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Dear Families,

I hope you had an enjoyable Passover and Easter holiday with your families. I am grateful for the technology to remain connected to loved ones.


This week we will transition back into the virtual learning environment. As Mr. Pendergrast indicated in his update, we are pleased to implement the second phase of our virtual learning program. Phase One allowed us to transition to a new way of delivering instruction, to build our technological capacity, and to acquire feedback from students, parents, and teachers on what was working well and what could be improved.


Beginning the week of 4/20, you should expect to see:


  • The introduction of new material across all subject areas
  • An increase in “live” instructional and interactive platforms, such as Google Meet
  • Direct instruction by teachers each week, whether through live or recorded lessons
  • Assignments consistently designed to engage students in higher-level thinking and problem solving
  • A greater balance between online and offline assignments, especially in grades K-5
  • Specific attention to reading and writing.


With Great Appreciation,


Lorri Vaccaro

Principal

Parenting Resources

New Webinar Series

A new webinar series on Virtual Learning in the Home with Dr. Jennifer Weber, PhD. is available by clicking below. In this webinar parents/caregivers will receive tips and strategies on creating rules and routines in the home environment, developing schedules for students, and navigating "school" in the home.
SETTING UP RULES AND ROUTINES AT HOME FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING

Week of April 13th-April 17th

This schedule is to help keep students organized on which Specials activities to complete. However, students will be able to access Specials activities throughout the week. The letter day will be shared by your child's homeroom teacher each day.


Parents please remind your child to make sure they are completing the activities in the Special Area classrooms as well each week. Your special area teachers are also working very hard to provide your child with content from these specialized areas as well. We appreciate your assistance.


Tuesday, April 14th is a B day.

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Resources for Enrichment Activities

The resources below were provided as options to keep students engaged during the Spring Break, however they can be utilized any time. The options below offer a great deal of enrichment opportunities. If you student has down time that you'd like to be filled with learning experiences, they can visit any of these sites for additional opportunities. In addition to these reading a great novel, watching the based off the book movie and then comparing the two is also excellent activities as well.


Goal: Share resources to complement our instructional programs.


English Language Arts:

Reading

  • National Emergency Library- A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities and schools are closed.

  • Unite for Literacy -Free resource with digital access to picture books written in English and Spanish perfect for young readers. You can also choose narration in over 40 languages!

  • Story Online -An award-winning literacy website featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books.

  • Teachers | Books | Readers -Read alouds and more on this blog site created by thirty-one educators.

  • Spanish Stories -Familiar stories translated into Spanish with audio and video options.

  • Read, Wonder, & Learn! -An amazing compilation of read alouds and resources on Kate Messner's blog.

  • Operation Storytime -More read alouds by authors, illustrators, educators, and celebrities.

  • Sports Illustrated Kids -If you have student athletes at home, they may enjoy the articles featuring favorite sports and athletes (great for kids ages eight+).

  • Find a quiet, comfortable place inside or outside. Read a book with your child then talk about the connections you make to your lives.

    • Questions to Consider: What do I think about this book? Do I like it? Why or why not? How does this relate to my life? What about this book is confusing or not clear? What did I learn? Would I read another book by this author? Would I read another book like this again? What is next on my list to read?

Writing

  • Author and illustrator, Jarrett Lerner, is creating content daily with these downloadable writing and drawing activities that are sure to engage kids with opportunities for creative thinking. I'd love to see what your kids come up with!

  • Many authors, illustrators, and artists have come together to create content on this YouTube channel.

  • Keep a journal. Write about your thoughts, reflections, feelings, or adventures. You may write about the past, present, or future. Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to go next?

  • Maintain lists. To Do List. To See List. To Read List. To Watch List. Goals to Meet List. Dreams to Live List.


Viewing

  • Ted Talks by brilliant teens and kids.

  • Virtual tours of museums around the world.

  • Stream encores of past performances from the Met

  • Wonderopolis -What do you wonder about? What do you want to know more about? Explore this site to think about, learn, and share all those wonderings.

  • Imagineering in a Box -Disney has partnered with Khan Academy to bring kids into a world of dreaming, designing, building, and creating.

  • Pixar in a Box -In another Disney-sponsored collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy, your kids can see how math, science, computer science, and humanities come together in popular animated films.

High School Resources


Mathematics:



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  • 1. Egg Hunt – Fill plastic eggs with math problems and spread them throughout the house or the yard. Your child can hunt for the eggs and must solve the problem inside each egg in order to keep them!

  • 2. Jelly Bean Graphing – Jellybeans are a popular spring break treat. Have your child sort and graph the different colors in a bag of jellybeans. Then, ask your child questions about his/her completed graph.

  • 3. Coloring Eggs – While your family is coloring eggs, work to color only a fraction of each egg a chosen color. (example – Can you make 1/3 of the egg blue? Can you color ½ of this egg red?) After you are done coloring, write math problems to represent the eggs you have dyed. (example – 4 blue eggs + 8 red eggs = 12 eggs; 3 colored eggs + 5 plain eggs = 8 eggs)

  • 4. Hiking – While hiking/walking, look for shapes or patterns. Math is everywhere!

  • 5. Flashcard Toss – Spread flashcards out in the yard. Have your children race to collect the cards and answer the problems!

  • 6. Board/Card Games – Games are a great way to reinforce math skills. Take some time out to play Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, Yahtzee, or other board games that your family enjoys!

  • 7. Spring Treats – Have your child read a recipe and help them measure out the ingredients. Have a picnic and enjoy your creation outside!


Science:

Boston Children’s Museum - https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour


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Activities


Mindful Moments/ Brain Breaks

  • Yoga4Classrooms: This YouTube channel offers mindful brain breaks for children using cards/activities that we also utilize in school.

  • GoNoodle: This YouTube channel offers funny videos to get kids laughing and moving.

  • ArtForKidsHub: This YouTube channel offers tons of how-to drawing videos for kids with kid friendly directions.


Supplemental Academic Activities

https://nj.pbslearningmedia.org/


Math Games

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCqOWKBK4to

  • Pig Dice Game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMFMpC3mC_0

  • Tic Tac Toe Math

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVWUrYBz4M

  • Lego Math Task Cards

  • Make Ten Card Game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxQHsnpBQI8


http://gws.ala.org/category/literature-languages



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If you are in need of assistance outside of school hours

If you need immediate assistance:


2nd Floor Helpline: Call or text 888-222-2228

National Suicide Prevention Helpline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

24/7 to be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center

Performcare- Mobile Response Services: 1-877-652-7624

Crisis Hotline Serving Morris County: 888-247-1400

Of course, if this is an emergency call 9-1-1.

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