January soon to be February Greetings Appleton-Milan Elementary School Families!
And, just like that we are beginning the second semester today, Monday, January 25, 2021. This school year truly has been an interesting one filled with lots of changes. I want to thank all of our families for continuing to support our staff and students through it all!
The procedures we put into place to ensure our students are learning as safely as possible are working. We continue to have students in the building on a daily basis with enhanced safety protocols. To accommodate the students who have chosen to Distance Learn, please remember that two Wednesdays a month have been earmarked for teacher planning days and students do not have school. The revised 2020-2021 school calendar can be found here: PLEASE INSERT THE UPDATED CALENDAR! Please also note on this calendar that the last day of school is Friday, May 28th, 2021.
A few other COVID related items:
Staff have the opportunity to partake in Saliva Testing every other week
On Tuesday, Jan. 19th, the district began its first round of voluntary vaccinations forstaff members.
Finally, masks are still mandatory when in our building including PE during class.
Onto some fun happenings, currently we have our Artist-in-Residence, Karla Nweje, working with our students. Through a generous SMAC grant (see below), Karla Nweje is joining us virtually! Karla is a renowned Twin Cities artist in the areas of dance and poetry. The adventure for us runs the final two weeks in January. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to perform what we learn to the larger community. However, our students will be able to enjoy a live dance party with their classmates as a culminating event.
Funding for this residency is provided through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC). Monies for this grant are made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.
You can find more information about February’s Jump Rope for Heart here (Insert the information Joel sent you!). The students enjoy this opportunity to support those near and far who may be experiencing heart related health issues.
Finally, we will be celebrating I Love to Read Month in February! Your child’s teacher will be sending home information about this fun month of reading!
A huge thank you to our families for their ongoing support.