SCHOOL/DISTRICT CLOSURE INFO vol. 4

FOR WLCSD FAMILIES

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WHAT IS NEW?

A Message from Elementary Principals

We appreciate your patience and understanding on Thursday and Friday when our staff was engaged in professional development about our Continuity of Learning Plan. We also appreciate the hard work of our staff over these two days. They continue to respond to difficult circumstances with resilience, creativity, and teamwork.


On Friday, you received an email from Judy Evola on behalf of Superintendent Gutman. This email introduced our district’s Continuity of Learning (COL) plan. This plan ensures a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning throughout the district during the mandated school closure. We encourage you to:


You might be wondering, how will this plan be different than what we’ve been doing?

    • We will continue to focus on literacy and math and will introduce new learning about essential skills and concepts in these areas. Science and social studies will be integrated into literacy and math, as appropriate.
    • Our PE, Music, Media, and Art teachers will continue to provide learning opportunities for students.
    • Our plan addresses the diverse needs of learners including special education services and English learners.
    • You may find that there are adjustments to the weekly routine that you’ve gotten used to. We understand that a predictable routine is important to families. A sample routine is available in the above links and routines will be clearly communicated by teachers.
    • Our plan also utilizes guidance from the Michigan Department of Education with regards to time allocations for online learning. It is important to recognize that virtual learning at home cannot substitute for daily, in-person instruction. Much of what occurs in our classrooms with the guidance of our highly effective teachers simply cannot be replicated in a virtual setting. Our Continuity of Learning plan details developmentally appropriate time allocations for at-home learning at all levels.
    • Elementary students will receive a final report card with narrative feedback regarding their engagement with math and ELA standards over the remaining eight weeks of instruction.


We ask for your continued partnership through the next 8 weeks as we take steps forward during this unprecedented time. Student participation in Google Classroom is highly important as students WILL be exposed to new learning. With that said, we are here to help you and your student every step of the way. Please know that you can continue to count on us to approach this crisis with creativity, connection, and compassion. We will seek creative solutions and prioritize our children’s social-emotional needs. We understand the importance of connection during this difficult time.


Lastly, we understand that our families and staff are juggling many priorities like working from home, caring for family members, and/or financial difficulties. Many of our families are serving our community as healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers. We promise to be flexible and compassionate with ALL our families. We ask that you extend the same compassion and grace to our staff as they juggle many priorities at home, too.

As Mr. Gutman stated in the above video, “Together we will continue learning, taking care of each other, and supporting every child, every day.”

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Virtual Kindergarten Orientation 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Parents will have the opportunity to view a Virtual Kindergarten Orientation and enroll their child beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020.


Parents will be emailed the link to this important Virtual Kindergarten Orientation and it will also be linked on the WLCSD webpage on April 27, 2020.


There will be a GOOGLE form for parents to complete after you watch the video to collect important information from you and a place to ask questions.


During the week of May 11 - 15, you will be invited by your school's Principal for a Kindergarten Zoom Meet & Greet. Kindergarten teachers and other staff members will be present in the ZOOM meeting to answer your questions and get to know you (this meeting is designed for parents).

ZOOM MEETING - How to Fix if You Can't ZOOM

We are learning that when teachers and students are using Zoom for meetings, some students are not able to participate using their District Chromebooks. We have also learned that the teachers need to adjust some of their settings and parents/students need to also adjust their settings. Below are directions to help fix this at home.

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LOON LAKE Elementary added a Food Pantry

Outside Food Pantry Available

Please stop by Loon Lake Elementary, Mary Helen Guest Elementary, Walled Lake Elementary and/or Wixom Elementary and help yourself to the food/supplies in the Outdoor Food Pantries. The pantries were filled by many other families from across the WLCSD. On behalf of all elementary schools, we cannot thank you enough for your generosity.


Please take what you need. If you would like to help fill the pantry, you can do that as well. We are all committed to taking good care of each other.

SHORT SWEET VIDEO

Supportive Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Leaders

Short and sweet video : Sense of Safety First.

Episode one in a series of 3 minute videos offering strategies to assist leaders, staff and parents during the COVID pandemic.

First Aid For Feelings

Denise Daniels, a leading child development expert, has teamed up with Scholastic and the Yale Child Study Center to help children, families, and educators cope during this pandemic.

First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic is a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish.

Please click HERE to visit the website and see the PDF below for the workbook.

First Aid For Feelings

A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

VITAL RESOURCES FOR HUMAN WELL-BEING

'Mr. Peace' Motivation

REMINDERS

RESOURCES - UPDATED EACH WEEK

WLCSD FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVERY MONDAY

WLCSD Food Distribution

Distribution Date(s) & Time: Mondays 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. or when all the food is distributed.

Where:

  • Walled Lake Western High School, 600 Beck Road, Walled Lake
  • Walled Lake Central High School, 1600 Oakley Park Road, Walled Lake

Children will receive 7 days of breakfast and 7 days of lunch for all children 18 and under, and adults with disabilities 26 and under.

The meals distributed are provided by the Unanticipated School Closure Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), are available to all children at no cost.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM & TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

Logging into Google from Home
Parent Guide to Google Classroom

Remember that only student Google accounts (not parent accounts) can join a class.

IREADY RESOURCES

i-READY FAMILY CENTRAL DURING THIS CLOSURE

Please be sure you visit i-Ready Family Center to learn how you can support your student during the school closure. Family Guides are available in different languages.

LITERACY RESOURCES

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL RESOURCES

COVID-19: Five Helpful Responses for Families

Posted by Becky Bailey from Conscious Discipline