OES Virtual Learning

April 19, 2020

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Continuation of Distance Learning

As most of you have already heard, the Governor has extended distance learning for the remainder of the year. Please read this message from Mrs. Collins regarding this issue. Please know our teachers continue to be committed to the academic growth and well-being of our students.

Now, more than ever, know that together we will get through whatever comes our way.

STEM: Coding Opportunities

In STEM students have an opportunity to decide their learning between two topics. For students inclined toward earth science, the focus is on the rock cycle. Students interested in computer science have an opportunity to create games and solve puzzles while learning new coding skills using different age appropriate websites. If you are not familiar with coding, it teaches problem solving, helps students to plan sequentially, and in many instances allows for creativity. Lessons are accessible through the STEM Google Classroom for each grade level.

Taking Care of Your Family's Emotional Well Being

Many things have changed about our daily lives. Here are some simple, free activities that can help your family adjust to the changes.

Click on the PDF, below to access the Scholastic publication, First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Harvard University's Center for the Developing Child Parent Resource has some resources for families. They also have a How to Support Children (and Yourself) During the COVID-19 Outbreak document with both quick tips and comprehensive resources for supporting the well-being of your family.

Finally, Mind Yeti has some great research based mindfulness videos for families to help calm their minds, focus their attention and connect to the world around them. Created by nonprofit Committee for Children

Grab and Go Sites for Student Meals

  • Mariner High was added as a Grab and Go Meal Pick Up Site starting Monday, April 6th.

  • Six new locations will be added to the meal pick up sites were added as of Tuesday, April 14th (same hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

    • Gulf Middle, Hancock Creek Elementary, Harns Marsh Elementary, Island Coast High, J. Colin English Elementary and Tanglewood Elementary

Click here for the most up to date information on the SDLC Grab and Go sites.

One Book Connects

Oasis Elementary is about to embark on a special project called #OneBookConnects. Students will have the opportunity to read the same book together, a book called, A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold. – even though we’re all at home. Reading this book together will enable your family to share the joy of reading and reconnect with our school community.This is an optional activity for students. This book is available for free on EPIC.

Please view the flyer for more details.

Troubleshooting Tips

Our most common student issues are the following:

Sharing a Family Chromebook

The School District of Lee County has a visual on how to switch accounts between students, when they are sharing a Chromebook.

If you are getting a message that you do not have permission, it is an indicator that you are not logged in using the @oasishs.org account.

This happens frequently when students are sharing devices with their siblings or using a home device that defaults to a personal @gmail account. When attempting to access Google Classroom and school materials (Safari, etc.) students must be logged in with their @oasishs.org account.

When using an Apple device, student is unable to view Google Slides and Google Docs.

In order to view these documents, in addition to having the Google Classroom app, the Apple device must have the Google Slides and Google Docs app downloaded.

Student Monitoring with Google Accounts/Chromebooks

Please remind your student that the use of their Google account (@oasishs.org) and school issued Chromebooks are monitored for inappropriate use. Because we continue to get alerts, even while students are home, we will be contacting parents to inform them of the inappropriate search or site that a student attempted to reach.

Third Quarter Report Cards

Mrs. Lowe, our Information Specialist has made the student Report Cards visible in the student FOCUS account. If parents have already set up and have an established FOCUS account to view their student information, they just have to log in to the FOCUS account and the report card should be viewable on the dashboard.

If parents have NOT already set up an established FOCUS account to view their student information, they will have to get their parent account verified. The verification process may take up to a few weeks. In order to set up a parent account, parents will need the Student ID number, (NOT the Social Security Number). If you do not know your child's Student ID, please reach out to your child's teacher. Teachers will only be sending student ID's to the email account that they have been using with the parent all year.

See the attachment below for details on the Parent FOCUS account verification process.

Have you downloaded the Focus Community App yet?

The Focus Community App provides parents, students, teachers, and administrators a streamlined way to access the information they want, when and where they want it.

The School District of Lee County's Focus Community App is available for download on both the Google Play and Apple App stores. Download it today!

Extra Resources for Families

The State of Florida has accumulated lots of resources for student learning.

Wide Open School, from Common Sense Media, has a variety of fun and engaging activities for your family to enjoy.

Finally, Sal Khan, from Khan Academy has Daily Homeroom for parents, with some interesting topics on distance learning, including balancing working from home while monitoring your child's virtual school, and other issues related to COVID19.