Weekly Updates

New Lebanon School

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We Did It - Week 3 of Distance Learning Complete!

Hello Bobcat Families!


In the spirit of full disclosure, this week seems to have been the longest one yet - we don't know if it was the weather or the feeling of the unknown. That being said, what we do know is that we are a community at New Leb, and a community that sticks together when times are hard. Remember, even though we are not physically here, we are HERE for one another every day. Just a phone call, email, or FaceTime away - including us. If your child (or you) are having a hard day - reach out to your teacher or Ms. B and Mrs. Monaco. We can always hop on a call or FaceTime to catch up!


We have spent a bit of time this week scouring through all of the resources coming across our desks/email, and we wanted to pull out some of the ones we found most helpful during this time. Although they may appear un-related, we addressed topics that we feel we have heard families chatting about and looking for more information on. Enjoy at your leisure!


Where can I find that GPS Distance Learning information again? Click on the link below and then click on "Parent Resources."

https://www.greenwichschools.org/teaching-learning/distance-learning


Can I join the library - YES! You can join the Greenwich Public Library virtually and have access to so many audio books and more! Click here: https://www.greenwichlibrary.org/forms/sign-up-for-a-library-card/.

For students who would like to join, there is a special link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeO3GZzbuuYDN5h_qkIA5Md_0BvsJVPtJRo15TA3cWo_5BOcw/viewform.


I am stuck with Math - what else can I do outside of what the teacher is providing me? Ms. Irene Parisi, GPS Chief Academic Officer, put together a Messy Math Box Video where you can go through your house and create a math box.


My child just read a book - what do I do now? Check out this website which lists many questions you can ask you child after they finish reading a book (even if you have not read it!): https://www.nagc.org/how-discuss-books-your-kids.


Kahn Academy posted some great sample schedules families can use throughout their day (great to get ideas from). These are for K-12 students and provide links to some incredible resources for all students - including podcasts to listen to as a family and discuss. It is available in all languages: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSZhOdEPAWjUQpqDkVAlJrFwxxZ9Sa6zGOq0CNRms6Z7DZNq-tQWS3OhuVCUbh_-P-WmksHAzbsrk9d/pub.


This is a great video for parents, children, and educators that explains how and why we may lose control of our emotions. This is a great pro-active video to watch and a wonderful learning tool! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc.


Thank you to our 1st grade team for sharing this video about what we can do when something is hard or we just can't seem to get it...YET! The Power of Yet (good for K-3): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs.


We hope you find some of these helpful, and please continue to reach out with any information and/or resources you are interested in. We are HERE!


Love,

Ms. B & Mrs. Monaco

Important Upcoming Dates!

Friday, April 10th: Good Friday, NO SCHOOL (No Distance Learning)

Monday, April 13th: Easter Monday, NO SCHOOL (No Distance Learning)

Tuesday, April 14th - Friday, April 17th: Distance Learning Days (no longer Spring Break)


Exciting Things to Look Forward To...Details Coming Soon!

Virtual Read-a-thon!

Virtual Spirit Week!

Join us online on Tuesday for a Virtual PTA Meeting!

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Students from Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and more Top Universities Give Free Tutoring to K-12 Students!

With the shift to distance learning across nationwide school systems, college students from Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley, and +50 other top universities are giving free online tutoring (two hours per child so many students can benefit) to families coping with school closures!


Read more about this great offering here: https://medium.com/gopeer/students-from-harvard-mit-uc-berkeley-give-free-tutoring-to-k-12-students-229cff0e3464


Request a tutor here: https://gopeer.org/

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Mindvalley Brings You 12 of the World’s Top Parenting Experts to Train You Live!

This resources offers 12 coaches live on Zoom, free for all parents and teachers doing their best to cope with the current global situation! Check it out here: https://littlehumans.com/

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

PLEASE check your Dojo account for an important message about your fifth grader's schedule for 6th grade at Western Middle School. There should be a NEW Google Survey for you to fill out. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Maurer at Audrey_Maurer@greenwich.k12.ct.us.

Looking for More Books?

Greenwich Public Schools has wonderful resources for reading books online. Please click on the link below and scroll down to "ebook collections." We like the Tumble Book Library - there are so many wonderful books you have read yourself or have read out loud to you!


Looking for a specific book? Once on Tumble Book Library, Click on "index" and you can search for your favorite book alphabetically.


https://www.greenwichschools.org/teaching-learning/academics/digital-literacy-lms/research-tools

Greg Tang Math Challenges!

Do you want to check out one of Greg Tang's Math Challenges? He currently has a Spring Break Challenge and a March Madness Challenge. Check them out here: https://gregtangmath.com/challenges.
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Families as Partners in Distance Learning - A Message from our Consultant, Patti Jomo

Please see below for a wonderful video and one-pager that was created by our Families as Partners in Learning Consultant, Ms. Patti Jomo. Families are at the center of Distance Learning, and this video will guide you through what that might look like for you!
Families As Partners In DISTANCE Learning - 1

Report Cards

The district emailed you directions about how to access your child's report card in Aspen. If you do not receive an email from the district, please contact Christina in the main office by emailing her at christina_fedyn-gorbal@greenwich.k12.ct.us.


Questions about how to access your report card can be emailed to: Portal_support@greenwich.k12.ct.us


You can also watch this Youtube video about how to access the report card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC88grXUcxo&feature=youtu.be


Below is the letter from Dr. Toni Jones regarding report cards:


Dear Parent,
Your Aspen Family Portal account has been created. Elementary report cards will be available after 3pm Wednesday, April 1.
Your login credentials for the Aspen Family Portal are as follows:
Website: https://ct-greenwich.myfollett.com
Username: XXX
Password: XXX
You will be prompted to change your password upon login. This password must be 9 characters in length.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to set your password https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qNvz9sychTvuXYfHKfeYcsVe5Mvrwq2Ka72cMX1EQh0/edit
Click here for a very quick video on how to view your Elementary child’s report card. https://youtu.be/NC88grXUcxo
Please email any questions (including your child’s name and school) to
Portal_support@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Thank you,
Dr. Toni Jones
Superintendent

Below are links to log into your students’ grade level lesson plans. All future days will be in the same place for Distance Learning!

Click on each link to access your child's lesson plans for each day...these are the same Google Docs as you accessed in the past!


Kindergarten link


Grade 1 link


Grade 2 link


Grade 3 link


Grade 4 link


Grade 5 link

Check out the video below to see how you get to each day's lesson

Using Bookmarks In Google Docs

Google Hangouts Meet

Google Hangouts Meet is activated for Greenwich Public Schools, and has been in use for the past two weeks across the District for small groups. Students/teachers must set-up an invitation to do a Google Hangout Meets session, and their recipient must click the link at the time/date of the meeting to join the session.


It is important to note that this feature makes meetings available to all students. Students should only accept Google Hangout Meet invitations from their teachers and ignore/block everyone else unless directed differently from the teacher. This will help ensure that this feature is used appropriately and safely by our students with an adult present. GPS is on Google for Education which keeps the features only within our GPS network.


GPS protocols for Live Video Discussions

  • Appropriate Clothing (The attire should be school-appropriate; This is to avoid a secondary student chatting in their pajamas)

  • Appropriate Place (The student should chat while at a table, desk, or learning space)

  • When online, mute the microphone until it’s time to speak. This eliminates background noise for all.

  • If the teacher utilizes a chat feature, a question can be asked while somebody is speaking through the chat.

  • If not using the camera, both students and teachers should block their cameras.

Need Help Logging into Google Meet?

Check out the video below if you need support logging into Google Meet with your child's teacher.
Logging Into Google Meet

Is your child under the weather?

If your child has a reported illness, fever, or other symptoms, please email Nurse Pat so we can keep track just like we would when we are in school: Patricia_Bleuher@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Meals for Families

NEW!! When you come grab your breakfast at 9:20am, you can also grab your lunch for later in the day. Breakfast and Lunuch can be grabbed at 9:20am.


If you would still like to come get lunch at 12:30pm, that is STILL available! See you there!


The Breakfast and Lunch schedule can be found here.


Neighbor to Neighbor - Food Assistance:

If you need additional food assistance for your family during this time, please reach out to our school social worker, Sandra Saavedra at Sandra_Corrente@greenwich.k12.ct.us.

IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP/SUPPORT WHILE WE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL

Our School Social Worker School Psychologist will be available during school hours (8:00am-3:00pm) via email if you need any support.


Kaitlin Cyr: kaitlin_cyr@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Sandra Saavedra: Sandra_Corrente@greenwich.k12.ct.us


In case of an emergency, please call 911 or 211 (Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services or EMPS).


Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234 if you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis or are concerned about someone who might be.


Kids in Crisis - 24 Hour Hotline - (203) 661-1911

Need help? Not sure? Any time of the day or night, there is always a live counselor on the end of the phone. These trained Crisis Counselors are available to provide immediate help and assess services needed to address and work through any situation.

INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS

INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS:

Hotline Numbers for residents who have questions about COVID-19:

203-622-7865

203-622-7703

203-622-7614

203-622-7842

203-622-7836


COVID-19 Testing at Murphy Medical Associates:

1 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich 06830

30 Buxton Farm Road, Stamford, CT 06905