Glendale Newsletter

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GREETINGS FROM MRS. MOLITOR

Families,

Thank you for all of your patience, love, support and partnership. This month has brought many changes to all of our lives, together we have embraced this challenge and made it possible for our students to continue learning in various different ways outside of our normal classrooms. I know that this has not been easy and sometimes probably a little frustrating, thank you for working together as a team. Please be assured that we are here to help and support you on this journey. In this newsletter there will be various resources to support and help you navigate education at home with your learner. You are doing an outstanding job and I appreciate all that you are doing! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or ideas.

Thank you for all of your help!

Take care and stay healthy,

Jennifer Molitor

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"I AM LOVE"- WEEKLY STORY BY MRS. MOLITOR

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TECH HELP DESK LINK

Please reach out to our amazing tech staff through this link with any questions or problems you may be experiencing. They are happy to help you.


https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/parents/help-desk-form

ATTENDANCE

Thank you for your ongoing effort to support your child at home with distance learning. We are required by the Minnesota Department of Education to continue taking attendance during this period of distance learning. Teachers will continue to base attendance on having some sort of evidence of work or interaction with a student each day. If your child is ill, or your child needs to be absent for another reason, please let your classroom teacher know. In addition, please know that your child’s teacher is prepared to partner with you around a reasonable plan and timeline for work completion if you are encountering challenges. We encourage you to reach out to the classroom teacher if you are having difficulty with your child’s attendance or participation with distance learning.

SOCIAL WORKER'S CORNER

Change and uncertainty have become a theme of our realities now. Often change brings grief and uncertainty invites worry. These are big emotions to manage along with potential stressors we may also be experiencing. What are some new ways you have found to take care of your mental health and well-being? For more ideas, check out the “Mental Health Tips For Quarantine” put together by PraireCare attached below. Fostering good mental health hygiene improves overall health, happiness, productivity, and well-being.


If your family is needing connection to food, financial, housing, mental health or other resources please go to our district web page at https://www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us/about-us/coronavirus or reach out to your student’s teacher or our School Social Worker, Melissa Feller (mfeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us).


If you or your family is experiencing a mental health crisis please contact Scott County Mobile Crisis Response at 952-818-3702 or text “MN” to 741741.


If there is a mental health topic you would like to have featured in this newsletter, please send suggestions to Melissa Feller at mfeller@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us .


Stay well!

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FUN WITH SPECIALISTS

Families,

Are you wondering how to fit specialists into your daily/weekly schedule? During the school year, students have specialists every day and this allows for some time for the students to explore other areas of academics. They are able to be active, creative, musical and use their imaginations. For many students, this is a time in the day where they can just relax and take a much needed brain break. We realize that with work schedules and daily life commitments, finding time may be very difficult. We do not want to add more stress to your day. We are here to partner with you and support distance learning in any way that we can. Here are some ideas of how you can incorporate a quick 15 minute specialist break into your day.


  1. Break your day up by doing work for a ½ hour to an hour, doing a quick activity and then continuing on with your work.

  2. Start your morning off with a 15 minute specialist activity

  3. Doing an activity on a Saturday or Sunday

  4. Tying in the specialist activity to a classroom assignment

  5. Going on a walk, bike ride, etc.

  6. Painting rocks, drawing with sidewalk chalk, etc,

  7. Exploring new books, learn about authors, read poetry, etc.


Here is a video to help you find the specialist tabs in Seesaw.

Seesaw help video for GD

MUSIC PERFORMANCES CANCELLED

Due to the governor's orders of distance learning for the remainder of the school year, we have cancelled our music performances (4th & 5th grade choir concert May 7th and 1st-3rd grade concerts May 13th). We are looking forward to next year when we can all sing together again!

ELEMENTARY TECHNOLOGY GUIDE

Below you'll find a technology guide with a list of the common apps/programs that are being used at the elementary level for our Distance Learning Plan, with helpful "how to" tutorials.

MEALS FROM CHILD NUTRITION SERVICES

Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools continues to provide FREE breakfast and lunches to ALL children ages 3-18. Students do not have to be enrolled in PLSAS to receive a free meal and children do not need to qualify for Free and Reduced-Meals to receive these meals. We encourage all students to participate in this great offer.


We do ask that parents and guardians fill out the request form below to help us with meal planning. There are two ways to receive meals: pick up or delivery.


MEAL PICK UP

Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for curbside pick up at WestWood Elementary School (5370 WestWood Drive SE, Prior Lake) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday - Friday. Meals will be distributed in the circle drive near the La ola del lago sign. When receiving meals please continue to practice social distancing, stay in your car, roll down your window and a staff member will hand you the meals.


MEAL DELIVERY

Packaged breakfast and lunch meals will be delivered by school bus to a variety of locations throughout the district, Monday - Friday. You can view locations and drop-off times here (list) or here (map).


Please fill out the following meal request form to help us with our planning: https://bit.ly/2WHVoUc


Sincerely,

PLSAS Child Nutrition Services

EARTH DAY NATURE WALK WITH SUE MOHN

Earth Day nature walk with Sue Mohn

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020-21

Just a reminder to parents who wish to give further input into the classroom placement of

your child for next year, the form is below. Please download, fill it out and email back in a PDF or picture format to Dawn Ryan: dawnryan@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us , Heather Hartman: hhartman@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us or Mrs. Molitor: jmolitor@priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us


We appreciate these forms being returned by Friday, May 1st.

NURSE NOTES

HELLO FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE!


CREATE YOUR OWN HAND WASHING SONG:

By now you have heard plenty about the importance of washing your hands. It is important to continue this practice at home to help protect yourself and your loved ones from any number of germs.

Sick of singing “Happy Birthday” twice to wash your hands (20 seconds)? Get those kiddos involved and create your own hand washing song based on your favorite song lyrics! Visit https://washyourlyrics.com.


**EPI PEN ALERT**

Potential problem that could occur when administering an Epi Pen.

Epi Pens are not being recalled at this time, but you are encouraged to be aware of potential issues. Please read this very important information: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-alerts-patients-and-health-care-professionals-epipen-auto-injector-errors-related-device?utm_campaign=FDA%20MedWatch%20-%20EpiPen%20Auto-injector%20by%20Pfizer%20and%20Authorized%20Generic%20Versions&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

PARENT RESOURCES

Glendale 2019-20 Handbook - https://bit.ly/2kh64Zg

Glendale PTC Website- https://bit.ly/2yG3uQe

Glendale D.O.G.S Website- https://bit.ly/2yKntxg

PTC Box Top Info- https://bit.ly/2ksIMzL

Glendale Lunch Menu- https://bit.ly/2lJyjjG

Glendale Elementary

At Glendale Elementary, students and adults practice the C.A.R.E.S. skills to create a respectful and safe learning community. Students are providing many learning opportunities to become successful, independent 21st century citizens. Science and environmental education is an important emphasis as well. Glendale's parent support is outstanding including an active PTC, volunteers and the DOGS group.