Welcome from the Principal

Greetings IF@M Families,

Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year! I hope that you enjoyed a safe summer with your family. The year 2020 has proven to be a year that no one could have imagined. COVID 19 has challenged our physical and mental health. For the first time in history, the state was forced to close its physical school doors to maintain the health and wellness of its scholars, educators, and ultimately the health of all Maryland families.

As you know, school year 2020-2021 will begin with distance learning for semester one. We will continue to work together as a school and family partnership to provide high quality learning experiences for our scholars. I thank you for your time, patience, and devotion to your scholar(s) during distance learning in Spring 2020. This summer, IFM offered Edgenuity PathBlazer to help strengthen scholars’ reading and math skills. We appreciate your participation in the program and look forward to sharing the distance learning plan during our parent orientation on August 28. During orientation, we will share how we will work together to realize our vision of providing a school environment where each and every scholar is challenged at his/her academic level, is provided with character education, and can use 21st century skills in our MicroSociety to be prepared for college and career in the virtual and hybrid setting.

For school year 2020-2021, please look forward to: -All important information is posted to Class Dojo, please enable your alerts and notifications.
-We will also post important general announcements on the school website until all parents have active ClassDojo accounts.

-Supply lists have being updated to reflect the requirements of distance learning and will be posted to Class Dojo and the school website by Friday, August 14.

-The most important item scholars need for learning is a Chromebook. Kindergarten scholars may find it easier to work onan iPad. If you can afford to purchase one of these devices, please do so, as it will be used exclusively in virtual and hybrid learning.

-Scholars who need to borrow a Chromebook, can pick up their loaner Chromebook on August 26, 2020, between 9-12pm. You MUST fill out the survey that will be posted to Class Dojo and the school website for pick up.

https://forms.gle/heYDehdcJEtZA8iv5

Note: across the nation there has been a high demand for electronic devices, which has resulted in a delay of our receiving. If in fact you currently have a device that could be used, I would appreciate you picking up additional devices around September 21, 2020. We anticipate that additional devices will be received at or before that time. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

-Simulated distance learning day for all scholars and families is August 28, 2020 from 9-11am with grade level break out orientations, a Zoom invite will be shared via Class Dojo and the school website. -School hours will remain the same, from 8:15 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Attendance will be taken throughout the school day.
IFM is a PGCPS school meal site. Scholars can pick up meals at IFM or their boundary school on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

-Uniforms will remain the same for the school year, please check the school’s website for details imaginemorningside.org. Scholars are encouraged to wear their school uniforms during school hours.If they do not wear a uniform, they should be appropriately dressed, not in pajamas. It is important that scholars understand that they are still in school, and are learning from home with the live support of their teachers.

-Back to School Night is scheduled for September 17, 2020, from5:30-7:30pm, an invite link will be provided via Class Dojo and the school website.

Stay up to date with the PGCPS Reopening plan at https://www.pgcps.org/reopen/

We look forward to seeing you at the school-wide orientation on August 28, orientation. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns via Class Dojo or email.

Best, Dr. Johnson
Jessica Johnson, EdD|Principal|
Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School
6900 Ames St, Suitland, MD 20746
jessica5.johnson@pgcps.org