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March 19. 2020 Message from Dr. Adams
April 2, 2020
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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.