To say that this year is unlike any other would be a gross understatement. First and foremost, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. Although I have been the proud principal of Ogden Elementary School for eight years, this year marks a whole new world for my staff, my students, and myself. For those of you who have attended the virtual parent meetings I shared that as a mother, I, too, struggle with the “right” decision to make for my children. As I’ve said to all of you, there is no right decision or wrong decision at a time like this; only the one that works for your family. The choice you make may not meet all of your family’s needs, but there is nothing about this pandemic that is meeting all of our needs right now.
This summer, I ran the Hewlett-Woodmere Virtual Summer Enrichment Program for grades P-9 for over 500 public and non-public students. The program was very successful and I’m deeply grateful that students had the opportunity to interact with other students and teachers, albeit remote. Human interaction has never been more important. To that end, a team of Ogden’s staff members have worked together this summer to put a social and emotional learning curriculum that will benefit all of the students at Ogden Elementary School.
Mrs. Murray and I have been working together on revising class lists as parents submitted requests for Hybrid, Full In-Person, or Full Remote Instruction. It has been a daunting task, but we want to assure that your child will have the most equitable opportunities as is safely possible during this time. Unfortunately, many of our fun in-person events will not be able to take place, but the good news is that we will find some ways to virtually build community at Ogden.
Based on the fact that 68% of Ogden’s students opted for full in-person instruction, I would like to thank you for entrusting us with your child. I told my staff that our theme this year is All Hands on Deck. This will be the year of working together with parents, students, and staff all with the common goal of staying healthy and providing a semblance of normalcy for all.
We are always here for you and your child. A positive outlook is needed now more than ever. We wish you a relaxing last few days of summer and look forward to working with you and your family this year.
Dr. Dina Anzalone
OGDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Important First Day Information
Arrival for Bus: 7:50AM
Arrival for Walkers/Drivers: 8:00AM
Dismissal for Bus: 2:20PM
Dismissal for Walkers: 2:30PM
- If you drive your child the first day of school, please arrive no earlier than 8:00 AM, so buses can exit the circle.
- There will be signage to show where grades 2 and 5 enter the building (at the beginning of the circular driveway) and grades 3 and 4 enter the building (front entrance to Ogden).
- Tables will be set up for each grade level to drop their materials if they are too heavy to carry. Materials will be carted to classrooms at a later time by staff members. BE SURE TO LABEL ALL OF YOUR MATERIALS AND PUT THE TEACHER’S NAME AND GRADE ON EACH ITEM. You will have the option of dropping off your child’s school supplies on September 4 as follows:
- Grade 2: 11:00
- Grade 3: 11:30
- Grade 4: 12:00
- Grade 5: 12:30
**If your child is a remote learner or in the Hybrid Cohort B and they need materials, you will pick them up on the same date and time listed above. More information will be emailed to you.
- If your child is home on September 8, because they are Hybrid Cohort B students or Online students, please use the Google Meet Code sheet in this packet to sign in for classes.
- Remote On-line Learning begins at 8:30AM. Your child should sign on at this time with the enclosed Google Meet codes.
- Please remember that you are not allowed to enter the building and MUST wear a mask while on building premises.