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Back to School! Remote Learning Begins

Dear Parents,

Well, it’s finally time to go back to school!  Our staff is so excited to be back in touch with their students, and I’m sure students feel the same way.  As we begin our Remote Learning tomorrow, I just want you all to know that it’s going to look different, and feel different, but classroom teachers have been working diligently on planning together as grade level teams to ensure that all students have the opportunity to review, practice, and learn new things in a very new way.  

As we kick off our week, our district has shared some information with you I’d like to reiterate:

  • Remote Learning this first week will focus on connection and support.  

  • Here in Adams 12, Remote Learning will be asynchronous, meaning students will learn the same material at different times and locations.

  • Teachers will look at work completion on a weekly basis, allowing families and students to complete assignments throughout the day and week at times that work best for them.  

  • Instead of tracking attendance daily, teachers will be tracking attendance weekly based on weekly student participation and  work completion.  

  • Grading will be based on teacher discretion, and may be based on numeric, letter or pass/fail grades depending on the grade level and content.  You can find more information on the grade level homepages on our website.

I’ve told teachers, it is important that they create routines for themselves as professionals.  It’s also important for you to know that they have created office hours which are posted on their individual teacher pages found on our website, and you may contact them via phone, email, or video call during this time.  

And just like teachers need their work day routines, students will benefit from a home routine that will now include time set aside for learning at home.  Below are some helpful tips for all of you while making this transition.  

  • Create a daily schedule based on schoolwork.  Wake, eat and get dressed at the same time every day.

  • Prioritize the schedule based on when kids are most focused.

  • Get the bulk of your important work done as a parent/guardian during the kids’ time for nap, lunch, technology, etc.

  • Set boundaries and communicate them to your kids.  Explain how you are juggling their school and your own work and you need their help to navigate everything.

  • Tell them when you need to be in “do-not-disturb” mode.  Have kids make signs (stop signs, thumbs up or down) that you tape to your work area to show when it is okay or not to interrupt.

  • Take necessary breaks.  Don’t overextend yourself due to the remote work dynamic.

  • Every hour of work warrants a 10-minute break.  Take a walk, eat a snack, or stretch to wake up your brain!

  • Reward good behavior.  No interruptions, focused work = fun activity, small prize, TV show, etc.

It is really important that we maintain  community during these unique circumstances.  We are posting all videos of the pledge of allegiance, the Lark PRIDE pledge, and other tidbits your students would like to share on our website.  If your family is interested in submitting a video, please email Ms. Foubert at adrienne.foubert@adams12.org for more information.

  

Also, both Ms. Garcia and I are available via email, and we’d be happy to call if you have any questions or concerns.  I would also direct you to our PHE website for lessons and activities posted by our elective teachers (found on their individual teacher webpages), and to look over some of the cool electronic resources we have available for students. 

We will miss seeing you in person, but we are very excited to be reaching out to all students in our virtual environment.  This first week may present some challenges, and we’d ask for your patience as we continue to work out all of the glitches. As you log on to your teacher’s webpage on Wednesday, please know teacher’ first priority will be to support connectivity and help support learning in the home environment. Please email your teachers if you have any questions, they will be more than happy to help get your student ready to learn at home!  As we proceed on this new journey, it’s important you know we’re all in this together. Remember…...We are PHE!

Sincerely, 

Ms. Walsh  and Ms. Garcia