March 27, 2020 Remote Learning Newsletter #2
Below are resources and information regarding NCCS Emergency Instructional Plan for March 30-April 28
I pray that you are all doing well and staying healthy. Thank you for reading this message in its entirety, so that you are well informed on our Emergency Instructional Plan for remote learning and other school matters. At NCCS, we will look to our state and local government and health agencies, as we make decisions concerning the school year. At this point, we are planning to continue the campus closure, with remote learning lessons provided to our students, through April 28.
Again, what we are providing to our families over these weeks, in light of the current school closure, is an exceptional education, not what most other schools in our area are able to provide to their students. Our goal is to ensure that students continue their planned course of education for the year, so that this situation causes as little interruption in student learning outcomes.
Parents can expect to receive an email from the school each day by 9 am, with lesson plans for the day. You will want to establish a routine or schedule for your student(s) to accomplish work that is assigned. Be sure to include breaks for exercise, meals, social time, devotions/prayer, creativity, and rest, in the schedule. I also recommend that there is a designated place for school work to be done, in a common area where support is available as needed. Do what works for your family.
We are here for you parents! This is temporary. Together we will show our children how to be kind, flexible, and positive, during a very difficult time. I beleive that the Lord is going to do something amazing through this moment. Trust that God is good and He is with us. Deuteronomy 31:6 "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Remote Learning Tech Support
We are blessed to have several technologically talented individuals at NCCS, who are willing and ready to support our parents, students, and staff. Parents may reach out to either of the following for IT support:
- Matt Hixson (NCCS parent) Phone: 503-866-2145 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Andy Hordichok (NCCS faculty/parent) Phone: 503-381-0934 Email: email@example.com
Here are areas where they will help regarding tech needs for remote learning:
- GSuite (Email, Classroom, Docs, Forms, Slides, Hangouts Meet, Sheets)
- Chromebook Use
- Using, creating, sharing videos
- General internet/website troubleshooting
Also, the following links provide support for parents and students regarding the use of educational technology many of our teachers are using:
Remote Learning Survey
NCCS Community Facebook Page
If you don't do social media, and have pictures to share of your family doing "remote learning" and "social distancing" activities, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to include picures in our publications (yearbook, newsletter, website, etc.) and need families to submit them to us for consideration.
We encourage you to stay connected with us, and thank you for helping us to share (through pictures) what great families we have at NCCS!!!
Make An Appointment First
If you were out of town, or not able to stop by the school on Monday, March 23, we have made available an alternate time on Monday, March 30, to pick up materials. Please email email@example.com to make such arrangements, or go to the Sign Up Form, as this opportunity is by appointment only. (See last week's Principal's Update for more details.)
SIGN UP FORM FOR MONDAY, MARCH 30, APPOINTMENTS TO GET SCHOOL MATERIALS.
We still have some Chromebooks available (while supplies last) for check out, should you need one in your home. Please indicate that on the sign up form (under My Comments on Sign Up form) as well and we will have it ready for you.
If your student needs materials from their locker, we will need to access that for them, as we are not permitting access to the school, beyond the front lobby. Please indicate in the sign up form (under My Comments on Sign Up form) what is needed and the student's name. We will track down the materials to have them ready during your indicated pick up time.
LOOK FOR UPDATED RESOURCES HERE EACH WEEK
50 Songs to Experience God's Presence
Created in the image of God, we were made to worship Him. Our daily lives, country, and world is changing daily. Music can help us remember our unchanging God in the midst of this pandemic. Lately, one day seems like a week, and this last week has been long. In an instant, we have been reminded of the fragile state of humanity. Life is fleeting, and we have little control over our destiny, or the number of our days.
God can meet us in our fears through music, sustaining us through songs that proclaim who He is and worship that repeats the truth of His word. If we cling to those anthems and melodies in these times of great trial, we can find words to express our fears and allow our tears to fall at the healing feet of our Father, who is sovereign over all.
This pandemic is scary. It’s OK to be afraid. What we do with those thoughts, that fear, is crucial. When they drive us straight into the arms of our faithful God, Yahweh, “I am”, is faithful to comfort us. Psalm 34:17-18 reminds, “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all of their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
-Meg Bucher, Crosswalk.com
Resources to Encourage and Support Christian Parents
- Staying Sane While Working from Home with Kids, by Focus on the Family
- 5 Part devotional "Not Afraid: How Christians Can Respond in Crises", from Bible.com
- Crossway Free Christian resources: Podcasts, eBooks, Articles, Devotionals
- 5 Do's and Don'ts of Homeschooling your Older Student During COVID-19, by Crosswalk
- 14 Things to Do with Teens if Quarantined, by axis.org
- Parenting During A Pandemic, ChristianParenting.org
Resources for Enrichment Activities at Home
Adventures in Odessey, by Focus on the Family
Clubhouse Magazine (online), by Focus on the Family
Story Time From Space by Global Space Education Foundation
100 Activities to do at Home by Entertain on a Dime
Children's books read aloud by Actors, by SAG (March is National Reading Month!)
Student Video Contest 2020 Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams
Daily Workouts for Kids
Published on Mar 19, 2020- Cody Carnes
"In a season of such fear, unknowns, loss, disappointments.. I’m so thankful we can sing scripture and feel a shift in the atmosphere of our hearts and over our lives. This is THE BLESSING from God over us. I pray for massive breakthrough and peace over you and your family and your children and their children. He is for you. Kari Jobe and I had the honor of writing this only weeks ago ....and just felt it needed to be released into the hearts of people right now as soon as possible."
If your church does not have an online option for worship, here are several local churches that do.
Stay informed about COVID-19
North Clackamas Christian School
Superintendent/Principal: Sherri James (Ext 101)
Office Manager: McKenzie Falotico (Ext 100)
Athletic Director: Grant Nelson (Ext 201)
Business Office Manager: Emily Clark (Ext 202)
Front Office Reception: Beth Woody (Ext 601)