A Message From Mrs. Armstrong 4.9.20

A Message From Mrs. Armstrong 4.9.20

Dear Panther Families:

I hope this message finds you healthy and safe.  This past week, we hope that you have been able to create family memories together!   Sadly, I don’t believe that any of us would have predicted our new normal when we left school on March 13th.  We know that your children’s academics is only one of your challenges and may be overshadowed by more pressing needs.  I understand.  Please let me reassure you that WHATEVER you are doing at home to keep learning alive is ENOUGH!

Our teachers are prepared for meeting your child’s needs and will provide weekly guidance on accessing these materials in smaller chunks appropriate for their classes. While some of the material will be used to determine skill acquisition, allowing us to plan for learning trends when school opens, these activities will not be graded like earlier classwork.  Your teachers will ask you to return some of the activities for feedback.  For these activities, we ask that you not provide assistance and allow the students to do the best that they can.  They will use feedback like “meets expectations” or “does not meet expectations” to help determine our next instructional steps, such as enrichment or remediation.  Your teacher awaits the opportunity to support your child’s specific needs.

If you have not yet communicated your needs for access to the materials in paper format, not digital access, please let your teacher know right away.   If you asked your teacher for paper resources, we have reserved a packet with your name.  The time for pickup is scheduled for Monday, April 13th from 2p-6p or Tuesday, April 14th from 8a-1p.  Materials will be distributed in a self-serve manner in the front of the school (under the overhang near the office doors).  Parents should plan to use the student drop off area in front of the school to park and access materials.  If that parking area is full, please park in the main lot.  Please send only one family member and remain 6’ apart from any other Panther picking up materials..  We will have hand sanitizer for your use before and after picking up your materials.

In addition, if you need to pick up medications, our nurse will be coordinating the pick up from the side door of the cafeteria.  Upon your arrival, there will be no contact with the nurse. She will place your medicine on the table when she sees you, and then you can pick up the medication from the table.  She will not be available for conversations.  Please email her any medical concerns that you may have regarding your student to mhcrowder@hcps.us.

While continued learning is certainly important for our students and their future, I want to also acknowledge that there are other pressing priorities at this time as well.  We want to provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow, but we do not want to add to your stress or have you feel overburdened during this process. We understand and respect that each family’s situation is unique, and we promise to be supportive, compassionate, and flexible.  As always, please feel free to reach out to me at darmstrong@hcps.us. You may also check our website and Facebook (@PCPanther) posts to stay up to date with any further information.  We miss you all so much! Take care and stay healthy!


Dawn Armstrong