Monday, 4/13/2020 - SAU29 COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon,

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy their weekend as much as possible. Although a little breezy at times, the weather cooperated for much of the time, so I do hope you were able to spend some time outdoors engaging in some fun activities or just relaxing in the fresh air.

After careful consideration of all of the input that was shared with me, including the survey results and comments, the current Stay at Home Order, contractual obligations with our labor unions as well as District Policies, I have made the decision to continue remote learning through the previously scheduled April Break.  Next week, April 20 - 24, will be used for remote learning and counted as instructional days for our school calendar. Information on the adjusted school calendars is included below in the daily updates.

While I recognize that some people will not be happy with this decision, it was a decision that I felt was in the best interest of the majority of our stakeholders inclusive of students, parents and staff.  I do appreciate everyone’s input throughout this decision and trust that if it did not turn out the way you may have hoped, that you do understand. We still have a lot of important items to address as we continue to navigate forward with the best information that we have at any given point in time.

An activities list has been compiled from last week’s student challenge and is included at the end of this update.  Thank you to all that participated! Hopefully, others will be able to see what you’ve been doing and find some things to engage in when they have some spare time.  I would also encourage folks to check in on the SAU 29 Learns Remotely for additional ideas that many have shared through that platform as well.

Finally, as I referenced on Friday, I am once again soliciting your feedback.  I apologize if you’re feeling surveyed out, but it is extremely helpful to know what is and what is not the feeling(s) of our stakeholders.  Please see below in the update a brief five (5) item survey regarding the communication framework we have been operating on for the last four weeks and share your perspective as we continue to move forward.

Have a great week everybody!

Be Well,


School CalendarsThe adjusted school calendars have been posted to the SAU 29 website for your review.  It took into account all of the make-up days for storm related closures, the March workshop day that was used for remote learning in some districts and the use of April Break for remote learning.  You can use this link to review your district’s calendar: SAU 29 School District Calendars

Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties with your child’s remote learning or have questions regarding what is expected, please start by asking your child’s teacher.  Our teachers are doing a GREAT job of continuing the teaching and learning process through these adverse circumstances and can provide immediate answers or direct your questions accordingly.

Communications Survey:  In order to best meet the needs of the majority of our stakeholders, we have created this brief survey for your consideration.  Please take a couple of moments to share your perspective so that we can best serve you. Simply click on the embedded link SAU 29 Communications Survey.  The survey will only be open for a couple of days and will be closed at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  Thank you once again for providing your input!  It really does help.

Student Challenge: Thank you to all of the students for their responses to last week’s challenge on what activities they enjoy the most when unplugged. You will find them at the end of this message. I thought of this week’s challenge over the weekend while I was cooking for my family. I really enjoy both cooking and eating!   

For this week, I’m issuing a call to all students to send me their favorite thing to either make or to eat.  If you can, include a recipe to share and a photo of the dish you created. Submissions could be a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizer, soup, or whatever you’d like to submit.  It may take a little longer, but what I’d like to do when this week is over is create a cookbook of sorts for all to use as they see fit. I may be biting off more than I can chew with this one, but like I said, I like to eat!  

Submissions should be sent to me directly at [email protected] by 5:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2020.  

Mental HealthAs always, please reach out to your child’s team of school counselors or school nurses if you need support or assistance during this challenging time. If you are not sure who to contact, please call or email your child's building principal.  If you are unable to reach someone, please contact the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Here is a resource guide The 5 Signs to help you identify and support  others may be struggling more than usual at this challenging time.  Thank you!

Reporting AbuseIf you see something, please say something.  You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.  

Special EducationThe special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance.  In addition, the paraprofessionals, across all seven school districts, continue their important work of assisting and supporting online instruction. Tutors continue to engage in highly applicable professional development, led by Assistant Superintendents Dorothy Frazier and Brian Campbell.  Lastly, the special education department is moving forward with the daily business of Individualized Education Plan Meetings (IEP), transition meetings and Extended School Year Services meeting (ESY) for those students that qualify. As always, please reach out to the Student Services Offices at 357-9001 extension 230 or email [email protected].  Our hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:00.  Thank you!

Meals: The order form for meal pick up in the towns is now open for meal pick up Monday April 20th and Wednesday April 22nd. Orders MUST be submitted no later than Thursday, April 16th at 5pm.   Please use this meal order form link to place your order.

Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin and Keene High School On Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am.  No preorder is required

Monday you will receive 2 days worth of meals. Wednesday you will receive 3  days worth of meals. 

Menus and offerings will vary based on availability.

Technology Help desk number (603) 352-0640 ext 3871. For help with the home user and remote learning click here

 ** We now have Kami as a part of the Google classroom for Teachers and students. Click here for the 1st time login instructions. Click here for help with getting started with Kami. 

A tip from Nancy Rafferty at KMS. Control Alt Achieve is a great site and resource for help with Classroom and many other online lessons.  

Vetted APPs and Websites:  You can check the online vetted site here SDPC  Look up the App and website by company. We have added more to the list as we get them back from the Vetting team. 

School Buildings: Building hours are 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for staff only.  All buildings are closed on the weekend.

School GroundsAll school playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor facilities are closed until further notice.  

Social Distancing:  Please refer to Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order 17 for additional guidance.

Contact Information: Dr. Rick Matte is the lead contact person for all COVID-19 inquiries and concerns at all SAU 29 schools and districts.  He can be reached at [email protected]

Governor Sununu has also activated a 24 hour COVID-19 hotline for all related needs and supports. The hotline can be reached by dialing 211.

COVID-19 and Remote Learning Resources:


Hanging out with family 



Washing Dishes

Petting my cat

Play with Hot Wheels

Play soccer with my mom

Do school work

Play with my beyblade

Ride my bike

Riding my bike

Playing in water

Playing games with my family

Reading books

Playing with my Hot Wheels

Shopping at Walmart



Taking walks

Bouncing on therapy ball

Playing with Barbies

Cooking with Mom

Putting puzzles together and Legos

Reading short stories with Dad

Playing tag and riding my bike

Board games


Baking brownies

Playing outside


Learning new games


Building legos

Playing soccer and basketball



Playing chef in my sandbox

Building with legos

Making things with playdough

Going on walks down the road and throwing rocks in the water to make them splash

Ride my bike

Ride my scooter

Build and ride on the scooter/bike jump in my driveway


Cook dinner with my Dad

Make crafts

Start a garden




Making bracelets

Playing Games

Ride my bike

Play with my dog


Shoot my bow

Practice guitar

Bike riding

Science experiments


Hide and seek

Making posters to hang in windows to let Everyone know we're all in this together  :)

Bike riding



Watching and playing softball

Playing board games with my mom and sister

Most of all I love to play with my two black kitties!

Go outside


Play a board game

Play soccer with the dog

Swing acrobatics

Play four square- only need chalk and a ball

Bake chocolate chip cookies

Read the series "The School of Good and Evil

Play "Would you Rather" at the dinner table with your family.

Sit outside your house at night and watch the phases of the moon.






Hike/explore the woods



Target Shoot bows

Play with siblings

Board games

Craft projects

Rock painting

Playing with my puppies

Helping Mom in the yard

Yard work

Rebuilding a stone wall

Riding my bike

Forestry work


Going on walks


Playing with my pets


Spending time with my family 



Playing in the rain

Easter Egg Hunting

Snuggling with my daddy

Jump on the trampoline with my mom, dad, and little brother, Porter.

We’ve played lots of wiffle ball and I love wiffle ball. I like to win and hit home runs! 

Play soccer, kick ball, and basketball (first one to 20 with my mom and dad) or OUT

We go on bike rides to see a horse down the road. I love riding down the big hills in Surry!

We are a big football family so whenever we can, we throw passes and play football. Sawyer is great at catching and throwing his pee wee size football, and Sawyer really likes to tackle :)








Kinetic Sand



We have three dogs named Bean, Chance, and Chronic and its fun taking the dogs out

Sometimes when I'm inside I do a little bit of running around the house and then Bean and Chance chase me which I gotta say is pretty funny.

When I'm inside I sometimes build castles and houses with wooden blocks and legos and then I hope that it doesn't fall.

When I'm outside I like to take out my starters bow and arrow and try to shoot this target that we put in front of something so it doesn't fall.

 A few times a month my mom brings home flower seeds and we put them in pots together and it's pretty fun.

Play Pokemon

Hang out with my mom and dad

Play outside

Cook with my aunt and her family

Play with the dogs

Playing outside

Baking with my mom



Working out with my cousin




Playing card games

Spending time with my family

Working out

Play with my sister

Read a book to my sister, I also read a book to myself sometimes

Draw different pictures

Color in a coloring book

Jump roping

Go outside

Play in room




Draw and paint and make art

Bake with my mom

Ride my bike (learning to do it without training wheels)

Play with our puppy

Play dress up!




Riding my ATV

Nature Scavenger Hunts

Go outside and play


Playing with my little sister

Berry picking

Cooking with my mom

Bike rides & exercise

Learn to cook. I made grilled cheese for my dad and me all by myself!

Build and run an obstacle course

Board games (Catan Jr, Ticket To Ride, Stratego, Labyrinth)

Building legos



Playing with my brother

Going on bike rides

Playing with my toys

Ride my bike


Play tag

Hide and seek

Drive my four wheeler

Going for walks/hikes/exercising

Playing with our pets

Board games

Getting things done around the house


Board games, even though the age ranges are far apart we have games the whole family can play all the way down to age 2.

We love family movie day/night where we make popcorn, get some candy, ice cream and pick out a movie everyone wants to watch.

Often when the weather is good we love to go for nature walks where we can do a scavenger hunt we find online or we love to go out and garden because there is something for every family member to do.

Family art projects where we all get together, paint, draw or create something out of all the craft supplies we have.

Round-about stories where one person starts the story and then we all take turns adding to the story. It usually ends up pretty ridiculous but really funny, sometimes as an alternative we will do reading time where we are all relaxed silently reading or read to each other. 

Make a Sundial - all you need is a compass to find where North is, and put a stick in the ground  while watching the shadow as the day goes on!


Create a bird feeder- all you need is a cookie cutter of your choice, some lard, mixed birdseed and ribbon.


Create a treasure hunt- make your own maps and hide stuff either outdoors or inside.


Create a memory box - you can use any box that will hold items. Put special items found or made, photos of you and your family,..anything you want! Decorate your box any special way!


Do some gardening!!! 


Play bull riding

Play hockey

Go on a run

Have a tub