2020-2021 Fleet Beat!

September 18, 2020

Supporting Independence:
Thank you to all our parents who have worked closely with our falcons to start their distance learning journey. As we continue with Distance Learning, we ask that parents begin to encourage our students to become more independent in their activities and logging in.

  • Print out their schedule and remind your child of their log-in time for class; setting the alarm for critical moments can be very helpful (start of school, lunch, movement breaks) as they become familiar with their day.
  •  Remind them to charge their iPads every night
  • Be around but not next to them to begin to stretch out those wings of independence.
  • Encourage them to walk away from the iPad during breaks and lunch
  • Ask them to share something they learned with you at the end of the day.

APS Toolkits:
Arlington Public Schools has ordered a toolkit for every student Prek-5, and we are expecting the delivery of the items next week. Once they are delivered, we will repackage them by grade level and share them with the community times they can come to get the toolkits.

Monday Asynchronous Activities:
Staff will post activities by 9 am every Monday for students to complete at home. The expected time to complete such activities is two hours and forty minutes, but some students, as in school, may complete activities either faster or slower than the expected time. If your child becomes frustrated or is unable to complete the work, please email the teacher so they are aware and can address any concerns in the classroom.

Fleet Technical Support:
As we continue with our online learning, Fleet Family, please refer to our website for any help you may need; we wanted to provide you with clear directions and support for the following:

Library:
Fleet is excited to share with families our library holds and pickup procedures during Distance Learning. Teachers and staff cannot wait to see which books our falcons select and share with the families. Below are our guidelines: 

  • Your child will place a hold (parents can help) on the book(s) your child would like to read in our library catalog: https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/1357
  • Please review your child’s library account beginning Tuesday every week to see if the book(s) has been checked out and is available to be picked up at Fleet.
  • Library Books can be picked up at Fleet beginning Thursday, September 24, and every Thursday during Distance Learning from 9 am -6 pm.
  • Library Books can be returned to Fleet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in our lobby and Wednesday and Friday in the Book drop in front of the school.

FROM OUR PTA​​​​​​​
PTA Website:

The Fleet PTA would like to announce the updated PTA website and links located here: Fleet Elementary APS site
Join the Fleet PTA: Go to https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/join and click on “Join Today” to set up an account, and then you can join the PTA and pay online with your credit card. Your membership dues help fund various PTA-related activities, such as student enrichment opportunities, grade-level/classroom grants for equipment and field trips, teacher appreciation, and school beautification!
How to Keep in Touch: The PTA listserv is AliceWestFleet@groups.io. Our new webmaster is Mike Lanouette, and Vidisha Parasram and Arlene Goyette will be working with Genevieve (VP Membership/Comms) as the PTA’s newsletter and social media coordinators (all also copied as info).

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September 11, 2020

First Week School:
What a fabulous first week of school we’ve had!!! It was incredible to see all our students online as we settle into the groove for virtual learning. I know we had a bit of a bumpy start on Tuesday, but by Friday, students were happy and participating in so many new and dynamic activities.

Fleet Support:
As we continue with our online learning, Fleet Family, please refer to our website for any help you may need; we wanted to provide you with a clear direction. The “How to join a class on the 1st Day of School” guide and video for CANVAS and TEAMS. If you experience difficulty or have questions, please email your teacher for assistance. Staff is on hand daily to help families log in and troubleshoot any technical issues. Screenshot (2).png

Library:
I want to announce that our new school Librarian Ms. Womack will be conducting classroom visits over the next few weeks to teach all students about our online reservation system for the library. We will begin distributing books Thursday, September 24, from 10 am – 6 pm. We are excited to open our library and have our falcons reading their favorite books and sharing with families the new adventures they undertake with their imaginations.

FROM OUR PTA
​​​​​​​PTA Meeting:
The PTA will host the first meeting of the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm. Please visit the website to get online directions to register and attend.
PTA Website:
The Fleet PTA would like to announce the updated PTA website and links located here: Fleet Elementary APS site
Join the Fleet PTA:
Go to https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/join and click on “Join Today” to set up an account, and then you can join the PTA and pay online with your credit card. Your membership dues help fund various PTA-related activities, such as student enrichment opportunities, grade-level/classroom grants for equipment and field trips, teacher appreciation, and school beautification!
How to Keep in Touch:
The PTA  listserv is  AliceWestFleet@groups.io  Our new webmaster is Mike Lanouette, and Vidisha Parasram and Arlene Goyette will be working with Genevieve (VP Membership/Comms) as the PTA’s newsletter and social media coordinators (all also copied as info).

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September 4, 2020

First Day of School
Fleet Family as Sept 8th fast approaches; we wanted to provide you with a clear set of directions if you feel a little hesitant Tuesday morning. We have posted the “How to join a class on the 1st Day of School”
 guide and video for CANVAS and TEAMS.
Please take a few moments this weekend to practice accessing your teachers’ CANVAS page. If you experience difficulty or have questions, please email your teacher for assistance.
Staff will be on hand Tuesday morning virtually to help families log in and troubleshoot any technical issues. 

Back to School Night
Thank you to everyone for joining us this week for our first ever virtual Back to School Night. The recordings for each night are located below and can be accessed by clicking the links. The meetings will be posted this evening on our website.
Pre-K & Montessori Open House/Back-to-School Night
Fleet Kindergarten Open House/Back-to-School Night
Fleet First Grade Open House/Back to School Night
Fleet Second Grade Open House/Back-to-School Night
Fleet Third Grade Open House/Back-to-School Night
Fleet Fourth Grade Open House/Back-to-School Night
Fleet Fifth Grade Open House/Back-to-School Night

iPad Sign up
Our iPad distribution this week was very successful with over 300+ iPads distributed to families by our staff. If you were unable to pick-up your child’s iPad this week, staff will be on hand Tuesday morning to assists all families.

ParentVue
Please ensure you have an active ParentVue account, APS requires that all families have an active ParentVUE account so families can view important student information, such as class assignments, and track your child’s progress. Families without active ParentVUE accounts should contact their child’s school for an activation key.

  • Confirm your students are listed in ParentVUE: Once logged in, please confirm that all of your currently enrolled APS children are listed. If any of your children are not listed, please contact your child’s school immediately.

Classroom Letters and schedules
Your welcome back letters contained your teacher assignment and virtual schedules to help you plan how the virtual day will look for your child.
Kindergarten
First Grade
First Grade (Zelasko)
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade

Virtual Home Visits
Teachers have reported how excited they were to reach out to families and in some instances “facetime” children as they conducted “Home Visits”. Teachers have expressed excitement and joy at the opportunity to build strong classroom communities and engaging learning environments. As we move forward Fleet staff will be checking in with families on a regular basis to ensure we don’t lose touch and our Falcon Nest is full of thriving students throughout the year.

FROM OUR PTA
PTA Website
The Fleet PTA would like to announce the updated PTA website and links located here: Fleet Elementary APS site
Join the Fleet PTA
Go to https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/join and click on “Join Today” to set up an account, and then you can join the PTA and pay online with your credit card. Your membership dues help fund various PTA-related activities, such as student enrichment opportunities, grade-level/classroom grants for equipment and field trips, teacher appreciation, and school beautification!
How to Keep in Touch
The PTA  listserv is  AliceWestFleet@groups.io  Our new webmaster is Mike Lanouette, and Vidisha Parasram and Arlene Goyette will be working with Genevieve (VP Membership/Comms) as the PTA’s newsletter and social media coordinators (all also copied as info).

 

August 25, 2020

iPad Sign up
Arlington Public Schools is providing an iPad for every student from grades K-5 this year. If you are a new family to APS, we ask that you click this link to sign-up for a time next week to come to Fleet and sign for your child’s iPad.
Please review the available times and click the button to sign up for your APS issued iPad. iPads will be available for pick up on Monday, August 31 (8:30 – 7:00 pm), Tuesday, September 1 (8:30 – 7:00 pm), and Wednesday, September 2 (8:30 – 2:00 pm).
Families will be asked to sign a receipt of your iPad when you arrive at your pre-scheduled time.

Classroom Letters and schedules
Your welcome back letters contained your teacher assignment and virtual schedules to help you plan how the virtual day will look for your child.
Kindergarten
First Grade
First Grade (Zelasko)
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth GradeFifth Grade

Back to School Night
Fleet will be hosting our Open House and Back to School Night the week of August 31st. Please review the schedule below to join your child’s grade level town hall. Parents will have an opportunity to meet your teacher and ask questions regarding the upcoming school year. A Microsoft TEAMS Live email will go out to every parent by grade level, please check your email the day before for your invite. All meetings will be recorded and posted to our website

Date Time and Grade Level
Monday 8/31 7 – 8 pm for Pre-K and Montessori students
Tuesday 9/1 6- 7pm Kindergarten 7 – 8 pm   1st grade
Wednesday 9/2 6 – 7 pm  2nd Grade 7 – 8 pm   3rd Grade
Thursday 9/3 6 – 7 pm   4th Grade 7 – 8 pm   5th Grade

FROM OUR PTA
PTA Website
The Fleet PTA would like to announce the start of our new web link listed on the Fleet Elementary APS site (https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home).
Upcoming PTA events and information are listed on the left-hand side.

Join the Fleet PTA
Go to https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/join and click on “Join Today” to set up an account, and then you can join the PTA and pay online with your credit card. Your membership dues help fund various PTA-related activities, such as student enrichment opportunities, grade-level/classroom grants for equipment and field trips, teacher appreciation, and school beautification!

How to Keep in Touch
The PTA  listserve is  AliceWestFleet@groups.io  Our new webmaster is Mike Lanouette, and Vidisha Parasram and Arlene Goyette will be working with Genevieve (VP Membership/Comms) as the PTA’s newsletter and social media coordinators (all also copied as info).

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Welcome Back!
Let me be the first to welcome back everyone to the start of the 2020-21 school year. I understand that there is anxiety about what distance learning will be like when we return. We have all learned so much over the past five months. Please be reassured that we have been learning how to better engage with students using technology. Teachers are preparing to teach new content, work with students in small groups, and work with you to make it successful. We are fortunate to have incredibly talented, hard-working, and creative teachers at Fleet. Many of our teachers have spent the summer engaged in professional development to sharpen their technology skills to develop personalized instruction to meet each child’s individual needs. Our teachers are developing lessons that explicitly teach students the skills and strategies needed to grow as learners. Thank you for allowing us to serve your children and provide them with a positive and enriching learning experience. Get ready for a fantastic year!

Classroom Letter
We have sent out the classroom assignment letters and should arrive shortly to every family over the next few days. Your welcome back letters also contain your teacher assignment and virtual schedules to help you plan how the virtual day will look for your child.

Grade level schedules
Will be posted on our website to allow for you to review and download at your convenience.

Back to School Night
Fleet will be hosting our Open House and Back to School Night the week of August 31st. Please review the schedule below to join your child’s grade level town hall. Parents will have an opportunity to meet your teacher and ask questions regarding the upcoming school year. A Microsoft TEAMS Live email will go out to every parent by grade level, please check your email the day before for your invite. All meetings will be recorded and posted to our website

Date Time and Grade Level
       Monday 8/31 7 – 8 pm for Pre-K and Montessori students
       Tuesday 9/1 6 – 7 pm Kindergarten        7 – 8 pm   1st grade
Wednesday 9/2 6 – 7 pm  2nd Grade        7 – 8 pm   3rd Grade
       Thursday 9/3 6 – 7 pm   4th Grade        7 – 8 pm   5th Grade

FROM OUR PTAPTA Website
The Fleet PTA would like to announce the start of our new web link listed on the Fleet Elementary APS site (https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/home).  Upcoming PTA events and information are listed on the left-hand side.

Join the Fleet PTA
Go to https://fleetpta.membershiptoolkit.com/join and click on “Join Today” to set up an account, and then you can join the PTA and pay online with your credit card. Your membership dues help fund various PTA-related activities, such as student enrichment opportunities, grade-level/classroom grants for equipment and field trips, teacher appreciation, and school beautification!

How to Keep in Touch
The PTA  listserve is  AliceWestFleet@groups.io  Our new webmaster is Mike Lanouette, and Vidisha Parasram and Arlene Goyette will be working with Genevieve (VP Membership/Comms) as the PTA’s newsletter and social media coordinators (all also copied as info).