Friday Message 12/4/2020

Posted December 5, 2020

Good Day, 

It is hard to believe that we only have two more weeks before the Winter break.  During a typical year, winter events would be happening inside the brick walls of Roberts, However, it has been reassuring to see students during goggle meets sessions in classes and observe them working together with our teachers in the classrooms, even virtually.  They are open to share and present their work and experiences, that part of the kids has not changed at all.  

We continue our gratitude to you, our community, for allowing us to be a part of your student’s and your family’s journey.  We value our relationships with each and every one of you, and please know that our door is always open if you ever need anything from us.  For all of our families that are making choices for your student’s educational journey this January, please know that we would love nothing more than having your family continue with us for elementary school all the way through middle school.   

Thanks, 

Trich, Erik & Katheryn 

 Reminders:

Learning Options for Spring 2021

Elementary school families with students in grades K-5 can request a change to their current learning option up until Sunday December 6th.  Elementary families that do not take action will remain enrolled in their current learning option through the end of the school year. 

Much like this semester, we are hoping to be able to offer in-person learning for all elementary students next semester, along with a 100% virtual option, but it will depend on current health conditions at the time. Therefore, families enrolled in the in-person option are choosing that they want their child to attend school in-person as much as possible as soon as the health conditions allow through the end of the school year. 

Families that do not feel comfortable having their student participate in in-person learning for the spring (through May 2021) should be enrolled in the 100% virtual option. If you are making a change to go from in person to virtual, please take note that you will likely have a different teacher than your current in person teacher.  

If you would like to request a change to your current learning option, please complete the Learning Option Update form on the Parent Portal by Dec. 6. You can also call our school’s front office to complete a paper form or make your request for changes over the phone. 

We will make every effort to accommodate change requests for families who need it. Families who put in a request for a change to their student’s learning option can expect to receive confirmation from William Roberts after Dec. 7.  

I would encourage you to make any changes by the Dec. 6th deadline, after that date it will be very difficult to make changes due to staffing allocations. 

Coming Up:

PTA Meeting

Our next virtual PTA meeting is Tuesday, December 8th at 6:30pm.

All are welcome. Use this ZOOM LINK to join us!

CSC Meeting 

No CSC Meeting in December, January 12th, 2021 is the next scheduled meeting

Middle School Virtual Open House 

December 10th at 6 pm

We are excited to invite you to the Bill Roberts Middle School Open House.  Join our vice principal, Dr. Erik Cohen, and panels of teachers, parents, students and alum to answer all of your questions about Bill Roberts!  

Sign up for MS Open House

Say farewell to 2020 in your most creative way! 

How do you sum up 2020?  Let us know and you could win a prize!

What are your wishes for 2021? Show your creativity! 

Here is what to do:

1- Write a poem. Take a photo. Draw a picture. Make a video (max. 60 seconds). Create your own meme. Whatever inspires you!

2- Donate $20 per entry (or more if you’d like!)

3- Send your submission/s to Alix at brdirectgiving@gmail.com no later than Thursday, 12/17 at 6pm. 

Learn more here:   https://welovebillroberts.weebly.com/ 

Voting will take place December 18th-20th.  

Eat and Give

Mason’s Dumpling Shop, Montview & Dayton

Wednesday, December 16th

All Day

Mention Bill Roberts when ordering take out and they’ll give back 20% of your order to Bill Roberts!

Go Bobcats! Get Active! Fundraiser

Let’s keep this party going for one more month! We’re extending this event through December 15th. Register HERE.

Parents – show us what your students have been doing to stay active by posting photos to the private BR PE/Art Facebook group page!

Holiday Outreach

The Bill Roberts Holiday Outreach is happening in 2020 but has been adjusted due to COVID restrictions.

Keep an eye out for a SignUp Genius to come out in early December with opportunities to sponsor Bill Roberts families with gift cards.

No meals will be provided, but grocery gift card donations will be distributed.

Hope to have the Bill Roberts Holiday Outreach back in 2021 with the BIG community event in the gym. 

School Choice Dates 

Round 1 of School Choice for the 2021-22 school year is Jan. 15-Feb. 16, 2021.  Visit the SchoolChoice website for more information. 

School Tours

Elementary – Stay tuned for Elementary virtual tour dates. 

Upcoming Kindergarten Families

Kinder Open House

December 14, 2020

6-7 pm

Please join us for a virtual open house for incoming Kinder children on Monday, Dec. 14th at 6:00 P.M.   Meet the teachers, tour the school virtually, listen to present and former students and get to know our administration.   Learn why Bill Roberts could be the perfect fit for your little one.

Please sign up to attend at this link.

Middle School – Please join us for a virtual middle school tour with Dr. Cohen!  We are PROUD to be a great school for your students to RISE from ECE all the way through Middle School. As the DPS School Choice process for next year approaches, we want to share our amazing middle school with current parents as well as the larger community. 

Sign up for MS Virtual Tours

Please share this information with friends and families looking for a great school for their children.

Shakespeare Club is back!

In this virtual (FREE!) enrichment, Bill Roberts’ students in 3rd – 5th grade will be given the amazing opportunity to participate in the 37th Annual DPS Shakespeare Festival, and perform scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous works!

Shakespeare Club will be held every Friday, beginning December 11th, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm via Google Meets. 

While we’re going to have a TON of fun, it’s important to note that this is not a “drop-in” enrichment, but instead a formal rehearsal commitment for students excited to expand their theatrical skills and knowledge of Shakespeare through skill-based games, activities, and group rehearsals.

To sign up, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email  jessica_bland@dpsk12.net

Yearbook

This year is unlike any other, so another thing that will look different is the yearbook. We are still doing one and it is available for purchase now at treering.com. We won’t have most of our usual yearbook content so we are looking for new ways to capture this unusual time. Please send us your best photos of this unprecedented school year! So that we may include as many families as possible, please limit your submission to your favorite 2-3 photos. Purchasing information HERE.Send photos to brbobcatyb@gmail.com