Well I certainly hope that folks were able to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, especially on Saturday when Mother Nature was a little kinder to all of us with the weather. I suspect that we may be heading to nicer days when the weekend coming up is upon us, let’s at least hope for that.
On Friday, Governor Sununu extended the Emergency Declaration for New Hampshire until May 15th. When that date draws nearer, he may extend that for an additional three week period, but we will have to wait for that decision. The Stay at Home Order is still in effect until May 4th and it is anticipated that the Governor, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”) will issue some form of guidance regarding that before this week comes to a close. I also shared last week that the Governor and DHHS would be issuing guidance on graduations and end of school year activities. To date, I have not seen any such guidance, but I will continue to follow up and will share that information as well as other information when it becomes available.
What we are certain about is that the Governor has made it clear that all public schools will continue remote learning until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We also know that the end of our school year is sooner than it would have been as we continued with instructional days through the previously scheduled April Break. The revised calendars have been posted and can be viewed at your convenience by going to SAU29 School District Calendars. The education of our students is a responsibility our entire staff takes personal pride in even with the less than ideal circumstances we are faced with at this time. We know that other districts are shortening their school year and we know that there are students that are having a more difficult time than others with remote learning….BUT….we do take pride in doing our absolute best in educating our students and will use all of the available days we have to help us in that process.
Shifting gears, I am completely impressed with the number of responses I received from the last student challenge. My team spent a lot of time putting all of the recipes together that were shared and when it was all said and done, we have a 46 page recipe book that was created by our students! I’ve attached it to this message (view or download the pdf at the very bottom of this website) so that you can all see the wonderful things that were shared and maybe find a recipe that appeals to you and your family as well. Bon appetit!
There is a new challenge issued for this week below. I have found a way to send it directly to students and if you can also share I’m confident that we can get our biggest response yet! Prior to sending this update out, I had over 70 responses come in from the email that went out to students! I’ll issue new challenges as we move forward with a special challenge to end the school year out in June. That day is coming sooner than we think as we start the month of May this Friday! I know that seems so far away, but realistically, so does the start of this whole thing! We’ll get there, one day at a time. WE GOT THIS!!!
Remote Learning: If you are experiencing any difficulties or concerns 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.
School Boards: Please use the links below to access the most recent school board meetings for your respective school district.
Chesterfield - CSB Meeting Video
Harrisville - Harrisville School Board(video to come after April 27th meeting)
Keene - KBE Meeting Video
Marlborough - MbSB Meeting Video
Marlow - MwSB Meeting Video
Nelson - NSB Meeting Video
Westmoreland - WSB Meeting Video
Student Challenge: I have found that music is great therapy and songs help me process the full gamut of emotions. I have also found that songs take on different meanings for me personally depending on what is happening in my life at any given point in time.
My challenge to you is to submit the top 3 songs that have given you inner strength at any point in your life and perhaps during this COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. Please make sure the song has appropriate lyrics (language) so that we can share a playlist with everyone to help others draw strength when they need it most.
Responses can be submitted by going to this embedded Google Form Link Songlist before 5:00PM, Friday, May 1, 2020.
Special Education: The special education and related services staff continue to provide specialized instruction and related therapies from a distance. Moreover, our paraprofessionals and tutors are providing important assistance and support with remote instruction. In addition, 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 town districts is now open for Monday May 4th and Wednesday May 6th. Orders MUST be submitted no later than this Thursday, April 30th by 5pm. Please use this meal order form link to place your order.
Meal pick up for Keene is behind Franklin School and Keene High School On Mondays and Wednesday from 7:30-11:30am. Preordering is not required.
Mondays you will receive 2 days' worth of meals. Wednesdays 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.
KEENE HIGH Parents: Please take the time to fill out this permission slip to allow us to add Youtube to the list of tools for the teachers. Thank You. Click here
We will be updating Google Hangouts to include some new features this weekend.
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.
Mental Health: As 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]org. 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 Abuse: If you see something, please say something. You can find guidance on the NH Department of Health and Human Services website.
School Calendars: You can use this link to view your district’s calendar: SAU 29 School District Calendars. The 2020-2021 school year calendars can also be found using this link.
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 Grounds: All 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: