The Meerkat Memo
April 20th - April 24th
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What's Happening This Week
Tuesday, April 21st - Learning Material Distribution - 9-12pm
Wednesday, April 22nd - Food Distribution - 11-12pm
Thursday, April 23rd - Learning Material Distribution - 9-12pm
SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE
A Message from the Principal
In these unique times, I know it could be extremely stressful for you to balance working from home and delivering instruction to your children. Many of us at Cecil Manor are going through the same thing trying to balance both work and home life at the same time. So please, take your time in getting the schoolwork done. Pace yourself! It does not have to all get done in a day. Our teachers are here to support you. If you have any questions about the work or need assistance in accessing the work, please email your child's teacher and they will respond during their office hours. You can find teacher office hours in this newsletter.
The distribution of learning materials is still happening. If you have not already received paper copies or in need of a Chromebook for your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader, please reach out to your child's teachers. Distribution Days are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9-12 pm.
Calming Your Child's Fears
In times like these, it may be hard to explain to your children what is actually happening right now. If you are not talking to them about it, they will hear about it from those who are misinformed. If you need ideas on how to talk to your child and clam their fears about Coronavirus use this brochure for some guidance.
Teacher Office Hours
Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
Xfinity is also offering free educational resources that can be accessed with your remote control. Just say "educational" into your remote.
At Home Connection
Our Media Specialist has put up Google Classroom "fun extra" assignments for grades 2-5 in her Media Google Classroom. Here is how to access those assignments: On district-issued Chromebooks - the students log in and the Google Classroom icon should be at the top of the toolbar.
For students using parent devices, go to the link below.
Select “Go to Classroom.” Students will need to log in with their CCPS log in credentials. All the classrooms that the student is a part of will show up.
Library Media: I’ve posted several “fun” assignments for students to do over this furlow! With these “assignments,” students may comment to me privately, and I can help them with whatever issues they may encounter with tech or assignments.
Bounce Pages App for Elementary Math Activities
We now have unlimited access to BrainPop while our school remains closed. We can log in to any of the BrainPOP sites: BrainPOP, BrainPOP Jr., BrainPOP ELL, BrainPOP Français + Español. Our login is cmesstudents and our password is meerkats2020. Click on the logo or click here to get to BrainPop. Enjoy!