Pierremont Paw Print

November 6, 2020

Note from Gina

Hello Pierremont Famlies,

We have enjoyed another week of teaching and learning! Kids in Virtual Campus and in person have done a great job getting to work right away. I want to thank all parents in Virtual Campus and in-person learning for getting children to school on time. We have had excellent punctuality!

The in-person staff has been working hard to arrange learning for students during their at-home days. Please read the information below for more details.

Finally, let's have some fun! Next week we are starting a new trend. We are calling our trend T-Shirt Tuesday. Whether you are in school or at home, wear your Pierremont spirit wear or anything with Pierremont school colors (Blue and Yellow) on Tuesday. If you are at home, take a picture and post it on our school Facebook page.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the nice weather!

In-Person Blended Learning Information

Starting next week, Monday is an on-line learning day with the teacher. Students should log on at 7:35 am. Your child's teacher has sent you their specific class schedules, including lunch and break times. The other two days of the week, while students are at home, they can access all assignments through Schoology.

For the week of 11-17-20, Monday is an on-line learning day with the teacher. The other two days of the week, while students are at home, students will be invited to join class meetings via Zoom and will have a choice to watch live mini-lessons via Zoom. The live mini-lessons will be offered as a preview or review of the lessons learned in person for English Language Arts and math. All at-home assignments and Zoom meeting schedules are accessed through Schoology.

Click here for the Elementary School In-Person Calendar for the month of November.

Assistant Principal Pointers

As we continue the month with a blended model for in-person school, I wanted to give you some tips to help with this process. Staying positive is important as we work to make sure students are safe, healthy, and learning! Thank you for helping us! :) Megan

  • While Mondays will be spent at home, the hours will be regular Pierremont hours. Set an alarm to wake up, get dressed like you are going to school, and make sure your learning space is clear of distractions. Headphones are very helpful!
  • Pack a lunch the night before and have the lunch box available... even during home learning days.
  • Remember that Schoology is the "home base" for teacher/class information. Check this often to find all the resources you need for learning at home.
  • Set timers or alarms to help students know what time to have recess, lunch, and specials on Mondays.
  • Check teacher emails often for important information.
  • Check the Parkway website for helpful information and links that have been sent home.

Virtual Campus Information

Logging into Zoom

In order to increase the performance and security of Zoom, Parkway has provided each student with an authenticated Zoom account. Please click here to view instructions for logging into Zoom.

Parent Pointers: Recommit to Learning

With the many changes in schooling and district plans, the level of commitment to learning has progressed. We started in the spring with care for students and their emotional well-being during a pandemic. The start of the school year was focused on continuing those relationships while growing as learners, but the plan was never quite complete. Now we are in a phase where the students are able to anchor themselves with their virtual classmates and teacher as part of Virtual Campus.

Take inventory of what is working for your child in the virtual classroom and what do they still need to make this as successful it can be.

What can you do at home to support your child?

-Reevaluate your child’s learning environment at home.

-Make sure the learning area is free from distractions.

-Is your child able to be proactive, present, and purposeful in their virtual classroom.

-Maintain a daily or weekly task list.

What are we continuing to work on as a district?

-We are collaborating to ensure we are providing information written for a virtual learning experience rather than just taking our traditional curriculum and teaching it online.

-Virtual Campus teachers will be working together as Collaborative Learning Teams and our curriculum coordinators.

-Teachers are also receiving weekly tips for teaching in a virtual environment.

Sustainability Challenge

Way to go Pierremont!! We won the October Mini-Challenge by earning the most points by completing energy-saving activities!
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Masks and Lanyards Available for Purchase

We still have quite a few masks that have not been picked up!

If you ordered just a mask, those will be labeled and sent home through school.

If you ordered a mask and a lanyard or just lanyards, we will need payments for the lanyards before we can send those home. You can send the money through school in an envelope labeled PTO Lanyards with your students name and teacher name. Checks are made out to Pierremont PTO. I will not be able to send change back for cash payments.

If you are a virtual family, please contact Jessica Bruner, jessyerose14@yahoo.com to arrange a pickup/drop off.

Message from P.E. Teachers

We are so excited for this next step, Quarter #2!!! No matter if you are in-person or remaining virtual, we will continue to be your child's PE teachers. So, here is some information for the next quarter:

1. Hats, Coats, Gloves, OH MY! Please send your child with appropriate outerwear. WE WILL BE OUTSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

2. Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart)

We have your child's thank you favors! We will be handing these out as soon as possible. If you are virtual, please contact us to let us know how you want to get yours. We are happy to send home with a neighbor if that is helpful.

3. Virtual families- please continue to keep a basket or bucket for your child to keep items they will need such as a small ball, larger ball, scarf, pool noodle, balloon to blow up to use for volleying, and paper (they can use their basket or bucket as a target). Also, please send us an email if your child will not have their video on for whatever reason. We want to make sure that we are on the same page, and to ensure we can report accurately for Q2.

Have a great week,

Mrs. Skiba and Mrs. Wallace