Childcare: South Mountain YMCA Collaboration
We understand that this is a shift from our original reopening plan; however, the changing landscape has warranted a pivot to full virtual learning. We also understand that this instructional change creates significant challenges for working parents and staff in our district; therefore, we are collaborating with the South Mountain YMCA to make necessary accommodations to offer childcare support. In addition, we will be working to train the YMCA to train their staff in using Canvas.
Through collaboration between the South Orange & Maplewood School District and the South Mountain YMCA, we are pleased to announce scholarships and financial assistance for families in need. We are also working with the Y to plan for possible expansion of their capacity utilizing targeted space in our schools if necessary. It is our priority to ensure equitable access to programming and the Y for All Financial Assistance Program is available to ensure scholarships are available to families who need our programs the most. District families can email Karen Weiland at email@example.com for support in accessing financial assistance. To reach the Y directly, please contact James Goodger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are links to the YMCA’s child care needs survey for the fall. If you are a current YMCA member and have already completed a previously emailed School Age Child Care survey, there is no need to complete this one.
Dear SOMSD Families,
LETTER REGARDING RETRIEVAL OF STUDENT BELONGINGS
June 11, 2020
Dear SOMSD Families,
As we prepare for the end of the school year, District schools are coordinating efforts to retrieve and secure belongings that students may have left behind in their classrooms.
Although some families have already shared that they have nothing of value to pick-up, we want to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians whose child (ren) may have left behind meaningful or irreplaceable personal belongings in their classroom prior to our COVID closure.
If you are the latter parent and wish to have a personal item returned, immediately email your child’s classroom teacher. In addition, please copy your building principal on the email and provide a detailed description of the items you are requesting. This email must be received by the end of business on Monday, June 15th. If you do not have email access, please call your school’s front office and leave a message.
Arrangements will be made by individual schools for pick-up of your child’s property; any unclaimed items will be discarded. Student’s clothing (unless parent/guardian shares otherwise) will be placed in each school’s Lost and Found and will be available when we are physically back in the building.
Thank you for all that you continue to do in support of teaching and learning!
South Orange & Maplewood School District
Please see below for dates for graduation and moving up ceremonies. All virtual ceremonies will be posted to the South Orange & Maplewood School District YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/SOMSDYouTube
|Preschool Moving Up Ceremony||Pre-K||Friday, June 12, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Marshall Elementary School||2nd||Monday, June 22, 2020||10:00 AM||Grade Clap Out|
|South Mountain Elementary||5th||Monday, June 22, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Clinton Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Jefferson Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Seth Boyden School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Tuscan Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Columbia High School||12th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||6:00 PM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Maplewood Middle School||8th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|South Orange Middle School||8th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
April 7, 2020
Dear SOMSD Community,
Thank you for your support and all that you have done and continue to do as our District has shifted into distance learning.
As of, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy has ordered the closure of all NJ schools indefinitely. While we initially anticipated the tentative reopening of schools in our district on April 20 (this was based on previous updates from the Governor’s office); all schools will now operate virtually until further notice.
We will proceed with our distance learning methodology and keep you abreast through our communication platforms, regarding any academic or operational updates. As we head into Spring break, we hope that staff, families, and students are able to receive some respite and return somewhat refreshed mentally and emotionally as we continue with distance learning on Monday, April 20.
If you would like to email us closure-related questions please use: email@example.com. Also, please visit our district COVID site for additional resources for families on mental health resources.
Again, thank you for your continued flexibility and cooperation during this unprecedented time.
Dr. Ronald G. Taylor
Superintendent of Schools