A Message from Principal Schleif
It is with great excitement that I write to you today. As you have likely heard, our district has received a waiver from the State to reopen to in-person learning. There is no doubt that this announcement has brought a range of emotions to you and your family. I know it has for me personally and professionally. We are all weighing the pros and cons of this decision. This is a normal and reasonable response given our unique circumstances having suffered a major natural disaster during a global pandemic. Even typing these words out, I am still in shock a bit about all we have gone through this year. It has been a lot.
My only hope for you and your child/children is that you make the best decision for your own comfort level. Yesterday we sent out a survey to gather information about which educational setting you would like for each of your children at our school. There is no right or wrong answer here. You simply need to do what makes sense for your family. We are here to serve you wherever you land in this process. If you have not already filled out our survey, please do so today. We are relying on this information to finalize plans and begin preparations for in-person learning. Thank you!!
If you are considering an in-person option, be assured that we will strictly follow all safety guidelines set forth by the State. The safety of our students and their families, along with the safety of our staff and our families, is our top priority. We do not take this responsibility lightly. As you have seen through our survey, we are leaning towards a hybrid option that offers students 3 hours of on-site learning (either in the morning or afternoon) 4 days a week for our instructional model. Through many conversations with various stakeholders, we have come to the conclusion that a schedule that allows students to attend school 4 days a week to receive in-person instruction in our core content areas of reading and math is the best approach to meeting the educational and emotional needs of our students. Equally important, by splitting each class in half so that we only have half our student population on campus at a given time, we limit the number of people that our students come into contact with.
I also want to acknowledge that we know childcare is a real challenge for many of our families. As a mom myself, this was one of the first things to pop into my mind when we were considering various hybrid options. There is no simple answer to this issue but please know that we are working with our partner to find support for our families that need help.
There are many more details to our reopening plans that I will share with everyone in the near future, especially as they relate to safety, instruction, and timeline. I know that this decision is a big one to make and am here to help you think through it if you need my support. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.
Principal, Phoenix Elementary School
Phoenix Elementary History
Phoenix Elementary School first occupied its current site on Rose Street beginning in mid-1800. The school has gradually expanded from a one-room schoolhouse to its present facility. The school’s primary wing brick building, constructed in 1954, was enhanced in 1974 with the addition of the “round” building containing eight classrooms and a large media center, as well as the gym/cafeteria. Four more classrooms were added in 1995. A multipurpose (gym) room and the School-Based Health Center were built in 2002. A cover for our intermediate playground was added in 2004 and walking/running track was added in the spring of 2008 though funding from the PES PTA and the Home Depot. In August of 2015, a new play structure was installed thanks to various grants and PES staff fundraising.
In 2017, a bond measure was passed and a new HVAC system, security measures and remodeling of our PES campus took place over the summer, 2018. We are very excited for the added security for our students and staff.