School Closure Updates

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Purpose of this Page

Dear Bulldog Families,


We know that this is a trying time for all.


The purpose of this page is as follows:


  1. Address your specific Brevard Academy questions.
  2. Provide you with educational resources for your children.
  3. Provide you with resources in order to help navigate this unique situation.


Our community is stronger together. Go Bulldogs!

Comporium Internet Service

If you do not have internet at home, Comporium is offering not only free WI-Fi but they will come out and install it for you. Please call them for more information and to schedule a date for installation.
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Zoom Parent Phone Call

Friday, March 20th, 1pm

This is an online event.

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Frequently Asked Parent Questions

March 18, 2020

Will there be a 2nd opportunity to pick up Chromebooks?

We will offer a 2nd round of Chromebook pick up tomorrow between 9:00-3:00.


March 17, 2020

When will children be able to log into Chromebooks?

Teachers will email out log in information in the coming days. This is a new experience for our youngest students and we need to build login accounts for them. For now, there is nothing that your child has to be engaging in online.


March 16, 2020

Why are you waiting until March 30 to begin distance learning?

The situation is changing rapidly. We are taking this week to close the school, train our staff on distance learning, provide high-quality enrichment ideas to parents, and allow staff members to take care of their families and loved ones.


In the event of a closure lasting longer than two weeks, we want to have the best online program that we can possibly offer. This will take time to put together. In the interim, students can participate in the low-tech options below, use Compass Learning and Moby Max.


We thank everyone for their patience as we work through this situation together.


Can we pick up our children's personal items?


As of now, we are not requiring students to continue working on long-term projects. We are discussing virtual ways to support students on these projects.


At this time, we are restricting access to the building for employees and essential items only, food and medicine pick up.


If we are able to have personal items picked up in a safe manner later this week, we will do so.



How will 8th graders register at Brevard High School?

We are working with the High School to get clarity on this process and we will have that information out to you as soon as possible.


Are meals at BA free?

Yes.


Will this affect Spring Break?


This is a very fluid situation in terms of how the state is adjusting calendar law for public schools. Updates from the Governor's Office and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction are coming in several times a day.


As soon as we have official school calendar changes, I will alert you to the changes.

BA Bonus Learning Days

Dear Bulldog Families:


I want to thank the incredible efforts of staff in their work today; they were able to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Close out 3rd quarter grades

  • Sanitize their rooms and hallways

  • Prepare the school for closure

  • Create a roadmap for our BA BONUS learning days

  • Provide parents with free online and no-tech options

  • Begin learning how to convert in-class experiences to online learning


As we continue to work through this unprecedented time in history, please know that your child’s learning is still something we take extremely seriously.


Our staff is working to launch an online learning platform that will be available to all students.


In the meantime, we recognize the importance of keeping your children engaged in stimulating activities during their time away from the BA campus. Our staff and administration have created a rubric titled Bonus Learning Days aimed at providing families with a structured learning day for all children, grades K-8. It is full of online, low tech, and high tech activities geared at keeping young minds occupied in educational activities.


Packets are also available at school in our information tubes and at the Transylvania County Library if you do not have internet access.


Bonus Learning Days are intended to provide structure for parents and students while we are building our distance learning program. These are not required school days and there is no need to submit work to teachers at this point. Our staff is engaged in building distance learning courses for your children.


If your child is in Kindergarten-5th grade and needs a computer, the school will be open to check out Chromebooks from 12:00-6:00 pm, tomorrow, March 17, 2020.


We will also serve a grab and go lunch tomorrow from 11:00-12:30.


I will continue to update you each day at 4:30 with our progress. I invite you to visit our webpage and click on the Sunday Message link to stay up to date with the latest news from BA.


Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


In partnership,

Ted Duncan

Parent Resources--Keep your kids learning while school is closed

Distance Learning Begins March 30

We will be moving our instruction to Google Classroom on March 30. Prior to that time, parents can take advantage of the Bonus Learning Opportunities below.


Our staff members are still learning the ins and outs of Google Classroom, and we want you to be prepared as best as possible.


Below is a link to learn more about this online delivery platform.

Bonus Learning for K-2 Students

Kindergarten- Reading

  1. In a book ask the child to identify certain letters. Say, “Find the lowercase g”. Then move onto another letter. Use upper and lower case letters. After the letter has been found, have the child give the sound for the letter.

  2. Identify and count the number of specific letters in a sentence. Find the letter “t”. How many of these letters can you find on this page?

  3. Find the word in the sentence that I call out. Tap it out with your fingers. Ask the child to use that word in a sentence.

  4. Parents will write letters on a paper. The child traces over the letter with different color pencils, markers or crayons.

  5. Air write. Put your arm in the air and write letters and words.

  6. Write letters and words on the table with your finger.

  7. On one set of index cards write the uppercase letters. On another set of index cards write the lowercase letters. Use these cards as flashcards for speed, for matching upper and lowercase letters, and for alphabetical order. Have the child put the upper case letters in alphabetical order. Another time, have the child put the lowercase letters in alphabetical order.

  8. Place all upper or lowercase cards in alphabetical order. Have your child close their eyes. Take away a card. Have your child tell you what letter is missing.

  9. Rhyme- Read a book that rhymes. Repeat and say the first rhyme word. See if the child can remember the second rhyme word. Repeat again, and see if the child can repeat both rhyme words. Ask the child if he/she can create a rhyme word that goes with the other two rhyme words.

  10. Call out 3 words making sure that two of them rhyme. Ask your child to tell you the two words that rhyme. Then ask them which word didn’t rhyme.

  11. Ask your child to give rhyme a word with the one you give them.

  12. Ask your child to give you the beginning and ending sounds of words you call out.

  13. Have your child read to you.

  14. READ, READ, READ to your child so they can develop strong listening skills and new vocabulary.


Kindergarten- Math

  1. Trace the numbers 1-20 in different colors.

  2. Air write the numbers.

  3. Write the numbers on the table with your finger.

  4. On notecards, put the numbers 1-20. Have your child put the numbers in order.

  5. Place the numbers in order. Have your child close their eyes and remove a number. Have your child tell you the missing number.

  6. With the numbers in order, count backwards touching each number.

  7. With the numbers in order, ask the child to touch a number. Do not go in order. If they cannot find the number they need to start with the number 1 and count-up.

  8. With the numbers on the cards placed in order, ask your child questions such as: What number comes before? What number comes after? What number in between? When the numbers go to the right, do they get bigger or smaller? If I start with 20 and go to the left do the numbers get bigger or smaller.

  9. Play games using the words forward, backward, up, down, after, before, more, less, right, left, whole and part. This is the language of math.

  10. With the numbers in order, have your child find items inside the house that correspond to the numbers.(Your child should do this in order.) After your child has completed this task, take the numbers away, shuffle them, and have your child put the numbers to the corresponding items again.

  11. Compare and sort objects

  12. Create patterns, extend patterns, find patterns in nature

  13. Explore all the different shapes and solids in your house and out in nature.

  14. Using manipulatives, (any items you have in the house), start adding numbers.



Bonus Work:


1st Reading:

  1. Partner read with your child. Take turns reading a sentence, a paragraph, or a page each. If your child gets stuck on a word, have them try to sound it out. If it takes more than 5 seconds read the word for them. After reading, ask them to recap what was read. Ask them to tell you about the characters and setting. Continue this for 20 minutes.

  2. Have your child draw a scene from the story that was just read. Then they can write a sentence about the picture. The sentence should go along with the story.

  3. Ask your child to find the nouns in sentences.

  4. Discuss vocabulary words that may be new to your child. Create a sentence using the new vocabulary word. See if the child can use the new word in a sentence.

  5. Ask your child a question/detail about the story. Have them point to the page and sentence with the answer.

  6. Alphabetical Order- Write the alphabet on cards. Have your child put the in letters in alphabetical order.

  7. Create stories in a journal.

  8. Read, Read, Read to your child so they can develop strong listening skills and new vocabulary.


1st Math:

  1. Play games using the language of math--forward, backward, up, down, after, before, more, less, whole, part, right, left, add, subtract and equal. Create stories using these words.

  2. Play games that include problem solving.

  3. Practice addition and subtraction computation skills with items in nature or around the house. Then practice the computational skills using only mental math.

  4. Addition and Subtraction flash cards

  5. Practice counting by tens.

  6. Compare items.



Bonus Work:


2nd Reading

  1. Your child should read 20 minutes each day. This can be silent reading, oral reading, or a combination of both. It is important to listen to your child read.

  2. Read to your child from a book that interests them to strengthen their listening skills and vocabulary development. It is also important for your child to hear your expression as you read.

  3. Keep your child writing. They can use a journal for this. They can create lists of things they need or want to do in a day. They could write a few sentences about a part of a story they have read. They could create an imaginary story, or create a story of a place they visited. They could write a song. The importance is to keep your child writing.


2nd Math

  1. Continue to work on addition, subtraction and multiplication problems

  2. Practice addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts

  3. Make games using estimation and measurement

  4. Practice mental math

Low-Tech and No-Tech Ideas to Keep Young Minds Occupied

Outdoor:

  • Cloud watching

  • Bird watching/listening

  • Observe a tree, plant, or one square foot of your yard every day and record/draw your observations*

  • Collect natural materials and make a fairy or troll house

  • Paint rocks or your sidewalk with water

  • Star gazing

  • Games: freeze tag, dodge ball, balloon tennis, frisbee, water gun tag

  • Build a teepee or fort from sticks and a sheet

  • Scavenger hunt (let kids make a list of what to find, then check off as you find them)*

  • Nature notebook (look at stars on other entries, things to add)

  • Plant a seed from something you’ve eaten, like an apple or watermelon

  • Draw with sidewalk chalk or a rock

  • Play hopscotch

  • Have a picnic

  • Teach your child games you played when you were young (ex: hot potato, kick the can, monkey in the middle, tag)



Indoor:

  • Build a blanket fort

  • Set a goal & complete a home project

  • Kitchen math (measuring, fractions, temperature, using a timer)

  • Make dough or oobleck

  • Card games, or make a house of cards

  • Build an invention with recyclables

  • Go an alphabet hunt: in one room or the whole house (find an object that starts with A, then B)

  • Make a sentence where all words start with the same letter (go down the alphabet)

  • Make a shadow play

  • Make a sock puppet

  • Read a short story and act it out, or rewrite the ending

  • Finger painting (paints, pudding, shaving cream)

  • Engineering with marshmallows and toothpicks or spaghetti, or pretzel sticks and then you can eat them!

  • Money math (sorting, making math equations, planning budget for grocery shopping)

  • Look through old photo albums and discuss family history

  • Play charades

  • Play “I Spy”

  • Make your own memory game out of family photos

  • Write a letter to someone (even yourself!) and mail it out

  • Plan and prepare a meal together (even if it’s sandwiches!)

  • Indoor basketball (using a rolled up sock)

  • Teach yourself to knit or sew

  • Create “Who Am I?” cards within a category (animals, plants, famous people, teachers at BA, professions) or “Where Am I?” cards (places in the community, solar system, famous cities)

Yearbooks! Yearbooks! Get Your Yearbooks!!

Make sure you order your yearbook soon! March 31st marks the last day yearbooks are on sale at a discounted rate. We will order very few extras.


Please go to Jostens website to reserve your copy today!

Fitness & Food

Free Lunch Services

Please see the chart below if you or someone you know could use these services. It is open to ALL students under the age of 18.
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We will regularly post information about how to stay fit and healthy in this section. We are dedicated to helping all our students reach their full academic potential. Healthy habits are a crucial part of performing at your best.

Be Excellent with Your Education!

Throughout the year, I will challenge our Bulldogs to stretch their learning and engage their world. If your child participates in one of these challenges, send in a note to the front office detailing what your child did and he/she can earn a dress down pass. Only one dress down pass can be earned for each challenge.


March Challenge--March is Women's History Month. Challenge yourself to visit a museum, read a biography, watch a movie, interview a person or visit a historical site to learn about Women's History. Bring proof of the activity along with a short, well-written letter to me about what you learned.


Choose excellence!


Mr. Duncan