Hillcrest Family Newsletter
April 3rd, 2020
Message from Mrs. Lincicum
I hope this message finds your family healthy and safe. We miss you all and you are in our thoughts everyday. We are so excited to see the smiling faces come to our class meetings and we will continue to reach out and connect until we are able to be back at school together.
We are learning so much as we continue to make each day online with you better. This has been a time of incredible change and challenge and we know families are working so hard to make sure your learners are connecting to all that our teachers are offering. This weekend is a time to pause, get some feedback from you all and adjust our sails for another week of virtual learning. We are hoping to get a good sampling of feedback from families across the building for this survey. Please submit a response to THIS SURVEY by Monday at Noon if you are able.
A couple other reminders:
* If you know your child is going to be absent from virtual learning for a day, please email Mrs. Perez at email@example.com or call 970-1805 to report an absence. School messenger has been turned off. We have had amazing attendance...most days we have 98% of students engaged in the learning activities!
*Teachers post content every day OR for each week. Students should engage with the learning tasks at a time that works for each family. If you aren't able to complete work on a daily basis, just communicate with your child's teacher your family's plan.
*Teachers have office hours during the school day where they are available to offer support to students and answer questions. Just reach out via email, SeeSaw or WebEx, depending on the platform your child's teacher has shared. Platforms can be found HERE.
*Our virtual learning opportunities will be different than what we can offer in a face to face, in school environment. Please know that a child's stamina and attention are significantly different in a virtual learning environment and without the teacher available to coach the student throughout the day, we will not require students to learn and apply new content. The focus will be on retaining the learning from the school year and exposing students to concepts from the remainder of the school year. DPI recommends 2 hours of online time for an 8 hour in school experience. If your child is spending more than 2 hours total a day on school work, please let your child's teacher know.
*We will continue to assess our events for two weeks out. Adjustments will be made to the Family Calendar linked below.
We are still here for you. If there is anything we can do to help. Please reach out. No one should suffer through this time alone. We are better together and we genuinely do want to help.
PTO Staff Appreciation
Staff Appreciation week is all about showing how much we care about our Hillcrest staff. The week is a success because of wonderful donors and volunteers like you! Though this week may look a bit different this year, our staff is working as hard as ever, so lets show them how much we appreciate them! Watch the newsletter for more information.
Message from Our Literacy Coach
We hope you are all staying healthy and finding some time to enjoy some books as a family. I wanted to reach out to share some tips to help your child with his/her at-home independent reading. Please remember that one of the most important ways to help a child grow as a reader is by providing time and space for them to read engaging texts at their appropriate reading level.
- Explore different reading materials with your child
- audio books
- postcards, letters, e-mails, and text messages from relatives
- photo albums or scrapbooks
- e-readers or e-book
- books you have at home
- Create a special reading place
- Make sure the reading space is comfortable and is free of most distractions
- Try working together with your child to choose this spot
- Encourage kids to try reading the words to themselves prior to listening to a book when engaging with an audio book
- Give kids a moment to try a challenging word prior to telling them the word
- Make it inviting
- Allow students to have some choice in the reading materials that they are engaging with.
- Talk about what your child is reading and share what you are reading
Thank you for your support of our readers at home. Feel free to reach out to me if you need support or other suggestions for reading at home.
Mrs. Konieczka (Literacy Coach)
Message from Student Services
I Miss My Friends
Mrs. Edwards put together this slideshow lessons to help students know what they can do when they are missing their friends.
For assistance with food, the Waukesha Food Pantry does remain open during regular hours. The Salvation Army Food Pantry has pre-packaged groceries Tues & Wed from 1-4pm and Fri 9am-noon that will be passed out through a window in the parking lot. Families can also continue to use the meal program - Tuesday & Thursday and Saturday from 5:00 pm - 5:40 pm. All meals will be prepared ahead of time and given out in to go boxes in the same format as grocery distribution. Moreover, they will be distributing lunches at Sentinel Park during Spring Break from 11:45 and 12:30 pm. Additionally, Waukesha School District meal pick up information can be found here.
Talking to kids about the pandemic
A lot is changing in our world right now, very rapidly, and it can be hard to figure out how to explain this to our kids. The following resources might be a useful starting points. If your child is really struggling with everything that's happening, don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Brilliant, our school psychologist, for additional support.
Story book - My School is Closed
Story book - My Story about Pandemics and the Coronavirus
Story book- My Coronavirus Story
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