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Great Expectations School News - January 14, 2022

Jan 14, 2022 06:42PM ● By Editor
January 14, 2022

Winter Greetings, Families!

It has been an odd week with several classrooms moving to distance learning.  Despite some hiccups and adjustments there have been positive aspects, as well.  One classroom teacher reports the ability to have more one to one quality teaching time with each of her students than the in-person day will allow.  We will count our blessings where ever we can!  

If your child's class has been out this week, please test your student before they return to school next week.  There are rapid Covid tests available in the entry, if needed, and they can also be picked up at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic.  Please email school ([email protected]) if you have an older phone that will not allow an app download to read the test results and we will help you get an alternative test.  Also, watch for symptoms that can include a headache, body aches, runny nose or fever.  Omicron symptoms can be very mild for some people and more serious for others.  In an effort to care for those who may become more ill, please keep your child home, if they are sick at all. The rapid tests are great at detecting Covid-19 in symptomatic cases.  But, they do require a heavier viral load to pick it up.  If your child has symptoms and they test negative, please test them again in 24-36 hours.

Thank you, dear families, for your support as we work through the changes that the pandemic brings our way.  We know that quarantines and distance learning can be very difficult for families to manage. Please take the time for some much needed self care. 

More information will be coming regarding GES' updated Covid Safe Learning Plan as it is finalized.  There are many aspects to consider and we want to get it as right as we can.

Public Health Update

  • TOMORROW:  Saturday 1/15 vaccination opportunity.  Please help spread the word.  Online sign-up at
  •  12+ now recommended to get a booster 5 months after 2nd Pfizer shot
  • Regular Covid 19 testing is available for school age students and school staff Wednesdays at the Cook County Community Center between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Sign up here:

Important Dates & Events

  • AEOA FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENT -  Wednesday, January 26.  Details HERE.
  • NO SCHOOL -  Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • NO SCHOOL - Monday, January 24 - Staff Workshops
  • SELF PORTRAIT GALLERY WALK - Rescheduled for Thursday, January 20.  Details to come!

In the Classrooms:

Bear Cubs look for animal signs in the winter woods/ Christina Ridlbauer was our mystery reader and we practiced using zoom on the tablets/ Below: Fawns discover they love to snow shoe!
As always, please call the office if you have any questions on school-related items.  We are happy to assist you!