Our 2020-2021 student supply lists are now available for download. Please click here to access all grade levels.
April 28th 12:00:00 pm – The 2020 Giving Challenge begins!
April 29th 11:59:59 am – The 2020 Giving Challenge comes to a close.
The Giving Challenge website is where you will be able to donate from noon on Tuesday, April 28 to noon on Wednesday April 29. Please keep this information handy.
Of course, these are unusual times, so we understand that you may not be able to donate. But, if you can…
Any donation between $25.00 and $100.00 will be matched by The Patterson Foundation 100%. No one has to give a lot, but if we can build enthusiasm for many to give some, we can meet this challenge with success and bring in additional funds to assist us in obtaining vital educational and security resources for ISMNM.
We would LOVE to have you join us in trying to attain the “Fast 50” grant, which awards an additional $500 to the first fifty non-profit organizations that are the first to get fifty donations given online! Can you commit?
All Imagine North Manatee faculty hands were on deck this week as we prepared to flip our campus into a virtual school.
Our custodial crew continued their second week of Spring Cleaning; office and support staff managed school-wide needs and ensured 200+ families were equipped with mobile learning devices; and teachers lovingly packed supplies for home learning, kept in touch with families to share information, and supported each other during professional development as our team began navigating our journey into digital instruction. Much dedication has been put into preparing for Monday, March 30th.
We miss our scholars but enjoyed our time back on campus this week!
Dear Imagine North Manatee Families,
You have all been in our thoughts and we miss seeing our scholars’ smiling faces each day. Throughout the course of a school year, classrooms operate like families, and bonds run deep. We are sad that what we thought was “goodbye for Spring Break” turned in to extended time away and we truly hope we will be able to reunite on April 15th. In the meantime, we hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy!
Thank you for your patience as our family of Imagine North Manatee educators returned from Spring Break and mobilized to plan for remote learning and the nuances COVID-19 has caused for our campus (disinfecting, technology, teacher training, etc.). Switching from our traditional instructional model to distance learning and equipping our ISNM stakeholders for this change has been a massive undertaking, and we appreciate your grace and understanding as we work out the kinks. We are all in this transition together!
On Monday, March 23, 2020, your child’s homeroom teacher reached out to you in order to survey for and priority distance learning needs. ISNM has a limited number of mobile learning devices, but your survey responses helped us prioritize technology to ensure every family who responded with a need will receive one Chromebook. The purpose of lending ISNM’s Chromebooks is to help our scholars who do not have a computer at home. Please note that we will be unable to loan out Chromebooks to families that owe more than $25 to aftercare. Please be prepared to pay your aftercare balance when picking up your child’s Chromebook. If you have a question or concern with this, please contact Office Manager Janet Russell at 941-981-5345 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will forward your concerns to administrators, as needed.
Technology Pick-Up Schedule
Yesterday, we compiled technology survey information and sanitized/packaged Chromebooks to ensure we are lending them to you as germ-free as possible.
We are wrapping up this process now and will be ready to begin checking out Chromebooks as follows:
– Wednesday, March 25th: 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
– Thursday, March 26th: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
– Friday, March 27th: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
We have staggered pick-up times to accommodate various work-schedules. Beginning next week, we will not have staff on site to issue technology, so please plan accordingly. School phones will be transferred to office and administrator cell phones, so we will still be available to respond to emergency calls, but working off site.
Technology Pick-Up Procedures
The safety of our ISNM stakeholders is our top priority. Please adhere to the procedures below to minimize the spread of germs. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated! The line may be long as we work to accommodate all families, so thank you in advance for your understanding!
– ISNM’s Technology Pick-Up line will run similar to the carline. Please enter the campus using the carline gate, drive behind the school, circle toward the front (into the bus/fire lane), and stop in front of the office.
– Please remain in your vehicle at all times. Do not park in the parking lot or join the line without proceeding through the carline area, behind the school, and into the bus/fire lane to stop in front of the main office.
– ISNM staff will approach your vehicle to initiate the checkout procedure.
– Please read, agree to, and sign the “ISNM Equipment and Property Receipt” contract.
– Please bring your own writing utensil.
Need Internet Access?
– Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
– Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use
– Additional information can be found at https://www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots.html
Technology Issues? Please Contact
Hardware (Chromebook) Issues: Sam Geiger by text at 607-280-5099
Login Issues: Your child’s homeroom teacher, through Class Dojo (VPK-5) or Edmodo (6-8). Your child’s classroom teacher will forward login concerns they cannot resolve on their own to administrative staff, as needed.
What to Expect Next
– Educators and administrators have been busy engaging in professional development on distance learning platforms and resources. We are learning many new techniques and are excited to welcome your scholar to their virtual classroom!
– Educators will post general lessons on Friday, March 27, 2020, and all specifics will be posted by 8:00 am on Monday, March 30th. Plans will be updated daily, whenever possible, and will be customized based on individual student needs and progress.
– Office and administrative staff will remain available to respond to calls and messages from families and respond to other campus needs.
– Custodial staff are continuing to deep clean our campus, playgrounds, buses, etc.
– Beginning Friday, April 3rd, hard copies of materials will be left outside of the campus. Teachers will message you if there are items you need to pick up (books, math or science manipulatives, worksheets, etc.) for the follow week of distance learning.
Free Food for Students
Beginning on Monday, March 30th, students under the age of 18 can pick-up a free meal bag containing a hot lunch and a breakfast for the following morning. This service will be available Monday – Friday between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, in the Buffalo Creek Middle School parking lot (7550 69th St. E, Palmetto, FL 34221)
Please Stay Connected
– Several virtual activities, such as Spirit Week and Show and Tell are underway. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page (Imagine School North Manatee) so that you and/or your child can post responses and/or pictures. We look forward to seeing you on Facebook!
– The Imagine North Manatee Parade will be coming to your neighborhood during the week of April 3rd. Our buses and staff member caravans will be driving into family neighborhoods to wave hi. We hope to see you waving back. Stay tuned for more information.
– Virtual Show-and-Tell and Spirit Weeks will take place on our Facebook page.
Please continue to use your child’s homeroom teacher as your first and main point of contact. They are your child’s first advocate and will reach out to Dean Stevenson and me as needed. Also, please feel free to email me at email@example.com, send a message through Facebook, or contact me through Class Dojo, with questions and concerns. I am prioritizing campus needs but am working to respond to urgent parent requests as quickly as possible. As we receive additional guidance from the FLDOE, we will keep you updated.
Please stay healthy and safe, and tell your children that your teachers miss them greatly! We hope each Imagine North Manatee scholar has access to books so they can read for pleasure, 20 – 60 minutes per day!
Principal Erin Kelly
Dear Imagine North Manatee Families,
We hope you are finding ways to enjoy your Spring Break while keeping your distance from large crowds and maintaining your sanity during this unprecedented time!
The safety of our Imagine North Manatee stakeholders is our top priority and we are confident that our bond as a school family will see us through the next few weeks of unexpected distance.
As you are probably aware, yesterday evening the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) published a press release announcing additional COVID-19-related changes to the 2019-2020 school year plans.
Currently, FLDOE guidelines require:
– Students’ return to campus has been delayed until Wednesday, April 15, 2020
– Distance learning will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020
– Florida’s Standardized Assessments (FSA, EOC, FCAT Science) have been cancelled
In response to the FLDOE’s latest guidelines and beginning on Monday,
March 23, 2020 Imagine North Manatee’s family of educators will:
-Begin working on Monday, March 23, 2020 to maintain continuity of instruction and plan distance learning
-Homeroom teachers will reach out to families on Monday, March 23, 2020 to touch base and identify any distance learning needs (lack of access to internet and/or technology). Teachers will communicate each family’s needs to the administrative team and we will prepare to check out materials to families in need.
-Educators and administrators will engage in professional development on distance learning platforms and resources, beginning on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
-Educators will post general lessons on Friday, March 27, 2020, and all specifics will be posted by 8:00 am on Monday, March 30th. Plans will be updated daily, whenever possible, and will be customized based on individual student needs and progress.
-Office and administrative staff will remain available to respond to calls and messages from families, prepare and distribute mobile learning devices and/or materials, and respond to other campus needs.
-Check out technology and materials to families in need no later than Thursday, March 27, 2020. Check outs will continue on Friday, March 28th.
-Custodial staff began their deep cleaning of our campus on Friday, March 13, 2020 and are currently ensuring no surface, nook, or cranny remains unsanitized. Our campus will be clean and ready to welcome students back as soon as we are permitted!
As we receive additional guidance from the FLDOE, we will keep you updated. Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org, send a message through Facebook, or contact Principal Kelly through Class Dojo, if you have pressing question prior to staff’s return on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Note: Many of you have been in contact with your child’s classroom teacher. We always encourage you to use your child’s classroom teacher as your first contact. Just a reminder in this case, however, this is their scheduled Spring Break, so please be conscientious of the amount of time you spend communicating with them. Teachers have a hard time saying “no” and they will bend over backwards to help, but we want them healthy and well-rested to ensure they can be fully engaged in planning and delivering distance learning upon their return next week.
Please stay healthy and safe, and tell your children that their teachers
miss them greatly! We hope each Imagine North Manatee scholar has
access to books so they can read for
pleasure, 20 – 60 minutes per day!