March 14, 2020
Note from Ms. Moulton
It's been said before and is worth saying again - we are in uncharted territory. My hope for everyone is simply that while we may need to be physically further apart, we work together to stay healthy and stay connected. To that end, my weekly communication will likely be more frequent. I also encourage you to follow our Hosmer Facebook page where we will be making attempts to increase our virtual interaction.
I myself am thinking about ways to develop new routines. This is something that we all benefit from, especially children. I encourage you to work with your children to develop predictable daily schedules. Your children are accustomed to having routine structure to the day - with academic routines, lunch, recess, movement breaks, specials course etc. happening at predictable times each day. At home, perhaps your daily schedules could include some of the following:
- Reading time
- Creativity time (art, music, writing, building things, etc.)
- Online learning time
- Chore time (most students have classroom jobs!)
- Virtual connections with family or friends via facetime
- Outdoor play or Indoor exercise
- Meal prep and eating
- (And don't forget regular wake-up and bedtimes!)
A sample schedule I saw online is pictured below. If you come up with a schedule that you are open to sharing, send me a picture and we can share ideas with each other!
As Dr. Galdston noted in her recent communication, "At this time, WPS Central Office will be open. However, school buildings are closed for business. If you need to get into a building, please contact your school’s principal. If your child has medication(s) that are needed during this time period, please contact the Student Services Office at 617-926-7766 or email email@example.com."
We will get through this as a community.
As always, thank you for your support of our fantastic school!
Head to the HosmerSchool Facebook page
Tuesday at 10:30am
to join Ms. Moulton for an online read aloud!
Please consider adding this to your family schedule.
(I do ask you to bear with me - this will be my first time doing something like this! I can't promise that it will be without glitches, but I am going to try.)
See this parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists if you are seeking advice on how to best talk about coronavirus with your children.
Food Support for Students
Watertown Food Pantries
The Watertown Food Pantry is located at:
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street (Rear)
Watertown, MA 02472
Hours of operation are Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Proof of Watertown residency is required. For more information about the Watertown Food Pantry, eligibility or to volunteer, call the Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center at 617-972-6490.
Watertown Catholic Collaborative of Sacred Heart & Saint Patrick
St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry is located at:
Sacred Heart Rectory (Basement)
770 Mount Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry serves individuals from Watertown. Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, or receipt) is required to register. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 11:45 am. For more information call Beverly Concannon, Coordinator, at (617) 926-7121
Online Resources for Students
In her recent email, Dr. Galdston wrote, "After the first four days of closure, we will provide families with information about ways to “Keep Learning Alive” as we experience this extended school closure. The suggested activities will not be mandatory and are not considered instruction."
District, curriculum, and building leaders will be meeting in the coming days to provide you with a more comprehensive list of ideas and activities. In the meantime, here are a few online resources that students are already familiar with logging into and using.
iReady (all students, all grades)
Splash Math (many, but not all students have used this)
Keyboarding Without Tears (grades 2, 3 and 4)