Covid-19 Changes The Way We Teach

Tips & Resources for Families

We Miss You!

Dear Snowshoe Families,


Our entire staff misses seeing you all each and every day during school hours! We recognize the difficulties our parents are facing as you adapt to being "homeschool" teachers to your child(ren), the uncertainty this pandemic has brought to your lives, and that everyone will be affected in some way or another. We want to stress to you that our staff is still here for you and available to help in any way we can. This newsletter provides information to hopefully assist parents and students during this critical time.


Please make sure to check our Snowshoe website for resources and links on homeschooling your child. You can find emails for staff and we encourage you to reach out with whatever your needs are at the moment. We also have a Snowshoe Facebook page and we will be posting links there for you as well.


It is important for parents to keep all your information current in ParentVUE so that you continue to receive ConnectEd messages and phone calls. Also, remember to update cell phone or home phone numbers. Talk to your teacher if you're having trouble updating information. They will pass it along to our office staff who can update information so you don't miss information during this critical time period.


Lastly, refunds are being prepared for 5th grade parents who paid any monies toward the Homer field trip that was to happen in early May. Your child's teacher will be passing this information along to Mrs. Hardy who will be working to issue checks to parents. This could take several weeks but we will let you know when they are sent out.


Humbly,


Jason Moore, Principal

Snowshoe Elementary

jason.moore@matsuk12.us

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Click the Link Above for Help

No matter where you live in our great state, Alaska 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for connecting with a wide variety of services in the community including emergency food and shelter, educational opportunities, alcohol and drug treatment programs, senior services, child care, and much more.


We know certain issues can be hard to navigate online. Sometimes a conversation is more helpful than an online search. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to connect with a 2-1-1 call specialist who will work with you to understand your need and connect you to the programs and services that can help.


You can also email us at Alaska211@ak.org.

Dealing with anxiety surrounding COVID-19
Snowshoe Library

Mrs. Broeder, our Snowshoe Librarian, has posted many wonderful resources for parents to access from home! I encourage you to check out her page regularly for tips and tricks, information for teaching websites and reading!

Don't Forget Your Physical Wellbeing Too!

Mrs. Westcott, our Snowshoe P.E. Teacher, found an awesome site for free downloads to lots of great workout routines to keep you in shape and moving! Check them out!

Other Resources


Resources Specific to the CoronaVirus outbreak and anxiety:

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/


1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is free, confidential, and available to everyone in the U.S. 24/7. You do not have to be suicidal to call the Lifeline. Staffed by trained support people.


LifeLine Chat--This is the same as The Lifeline, but in a chat function.


Dear Anxiety--a podcast focusing on helping children between the ages of 7-15 with anxiety of all types. The last few podcasts focus specifically on Coronavirus and anxiety.


The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

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ONLINE FAMILY NIGHT!

Watch for an exciting flyer on how you can be part of our online Title I Family Night coming soon! We'll be posting the date and time along with a link for participating! Everyone who joins us will receive something special! We had to think out of the box for this last family night, but we think you'll still be able to experience the fun and excitement of joining us online!