A Note From Our Director (September)

Welcome Back Alder Grove Families, and Greetings to Our New Families,
I guess I don’t need to point out that it was a very strange summer! I do hope you were able to get outside and appreciate all of the beauty that Humboldt County has to offer.

By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have already met with your CTs (virtually or otherwise), taken your NWEA assessments (virtually or otherwise), established daily routines, completed some schoolwork, and
hopefully had time to enjoy some late-Summer sunshine!

It’s going to be an interesting year! As you know, the Governance Council recommended in June that we begin this school year using distance learning for our classes. If your students are attending these classes, please check in with them daily to ensure they are engaged and completing their schoolwork. Each teacher will provide a syllabus and contact information should you have any questions or concerns. Distanced classes begin August 31st. And a round of applause to Becky for organizing classes this year while dealing with a lot of unknowns!

Meanwhile, our building is open and ready for socially distanced special education services, math and science lab, tutoring, study hall, assessments, etc. Thank you to our office staff for working so diligently in putting this all
into place, with signage, arrows, PPE, organization, and thoughtfulness. Please read later in the newsletter about what we’re doing to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in our facility.

Our breakfast program will continue this year starting Monday, August 31st, it will just look a little different. We will continue to partner with the Westside Community Improvement Association (at the former Jefferson school), who will provide us with healthy, nutritionally rich food for students on campus or who need breakfast. More information about the breakfast pickup schedule and contact information can be found in this newsletter. Thank you to Aimee who is coordinating everything!

Thank you SO MUCH for filling out the income questionnaires for this year. Our school’s funding is based on the income information you give us, so the more families who fill it out, the more high-quality educational opportunities we can offer Alder Grove students. If you have lost your form, please contact your CT to get another. These forms are due October 19th, but you may return them to your CT or the office earlier than that by mail or the office dropbox (outside the school). And again, thank you for helping your school!

We would like to welcome our new high school Special Education Resource Specialist Holly Matthews, and new CTs Aly Lescht and Raina Ray Donnell. We are also excited to welcome Debbie Lammers back into the AGCS fold as a CT! We are grateful to have them on staff for this year. Welcome aboard!
The ordering department folks continue to process orders as quickly as possible. Please have your CT check the processed-orders shelves if you’re waiting on an order more than a few weeks. We thank you for your patience as the school year gets rolling.

We are working on ideas for a remote Back To School Night and Curriculum Share . If you have a curriculum or resources you particularly like and want to show to other homeschool families, talk to your CT. A big thank you
to Randi Golat and Sunshine Lee for organizing this big, new format. A new, unique school year! Thank you for choosing Alder Grove Charter School.

Tim Warner, Director