Superintendent's Message

Brent Welker

Brent Welker
Superintendent

Dear Community Members:

 

We made it through DayS 1 and 2 of online lessons and instruction. By and large our kids are doing very well! In walking around today, I saw teachers getting ready to do webcasts and other face-to-face lessons. It is fun to watch their creativity come alive!

 

One myth pandered by those who do not support public education will be dismantled in the coming weeks. Human interaction is essential for learning. We need to interface with each other to foster learning, and we need great teachers who care about kids! Online learning will never replace a great teacher for most learners. Thankfully we have that at Eastwood!!! Proud of our entire team.

 

Just a couple of notes and reminders.

 

USE OF FACILITIES

 

Until further notice, all school facilities will be closed to outside groups. We do have a tenant here at Pemberville that will have access intermittently, but all other groups will need to cancel activities here.

 

BUILDING A DAILY SCHEDULE FOR YOUR CHILD

 

Attached are some examples of daily schedules and routines sent in to me from Keith and Janet Madaras and Tammie and Jason Brann. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of creating a schedule for your kids that mirrors events in a school day. I am sure Pintrest has dozens of other examples!! This kind of routine will become more and more important as the novelty of doing homework online wears off.

 

Yesterday I was at a meeting with other officials and they spoke about how we were all in a sprint to get to this point where we now are socially distancing ourselves and trying to settle in to the new reality. The marathon now begins. We need to prepare and understand that this new normal is going to dominate how we live for the next weeks if not months. There is a newness to this that is going to wear off soon. Why do so many diets fail? People start strong, but the realization that this is going to take a long and disciplined approach sets in and they quit.

 

Building a daily schedule with routines for meals, schoolwork, chores, and play can help them understand the daily expectations we have for them as students, as well as what you have for them as kids. Our biggest fear is for those students who do not engage and view this as time off school. How will we deal with them in credit bearing classes or when we look at promotion or retention? These lessons are not choices. We are doing this so we are not in school in June and July. Students who ignore this may well force us to make decisions that will be very unpleasant.

 

This is going to be part of our message to kids and parents in the coming weeks. DO THE WORK.

 

MEAL DELIVERY BEGINS TOMORROW

 

Starting Wednesday, March 18th we will be distributing meals to families in the district.

We will serve 3/18, 3/20, 3/30, 4/1 and 4/3.

 

We will serve at the following sites:

 

1.  Eastwood High School 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Meals can be picked up in the office.

2.  Eastwood Administrative Office (The old Pemberville Elementary building) 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (We will be serving out of the gymnasium) Signs will be posted on which door to use.

3.  Troy Villa 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (We will park the bus at the Club House and serve out of bus)

4.  Zion Lutheran Church, 303 Park Drive, Luckey.  Corner of Eddy Street and Park Drive   11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  (We will park the bus in the parking lot across from the church and serve out of the bus)

5.  St. John's Lutheran Church, 5520 Fremont Pike in Stony Ridge 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (We will park the bus in the church parking lot and serve out of the bus.

 

We will have a bus driver and a cook on the bus when serving.

 

All meals will be a grab and go.  

 

Breakfast: We will follow the federal school breakfast regulations.  Meals will consist of a pop tart OR cereal box, a grain, juice and a milk.

 

Lunch:  We will follow the federal school lunch regulations.  Meals will consist of a sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk.

 

We will be serving peanut butter sandwiches on certain days.  If you have a child with any type of allergy, please contact Laurie Ruch at 419-833-6411 or lruch@eastwoodschools.org and a substitution will be made.

 

If you cannot make these serving times and would like a meal delivered to your house, please contact Laurie Ruch at 419-833-6411 or lruch@eastwoodschools.org

 

SOME COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND TIPS

 

As you would expect, the coronavirus is going to have a significant impact on our local Fire and EMS Departments. I received a call today and a follow-up email that provided some information and things to think about if you suspect that you or a member of the family may have Covid-19. There are also ideas on places to contact if you or your business has financial needs. Lots of good resources below. Thanks Kent Schuerman.

 

·         There is a website that has been established for info on the virus coronavirus.ohio.gov

·         You can also contact the Ohio Department of Health call center at (833)-427-5634 if you have questions.

·         The Wood County Sheriff has a program set up called Are You OK?  Purpose is for people who live alone that do not have people checking on them regularly. The Sheriff’s office will place a phone call to these individuals to check on their well-being.  Call (419) 354-9005 to set this up.

·         If individuals are not able to go to work and need financial assistance, please contact Ohio Job and Family Services. You can also call 2-1-1 for services from local aid agencies like United Way. If you contact 2-1-1, they will get you to the correct agency. There is a sheet attached with numbers and information.

·         For businesses that are in need of financial assistance please contact The Small Business Administration.

·         Most importantly if individuals suspect they have coronavirus please contact your physician, and they will instruct you how to proceed.

 

PREVENTION ACTION ALLIANCE WEBSITE

 

Supporting kids is essential during this extended time at home, especially with the news constantly talking about the spread of Covid-19. We are getting emails with resources every day to help school districts and parents manage this crisis. I received this today, and it looks like there are some excellent resources for parent!

 

https://preventionactionalliance.org/advocate/newsletters/know-to-reassure-and-support-children-during-the-covid-19-crisis-2/

 

I cannot stress this enough. If you are struggling with your child at home, call us and we can get you connected.

 

That’s it for today! Praying for good health and safe times for all of you. 

 

Brent Welker, Superintendent
Eastwood Local Schools
120 E. College St.
PO Box 837
Pemberville, Ohio 43450
419-833-6411
 

"Leaders create Culture, Culture drives Behavior, Behavior produces Results." - Tim Kight




3/17/2020


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