Weekly Update

Owl #21

This Week's Schedule

I anticipate a very NORMAL week. (I hope I didn't just jinx us!)

  • I'll look forward to seeing Cohort 1 in school on Monday and Tuesday.
  • We'll all meet for a 1/2 day of synchronous teaching and learning on Wednesday in Zoom followed by a 1/2 day of independent work time for the students.
  • I'll look forward to seeing Cohort 2 in school on Thursday and Friday.

The schedule for concurrent teaching/learning will remain the same this week.

The specials schedule is:

Monday - Library

Tuesday - Technology

Wednesday - Art (Remote)

Thursday - Music

Friday - Gym


There are a few updates regarding attendance given the addition of the concurrent teaching model.

  • Attendance will be taken at 9:15 and sent to the office digitally by 9:20 at the latest. If your child is not present, he or she will be marked absent. You may wish to call the office to alert them that your child was tardy should he or she log in late. Otherwise, the office will likely phone you to confirm your child's absence/attendance.

  • We will take a quick attendance at the beginning of every concurrent session (3 additional times per day). This attendance will be sent to the office at the end of the week. Should your child miss one or more of his or her remote sessions, the office will mark your child dismissed for those sessions.

Please let me know if you'd like me to work with your student to set iPad alarms for his or her remote days. It would be my pleasure to do so!


Valentine's Day

Unfortunately, students will not be able to exchange Valentine cards or candy this year due to health and safety guidelines. I already have some ideas that will ensure that the students are able to express love and feel loved around this traditional holiday. Thanks so much for understanding. Do feel welcome to pack a special snack on the 9th (Cohort 1) and 12th (Cohort 2) of the month!

4th-grade Celebration

The Clough PTO is beginning to collect 4-5 photos of your child/group during their time at Clough. Photos can capture years K-4. Photos should picture your child participating in school events like getting on the bus, class parties, Clough Halloween, field days, field trips, etc. You can also submit a couple of pictures with your child and his/her friends as the committee understands that the pandemic may have made capturing your child at school events more challenging. Finally, please also include a baby or toddler picture. The committee asks that you politely refrain from sending in pictures of your child at a birthday party, playdate, or sports event. Pictures should be emailed to cloughclassof2029@gmail.com. The deadline for pictures is February 14, 2021. If you are struggling to find pictures, please email me directly and I will be sure to take some photos in school and send them to you. Finally, you can email cloughclassof2029@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Packing for Hogwarts

  • A fully charged iPad
  • Green Clough folder
  • Wonders Reading/Writing Companion (Unit 1-2) Workbook
  • Chapter 4 - Go Math!
  • 3 Composition Notebooks (Dear Harry, Math, Reading)
  • Pencil box containing things like pencils, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, etc.
  • A spare mask in a ziplock bag
  • Snack and a water bottle

(Large white binders can stay at home)

SEL Screener and iReady

The district has asked elementary teachers to launch the mid-year iReady assessments in both reading and mathematics. We administered the math assessment last week and will give the reading assessment this week. You can click on this LINK to learn more about the iReady assessment.

Additionally, the district has asked teachers to allow time for students to answer a 34-question survey that will be used to assess students' social-emotional learning. The Panorama survey was selected because it measures students’ perceptions of SEL, provides interactive reports, and suggests actionable strategies for educators to build students’ SEL skills. The survey will take students approximately 15 minutes to complete. We will ask students to complete this screener in the next couple of weeks.

Second Step Lessons with Mr. Hanson

Mr. Hanson will be starting live Second Step lessons with the students on their asynchronous days every other week. For those who do not know, Second Step is the social-emotional curriculum that we use at Clough. Mr. Hanson was originally sharing pre-recording video lessons with the students but truly misses the personalized interaction with our students. Live Second Step lessons will allow for real social-emotional interactions with the kids which will facilitate a better understanding of the concepts. This live instructional time will also increase your child's access to live teaching which, as you know by now, is a demand of our state. Please find the below link to Mr. Hanson's flier. There is a link to his Zoom room on the flier.

Cohort 1 students: Every Week 1, Friday at 12:00

Cohort 2 students: Every Week 2, Monday at 12:00

Cohort 1 will have their first lesson THIS Friday (2/12)

Cohort 2 will have their first lesson Monday after vacation (2/22)

LINK to Mr. Hanson's flier

Please dress in layers!

Winter weather has arrived and it is COLD. In order to keep your child as safe as possible, classroom windows and even bus windows need to remain open at all times. Our classroom can feel truly bitter. I allow winter hats to be worn in class and thin gloves might be a good idea for some students. A small lap blanket would also be allowed if your child has low cold tolerance (as I do!).

Staying Connected

Let's continue to stay connected. Please reach out should you have any questions or concerns. Also, always feel free to share triumphs you're noticing in your child. We love hearing stories of growth and increased independence. We are committed to helping your child overcome obstacles and to set and work toward meaningful goals. As a parent myself, I know how tricky navigating parenting during typical days is let alone during a pandemic. Let's continue to keep the dialogue open as we move through the school year. Don't ever hesitate to contact us.