New Lebanon School
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We Did It - Week 7 of Distance Learning Complete!
Hello Bobcat Families!
We want to take this time to thank you for the last 7 weeks. Distance Learning would not be possible without parents and families - and New Leb is knocking it out of the park! Thank you for the time, dedication, and commitment that comes with this. We are partners now more than ever - and we thank you for that. As a small token of our appreciation, we put a video together to thank YOU - parents and families - see below!
Be Safe, Be Well, and We Love You!
Ms. B & Mrs. Monaco
thank you new leb parents and families
Important Upcoming Dates!
Monday, May 4th - Friday, May 8th: Teacher Appreciation Week - be sure to thank your teachers!
Friday, May 8th: FLEX Friday
Friday, May 15th: FLEX Friday
Daily lessons from your teachers
Our teachers are spending an enormous amount of time preparing daily Math and Reading/Writing lessons for your students. We are doing this so that your students can keep up with the Greenwich Public Schools curriculum to the best of our ability. If you need support finding these videos, please reach out to your teacher or a staff member, so your child can continue hearing your teacher's voice and connecting with them. Thank you!
When our teachers are working with your students on content or teaching them on a video, please feel free to let them teach. You do not have to tell your students the correct answer or help coach them - that is what our teachers are there for! This also helps teachers assess what the students are able to understand and do independently.
One easy way to help your child be independent is to have them set an alarm on their iPad 5 minutes before their "live video" is set to take place. This will allow them to get prepared and be on time for "class". Thank you for your support with this!
Additional Reminders for live Videos with Teachers and Students:
1. Appropriate Clothing: Think, "Would I wear this to school?" If Yes, then you are good!
2. Appropriate Place: Students should video chat while at a table, desk, or appropriate learning space. When online, mute the microphone until it’s time to speak. This eliminates background noise for all.
New Leb Parent Heather Hardie put together some helpful tips for parents - check out her youtube channel here!
Mental Health Moment #16: Tuning In To Your Senses
submitted by Rebecca Klabe, ESS Clinician
Something I do daily is to mindfully engage myself in grounding techniques that require me to really tune into my senses. I do them a lot when I feel myself stressing out (at work, with family, driving, etc).
- Chew a piece of minty gum or sucking on a mint, tune into the flavor, feel your taste buds, texture, etc.
- Put on scented hand lotion, massage your hands/fingers, smell the lotion, again, be present in the moment.
- Play a favorite song, or keep a low volume of ‘lofi’ on in the background at work or at home (low beats with no lyrics)
Be aware of the lighting around you (office, yard, bedroom)... try using fairy/string lights for softer lighting compared to bright bulbs in overhead lighting. Lighting significantly affects the atmosphere and vibes.
Mental Health Moment #18: Guided Imagery/Visualization Resources
submitted by Devon Zapicchi, ESS Clinical Coordinator
The following list of guided imagery/visualizations can all be found on YouTube and can be especially helpful to anyone who is having a particularly overwhelming day/week.
Safe Happy Place: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ch88kmlls
Secret Tree House: https://youtu.be/DWOHcGF1Tmc
Magical Island: https://youtu.be/aNTXpJV8aUg
Land of the Unicorns: https://youtu.be/g69cyia-aKI
Underwater World: https://youtu.be/XUA5dlMQJAc
Progressive Muscle Relaxation: https://youtu.be/86HUcX8ZtAk
Hot Air Balloon: https://youtu.be/vlv6Y1tq1sQ
Quick Reset: https://youtu.be/2wS0Znpq_vk
check out these offerings from the bruce museum!
At Home with Dr. Louise Flax:
These classes will introduce you to new ways of looking at your artistic practice and add to your art arsenal, without requiring specialized materials. Watch for new lessons every other Monday, at brucemuseum.org. If you have any questions please contact Manager of School and Community Programs, Corinne Flax, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Beginnings Goes Digital
Do you miss Bruce Beginnings on Tuesdays at the Museum? Then watch this video for Digital Bruce Beginnings. This program, for children ages 3 through 5 and their caregivers, will be led by a museum educator and include a discussion of one of the Museum's online exhibitions, a related story book, and suggestions of interactive activities adults and kids can do together. Enjoy!
read-a-thon - just keep reading!
Keep reading and tallying your minutes!
If you did not see Layla Rodriguez explaining the read-a-thon yet, you still can! Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM4BDBcMWX4&t=1s
ALL Read-a-thon documents (English and Spanish): https://drive.google.com/open?id=12rD5rT4mBAXMXYyuk_ZU5UhqWeG-mvuP
Where do I upload my forms? See below!
Minutes/Tally Form: https://padlet.com/cheri_amster/ReadathonMinutes
Poster Contest: https://padlet.com/cheri_amster/PosterContest
Connecticut Corona Virus Help
File for unemployment benefits through the Connecticut Department of Labor. Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The Department released a quick sheet related to the virus that can answer your FAQs about COVID-19’s impact on workers and employers.
Governor Ned Lamont reached an agreement with over 50 credit unions and banks to offer mortgage relief to Connecticut’s residents and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about participating financial institutions and answers to frequently asked questions here.
On April 10, 2020, Governor Lamont signed an Executive Order that provides immediate protections for residential renters.
Attorney General William Tong announced that the Connecticut Public Utilities Authority has granted an emergency moratorium on electric, natural gas, and water utility shut-offs.
Report your concerns about price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General by calling 860-808-5318 or online here. During an emergency disaster, sellers cannot charge prices that would be unjustifiable during normal business operations.
The Connecticut Insurance Department instructed insurers to accommodate travel cancellation requests under certain terms and conditions. Consumers who have questions on travel insurance can contact the Insurance Department by email at email@example.com or by calling 860-297-3900.
You may also review the State of Connecticut’s answers to Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about how the state is responding.
From the Nurse's Corner! Weekly Health Tip
- Most people who have gotten sick with the coronavirus have had a mild case. There are not a lot of cases in children and children tend to have a very mild case.
- Older people tend to get sicker. We must all protect ourselves, families and friends. So always remember use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Sneeze into your elbows. Corona virus is thought to spread through droplets . By sneezing or coughing into your elbows, you prevent the germs from going into the air.
- Continue to avoid touching your face and wear a mask in public places to protect yourself and others. Stay safe!
Is your child under the weather?
If your child has a reported illness, fever, or other symptoms, please email Nurse Pat so we can keep track just like we would when we are in school: Patricia_Bleuher@greenwich.k12.ct.us
IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF HELP/SUPPORT WHILE WE ARE OUT OF SCHOOL
Our School Social Worker School Psychologist will be available during school hours (8:00am-3:00pm) via email if you need any support.
Kaitlin Cyr: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Saavedra: Sandra_Corrente@greenwich.k12.ct.us
In case of an emergency, please call 911 or 211 (Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services or EMPS).
Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-203-1234 if you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis or are concerned about someone who might be.
Kids in Crisis - 24 Hour Hotline - (203) 661-1911
Need help? Not sure? Any time of the day or night, there is always a live counselor on the end of the phone. These trained Crisis Counselors are available to provide immediate help and assess services needed to address and work through any situation.
INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS
INFORMATION ON THE CORONAVIRUS:
Hotline Numbers for residents who have questions about COVID-19:
COVID-19 Testing at Murphy Medical Associates:
1 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich 06830
30 Buxton Farm Road, Stamford, CT 06905