The DiPiet Beat: Remote Learning

April 6 - 10, 2020

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About this week and some more....

Happenings for this week:


Monday

  • 8:30-8:45 am: Mrs. Friedman will be on FB Live to touch base with families and help get students ready for the new Remote Learning Plan roll out

  • 7:30 each night - FB Live - Mrs. Cavossa will continue to read at 7:30 pm each night.


Wednesday


Thursday

  • 9:00-9:15am: Mrs. Friedman will be on FB Live to wrap up the week


Friday

  • No School - Good Friday Teachers will not be available and will not assign lessons.


Looking Forward:

  • 4/15 - There will be no virtual PTO meeting.

From the Principal's Desk

Dear DiPietro Families,


Some of you have been sharing with us that the novelty of being home is starting to wear off and your children are becoming restless and at times even sad. As we move into the first week of our new Remote Learning Plan the children may respond in one of two ways:


1. Yay! Finally, I'm ready to work.

2. No way! I'm refuse to do this.


With either of these responses, at some point the novelty of learning at home may run its course as well. Thanks to your teachers, your children are equipped with a growth mindset, you just may need to bring it to the forefront of their minds. Below I am sharing phrases/approaches that are effective at school. In the beginning, if it is new to you, it may not be the "magic" words that get the children to turn around, but with perseverance (and if needed reaching out to us) I promise you....it will work. Initially your child may need you, but once the strategies are back in the forefront of their brains, their will utilize them on their own.


Phrases/Questions You Can Use:


  1. This is the work we are going to complete today. Which would you like to do first? (provide a choice between two activities) If a child is overwhelmed, sometimes less choice is more effective.
  2. It seems like you are (state how your child may be feeling), why don't you take a quick break and use a calming strategy your learned at school. (You could recommend 5 slow deep breaths...after ask what was causing your child's reaction and ask what you can do to help.) Get your child back to the activity.


I don't want to overwhelm you with more, but try these. Let us help you! Certainly reach out to your teachers, but we also have others ready to help. While it is typical to reach out to your teacher, these are not typical times. Here is a list of some others who can certainly help:



  1. Mrs. Sherene Borr - School Adjsutment Counselor
  2. Mrs. Maryann Mello - School Psychologist/Team Chair
  3. Mrs. Leslie Paterson - Behavior Specialist
  4. Mrs. Holly Barros - School Nurse
  5. Mrs. Charlotte Tucker - Math Specialist
  6. Mrs. Noreen Thomas - Reading Specialist
  7. Mrs. Rachel Freedman - BCBA
  8. Mrs. Heidi Lefebvre-McDonald - Art Teacher
  9. Mrs. Heather Deary - Music Teacher
  10. Mrs. Joan Evans - PE Teacher
  11. Mrs. Lisa Cavossa - Library Teacher
  12. Miss. Valerie Higgins - Technology Teacher
  13. And of course .... me



I MISS YOU AND ALL OF THE DIPIETRO STAFF!!!


-Mrs. Friedman


UPDATES:


Assignments/Learning:

Teachers will be using the online learning platform to post the weekly assignments which will include a combination of activities to get students/families familiar with the online platform, as well as specific online resources for each grade level. A reminder that K - Grade 2 will be using Seesaw and Grade 3 will be using Google Classroom.


I would like to recommend that guardians look at the schedule and plan with their children when activities will be accomplished. The tasks assigned can be done at the student’s own pace and at the time you choose as a family. Your student’s teacher(s) will be reaching out to identify how things are going at home. Please reach out to them with any questions!


As we begin doing more through our platforms you may need some help:


Hello from Mrs. Tucker, the Math Specialist and Mrs. Thomas the Reading Specialist at DiPietro!


We are here to support you while at home with your student or students in any way that we can. We will be consistently available and online Monday through Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 to answer emails, take phone calls and help you through this time. If you need a time outside this range we can work together to find one. We can help with instruction, resources and navigating online platforms such as i-Ready. In addition, we will be sending out ideas and opportunities for practicing Reading and Math in engaging ways - so keep an eye out! In the meantime, please check out the links below with some initial information on how to support your student or students.


Click HERE for Math Resources (All Grades)

Click HERE for Reading Resources (Kindergarten)

Click HERE for Reading Resources (Grades 1-3)


Find us at:

Math: ctucker@bpsdk12.org

Reading: nthomas@bpsdk12.org

Looking Ahead:

As I shared last week, we are focusing on a slow rollout where we add pieces of the remote learning plan until all parts are accessible to students. We are aiming to have this remote learning plan in full swing by the week of April 13th!


By mid-April, we would like students to be engaged in school work of some kind (this can be watching videos, engaging in online resources, or doing activities/projects assigned by their teacher or through self-directed learning) for approximately three hours per day.


RESOURCES FOR YOU:


COVID-19 Updates and Information: While I know that we don't necessarily want one more reason to look at our screens, Mrs. Barros and I would like to share the mass.gov site with you. It will allow you to get updates without having to listen to the news. It is a way to help you learn what you may want to know as an adult and not have your children hear it as it may increase their anxiety level.


The BPS Remote Learning Resources Page: There are several helpful resources as well as information on how to use Seesaw and Google Classroom on this page. See the upper right corner for links on the BPS Remote Learning Resources Page.


AH-MAAAZING Meal Support Changes: Please see this flyer from the Nutrition Department.


Counseling Support: Please email Mrs. Borr at, sborr@bpsdk12.org, should your child need to speak with her.

Notes from......



Mrs. Tucker and Mrs. Thomas


Hello from Mrs. Tucker, the Math Specialist and Mrs. Thomas the Reading Specialist at DiPietro!


We are here to support you while at home with your student or students in any way that we can. We will be consistently available and online Monday through Friday from 9:30 - 11:30 to answer emails, take phone calls and help you through this time. If you need a time outside this range we can work together to find one. We can help with instruction, resources and navigating online platforms such as i-Ready. In addition, we will be sending out ideas and opportunities for practicing Reading and Math in engaging ways - so keep an eye out! In the meantime, please check out the links below with some initial information on how to support your student or students.


Click HERE for Math Resources (All Grades)

Click HERE for Reading Resources (Kindergarten)

Click HERE for Reading Resources (Grades 1-3)


Find us at:

Math: ctucker@bpsdk12.org

Reading: nthomas@bpsdk12.org

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