Support for Gardner Family
Click here to donate to memorial fund
December 6, 2013
Dear Families of Etiwanda Colony,
We appreciate the kindness from our parents and our community as we support the Gardner family, our children and each other in dealing with the tragic loss of our 3rd grade student, Ashlyn Gardner. Many parents have asked how they can support the family and school through this difficult time. I would like to share with you a few ways that you can show your support.
Friends of the family have set up a Memorial Fund. Through this link, 100% of the donations (minus a small credit card fee) will go directly to the Gardner family. If you would like to make a donation, the link is:
www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/memorial-fund-for-ashlyn-gardner/113803 (click on the link at the top of this letter that says "Click here to donate to memorial fund" to go straight there).
If you prefer to write a check rather than donate on the website, checks may be made to: Jared Gardner, and sent to school with your child. We will deliver the checks to the Gardner family. Please do not send cash for direct donations to the family.
Many of our Colony students have also asked how they can show their support. We would like to create a book collection to donate to our school library in memory of Ashlyn. Students may select a book and send it to school. These books will have a special book plate placed on the inside cover indicating that it was donated in Ashlyn’s memory. It will also list the family who donated. Books may be dropped off at the school through Thursday, December 19th, or this weekend at the Barnes & Noble Book Fair. To help you select a book, here are some of Ashlyn’s favorites: blue, ice-skating, soccer, family, camping, sports, singing, dancing, and the Dork Diaries book series.
We will also accept monetary donations and will be happy to select a book for you. Please make the check payable to: Etiwanda Colony Student Fund.
We appreciate your kindness and support,
Regarding tragic death of Etiwanda Colony student
December 5, 2013
Dear Etiwanda Colony Parents and Guardians,
It is with great sadness that I share with our community that two of our students were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Banyan and East Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Both students were treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital. I am grateful to the many district staff and community members who provided assistance at the accident scene, and to the emergency personnel who responded to treat the injured students.
Tragically, Ashlyn Gardner, a third grade student at our school, was severely hurt and despite the efforts of the medical personnel, died of her injuries. Her younger brother, Landon, was also struck by the vehicle, but his injuries were not as severe. Thankfully, he was treated at the hospital and released.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gardner family at this very sad time. Many parents have asked how they can support the family. As information becomes available, we will share it with you.
Counselors were on site at Etiwanda Colony all day and will be available on Friday for any students or staff members who may need assistance during this difficult time. It can be difficult to talk with your own children about death and loss. I have included some ideas below that might assist.
We appreciate the kindness from our parents and our community as we support our children and each other in dealing with this tragic loss.
First, there is no “right” way to respond to loss. Each person deals with loss differently. Being genuine, sincere and attentive is very important.
• Let your child talk about how they are feeling. Reassure them of your love and their safety.
• Accept your child’s feelings as they are stated in their own words.
• Resist the temptation to minimize their pain.
• Stay physically close to your children. This will reassure them and allow you time to observe their behavior.
• Allow for regressive behaviors – children may want to sleep close to an adult for a while.
• Be especially emotional and non-judgmental.
• Children move in and out of the grief process and this could take some time.
• Encourage children to have fun and play.
• Routines are an important part of our lives and it is good to get back into routines as soon as possible.
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Renaissance Home Connect
If you are interested in keeping a closer eye on your child's A.R. points, then Renaissance Home Connect is for you. Simply click on the "District Library" link provided above, find the "Renaissance Home Connect" link (which is located near the center of the web page, and use your child's user ID and password to get started. You can keep track of your student's points, see what quizzes they have taken, and you can even receive emails when they have completed a test. You can also find the Library link shortcut located on the left side of the Colony Cub home page.
Student Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Morning supervision begins at 7:45 a.m. Students are to enter through the south gate between Room A1 and the Kindergarten yard. To be "on time" and not tardy, students should be in line on the playground by 8:15 a.m.
There are three options for Student Drop Off and Pick Up--the Upper Lot, the Main Lot, and the Transportation Lot. In general, we recommend the Upper Lot for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, the Transportation Lot for lst and 2nd graders and the Main Lot for Kindergartners; however, you may choose to use any of these lots regardless of grade level. Please remember:
-NO LEFT TURN into the school from East Ave.
Drive to the top of East, make a u-turn, then line up along the curb on East to wait your turn to enter.
--Lower Lot on Banyan - Staff and Bus Only
The lower lot on Banyan remains closed to parent traffic and is used for Busses and Assigned Staff Parking. This lot is not conducive to parent drop off because Banyan is not wide enough to accommodate the line of traffic waiting to turn into the lot.
-Pull all the way forward, or all the way down in the traffic lane. Students are instructed to walk to meet the car wherever it stops. This allows more cars to load/unload at one time and improves traffic flow.
-Note that numbered parking spaces labeled "Staff" are assigned parking for staff members.
-Crossing guards, provided by the City of RC, will continue in place on Banyan and East/Banyan.
-Students riding bikes should enter the school from Banyan using the sidewalk in the Bus/Staff lot. Students should provide their own lock and adhere to Vehicle Rules for Bikes, including wearing a helmet.
Staff will be on duty before and after school, and will continue to do their best to provide for student safety and monitor traffic flow. Understand that everyone dropping off or picking up students has the responsibility to know and follow all procedures. Thank you for your cooperation and your patience and respect of our staff members as they work to provide a safe environment for everyone! Additional details regarding Drop Off and Pick Up will be listed in our Parent Handbook sent home in the First Day Packet.