Dear Mary Fay Families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year; we are kicking off through a “Distance Learning” model. Teachers and support staff teach through Google Meet and Google Classroom along with other digital resources. They will engage students in both Synchronous (real-time interaction) and Asynchronous (occurs on students’ own time) instruction. We are committed to a minimum of 6 weeks of distance learning as of the start of school. Stay tuned to Fallbrook Union Elementary School District office communication regarding a return to in person learning. There are many factors that contribute to the decision beyond the county watch list.
As a district we offer parents three choices of school currently: Site based, Fallbrook Virtual Academy, Fallbrook Homeschool Academy. Site based (Choice 1) means you are enrolled at Mary Fay Pendleton and will be subject to the three phases of site based learning. Fallbrook Virtual Academy (Choice 2) is for families that are not comfortable with in person learning occurring this year. A teacher will teach your child through the computer on our distance learning schedule. Your child will be enrolled in a different school, the Virtual Academy, and will maintain distance learning throughout the entire year. Fallbrook Homeschool Academy (Choice 3) is a traditional homeschool program. The parent acts as the teacher and the district provides curriculum and a teacher to support completion of time frames or struggles with teaching certain concepts.
There are three different phases for students who are enrolled in Mary Fay Pendleton’s site based classes
(under Choice 1). They are outlined in the graphic and are subject to county and state recommendations or directives. The phases are distance learning, the hybrid model and face to face learning. The distance learning model connects students to teachers and support staff online. The hybrid model is a way for the school to bring 50% of the students back to campus per day in order to maintain safe distancing protocols including ingress/egress of the campus, classroom protocols, recess time, transportation, and food service. Face to face instruction with 100% of our student body will return when it is deemed safe to do so.
In other news construction is well under way to build our new campus. Construction will be ongoing for the 2020-2021 school year. We are working with a very experienced commercial construction firm, and we anticipate minimal disruption to the standard operation of our school. They are on schedule to complete the new buildings by June 2021. We will move into those buildings at that time. They will begin demolition of the old campus and build the fields and parking lots over the summer in preparation to open the new school in Fall of 2021.
At Mary Fay Pendleton we believe in the whole child approach to education. We establish a nurturing environment focussed on developing students academically, socially, and emotionally. We are a Leader In Me school instilling the seven habits of effective people as established by Stephen Covey. Our goal is to help each student find their voice by providing the tools to intrinsically achieve success internally and with their peers. We also help students find their passion by providing leadership opportunities where students get to express themselves and develop their talents.
In order to prepare your child for a future filled with opportunities, MFP will challenge your student academically in the areas of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. Every staff member and parent plays an essential role in supporting your child on this journey. We value a strong relationship with our parents and community members and look forward to your continued involvement and support.
At Mary Fay Pendleton, we value your service to our country and understand the unique challenges this presents to families raising children. MFP is a school students enjoy coming to each day. Each teacher maintains a website with their daily/weekly schedule and necessary links. For school communication, you will receive periodic e-fliers (via Peachjar), robo-calls, and robo-texts from the office. Please contact the front office to confirm your contact information if you are not receiving these.
I highly value the home and school relationship. I look forward to getting to know each of you better as the year progresses.
Brian Frost, Principal