On June 5th, 2020, the Parent Crew Board and the Renaissance School Accountability Committee sent a memo to the School Director, the District Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, as well as the Board of Education members regarding the upcoming selection of a new principal for Renaissance upon Ms. Deborah's retirement on June 30th.
The district leadership responded by inviting all members of the Parent Crew Board and SAC to attend a meeting with them to discuss the next steps in their selection process in order to "[honor] the mission, vision and heart of REMS moving forward."
We also invite the Renaissance community to contact us if there are any additional comments or concerns they would like us to bring before the school district.
Ms. Janell & her husband, whose is the CTO and Information Security Officer for a company that does education technology consulting, put together a comprehensive guide to Zoom safety & security for the Renaissance staff, and suggested we share these tips with the whole community. Please make sure you review these and have a safe online experience!
If you need to use Zoom to host meetings, take the following precautions to guard against "zoom bombing." We have direct reports of school class zoom sessions being accessed by malicious actors who then proceed to disrupt the group with profanity, pornography displayed via screen sharing, and inappropriate images or nudity on their webcam. Below are the steps that you can take to prevent malicious actors from disrupting your meetings and classes:
1. When you schedule a Zoom meeting, enable a password to prevent unauthorized users from joining. Use a numeric password so that those joining by phone and not computer can join. Open the Zoom application, click schedule a meeting, check the checkbox by "Require meeting password" and choose a number. Share that number with your class or other attendees in advance.
2. Disable allowing users to join before the host. Expand the Advanced option on the Schedule Meeting screen, and uncheck "Enable join before host". This prevents the attendees from getting into the virtual meeting before the host so that the host can intervene quickly if a malicious actor has joined. We recommend muting participants on joining as well. You will need to un-mute participants for them to speak to the group. (We've seen one Kindergarten teacher master that mute button during "group share", enable each child to speak during their turn).
3. When you end a meeting, make sure that you choose "End meeting for all." This ensures that all participants will forced to leave and the meeting will end.
4. Consider only allowing the host to screen share. Click on the settings gear in the upper right of the Zoom application window. This will take you to a web page (you'll need to log into your zoom account), scroll down to Screen Sharing, and set "Who can share?" to Host Only.
5. Consider what chat features you want to enable. You might want to turn off Private Chat so that attendees cannot send private messages that the host cannot see or moderate. If you don't need participants to contribute to a group chat, consider disabling chat completely. The shot below shows both Chat types enabled. These controls are on the web page as well. If you make changes, you may get various Save or Confirm buttons or dialog boxes (it is different for different settings - some enable immediately).
If a malicious actor gets into your meeting, end the meeting and do not try to restart with that meeting ID. If the meeting has not been configured to require a password or guest can join in advance, it is very likely that the malicious actors will return.
The FBI released guidelines as well that include these recommendations. If you want to read more, here is the full guidance from the National Cyber Awareness System:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on defending against video-teleconferencing (VTC) hijacking (referred to as “Zoom-bombing” when attacks are to the Zoom VTC platform). Many organizations and individuals are increasingly dependent on VTC platforms, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, to stay connected during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The FBI has released this guidance in response to an increase in reports of VTC hijacking.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency encourages users and administrators to review the FBI article as well as the following steps to improve VTC cybersecurity:
Ensure meetings are private, either by requiring a password for entry or controlling guest access from a waiting room.
Consider security requirements when selecting vendors. For example, if end-to-end encryption is necessary, does the vendor offer it?
Ensure VTC software is up to date. See Understanding Patches and Software Updates.
CISA also recommends the following VTC cybersecurity resources:
Hello Renaissance Families,
It is hard to believe we are only two weeks away from Spring Break! As we all know the school year only gets busier as we get closer to the end of the year. This year is no different as there are so many exciting events coming up to celebrate the REMS community! Before we dive into upcoming happenings, the Parent Crew Board would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our REMS families who have put in so many hours of volunteering to help our students inside and outside of the classroom … it is your involvement that helps make Renaissance such a wonderful place to be!
“We Are Crew, Too” Parent Auction Event
We are all getting excited for this year’s auction event on Saturday, March 7th from 6-10pm! Whether you plan on donning a retro outfit of your favorite past decade or coming as 2020, we hope to see you there for a wonderful night of music, food, dancing, a live and silent auction, and most importantly a night of community. Mr. Josh will be our amazing emcee again and you won’t want to miss it! Early bird ticket pricing ends this week (February 29th) so it’s not too late to take advantage of early bird pricing. You can get a sneak peak of auction items like “Teacher Time '' items as well as Crew Art on the Renaissance and the We Are Crew, Too Facebook pages! As always our Crew Art committee did a phenomenal job of helping each crew create masterpieces!
New (or old) to REMS and feeling unsure about “mingling?” Shoot us, your Parent Crew Board, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook (Renaissance Expeditionary Magnet School) and we’ll be sure to connect you with a table of experienced event-goers! Once you come once, you’ll want to come every year!
It’s not too late to sponsor a table. If you work at or own a business that would be interested in sponsoring or donating or if you would like to know more about getting involved, please contact Shannon Andrus and Courtney Hay at email@example.com.
“We Are Crew, Too” Parent’s Night Out
Need somewhere for the kids to go while you enjoy yourself at the We Are Crew, Too event on March 7th? Check out the Parent's Night Out at RSS. Kids will enjoy Pizza, snacks, crafts, sports, games, and a movie.
Details here. Register here.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Renaissance Crew Wear
Our Spring Crew Wear store is ready to open next week! This crew wear store will be open from March 2nd through March 15th and all orders will be delivered after Spring Break. Enjoy a kid-requested variety of crew wear for those warmer voyages. Please check out the crew wear and order here.
Are You A Family of a REMS Sixth Grader?
New this year, the Crew Wear committee, in partnership with the sixth grade crews, will be selling a special REMS 2020 Alumni t-shirt with all sixth grade signatures on it. Be on the lookout for order forms being emailed soon! If you have any questions, please reach out to our Crew Wear committee lead Eva Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMS Spirit Night at Chuck E Cheese
Join us for a special Friday night, this Friday, February 28th at Chuck E Cheese! There will be a special guest at school pick up on Friday to get the kids excited for a night of fun and raising funds for our school. The event goes from 3-9pm and in addition to getting 10 Free Play Point Coupons (in Thursday folders) Chuck E Cheese will be donating up to 20% of all sales to Renaissance … so come on out for a fun evening with school friends!
Easy Ways to Earn Money for REMS: Box Tops, Milk Caps for Moola, and Mabels Labels
There are so many ways to raise money for our school. If you have been saving and clipping Box Tops, please bring them in to the school by Thursday, February 27th as they’ll be collected for our spring collection drive. It’s not too late to download the Box Tops app for your phone! Since the Box Top program has changed and has moved more towards digital box tops from your receipt it doesn’t take much to download the app, get your account set up with Renaissance, and start scanning your grocery receipts, every little bit helps!
We are still collecting milk caps! If you have milk delivered from Longmont Dairy, please save your milk caps and drop them off in the cardboard box near the main entrance. REMS earns money for each cap returned!
New to Renaissance! We have signed up to partner with Mabel’s Labels to help families keep track of their clothes and school items AND raise funds for our school! Look out for more information on how you can order great labels for your child’s school items coming in next week’s Thursday folders. Whether you like stickers, pre-printed labels, sew-on labels, or something else, Mabel’s Labels has you covered! Since we’re talking about reducing lost items, please come down to Lost & Found and see if something looks familiar to you! As usual, towards the end of the year it’s starting to overflow and with spring voyages around the corner all those lost items would like to be reunited with their original home! You can find our Lost & Found section down in the cafeteria.
Spring climbing at school has begun! To make each crew’s climbing time successful and efficient, we need your help. In order for students to get the most climbing time we need parents who can volunteer to belay for different crews. If you are belay trained for the 2019/2020 school year please check out the sign up genius to volunteer to put those belaying skills to good use!
Have you noticed the hole in the OLE?
If you’ve checked out our Outdoor Learning Environment (playground) recently I’m sure you’ve noticed a large rectangular hole fenced off by bright orange plastic fencing … that will be the future home of our new swingset! Be on the lookout for the new addition soon. Thank you to our students and our community for raising the funds needed during our Renaissance Adventure Day to make this fun addition possible! A special thank you to Rocky Mountain Concrete (owners Jason and Eric Hayes) who donated their time and equipment to prepare the area to lower our costs!
In addition to our new swingset we now have more shade over the OLE amphitheater thanks to our very own REMS family, Cheyenne and Lore Leggett, with C&L Exteriors, who so graciously donated time and materials to add shade to our playground by roofing the amphitheater!
Thank you so much for adding to and enhancing our school space!
As always, we love to hear from you, so if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to your Parent Crew Foundation Board via email or social media. We wish all of our REMS families and staff a safe and exciting Spring Break!
Hi Renaissance Families,
In this season of gratitude, we would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that have been busy volunteering in classrooms, helping out in the lunchroom, chaperoning fieldwork and voyages, chairing a Parent Crew committee, or just giving their time to the school. It all contributes to making Renaissance great!
2019-2020 REMS Holiday Giving Project
We are also looking forward to showing our staff some gratitude this Holiday Season. We will be kicking off our 1st annual Holiday Giving Project. The Holiday Giving Project is intended to allow families to conveniently express their appreciation and gratitude to all members of the REMS Staff. This includes every single person that works in the building... the teachers that work diligently in the classroom, the staff that greets our children every morning, the food personnel that deal with the chaos in the lunchroom, the aides that make sure kids are safe on the playground, the office staff that help our children when they are hurt or sick, the aides that come into the classrooms for extra support, and anyone else that you feel is contributing to the health and education of our children. Look for a RED envelope coming home with your child on November 21st with more information.
Renaissance Crew Wear
Orders are open November 4th-17th with many great styles for the whole family, including t-shirts, fleece, hats, and hoodies sized for men, ladies, and kids. Visit the order site here.
Coming November 18-22nd in the Library. Great place to pick up some holiday gifts!
Save the Date!
Renaissance will be hosting its 10th annual silent/live auction fundraiser “We Are Crew, Too” on Saturday March 7th. The auction committee is looking for time, talent, and sponsors. If you work at or own a business that would be interested in sponsoring or donating or if you would like to know more about getting involved, please contact Shannon Andrus and Courtney Hay at email@example.com
Spirit Night at Chipotle
Join us November 17th from 4 to 8pm at the Castle Rock Chipotle (5642 Allen Way Ste 104, Castle Rock, CO 80108) and bring or show this flyer, or just say you're there to support Renaissance!
Looking for Social Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
We are looking for volunteers to plan fun parent night out activities for the school year. This is a fun way for parents to connect outside of school hours. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Shauna Downs with questions.
Have a wonderful November and a Happy Thanksgiving!
Your Parent Crew Board,
Tiffany DeYoung, Allie Waltee, Brittnee Pierse, Jackie Bradley