Week of April 6, 2020

Davison Community Schools - Central Elementary

"Where Kids Come First and Futures Begin"

Central Thanks Essential Workers

A Note from the Principal

Dear Central Families:

I hope that this communication finds your family doing well and staying healthy. Davison's distance learning begins TODAY, Tuesday, April 14th. The distance learning plan can in no way replace the value of face-to-face instruction that happens in the walls of our school buildings from highly qualified teachers, however it can provide a learning opportunity for students during this public health crisis. You should have already received an email/communication from your child's teacher that included a weekly calendar of daily lessons. Included in the weekly family learning plan will be a recommended time frame for each day, user-friendly lessons and cross-curricular activities for ELA (Reading, Writing and Word Work), Math, as well as Music, PE (Physical Education), and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). You can also expect that your child's classroom teacher will continue his/her "office hours". Below you will see that there is information regarding obtaining a device at home if needed. We look forward to continuing on our unprecedented journey with all of you as we all learn and grow in the process. Remember, we are here to help you so please reach out to your child's teacher or me if you need assistance.

I'd like to include student/family photos in our newsletter. If you'd like to submit a photo for our Central Shines newsletter, please email it to ckuzinski@davisonschools.org with "Central Shines Photo" as the subject.

Our Week 4 "Family Check-In" is below. Feel free to fill it out to let us know how you are doing. I'd also love your feedback on our family learning plans. It's our first time developing these types of plans, and we are in the business of learning so we appreciate feedback! The check-in is not required, but a simple way to touch base and let us know if there are ways we can help support your family.

Stay well and know that I miss seeing our Central scholars every single day!

Most sincerely,

Mrs. Kuzinski

email: ckuzinski@davisonschools.org

Family Check-In

We recognize that this is a difficult time for many for an assortment of reasons and we care about our students and families. A "Family Check-In" is linked below. Feel free to fill it out to let us know how you are doing. It is not required, but a simple way to touch base and let us know if there are ways we can help support your family.



Distance Learning Info

For Families That Need a Device for Online Learning

If your student(s) does not have a device at home that can access an internet browser (Chromebook, iPad, laptop, certain gaming systems, etc.), please complete this form: https://forms.gle/TKUHXCRAJhmPSJLL6.

The district will be making Chromebooks available for checkout. Each family in need will receive one Chromebook per household. Devices must be returned at the end of the state-mandated shutdown period and parents will be responsible for signing a user agreement upon checkout. Families that complete the form will be contacted with further information and instructions.

Internet Access

Spectrum (Charter), Xfinity (Comcast) and AT&T are offering free internet access for 60 days to households with students. Some of these companies are also temporarily halting shut-offs and late fees for existing customers. (Please note that the District is merely providing this information as a courtesy and we do not have any involvement with these providers or the conditions for service.)

Spectrum: 844-488-8395

Xfinity: 855-846-8376

AT&T: 855‑220‑5211

Accessing Student Usernames and Passwords

Student usernames and passwords can be found in the ParentVUE app/website in the Student Info section under Additional Information. This is the information that should be used to login to the Chromebook.

Supplemental Learning Packets

The District will continue to provide supplemental learning packets for those desiring hard copy materials. They will be available each week on Mondays at our Food Distribution sites and during the week at the Cardinal Center (in the plastic bin under the canopy). Links to the grade-level packets are below and will continue to be available online at http://www.davisonschools.org.








Just a reminder that we will be distributing meals Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (or until food runs out) at Central, Gates, Siple, Hahn and DHS. Hard copy learning packets will be available at food distribution sites on Mondays and Wednesdays and at any time at the Cardinal Center (located in the bin under the canopy).

As a reminder, volunteers will now be placing food in your vehicle trunk or truck bed. This will further reduce contact between individuals. Please be prepared to open your trunk when the volunteer approaches your vehicle.

Assistance for Families Struggling Financially

With many businesses closed due to the stay-at-home order and unemployment at an all-time high, we know many of our families are struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this we would like to encourage families who could use the extra help right now to apply for the 2019-20 free or reduced lunch program by clicking on this link: https://www.lunchapp.com. Please submit an application ONLY if your student was not participating in the program already. Those whose children whom were already participating in the Free or Reduced Lunch program are all set and need not do anything more.

Those who apply and qualify based on current income would allow for their student(s) to remain eligible to participate in the free or reduced lunch program for at least 30 days at the beginning of the next school year.

Families with children on the free or reduced lunch program may also be eligible for free or low-cost internet and other services.

You may have heard or read that Michigan has become the first state in the country to gain federal approval for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT), a program to provide temporary funding to address emergency food needs and avert financial hardship for families affected by the pandemic. The food assistance benefits will go to Michigan families with students ages 5-18 who are already enrolled in the free or reduced-price school meal program. While we are uncertain at this time if families who enroll now will be eligible to receive the EBT card, officials with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourage families to apply.

Income on the application should be the household income at the time the application is completed. Our Food Services Department is ready to assist parents. For more information about the free or reduced lunch program, please visit our website at this link: https://www.davisonschools.org/domain/40.

Counselor's Corner

Community Resources

DID YOU KNOW.........

There are many great resources for families in the area. This section of Central Shines is dedicated to introducing you to a FREE resource each month.

Genesee County COVID-19 Resources

This resource guide supplements the Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide created by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Statewide resources are listed in the Michigan guide and are not duplicated here. You can call 2-1-1 for additional information about community resources. This supplement was updated 4/7/20.


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