Latest metrics translate to continued wait for Grades 4-5 to start in-person

As of the State data release on Sept. 15, 2020 (looking back at the previous week's official COVID-19 virus metrics), Grades 4-5 will remain in distance learning only until at least Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

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Principal's Message: Back to School Time! Details of Hybrid (In-Person/Distance Learning) and Online Program Starts

September 3, 2020

Dear Kalmiopsis Families,

Welcome to the school year 2020-2021. We are so grateful for your grace, support, and patience as we start the new school year. Our staff is dedicated to building student connections, creating meaningful work, and delivering a robust curriculum, whether here at school with us or online. Your family should have received a phone call from a teacher or staff member to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher. During your conference, you will receive information about the 20-21 school year, our curriculum, and pick up a Chromebook if you requested one from us. If you did not, we have additional Chromebooks available, we may just need a few days to get one to you. 

In-school attendance will start for Kindergarten through 3rd grade on Friday, September 11, as long as our local county metrics stay within the guidelines for a safe return to school.  Your teacher will confirm and share your student’s schedule with you. It is our hope that 4th and 5th grade can join us here at school on Friday, September 18, the state metrics for this last week were within the range to allow for their return. We need 2 more additional weeks with a state positivity rate of 5% or less to open on September 18. Fourth (4th) and fifth grade (5th) students will complete distance learning work with their teachers until they are able to return to school in person. 

Our online students will begin instruction on Friday September 11. We are going to utilize an online curriculum, Edgenuity K-5. However, due to the increased demand for online curriculum across the country our vendor is experiencing some delays. Our teachers will be utilizing Google Classroom to assign work for students until Edgenuity is up and running. Please feel free to reach out to either of us if you have any questions.

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Starting in October, meet with Mrs. King in the K-School Virtual Library for engaging read alouds and thrilling book discussions.
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Back to School Letter (Sept. 3, 2020)

In-school attendance will start for Kindergarten through 3rd grade on Friday September 11, as long as our local county metrics stay within the guidelines for a safe return to school. Your teacher will confirm and share your student’s schedule with you. It is our hope that 4th and 5th grade can join us here at school on Friday September 18, the state metrics for this last week were within the range to allow for their return. Our online students will begin instruction on Friday September 11.
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Superintendent's Update (Aug. 31, 2020): What's new in health and safety and instruction for Fall 2020

We are looking forward to getting our schools reopened this school year. We have incorporated a wide range of measures to keep all students and staff healthy and safe. While the start of this school year will look different, our focus is to ensure that school continues to be a positive, safe, friendly, and welcoming place for all students. While we know there will be challenges, by working together we can positively and successfully support our students’ growth and learning.

About Us

  • By the Numbers Kalmiopsis Elementary has an enrollment of about 730 students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, and a staff of more than 80 educators and support staff. As a Title 1 school, we receive federal funding for programs to advance the education of our economically disadvantaged student body. We are also a Provision 2 school, meaning that all pupils receive free breakfast in the classroom, and free lunch daily.
  • Monarch School USA In August 2018, Kalmiopsis Elementary was designated a “Monarch School USA” — one of just a handful across the country and only the second school in Oregon to receive the honor for its commitment to restoring critical habitat and forage for monarchs. Come visit our pollinator garden, where students do hands-on science projects.
  • Prevention Not Punishment Our elementary school has had a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program in place for more than 10 years. The key to PBIS is prevention, not punishment. All staff members are asked to “catch students being good” or exhibiting examples of being safe, respectful and responsible. Students can “save up” these small recognitions to put tickets in for a special end-of-the-year prize drawing.
  • Seismic Safety Upgrades A seismic safety renovation was completed on the oldest wings of our school buildings in Summer 2017 with funds from a $1.5 million grant sponsored by the State of Oregon and Business Oregon. These updates enhanced safety and escape routes in the event of a major earthquake, as well as improved our classroom learning environments.