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UPDATE: April 2, 2020 - 4 PM.
School building closure for the remainder of the year

Dear NBCA Families,
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35, which orders all K-12 school buildings to close for the remainder of the school year — unless restrictions are lifted — and ensures the continuation of learning by setting guidelines for remote learning. It breaks my heart that we are not returning to our classrooms this academic year, but I know that our teachers are dedicated to working with you to educate our students during this unprecedented time. While teachers and students will not be returning to their classroom, our mission of educating and caring for students does not stop.

According to the Executive Order, The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators and the Michigan Council of Charter School Authorizers are currently developing a Continuity of Learning Plan template application for schools to utilize in order to create their localized plan. The application template will be made available to us by April 3, 2020.
As soon as we receive the template, we will adapt our distance learning plan and seek approval from our authorizer. The governor requested that our plans begin on April 28, 2020 at the latest. It is our hope that we implement distance learning no later than April 20 2020.

Please note, all standardized tests previously scheduled for the remainder of the school year, including the M-STEP and the SAT, will be canceled. All Michigan high school seniors will be given the opportunity to graduate this year so that they may make a successful postsecondary transition. All other students will be given the opportunity to earn course credit through a variety of means that best match course objectives.

By now, you should already have been contacted by your student’s teacher or other school personnel. If you have not been contacted, or need to update your contact information, please contact your teacher or administrator by email (available on the academy’s website). Additionally, please let your child’s teacher know if you are in need of technology. We are assessing the needs of our families as we plan for online learning and want to know if your child has access to a tablet or laptop. Your child’s teacher will contact you personally to gather this information.

You will receive more information on distance learning, homework guidelines or credit requirements, 8th Grade graduation, parent support, building access to retrieve your personal items and much more next week.

We are in this together!

Thank you,
Terry Larkin and Kristen Crawford, Administration Team

UPDATE: March 23, 2020 - 4 PM.
Extended School Closure

Dear NBCA Families,

We received notice this morning that the governor has extended the school closure mandate until Monday, April 13, in accordance with the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. She noted that more information regarding school closure will be forthcoming. This has not changed our plan to return to school on April 13 due to spring break the week prior.

Information is rapidly changing and we are taking this mandate from the governor very seriously. The school meal program is considered an essential task of the government mandate, which means we will continue to distribute meals as planned with extra safety precautions.  

We will be distributing a meal bag for children 18 years and younger on Tuesdays and Fridays of each week from 11am-1pm.

Tuesdays – 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches

Fridays – 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches

Last Friday, we distributed 203 meal bags!  Thank you to Mr. Sallese and his staff for preparing the meal bags.

Learning packets are still available to be picked up in the front entrance on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am-1pm.  If those times do not work for you, please email me at teresalarkin@choiceschools.com and I will work it out so picking up the packet is at a convenient time for you.

Teachers and staff have been asked to make contact with all of our families throughout this time.  We want to know how you are doing and offer any help that we can. Teachers will continue to send out emails and post on Facebook with optional learning opportunities.  Please let your child’s teacher know how you would like for him/her to communicate with you.  

Today, more than ever, it is important that we stay connected with one another regarding important updates. Our school community is dedicated to keeping you informed about the updates and actions we are taking during this time of uncertainty. Please have patience with us, as information is changing minute-by-minute, day-by-day. We promise to keep our website updated with new information as well as send out weekly emails from our office.

We are here for you. 

Thank you for your continued support and communication during this time. 

~Mrs. Larkin

~Ms. Crawford

UPDATE: March 17, 2020 - 11:30 AM.
Continued Learning for Students

Learning Packets available for pickup up on Wednesday, March 18 from 9-3 and Thursday, March 20 from 6-8. They will also be available during the meal pick-up time on Friday from 11am-1pm.

The packets will be organized by teacher in crates. Your child's first name and teacher will be on the envelope. If the weather is nice, we will place these on the sidewalk outside the main entrance. If the weather is not nice, they will be located just inside the front entrance. No one will be allowed past the front entrance in the building or office during this time.

We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home. These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year. They have been created to provide your children opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students. Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family.

From all of us here at New Branches, we wish your family a healthy, happy, and enriching time together over the next three weeks.

UPDATE: March 16, 2020 - 1 PM.

Message from Mrs. Larkin and Miss Crawford:

Dear NBCA Families,

I hope you are all well. It feels very weird to be here at the school as we are cleaning and a few of us are planning without students and staff. We will try to communicate with you as much as possible through mass emails and Facebook. I would encourage you to follow us as Facebook as we will post often and try to have a little fun through our posts.

Because things are changing on a daily basis, here are our updates for today. I apologize, but this is a long message. Please read through the whole thing.

Spring Break remains, April 5-10.

We will continue to have our spring break scheduled for the week of April 5-10. At this time, we are scheduled to resume school on Monday, April 13.

Breakfast & Lunch Pick Up-Grab-and-Go style

Parents may pick up meals on Tuesdays and Fridays (see details below), beginning tomorrow, March 17, and will include breakfast and lunch for each child 18 years and under for multiple days.

All pickups will be held in front of the school building and are available for any child, NBCA student or not, 18 and under. Additionally, the child does not need to be present at pick up to receive a grocery bag. Visit Kent ISD link above for additional food pickup times and locations provided by other schools if this time does not work for your family.

Every Tuesday from 11AM-1PM: grocery bag for each individual child will contain 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches

Every Friday from 11AM-1PM: grocery bag for each individual child will contain 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches

Optional Learning:

We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home. These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year. They have been created to provide your children opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.

Your child’s classroom teachers will email you suggested and optional learning activities for reading, writing, and mathematics.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students. Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family. Be sure to check out all the videos, postings, and resources your child’s teacher(s) will be sending you!

Learning packets have been created for all students. The packets will be available outside the building and are organized by crates labeled by teacher with the student’s first name written on the top. You may pick up the learning packets during the following times:

Wednesday, March 18 – 9:00am-3:00pm

Thursday, March 19 – 6:00-8:00pm

Friday, March 20 – 11:00am-1:00pm

Communication with the School

he school building will be closed during this time. If you must get ahold of someone at the school, email is the best way to contact us since we will be working from home. If you are unable to send an email, leave us a voicemail and we will return it as soon as possible.

1. Principal Terry Larkin: teresalarkin@choiceschools.com

2. Vice Principal Kristen Crawford: kristencrawford@choiceschools.com

3. Office Manager Giny Aho: ginyaho@choiceschools.com

We are thinking of all of you. Please follow all of the guidelines by the state so we can get rid of this virus and get back to school! From all of us here at New Branches, we wish your family a healthy, happy, and enriching time together over the next three weeks. We look forward to greeting our students and families once Governor Whitmer authorizes our return to school.

Our best,

Terry Larkin, Principal

Kristen Crawford, Vice Principal

The New Branches Team

UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020 - 12 PM.
LETTER TO PARENTS

Dear NBCA Families,

The school will be closed Monday, March 16-April 5. We are waiting for information from the Kent ISD as to their direction with spring break that is currently scheduled April 6-10 and will let you know as soon as we find out.

If you have any questions that you need answered, you may email Giny Aho, the Office Manager at ginyaho@choiceschools.com, or Terry Larkin at teresalarkin@choiceschools.com. You may also leave a voice mail on the school phone at (616)243-6221. Messages will be picked up daily and a response will be returned within 24 hours. Please do not post questions or messages on Facebook.

Here are some things we want you to know:

1. Classroom teachers will be contacting parents electronically through email/DoJo/Remind/Blooms to touch base with all families over the next week.

2. We are currently sanitizing the building and will continue this next week.

3. Teachers are creating work for all students which will be posted on their teacher page on a new website we have created for this purpose. We will provide you with the information by next Tuesday. Assignments, activities, and practice work will be posted, by teacher, for each grade. Teachers will be surveying parents of students who would prefer paper packets of work which will be available for pickup next Wednesday from 9-3 and Thursday from 6pm-8pm at the school. More details will be provided on Monday.

4. We encourage you to set aside time each day for students to read and work on the assigned work – this will keep their minds fresh!

5. If your child has belongings that you will need, please contact your child’s teacher through email to work out a time to pick up the belongings.

We will keep communication flowing between the school and our NBCA Family as we learn more.

Thank you for your patience.

Stay safe and be well!

~Mrs. Larkin

Important update: As of Thursday, March 12 at 11:00 p.m.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q: Is there a way my child can continue learning?

A: Learning Packets available for pickup up on Wednesday, March 18 from 9-3 and Thursday, March 20 from 6-8. They will also be available during the meal pick-up time on Friday from 11am-1pm.

The packets will be organized by teacher in crates. Your child's first name and teacher will be on the envelope. If the weather is nice, we will place these on the sidewalk outside the main entrance. If the weather is not nice, they will be located just inside the front entrance. No one will be allowed past the front entrance in the building or office during this time.

We have worked with staff to develop learning extensions that you may choose to use with your children during this extended time at home. These learning extensions are supplemental to student learning and are designed to prevent learning gaps as time progresses. These assignments will not be used for decisions of unit placement at the end of the year. They have been created to provide your children opportunities to feel routine and normalcy during this time of change.

The intent of these learning resources is to create a sense of routine and normalcy for our students. Completing these learning extensions is your choice as a family.

*Updated 3/17/2020

Q: I’m concerned about providing food for my children, will there be any provided to my child by the school?

A: Parents may pick up meals on Tuesdays and Fridays (see details below), beginning tomorrow, March 17, and will include breakfast and lunch for each child 18 years and under for multiple days.

All pickups will be held in front of the school building and are available for any child, NBCA student or not, 18 and under. Additionally, the child does not need to be present at pick up to receive a grocery bag. Visit Kent ISD link above for additional food pickup times and locations provided by other schools if this time does not work for your family.

Every Tuesday from 11AM-1PM: grocery bag for each individual child will contain 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches

Every Friday from 11AM-1PM: grocery bag for each individual child will contain 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches

*Updated 3/16/2020

Q: Will anyone be at the school building in case I need to drop off enrollment paperwork or pick up something from my student’s locker?

A: At this time, your school is working to offer times for families. Please keep an eye out for updated information as we know more.

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: What do I do if I or a family member is sick?

A: According to the CDC, you need to call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Follow the steps in this link:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your local public health officials (Michigan: 1-517-335-9030)

*Updated 3/13/2020

Q: Are there any restrictions on personal travel?

A: The CDC has indicated travelers returning from (SEE BELOW) specified countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. It is recommended staff and students utilize the free virtual COVID-19 screening through your healthcare provider,  if you have any concerns you may need to self-quarantine. Please see the CDC travel health notices for an updated list of travel restrictions and guidelines.

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City

*Updated 3/13/2020