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Academic resources for students & families K-5

Filed in Archive by on March 18, 2020

tex and numbersDear BC elementary family:

We hope this email finds you and your family well.

During this time of uncertainty, we would like to offer you resources and supports to help your child maintain academic skills, stay mentally healthy, and keep the learning going at home while school is closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This will not be the same as instruction in a live classroom. First, it is impossible to replicate such instruction electronically or otherwise. In addition, we are very cognizant that families are living under challenging circumstances right now, whether you are struggling to find child care, caring for a sick family member, managing multiple children at home, etc. Families sharing a computer may also not all be able to have their child log in at a specific time, so we have created more fluid plans that you can fit into your family’s circumstances and schedule as you are able.

Here is a document we have created with ideas for each grade level. Please click on your child’s grade level to see our recommendations. In addition to the suggested daily academic activities, you will also soon find ideas for physical education, music, art, and library. The iReady platform listed offers a wonderful opportunity for individualized student learning for reading and math. We also ask that students read every day in order to maintain their skills, learn about the world around them, and enjoy the pleasures of getting lost in a book. Additionally, there are also some great online resources that can provide your child (and you!) with virtual field trips, talks from children’s book authors, and so much more.

Perhaps the most important support we would like to offer, however, is a connection between your child and their teacher. Every classroom teacher will be communicating to their students about twice a week. This will look different depending upon the age of the children and the teacher’s preferences. A kindergarten teacher might send a link of her reading aloud a picture book to her students each week.  A fifth-grade teacher might share a brief video in Google Classroom, inviting students to respond. A teacher may send out a See-Saw link to her students. Our teachers are a creative bunch, so we trust them to find the best way to communicate with their students in order to maintain the relationships we have been developing all year so our children know that we care about them.

If you find that your child is feeling anxious, please visit this page for resources and suggestions vetted by our school counselors. There are some excellent ideas transferable to adults which can help you stay balanced, too.

In an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, experts suggest:

  • Social distancing for children too by reconsidering playgroups. “There is evidence coronaviruses can live on plastic and metal for up to nine days,” said Dr. Asaf Bitton, a primary care physician and executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint health system innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For more details click here.
  • Practicing good hygiene. Students have been taught proper handwashing in school, but we suggest you review this at home as well (begin at 2:58).

These are difficult times. We are all learning as we go, trying to do the best we can under these unparalleled circumstances. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or your building principal.

Sincerely,

Dianna Reagan, Eagle Elementary School

Kate Kloss, Elsmere Elementary School

Laura Heffernan, Glenmont Elementary School

Dave Ksanznak, Hamagrael Elementary School

Heidi Bonacquist, Slingerlands Elementary School