The Bobby's Run School Bulletin
Friday, December 18, 2020
I hope that you and your family have time to relax and enjoy the winter break. Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season. Please look for our next Bobby's Run School Bulletin on Friday, January 15th.
Social Distancing Does Not Mean Social Isolation!
~Research and Suggestions by Caren Wallen and Liz Corej, Speech-Language Specialists for BRS~
While there is no manual to guide parents on how to parent their children from birth to adulthood, there’s REALLY no guide to help parents know how to allow your child(ren) to have social interactions with friends and family during a pandemic! Social distancing does not mean, though, that they can’t have social interactions.
There are many alternatives to “up-close,” face-to-face peer play. Although students are on computers for remote learning and may already meet to play video games, here are some suggestions that contain games, websites, and ideas for peer interaction and family fun:
https://www.thebestideasforkids.com - Crafts, Activities, Games, and Printable Worksheets
www.google.com - Encourage children to look up information on google about their interests (i.e. animals, history topics, or plan a trip for during or even after remote learning.
www.GoNoodle.com - 3-5 minute dance routines for movement breaks!
Virtual Playdates: Children can sign on with their friends and just chat and share family and school experiences. Using Skype, Facetime, Zoom, Google HangOut, or Google HouseParty allows the children to meet up 1:1 or in a group (almost like a water cooler interaction without the water cooler). You may need to give your child conversation starters or topics to discuss. For example, “How was school today?”, sports teams scores, or Show and Tell using items around the house.
Another idea is to have children do an art project together like coloring, doing their own puzzle, cutting snowflakes. Make it a weekly event that the children can look forward to!
Games via Video Chat:
Dance Party, Would You Rather…, Flip the Bottle, Show and Tell, Facebook Games, Pogo, Pokemon Go. Students play versions of these games as earning time during speech sessions so they should know the rules (and can share with parents/siblings/friends). They love competitiveness and it works on expressive language, vocabulary, and good sportsmanship without them even realizing it!
Virtual Field Trips: www.nymetroparents.com - From here you can live stream trips to aquariums and zoos around the country.
https://www.weareteachers.com/best-virtual-field-trips/ - A variety of 25 field trips.
www.YouTube.com - search Home Safari - observe various animals in zoo habitats.
Here are some suggestions for family interactions or with neighbors for socially distanced fun!
Socially distant bike rides
Take a walk or drive to play “I Spy” , view nature, look at holiday decorations
Yoga or exercise together
Include your child in meal preparation, especially snacks or cookies
Arts and crafts
Talk via phone or walkie talkies with friends in close proximity
Make a card to send to a friend or family member, especially grandparents
We hope some of these suggestions will work for your family. Remember, these ideas work at all times (not just a pandemic!) to improve social language with your child. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about your child’s social language needs. Stay safe and have a joyous, healthy holiday season!!
Congratulations to our GEOY and SSMOY!
Mrs. Amy Andrews is surprised at her home with flowers, balloons, and sweet treats from Mrs. Rosvold, Ms. Vecchio, and Ms. Larison.
Ms. Wells celebrates her award with her two sons, Levi and Landon, with big smiles!
BRS Winter Holiday Traditions
Today is the last day to enter your winter holiday tradition. Click here to complete your submission!
Holiday Homework Break
Click here for the district communication on this.
Save the Date: Virtual Parent Workshop, Social Emotional Learning Tools for Parents
Our guidance department has organized a live virtual parent workshop on social emotional learning. The workshop is hosted by Box out Bullying and is called "SEL Tools for Parents." The workshop will take place on January 7, 2021. Discover how to use certain solution-focused techniques, the Peace Table, that will have an immediate impact on a child's behavior, achievement, and social emotional intelligence. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. We will get additional information about the time and log in access when we get closer. We hope to see you there!
Spirit Days & School Closures
Friday December 18th: Holiday Spirit Day, wear holiday colors to celebrate the season
Wednesday December 23rd: Ugly Sweater Day, half day for students and staff, school day ends at 12:15
Thursday December 24th-Monday January 4th- School Closed Winter Break