Community supports during school closure (3/20/20 edition)
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Dear Kinnaman Community,
I hope this message finds you well and that you have had a chance to enjoy the sunshine this week in spite of the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in at the moment. Today is the first day that I have been unable to be in the building and I must admit, it feels odd. We have already started referring to our son and dog as co-workers at home. Earlier today, one of my co-workers was barking so loudly, it interrupted my Zoom meeting. My other co-worker makes a lot of noises when he works and it is challenging to share an office with him and remain focused, so I found a sliver of sunshine near an outlet outside and have made that quiet space my new office. Of course, a quiet space can only remain quiet for so long... now my co-worker is attempting to join me in my new office, but doesn't seem to realize the pillow in his mouth is wider than the doggie door. This is work from home during a pandemic. I have been reading a lot and checking out a variety of resources for families to help make this all feel a little more doable. These more frequent newsletters are coming to you in an attempt to connect you with resources and activities to keep the children in our community busy learning, playing, and growing in the coming weeks. My thoughts are always with you and yours and I'm wishing you well. Together, we've got this!
Social Emotional Learning & Literacy Family Message
Comparte historias con sus hijos. Compartiendo historias ayuda con la alfabetización y inculca un sentimiento depertenencia.
For strategies & educational activities families can use to keep students engaged in learning during the school closure. At-home learning for families with easy-to-implement activities to prevent regression and learning loss during an extended break.
Devices for Elementary Students
As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, we are looking at a number of ways to deliver the best possible experiences for students during the extended closure, and we want to make sure all of our students can remain connected to their peers, teachers, and schools and have regular access to learning opportunities and curriculum materials.
To support access for all BSD students, we have created the form below for you to fill out if your student or students need to borrow a mobile device from BSD. Please complete this form for each student that would need a device.
Stories help. They entertain. They teach. They keep young minds active, alert & engaged. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet right now.
Free courses have been added since the school closure. Classes run at specific times and days, which may help create structure and boundaries.
More Learning Activities at Home
- For some simple, scripted activities you can get your child(ren) started on, then let them work independently on, check out this educator/parent's blog: https://www.kristimraz.com/blog/
- Kids can complete activities on Kahn Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Scholastic has free daily activities: www.scholastic.com/learnathome
- Play board games, card games, and dice games - here's a link to some resources:
- Watch Mo Willems in his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am in Portland). Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks.
- Visit https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ to watch all of Mo Willems's videos, find activity sheets to print out & follow along, and more!
Resources for Books
Our local libraries have recently closed, but hopefully your children brought enough books home to sustain them for awhile. We plan to distribute books along with meals. You can also find books online at these sites:
- Login to Clever then use Bookshelf to read books by IRLA level
- Login to Clever then use Sora to check out ebooks
- Login to Epic - Access is free between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm with a class code
- Check out ebooks from the Washington County Library, including Tumblebooks
- Register your Washington County Library Card on Sora and get access to digital books from both the BSD Library and the Washington County Library.
- You can also listen to books for free on Audible.
Grab & Go Meals
BSD will not be serving grab & go breakfast and lunch during spring break. We will resume service on Monday, March 30, 2020 and are expanding our locations. Look for information in your email next week with details.
- Anyone can call 211 for assistance with housing, childcare, utility bills, or if you have health and safety questions or need any other resources. Help is available in several languages. You can also get help online at http://211.org/.
- The Oregon Food Bank is open. Check here for more information: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/.
- All families can set up free internet access for 2 months through Comcast. Go here for details: https://www.internetessentials.com/ or call 1-855-846-8376.
Mental Health & Washington County Services
We know that these are stressful times for everyone. Below are some updates from our community regarding accessing behavioral health and other basic county services.
The Hawthorn Walk-in Center is closed until further notice for walk-in care, but they are available for phone and video supports. Please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111 to access services. The crisis line will work to determine the best option for response. This may include phone support to address concerns.
If you are already connected to a mental health provider, please contact them first for support. While some offices may be closed, most providers are still offering telephone support to their enrolled clients.
Updates to all Washington County public services can be found here: https://www.co.washington.or.us/CAO/status-of-county-services.cfm
Community On Playgrounds & Fields
It is an important reminder for all of us to follow social distancing recommendations and the importance of wiping down commonly touched surfaces. While we are not able to monitor and enforce the use of our playgrounds and other outdoor facilities, the public should adhere to the following recommendations:
Please bring their own wipes and sanitizer and wipe down any surfaces before touching them.
Wash their hands before and after their visit.
Maintain distance from people. Follow social distancing recommendations and keep 6 feet from others
Please limit group sizes to 10 people or less
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.