SCHOOL/DISTRICT CLOSURE INFO vol. 6
FOR WLCSD FAMILIES
WHAT IS NEW?
MESSAGE FROM WLCSD
Our entire school community is supporting our children, families, and staff in so multiple ways, and I am constantly reminded of the resilience and strength we have together. The second week of virtual learning, with new content, was replete with interaction with thousands of Google classroom experiences, lessons delivered with Zoom and Google Meet, and continuous connections with students. Our administrators are meeting with staff in their grade level and department level meetings, and school wide staff meetings are taking place to share best practices. As well, many staff are reaching out to students and families to support learning.
As we execute our Continuity of Learning Plan, it is critical that all students are being served. Significant outreach efforts were made this week to mail educational packets to children/families identified as not having contact virtually with their teachers.
We are striving to continue to answer parent questions, distribute Chromebooks to those who reach out to their teachers and principals, and to help families and staff members navigate this new reality.
- High School Grading continues to pose several questions. Please see this Updated GRADING Frequently Asked Questions document.
- Class of 2020 Special Recognition Tabloid. Please see this link to learn about a new opportunity to honor our high school seniors.
- Virtual Kindergarten Orientation: Virtual Kindergarten Orientation began on Monday, April 27. The four-step process includes a video, Google Form, fully virtual enrollment process, and Zoom meetings that will take place the week of May 11-15. If you know of families with kindergarten children, please encourage them to go on our the WLCSD website, www.wlcsd.org, and enroll.
- Virtual Learning Survey: Staff Appreciation week is next week, May 4-10; please take a moment to email a thank you message to a staff member by using our Staff Directory, or complete our Virtual Learning Survey and give us your feedback.
- Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 is also May 4-10. Easter Seals Services are available to our families.
We are committed to communicating what we know, when we know it. Thank you for your partnership in supporting our children and each other. Please let us know how we can help you by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you safety and health,
Superintendent of Schools
Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 2020-2021
Incoming kindergarten parents for the 2020-2021 school year are invited to enroll your child during our Virtual Kindergarten Orientation beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020.
Kindergarten students must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2020.
Exception: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten
if he/she is not five years of age on September 1, 2020, but will be five years of
age not later than December 1, 2020 and parent or legal guardian notifies the school
district in writing (Kindergarten Waiver Form) that he or she intends to enroll the
child in kindergarten.
VIRTUAL KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION VIDEO & ALL OTHER RESOURCES
iReady Resource Updates
· NEW! i-Ready.com/Families is a new family support site that houses all of our i-Ready “Guidance for Families.” A link can also be found under i-Ready Personalized Instruction on the /AtHome home page.
· NEW! YouTube Tech Tutorial Videos for Families are available to assist families with common “how to” questions.here.
Food Pantries Remain Open
Outside Food Pantry Available
Please take what you need. If you would like to help fill the pantry, you can do that as well. We are all committed to taking good care of each other.
VITAL RESOURCES FOR HUMAN WELL-BEING
- Building Connectedness and Belonging for Students While School Buildings are Closed:
use tomorrow” strategies, as well as virtual systems that can help you to maintain and foster meaningful relationships virtually (Panorama Ed)
- CASEL: SEL resources during COVID Pandemic
- Comprehensive COVID Resources for Schools: Curated by educators all over Oakland County for the Teaching and Learning Council.
- EDUCATOR’S GUIDE TO SUPPORTING THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS: Michigan Department of Education and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services April 2020
- Guidance on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Remote Education guidance /answers to questions/concerns related to high-leverage teaching and learning practices for equity-based remote education. (New York University Metro Center)
- Helping Students Cope: Gathered resources to help staff and parents support their children during the pandemic. National Association of School Psychologists
- Mental and Behavioral Health Resources in Oakland County: Local resources gathered by a variety of Oakland Schools consultants.
- Michigan Model for Health : Digital curriculum, include modules around SEL
- Moving Beyond the Packet: Creating More Culturally Responsive Distance Learning Experiences: Click on link to access webinar
School SEL Resources: Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is committed to helping all leaders, educators, students, and families in their effort to build and sustain positive emotional climates.
Tools to Address Trauma Here you will find a number of recommendations for trauma screening and assessment tools and trauma-specific interventions (from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services).
RESOURCES - UPDATED EACH WEEK
WLCSD FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVERY MONDAY
WLCSD Food Distribution
Distribution Date(s) & Time: Mondays 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. or when all the food is distributed.
- Walled Lake Western High School, 600 Beck Road, Walled Lake
- Walled Lake Central High School, 1600 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake
Children will receive 7 days of breakfast and 7 days of lunch for all children 18 and under, and adults with disabilities 26 and under.
The meals distributed are provided by the Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), are available to all children at no cost.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM & TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Remember that only student Google accounts (not parent accounts) can join a class.
i-READY FAMILY CENTRAL DURING THIS CLOSURE
Please be sure you visit i-Ready Family Center to learn how you can support your student during the school closure. Family Guides are available in different languages.