Ms. B.'s Briones Buzz

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hybrid/ DL Cohorts

Parents of 2nd and 3rd grade students will be made aware of their child's hybrid cohorts and DL teachers on Monday, October 19th at 5:00PM. Our top priority is keeping Briones students with Briones classmates and teachers, however, as previously mentioned, there are no guarantees.


If we are unable to make the numbers work in the DL program within our school we work within our cluster of schools, in our case, the west cluster which includes Briones, Barron Park , Escondido, and Nixon. If we are unable to create cohorts within our cluster, we reach out across all sites to create and staff classes.


4th and 5th grade parents/guardians will receive surveys on Monday, October 19th and they will be due Monday, October 26th. Cohorts and DL classes will be announced on Monday, November 2nd at 5:00 PM.


In January, if you are interested in switching models and if there is space in that model, then you will be able to switch at that point.

HYBRID AND DISTANCE LEARNING AT - A - GLANCE

Distance Learning

Students will continue learning from home five days a week in the program we have been providing this year. Families remain part of the Briones school community whether you have a DL teacher from Briones or another site. You will continue to receive communication from the Briones PTA and me. Students who have IEPs or receive reading or EL support will continue to work with Briones Special Education staff, Reading Specialists, and EL teacher.


If you select Distance Learning, lunch will begin at 11:50 AM.

Students in grades 1-5 will attend school from 8:15 AM to 1:40 PM on their in-school days. They will attend school from 8:15 AM to 2:35 PM on their at-home days.


To facilitate social distancing, classrooms will be divided into two cohorts, cohort A and cohort B. To ensure social distancing on the playground, cohorts will eat and play in one of six zones each week.


Below is the Hybrid schedule for grades 1- 5:

  • Cohort A: In-School Days, Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday: 8:15-1:40 PM
    • Recess: 10:00-10:20 AM
    • Lunch: 11:45-12:30 PM
  • Cohort A: At-Home Days, Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday: 8:15-2:35 PM
    • Morning Meeting with teacher and B cohort via Zoom: 8:15-8:35
    • Breaks: 9:35-9:50 AM, 10:35-10:50 AM, 11:35-11:50 PM, 1:35-1:50 PM
    • Lunch: 11:50-12:50 PM


  • Cohort B: In-School Days, Thursday, Friday, and every other Wednesday: 8:15-1:40 PM
    • Recess: 10:00-10:20 AM
    • Lunch: 11:45-12:30 PM
  • Cohort B: At-Home Days, Monday, Tuesday, and every other Wednesday: 8:15-2:35 PM
    • Morning Meeting with teacher and B cohort via Zoom: 8:15-8:35
    • Breaks: 9:35-9:50 AM, 10:35-10:50 AM, 11:35-11:50 PM, 1:35-1:50 PM
    • Lunch: 11:50-12:50 PM


In-School Learning

  • Students will have synchronous Morning Meetings each day via zoom with their classroom teacher and students learning at home.
  • Teachers will provide lessons in phonics, reading, writing, math, and interactive read aloud.


At-Home Learning
  • Students will have synchronous Morning Meetings each day via zoom with their classroom teacher and students attending school in-person.
  • After the Morning Meeting, students will engage in four 45-minute blocks of synchronous and asynchronous content.
  • Music, PE, and Library lessons will be provided synchronously. Science, Social Studies, and SPECTRA Art lessons will be provided asynchronously.
  • At the end of each day, students have 45 minutes of independent learning time from 1:50-2:35 PM.

Unity Day at Briones!

Unity Day is a time to celebrate friendship, kindness, acceptance, and inclusion and we will be celebrating in both our hybrid and distance learning programs! Please help your student get into the spirit of Unity Day by wearing as much orange as possible on October 21st. We encourage creativity! Orange clothing, ribbons, hats, or orange backgrounds on zoom - the sky is the limit!


Since we are unable to take a school-wide photo in person, we will take zoom and in-class photos and make them into a school-wide photo! Teachers will be talking about the importance of this day and PTA will also be reaching out with information about a virtual Friendship Tree project. Thanks to our coordinators Laurie and Yuri! More to come!


The messages that Unity Day celebrates are vital, especially during these unprecedented times, which is why it is more important than ever to keep our attention on them all year!

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Ms. B.'s Office Hours

Due to the start of the hybrid program, I will be re-scheduling my office hours after we settle into our new schedules. Please know that you can always reach out to me should you have any questions, concerns, or ideas at kabimpson@pausd.org, or you can contact Kathyrn in the office to scheulde an appointment at kames@pausd.org, or by calling 650-856-0877 x 3352.