Coronavirus & Home Learning
Useful Information for Families
Information for Families
The next three week packets will be available at Grab and Go sites and also online beginning next Tuesday April 14th. The closest site to Sanibel is Heights Elementary. Packets are for students who are not able to access online. Students should not be doing both online and a packet. Please only pick up if you don't have access to the internet.
Here is the link to the Packets for April 14th - May 1st
Virtual Learning Begins March 30, 2020 for our K-8 students.
If you have issues with logging in! Or with The Chromebook itself email our Tech Support.
Our Front office Lobby is now closed. Please call the school with your needs. We will do our best to serve you and your child with your educational needs. Call 239-472-1617 between and 8am and 2PM.
What a unique time we are in. We recognize how incredibly difficult this situation is for many families. With schools closing for extended periods of time, we want you to know that we are here to support you as best we can. We will continue to share information from the School District of Lee County as it becomes available. Right now the governor has stated schools will resume April 15th, 2020. We encourage you to take care of yourselves, your family, and be cautious. We are so thankful for all of the teachers, administrators, and education companies offering these resources completely free to support parents, educators, and students during this challenging time.
To support you in this time, you will also find links with resources to help you talk to your child about COVID-19 and to help ease their fears.
We appreciate your partnership as we navigate this unknown territory together. Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Vilardi Via e-mail if you have any questions or concerns along the way.
We are distributing Chromebooks one per family K-12. If your older child has one or you have a computer at home, you don't need to get one. The district's goal is to have one computer in each household so learning can continue.
With Great Appreciation,
Mr. Chuck Vilardi and Jamie Reid
Principal email: ChuckV@leeschools.net
Click Below to see the latest information from the District of Lee county
How to Talk With Your Child About COVID-19
Please use the following resources to support conversations with your child about COVID-19 and help reduce any fears he or she may have.
This site is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Just click the button and it will take you to the website.
Free Educational Websites for Home
Sometimes screen time is a necessity if we have children at home and work we need to do. Here are three apps that make screen time a learning time:
- CodeMonkey: a game-based education program that teaches children to code. It comes with a membership fee, but there's a free 14-day trial that doesn't require a credit card.
- BrainPop: Online learning across subject areas for children in kindergarten through middle school and ELL learning for all age groups. Free.
- Khan Academy: Online learning in math, science, and literacy for all age groups. Standards-aligned. Free.
- BrainPop: Fun, interactive educational activities for all ages and all subject areas
- Scholastic Learn at Home: Interactive learning journeys for all ages.
Really Great Reading
To support our teachers and their communities, until April 14, we are offering Letter Tile Free Play for FREE. This digital letter tile interface will give teachers and students the ability to participate in distance learning and independent practice. You may want to send the following link to your families. Click to access Letter Tile Free Play>>
We know many schools closed unexpectedly and teachers are looking for activities that can be shared with their students. We have put together a selection of PDFs that focus on parent friendly items like passage reading and high-frequency word fluency. Click here to visit our home connection resources>>
Please also participate in our new webinar “Continuing Phonics Suite Instruction in Distance Learning Environments” to learn more about these resources. Click here to register>>
Heart Word Magic is a complimentary teaching tool designed to help students learn to read and spell high-frequency words, particularly those that aren’t very decodable. You may share this terrific tool with your students’ families as an additional home connection resource. Click here>>
Click here for facts sheets, posters, and resources for your school/classroom.
1st Grade Resources
2nd Grade Resources
3rd Grade Resources
4th Grade Resources
5th Grade Resources
Virtual Field Trips
20 virtual field trips that you can take with your kids. There are also lesson ideas, activities and book suggestions to extend the learning for each type of destination.
Live Facebook Reading
Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association, with approval from authors and/or publishers, we'll be doing a LIVE Facebook Reading each night for the next few weeks of some of our favorite picture books!
Tomorrow (Monday) will be the book "Sticks" by Diane Alber at 6:30pm CST.
Bring your family and join in!
Spanish Children's Stories
Well-known children's stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker. Great for kids... and adults too! Read along in Spanish or English.
Click Below to See Lee County Schools Resources Page
The students have many terrific websites provided to them for free to help each student enrich his or her learning experience. Parents also have access through the internet to students’ grades, test scores, textbooks, and AR information. There is an easy way for students and parents to access these websites. An internet page called Launchpad has all the student and parent “apps” (similar to a phone or tablet) available in one place. Best of all, most of the apps are automatically signed in after a student initially enters their username and password into Launchpad. This sheet will provide you with specific information on how to access the Launchpad as well as a description of some of the websites available to students and parents.
- OVERDRIVE (found under the “Instructional Apps” folder): I love this app! Did your child forget to bring an AR book home? Was the AR book not a good fit for your child? This app brings you to the Lee County Public School’s Digital Library. From here your child can search for and read library books at home without ever leaving the house!
Compass Learning (found under the “Instructional Apps” folder): Compass Learning provides your child with a personalized math, reading, science, and social studies learning path that can be both monitored and manually altered by the teacher. You can also view your child’s Compass Learning portfolio to see how they are performing on assignments.
Pearson SuccessNet (found under the “Instructional Apps” folder): Pearson SuccessNet is where your child’s main weekly reading story can be found and where students will go every Friday to complete their graded weekly reading test. Students will read the story in class throughout the week, but students are also able to use this website to practice reading their weekly story at home or to get caught up when absent from school.
ThinkCentral (found under the “Instructional Apps” folder): ThinkCentral will connect you to your child’s math textbook, extra math worksheets, math tools, and videos to help explain math homework.
HMH Central (found under the “Instructional Apps” folder): HMH Central is also known as “FASTT Math”. This is a fun website to help students master their math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students will be moved on along as they master each set of facts.
Google Apps (found under the “Google Apps” folder): This is a folder containing all of the Google Apps available to your child. There are many great ways that teachers and students use Google Apps in the classroom. Parents do not have direct access to these applications outside of Launchpad, but can monitor their child(ren)’s Google Apps by signing in as instructed below.
Easily motivate 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math. Accessible at home for free. Many students have already accessed Prodigy Math at school.
Scholastic Learn At Home
GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home gets kids active, offers quiet moments for focus and calm, and provides tons of ways for kids and families to learn, bond, have fun, and spread Good Energy! To get started, check out our recommendations below and sign up on this page for our Good Energy emails to receive new resources weekly. You can also find the Good Energy videos on any of the GoNoodle apps on the web, iOS, Android, AppleTV, Amazon Fire, Roku.
Story Time From Space
SCHOOL MESSENGER COMMUNICATE:
The School District of Lee County uses School Messenger Communicate to share important messages about your child’s education. The system allows us to call, text and email you. To receive messages from your child’s school, you need to create a free account. Just go to www.leeschools.net/parent_portal to sign up. In order to receive text messages you must opt in by texting YES, OPTIN or SUBSCRIBE to 67587. The District is not allowed to send you texts unless you opt in.
Access your child’s grades, attendance and assignment information through the FOCUS Parent Portal. Sign up for a free account at https://lee.focusschoolsoftware.com/focus/ to stay connected to your student’s education!
Our school uses a communication tool called “Peachjar” to send school-approved flyers to you electronically. We also post them on the school website (just click the Peachjar icon on our homepage to see them.) To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts. When you receive your first digital flyer, be sure to click “always display images.” This “green” initiative saves our school paper, reduces copy costs and removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers!