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Park Elementary Back to School Community Letter from the Principals - Aug. 27th, 2020

Hello Park Community, We want to officially welcome all of you to the 2020 -2021 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, we want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful community. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven community of people who take learning seriously while also making personal connections that help kids succeed. Park Elementary is thrilled to begin another great year, and our team is excited to see each of our students and families next week.
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Park administration will be holding a Zoom session for Park parents on August 6th @ 5:00pm to discuss the Return to Learn Plan

Dear Park Elementary Community, We are excited to have more details to share with our community about the Return to Learn plan at Park Elementary School. Park administration will be holding a Zoom session to explain in detail the course offerings on Thursday, August 6th at 5:00pm. Links to access the Zoom sessions are included in this post, and we will record the session and post it to our website on August 7th. The district has asked families via a survey to select their choice regarding the Model of Learning for your children in the upcoming school year.
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Information on the Return to Learn Plan for Park Families

Dear Park Community, We are in the middle of a pandemic. It is an international public health crisis. Just like a wildfire,  we cannot expect things to be normal right now, as much as we all would like it to be. The planning that educators around the world have been doing during this pandemic is perhaps the most complex work ever seen in education. The requirements to group students and teachers and to keep cohorts separated during the school day is challenging and important work.
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News & Announcements

Virtual Coffee Chat with the 9-R Board of Education

Greetings 9-R Families, this is Andrea Parmenter and Kristin Smith from your 9-R Board of Education. We would like to invite you to meet us and to discuss everything about education. This is the first of our planned monthly coffee chats between board members and the community.

9-R 2020/21 Capital Budget Guide

Included in this article is a comprehensive, easy to read PDF that breaks down the details of how schools and the district are funded, how the money is allocated to schools, and impacts of legislation and mandates. This year's guide has a focus on capital needs to try to bring to light the deficit due to the negative factor and the current needs across the district.

Itslearning Parent Logins

Dear families, Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we’ve migrated to the world of online learning. Today you should receive an email from itslearning that will contain your username and password.

Teacher Work Day / Optional Student Enrichment (Oct. 30th, Nov. 2nd and Nov. 30th)

Dear Park Families, This is a reminder that students will not be in the building on Oct. 30th (Fri) and Nov. 2nd (Mon.).  October 30th (Fri.) is considered a student instructional day at home.  Assignments will be sent home or available online for ALL students.  Attendance on Oct. 30th will be based off of completed assignments turned in the following week. Nov. 2nd (Mon.) is considered a non-instructional day and attendance will not be taken.

9-R Update for the Community - 10.20.20

Dear 9-R Community, We have officially made it through the first quarter of the school year, and have thankfully had minimal COVID-19 impacts on students and staff. We thank all the staff, students and parents who have made this possible through their diligence and support of the issued guidelines. The cohort model is allowing continuation of school when a small population is impacted. And also we are appreciative that we have only had one positive case in the district, which was at the very beginning of the school year.

Schools Closed/Student Enrichment Days

The district has identified an additional two days where schools will be closed to allow teacher's additional work days to continue to plan and adjust to instruction under the guidelines of COVID-19. The two days are October 30 and November 2; these are in addition to the already identified teacher work day/school closure of November 30. Enrichment opportunities will be available to families of students in grades k-6 at no cost to the families allowing them to be supervised during regular school hours. Children with significant needs will also have an opportunity to be served at the middle and high school grades. Parents of such students will be contacted in the coming week.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020, is recognized by many as Indigenous Peoples' Day. This recognition signifies honor and respect for the Indigenous Peoples of this land we call the United States of America. As we honor the Native American students and families that are part of our Durango 9-R community, we wanted to share with you the words of Michael Watchman, Chairman of the district's Native American Parental Advisory Committee (NAPAC):


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The mission of Park Elementary School is to lead and engage students to reach their potential in a global society by providing a positive, nurturing and challenging environment where children children succeed cognitively, socially, and emotionally through shared responsibility of school, family and community. 

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