Chehalem Elementary Newsletter- November 6, 2020
The biggest announcement is that the District has come to an agreement with Dorian Photography to be able to take photos in our gym. We scheduled it for the first week in December so that photos should be delivered to you by the holidays. More information to come later, but wanted you to know it is in the works.
The governor put out new metrics for students to be able to return to school. While Washington County and Multnomah County do not yet meet the metrics for returning to school, the school district is surveying families about their desire to return students to the classroom in a hybrid model, should we meet the metrics in the future. Watch for additional information in the coming weeks.
Please remember there is no school for students next Wednesday or Friday. Wednesday is Veteran's Day and Friday is a grading day. Some form of progress reporting will be coming from all grade levels, although it might look different from grade to grade. We hope to have information to you by November 20th.
Stay healthy and well.
Sincerely, Angee Silliman
Parent Conferences and Communication:
This year the calendar adjustments to accommodate remote learning have shifted how learning time is used. The District chose to keep student-contact days instead of setting aside two non-student learning days that normally would have been for parent teacher conferences at the elementary level. Weekly embedded Student Family Connection time in school schedules is intended to allow for regular opportunities for educators and families to communicate. Students do best when parents can support student learning through engaging in two-way communication with educators to support learning.
Book Bus Changes- Later Time and One More Stop Added
Here is the link to the updated map:
The new stop is at 160th and Division!
COVID Resources - Community Counseling
You may need to click on the images to see the full information.
November Word of the Month is Grateful
Tuesday and Thursday Meals for Kids
School Playgrounds! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
The District's current position regarding school playgrounds is that playgrounds/fields are accessible at all times to families but it is at the family’s own risk. We do ask that people be respectful of teachers who might be teaching from inside their classrooms or meeting with families under the covered area.
The "Productive Struggle" and Not Helping Your Children Too Much
First of all, I want to express my appreciation for the support and care you are giving your child(ren) during on-line learning. I am aware of the challenges that this presents for parents and students. While this is not what we would hope for, I appreciate how all are making the best of the situation. Teachers are working tremendously hard, students are engaging and trying to the best of their ability and parents are giving so much. It is a remarkable time in so many ways!
One of the many aspects of my work that I love is being in classrooms and watching children at work. The focus of our work with children is to engage them in thoughtful, rigorous work, hold them to high expectations and provide just enough support so that they can complete tasks independently. There is a sweet spot between offering too much and not enough help or support. As teachers, we have come to learn that when we step in to support at the first sign of struggle for a child, rather than giving them time and space to work through the challenge independently, we tend to limit their learning. In order for students to truly become independent learners, they need to believe in themselves and their ability to persist through the challenges they encounter.
We certainly do not want children to get the point where they feel frustrated and give up, but we do want them to experience success by working through tasks on their own or with a peer. When students make meaning on their own, ask questions for understanding and see that their hard work resulted in success then they not only feel better about themselves, their learning is far more durable. If the work is too easy or we support them too much, they may get the “right answer”, but their sense of self and the quality of the learning is not as strong.
This is part of our ongoing work, whether in person or on-line. As a school we continue to explore how to do this depth of work well. We invite you into this learning with us. If you see your child struggling, here are somethings you can do to help:
Ask leading questions to guide their thinking
Instead of asking what they don’t understand, ask them what they do understand about the task
Have them step away from the task and come back to it to give their subconscious time to wrestle with the work
Encourage your child to see mistakes as opportunities to learn
Praise them for their persistence
I am so proud of our teachers and students and all they have accomplished this fall. We have all been engaged in our own “productive struggle”. As always, do not hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns or tips for how we can help you support your child at home.
Supply Pick Up
Tuesday and Thursday: 11-12 and 4:30-6:00