Superintendents Message

News for the Week of October 11, 2021

This week, Lake County Public Health reports active COVID cases in the 40’s. The numbers are dropping a bit, but we still have a few positive cases and some quarantining. You are doing a great job of keeping your kids home when they are not feeling well, or when someone in your household has COVID-like symptoms and you are awaiting test results. Thank you for being cautious, not only looking out for your student, but for others, as well. We are grateful for every day we are in school!

At school we wash with soap, and we have instructed students to thoroughly rinse off the soap before they dry their hands. Applying hand sanitizer over a layer of soap sometimes causes chapped hands, which can be uncomfortable. The cold weather also dries the hands, so it might be a good time to send hand lotion with aloe and/or vitamin E to soothe and heal your students’ hands. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s teacher.

We have parent-teacher conferences and the Veteran’s Day celebration scheduled for mid-November, but we will wait and see what the COVID situation is when we get a bit closer to those events. I would LOVE to hold both, but it’s too early to tell whether that will be possible. I will keep you informed.

By now your students should be adjusted to the school routine, and I’m sure you are getting into a routine at home, as well! Here are some good tips for helping your student at home:

  1. Get to know the teachers and what they expect from your student. Communicate regularly with them.
  2. Set up a study area, or a good place to work.
  3. Schedule a regular study/homework time.
  4. If needed, help your student make a plan to break larger projects into manageable chunks.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This might mean putting the phone away during study time.
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They need to learn to think for themselves.  
  7. Be a motivator and a monitor. Give help and encouragement when needed.
  8. Set a good example. Read a book, make a list, and follow a plan so your kids learn to do the same.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Kids need to learn to work hard, even though it’s not always pleasant. They can do it, and THEY need to know that WE know they can!
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, call the teacher. There might be another problem that needs addressed (i.e. a vision or hearing problem, a focusing issue, etc.).



Gail Buermann

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

541-576-2121 Ext. 223


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