April 24, 2020
A Message from our Principals
While much has changed in learning over the last few weeks, we also understand that circumstances may be rapidly changing in your household, too. When we were in school, we were able to offer a consistent learning environment for our students. Now, students are learning in a variety of situations, all of which have different advantages and struggles. Your well-being is important to us. We know that stress or lack of sleep can impact our immune systems, which something none of us can afford right now.
Staying healthy and having positive family relationships are the foundation on which we build. If the current structure of distance learning is taking a toll on the health or relationships in your household, please reach out to any of our staff, so we can make adjustments that support your family.
Linda O’Bryan, Principal
John McEwing, Associate Principal
April 20 - June 11 Virtual learning continues
April 27 - May 1 - Virtual Spirit Week
May 22 and 25 - No Virtual Learning
Potential Summer School Dates:
June 16 - July 24 - MHS Summer School (Monday - Friday)
June 22 - July 23 - K-8 Summer Learning Academy (Monday - Thursday)
June 29 - July 3 - No Summer Learning
Virtual Spirit Week!!!!!
Visit this link for more details: bit.ly/PHE-TechSupport
We are offering bulk a la carte items available for order/purchase which will be charged to the MNSD lunch account of the student only with a positive balance; sorry, we cannot offer this to those who don't have a school lunch account at this time.
If you have any questions or special accommodations please contact:
Food Service Director
Love and Logic
Since 1977, Love and Logic has helped parents from all walks of life raise happy, resilient and responsible kids. Love and Logic is offering their online parenting curriculum ($99 value) for free through April 2020. Click here.
A note from your School Psychologist:
If you recall, last year I chronicled my life raising a 7th grade boy. I hoped that many of the ins and outs of parenting a growing middle schooler was applicable to your lives. In the upcoming newsletters, I wanted to share some of the experiences in my life now with my 8th grader (son), 5th grader (daughter), and 3 year old toddler (son)--all of us at home, living through this pandemic. This time will feature my daughter...
My daughter is this sweet, creative, empathetic child (who can’t help but getting caught up in that girl drama we all know takes place at this age). Only recently has she shed many of her little girl toys for video chatting with her friends, learning Tae Kwon Do, and dabbling in different hairstyles and clothing. As much as I hate to admit it, reading is not her favorite activity (give me a good book any day and I’m set). She has to work hard at school and has struggled with some anxiety issues specific to school performance. Since virtual learning started, I’ve hugged her countless times through tears and frustration about having to work on her chrome book for hours each day. She thrives on teacher instruction and the dynamic a classroom provides her for learning. This has been a very hard transition for her. I’m proud of her independence and motivation to get her work done each day--but worry as a parent that some of that is driven by her anxieties to be perfect. Many of the strategies I’ve shared with Lake Denoon students work for her, too (54321, tracing with her finger a figure 8 on her leg, mindful breathing).
One of our favorite past times is talking in her room right before she turns out the lights at night. (Don’t tell her I shared this, but she still wants me to sing “You are My Sunshine” at bedtime.) She’s in that stage where she wants to be so grown up, yet craves nurturing and dependence just like when she was younger. It’s remarkable that given the restrictions to our lives right now, she still has so many things she wants to share with me. It is critical in these times to keep talking with your kids--about whatever they want. It may be about virtual learning struggles, or missing their friends, or questions about our lives being on pause right now. If talking with your child like this is not a frequent activity or is new for you as a parent/guardian--that’s okay...and it’s okay to start small. Maybe share a memory you have of the age your child is at and see if that sparks a conversation with your young one. Developing their problem solving and understanding of the world starts with you. At this age, they are trying to figure things out on their own, yet still need our guidance. Enjoy how their minds work and the thoughts they have. I’m amazed every day with each of my kids.
Stay strong, show love for your child(ren), and be well.
Virtual Learning Schedule for Next Week
A Message from Mrs. Toni
5th and 6th grade students have access to Follett shelf.
Click Here for the linked video that will give information on how to access their accounts.
7th and 8th grade students have access to OverDrive/Sora for ebooks as well as audio books.
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If anyone has questions or need help with their account, please contact Mrs. Toni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Online Resources
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