The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School October 14, 2020

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BACK TO SCHOOL FORMS

You still have time to complete the back to school packet and support El Carmelo's PTA!

Please see and fill out our Back to School Packet here! Thank you.

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What Kind of Parent Are You: Carpenter or Gardener?

The "carpenter" parent thinks that a child can be molded, writes Alison Gopnik. The "gardener," on the other hand, is less concerned about who the child will become and instead provides a protected space to explore.

Dear El Carmelo Families,


Our K/1 students have transitioned beautifully to their new teachers in both Distance Learning and Hybrid Learning. We are welcoming first-graders in Cohort B tomorrow.


Hybrid Families, THANK YOU for completing the health screener by 8:00 AM each morning and making sure that your child is wearing a mask.


Second and Third Grade parents, you will receive the name of your child's new teacher and Cohort by 5:00 PM on Monday, October 19, 2020.


Fourth and Fifth Grade parents the learning options survey will be coming out for you soon. I will email you when the survey sent out by the District Office.


Danaé,

How can I keep my child's teacher?


There are no guarantees in either program that you will stay with your child's teacher.


Classes and teachers in both learning models depend on the number of students in each grade level. Once the District knows the number of students participating in each model, classes can be created and teachers will be assigned.


Take a look at the slides from the recent Coffee with the Principal to learn more about the difference between Hybrid Learning and Distance Learning.


I have included information below about both learning options.


Be well,

Danaé

Learning Models

Full Year Distance Learning

Students will continue learning from home five days a week in the program we have been providing this year. Families remain part of the El Carmelo school community. You will continue to receive communication from the El Carmelo PTA and me. There will be a change to the lunch schedule. Many of you will appreciate this!


If you select Full Year Distance Learning, lunch will begin at 11:50 AM. The later lunchtime will begin as follows:

  • Second and Third Grade, October 26, 2020
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade, November 9, 2020

Hybrid Learning

Students in grades 1-5 will attend school from 8:25 AM to 1:50 PM on their in-school days. They will attend school from 8:25 AM to 2:45 PM on their at-home days.


To facilitate social distancing, classrooms will be divided into two cohorts, cohort A and cohort B. To ensure social distancing on the playground, we will have two recess and two lunches.


Below is the Hybrid schedule for grades 1, 3, and 4. Grades 2 & 5 will have the same schedule, however, their recess and lunchtime will be earlier.

  • Cohort A: In-School Days, Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday: 8:25-1:50 PM
    • Recess: 10:10-10:30 AM
    • Lunch: 12:15-1:00 PM
  • Cohort A: At-Home Days, Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday: 8:25-2:2:45 PM
    • Morning Meeting with teacher and B cohort via Zoom: 8:25-8:45
    • Breaks: 9:35-9:50 AM, 10:35-10:50 AM, 11:35-11:50 PM, 1:35-1:50 PM
    • Lunch: 11:50-12:50 PM


  • Cohort B: In-School Days, Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday: 8:25-1:50 PM
    • Recess: 10:10-10:30 AM
    • Lunch: 12:15-1:00 PM
  • Cohort B: At-Home Days, Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday: 8:25-2:2:45 PM
    • Morning Meeting with teacher and B cohort via Zoom: 8:25-8:45
    • Breaks: 9:35-9:50 AM, 10:35-10:50 AM, 11:35-11:50 PM, 1:35-1:50 PM
    • Lunch: 11:50-12:50 PM


In-School Learning

  • Students will have synchronous Morning Meetings each day via zoom with their classroom teacher and students learning at home.
  • Teachers will provide lessons in phonics, reading, writing, math, and interactive read aloud.


At-Home Learning
  • Students will have synchronous Morning Meetings each day via zoom with their classroom teacher and students attending school in-person.
  • After the Morning Meeting, students will engage in four 45-minute blocks of synchronous and asynchronous content.
  • Music, PE, and Library lessons will be provided synchronously. Science, Social Studies, and SPECTRA Art lessons will be provided asynchronously.
  • At the end of each day, students have 45 minutes of independent learning time from 2:00-2:45 PM.

El Carmelo Elementary School

An inclusive & rigorous school in the heart of Palo Alto. Thoughtful educators partner with involved parents. We are the Dragons! We learn, play & grow!