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Adam Eilath

Dear Wornick Community,

Planning for Next Year
As we look towards next year, I wanted to share some information about what school will look like. Last week, we received guidance from the County of San Mateo about the framework for reopening schools and the requirements that will be in place for schools to stay open. The requirements are extensive but they also leave room for schools to apply them to their unique circumstances both in space and number of students. As it currently stands, due to the size of our student body and the classroom and outdoor space we have on campus, we are currently planning for Wornick to be open every day to every student. We know that not every school will have this privilege and we feel blessed that our school will be in a good position to be open. At the same time, school will look very different until a vaccine and treatment for COVID-19 are developed. Many aspects of a typical school day will look different. San Mateo County has articulated four pillars that will guide school openings: health and hygiene, masks, physical distancing, and limited gatherings. Each of these pillars will require that we establish protocols, purchase equipment, explore alternative learning spaces, configure classrooms, adjust our schedules, and much more. It will be a long summer for the Wornick administration and the dozens of teachers who have volunteered their time to help us plan for the coming school year by serving on planning committees and task forces. 

We will be holding two town halls on the evenings of July 7th and 13th, at 8 pm over Zoom for parents to learn more about our planning as it develops and to provide the opportunities to ask questions. We will also be requiring parents to attend a session in August where we outline protocols for next year and establish agreements that will guide a safe school reopening. As we have stated in the past, we are working on parallel plans to have hybrid learning should some parents not feel comfortable sending their students to school. Additionally, we are working on adjusting and reworking our remote learning plan should, God forbid, there by a second wave of COVID-19 and another shelter in place order is issued. 

Staffing Update
With the year coming to end we have some additional staffing changes to announce. Unfortunately, two staff members are moving on from Wornick for family related reasons. After teaching with us for the past three years, Mor Sharon Katz is moving on to take a position at South Peninsula Hebrew Day School in Sunnyvale. This past winter, Morah Mor gave birth to a beautiful daughter. Last week she received an opportunity to teach closer to home. Morah Mor is an outstanding Hebrew educator whose strength in instruction was coupled with an equal ability to build magnificent relationships with her students. We are also sad to announce that Ms. Addey Dominguez will not be returning to Wornick next year. Ms. Dominguez  has to leave California to support family members who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis. She joined us this past year as a Jewish Studies teacher in 4th, 5th, and most recently in 6th grade. She engaged our students brilliantly in a love for Judaism and Jewish learning. Personally, as someone who taught Ms. Dominguez in High School, it was incredibly gratifying to witness her pass on a love for Jewish learning to her students. She will be missed dearly at Wornick as well.

We will plan on announcing replacements for both Morah Mor and Ms. Dominguez in the coming weeks. We have been blessed with wonderful candidates in both Hebrew and Jewish Studies and hope to share positive news about our newest Wornick educators soon.

We are delighted to share that Ms. Andrea Duran will be returning to teach music next year. She was an exceptional addition to our professional community this past year, engaging our students in challenging music lessons that ranged from musical rhythm, scales, tempo, and styles in the younger grades, reading notes and playing an instrument in 4th and 5th grades, and acapella singing in 6th grade. We look forward to another wonderful year of musical learning with Ms. Duran. 

Last Day of School

We look forward to seeing you at all of our last day of school events:

8:30 - 9 am - Thursday morning all-school Tefillah
9:30-9:45 am - Closing meeting with current grade level and teacher, via Google Meet
9:45-10:15 am - All-school closing assembly
10:15-10:30 am - "Moving Forward" Meeting with next year's grade level and teacher, via Google Meet
3-4 pm: End of the Year Car Parade

Google Meets will appear in your student's google calendar. 

Procedure for Picking Up and Dropping Off Items at School - Please Sign Up for a Slot
We have created a schedule for you to come by school to drop off any school supplies, texts and library books, as well as devices. Please, when preparing your deliverables wipe everything down with a disinfectant cleaner and place in a bag or receptacle with clean hands or gloves to ensure a safe return of items to school. Teachers and staff have been cleaning out their classrooms, so there will be a bag with your child's name on it to pick up, if they have left anything. You must sign up for a 15 minute window on the schedule

In order to maintain compliance with local and state requirements, we must stagger families, so we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in adhering to the time you signed up for. Everyone coming to school must wear a mask, must stand 6 feet apart at all times, and please wait 6 feet apart in the Rose Garden until you are called to the blue lunch tables to exchange items. Our staff will be masked and wearing gloves. Please place items on the table and pick up items as directed by staff. There will be lost and found laid out, but please tell staff what item is yours, they will pick it up and place it on the table for you. 

This process will start on Thursday, June 11. While the school does not generally loan devices over the summer, we will be doing so this year, given current circumstances. If you have not already indicated a need to borrow a device over the summer on the Summer Survey, please email tech@wornickjds.org

Additionally, if you would like Google Hangouts for your student to remain open over the summer, please email tech@wornickjds.org with the name of your student and grade. Students and families, as always, are responsible for ensuring that their student is using technology appropriately and in accordance with Wornick's technology and behavior policies. 

All devices must be returned for clean up and updating, regardless of whether you borrow one for the summer.

In partnership,
Adam Eilath