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February 12, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021 
Dear CRSS Community,
As you know, yesterday evening and today our teachers held parent-teacher conferences. Conferences are important because parents and caregivers learn about the areas their child is excelling in. They also hear about specific areas in which their child can improve academically and socially. Conferences help to establish a good relationship between the home and school and they provide an opportunity for teachers to explain grades, curricula and answer any questions. I hope that you were able to attend your child's conference and that you took away the benefits outlined above. 
Last week our school Naturalist, Stephanie Rathsack reported that we officially hit 1,000 pounds of food composted this year! 3rd grade has been recording all types of food and the weight day to day, and they have been graphing it as well. Congratulations CRSS students and staff. This is a milestone to be proud of! 
Thanks to Rice County, all of our staff members that wanted to receive a vaccination have received one, or will have the opportunity to receive one next week. Thank you for being understanding and flexible when we made the decision to be in distant learning last Thursday. We found out on Wednesday that 20 of our staff members would receive their first vaccination that afternoon. With the potential side effects from the vaccine, we wanted to ensure we had enough staff to safely supervise all of our students on Thursday. 
If you did not receive emails, texts or phone calls last week that were sent out by School Messenger, we found out that there was a glitch in the system. That problem was fixed last Friday, so all families will receive updates via School Messenger as usual. 
We are encouraging families to post a sign in your yard, advertising our great school to the community. We are enrolling now for the 2021-2022 school year and you can help us get the word out by putting a CRSS sign in your yard until the lottery on March 11. After the lottery we will ask for the signs back if they are in good shape. 
Thanks to the families that already took a sign to display in their yard. Grades 3-5 were in distant learning when we passed out the yard signs so next week we will have yard signs available to take one afternoon during afternoon pick-up. if you have not yet taken a yard sign to display in your yard, please take one next week. Feel free to take multiple signs for neighbors, relatives and friends to place in their yard. 
If you know of any friends or relatives who are qualified and would like to work at CRSS as a substitute teacher, please have them contact Jennifer Clark in our school office. [email protected] Jennifer will register them in our new automated substitute teacher system, Frontline, and they can begin subbing as soon as the need arises.
Our school calendar follows the Faribault Public School calendar. Both Faribault Public Schools and CRSS have two snow days built into the 2020-2021 academic year. We have not had to use either snow day. Now that our K-5 students are back to in-person learning and our 6-8 students are in hybrid learning, moving forward, in the event of school closure due to severe weather, we will take up to two snow days. If there are additional school closures due to severe weather, they will be distance learning days. In the event of severe weather, you will be contacted through School Messenger via email, text and phone. 
Remember, there is no school next Monday, February 15 which is President's Day. 
Theresa Gunderson
Interim Executive Director
Cannon River STEM School