March 16, 2021

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that we have just “celebrated” our 1 year COVIDversary.  There are so many things that I hate about COVID, but as I reflected back over the last year there were some positives that came out of all we have been through.  I think I am most grateful for the extra time I spent with my family.  Having teenagers isn’t always easy but as a family we have grown closer and were able to make many memories during this last year.   I encourage you all to take some time to think about what good came out of COVID for you as well.    

I am excited to share that our lives at Mason Elementary are taking another step towards normalcy.   The Mason School board voted last night for the return to 5 days of school for Kindergarten – 5th grade starting the week of April 5th.   Preschool students will also return to 4 days of instruction (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am-12pm) starting Monday, March 22nd.  I am also happy to share that the staff is slowly getting vaccinated.   We have 7 staff fully vaccinated and many of the staff will be participating in a vaccine clinic the weekend of March 27th where they will get their first dose.   By May the majority of the MES staff will be vaccinated! 

We are also looking forward to some of the end of the year traditions that will be able to have this year (with COVID precautions of course).   Mr. Margarita is working on planning a COVID safe field day for June.   We have also set the dates for graduation.   Fifth grade graduation will be on Thursday, June 10th at 1 pm.  This year we will also hold our first preschool graduation.  This will also be on June 10th at 11 am.   Those preschoolers moving to kindergarten will celebrate the big milestone.   The plan is to have graduation in the multi purpose room so we will need to limit the number of guests.  More specifics about graduations will be coming.   

On May 19th we have an early release day where we typically offer student-led conferences.   This year we will be offering parent teacher conferences instead.   As a staff we decided having a chance to talk to parents again before the end of the year would be helpful with all that we have gone through.   Teachers will send out sign up sheets when the date gets closer.  

I will also be finalizing the 2021-22 school year calendar to have the School Board vote on in April.  I did want to let you know February Vacation will be Feb 28th – March 4th.  Due to the way the calendar falls this year it is later than normal.   

Think warm thoughts!   

Kristen 

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