• 4th Quarter Moves to Plan A

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/13/2021 9:00:00 AM
    ECS Parents,
     
    As we approach fourth quarter, we are pleased at the steps we’ve taken back to normalcy.  We have had no community spread on our campus since Covid began. We have gradually added students to campus and added hours to our days, and we have seen the benefits to our students.  Our students need to be together and need to be with their teachers to get the most academic and social growth possible. We are eager to continue that path forward and have two significant changes to our current plan for fourth quarter.
    • Our middle school students will return to campus on non-alternating weeks in fourth quarter. They will join the elementary students on campus every week.
    • Our expectation for fourth quarter is that all students return to learning on campus unless they provide documentation (Click Here for acomodation form) that the student or a household family member is deemed at increased risk by a physician.
    Please know that we do not take these steps forward lightly.  We are eager to have all students back learning in person each week with their teacher. We have seen time and again the difference being together makes academically.  However, we are equally concerned about the social-emotional development of our students. Participating in a classroom each year provides students opportunities to grow in their ability to work independently, manage their own materials, and grow their social skills by interacting with their peers.  Such changes are significant, and there are many developmentally critical years in the K-8 range.  The idea of a student leaving campus last year as a first grader (in a self-contained class with a teaching assistant) and returning next year as a third grader (switching classes, managing their own materials, taking EOGs) is a giant leap.  Likewise, a student who left campus as a fourth grader last year reentering campus next year in middle school is equally worrisome. No matter the excellent academic support a family may be able to provide, they cannot duplicate the daily interactions of a student and a class of peers developing together.  We want the best for all of our students and believe returning to campus is the best option.
     
    Fourth quarter plans: 
    • remote learning remains an option ONLY for students/families that are identified as at increased risk by a physician
    • lunch and recess continue on-campus
    • fine arts and elective classes transition to in-person classes
    • elementary school students come to campus every week 
    • middle school students come to campus every week
    • teachers transition to more traditional classroom instruction, not directed at the screen
    • K-2 classes no longer post assignments on Seesaw.  Instead, packets are available to print or pick up.  Completed assignments are returned to campus each week.
    • students in grades 2-8 switch classrooms as a cohort rather than teachers switching classrooms, desks will be sanitized between groups
    • expectations for distancing will align with state guidance
    • continued masks for all students and staff at all times other than specified breaks such as lunch and snack
    • continued focus on hand hygiene
    • antigen testing for symptomatic students begins on campus with parental consent
    Plans for 2021-22:
    • all K-8 students return to campus every day
    • expanded grade levels and expanded staff 
    • expectations for hand hygiene, distancing, and masks will align with state guidance
    • facility expansion opens on time
    ECS Parents - Please see your email for link to the survey.
    • Please make sure you click SUBMIT at the end of the form.
    • A response is due for each student by 12pm on Tuesday, March 16th.
    Thank you,
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    ECS Director
     
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  • Updates for 4th Quarter Survey

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/12/2021 3:00:00 PM
    ECS Families, 
     
    This weekend, we anticipate sending out our final survey regarding student learning options for the 2020-21 school year. While it is hard to believe the fourth quarter is almost here, I am very proud of each step forward that we've made. Please read the survey carefully as there are significant steps back toward a normal school day in our plans for fourth quarter. 
     
    The first huge step forward is returning all middle school students back to campus every week. Starting on April 13, we will no longer alternate weeks for middle school. 
     
    Secondly, we will look for all students who do not fall into the increased risk group to return to campus. It is essential for our students who are able to come back to campus and learn together to do so. 
     
    When you receive the survey, please review the information provided and submit your response. Have a wonderful weekend!
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
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  • First Week of Full Days!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 3/5/2021 2:45:00 PM
    We did it!  A full week of full days of school!  It has been one week less than an entire calendar year since we have had a full week of full days on our campus. How is that even possible? We've talked a lot this week about our memories of last year at this time.  Then, we were just starting to see Covid in North Carolina.  Schools were just starting to talk about possible closures and how to keep learning happening.  We were asking our teachers to practice using Google Classroom and Seesaw with their classes - just in case! Had you told me then that it would be an entire year before we returned to a normal school day, I would never have believed you.  I thank each and everyone of you for being on this crazy/unbelievable/awful/unprecedented journey with us.  I certainly didn't wish for this year, but if I had to go through it, I'm glad you were the folks I went through it with!
     
    This week, I have been so happy to see a few more faces return to campus! The laughter and joy radiating from the playground has been a wonderful thing to see.  Lunch has been different, but it is working well.  Great things are happening on our campus! I got to watch a science class do dissections and the band elective outside playing together for the first time.  All of these little steps forward feel like huge triumphs! It has been a great week!
     
    I want to let everyone know that there are also some exciting steps forward in our construction project.  This weekend a very large crane will be assembled on campus.  On Tuesday,that crane will be used to  start raising and putting wall panels in place.  The building is going vertical!  This is a huge milestone and yet another indicator that our construction schedule is still on track despite all the recent rain. 
     
    Is it the sun or the normal schedule or all the good things happening on campus?  I'm not sure what it is, but it has been a great week to be at ECS!  Have a great weekend!
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    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • Many Thanks & Info for Full Days!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 2/26/2021 2:00:00 PM
    Many Thanks!
     
    Before I start my info for the week, I want to share my deep appreciate for Travis Holshouser of Falls River Pharmacy who came to our campus this morning and gave our staff their first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine. Mr. Holshouser was contacted by a former ECS parent at my request, but he does not have any other connection to our school. He did not have to help us. Nevertheless, he gave our staff the best possible gift today – peace of mind! I am so grateful! I do not ever use this forum to endorse a business – until today. Support Falls River Pharmacy!! When you are there tell Mr. Holshouser that all of Endeavor appreciates him!
     
    Next Week
    Next week is a big milestone for us! We will return to full days on campus for the first time in almost a year. It is hard to believe! This return also brings back lunch and recess to our campus. While these are great steps back to normalcy, they are both areas for which we want to be overly cautious. As we assess how students are managing these expectations and how conditions in our community progress, we anticipate being able to loosen our requirements. For now, we will follow the procedures outlined below. Please review with your child this weekend!
     
    Lunch: Each grade level will have a 30-minute lunch in their classrooms. We’ve hired lunch supervisors who will primarily remain in the classroom doorway to maintain a safe distance from students. Each class will be expected to follow the same rules:
    • Students remain seated at all times.
    • Students will only remove masks while eating.
    • No speaking will be allowed while masks are off – at least the first 15 mins of lunch.
    • All students will be required to clean hands before and after eating.
    • All trash will go back in the lunch box and return home.  
    Recess:  Each grade will have 30 minutes on the playground.
    • Recess for grades 1-8 will be supervised by Mr Burt and Mr. Manfreda. 
    • Recess for Kindergarten will be supervised by the Kindergarten Teaching Assistants. 
    • Masks will be required at all times on the playground. 
    • Classroom teachers will ensure that students sanitize hands before returning to the classroom. 
    Indoor Recess:  In the case of inclement weather, recess will be held in the classroom. Classroom teachers are expected to supervise during this time. The following rules will apply:   
    • Students remain seated at all times.
    • Masks will be required at all times. 
    • Students may talk to each other, but must maintain social distance. 
    • The teacher may choose to lead a game such as Scattergories, use a digital version of a game or activity, play quiet music or show a video during this time. Students may choose to read a book, play solitaire with their own cards, or color/draw during indoor recess. 
     
    Thank you for your continued support during these transitions!
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • Wackiest Week, Carpool and End of Year Testing

    Posted by Lauren Manfreda on 2/19/2021 2:00:00 PM

    Why are the short weeks always the craziest?  Thanks for bearing with us through three asynchronous days, a lot of rain, and a lot of cold.  We did have a peak of spring and there is more in the forecast for next week! We are also getting to close to the point when wall panels will be put in place for our new wing.  Seeing the structure begin to go vertical will be an exciting step forward!

    I need to ask for everyone’s help with carpool.  Our nice long driveway has been wonderful in keeping us off of One World!  However, it has also been tempting for some of our drivers to pick up too much speed. We need all drivers to maintain a low speed. We need you to drive slower than you think you should. We need your cellphone off.  We need you to focus on the idea that an adult or a child could step into the road at any time.   Our carpool staff and construction workers are having too many incidents of being nearly hit.  Please help keep our campus safe.

    I have one additional schedule change to announce.  The last week of school – June 7-11 – will be a week of early release days. We are trying to accommodate our end of year test schedule within our new space requirements and also bring all remote students back to campus to test.  This has created many challenges of space and of time.  In addition, almost every teacher in the building will be moving classrooms next year and they desperately need some time to pack and begin moving items.  To help with both challenges, every day June 7-11, students will leave at 12:00 unless they are currently remote. Some students who are currently remote will be scheduled to come to campus for EOG tests during the afternoons of that same week.  A detailed testing schedule will be provided in May.

    Thank you all for all you do to support your students and keep our community healthy!  It has taken our whole village, and we appreciate each of you!

    Christi Whiteside, MSA

    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
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  • Important Schedule Changes for Q3

    Posted by Lauren Manfreda on 2/5/2021 1:00:00 PM
    ECS Families,
     
    As we near the halfway point of third quarter, changes are coming. As an ECS community and as a world community, we have seen and adjusted to so many changes in the last year! Even as some of the changes have been wonderful steps back to normal, change of any kind is hard. Thank you all for managing the easy and the hard changes with the grace and class you've shown for months and months. As we look through the remainder of this quarter and this year, we have a few more changes to go as we continue to teach and learn together. 
     
    We are proud of the path we’ve been on and the changes we've made this school year. We’ve had live remote classes since August, some students on campus since September, all grades back on campus since November with our elementary students back every week and our middle school students on campus every other week. This adds up to be far more direct teacher-student learning time across all grades than almost every other school in our area. What a year! And what a community!   
    • On Feb 15 school will be closed in honor of President's Day.
    • On Feb 16 and 17 we have asynchronous days. On those days students will not be on campus or have live virtual instruction. They will have posted work to complete at home. 
    • On Feb 18 we had previously planned to return to a full day schedule. However, we have made the difficult decision to delay this extension to allow the teachers and students some additional time to prepare for the necessary change in schedules and procedures. Bringing lunch and recess back to campus requires specific protocols and procedures we will need to teach the students. We have also decided to hire some additional people to help us. We are looking for a full time assistant to supervise lunch groups and do clerical work to help the teachers. We have already hired one person for this role and are eager to find a second. If you are interested in the position, please email me! 
    • Feb 18 - Feb 26 will REMAIN ON THE CURRENT HALF DAY SCHEDULE from 8:30am - 1:00pm M-F.

    NEW DATE: We will return to a full day schedule (8:30-3:15) on MONDAY March 1st. 

    • All families who selected to return to campus this quarter will move to a full day schedule. 
    • Middle school students will be required to remain on an alternating week schedule due to the Governor's standing order which requires 6 feet of social distancing for all middle school students. 
     
    In March we will send families another survey to determine preferences and information about any additional changes for fourth quarter. Despite the changes and uncertainties this year has brought, we are proud of the resiliency of our students, staff, and families. 

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    RECAP BY DATE:
     
    Feb 5 - Feb 26:
    • School hours are 8:30-1:00 Monday through Friday 
    • Current In-Person Elementary school students will continue to be on campus each week.
    • Current In-Person Middle school students must still follow an alternating week schedule until Governor’s orders allow 3 foot spacing.  
    • Current Remote students will attend class remotely from 8:30am-1:00pm each day
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30am and 1:00-1:30pm.
    February 15: President’s Day holiday, no school
     
    February 16 and 17: Asynchronous Remote Learning Days for ALL STUDENTS
    • No students are on campus.
    • No live lessons as teachers prepare to transition to full days
    • Students will have work to complete during the day at their own pace.
    March 1st - MARCH 26th:
    School hours CHANGE to 8:30-3:15 Monday - Friday
    • In-Person Elementary school students will return each week.
    • In-Person Middle school students must still follow an alternating week schedule until Governor’s orders allow 3 foot spacing.  
    • Remote students will attend class remotely M-F from 8:30-3:15 each day
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30 and 3:15-3:45.
    • Wednesdays in March will NOT all be asynchronous days.
    • Changes to provide additional asynchronous days will be shared as soon as finalized.
    IN-PERSON 6th-8th GRADE STUDENTS: Alternating weeks continue for 6th-8th.
    • Feb 8 - B week
    • Feb 14 - A week 
    • Feb 22 - B week
    • Mar 1 - A week (This is now the week we switch to full days 8:30-3:15)
    • Mar 8 - B week
    • Mar 15 - A week
    • Mar 22 - B week
    Other important information:
    • Lunch and recess procedures will be shared as we approach full days.
    • Masks must continue to be worn at all times while on campus.
    • Attendance matters! It is very important that students who have chosen to attend on-campus are on campus each day unless they are sick or quarantined. Choosing to stay off-campus outside of those reasons is not acceptable and creates an undue burden on the teachers. 
    We look forward to continuing our path back to a normal school day!
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
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  • Students returning for 3rd quarter!

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 1/8/2021 2:00:00 PM
    Thank you to our teachers, students and families for your energy and support this week transitioning to new schedules. We are excited to welcome students back to campus on Monday, January 11th. Please keep in mind these important reminders:
     
    January 11 - February 12: 
    School hours are 8:30-1:00 Monday through Friday 
    • In-Person Elementary school students will return to campus each week.
    • In-Person Middle school students must still follow an alternating week schedule until Governor’s orders allow 3 foot spacing.  
    • Middle school teachers have sent the A/B week assignments for students returning to campus for the first time. Jan 11 is B Week for 6th-8th.
    • Remote students will continue attend class remotely from 8:30-1:00 each day
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30 and 1:00-1:30.
    Important health reminders:
    • If your student has had a COVID-19 exposure over the break, please notify our school nurse, Sarah Ipock (nurse@endeavorcharter.com) immediately.
    • If your student has tested positive for COVID-19 over the break, please notify our school nurse, Sarah Ipock (nurse@endeavorcharter.com) immediately.
    • If your student is having any of the following major COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever >100.4, chills, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, new loss of taste/smell) DO NOT send them to school. Please reach out to your child's medical professional for advice on how to proceed. Your student must have a NEGATIVE COVID test, stay out of school for 10 days, or have a written alternative doctor's diagnosis to return to school. 
    • If your child is having more than one minor symptom (congestion, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fatigue, or muscle aches for greater than 24 hours) DO NOT send them to school. Please reach out to your child's medical professional for advice on how to proceed. Our Return to School Guidelines state students must be symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medications to return.
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  • Reflecting on the Good!

    Posted by Lauren Manfreda on 12/18/2020 1:15:00 PM
    We’ve finally reached the end of 2020. It is so easy to point out all the difficult and stressful and negative parts of this year. So easy!! However, I want to take a minute to reflect on the good that has come from the year 2020 in our community. 
    • Our staff and students have learned how to have a remote learning day. This is something we’d wanted to try for a few years, but never had a good reason. Now we know that in future years when there is a weather concern, a power outage on site, or another such issue, we can easily move into a remote learning day and not lose instructional time. We also know that even most of our youngest students can maneuver through work sites and complete digital assignments.
    • We’ve begun construction on our campus expansion. Things we’ve always wanted for our school - a gym, theatre, and dedicated middle school – are coming! While the timing of an expansion and a pandemic is not ideal, less cars and kids on campus as construction is starting has had its benefits!
    • Our staff and families have all developed a deeper level of understanding and appreciation for one another. We’ve always all been on the same team with the same goals of student learning and success, but never before have we actually shared the day to day job of teaching students. Never before have we peeked inside one another’s homes and talked through student needs and challenges and shared the job of helping our students grow each day.
    • We’ve all had to slow down and spend more time with our families. What a gift that is! As a parent of a teenager and a young adult, I am so very grateful for the time I’ve had with my kids because of our decreased social calendars, working from home, and isolating together. We’ve lost many opportunities, trips, and events, but we’ve experienced this time together. Some days we were productive and baked bread and exercised; some days we watched movies and ate popcorn. Whether productive or not, I will always be grateful for time spent with the ones I love the most!
     
    As we move into 2021 with vaccines being administered and a light at the end of this tunnel, I encourage you to remain vigilant in the things we can control right now – hand hygiene, distancing, wearing face masks, and decreasing time spent with those you do not live with. I wish you all a safe, healthy, happy track out, and I look forward to seeing you all in the new year!  
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    ECS Director
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  • 3rd Quarter Info

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 12/18/2020 10:50:00 AM
    We’ve had a few questions regarding yesterday's email and wanted to add some clarifications:
    • We have recorded family preferences for remaining remote or returning to campus. Teachers will be emailing today to confirm those choices. Remote instruction will continue for students that selected to remain remote.
    • As we announced earlier this quarter, we will not be able to offer childcare on campus this year.
    • Our first week of third quarter (all remote week) is an A week for middle school students who must continue to alternate weeks. Here is a guide to the alternating weeks:
    • Jan 4 - A week (all students remote all week)
    • Jan 11 - B week
    • Jan 18 - A week
    • Jan 25 - B week
    • Feb 1 - A week
    • Feb 8 - B week
    • Feb 14 - A week (This is the week we switch to full days - first day on campus is Feb 18.)
    • Feb 22 - B week
    • Mar 1 - A week
    • Mar 8 - B week
    • Mar 15 - A week
    • Mar 22 - B week
     
    Copy of 12/17/20 email:
     
    Dear ECS parents,
     
    Thank you for the information you provided us in the survey regarding 3rd quarter. It was extremely helpful to understand what our families value and why. Given that information, on December 1 our Board of Directors voted on a plan for the spring semester which had been vetted by a reopening committee comprised of staff, parents, and the Board. Currently, middle school students are held to a 6 foot distance requirement by the state while elementary students are allowed to function within a 3 foot distance. Due to this requirement, middle school students will still be returning to campus on an alternating week schedule in third quarter, while all elementary grades will be returning to campus each week. When/If state guidelines change, we will review and potentially adjust our middle school schedule. To provide time to prepare for our students’ return and to protect our students and staff, we will begin third quarter with a fully remote week. Please read the details below as you prepare for January.
     
    JANUARY 4 - FEBRUARY 12:
    School hours are 8:30-1:00 Monday through Friday 
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30 and 1:00-1:30.
     
    January 4: Teacher workday, Asynchronous Remote Learning Day for all students
    • No students are on campus.
    • No live lessons as teachers prepare for third quarter
    • Students will have work to complete during the day at their own pace.
     
    January 5 - 8 Remote Learning Days for all students
    • No students are on campus.
    • Students will participate in live, remote classes following their third quarter schedule.
    • Students will attend class remotely from 8:30-1:00 each day.
     
    January 11 - February 12: 
    School hours are 8:30-1:00 Monday through Friday 
    • Elementary school students will return to campus each week.
    • Middle school students must still follow an alternating week schedule until Governor’s orders allow 3 foot spacing.  
    • Middle school teachers will send out the A/B week assignments for students returning to campus for the first time.
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30 and 1:00-1:30.
    Benefits:
    • Additional 6.5 hours of school time per week
    • Fine Arts return for all grade levels
    • Lunch and recess at home decreases exposure risk
     
    January 18: Martin Luther King holiday, no school
     
    FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 26:
    School hours are 8:30-3:15 Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday on campus, Wednesday will be asynchronous, off-campus
    • Elementary school students will return each week.
    • Middle school students must still follow an alternating week schedule until Governor’s orders allow 3 foot spacing.  
    • Carpool will run from 8:05 to 8:30 and 3:15-3:45.
    • On Wednesdays from February 18 - March 26 all students will have asynchronous work to complete by 4:00. There will be no live classes on Wednesdays.
    Benefits:
    • Full instructional day
    • Modified, distanced recess
    • Lunch on campus
     
    February 15: President’s Day holiday, no school
     
    February 16 and 17: Asynchronous Remote Learning Days for all students
    • No students are on campus.
    • No live lessons as teachers prepare to transition to full days
    • Students will have work to complete during the day at their own pace.
     
    Other important information for third quarter:
     
    Front door:
    Our front door has officially been relocated to the side of the current building in the natural area. This will be the front door for the duration of construction. Banners mark the entrance. This is the only entrance we will use outside of carpool. There is a doorbell which will alert the front office that you are waiting. Do not approach another entrance.
     
    Carpool:
    The shift to our new driveway and new carpool procedure went smoothly this week. While we may tweak as needed, this will be our procedure through the end of the school year.
     
    Recorded Daily Lessons:
    Teachers will no longer be recording daily lessons. Students who must be absent from a class should contact the teacher for support as they would if absent on a regular school day. The time and storage capacity required to post lessons are not sustainable.
     
    In Case of Teacher Absence:
    When a teacher is absent, there will be a recorded lesson and assignment for students to complete. This will be similar to the Remote Learning Day lessons. Remote students will be expected to complete the assignments on their own, while on-campus students will have a substitute teacher in the classroom to facilitate the lesson. 
     
    Turning in Assignments:
    Beginning in January, many grade levels will be changing the time by which work must be turned in on a daily basis. The majority of work can be completed during class time. If you have a specific conflict, please contact your child’s teacher.
     
    On-Campus Attendance:
    Please note that it is important that students who have chosen to attend on-campus are on campus each day unless they are sick or quarantined. Choosing to stay off-campus outside of those reasons is not acceptable and creates an undue burden on the teachers. 
     
    Thank you for supporting your students and our staff as we've moved through this challenging first semester together. We look forward to second semester and continuing our path back to a normal school day!
     
    Christi Whiteside, MSA
    Director
    Endeavor Charter School
    919-848-0333
     
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  • Carpool Update for Monday, 12/14/20

    Posted by Christi Whiteside on 12/11/2020 1:00:00 PM
    We’ve just been notified that our new driveway will be completed this weekend!  Starting Monday, December 14, all traffic will be moved to the new driveway.  Please read the important information below.
     
    • Enter campus as usual from One World Way.
    • Follow the new driveway behind the soccer field and move slowly as construction workers and vehicles will be crossing the lanes.
    • The lined outer 2 lanes will be two-way directional lanes for our use.  The inner lane will be for construction traffic only.  Stay in our lanes! 

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    • The new carpool pick-up and drop-off area will be located in the parking lot beside the current building.  
    • During carpool only, students will enter and exit the building at the parking lot side entrance with the double doors.  Carpool staff will help direct students.
    • At any time of day other than carpool, the temporary front door will be the side door behind the flagpole natural area, into the multipurpose room.  Banners indicating this entrance have been hung on the construction fencing.  A doorbell at this temporary entrance will notify the front office that someone is waiting.

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    • If your child is late to school, please walk with him/her to the new entrance.  Do not allow a child to wait alone as it will take us a bit longer to let them in, and we do not want a child to be unsupervised especially during construction.
    • Packet pickup will now be located in a shed between the bleachers and the spirit rock (near the dumpster area).  Please be sure to tightly close the doors after you pick up packets.
     
    We recognize that a construction project brings many inconveniences along the way.  This change is a bit of an inconvenience.  However, we are excited to take this significant step forward on our path to the new and improved ECS!
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