off when they are learning.  However, in this distance environment we are missing that on a day-to-day basis.  Thus, I encourage you to take the opportunity to join me next week in thanking our teachers for everything they do, in our traditional setting pre-March 13th, and in this distance learning environment.  They are so dedicated to our students and it is coming through everyday, all while taking care of their own families.  THANK YOU TEACHERS!!

     We hope you are taking care of your family during this Shelter-in-Place, and look forward to seeing you all again when we are able.  I hope you and your students have a wonderful last month of the school year and please tell the students. WE MISS THEM!

 

Take Care,

 

Mr. Jared Gagnon

Principal

Neil Armstrong Elementary School

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Safety Corner

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 For the month of May, please continue to protect yourselves as well as our community at large, and continue to Shelter-in-Place at home. I know this is a significant burden for all of us, but this is critical to all of our well-being and hopefully bringing this period to an end sooner rather than later.  Stay safe!   

Housekeeping Items

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- Due to the shelter-in-place, school remains closed to all – this includes staff, families, and students. There is no time table to return and collect belongings or pick items up from the classrooms for students. We will let you know the process for this and how we will return items to the students. 

- Please be patient on responses to e-mails. We are being inundated with correspondence at this time and are working hard to respond.  If it has been a day or two, please re-send your note as it may have gotten buried in our inboxes.

- I do not have any additional information on what next year will look like and be for our school.  As soon as we have any information, we will be sure to share it.