Elementary Distance Learning Update

4.27.20

Welcome to Week 5 Elementary Tigers!

Hello Families,


During difficult times, we have opportunities to reflect and be thankful. Understandably, we must recognize that there can be a tendency to pull back to focus on individual needs. This reaction is completely valid and necessary to focus on self-care and the health and safety for those close to us.


As a Medford Elementary student and a member of the Medford School District, it is also important to remember during times like this that we are not alone. We are all going through similar experiences and making the same decisions. This gives us a chance to understand, show empathy, and listen to others to hear their stories. The way to do this is to truly listen to each other, so we can really gain the perspective of others.


We must focus on maintaining an empathetic mindset so that we are able to understand and share the feelings of others and to respond in helpful ways. For the most part, empathy doesn’t just happen. It’s forged through concrete actions that help students consider others, day in and day out. What kinds of actions? Here are three that can have a big impact:

  1. Practice listening with eyes, ears, and heart. Help your child to listen beyond words by teaching them to look at body language. Try naming emotions based on facial expressions.
  2. Ask thoughtful questions. Ask your child about the types of questions we could ask others when we notice different emotions. For example, we may ask, “How can I help?” or “What’s wrong?" if we notice that someone is feeling frustrated.
  3. Show kindness. Identify ways to show others that you care.


I hope you are taking care of each other and making the most of your time together,


As always, please continue to reach out to us if you have any questions. We are here to help support you through this process of Distance Learning.


Thank you for all your patience and hard work! Take Care-- Mr. Carlson

We will not have Distance Learning on May 1st & May 4th.

As you are aware, we will be implementing Distance Learning for the remainder of the school year. We know there are new questions that will need to be addressed. In the coming days and weeks, staff will be able to finalize those plans so you have answers to questions such as: "What will device drop-off/school materials pick-up look like?" In regards to May 1st & 4th, students will not have Distance Learning on those days. They will be staff development days for our teachers and staff.

Check out our Virtual Pillow Fight video below! We hope it puts a smile on your face like it did ours!

HOW WILL WE HANDLE SCHOOL ISSUED DEVICES THAT NEED REPAIRS?

Families will complete THIS FORM . (This form is also linked on our school website under the Distance Learning tab "Technology") Once this form is completed, the information will be shared with the proper staff member who will attempt to repair the school issued device (ipad or chromebook) This service will run through our four lunch stops from 11:00-1:00. Families will drop off the device with the para in charge at that time at one of the four lunch stops, sign necessary paperwork and they will bring it back to school for our technology department to take a look at. The drop off and return days will be Mondays and Thursdays. This service is subject to change as we move through our distance learning model.

Contact Mr. Carlson

Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we move along our distance learning journey. Please reach out if I can help to support you and your child's learning needs during this time. Take Care!