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Elementary School COVID-19 Resources

MRH Ongoing Meal Distribution

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Helping Families Cope

MRH Community Resources: Covid-19

Weekend on Wheels Offering Weekly Food Bags Beginning April 16

Healthy Adults for Healthy Kids: Modeling in the Time of COVID-19

We all recognize that for many of our families, this pandemic crisis is making a difficult home situation even worse.  As part of a regional response, there has been a coordinated effort by area school districts to simplify the search for resources for those in need.  Please click on the flier link below.

Family Resources Flier

Video Messages From Your Principals & Teachers

Congratulations to our MRHE 6th graders! We are thrilled to be able to offer this virtual promotion experience for all of you. Simply follow the link and enjoy the ceremony at a time that works for your family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr1T735ExIw&feature=youtu.be

May 27 Farewll message from Dr. Adams

May 13 Message to the Community from Supt. Dr. Karen Hall

May 11 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

May 7 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

May 6 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

May 5 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

May 4 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 30 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams: a nice springtime read

April 29 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 28 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 27 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 24 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 23 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 20 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

The Last Word On Proper Hand-washing and Healthy Practices

April 16 Read Aloud With Tony-Award Winning Actor Norbert Butz

April 15 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 14 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 14 Mr. Griffith Shows the Right Way to Wash Your Hands

April 13 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 10 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams 

April 9 Guest Reader Dr. Angela Thompson

April 8 "Great Casey At Bat" by Mike Dittrich

April 8 Selfie-Grams to Students from Teachers & Staff

April 7 Reading from Meghan Boyer

Ms. Simon's Relaxation Technique

April 6 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

Alison Felchner Stays Connected with Help from Hall & Oates

April 3 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 2 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

April 1 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

March 31 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

March 30 Read Aloud With Dr. Adams 

March 27, 2020, Read Aloud With Dr. Adams 

March 26, 2020, Read Aloud With Dr. Adams

Daniel Greenstein, 3rd Grade Teacher at MRHE, wrote a song for his class 

March 19. 2020 Message from Dr. Adams

Remote Instruction

May 11, 2020

NEW: Plans to Pick Up Student Items and Return School Items

Despite what we originally thought was possible, over the past few weeks we have been able to empty student lockers and student desks in each classroom. In the process, we prepared pick up bags for each student with the materials we found in each child's locker and desk. Items found range from jackets and lunch boxes to binders and pencil cases.

In addition, we know that many of you may have MRH technology devices (Chromebooks) and library books that need to be returned.

Therefore, we are setting up two evenings for student item pick up and to return MRH materials. Please make note of how the pick up/drop off times are organized.

Tuesday, May 26th

2:00 - 4:00pm - Students with Last Names that begin with A - E should drop by during this time to pick up items and return items

4:00 - 6:00pm - Students with Last Names that begin with F - L should drop by during this time to pick up items and return items

Wednesday, May 27th

2:00 - 4:00pm - Students with Last Names that begin with M - R should drop by during this time to pick up items and return items

4:00 - 6:00pm - Students with Last Names that begin with S - Z should drop by during this time to pick up items and return items

Example: A student with the last name of "Adams" should come by on Tuesday the 26th from 2:00 - 4:00pm. A student with the name of "Smith" should come by on Wednesday the 27th from 4:00 - 6:00pm.

These pick up times are designed to respect your time and also minimize disruptions to traffic. However, if your family cannot drop by on your date or at your specified time, you may come by at any of the dates/times that are offered. For those that can, we ask you to come at your requested time.

All pick ups/returns will occur on the Glades Ave. side

of the building (the circle drive).

 

April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

MRHE Families, 

I hope you are doing well and enjoyed a pleasant weekend. 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 and 4th Quarter Report Cards as a result. 

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. 

Typically, our report card consists of a numeric scale of 1 - 4. For the 4th Quarter Report Card we will not be using this 1 - 4 scale. Instead, we will provide a narrative statement describing your child’s progress on the priority standards we focused on for the 4th Quarter. This approach will be consistent for grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade. 

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

I have had several families ask this question. The simple answer is “No”. Our staff will continue to reach out and offer support to you and your child during this time. However, your child will not be in “trouble” and a child will not be retained due to not completing an online assignment. The purpose of our online assignments is to continue student learning during this difficult time and for teachers to offer feedback to students in an effort to continue to move each student forward. 

Why should my student(s) continue to complete their online learning assignments? 

The concept of “learning loss” is very real. Students typically experience “learning loss” during an extended period of time without continuing their learning. Summer is often a prime opportunity for “learning loss”, which is why we encourage students to continue to read, practice math facts, or attend summer learning programs. Our goal in providing online learning during this difficult time is to minimize “learning loss” and position our students (despite the circumstances) to be prepared for future learning experiences. 

As I shared, we have reduced the number of lessons each week in an effort to balance family stress with continued student learning. New lessons will be available each Wednesday via itsLearning. Thank you for your partnership as we support our students in continued learning during the remainder of this school closure. 

In other news, Friday, April 17th is still a “No School” Day as a result of teachers working during the evenings of the Spring Parent - Teacher Conferences. If you would like for your child to continue their learning routine on Friday or give them the day “off” - that decision is up to you. However, please know that school staff will not be available for individual emails, help emails, or phone calls on this day. The district Tech Support Line will also not be accessible. 

With Care,

Jason Adams

 

 

 
MRHSD | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

April 2, 2020

MRHE Remote Learning Update

Dear MRHE Families, 

First off, I must say how thankful I am to each of you for your encouraging words and helpful feedback as we started phase 1 of remote learning. With any new situation, you learn as you go and you use feedback to make improvements. 

As a district, we have heard your feedback and as we move toward phase 2, we are making a few changes that will support students in being more independent with their assignments and honor the enormous pressure families are feeling right now.

MRH uses an online learning system for students in middle school and high school called itsLearning. Within the past week, the system has been set up to allow for students in K-6 to access their learning via this system. Teachers are currently receiving professional development on the use of the system (which includes video features to provide instruction and direction for students) and opportunities to directly engage with students and families online. I’m very proud of our staff for their commitment to making this change in the hope that we can better serve our students and families. 

In addition, as part of phase 2, we are reducing the amount of work “per day” going forward. Don’t worry, it will still be rigorous and meaningful, but hopefully, the amount is a little more manageable for families and students. Many of us are also managing work and family from home and appreciate what you are doing on a daily basis during this time. 

As we move toward K-6 online learning, if you have concerns related to devices or access, please email your child’s teacher directly. We are willing to do what we can to support our families in this transition to complete online learning for our K-6 students. 

At this time, MRHE and ECC plan to begin using itsLearning on Wednesday, April 8th. More information and details will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please continue to do what you can to accomplish the work that has been shared and know we are doing what we can to continue to support you during this time. 

Respectfully,

Jason Adams

 

Remote Learning Plan for Grades 3-6:

The remote learning plan for each grade-level will consist of the following content areas: 10 lessons for Reading, 10 lessons for Writing, 10 lessons for Math, 10 lessons for Science, and 10 lessons for Social Studies. We will also provide 10 lessons for Physical Activity, 3 lessons for Art, 3 lessons for Music, and 3 lessons for Seed to Table. Each lesson, including time for practice, should last between 20-30 minutes. 

In addition, families of students who work with Mr. Lyons for E4, Mrs. Weaver and/or Ms. Steinbrueck for individualized math programs will receive lessons via email from them directly. 

Students who work with Mrs. Mueller, Ms. Zaegal, Mrs. Parker, and Ms. Knapp for individualized literacy programs, will receive a literacy bag that can support their grade-level literacy lessons. See below for when you can pick these materials up. 

How are the lessons designed?

Each lesson will allow for opportunities to practice skills from throughout the school year and then an opportunity to apply these skills. These two portions of the lesson are required. If students want to continue exploring that topic or work, there will be optional extension ideas for students. 

Where can I access the lessons? 

Lessons can be accessed via three methods: 

  1. By following this link, you will find a google folder for each grade-level. Within each grade-level folder, you will find a folder for each of the content areas listed above. Within each content area folder, you will find the set of 10 lessons, along with any additional items needed to complete the lesson (worksheet, article, etc.). We are working hard to label these items clearly, so they can be as user friendly as possible. ***Please know that if you go to these links now, you will not find materials. They will be uploaded on the afternoon/early evening of Tuesday, March 24th. 
  2. Your child’s classroom teacher will directly email you the folder link via the email address they have for you. They will also share any usernames and/or passwords that may be needed for instructional technology programs that are referenced in the lessons. These emails will occur during the afternoon of Tuesday, March 24th. 
  3. You can email your child’s teacher and ask for a paper packet of all of the lessons and materials that can be picked up by following the directions and times below. 

When should my child complete these lessons? 

You will notice the lessons are labeled “Lesson #1” rather than “Day #1”. We did this intentionally. Some families will choose to follow a specific schedule each day and for them I am including a possible schedule for you below. Other families, depending on adult work schedules/family needs, may need to do more during the weekend or spend more time on one given day completing the work rather than a designated time each day. The way we have structured these lessons allows for as much flexibility as possible for families. 

If your wish is for your child to follow a specific schedule and they refuse, feel free to say that Dr. Adams said this is what needs to happen. We are in this together!

How will my child turn in their assignments? 

Assignments can be turned in via three methods: 

  1. Each student has a google doc that has been created between them and their classroom teacher. This google doc can be used to enter the answers, the writing assignment, etc. for each lesson. Just date when the lesson was completed. Your child’s teacher will share more specifics about this option in the email they send you on Tuesday, March 24th. 
  2. You can record the answers, the writing assignment, etc. in a notebook/on pieces of paper that you have at home. Date the lesson when it was completed. Your child can turn in the entire notebook/pieces of paper when we return. 
  3. If you request a paper packet from your child’s teacher, you can complete your work in the packet and turn the packet in when we return. Date the lesson when it was completed. 

Teacher “Office Hours” and Communication Protocol - Beginning Wednesday, March 25th:

During this period of time, each teacher will be available for two hours of “office time”. In addition, we have worked with each grade-level team to provide continuity of support Monday - Friday, beginning at 7:00am and ending at 7:00pm. Each grade-level teacher will take a two hour shift. We have created this 12 hour window of support to help as many families as we can, as soon as we can. If you or your child has a question regarding the lessons, you have two options for help. 

  1. Email your child’s teacher directly. Teachers will be checking emails periodically through the work day (7:15 2:45pm), but this may not be the fastest route for a response. 
  2. Email your grade-level HELP email which is included below. This email account can be accessed by all class grade-level teachers throughout the day (M-F, 7:00am-7:00pm) and whoever is on call during that time will reach out to you. These email addresses will go live next Wednesday, March 25th.

3rdgradeHELP@mrhschools.net

4thgradeHELP@mrhschools.net

5thgradeHELP@mrhschools.net

6thgradeHELP@mrhschools.net

In either situation, when sending the email, please provide the question you have and a good phone number where you or your child can be reached. They will either reply to the email or you will receive a call offering assistance. 

Special Education Considerations: 

Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) will be provided with lessons and activities to support their learning as it relates to IEP goals. IEP Case Managers and other special education staff (Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, ABA Associate, Social Worker, etc.) will be in contact via email with each family regarding next steps and to provide lessons and/or support. Students will receive lessons and/or staff support for each area of service on their IEP. Work can be completed on a schedule that works best for each family. Completed work can be turned in electronically, it can be turned in on paper when school resumes, or parents/guardians can keep a daily log of completed lessons and submit the log to the special education staff. Students are not expected to complete classroom/grade level work in a particular area if they are completing work in that same area from the special education staff. For example, if a child is completing reading lessons from the special education teacher, the child is not required to also complete the grade level reading lessons. Additionally, all MRH staff are committed to ensuring accommodations and modifications are provided so that students with IEPs can continue to access meaningful learning activities. Special education staff will be available for support, at minimum, between 7:15 and 2:45 each school day.

The first point of contact for families is your child’s special education Case Manager (Teacher or Speech Language Pathologist). Ben Gleason, Special Education Coordinator for MRH, is also available at ben.gleason@mrhschools.net.

Technology Support:

MRH will provide tech support for MRH devices and/or MRH online programs. MRH cannot troubleshoot Internet issues or systems issues related to your personal device. You will need to contact your Internet or system provider for questions related to these issues. For technology support, click here.

Please leave a message that includes the issue you are having, the best number you can be reached, and an email address. This information is important so we can route the technology work orders to the appropriate personnel. A member of the tech team will respond as soon as possible.

Counseling Support for Students:

We know this may be a stressful time for our students. Our counselors, Mr. Byrne and Mrs. Thomas, will also have daily office hours. You can email them at todd.byrne@mrhschools.net or lesa.thomas@mrhschools.net to schedule a check in or seek advice in how you can support your child during this time. Families who participate in programming through Youth in Need will hear directly from their Youth in Need provider about their next steps. 

Evening Virtual Read Aloud with Dr. Adams

Despite the fact that we are distancing ourselves from one another, we can still come together as a community....virtually! Beginning Wednesday, March 25th and continuing each school day that we are away, I will post a video read aloud for you and your family to enjoy. I can assure you this will not be an “Oscar-worthy” performance, but it will be an opportunity for your child to hear a text read aloud and perhaps for you to get some more ideas of what reading with your child can look like. More details to come about where you can find the read aloud link each evening.