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Green Team Spring 2019

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5th Grade Student Congress
Animas Valley in the Fall.
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Principal's Message

Principals' Update 11-11-20

Dear Animas Valley Families, Thank you for your patience as we transition to remote learning. We expect that your student’s instructional experience will be remarkably different than what they experienced last school year. We recognize how important it is for our students' present experiences and future to offer our best instruction no matter the location of our students and staff.
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Principal's Message

Principal Update 9-4-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, We hope your students and your family have had a wonderful first week of school. We are thrilled to have the students back in the school building and enjoy hearing their voices fill each classroom as they build their classroom community and explore learning.
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Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-28-20

Hello Animas Valley Families, Welcome to the 2020 -2021 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, we want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely amazing school family community. Our teachers and staff are passionate, hardworking, nurturing, and have a growth mindset. We are a collaborative and driven community of people who guide learners as we develop the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves.  Animas Valley Elementary is thrilled to begin another great year, and our team is excited to see each of our students and families next week.
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Update from Mrs. Brammer 8-25-20

Greetings Huskies! Things are moving and shaking here at Animas Valley and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.  On Wednesday, August 26th from 9:00-10:00 AVE will host a socially distanced Meet the Teacher.  Teachers will be positioned around the building outside, in the same location that your student will go for morning arrival/drop off at 7:30 am daily.  Please remember to wear your masks, including any child(ren) in Kindergarten and above.  Teachers will have boxes to collect student supplies if you want to drop them off ahead of time.  Chromebook check out will also be available at this event for students that have requested technology support for the blended or remote models.
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News & Announcements

Instructional Feedback Survey

As a reminder, we are asking families to share your remote learning experiences with us every week. Your feedback helps us to continually refine and improve the instruction your children receive while remote. We want to be swift in our response to your feedback and we will ask you to complete this each Friday so that we can make adjustments early the next school week.

9-R Community Update - 11.20.20

As shared last weekend, the district will focus its communication on Friday to update you on important matters at the district level during this pivot to remote learning for our students. In this video, we hope to share updates with you on: - The rationale for the shift to remote learning; - The current status of our community with regard to the COVID crisis; - Our pathway forward as we look forward to reopening our schools in a safe and careful manner; and, - Reminders about services currently available to our students as we provide remote services to our K-12 students.

Remote Learning Expectations

Thank you for partnering with us during the next few weeks as we engage your child in remote learning while we prepare to hopefully open our schools after the winter holidays.  On Friday, we will provide you with more information as to our community's progress in getting control of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our metrics we will look for as we prepare to reopen our schools in the future.

Apply to be on the 9-R Bond Oversight Committee

We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support the community of Durango has for education. Thank you to all of those who supported the bond initiative, whether you helped on the committee or filled in the 'yes' circle. As we move forward with the expenditures of the bond dollars, we are seeking community and staff members to support the work ahead of us.

Remote Meal Services

Order your FREE meals for pick up from school sites or bus routes. Durango School District 9R Food Services is requesting families fill out a form and pre-order meals for delivery starting 11/16. Order deadlines will be the Friday before the delivery week.

9-R Pivots to Remote Learning for All Families - 11.10.20

Dear Families, We commend all the efforts that our families and staff have made to allow 9-R to open up our school year with three different learning models, including in-person. That was not an option for many districts across the state and the country, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support students and enjoy success in the first quarter of the school year with little to no issue.

Update for the Community - 11.8.20

Good afternoon 9-R Families and Staff. As you probably know, our community is seeing a significant increase in new cases of COVID-19. This is not unlike the rest of our state or nation at this point. Needham Elementary School is closed to a majority of its students due to potential exposure of staff members to a positive case. Students were not at risk of exposure as they were not at school due to the cancelation of school a week ago Friday.

Planning for the Unexpected - Isolation Room and Quarantine

Dear Families, We know this school year has been a bit different than those we are accustomed to, but thanks to all your hard work and support we have been able to continue in-person learning and limit the number of students, staff and families impacted by COVID-19. It is important that we all remain diligent in our steps to practice the three W’s: wear your mask, wash your hand and watch your distance, while in and outside of school.

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Mission

Our vision is to guide learners as we develop  the tools and mindsets to continually seek and understand the world and ourselves. Learners will demonstrate confidence, compassion and value diversity. Everyone will leave our school with the ability to apply, transfer and reflect on concepts because we are motivated to ask questions and discover solutions.

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