Principal Notes

September 14, 2020


Dear REMS Families,  


It is certainly beginning to feel like Fall. I am not sure about your family, but the return of football and the cooler temperatures have created a palpable level of excitement, comfort, and some much needed normalcy within the Hand household!  

Speaking of comfort, our students are truly settling into their daily routines in their return to school.  They seem to really enjoy being back at Renaissance and are loving learning with their new teachers and classmates. Their energy and curiosity are contagious and bring so much JOY to all of us here at REMS! 

Here are some brief announcements that I wish to share with you as we head into the next few weeks: 

Attendance & Participation on Virtual Days:

Teachers will now be taking attendance for both in person and remote days. When students are learning at home asynchronously, it is imperative that they participate in the assigned lessons or any virtual meetings arranged by their teachers and/or specialists.  Our goal for students is to ensure that they are progressing towards grade level (and/or above) benchmarks and standards over the course of the year.  Remote/virtual days serve as a continuation of the learning that is taking place while students are present in the classroom. If a student is not regularly completing tasks assigned to them on remote days, their teacher will reach out to the family directly to collaborate and support. 

If your student is ill or unable to attend either virtual or in person learning, please call the attendance line to report their absence; 303-387-8002. It is an expectation that students participate in their Friday morning meetings with their crew and complete any additional assignments that are given throughout the week. Participation will be finalized for virtual learning on Friday afternoons.  


Student Picture Days: 

Students will be getting their school pictures taken on September 28th or 29th.   

eLearners are invited to come to REMS between 2:15-3pm on either day to have their school picture taken; eLearning Picture sign-up link. Every student should have their 2020-2021 picture taken.

At this time, we do not have a re-take day scheduled; this will most likely be in the spring. 

Parent Teacher Conferences: 

This year's Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Friday, December 11, 2020. Due to conferences being scheduled throughout the day, teachers will not be having their morning crew meetings with students or office hours that day. Teachers will reach out to families to schedule a time to connect virtually on this day. 


Over the last four days, and with inclement weather procedures, arrivals have been very smooth for both students and teachers. Now that students are familiar with their teachers and classrooms, we will reinstate our "soft start" in the mornings. All students will enter the building through the main doors beginning at 8:30am and make their way to their classrooms. Please feel free to drop students off in the Kiss & Go lane no earlier than 8:30am. We will have staff present in the Kiss & Go lane for assistance with drop-off and social distancing practices.  Please pull through the line to drop off "ready students" (with belongings and masks on). All students exit vehicles onto the sidewalk. I ask that you continue to be mindful of the flow of traffic to ensure that we are not creating stop gaps in the line. The final bell will still ring at 8:40am; students arriving after this time must check-in at the front office.  

Thank you so much for consistently following our ever-changing arrival and dismissal processes!  We are showing some consistent progress in efficiency and ample safety protocols for our students! We appreciate you! 

As always, we hold a partnership in creating the safest environment for our students. I appreciate your cooperation, feedback and questions regarding what is in the best interests of our students and staff. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time, and I will be happy to work with you. WE ARE CREW! 

In collaboration, 

Trena L. Hand
Interim Principal
Renaissance Elementary Magnet School

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle


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