We began our Virtual Learning Plan on Wednesday, March 18!
Distance Learning is up and running and progressing nicely judging by the amount of positive feedback emails and baked goods dropped off by our incredible SRLA families!
I do hear your suggestions and invite everyone to communicate with me freely as we are learning as we go and I believe that learning is a life-long goal.
As a result of one of these wonderful suggestions, you will receive an excel worksheet with all of your students classes, assignments and due dates on one weekly schedule sheet beginning next week. That means that this Thursday, 3/26 by the end of the day, you will receive a weekly schedule sheet for the week 3/30-4/3/2020. The Lower School schedules will be generated by the homeroom teacher while the Middle School schedule will be compiled through Office 365 checked and sent to you by me.
Also, full guidelines outlining SRLA'S Virtual Learning Plan and Student User Guideline will be published on Thursday as well.
Students, Please remember that it is inappropriate to zoom your teachers after 3:00 PM. You may email them at 9:00 PM and they will respond the next morning.
We shared the disappointment of our faculty and students who worked so diligently to produce projects that reflect deep thinking and application of science concepts.
Students, your efforts did not go unnoticed! Little did we realize at the time that would be the beginning of the many postponements to come our way.
Using these principles, and after careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming field trips between now and June. While I share your disappointment, it is important to limit the number of people and public spaces to which your children are exposed, whether we return back to school before the end of the school year or not.
I wish to share with you several interesting websites that have crossed my desk this week. The amount of things sent my way is outstanding and space limits my selection, so I give you just a few:
A four-week Virtual Program to improve mental well-being from the Mayo Clinic —http://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/gratitude
Join Mayo Clinic Health System for a four-week virtual program from March 30 to May 1 to help you improve your mental well-being through daily journaling. Practicing mindful thankfulness is one way to boost your spirits, feel happier and enhance your overall health. You also will be asked to complete at least one act of kindness and take deliberate time to be mindful each day.
This community program is appropriate for adults and youth. Feel free to share this program with friends and family
Also, a wonderful website that guides parents on how to talk with children about coronavirus as well as an interesting parent survival strategy.
Finally, Scholastic has really stepped up their game with Scholastic Learn at Home Website. It is a free resource provides all students with 20* days’ worth of learning journeys that span the content areas so you can keep your students actively engaged in learning while our school is closed.
Students will have access to approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects based on exciting articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. These learning journeys were carefully curated by Scholastic!!!
The site includes learning journeys across four different grade spans—PreK/K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+. Learning experiences cover ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning. They are also providing access to four award-winning digital solutions that students can access anytime, anywhere. The Scholastic Learn at Home website does not require a username or password, and is open freely to all. The learning journeys are accessible on any device. They are designed to limit the need for printing, and allow students to learn independently or with their families. If your student finds something extremely interesting SRLA teachers can even plan virtual learning meetups to discuss and expand on any of the resources found on the site.
Please visit www.scholastic.com/learnathome and enjoy.
Remember that is an additional resource and not an assignment from your SRLA teachers.
I am currently working with Scholastic to bring Children's novels with read-along recordings to every class level!
I will start with the third grade and The Jungle Book next week!