Perspectives 04-05-2020

IMPORTANT: Please watch this video first ->https://youtu.be/ZaI6FScXPgo

 

Highlights from the video:

  • We are starting a “new” school year. Please be patient and flexible. We will slowly build up expectations during the coming weeks.
  • Beginning Monday, April 6 at 7:30am, the teachers will assign work in Seesaw for Grades K-2 and in Schoology for Grades 3-5.
  • Attendance will be taken each morning for the previous day’s work. Students who log on and attempt the work are marked present. If your family needs some flexibility, please work with the homeroom teacher.
  • Teachers will publish or communicate their times of availability directly with families.
  • We will use Google Meets to have face-to-face time with students.
  • If your child is unable to work for a day or is sick and can’t work, please email the teacher and browne@spps.org. You can also call the main school phone number (651-293-8965) and press 1 to leave a message on the attendance line.
  • The prep specialists will upload student work once a week by the schedule below:

Grade

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

K

PE

Science

Art

1

Science

Art

PE

2

Art

PE

Science

3

PE

Science

Art

4

Science

Art

PE

5

Art

PE

Science

  • Ask any classroom teacher for help with assignments, activities, how to upload to Seesaw or Schoology, or how to create with an app.
  • For help with the technology, look at the resources on our website, Distance Learning in the top menu, or contact your child’s homeroom teacher who can submit a ticket for District help. You can also find help at the iPad Help site.
  • If you are unsure who to ask or have building-level questions, you can email Jim Litwin at litwin@spps.org or call directly at 651-321-4409. We will publish the Perspectives and you find information on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Suggestions for Home School Environment These are things that adults can also do if they work at home. 

  • Personalize your child’s workspace. Set up a space where your child could sit, stand, or lay down while working, but not their bed. Keep that for sleeping. Try to avoid a space where the TV or video games are a temptation. Then stick to it.
  • Maintain a routine. Have your child get up and get ready for school. Start the morning routine with a positive note. If your child works later in the day or the evening, create a routine to start the school day (i.e. play a song, do a clean up). Then stick to the routine each day.
  • Set clear boundaries. Remind your child about good digital citizenship. Set clear expectations for work time. After school is done, plug in and put away the iPad. It’s a learning tool. Get your child out to play and explore other activities.
  • Make time for social interaction. Eat lunch together with others working or learning at home. Help your child to call a friend or a classmate to stay connected.
  • Encourage mindful breaks. Make sure your child takes breaks (frequency varies based on age of your child. For adults it’s every 90-120 minutes) to stay engaged. During a break, consider walking around for 5 minutes, do some other movement or dancing, grab a healthy snack, or stay hydrated.
  • Set up healthy snacks. Build in time for your child to eat meals. Try to set up a few healthy snacks to squash midmorning or midafternoon hunger.
  • Create smooth ending. When your child is done working for the day, it’s a good idea to incorporate some type of closure. For example, consider ending the day with some exercise or play a game.
  • Look on the bright side. Stay positive with your child. Look for ways to help others. Consider calling or writing a letter to a relative. Draw a picture to share in our window. Read a lot. Help your child to learn about things in which they have an interest.

 

Food Service in the Coming Weeks

Buses will deliver meals on their regular morning routes. Bus stops are scheduled on Wednesday for Horace Mann School. Families should go to their bus stop at their usual time on Wednesday. All Saint Paul families are welcome to take one box per child, per week. If you do not know where your nearest bus stop is, call the Transportation office at 651-696-9600.

 

Meals will be available for pick up on Friday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or while supplies last) at the following sites:

Please remember to practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people) when picking up meals.

 

Families who have a critical need for home delivery can email ns@spps.orgHome delivery is limited to those who have no other means of getting food.

 

Horace Mann School PTA Plant Sale 2020 🌱🌷🌸🌵🌼

Select beautiful plants, flowers and veggies and start planning your spring and summer garden! Support our school while we all shelter in place and pick up your lovely choices May 7. *Pick-ups will be staggered by last name to minimize crowds. Remember to practice social distancing while waiting. Click Order Plants to Support Horace Mann and feel free to forward to all your contacts! You have until April 17th to make your choices. Have fun and contact mayamissaghi@gmail.com with any questions!

 

Intent to Return and Class Placement We are requesting that all families click on and complete an Intent to Return Form for each child. The information is very important to plan for next year. Please click here to go to the form. It is due Friday, April 10, 2020. Thank you in advance!

 

Questions 1-6 complete the intent to return. Questions 7-9 are optional, but will provide input into class placement.

 

The teachers and principal will work together to create the 2020-2021 classes. We have a deep and broad understanding of each child's unique needs and strengths, learning style, academic levels in all subjects, peer relationships, leadership qualities, behavioral strengths and needs, family communication style, and family ability to support the classroom. We will use our past experiences, knowledge of child development, and understanding of educational fundamentals. Our top priority is to create balanced classrooms where every child has an optimal environment for success.

 

IMPORTANT: Forms that include requests for specific teachers will NOT be considered and will be deleted. Class lists for the 2020-2021 school year will be available through Campus in early August and posted on the front windows August 28, 2020.

 

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Important School Dates

Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. It can be found at the top of our website.

 

Monday, April 6

  • School resumes online

Friday, April 10

  • Students will have schoolwork, but teachers will be unavailable in Professional Development and making adjustments to online learning.

 

Perspective submissions are due by 8:00am on Thursdays. Submissions after 8:00am will be included in the next edition.