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Principal's Message

Dear Tanner Families: 


Welcome to the 2020-2021 School year! Our theme this year is “You don’t have to be GREAT to start, but you have to START to be Great.” and our mission stands strong: To ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible, in a safe and supportive learning environment whether inside our school grounds or at home.  Our first day for students is Wednesday, August 19th.  All students who have access to a chromebook or digital device should log in promptly at 8:30 am. Those without a device, should be ready to begin their day, by starting their work packet, and by being ready for your teacher’s call.


I will host a “Coffee with the Principal” via Zoom on Thursday, September 3, 2020, in English at 8:00 am, and on Friday, September 4, 2020, at 8:00 am in Spanish. The links to join both meetings will be on our school website. I would like to invite you to join me for a look at what you need to know for the upcoming year, and for a chance to ask any questions you might have.  Grab your cup of coffee, or tea, and get ready for a great meeting.


What to know before we start on August 19th

Preparing for Distance Learning:

As we prepare our students for the beginning of the school year, it is important to establish good habits from the start. Make sure to have students get up and out of bed, dressed and ready to learn, before the beginning of their school day.  Keep your normal bedtimes, rules for homework and digital devices including TV; and in the morning, a hearty breakfast is always a good idea. 


The tips below will help you to make a sometimes unfamiliar, new way of learning, a little easier, on a daily basis.


  • Choose a good place to learn It is best, if possible, that you set up a physical location that’s dedicated to school-focused activities. This area should be located in a location that your student can stay, without needing to move, for an extended period of time. This area should be free from distractions, or at least where distractions are minimized. It should also be a place where you have a good internet connection.
  • Stay in touch Teachers will mainly be communicating through our online platforms and virtual learning environments. All teachers will have a Schoology Site, where you can get updates, keep up on work assigned and even see what your child is turning in. In addition, teachers will also use Google features, such as Google Meet, and Bitmoji classroom. Please keep in contact with your child’s classroom teachers, the principal and the district who will post information, make phone calls and send emails, in addition to adding information daily to their Schoology accounts. Another great way to stay in touch is through your teacher’s Remind app, Class Dojo and Tanner’s Ed Connect System.



  • Help students ‘own’ their learning Please help us by always providing support and encouragement for your child, but maintaining high expectations and letting your children know they will need to do their best each and every day. Struggling is allowed and encouraged! Be careful not to help too much. This type of learning does take a lot of practice, but it does work. We will take it one day at a time, step by step.
  • Practice Social Emotional Learning daily For some of us, this change in our learning may be more difficult than it is for others. As parents, you may see behaviors and emotions you haven’t seen before in your child. Make sure each day, your child is able to have some fun and socialize, even if from a distance. A little thing like taking a walk, or playing with the dog can make all the difference.  If you have concerns or get worried, we do have resources on campus that can help.  Reach out to us and we will get you any help you need.
  • Begin and end the day by checking-in As your child is starting their morning routine, talk and ask a few questions about school and what is coming up at school that day. At the end of the school day, just as you would when picking them up from campus, do the same, and ask them about their day, letting them know their learning is important.

Setting up your expectations and making sure that students understand the rules for school can make the difference. Brief conversations and little talks can really help. Just going over the instructions the teachers gave them, or taking a look at the daily updates and assignments on Schoology with your child, can build confidence and motivate learning. Distance Learning is new for all of us, but by setting the stage and working together, we can be very successful. TK through 3rd Grade Chromebooks, will be handed out the week of August 24th.  Details to follow.


Thank you for all your support!

Together we will make a difference in the lives of our students.



In partnership,



Mrs. Holly Hennessy