E.M.C. News - April 23, 2020

On behalf of the faculty and staff at EMC, I want to thank you for the efforts that you have taken to continue the education of your child(ren)! You are working against tremendous obstacles, yet you have taken time to convey the importance of learning to your children! I know I speak for everyone at EMC when I share that we would like nothing more than to welcome students to our classrooms every day. We miss them so much and realize that distance/virtual learning can never replace the classroom experience.

I am tremendously proud of the work that our teachers are doing to make At Home Learning possible for students. Please know that the teachers and I are working on some synchronous (live) connection times, which will allow for some face-to-face interaction between students and their teacher. Please look for further details on this exciting opportunity in the coming days as well as information on how to “turn in” student work. You will be able to find this information on our Schoology page, in a video from me, beginning Monday, April 27th.

With this letter, I would like to share an important message from Souderton Area School District regarding student grading for the third trimester: Due to the school closure and the resulting implementation of At Home Learning, the standard procedures for assessing student progress have been disrupted. Accordingly, formal Third Trimester progress reports will not be issued this year. Parents of each elementary student will instead receive a brief summary report via email from the child’s teacher at the end of the school year in June. These communications will provide anecdotal summaries of each student’s progress with At Home Learning between March 16th and the end of the school year.

Students are encouraged to participate in lessons and complete assignments from their teachers but will not be penalized for work they are unable to complete. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about how the District is adapting to the closure as well as the District’s Continuity of Education Plan.

Our message at EMC, since the beginning of the closure, has been “Students should get done what they can, when they can.” This continues to be our message to families. As mentioned in previous communication, please do not feel pressure to engage your children in learning for hours upon hours each day. We know that “regular school hours” simply are not possible given various family responsibilities. Take time to focus on learning when it is most convenient for your family. Please remember, your child’s teacher continues to be available for support with At Home Learning. Your child’s teacher is just an e-mail away!

Best wishes to your family for good health and well-being. There is not a day that goes by that the teachers and I are not thinking about our EMC family. As always, please reach out to me or your child’s teacher, we are here to help in any way we can.

Sincerely,

Tamara Callahan
Principal, EMC Elementary