Principal Notes

November 13, 2020

Dear REMS Families, 

It is with mixed emotions that we have made the decision with the assistance of DCSD leadership to move to remote learning beginning November 16th.  This decision, though very impactful to our families, was carefully considered to ensure the safety of students and staff from exposure to COVID-19.  While we realize it is not ideal for anyone involved, we will continue to serve our REMS community in offering the best learning experiences through an online format temporarily.  Here is a copy of DCSD's communication* on moving to remote learning. 

Our teachers are already hard at work in planning their daily schedules for students and will share their plans with crews and parents soon. I have made some adjustments to our calendar to account for this shift in an effort to ensure that our teachers are given some much needed time to plan for instruction.  November 23rd & 24th will now serve as Teacher Work Days and all students will have the week of Thanksgiving off from learning to spend time with family and enjoy the holiday. 

We will resume remote classes on Monday, November 30th and continue in a virtual learning environment until January 5th.  Winter Break will remain the same, residing December 21st - January 4th. We will still continue with our half days on Friday where students will have a morning meeting with their teachers and then some asynchronous learning opportunities until 1pm. 

Remote Learning Expectations: 

Please see our school's guidelines for remote learning. 


20-21 Device Loan Request (Only needed if you have not completed previously for hybrid learning.)

Please re-familiarize yourself with the Renaissance Technology Agreement you signed during Express Check-In. These expectations remain in place for all District technology used at home.

Please know that our move to remote learning is temporary based on the guidance of DCSD and Tri-County Health.  We want nothing more than for our students to safely return to our building and fill our classrooms with joy.  We are celebrating that Voyages took place this Fall and we are working to reschedule those that didn't get to go.  Crew will continue to guide our daily actions and kindness and beneficence will still be the anchors in which we serve our community.  WE CAN DO HARD THINGS and we will PERSEVERE through this together.  Keep the faith. 

Please feel free to reach out to me should you have questions or concerns. Thank you for your support and grace as we transition. Stay well. 

*Several families reached out saying they have not receiving District or School emails and/or phone calls. 'Blast message' communications from DCSD and Renaissance use School Messenger which pulls information from IC. Please login to Parent Portal and verify that you have the correct email and phone number listed and that you have both 'Emergency' and 'General' marked under email and phone options. (Many District emails are sent as 'Emergency' messages and most Renaissance emails are sent as 'General' messages.) Also, please check your junk folder as these are bulk messages and many firewalls mark them as spam.

Note: If you 'unsubscribe' to any emergency or general district email blast (from any school or department), this will remove you from all emergency or general message blasts as School Messenger cannot decipher between schools/sites, it removes your email from all DCSD emergency or general blast messages. 


If you have unsubscribed, you will need to reach out to the DCSD IT department (303-387-0001) and ask that your email be reinstated from the 'blocked' list.


With gratitude, 

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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