July 8, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
Last week, the state and the Ohio Department of Education shared updates for reopening schools. Additionally, Governor DeWine stated the American Association of Pediatrics indicated it is better for scholars’ health to learn in school, as opposed to online learning. Noble Academy is diligently working to create a plan that takes into account all necessary health and safety procedures, and your feedback. Thank you for providing your thoughtful input in our school survey. The safety of our scholars and staff are of the utmost importance as we implement the required guidelines from the Governor, which include the items below:
- Guideline 1: Vigilantly assess symptoms and health conditions of scholars and educators
- Guideline 2: Encourage hand washing and sanitization to reduce the spread
- Guideline 3: Thoroughly clean and sanitize surfaces to prevent the spread
- Guideline 4: Practice social distancing
- Guideline 5: Every school must develop a face-covering policy
While we won’t be able to resume school as normal this fall, we do have an opportunity to intentionally design a school plan that protects health and safety and that is also fair, just and equitable.
What we have determined so far is the following:
- August 18 will be the first day of school.
- Each Noble Academy scholar will be provided a Chromebook. This means each scholar will be provided a piece of technology to assist in their educational growth and development.
- Because so many modifications to safety procedures and learning practices are necessary for the coming school year, scholars and families will need to attend an orientation session between August 10-17. These informative meetings will explain updated safety procedures to meet the required guidelines from the state and ODE. In addition, guidance will be provided on how to use and care for Chromebooks, as well as at-home strategies to help your child maximize their learning. Scholars who kept their Chromebook over summer must bring their device to this session. Tech support will be available during this time.
We are finalizing our plans and will soon formally announce the plan for the 2020-2021 School Year. The announcement will come in mid-July. At that time, we will share Noble’s safety and health guidelines and expectations for scholars and families. Additionally, families will choose between either our in-school learning or 100% virtual at-home learning option.
The scenarios being considered are:
- 100% Virtual (online) at-home learning
- Building reopening, and typical in-school learning resuming with an adjusted schedule in a 4 or 5-day format
- With 4-6 feet social distancing, Noble can accommodate about 75% of our enrollment in the building. If a higher percentage of scholars choose in-person learning, other options may be necessary. These possibilities include, but are not limited to a hybrid option that may include 2 full days at school and 3 days of online learning at home and/or 8th grade participating in 100% virtual at-home learning.
Because public health conditions and related guidance are likely to continue to change throughout the fall, we will need to be ready to shift between these kinds of scenarios throughout the school year. With this uncertainty in mind, we are being thoughtful in our planning for our entire school community.
Your patience and cooperation in helping to adapt to the necessary changes for the coming school year is greatly appreciated. The teachers and staff look forward to your active participation and partnership to ensure the success of your scholar(s) during this unprecedented time.
Stay well and stay safe,
May 29, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
As the school year has come to a close, we know that our parents, students, partners, and staff are all wondering the same thing right now—what will school look like in the fall? At this point, there are many options on the table, and due to the evolving nature of the public health emergency, no decisions have been made yet. While we hope that schools will open on time and at full capacity, we are establishing a variety of contingency plans to ensure families are supported and student learning can continue in the fall. We are awaiting additional guidance from state leadership and the Ohio Department of Education and will inform you of all updates as we receive them.
Please make sure your contact information is up to date in the school office so that you will not miss these important communications.
Due to the unusual circumstances at the end of this school year, we wanted to provide you with options to encourage continued academic growth during the summer months. Noble scholars may choose one of the following two options:
- Summer Bridge Activities is a workbook designed to help scholars avoid summer learning loss and continue practicing skills away from school. Provided exercises include math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and more. These optional workbooks range from $10 – $14 and can be mailed directly to your home when you purchase one using the following link: www.summerbridgeactivities.org
If you need assistance with your purchase, please fill out the following Google Form. https://forms.gle/iPEo2GhHcLhmgN7w9 If you order directly from the website, you do not need to complete this form. If you complete this form, we will order for you and payment can then be made in the school office.
If you are interested in purchasing additional resources on your own to assist your scholar this summer, bundle packs are also available for $30 and include 4 chapter books to ensure summer reading. Purchases can be made directly through the website for the workbook or bundle using this link: https://www.summerbridgeactivities.org/buy_summer_bridge_workbook.htm
- Teacher summer work packets. Each reading and math teacher will be providing a summer work packet for your scholar through Google Classroom, email, and/or the school office.
Whether you choose the Summer Bridge Activities workbook or the teacher work packet, the completed work will be due Friday, August 21, 2020.
In addition, some of our teachers are offering other educational activities and tutoring opportunities throughout the summer. Individual teachers will notify scholars through Google Classroom, email, or text of any opportunities at their grade level.
Enjoy your summer break!
Stay well and stay safe,
May 15, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
We hope you are doing well as Ohio begins to re-open. There are a few updates we would like to share.
Since our time in the school building came to an abrupt end, we would like to allow the opportunity to collect items that may have been left in lockers and homerooms. On Tuesday, May 26th through Thursday, May 28th, we will have times available for families to return materials and pick up scholars’ belongings. You can select your time slot using the following link on Sign Up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090E4FA8AC28ABFC1-endofyear
Noble Academy will be following appropriate health and safety guidelines during this event. One adult per family will be permitted to enter the building at a time and must wear a face mask. Scholars and small children will not be allowed in the building. Visitors will only have access to the cafeteria to collect belongings, or the school office to re-enroll. Social distancing guidelines must be followed upon entering the school building. Congregating on the school property should be avoided.
Additionally, please remember to return any textbooks, library books, or other materials from home. If scholars are re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year, families may choose to keep the borrowed Chromebook to participate in optional summer enrichment opportunities. These devices may also be needed for blended learning in the fall. If your scholar is not re-enrolled, please return the Chromebook during your selected time.
Lastly, all online learning assignments for grades K-7 will be due on Friday, May 29, 2020. Eighth-grade scholars have a deadline of Friday, May 22, 2020. Please do your best to complete all work for classes by the appropriate dates. Teachers and administrators will continue to provide support during these next couple of weeks.
Stay well and stay safe,
April 24, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
We hope everyone is staying safe and well. Governor DeWine announced on Monday Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure order will extend through the end of the school year. This order includes all public, community, and private K-12 schools in the state. We appreciate your support and understanding during this unprecedented time.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES: During the week of May 4th-May 7th, teachers will hold meetings via Zoom to assist with online learning, discuss grades, and provide support. On Monday and Wednesday of that week, conferences will run from 9am to 3pm. On Tuesday and Thursday of that week, conferences will run from 12pm-6pm. The Sign-Up Genius link will be ready next week for you to select appointment times.
ATTENDANCE AND GRADES REMINDER FOR PARENTS AND SCHOLARS: As of April 6, school attendance and online class participation became mandatory and assignments are graded. Scholars are expected to attend their classes according to their teacher’s posted schedule. Daily assignments are being given and all assignments are graded from now until the end of the school year. For scholars to receive full credit all assignments must be turned in according to the on-line directions and complete. School attendance is expected every day and is checked by student participation in class each day.
LOCKER CLEAN OUT AND CHROMEBOOK RETURN: During the final week of school, May 26 – 29, we will schedule staggered times for scholars or parents to enter the building to clean out their lockers and/or return Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, etc. Only one person at a time per classroom will be allowed to enter the building for this purpose. Those entering the building will be screened at the door. Social distancing practices will be strictly enforced. A sign-up schedule will soon follow.
GRADUATIONS: Under the current mass gathering restrictions, we will not be able to offer Kindergarten or 8th-grade graduations in our regular tradition. Additional guidance was posted from the Ohio Department of Education on April 23, 2020, as follows:
We are asking the education community to come together and honor our students, especially our seniors, in a manner that doesn’t pose health risks to anyone. Schools should continue to recognize the importance of restrictions on mass gatherings, and events should be aligned with the Ohio Department of Health’s Order.
Therefore, school leaders should conduct graduation ceremonies and other recognition events in a remote manner that honors each student in a safe and responsible way, prioritizing the health needs of students, their families, and the community.
Hosting in-person events can lead to many other negative consequences, including the following:
- With each change of venue and/or calendar delay (July or later graduation ceremony), there is no guarantee that large gatherings will be permitted.
- In-person events add to the complexity of asking students to comply with social distancing, as these events often are highly emotional, invoking natural physical responses (such as high fives and hugs).
- In-person events, even if only for participants, can lead to other people (family members, relatives, friends) wanting to physically attend, even though not permitted to do so.
- Pressure is unintentionally put on other schools (principals, superintendents, and board members) that have chosen to conduct events virtually rather than in person.
Currently, we are exploring creative ideas to honor our kindergarten and 8th-grade scholars. The decision to participate in any planned graduation activity will be left up to the discretion of parents/guardians. Of course, all awards and graduation certificates will be printed and presented to each family whether in person or by mail as appropriate.
- Kindergarten – While a ceremony is not an option, we would still like to provide the opportunity for parents to order their scholar’s cap and gown, if you would like. These sets typically cost $15-$18. This would at least give parents an opportunity to take pictures of their graduating kindergartner in their cap and gown with their diploma.
- 8th Grade – The administrative team and 8th-grade teaching staff have discussed many ideas regarding 8th-grade graduation. Our best idea, if approved by local authorities, is to plan some sort of car parade ceremony for each 8th-grade class. We are still working out details and are open to additional ideas. Our idea is to host a “ceremony” for each class in the form of a car parade through the parking lot. Each car may pull up to receive their diploma and awards and take a picture. Care will be taken to ensure social distancing and safety. When all diplomas have been awarded, cars may parade through the neighborhood. Each family may decorate their car as they choose. We are planning this event for June 4, with a rain date of June 8, 2020. More information will follow. Please note that if we are not approved to host a parade ceremony, a virtual event will be planned on the same date.
Please continue to reach out to teachers and administration with your questions and concerns. All teachers’ email addresses have been listed on the school website: www.noblecleveland.org/staff. Mrs. Pryslak, Assistant Principal for K-4, can be reached at email@example.com. Mrs. Hammond, Assistant Principal for 5-8, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone calls regarding school matters should be made to (216) 507-8900 between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Ms. Wuest is available to assist you by phone or through email email@example.com.
Please take care and continue to stay safe.
March 31, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
We hope this letter finds you well. All of our Noble families are in our thoughts as prayers as we navigate this difficult and unprecedented crisis together. May we first say thank you to all of the heroes in our school family. We know there are many! Thank you to our first responders: doctors, nurses, health care workers in all fields, police officers, fire and rescue workers. Thank you to those still working in food and beverage stores, in education, technology, mental health support and social services. Thank you to all those essential workers still carefully going to work every day to keep our communities safe and running. And certainly, thank you to our families at home with your scholars right now working through this time of uncertainty and managing new approaches to education.
As we hear from Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton, we know that we are at the beginning of some difficult weeks ahead. We want to support you over the next few months to provide engaging, remote learning, and social-emotional support for our scholars to the best of our ability. We have some challenges in doing this on-line, but we believe with open communication, we will be successful.
A few updates:
- Due to the stay-at-home order, the school office has closed. During this time, phone calls regarding school matters should be made to (216) 507-8900 between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Ms. Wuest is available to assist you by phone or through email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Beginning April 6, all learning will switch to on-line. Teachers created on-line classrooms through Google classroom and have already invited your scholars to their classes through their Noble email account. Once the scholar has accepted, an invitation is sent to the parent email on file in our school records, as well. If your scholar has not done so, they MUST SIGN IN TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCOUNTS BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1ST. Any families having not logged in by this time will be contacted by a teacher to see what we can do to assist you in this endeavor. If you are having internet or hardware problems, we want to help.
- Beginning April 6, daily school work is mandatory and assignments will be graded for 4th quarter report card.
- Special Education and Title services will be provided on-line and include virtual meetings when possible. Those teachers are contacting their scholars directly.
- To clear up some confusion, the paper packets were mailed for grades K-2 only, for the 1st 3 week period. Grades 3-8 used online resources with some paper options. If your K-2 scholar did not receive a paper packet in the mail, please call the school office at the number above to make sure we have your correct mailing address. If you did not receive the packets, it is okay. We just need to focus on getting prepared for the move to on-line school beginning April 6.
Stay well and be safe,
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March 30, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
We hope you have relaxed and enjoyed the scheduled spring break! Staff members are available again Monday-Friday between 9am and 3pm to answer any questions and provide assistance. Work assigned to scholars should last through this week. If your scholar(s) did not receive a work packet in the mail, please contact their teacher. All teachers’ email addresses have been listed on the school website: www.noblecleveland.org/staff
As we wait for Governor DeWine to make an official announcement, we foresee a decision indicating online learning to begin now through the end of the school year. We will continue communicating any and all updates with you as they occur.
The school building will continue to be closed. Access will be by appointment only through Ms. Wuest. During this time, phone calls regarding school matters should be made to (216) 507-8900.
Thank you again for your support and communication during this time.
March 18, 2020
Dear Noble families,
We would like to share a few updates with you as we move through this first week of extended spring break. In order to keep you informed and to stay in communication with our scholars, the following communication plan was shared yesterday with our staff.
· For the remainder of this week, the office is open from 9a to 3p. However, as the building is being cleaned and sanitized, our office staff will greet you through the intercom and meet you at the bottom of the stairs should you need to pick something up.
· Our administrative team is holding daily virtual meetings with one another.
· Administrators and teachers are meeting virtually at least twice a week to share updates from the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio’s Health Department and Governor DeWine, in addition to lesson planning and sharing of best practices.
· Teachers are in communication with each other daily.
· Teachers are available to communicate with their scholars and families from 9a to 3p daily. If messages are sent outside of this time, teachers will respond the next day.
· Although we are not grading during this 3-week period, teachers will provide feedback on assignments turned in. All paper copies are not due until we return to the school building.
· All teachers’ email addresses have been listed on the school website: www.noblecleveland.org/staff
· Please keep in touch with teachers through Remind App, email, Google Classroom, or any other means the teacher provides.
· Bellefaire services will continue to take place as usual. Ms. Bodell will be in contact.
· As previously planned, the school building will be closed the week of 3/23 – 3/27 for Spring break.
As Governor DeWine makes daily updates in his press conferences, we anticipate an announcement in the coming days of schools remaining closed for the rest of the school year. Our staff is diligently working to create a structured remote/on-line learning environment for your scholars. Noble Academy is not an online school, however, we are dedicated to providing our scholars with the best learning experience possible in these uncertain times. Many of us have concerns and questions about these practices. We will navigate and work together in this process.
Currently, the assigned activities provided to your scholars have been described as optional and ungraded. We highly recommend these enrichment activities be completed on a daily basis to maintain the structure. Many teachers have created and shared Google Classroom, which scholars in grades 3-8 know how to access. Parents are being invited to connect to teachers’ Google Classrooms, which will need to be accepted on a computer. Cell phones cannot accept the invitations.
For families without internet connections, please contact Spectrum, who is providing free services for the next 60 days (after that date you will be automatically billed unless you cancel) to assist students and their families. You can contact Spectrum by calling: 1-844-488-8395.
Please contact the school office, or email your scholar’s teacher, if you have further technical needs.
Thank you again for your support and communication during this time. We hope you all stay well and safe.
Take care and stay well,
Noble Academy Administration
March 13, 2020
Dear Noble Families,
Noble Academy will be closed on Monday March 16. Additionally, as Governor Mike Dewine announced yesterday, schools will be closed from March 17 through April 3. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this difficult time for our nation and our community.
Teachers are preparing various enrichment learning activities for your scholars to receive during this extended spring break period. These activities and assignments are optional and non-graded. Paper assignments may be returned after the break. There is no need to return packets before that time.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade – Paper packets for all subjects will be mailed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. These packets will include activities for a two-week period.
Grades 3 and 4 – Paper packets for all subjects will be mailed on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. These packets will include activities for a two-week period. In addition, teachers will share on-line resources.
Grades 5 through 8 – Google Classroom will be the primary source of communication for enrichment. Our scholars have an existing Google account to access activities. Please contact your scholar’s teacher via email if you need assistance with this account. Paper copies will be available to be mailed upon request.
We all have questions about state testing. Currently, the Ohio Department of Education is diligently working to create a plan that will relieve the requirements of testing during this crisis. This is an ever-evolving experience that will require all of us to be flexible and make adjustments during this uncertain time. As information is available to us, we will share it with you.
If needed, the building will be open from 9am to 3pm on Monday, March 16th for parents/scholars to pick up forgotten items. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your scholar’s/scholars’ teachers during this extended break. Teachers will be available to you except for the scheduled spring break period of March 23-27. Also, you may contact Mrs. Pryslak (grades K-4) at email@example.com, or Mrs. Hammond (grades 5-8) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to support in any way that we can.
Remember, we are all in this together!
Take care and stay well,
Watch for Updates
We will post necessary updates on all communications channels, including the event websites and via email.
We continue to encourage everyone to join us in following public health advisories by taking all of the appropriate personal hygiene measures being recommended. Click here (PDF) for an overview of personal precautions to take.
Here are some websites to stay familiar with COVID-19:
Coronavirus Infographic (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
US Department of Education Coronavirus Information (DOE, National)
World Health Organization Coronavirus Information (WHO, International)