Fort Caspar Academy

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Fort Caspar Chargers

Working Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

307.253.3400

4100 W. 38th St. Casper, WY 82604

Fort Caspar Virtual School

Plans for 2020 COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Learning

Please stay tuned to school emails and posts on our school Bloomz feed for important updates. We will do our best to also include all information and materials here as possible.

*NEW* End of Year Pick-ups and Graduations - May 19th

Please see below for an archive of other previous email communications that have been sent via Infinite Campus.

Dear FCA Families,

Please mark your calendars for our end of year pick-ups, drop-offs, and graduations! We will have more details coming your way next week, so continue to watch your classroom communications closely.

Classroom teachers will be present during the times listed below. They are SO excited to see their students! If you have multiple children, you can choose which date and time you would like to come to FCA, or you can come to each grade level’s assigned times. Please note, classroom teachers will only be present during their grade level time and date in order to comply with CDC guidelines.

The times listed below will also be when we are collecting library books and any other items that need to be returned. You do NOT need to return whiteboards and dry erase markers. We will have more information about technology return in a later communication.

We will be passing out personal items, classroom specific items, and report cards. Please note that report cards can only be handed to legal parents/guardians. If you will have someone other than the legal parent/guardian picking up for your child, we will need a written note giving permission for us to give them your child’s report card.

Lost and found will also be available in the parking lot for viewing and collection of items. Finally, we are planning a no contact, picture taking area for your family to utilize if you wish.

June 1: Kinder and 5th Grade Graduation

Fifth Grade Pick up/ Drop off – 9:00 to 12:00
*Graduation Drive Through Parade begins at 9:00 (There will be staff to show you where to line up.)

Kindergarten Pick up/ Drop off – 1:00 to 4:00
*Graduation Drive Through Parade at 1:00 (There will be staff to show you where to line up.)

We would LOVE families to decorate their car for their child! We need families to put a poster in the window with your child’s name so that our DJ can announce their name as they drive through and graduate. After your child graduates, you can choose to go into the parking lot to honk and cheer for other students from your car. 

June 2: Classic K Pick up/ Drop off  9:00 to 12:00

1st GradePick up/ Drop off  1:00 to 4:00

June 3:  2nd Grade Pick up/ Drop off 9:00 to 12:00

3rd GradePick up/ Drop off  1:00 to 4:00

June 4: 4th Grade Pick up/ Drop off 9:00 to 12:00

Please call the office (253-3400) if you have any questions.

Letter from Principal Rapp - April 15th

Hello Fort Caspar Academy,

Virtual learning is up and running! Thank you all so much for your understanding and support as we move through new ways to provide instruction. Below are some topics that I wanted to share with you. As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Parent Requests for Teachers for the 2020-2021 School Year

Please write a letter to me (Nicole Rapp) stating which TWO (1st choice; 2nd choice) teachers you would like to request for your child and why. These letters will be due April 24 at 3:00 p.m. Letters can be mailed to the school or emailed to me at nicole_rapp@natronaschools.org. Late letters will not be accepted due to the complexity of making class rosters and ensuring families have the information identifying next year’s teacher included on their fourth quarter report card.

Calendar Changes

Quarter 3 – ends April 17 (extends 2 weeks)

Report cards will be mailed home April 22

Quarter 4 – starts April 20 (7 week quarter) ends June 8

Newsletters

Newsletters will continue to be electronically delivered on their normal days. Newsletters will contain grade level specific items as well as art, music, and PE updates.

Instructional Minutes Per Week

K-5: 60 minutes of Math (20 Stride Academy + 40 other)

K-5: 60 minutes of ELA (20 Stride Academy + 40 other)

3-5: 30 minutes of Science

K-5: 15 minutes of Art, Music, and PE

K-5: 20 minutes of OPTIONAL Library

*Grade levels are also providing additional enrichment optional activities and assignments in addition to the above minutes.

Technology Support

If you need technical support for your student’s device, please follow these steps.

  • Contact your teacher during his/her office hours
  • If your teacher is unable to help with the technical problem, call 253-5215 for more support.
  • You can also create a technical help ticket at https://lf-web-portal.ncsd.k12.wy.us/Forms/IT-Help-Desk

Attendance

You do not need to call if your student is going to be absent. Students are given several opportunities to engage in learning each week during scheduled times and during unscheduled times. Teachers are tracking student engagement, and we are using that to keep attendance. Attendance will be marked weekly and not daily. If we have any attendance or engagement concerns, we will contact you individually. If you have questions about attendance, please let Nicole Rapp know via the contact information below.

Communications for Whole School

Whole school communications will be emailed through Infinite Campus. Some families are not receiving these emails. All whole school communications are also being posted on the website (fortcasparacademy.com).

Reaching Principal Nicole Rapp

The best way to reach me is via email (nicole_rapp@natronaschools.org). You can also leave a message on the main line (253-3400). Messages are checked at least once daily, Monday through Friday.

I have been so impressed with the kindness, understanding, and generosity shown by the Fort Caspar Academy Community. It is such an honor to be a part of something this wonderful.

Thank you for ALL you do!

Please see below for an archive of other previous email communications that have been sent via Infinite Campus.

Archived Email Communications

Sent via email Thursday, April, 2nd

Greetings Fort Caspar Academy Families,
I hope this email finds you well. I hear from FCA staff everyday that they miss their students terribly. We are working very hard to get ready to welcome our students back to school but in a new and exciting way!
Next week, the week of April 6, we will be checking out devices and supplies and assigning a Digital Citizenship class. You can also expect to hear more detailed information from your classroom teacher by April 9 which may include other requirements for this week.
During the week of April 13, we will be moving math, reading, language, PE, art, music, library, and science to a virtual format. Please see the attachment for grade level specific times and subjects.
Teachers will also have office hours. Specific office hours are also on the Virtual Schedule document that is attached to this email. During office hour times, we encourage you and your children to contact individual teachers for academic assistance, special circumstances, or other needed supports. Your teachers will be letting you know how they would like to be contacted during their office hours in their more detailed communication.
I have also attached an FAQ document with some further information.
I am available to you between the hours of 8:00 and 3:00 daily. My email is nicole_rapp@natronaschools.org. I also check messages daily on the main line (253-3400). Please don’t hesitate to contact me if needed.
We miss you ALL very much!

 


Nicole Rapp

Fort Caspar Academy Principal

We will be distributing technology for students (laptops or iPads depending on grade level) based on the survey parents filled out. The distribution will be on Monday, April 6. Based on your last name and the schedule below, please come during the appropriate time.

Please come through the FCA drive-thru lane, and staff will bring materials to your car. If the given time will absolutely not work for you, please call the office to schedule a different time. All CDC and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

If we have already contacted you, and made other arrangements, different from the schedule above, please disregard this email. If you have any questions, please call the office at 253-3400.

Pick Up Schedule

8:00-8:30 A-B
8:30-9:00 C-D
9:00-9:30 E-F
9:30-10:00 G-H
10:00-10:30 I-J
10:30-11:00 K-L
11:00-11:30 M-N
11:30-12:00 O-P
LUNCH
1:00-1:30 Q-R
1:30-2:00 S-T
2:00-2:30 U-V
2:30-3:00 W-X
3:00-3:30 Y-Z

***If you are coming to the school for device pick-up on Monday, April 6, you do NOT need to come on Tuesday as well. Your learning tools will be distributed with your device. Please disregard the rest of this email.***

We will be distributing learning tools for students on Tuesday, April 7, for those that did NOT need a technology device. Based on your last name and the schedule below, please come during the appropriate time.

Please come through the FCA drive-thru lane, and staff will bring materials to your car. If the given time will absolutely not work for you, please call the office to schedule a different time. All CDC and social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Pick Up Schedule

8:00-8:30 A-B
8:30-9:00 C-D
9:00-9:30 E-F
9:30-10:00 G-H
10:00-10:30 I-J
10:30-11:00 K-L
11:00-11:30 M-N
11:30-12:00 O-P
LUNCH
1:00-1:30 Q-R
1:30-2:00 S-T
2:00-2:30 U-V
2:30-3:00 W-X
3:00-3:30 Y-Z

NOTICE MONDAY, 4/6/2020:

Sent via Infinite Campus email.

FCA will be distributing devices today. Please refer to the schedule below for the time when you are to pick up. These are the times that were also emailed to you last week.

During the weekend, you should have received an email from the district outlining the distribution process for learning packets. These packets are for students that do not have internet connectivity

If you did not need a device, you can pick up FCA specific materials on Tuesday according to the pick up times indicated below. These are the times that were emailed to you last week. 
Materials are as follows: 
Kindergarten: whiteboard, dry erase marker, and personal writing journal
1st grade: whiteboard, dry erase marker
2nd grade: whiteboard, dry erase marker
3rd grade: whiteboard, dry erase marker, ruler
4th grade: whiteboard, dry erase marker
5th grade: whiteboard, dry erase marker (Moturi’s class also has a student specific item, Pena’s class also has some student specific items)
If you have the above materials, and do NOT want to pick up these materials, please call the office or email nicole_rapp@natronaschools.org to let us know.

SECOND EMAIL – 4/6/2020:

The following letter was sent via Infinite Campus: (Art, Music, P.E.) AMPE Parent Letter

Bloomz Notice – 4/7/2020:

On the original Virtual Master Schedule some of the art times were listed incorrectly. We apologize for adding confusion to such a confusing week. [The schedule above has been updated] with the corrected times for art.

Hello FCA Community,
Lifetouch class pictures and individual spring pictures have arrived at FCA. We invite you to stop by FCA on Monday, May 11, or Tuesday, May 12 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to pick them up. Please pull up in the dropoff lane, and call the school (253-3400). Give us your child’s name and teacher, and we will bring out your pictures. We do ask that you stay inside of your vehicle.
If you would prefer to have your pictures sent through the bus stop delivery system, please call the school (253-3400) and let us know.
Thank you for all your support!
Mrs. Nicole Rapp

Resources for FCA Families

Art, Music, and P.E.

Community Resources

Our School Nurse has prepared a list of community resources that may be helpful:

Community Resources