Superintendent's E-Update 4/6/2020

Superintendent's E-Update 4/6/2020
Posted on 04/06/2020
eupdateDear Robbinsdale Area Schools Families and Staff:

As we embark on our second week of Distance Learning, I continue to be inspired by our staff's unwavering dedication to our students in these unprecedented times. We are finding creative ways to remain connected, and understand it is critical to maintain our relationships during these times. Even though we are apart, we want to do everything to support our students, families and staff during this time. As such, we cannot thank you enough for the patience and flexibility you have exhibited as we have journeyed together.

While reflecting on last week's successes and challenges, and adjusting to this new normal, your continued partnership and feedback remains crucial. Families are encouraged to continue reaching out to their students' teacher(s) and principal(s) if they have questions, concerns or need additional support. Based on the feedback from students and families, most positive outcomes occur when the conversation begins at the building level. However, we remain here to support the facilitation of your concerns or challenges as we are all in this together. In an attempt to gain additional feedback to enhance our distance learning experience, please complete the weekly feedback form being shared with all families and secondary students later this week.

During this time, we have witnessed our staff, families and community come together to uplift and support one another, even in these times of social distancing. The innovative examples (below) highlight our Robbinsdale spirit!

Our caring teachers and administrators continue to find innovative ways to reach out to students and families. Instead of canceling an all school dance on Friday, April 3, 2020, Sonnesyn Elementary staff hosted a virtual school dance. School staff recorded videos of themselves dancing, and encouraged students to dance at home. View the social media post here.

Our amazing staff continue to find ways to support and encourage each other. Last week, several staff from Robbinsdale Area Schools planned a creative way to celebrate a co-worker's retirement, all while adhering to social distancing and small gathering guidelines. Read the full story here.

Nutrition Services has been working hard to provide meals for children in our community. As of Friday, April 3, 2020, District 281's Nutrition Services has provided 37,209 meals since Governor Walz issued his school closure order on March 15, 2020. A heartfelt thank you to our Nutrition Services staff for their continued dedication to our community.

Robbinsdale Area Schools is featured in the Spring 2020 edition of EdTech Magazine, where our district is identified as one of the early adopters of faster wifi technology. Our investment in infrastructure allows our district to be 'future ready,' which is especially noteworthy in today's learning environment. Read the full story here.

Finally, our resilient Class of 2020 continues to exemplify excellence during these trying times. Two District 281 seniors, Evelyn Villalobos and Sierra Smith, have been honored with the 2020 Athena Award, which recognizes outstanding Senior female athletes from each of the 50 Metropolitan area high schools for their excellence in individual or group sports. Read the full story here.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. Until we see each other again, please take an opportunity to reflect on these words from Maya Angelou, "Peace means when there is conflict, use our common sense and our compassion to consider the rest of humanity, our human brothers and sisters." Help us help one another by practicing social distancing and continuing to stay safe at home!


Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Robbinsdale Area Schools