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School Closing- COVID-19
The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.
This is going to be a different experience for our school community. Let's choose a cup half-full perspective and view this as a new opportunity to learn and grow in excellence together.
I have attached a flyer below with kid friendly graphics and talking points about COVID-19. Please refer to www.fcboe.org for correspondence from the county about COVID-19.
Articles & Resources for Parents
Help Kids Manage Anxiety Around the Coronavirus (includes videos from child psychologists and therapists)
Anxiety in Kids (includes some great pdf downloads with strategies to use with kids)
Coping Skills for Kids (ideas for breathing, grounding strategies, calming areas at home, etc)
Meals for Families
1st-5th Grade VJS Jr. Lessons
VJS, or Virtual Job Shadow, Jr., is an online program that teaches lessons about a multitude of careers. The state mandates that 1st through 5th grade students learn about 17 career clusters throughout their time in elementary school.
All 1st-5th grade students should have all grade-level assigned lessons for this year complete during their days off. Virtual Job Shadow Jr. (VJS Jr.) can be easily accessed by going to ClassLink. A link to VJS Jr. can be found at the bottom of their ClassLink Dashboard.
You will know the lessons are NOT complete by looking at your VJS Jr. Student Dashboard (see picture below). Any lessons under "My Assignments" must be completed. Once they are complete, you will see your badge on the left and the lesson will move to the "Completed Assignments" section. The lessons assigned to each grade level are listed below.
Career Cluster Assignments as defined by the Georgia Department of Education:
1st Grade (3):
Law & Public Safety
2nd Grade (3):
Arts & Communications
3rd Grade (3):
4th Grade (4):
Science, technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Architecture & Construction
5th Grade (4):
Government & Public Administration
**Students can also explore the VJS Jr website and watch various videos via the “Career Central” section.
5th Grade Career Portfolios
Our Career Portfolio timeline is outlined below. Please have your child work diligently to complete this required project as it will be five (5) ELA grades (see Ms. Stephens' and Ms. Williams' page for more info).
With that said, I am also challenging our students to participate in the Mindfulness March calendar during virtual learning. For every day of the month, there is a different activity for the students to practice mindfulness. This would be an awesome activity for everyone in the home to complete together.