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PreK-4 (Lower Campus) Distance Learning Family Updates- Week of April 6-10, 2020

 

Distance Learning Update- April 6, 2020

 

Principal Message from Mr. B. 

Greetings Families!

I hope you and your family are doing well. I miss our students and staff tremendously. I know we will get through this and one day we will be joined together again in person. Until then, we will be embarking on Distance Learning together.  I will be sending out a weekly communication called, Distance Learning Family Updates. This communication will provide key informational updates, Distance Learning tips and reminders, information on technical support, solutions, and other site-specific notifications that will support you as we move forward with Distance Learning. 

 

As our school continues to navigate distance learning, we all know connections and relationships with one another remain critical – and we know how challenging creating and maintaining authentic connections can be in these different times. I challenge you to stay engaged utilizing our technical platforms.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My email address is john.bjoraker@spps.org

 

From the bottom of my heart, I know we will get through this together. 

Your very proud principal,

John Bjoraker

 

Expectations for Parents & Guardians

I want to honor the complexity of what being a parent and guardian means right now.  There is no one right way to manage everything. Teachers will send recommended schedules and those are meant as tools of what you might use.  Each family will have to find what works for them. What you can expect is to log in to See Saw or Schoology daily. Make sure your child responds to the welcome message.  Then there will be other videos and tasks for children to do. The work will probably take 1.5-3 hours each day. This does not need to be done all at once. You are not expected to homeschool or become your child’s teacher, even though it may feel like this.  Reach out and communicate with us. Ask questions and give feedback. If the workload is too much or not enough, let us know.  

 

Farnsworth PreK-4 Meal Service

On Friday, April 10, morning bus routes will be used to drop off meals.  Please meet your bus at your usual stop on Friday April 10, 2020. In addition to bus stops, families can pick up meals on FRIDAY, April 10, at one of six schools, from 10 a.m-12 p.m. The Friday pickup locations will change every week; please visit spps.org/Page/38722 for the full schedule of locations.

 

iPad Help and Assistance

This website includes information to support you with your iPad. If you need assistance, please go to this website. 

https://www.spps.org/Page/38790

 

Farnsworth HELP Form for Families

If you need assistance and do not know where to start, or need to speak with a staff member, please click on the following link and fill out the form. Please be as complete and detailed as possible. One of our staff members will respond to support you.      HELP FORM

 

K-4 Student Expectations

Assignments

Assignments will be available daily by 9:30 a.m.

  • K-2 Students: Teachers will post your daily assignments in Seesaw
  • Grade 3-4 Students: Teachers will post your daily assignments in Schoology 

A typical day for an elementary school student participating in SPPS Distance Learning is between 2-2.5 hours total. The time students will typically spend online during a school day is 1-2 hours total. 

 

Attendance

Attendance will be taken when students respond in Seesaw (K-2) or Schoology (3-4) to the daily “Morning Welcome” post from their classroom teacher. Students are required to respond to the daily “Morning Welcome” message.

  • K-2 Students: Will post their response to the Morning Welcome message in Seesaw.
  • Grade 3-4 Students: Will post their response to the Morning Welcome message in Schoology. 

Responding to the welcome message is the must do. Email your child’s teacher with any issues.  If your child is sick, email panadine.xiong@spps.org to let us know.  Or call 651-744-4313 and leave a message as we will be checking the school’s voicemail. Absences can be excused as usual.

 

Family Resources for Distance Learning

Resources and Ideas to Stay Active Outside During COVID-19

This link includes ideas for staying active outdoors in Saint Paul, along with resources for helping kids stay safe while walking and biking.

https://files.constantcontact.com/59e59ea9001/af466886-5636-4494-adbb-8e7020d9bad4.pdf

 

April 10th Professional Development Day

SPPS will follow our originally approved calendar and keep Friday, April 10 as a teacher professional development day for all schools.  This will be used as a student workday, with no contact with educators. Students may use this day to complete any school work that was assigned during the week. Teachers will communicate the expectations for the student workday in the coming days.

 

Conversation Corner

A conversation with your child is a great way to encourage children to increase vocabulary and gain confidence with speaking. These ideas may help you get more than a “yes”, “ok” or “no” answers when asking your child about their school day.  On the way home, at dinner or even before bedtime is a great time for these simple questions:

  • How is distance learning the same or different from your traditional classroom?
  • What activities are the same or different at home versus at school?
  • What was one thing that you did that was respectful or kind today?