Welcome to the 4th Quarter
This space is where I will be posting important information while school is not in session. Please check back daily. Don't forget that the tab at the top of the web page titled "more" has a lot of good resources and activities students can be participating in during these times. As we get going I will add more apps, etc.
All my best to you,
Thank you all for what each of you are doing to help your child be a successful learner at home! It’s not easy to work from home, teach your child, and navigate the ups and downs of daily life right now. We know you are all doing the very best you can under these unique circumstances, and we appreciate your continued support!
We wanted to share a few things and reminders as we move into the next few weeks of distance-learning together:
Class-dojo: There are two ways to access the Class Dojo -
- The first way is through a parent login. Parents will log in with their email and password. Parents, when you are logged in to our Class-dojo, you will be able to see our Class-Story (which is like our news feed and where we are posting updates, links to our class meetings, and announcements about our class). You can comment on posts and you can see your individual child’s portfolio (NOTE* - you cannot upload things into your child’s portfolio when you are logged in as a parent!)
- The second way to access the Class-dojo is to log in as a student. You need the student’s unique QR code to do this (the QR codes were emailed to each parent last week). When you are logged in as a student, you have access to your child’s portfolio. You can see which assignments are due, and which ones they have already turned in. You can also add additional items to your child’s portfolio in the form of an attached file, take a photo, you can make a video, or you can write/draw something and post it to the portfolio for review. Once you’ve turned in something to the portfolio, your child’s teacher gets a notification that you’ve turned something in. Your teacher will review it, and either ‘approve’ it (and it will be added to the portfolio), or return it to your child as a ‘draft’ with comments so that they can add/fix/change things before turning it back in. Please use the student log-in to Class-Dojo when turning in completed assignments to your child’s teacher - it makes is so much easier for us to find and record what your child is turning in each week!
is where Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Anna will be posting student assignments at the beginning of each week. New assignments will be uploaded on Monday mornings (and will be a new color from the week before). Students are encouraged to work through these weekly assignments at their own pace. Help your child create a choice schedule which allows them to choose the order in which they would like to work through the weekly assignment. NOTE* Encourage your child to make at least one harder choice first - before doing the thing they naturally gravitate towards which is likely the easiest one for them (i.e. making sure they are eating their vegetables BEFORE they have dessert!)
Zoom: We are really enjoying seeing all of our students at our weekly Zoom meetings. This week, we will also be hosting a special ‘Parent-Meeting’ AFTER our student-Zoom call. Parents, if you would like to join us for the parent portion of our meeting (to ask/answer question, share what’s working/what not, and connect with other parents who are in working through similar challenges at home), this meeting will take place directly following your child’s class-meeting:
- Ms. Jennifer’s Class Meeting - Tuesday @ 9:30am
Daily Schedule: We highly recommend making a daily schedule that works for YOUR family! I’ve attached a sample schedule that I am using for my own family to help us keep up with daily school work as well as daily life: Feel free to use this, create your own, and/or modify it to work for you and your child. Here are some helpful time guidelines, recommended by the Arizona Department for Education, for doing school-work at home: (NOTE* Even though our child attends school from 8:00am-3:00pm, they are not expected to sit and do schoolwork for 7 hours every day:)
- Elementary Students (K-4th grade): 1-2 hours a day, broken into smaller chunks of time.
- Middle School Students (5th-8th grade): 2-3 hours a day at home
- High School Students (9th-12th grade): 3-4 hours a day at home
We hope you all have a wonderful week, and feel free to reach out to your child’s homeroom teacher with any questions, ideas and/or suggestions you have! Remember, we’re all in this together!
~The Primary Team
4/2~Don't forget we have a Zoom Meeting today at 3:00. Please bring a game that you like to play with your family to share with everybody. Also, here is the schedule that you might use to help guide your family for the day. This is just a suggestion. In our family we sit down with our children in the morning and look at their Padlet. We discuss which activities they would like to accomplish or that are a priority and then write them down in the corresponding box. You'll notice that when the times are added up it is more than the recommended 1-2 hrs a day. Most of the time your child will get the task done before the time is up. The boxes are to write in the activity that will be accomplished for the day. You can either print the schedule out and write on it or type into the actual document.
CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE
As we go into the weekend remember games are a fantastic way for families to connect and for children to learn executive function otherwise known as EF. Executive function is a group of skills that help manage tasks and goals. These mental tools begin to develop early in a child's life. Games help the mind stay focused, practice self control and allow for flexibility solving problems to be able to manage and complete tasks. Pop some popcorn, gather around the table and get ready to have some family fun!
4/1~ Happy April Fool's day!! It was great to have the dance party yesterday with the kiddos!! Those are the part of my day I look forward too. A lot of people have been asking how long the children should be focusing on schoolwork while at home. A good guideline for our age students in Primary is no more that 1-2 hours a day spread out in short increments. Please just do what's best for your child. With the weather being better this week try to encourage your child to be outside and or doing recreational activities for at least an hour. Everybody is finding out what is best for their family and this is a good thing. Some families are working well with the structure of a schedule for the day and others are keeping more of a unstructured day. You know your child and family best. Some families have asked for a template for a schedule, so later this morning I will be posting an example on our Padlet. With the decision to not come back for the school year there are a lot of questions about how Skyview is going to proceed with meeting the end of the year standards so that children come back next year ready to go. I want to let you know that the Skyview staff will be meeting on Friday to discuss this and as soon as there is a plan I will reach out to all of you with the information. Finally, if you haven't logged on to classdojo as a parent yet please do so because some of the items I am posting aren't making it to the student's page. ( I'm not sure why). Make it a great day everybody!!!
3/31~ Last day of March! We will be having a Zoom classroom meeting this morning at 9:30. Go to classdojo to get the link to this meeting. If you signed up for a parent Zoom with me on Signup Genius I will be emailing you the link the day of our meeting. It breaks my heart that we will not be able to join together for the remainder of the year. We will make the most of it through Zoom. This is all new to us so we will move on with understanding, love and kindness and we will succeed! Please know that I am here for all of you! Different ways are going to work for different families so we will get creative and do what is necessary to make a positive impact during this difficult time. I'm glad to be going through this with such an incredible group of children and parents!
Carpe Diem, Ms, Jen
3/30~ Thanks for visiting the website to check in. I hope your family had a restful weekend and was able to enjoy the great spring weather. I will be sending out progress reports today along with a sign up genius for a Zoom check in. This Zoom check in is not required. It is just a way for me to check in, make connections and see how online learning is working with each family. Click here for Signup Genius
On padlet you will notice that we are starting to color code each lesson. This is to help differentiate activities weekly. Purple activities were from last week and blue activities are for the current week. You are able to work at your own pace and also skip around to choices that are a good fit for your child. Thank you for all that you are doing!!
3/28~ Although the way we are communicating is through the computer and we are including assignments that are online please don't forget that free exploration and self guided play and learning are also very important. The Primary Team is really going to try to give everybody many different options and ideas during this time. Ms. Dena shared this article with the staff that does a wonderful job of speaking to this point. Many of you might have seen it on the Skyview Facebook page.
Click here for article
It is great seeing all of the posts from the students on class dojo. Please keep them coming!
If you haven't had your child log into Padlet and or Prodigy please do so. These are important websites that will help guide your child's learning during these times. You can click on the links above to get started. As of today 13/24 families have completed the Zoom survey. If you have not completed it please do so before Monday. Here is the link Zoom Survey. My hope is that from the survey I can find times that fit most families schedules so that the students can stay connected.
Our next Zoom Meeting will be Tuesday at 9:30 am
Attached are the directions for how to use Zoom