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April 13, 2020

MRH ECC Parent Update, April 13, 2020

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Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center


Dear ECC Families, 

As you know, last week the Governor announced that all Missouri schools are closed for the remainder of the school year. In light of this decision, I want to update you regarding how we will handle the evaluation of online student assignments, K/1/2 4th Quarter Report Cards and preschool narratives. 


How will my student(s) online learning be reflected on their 4th Quarter Report Card? 

As we moved toward complete online learning, our teachers identified the specific learning standards that are necessary for completing this current grade-level and/or necessary as a foundation for the next grade-level. These are the priority standards we are focusing on in the remainder of 4th quarter in each content area. 

The ECC report card consists of a numeric scale, however, for the 4th quarter, we will not be using this scale. Instead, we will provide a narrative describing your child’s progress on the priority standards we focused on for the 4th quarter to the best of our ability. This approach will be consistent for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Preschool teachers are discussing ideas for celebrating student learning and I will provide an update in the near future.


Will my student(s) be in “trouble” or retained for not completing the online assignments?

Understandably, some parents have worried that if their child does not complete assigned lessons, they will not move onto the next grade. I want to assure each parent that this is not the case. Children will be promoted to the next grade level regardless of the number of lessons completed remotely. The teachers are offering learning opportunities that reflect the most important content they would have presented over the last 8 weeks of school. Our best hope is that the lessons offered function as learning opportunities on identified content, as well as, act as springboards for additional conversation and activities in the home environment throughout the remainder of the school closure.   


As I mentioned in a previous communication, new lessons will be available each Wednesday via itsLearning, and prior lessons will still be accessible. We understand that parents are the only ones that know their current situation and need to be in charge of decisions about how much is completed and the time frame with which it is completed. If you are confused about assignments or tasks, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Also, consider signing up for an individual Google Meet session with his/her/their teacher where a he/she can support you and your child. Classroom teachers and specialists will continue to offer these video conferences throughout the remainder of the year as a means of personalized support.  


Can my child meet with other staff?

If you feel it would be helpful for your child(ren) to have an individual session with Mrs. Ratz (she has returned from maternity leave), Ms. Hannah (Busebee), or Ms. McLaughlin, please do not hesitate to reach out to them via email. They are very willing to set up sessions to help you and your child cope with the stress of being away from school or any other concern related to this new and difficult situation. Art, Music, PE, and Seed-to-Table teachers are also available for individual check-ins with students.  


As teachers are becoming more comfortable with remote learning resources, some are considering and/or offering weekly community building opportunities through Google Meet. Please watch for individual class updates about online group events. We also continue to invite parent feedback that will inform our decisions as we move forward in this uncharted territory. From the most recent parent feedback, it seems like checklists might be a guide for parents


Other News:

Friday, April 17 is a teacher compensation day for spring conferences, which the ECC held in January. Teachers will not be working on Friday!


Kindergarten Registration: 

We are very close to a final plan for kindergarten registration and the district intends to have information out very soon for existing ECC eligible preschoolers and for those kindergarten students new to the district. The plans include online fillable forms to ensure that parents and staff are able to follow the “Stay at Home” orders instituted by the state government.  


Cynthia Hebenstreit, PhD Principal

Cynthia Cobb, MEd Assistant Principal 

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