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April 13, 2020 Family Newsletter
April 13, 2020 Family Newsletter
Hilary Kjaer
Monday, April 13, 2020

April 13, 2020

Dear Families,

Welcome to week two of distance learning! As we navigate these uncharted waters, we are learning a lot and celebrating successes. Teachers and I have been so thrilled to see your children “in-person” during Zoom gatherings and on the Seesaw and Google Classroom learning platforms. Thank you for your feedback, patience and willing partnership as we continue to adjust and make our best decisions for students. 

A few thoughts as we move into week two...

Distance Learning Opportunities Will Vary: 

  • There will be wide variation in the learning opportunities that teachers are providing, based on grade level, student interest, and need. 

  • Teachers will be providing a maximum of 3 hours of academic activities per day and requesting at least one “face-to-face” meeting through Zoom or Google Hangouts per week. Although completion of assignments remains optional at this time, we are required to provide them and expect students to access and participate in the learning provided. This will be crucial to  maintaining grade-level skills, deepening their learning and ending the year strong. 

  • Wednesdays are reserved for teacher planning, learning and collaboration, so teachers are not required to post assignments on these days. Make Wednesdays Family Enrichment Day! We encourage you to “take the day off” and explore something as a family; play games, go for a walk, work on puzzles, art, and other creative outlets. Maybe “unplug” from all devices and make it an electronic-free day!

We understand that you are not teachers: We understand that many families are under enormous pressure right now. The last thing we want to do is add to your stress. Please let us support you! Reach out to your child’s teacher if the distance-learning becomes overwhelming or if you have not yet connected. We are here to help you and your child(ren) feel successful. 

We have resources to support you:

We are in this together: Please be mindful that school and district staff may also be balancing their own new learnings around working from home with their own children’s learning and the uncertainties that many of you are facing. Thank you for giving them your grace and patience.

As we all try to create a safe and structured environment in which your children can thrive, we know that they are watching how the adults around them are managing their own reactions to this collective situation. It’s not easy, but we hope they know that their teachers and schools miss them, care deeply for them, and will continue to reach out to connect with them. 

Wishing you health and well-being, 

Principal Kjaer