PLEASE NOTE: All procedures, guidelines and dates outlined in this document are subject to change, based on recommendations and health directives put into place by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) and the Nebraska Department of Education. Please keep in mind that as with our Standard Response Protocols, every Lincoln Public Schools building or program which provides services may not always be in the same risk category.
July 27, 2020
Dear Calvert Students and Parents,
Welcome to a new and exciting school year! I am thrilled to welcome you back for the 2020-2021 year at Calvert! In just over two weeks, our students will embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. The faculty and staff have been busy preparing the school and classrooms for a year that will be filled with learning, growth, and fun. A HUGE thank you goes out to our custodial crew for their attention to detail these last five months to assure that our entire building is sanitized and safe. I look forward to working with all of you to make the 2020-21 school year a success. Our mission at Calvert states, “We are a Community, Achieving Learning, by Valuing Effort, Respect, and Teamwork; WE ARE CALVERT! With your help and support, we will achieve this mission.
I hope that this informative letter finds your family healthy and safe. It is my honor and privilege to serve as Calvert’s Principal. The 2020-21 school year will be my sixth year serving as Calvert’s principal. I can hardly wait to have our talented and student-centered staff back in the building. They officially report back to work on August 5th. I look forward to reconnecting with or meeting your child when they return to school on August 12th. My goal is to provide leadership that will foster trust, promote collaboration, lead to professional growth and increased student achievement. At Calvert we will continue to lead with relationships, hold high expectations for ourselves and our students, and work tirelessly to meet the high academic and social standards we set. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
All signs point to another incredible and productive year at Calvert. Our skilled and devoted staff participated in professional learning experiences this summer and will do so during the school year to meet the needs of your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, checking in materials and updating student files. As you know due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are some major adjustments to school procedures, routines, and expectations district-wide. I thank you in advance for your understanding, adherence, and support. While things will look different, what will remain is that we will welcome each of our students with open arms, support them, guide them, and teach them at a high level.
We send home important information about events each week in student Wednesday Folders. From time to time we must send home important information with students outside the Wednesday Folder, so it is a good idea to check backpacks daily. Other places for news and information include the school website, our bi-weekly (Calvert Newsletter), and the Calvert Facebook Page. We also send automated emails and phone calls to all parents so it is important that we have current phone numbers and email addresses in our system.
Student homeroom class assignments will be released on ParentVue on August 7th. You must have an active ParentVUE account in our Synergy system in order to access this information. Once you sign in to your ParentVue account, you will click on the “Class Schedule” tab on the left hand side of the screen and you will see the teacher name listed next to the homeroom. If you have multiple students in LPS you can switch between students using the drop down arrow next to their picture at the top of the screen. If you need assistance with this please contact Diane Essink (Calvert Registrar) at 436-1131. She will be happy to serve you.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge our current pandemic situation. We have been working hard these past few months to develop procedures and plans to keep students and staff safe. You will read about some of these new systems and expectations below. In addition, Lincoln Public Schools officials have been working diligently to develop plans for a safe return to school for students and staff. You can find detailed information on the LPS Covid-19 site. https://home.lps.org/covid-19/
I look forward to hearing about our students’ summer adventures and meeting our newest Coyotes. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer. Our vision of success begins August 12, 2020.
Per Lincoln Public Schools expectations ALL students, staff members, and visitors on campus are required to wear a face covering. Two face coverings have been purchased for all students and will be handed out on the first day of school. Children are welcome to wear a face covering that they have purchased. Face coverings must be multi-layered. Bandanas are not acceptable face coverings. Students will be bringing home their face coverings daily and they should be cleaned on a regular basis. It is recommended that face coverings are cleaned at home on a nightly basis. Please be sure to work with your child to assure that they have their face covering with them daily and that they have them on once they are on school grounds (TO INCLUDE SIDEWALKS AROUND THE SCHOOL). Disposable face coverings will be issued to students that arrive to school without a face covering.
Open House Messages
Due to current restrictions, Lincoln Public Schools will not be conducting an in person open house. In lieu of this, Calvert staff will be recording open house messages for students and parents. Messages will be posted on the Calvert school webpage: https://calvert.lps.org/ and on our school facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CalvertCoyotes/ by 5:30 pm on Monday, August 10th.
The Calvert calendar handbook, the Lincoln Public Schools Important Information handbook, and LPS Elementary School Common Practices handbook are available to all families electronically. All of this information can be accessed: HERE Lincoln Public School District policies and procedures and those that are specific only to Calvert Elementary are included. Please note, the Calvert calendar handbook is based off of our regular routines/procedures/expectations. It does not reflect our practices during the Covid-19 LPS plan. We believe this information will help new students and families learn about our school and familiarize experienced Calvert families with any changes. Knowing things like where to park, traffic rules, how much breakfast costs and what time school begins and ends are small things but ones that can make a day move smoothly for both parents and students. We hope that you take time to read this information together with your student and use it as questions arise throughout the school year.
Student Arrival & Dismissal Plan
You will receive a form to fill out in US mail prior to Aug. 10th. Please complete this form, and send it with your child on the first day of school, or bring to the Calvert office. You will indicate the typical before and after school plan for each of your students attending Calvert. For families who have been at Calvert in the past, this process is replacing the form that was previously completed in person at Calvert Open House night.
2020-21 Parent-Teacher Conferences
We usually have parent-teacher conference sign up sheets out for parents at Open House. Since we will not be holding an in person Open House, teachers will be sending out conference sign up sheets electronically. This will occur shortly after the start of the school year. As of now, a determination has not been made at the district level regarding if conferences will be held in person or via Zoom.
We will focus at Calvert on the importance of self care, safe choices, and leaning on each other, and leaning into learning this year. We see mistakes as learning opportunities. We want our students to take risks and not be afraid to fail. This is how we learn and grow. Our motto for the 2020-21 school year is “I Will Survive.”
LPS Annual Student Information Verification
Starting July 20th, parents and guardians will verify their child(ren)’s enrollment information through the online parent portal, ParentVUE. This annual process was formerly completed on a paper census form that parents/guardians had to review, update and return to the school office.
You must have an LPS ParentVUE account to complete this process. (Activation is a one time setup). To create your ParentVUE account, please contact your school office for an activation key. Your ParentVUE account will be used for the duration of the time you have a student in LPS. Note that you will need a valid email address to create your ParentVUE account. If you do not have one, you may obtain a free email account through services such as Google.
If you already use ParentVUE, there is nothing more you need to do to prepare. You will be ready to complete the annual Online Registration Verification process when it opens July 20th. If you have previously activated your ParentVUE account, but can’t remember your password, you can reset it online.
Volunteers and Visitors
Per the LPS Covid-19 plans, we are unable to allow parent volunteers and visitors into the building before, during, or after school. This does include parents/family members wanting to help out in a classroom or join their child for lunch at school. This will be a major change this year. We are so very fortunate to have your support whether it is serving as a classroom volunteer, treating your child to lunch, or helping to shelve books in the library. Unfortunately, until further notice, the only time that parents/guardians will be allowed to enter the building will be for the following reasons: ELL Welcome Center, discipline related occurrences and student meetings/conferences, IEP’s, MDT’s, and Early Childhood evaluations. Face coverings are required at all times.
First Day of School Procedures Only
NEW — PLEASE READ!
Arrival (Breakfast and Gym)
All students must have masks/face covering on before entering the building. No students should arrive before 7:45 am. Please see the handbook for standard arrival procedures.
Door 7 (south side of building)
Students eating breakfast from 7:45-8:08 will enter here. (Change from handbook).
Door 10 (Rec. Center Door)
supervision in the gym from 7:45-8:10 will enter here.
Arrival (Grade Level Access for School Day)
Students should not arrive on campus until 8:05 am if they wait at grade level doors. (not eating breakfast or going to the gym).
Students that enter the building through their grade level doors at 8:08:
Door 1 (front of building)
2nd grade (Barber, Bolubasz, Hollibaugh)
*Teachers will be holding signs with their name
Door 2 (front of building)
1st grade (Huston, Kortus, Rudloff)
*Teachers will be holding signs with their name
Door 18 (north side of building)
3rd grade (Hough, Morales, Speth)
*Teachers will be holding signs with their name
Door 8 (south side of building)
Kindergarten/5th grade (Myers, Largo, Travis)
Door 9 (south side of building)
Pre-School /Kindergarten (Perez, Swanigan, Teegerstrom)
Door 10 (south side of building)
4th Grade (Heaton, To, Roettger)
After 8:15 a.m., all students will use Door 1 and must check in with the office. We do not have supervisors on duty until 8:00 am at grade level doors.
This plan is to reduce crowding, and to promote social distancing. Lincoln Public Schools has instructed all buildings to develop plans that will reduce movement throughout the building and to eliminate mixing of cohort groups and grade levels during the school day. Upon entering the building students should walk directly to their locker, coat hooks, or classrooms. Each morning we will have adult staff members outside near entryways and in halls to help guide students to their classrooms. This helps us to have an orderly, organized beginning to the day for our students. It may also help reduce some of the traffic congestion we find on the first day of classes.
Due to our current restrictions, and to assist with contact tracing, parents are not allowed to escort their child into the building and to their classroom. Calvert staff members will be able to assist with this. It is a Lincoln Public Schools expectation that all students and staff (unless an exception has been granted) must wear face coverings when on school grounds.
Please remember that students and parents should wear a face covering when on school grounds (TO INCLUDE SIDEWALKS AROUND THE SCHOOL). If you walk your child to school it is expected that adults will also have a face covering on while on school grounds.
Prior to the first day of school I encourage families to practice coming to school with your child, walk to the exterior door where they will report each morning, and don’t forget those face coverings. 🙂
First Week Schedule
School begins on Wednesday, August 12 . School will be dismissed at 1:33 pm Wednesday – Friday (Aug. 12-14). We will begin our regular school hours (8:15 am – 2:53 pm.) on Monday, August 17th.
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2020-21 school year. Careful consideration was given to input from staff and families as well as student learning styles. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities. We will continue the practice of not making changes in room/teacher assignments. Each Calvert classroom will be a great place for learning and growing.
Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students. Our staff is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.
Students will remain in cohort groups all day long (classroom, lunchroom, and playground) . This is done to assist with contact tracing if necessary. Specialists (other than physical education) will come to homeroom classrooms to teach their designated area.
New to the Calvert Coyote Family
We have two new third grade classroom teachers this year: Vivianna Morales was a district instructional coach and has taught in multiple schools. Miranda Speth spent last year teaching at Lakeview Elementary School. Both come with a wealth of knowledge and will be a great addition to Calvert!
Kenny Osburn will work with our students who have special services as a resource teacher. Kenny worked at Eastridge last year, and will be part time at Calvert and part time at Eastridge this year. It will be great to have Kenny join the Calvert team!
Megan Harrington will teach our afternoon preschool class. She has multiple years of experience teaching preschool at Huntington Elementary here in Lincoln. With her wealth of knowledge Calvert’s youngest students will have a great year of learning!
Maggie Delaney will serve as our new 4th/5th grade strings teacher. Recently she served as a stringed instrument teacher in other Lincoln Public Schools. Strings lessons will look a bit different this year, but Maggie is up for the challenge!
In lieu of crossing guards, we have large SLOW/STOP for PEDESTRIAN signs in crosswalk areas. Please teach students to use caution even when crossing streets where these signs are posted and please stop for all pedestrians in crosswalks while driving. We also ask that parents do not park or stop their cars to drop off/pick up students between the no stopping/parking signs located near our crosswalks.
Calvert Traffic Guidelines
With the way our school is situated in the neighborhood, traffic at Calvert can become very congested at the beginning and end of each day. The Traffic Flow map and guidelines are included in the Calvert Handbook. Please take time to review the rules for cars and pedestrians. Please follow all marked street signs to assure that our children are safe and traffic flows. Plan the route to and from school that your student(s) should take and practice walking/riding this route with your students to ensure their safety.
Your cooperation in following the driving, parking rules is greatly appreciated. You are the models for our children to follow as motorists of the future. Please help keep our students safe by following Calvert traffic rules.
A Calendar of Important Dates will inform families of Parent Teacher Conference dates, Professional Learning Community days and other events that will be special at Calvert throughout the year. You will be able to access our school calendar on the Calvert Website. All scheduled events are tentative and subject to change due to health directives put into place to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
We will use the School Messenger telephone/email system to inform families of early dismissal days, and special events.
The Calvert Family Newsletter will continue to be published twice monthly with important dates and information about school activities and programs. It will only be available electronically to support the use of less paper and reduce school printing costs. You may also follow Calvert Elementary on Facebook.
PLC Early Dismissal Days
The last Tuesday of each month that school is in session, students are dismissed for the day at 1:33 pm to allow teachers to participate in Professional Learning Communities. The dates are as follows: 8/25, 9/29, 10/27, 11/24, 12/15, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30 and 4/27. Preschool students DO NOT attend school on PLC early dismissal days.
Lunch & Recess Times
2020–2021 Voluntary Supply List
Traditionally, one of the rituals families participate in as they prepare for the new school year is to purchase school supplies. In accordance with the Nebraska Constitution and state and federal law, Lincoln Public Schools provides a free, public education to all students. This generally means the district provides the supplies needed for instruction at no cost to students. This includes textbooks, pencils, erasers, crayons, glue, scissors, paper, notebooks, tissues, etc. For this reason, please do not send school supplies for your child’s individual use at school.
You are NOT required to purchase any of these items, but you may wish to purchase and donate some items to your child’s classroom. We ask that you do not put your child’s name on any items. All items purchased will be graciously accepted as a donation to the school and will be shared by all students within the classroom. Please refer to our school website for suggestions.
- Hand Sanitizer
- Crayola Markers
- Black Expo Markers (dry erase)
- Ziploc gallon & quart size bags
- Glue Sticks
- Ticonderoga Pencils
- Buy student meals
- Sign up for ParentVUE
- Verify Student Information (ParentVUE -> Online Registration Button)
- Complete Free/Reduced Lunch Application
- Complete FEE Waiver Form if needed
- Check who your student’s homeroom teacher is on August 7th