SEL Newsletter

September 14, 2020

Welcome back, RMS families!

We hope that everyone is ready (and maybe even a little excited) for the 2020/2021 school year! This year is certainly going to be different than any school year we've ever experienced but we're confident that it will be amazing. We hope that the SEL Newsletter will be a helpful source of information for families. We realize that this first newsletter contains a LOT of information, but we hope that you'll stick with us and know that future newsletters will be more manageable. Please reach out to us with any questions, comments or recommendations or if there is anything we can do to support your child(ren) and family.

Mrs. Cruz, Mrs. Pacheco & Mrs. Ryan

SEL Google Classroom

We would like every student to join our SEL Google Classroom this year! Every week we'll post a variety of lessons and activities that give students opportunities to learn and practice social emotional skills. Here's how to sign up:

1.) Go to

2.) Log in to your student's Old Rochester google account (their login info is their school email address, and their password is their lunch code followed by three zeros)

3.) Enter the class code: gvjuo2c

3.) Click the blue Join button on the top right of the screen.

Parent/Guardian Resources

Student Resources

2020 Pep Talk by Children (Big Life Journal) #2020PepTalk

Parent Back-to-School Update (Survey)


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Back to School Lunch Tips

  1. Students will have lunch in the cafeteria, seated at individual desks spaced six feet apart. All desks and chairs will be sanitized after each lunch period.
  2. Masks can be removed while seated and actively eating, but must be put on when finished or asking to leave the cafeteria or to speak to a staff member.
  3. Students often ask for help with opening things in their lunch box. Please consider having your child practice opening their lunch items to minimize contact between staff and students.

Common Items Students Need Help Opening

  • Yogurt tubes
  • Juice boxes/pouches
  • Lunchables
  • Fruit cups
  • Thermos containers
  • Water bottles
  • Sandwich containers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Chips


We're getting creative in order to provide our students with safe opportunities to play and engage with their peers. Students will have recess outside on the playground one grade level at a time. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to use the play structure, swing set, Chloe Whirl or loose playground equipment. When available, we will be able to use easy-to-sanitize equipment (thank you, Mr. Woodward!) and supervising staff will assist students with cleaning equipment after use. Here are some other details for how recess will look this year:

1.) Students will remain with their class for recess.

2.) There are separate sections identified on the grass and blacktop for each class.

3.) Each of these sections will have a socially distant recess activity for the class to participate in. The next day that they are in school they will rotate to a different activity.

4.) If a student does not want to participate in the recess activity provided for them they may utilize the walking track or the designated Fresh Air Break spot.

Recess activities for the week of 9/16-9/18:

Jump rope

Hula Hoops

Field Walking Path

Virtual SEL Lunch Groups

We are excited to continue offering grade level lunch groups (open to all students) on Mondays, beginning 9/21/2020. Our lunch groups are a great way for students to connect with each other, especially those in different cohorts and students who are remote. Groups will be twenty minutes and will be structured to provide students with opportunities to practice social emotional skills.

K & Grade 1: 12:40-1:00

Meeting ID: 920 6989 2111

Password: Lunch

Grade 2:12:40-1:00

Meeting ID: 974 5677 1508

Password: Lunch

Grade 3:12:15-12:35

Meeting ID: 946 4933 5809

Password: Lunch

Grade 4:12:15-12:35

Meeting ID: 941 4046 0322

Password: Lunch

Grade 5:11:50-12:10

Meeting ID: 931 9846 9164

Password: Lunch

Grade 6:11:50-12:10

Meeting ID: 980 5173 9603

Password: Lunch