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September 28, 2020

Dr. Thompson's MRHE Museum Memo: 9/28-10/2

 

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

SEPTEMBER 28-OCTOBER 2

Hello!

 

Happy Monday to you and your family! Last week was a busy one here at MRHE. Thank you to all of the adults at home who helped get our learners where they needed to be for our STAR 360 testing. It was definitely a first for everyone--trying to administer a test like that during virtual learning, but it was done with very few issues. These results will allow us to provide specific instruction to students based on their individual needs. On Friday, our staff had the day to collaborate around best practices within each content area, continuing to keep equitable learning experiences at the forefront of their thinking. Their attention to access, representation, and student voice was so impressive as they planned with ALL of YOUR child(ren) in mind. We are in such great hands with this team of caring educators.

 

You may have noticed that our teachers have gradually begun shifting toward more asynchronous learning each week. Our goal is to find a healthy balance for all in the live video conferencing lessons versus the supported yet asynchronous learning. This will give our staff an opportunity to focus on small group and individual support throughout the content blocks and within the Support/Practice blocks. This gradual shift is very similar to what we would be doing for students if they were in the building at this time. We have taught, modeled, and practiced our routines and daily expectations, and we will be intentional about empowering our learners to demonstrate their independence. Our staff will continue to teach, model, and practice routines as they prepare their learners for a variety of learning experiences each day--as appropriate for the age of the learners and the complexity of the learning. Let me reiterate: we will still have live daily class meetings for community building and social interaction, and there will still be live instruction each week in whole group, small group, and individual sessions. During their Support/Practice blocks, ALL students should be engaged in their teacher-designated tasks, intervention groups, and/or individual learning.

 

The Board of Education would like student input and feedback regarding the hiring of the next Superintendent. Please complete this survey.

 

Finally, it is Spirit Week at MRHE! We all deserve to have a little fun with this; although, I think I was the lone individual dressed in stripes and polka dots with two different earrings today. Feel the MRHE SPIRIT and join us!

 

Joyfully,

 

Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff

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GARDEN CHORES

Chef Marino is looking for helping hands to complete the end-of-season garden chores. Registration is required! No more than 4 people per time slot. Volunteers must wear masks and practice physical distancing. Personal protective equipment including masks, hand sanitizer and latex gloves will be available.

  • Saturday, October 10, 12:30 and 1:30
  • Saturday, October 24, 12:30 and 1:30

Sign up here: volunteersignup.org/7J4QD

 

CHICKEN STEWARDS

Please contact Chef Marino if you are interested in becoming a chicken/garden steward. For about 90 minutes a week (only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), you and your family can really assist our school garden and chickens.

 

There will be safety protocols in place, of course. Email Chef Marino for details and dates!

MRHE LEARNING LAB

Is your child needing additional support with work completion, being walked through the learning platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc.?

 

Parents and guardians for Tiers Plan students: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

The Learning Lab runs Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd/Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th/Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th/Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th/Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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September 24, 2020

Get Pumped About MRHE Spirit Week!

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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September 21, 2020

MRHE Museum Memo from Dr. Thompson, Sept. 21

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

SEPTEMBER 21-25

Hello!

 

I hope you were able to enjoy the outdoors a bit this weekend. It is a beautiful time of the year, and the changing weather brings a different energy with it! For my family, morning walks, open windows, and dinner on the patio bring the fresh air (literally) that is just what we need.

 

Speaking of, I had a morning walk with a friend over the weekend, and she, in all of her wisdom, kept referring to her focus on using a "language of hope". She's also an educator, and she recognizes the importance of our words and energy in our work with learners. Choosing a "language of hope" that speaks to new opportunities, growth, and positivity immediately bring fresh air (figuratively) to all we are currently experiencing. Plus, it just feels better (see below).

 

Our staff and students have been working hard persistent and creative as they navigate Star 360 testing in this virtual learning environment. Thank you for prioritizing this with us.

 

As an important reminder: Friday, September 25th is a PD Day. There will be no school, no engagement with learning that day.

 

Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff

Greetings from MRH School Nutrition Services!

This is a friendly reminder that curbside meal pick-up will not occur on Friday, Sept. 25 due to the Professional Development day. We will resume our normal schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

If you have not submitted your Free and Reduced Meal Application yet, please visit My School Apps to fill one out online. No need to print it out and send it in! If you have any questions, please contact Irene Wan, District-level Food Service Manager at irene.wan@mrhschools.net.

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CHICKEN STEWARDS

Please contact Chef Almut Marino if you are interested in becoming a chicken/garden steward. For about 90 minutes a week (only Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), you and your family can really assist our school garden and chickens.

 

There will be safety protocols in place, of course. Email Chef Marino for details and dates!

FROM THE PTO

As is everything else in 2020, the PTO is going to need to make some adjustments to our typical operations. Please help us plan by completing this survey: PTO Survey 20-21 and/or contact us at elementary@mrhpto.org with any ideas or questions. 

MRHE LEARNING LAB

The purpose of this club is to provide additional support to students who may need assistance with work completion, being walked through the platform(s), additional time and support to process through assignments, organizational assistance, etc. It is not individualized tutoring, but an extra support offered to all students within the MRH Tiers Plan.

 

Parents and guardians: if you are interested in pursuing this support, please reach out to your child's teacher who will coordinate with the assigned MRHE Learning Lab teacher directly.  

 

Club begins on 9/21/2020 and runs Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  

 

MRHE Learning Lab: For Tiers Plan Students ONLY

 

Zoom ID Zoom PASSCODE

3rd: Ms. Felchner: 672 725 7706/Password: MRH

4th: Mrs. Datema: 958 7057 3772/Password: 4THLAB

5th: Ms. Knutson: 918 1308 0143/Password: MRHE5

6th: Ms. Howard: 947 0979 9384/Password: sixth

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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September 14, 2020

MRHE Museum Memo from Dr. Thompson

MRHE MUSEUM MEMO

SEPTEMBER 14-18

Hello!

 

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend. I shared this quote with our staff today, and decided it was good for all of us as adults as we are navigating the unknown in COVID times.

 

"It's ok if you're confused. Just remember confusion is not a stopping point but an action indicator, just a signal to go learn. The only real confusion is thinking that you're supposed to know everything." -Brandon Burchard

 

There isn't a parent, child, or educator who isn't learning A LOT and very quickly right now. At times, confusion, frustration, and passion come with this new learning, unlearning, or re-learning. I am, at times, struggling as a parent trying to navigate through my boys' learning systems at their schools, feeling anxious due to too much or too little communication, and simply trying to support them based on what they need and deserve. We are all going to experience confusion at some point during this virtual learning experience. How we handle it, how we reach out and get support when we need it, and how we learn and grow from it is ultimately what will bring us closer to that confidence and comfort we are all seeking. Parents/guardians cannot know it all. Our kids cannot know it all. Our staff cannot know it all. I do not know it all. We must give each other and ourselves GRACE because we are learning, unlearning and re-learning so much each day.

 

That said, we are SO proud of what the students are doing each day to grow their own confidence and learn from each other. I'm also in awe of what our staff have done to help orient all students to learning. Your feedback has been helpful and has allowed us to continue to reflect and address any gaps. It really has been a team effort.

 

Part of how we reflect and evolve is through professional learning, and we are so thankful to have time for this in the MRH district. Our first early release day is this Wednesday, September 16th! Our staff have already or will communicate their morning plans to you and the students. Please have a conversation with your child(ren) about your expectations that afternoon as well.

 

We will soon open up stewardships with the chickens and gardens. Of course, we will have safety protocols in place. Thanks to the many of you who have expressed an interest in this!

 

5th grade families: please see an email from Cheryl O'Connor today about your laptop exchange process.

 

Have a great week!

 

Dr. Thompson on behalf of the MRHE Staff

Food Service pick-up hours

Every Tuesday and Friday 11am-1pm

 

Tuesday: get food for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

Friday: get food for Friday and Monday

Early Release Days

Our first 1/2 day is this week-Wednesday, September 16th. These afternoons, just as they were in previous years, are used to support professional learning for our staff. In the past, MRHE held "multi-age groups and activities" on the mornings of early release days. When the time is right, we will return to these groups. For now, our Early Release days will look like:

  • Students will be engaged in learning 8am-noon.
  • Teachers will still hold their daily class meetings, take attendance, and communicate the plans for the day.
  • Teachers (including specialists and interventionists) will have learning activities planned for students--already uploaded in their learning platform; however, there will be no "live" lessons on zoom that day. This is called "ASYNCHRONOUS" learning.
  • Teachers will still have 90 minutes of office hours for students to ask questions and to get support on their learning activities. That plan will be communicated by classroom teachers.

MapleGOOD

MapleGOOD, is a mutual aid organization of neighbors helping neighbors, that was started in Maplewood by a couple of MRH residents at the start of the pandemic and has grown incredibly since. MapleGOOD is responsible for numerous meal deliveries to families, medication deliveries to our elderly neighbors, mask trees at bus stops, and now working to support families and students during this bizarre Fall semester. We’re currently organizing volunteers to offer some virtual and socially distant programs and overall support to our school families. To do that, we have created an intake form that can be completed online or by phone if needed for both interested volunteers and for families looking for additional support. That form (https://www.maplegood.org/sfs.html) can be found on the MapleGOOD website.

Updated MRHE Remote Library Hours

 

Requests: anytime through completing request form in the itslearning library course

 

 

Pick-up: Monday- Friday from 11am-6pm at school entrance on Glades Ave. 

 

 

Return: Monday - Friday from 11am-6pm at school entrance on Glades Ave.

 

 

Delivery: Thursday and Friday via contactless door drop-off

Thank you for all you are doing to assist us in helping our learners connect with their online learning! We are so MRHE PROUD of the engagement of all.

 
MRH Elementary School | 1800 Princeton Place, St. Louis, MO 63117

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