Weekly Updates

Weekly Update
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March 18, 2020

Hello Moharimet and Mast Way Families,         

This is a joint letter from Principal Lowe and Principal Goldsmith. We know that you are receiving multiple emails from the district; we’re writing to provide some more details that are specific to elementary school as we prepare to begin our remote learning. Please remember that following proper hygiene etiquette, social distancing, and other CDC guidelines protect you and the greater community. We hope that you and your family are doing well and finding support from friends, family, and the community.

Logging in to Schoology and Other Technology Tips

Here is a link to a Help Folder created by tech integrators Susan Leifer & Sarah Curtin.  This folder includes videos and flowcharts on how to login into Schoology, OneDrive, etc.  As Susan and Sarah make new help videos and flowcharts, they will be added to this folder- keep checking regularly if you need help!

https://sau5-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/sleifer_orcsd_org/EpgYPRloJmdAlqQ8ETubomoBS2hwnfPzK4qFi8KPCGCNPg?e=ffbav4 

Access to School

  1. You have received an email about checking out library books for the duration of our closing. If you have requested books, pick up is at school, today, Wednesday the 18th from 9:00-3:30. Please call school when you arrive, and we will bring your books to your car.
  2. If there are critical or emergency items in your child’s cubby that you must have during our closing, please call your school’s office. We will gather those items, call and arrange a pick-up, and deliver them to your car or send them home on afternoon bus routes. If they are items that are not an emergency, we request that they stay in the cubbies.
  3. If you have requested support with a computer, either through the survey or through the office, you will be called about pick up. The computers must be picked up at school, we cannot deliver them. You will be called by your school’s office and given a window of time on Thursday, March 19th.
  4. The playground is closed.

 

Elementary School Remote Learning Framework

Across the district there has been tremendous work and collaboration to create remote learning opportunities for all students. This will look different K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. It will even look different from Kindergarten to Fourth Grade. Our goal is to create a learning experience that can support as many needs as possible. We know that families are dealing with different living and working situations – some students will have lots of support at home and some students will be in day care settings while parents work; some students and families want a scheduled and structured day while others want a menu of options to use throughout each day. We also are providing learning experiences for multiple learning styles, speeds, and levels. Recognizing that some homes have multiple students and different needs, we want students to be as independent as possible.

Also, we are aware that social media is full of great resources for engaging and enriching learning opportunities. Likewise, many of you have wonderful ideas, resources, and opportunities to create learning experiences on your own. This is terrific! If you can, please share them with each other and use them all!

We raise this to acknowledge the different lenses that have been used to create these remote learning experiences. In order to support independent work at home, teachers have tried to provide experiences that are familiar to students. They have thought about practice, continued learning, and enrichment. The length of the shutdown impacts what we create and deliver. New content is challenging to deliver and to make sure that all students can access it and understand it. This is something that we’ll continue to investigate and work with teachers to support should our remote learning experience extend.

Also, please remember that, like you and our students, our teachers are learning also. Remote learning is a completely different model than what we’ve ever done. In a very short time, teachers have learned new technology, reimagined their roles as educators, and thought about how to provide enriching experiences for all their students. We are so impressed with their commitment, skill, and compassion for our students and families. We are excited to see what happens and to support our staffs, families, and most importantly, our students as we begin this learning adventure together.

 

Learning Bags

Learning bags, if provided for your student, will be delivered, by school bus on Friday, March 20th. The contents of these bags will differ based on grade, classroom, and student need. For now, we are planning on one delivery. We will adjust this plan, if needed, as we go.

 

Communication with School

School offices will be staffed Monday through Thursday on a reduced hour schedule, to practice social distancing. School Principals will be in the office Mondays and Wednesdays and Administrative Assistants will work Tuesday and Thursday, if you need to call. During other hours and other days, we will work from home. This means that we will check our voice mail on the days we are in the office and return calls, but we will not be able to return calls with the efficiency and timeframe to which you are accustomed. If you are having an emergency, please email!

Teachers and staff will not be available by phone. Please email them when necessary.  Once remote learning begins on Thursday, we imagine that your communication needs would follow this path:

  1. Questions about remote learning: Schoology, technology issues, actual work, etc: Email Teacher
    1. If teacher cannot solve tech issues, school technology integrator will be consulted, and if necessary, the district IT department will support also.
  2. Social/Emotional/Behavioral concerns: Email school counselor or school psychologist
  3. Health concerns: Email school nurse
  4. General Assistance Needed: Email school principal

Remote Learning Begins!

Teachers will begin communicating with students and families to provide the official start information between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. Please use Thursday and Friday to explore the Schoology pages with your children, try out the lessons and activities, and communicate with your teachers about any questions or glitches. Please expect to begin more robust experiences on Monday.

Logging in to Schoology and Other Technology Tips

Here is a link to a Help Folder created by tech integrators Susan Leifer & Sarah Curtin.  This folder includes videos and flowcharts on how to login into Schoology, OneDrive, etc.  As Susan and Sarah make new help videos and flowcharts, they will be added to this folder- keep checking regularly if you need help!

https://sau5-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/sleifer_orcsd_org/EpgYPRloJmdAlqQ8ETubomoBS2hwnfPzK4qFi8KPCGCNPg?e=ffbav4 

Thank you all for your support during this time. We will continue to provide updates, and we can’t wait to hear about the amazing learning happening throughout Oyster River.

Stay safe, healthy, and take care,

David Goldsmith
Moharimet Principal

Misty Lowe
Mast Way Principal