Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use
April 2, 2020
I hope you and your students are safe and healthy. If we can help your child in any way, please let me know so that we connect you with the appropriate resources.
Jordan/Jackson faculty have been working to execute the Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Plan based on the guidelines established by the Commissioner of Education. We are keeping in mind consistency for grade level while, at the same time, teachers engage their students, individually. Since the new guidelines were issued last Thursday, I have met with all staff to collectively review the information, ensure we have a common understanding, refine our plans where necessary and execute the current version of remote learning. You can expect that plan to begin Monday, April 6th.
To summarize, the Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Site will house the grade level lesson activities that will be posted for each grade for the week. The updates to the site will "go live" Monday, April 6th. Each teacher will communicate with their students and direct them to the assignments. They will do so via email or Google Classroom. As students complete work and submit it, teachers will provide feedback rather than grades. The focus for now will be on previously learned skills and steadily going deeper with them. Moving forward, we will continue to help your child learn and grow.
Your child’s teacher(s) will be in routine communication with all of you. I plan to continue emailing your student(s), as well. It’s been a lot of fun to finally be at a point where I can engage with them more. I can’t say enough about how much we all have enjoyed Spirit Week this week! It is a small piece that seems to have gone a long way to helping address the priority that the Commissioner of Education established and all of us know: bolstering the emotional well-being of our students.
Take care and stay healthy.
African Safari Anyone?
Don't Look Now, You Might be Learning Science
April is National Poetry Month
Maybe there's a budding poet in your home? National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States.
Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day during National Poetry Month. On this day, select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem or maybe send a poem to a far-away friend or relative so they receive it on Poem in Your Pocket Day, which is Thursday, April 30. Look for more information on sharing your poems. Here's a few favorites:
Though school is closed, the BOKS team has been working hard to bring you the best at-home activities to keep your kids active and healthy. As such, they will be offering Facebook LIVE BOKS classes each week day at 12PM, and the best news is that anyone can join in the fun! Please join some of the wonderful BOKS Trainers at www.facebook.com/boks each weekday for a fun dose of physical activity for you and your kids. If you aren’t able to join the events at that time, don’t worry, the workouts will remain on the BOKS Facebook page and can be watched at your convenience. We hope you have fun with these workouts and can’t wait to continue with our BOKS classes in the future. In the meantime, you can also checkout BOKS' ABC Workout below.
Developing Schedules While We're Home
Kids need structure. Schedules achieve this. Your little learners may resist at first, but they will thrive with order, and so will you. For older kids (five and up), co-create the schedule. Think: orange post-its are required learning (maths, reading, science) and yellow posts-it are fun (TV, iPad). Parent picks two, kid picks two. Exercise, some mindfulness, art, drama, and music can all get time slots too. Where possible, make following a schedule fun—ideally, switching tasks shouldn’t feel like a drill but like an opportunity. Create your own template or feel free to edit this schedule: Daily Schedule Template
Jordan/Jackson Spirit Week
Each day next week we are inviting our students, families, and staff to participate in a virtual spirit week. This will be a fun way to stay connected and have some fun together! If you follow us on Instagram(@jordanjackson_ma) or Twitter(@JordanJacksonMA), please tag us in the photos! See Spirit Days below.
Corny Joke Challenge
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