April 13, 2020 Principal Message

Jeffreys Grove Magnet Elementary

From the remote desk of Principal Ventura...


Dear JG Families,


I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Monday, April 13 marks the start of a new phase with the launch of remote learning while school buildings remain closed. Please know that we understand you are working hard and doing your best to support your child at home. We will continue to extend grace and flexibility to you as we adjust to this temporary new normal. Our JG teachers have been working hard to prepare their virtual classrooms as they, too, figure out new ways of teaching and connecting with students. The way we will continue to be successful is by working together, staying connected and maintaining communication. We will get through this and it shall pass. I know we will SOAR through this challenge because we are JG EAGLES!

Please continue to get familiar with the WCPSS Remote Learning Resources Site. In an effort to partner with you in supporting students, every grade level will continue to share weekly plans to help families understand each week's desired outcomes . You will also be able to access remote learning schedules to help you see what the instructional day will look like. It's important that you access teacher schedules in order to know when pre-recorded and "live" sessions with teachers and students are happening. These can be accessed from our Jeffreys Grove Website.

Please know that we love you and miss our kids very much. As always if your family needs specific support, do not hesitate to reach out. Our contact information is on our website as well as below.


Fondly,


Juli Ventura, Proud Principal of Jeffreys Grove Magnet Elementary

mventura@wcpss.net

ACADEMIC UPDATES - MATH

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All students in grades K-5 have access to Dreambox Learning. Students at Jeffreys Grove have been using this program all year. Here are a few things to highlight that will support the ongoing use of Dreambox as we move forward. Here’s what you need to know:

• Students log into their WakeID portal, click on Dreambox, and then start playing the game. It’s that simple!

• There is a link to a parent overview on the Remote Learning Resources Site with slides and a video.

• There is a weekly live Q&A for parents in the WCPSS each Tuesday at 10:00 am via https://dreambox.zoom.us/j/982192601

If you have specific questions, please reach out first to your child’s teacher, then Odry Melendez (Instructional Facilitator) or Julie Scott (Assistant Principal).

Odry Melendez – omelendezmorel@wcpss.net

Julie Scott – jascott1@wcpss.net

JOIN US FOR VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK, APRIL 13-17, 2020

We invite your family to join our staff in participating in JG's virtual spirit week! Send us a tweet @JeffreysGroveES with your picture or video using the hashtags for the daily themes (see below). We are eager to connect with our Eagles and learn what fun activities you are enjoying. Simply share with us how you are #VirtuallySoaringtheGrove
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Balancing continued learning and support opportunities for families while maintaining flexibility

Going into spring break our district reached out to parents to share expectations and guidelines for remote learning. I invite you to take a look at this document if you have not had the opportunity to see it. You will find useful information on:


  • How to set up an at-home learning environment to help our student/s thrive at home.
  • How to access Google classroom.
  • How to get technology support if needed.
  • How to turn in assignments in Google classroom.
  • How to engage in a virtual classroom by following norms.


Please know that our teachers are here to support you and they are your first point of contact if you need any assistance. Take a deep breath and know we are just an email or Talking Points message away.

UNC-TV PARTNERSHIP

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UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction have established a partnership that will support remote learning with content that will be accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access—at no charge.

Each weekday, two blocks of programming on UNC-TV's North Carolina Channel will serve:

  • Fourth- through eighth-grade students, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • 9th- through 12th-grade students, from 1 to 6 p.m. (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).

  • For PreK through third grade, UNC-TV's 24/7 “PBS KIDS” channel -- Rootle -- will continue providing programming appropriate for that age group.

These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online.

Thank you for time and attention! Have a great week!