A Message From the Principal

  • March 2020

    Dear Windom,

    First, I want to express how grateful we are for everyone’s patience as we respond to this crisis and school closing.  The staff miss you and your children dearly and are working to meet their needs in this new environment. The world looks so much different today than it did on the last day for students back on March 13th and we know it will likely continue to change daily. As this crisis unfolds and our district’s response changes, we will continue to make every effort to communicate and collaborate on the response.

    As you know, Windom Elementary will not be accessible to staff and community members at least through April 20, 2020.  Staff have been collaborating digitally to develop Weekly Instructional Plans that will be shared every week by Monday at 9 am.  These plans will include resources and links to resources to help ensure academic regression is limited as best as possible. The plans will include resources from your children’s special area teachers (Art, Computer, Library, Music, and Physical Education), from the Pupil-Personnel Services (School Counselor, Social Worker,  School Psychologist), and from the Intervention Services for students who received additional support in ELA or Math. The expectation is not that you are now your child’s teacher and you are teaching new content, but that students have access to resources to review previously taught material. We all recognize that everyone’s lives have changed dramatically and no one should feel required to complete every assignment, every day.  Taking care of yourself and your loved ones remains the priority. 

    During this closure, there are a few other ways you may be able to connect with Windom.  Please consider joining Twitter and following Windom: https://twitter.com/WindomElemYou do not need to post or add anything to the platform, but by simply following Windom you will be able to see teachers and staff posting pictures and videos - like a daily “Windom Story Hour” where teachers read a book aloud for students.  Additionally, you can check out Windom’s FlipGrid page: https://flipgrid.com/+windom.  Staff are posting short videos of themselves giving updates and ideas for staying busy at home.  

    The District has been delivering over 550 breakfasts and lunches to free/reduced meal eligible children in our school district.  We understand some parents may now suddenly find themselves laid off or unemployed, and we are here to support your children. Please email Jeff Petrus at jpetrus@opschools.org if you believe that as a result of job loss or loss of income your children may now be eligible for breakfast and lunch.

    We hope you are staying safe and we look forward to having everyone back in the building again soon,


    Phil Johnson, Principal

  • Phil Johnson
    Mr. Phil Johnson
    Windom Elementary Principal