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An Update from Dr. Nelson Gretchen

Special Education Services

March 20, 2020

Our partnership with you is now more important than ever! During this extraordinary time of change, we are all trying to understand and adjust to a new way of life. Learning and education is an essential component of our lives and we must work together to maintain learning for our children. This will not be an easy task and for some students it will be very complex. We are committed to you and our students and pledge to do our best.

During this period of time we remain dedicated to providing educational supports, to the greatest extent possible, for your child. Curriculum and Instruction, in cooperation with each school, has created grade-level plans for all students. These plans will be provided to students along with general accommodations and modifications (weekly plans will be shared with you by email). In Pupil Services, it is our responsibility, along with the general education teachers, to maximize your student’s access to these general education plans to the greatest extent possible and to create individualized plans to support your child’s IEP goals and objectives.

In addition to working on the grade level plan, you will also receive a separate Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) from your child’s case manager weekly. The ILP will include instructional activities to support special education hours, related services hours, and behavior support plans. Some plans will be more comprehensive than others, depending on your child’s needs as outlined in their IEP.

When you receive your child’s Individualized Learning Plan, it will address each goal area that is on your child’s IEP. In addition, it will outline ways for you to communicate with teachers and related service providers. This communication will take place in the form of emails, phone calls and google “meetups” or other forms of technology. Times for these meetings will either be on the form or staff will reach out to you to schedule a time. You or your child will need a device to participate. If you need a device, the district can help. Please use this link for information.

Google “Meetups” will allow for face to face contact between the teacher and your child and/or you. Please use this link to learn how to use this form of communication. Directions for Google Meets. Each teacher will provide specific times for check-ins and sessions.

Tips to Keep Kids Structured

  • Keep activities with start and end times

  • Have structured breaks

  • Allow for downtime

  • Keep routine

  • Allow for exercise and movement

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Online Safety

Common Sense Media provides suggestions for promoting on-line safety as well as appropriate on-line resources. Two particularly helpful articles from this site are included:

How to Turn Kids' Phones Off at Night (or Anytime, Really)

How to Set Screen Rules That Stick

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Academic Tips and Resources



  • Read with your child.

  • Ask questions about the story and encourage your child to do so as well (“What do you think the monster will do next?” or “What was the most important clue?”)

  • Ask your child to retell the story to you or to a younger sibling.

  • Let your child know that you are always there if he is stuck and needs help with a word.

Everyday Math:

  • Hold mock lemonade stands, bake sales or curbside sale of outgrown toys in your home. Making change means practicing math skills. You can even take it to the next level by having your child track how much money she made each hour. What time of day is the best time to have a sale? Have your child add up her expenses (for example: lemons, sugar, signs) to determine the true profit. And for garage sale leftovers, you can use Goodwill’s online valuation guide to determine the total value of what they might donate after the sale.

  • Cook with your kids. Measuring counts as math—see, you are good at math!—and simple recipes can be halved or doubled, with younger kids working the math on whole numbers and older ones on the fractions. Albuquerque math teacher Leslie Anyanonu suggests, “Make a silly recipe for your child that says ‘5/10’ cup of milk, and have her reduce it to something on the measuring cup.”

  • Get outside. Outdoor games are a great way to stretch math skills. Anyanonu suggests putting random numbers in hopscotch squares and requiring kids to add up the sums before they can advance. Timed races (of kids or toy care) are a great way to practice math. It takes even more math if you challenge kids to average the results of several heats.

  • Read about math. Combine math and reading by adding these math-centric books to your list of what to grab at the library.


Social and Emotional Well Being:

Free and Inexpensive Learning Websites

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