Elementary Distance Learning Update

4.10.20

We are Proud of you Medford Elementary Families!

We are all very PROUD of the work you have been doing at home to help your Tiger continue to learn from home. We know that it is not the same as our school environment and that we cannot replicate everything in the home setting. The feedback we received from the distance learning survey will help us to adapt and change the best that we can to what you are needing as a family. Thank you for taking the time to fill this out. My newsletter today is based on your feedback, too. There were two categories of questions that were asked frequently.


Question 1: How long should "Distance Learning" last each day?


  • Lessons in PreK-2 are designed to take about 15-20 minutes per subject or about 1 1/2 to 2 hours per day.


  • Lessons in 3-6 are designed to take between 20- 30 minutes per subject or about 2 to 2 1/2 hours per day.

  • Special area classes would be above and beyond this and are intended to enrich your child's week.


We do still encourage you to keep your daily reading habits of 20 minutes per day as we encouraged during the school year if you are able. If you need more reading content, please reach out to your child's teacher. They might have some digital resources that are accessible via the devices students use for lessons.


Question 2: What can we do if we get everything done?


Some families have asked for more ideas in supporting their child with additional, enrichment activities during this distance learning. There are many resources out there, but it can be overwhelming when trying to find something of quality.


One website I would like to share with you is "Common Sense Media" resources. Please check out the link below to find some great Distance Learning Resources if you would like more opportunities beyond what has been provided.


Common Sense Media Resources



Best wishes for a GREAT week ahead of Distance Learning!


Our lessons and opportunities for learning all are intended to provide your child as much normalcy for school time as we can. We know this will look different in every home for every family. Please continue to communicate with me (joshcarlson@medfordtigers.org) or your child's teacher if you would like to visit about ideas. We are here for you and can help to make adjustments to lessons as well.

WHAT WILL KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION LOOK LIKE?

Kindergarten registration will now take place on Monday April 13th and Tuesday April 14th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Parents are invited to drop off their child's kindergarten registration packets inside the Medford Elementary entrance. There will be a bin provided marked "Kindergarten Registrations" and the packets may be deposited inside. Any questions or concerns please email Shelley Fitzgerald, elementary secretary at sfitzgerald@medfordtigers.org. Thank You

HOW WILL WE HANDLE SCHOOL ISSUED DEVICES THAT NEED REPAIRS?

Families will complete THIS FORM . (This form is also linked on our school website under the Distance Learning tab "Technology") Once this form is completed, the information will be shared with the proper staff member who will attempt to repair the school issued device (ipad or chromebook) This service will run through our four lunch stops from 11:00-1:00. Families will drop off the device with the para in charge at that time at one of the four lunch stops, sign necessary paperwork and they will bring it back to school for our technology department to take a look at. The drop off and return days will be Mondays and Thursdays. This service is subject to change as we move through our distance learning model.
Medford Public School Webpage

Please continue to check our website for information regarding COVID-19 and how it will be impacting our district.

Important Dates Coming Up!

May

25 - Memorial Day (No School)

Contact Mr. Carlson

Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we move along our Distance Learning journey. Please reach out if I can help to support you and your child's learning needs during this time. Take Care!