Sunday, August 16, 2020
Mrs. Hladun's Tidings
Our teachers officially come back to work on Monday (although they've been working hard and preparing most of the summer, honestly!). This year won't start like most, but we are still committed to making it the best possible.
We are likely to hit bumps in the road. We are likely to have technical issues. We are likely to make changes to our schedules and routines as we get the hang of things.
Even though there will be challenges (some of which we can't even anticipate), we are committed to providing a rigorous learning environment for your child. We are committed to ensuring your child makes a year's worth of growth this year. We are committed to doing our best.
In the coming weeks, please be kind. Please be patient (with yourself, your child, and your child's teacher!). Please give grace. We are going to do the same.
This Week's Most Important Thing - Digital Learning Materials Pick Up
You can find information about our supply list here. When school starts, your students will need some basic items (pencils, crayons, markers, paper, etc...) from these lists. It is up to you if you want to purchase all of the items now, or wait until school starts to confirm supply needs with your child's teacher.
Preparing for a Positive Experience!
A few things that stood out to me:
1. reducing eye fatigue - be sure your child looks at something at a distance every 20 minutes
2. body fatigue - ensure your child's feet can touch the floor - dangling feet are hard on the body over time; your teacher will build in breaks - encourage physical activity during that time
3. mark time - use a visual timer or clock to help your child monitor their time on task so it doesn't feel like forever!
4. fuel - have water and snacks ready to go - learning is hard work!
5. routine - help your child feel like they are in school - get up at a set time, shower, get dressed, and brush teeth before school
And most importantly, remember that your attitude about school and distance learning informs your child's attitude. Acknowledge the challenges, but keep your expressed feelings optimistic and positive!
Also, you are encouraged to check out the mindfulness section of our website - visit it, click through the resources and come back to check out our progress as we build this section of our webpage.
Back to School Night - Virtually Styled
Your teacher will also share a video about him/herself (as a part of or separate from their Back to School Night presentation).
Lastly, your teacher will schedule an open Q&A for parents between 8/18 and 8/27. Be watching for a Google Meet link so you can participate if you'd like!
We have a wonderful on site care program called STAR. They will be open on our campus from 7:00am-5:30pm and enrollment is open now!
STAR will assist students with logging into their synchronous (live) learning time and completing their asynchronous (independent) work as well. Please see their FAQ's for more information https://main.starsacramento.org/galaxy-faq/
Click here to enroll. Please direct any questions to STAR directly - there is a contact form in their FAQ linked above.
Non-School Days & District Calendar Links
NON-SCHOOL DAYS or SPECIAL DAYSWed., 8/19: Last Day of Summer Break
Mon., 9/7: Labor Day / no school
Fri., 10/2-Mon., 10/5: Fall Break / no school
Mon., 11/2: District Professional Development / no school
Wed., 11/11: Veteran's Day / no school
Mon., 11/16-Fri., 11/20: Conference Week (watch for details in late October!)
Mon., 11/23-Fri., 11/27: Thanksgiving Break / no school
Mon., 12/21-Mon., 1/4: Winter Break / no school
Mon., 1/18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / no school
Fri., 2/12-Mon., 2/15: Mini February Break / no school
Fri., 3/26: Public Safety (PS) Day*
Mon., 3/29-Fri., 4/2: Spring Break / no school
Mon., 4/5: Public Safety (PS) Day*
Mon., 5/31: Memorial Day / no school
Fri., 6/11: Last Day of School
*Fri., 3/26 and Mon., 4/5 are Public Safety (PS) Days - PS days are non student and non teacher word days unless they are needed as make-up days for prior Public Safety closures (smoke, power outages, etc...)