March 19, 2020 - Homebound Edition
We will continue Facebook Live read-alouds and also post some more fun activities, so keep checking!
Note from Ms. Moulton
I hope that you and your children are all doing well. Let's just say that this is not a situation that we learned how to handle in "Teacher/Principal School". I am so appreciative of the hard work of my colleagues throughout the district. I also want to thank the many of you who have reached out to offer support and/or gratitude. Watertown is indeed a special place!
This morning the Hosmer faculty and staff held a virtual meeting to plan for the coming week. Our first priority is checking in with you and your children. Please respond to the email you receive from your child's teacher with the answers to the questions regarding technology. If your child does not have access to a device, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this point, you should have received communication from the district with links to Extended Learning Opportunities. Many fun and engaging activities and ideas can be found there. For those of you who would like hard-copy materials, we have made copies of the iready math and reading packets that are linked to the website. These packets have been placed in rubbermaid bins outside of the main entrance at Hosmer. If you choose to pick these up, please take only the packets assigned for your child's current grade. We also ask that you maintain social distancing while doing this and that you ensure that the lids are properly replaced so that materials are kept protected from the elements.
Teachers will be checking email daily and will be in touch with additional activities next week.
Finally, I want to be clear that we are not expecting that families are homeschooling children. It is not realistic to think that you can create a full day's worth of academic learning at home every day for three weeks. Our resources are meant to provide you with options and opportunities for making a challenging time a little bit easier. We also understand that you are managing a household, caring for family members, working (in or out of the home), and also dealing with all of the emotions and difficulties of our current situation. Please be kind to yourselves. Don't compare yourself to everyone who is posting amazing and creative ideas online. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
As always, thank you for your support of our fantastic school!
Hosmer Faculty and Staff had a Virtual Meeting Today
Here are some screenshots of us saying hi! We miss you!
What Did the Husky See?
This week I am spending lots of time with Ms. Moulton. She took me home so that I wouldn't get lonely at school. It's really quiet there without all of the kids and teachers!
Here is a picture of me looking up how many students have done iReady lessons so far this week. As of right now, 204 students have done reading lessons and 248 have done math lessons. Wow! Ms. Moulton thought we might hit 250 this week and we are close. I think we're going to do even better than she thought we would!
I'm also helping Ms. Moulton choose her next facebook read aloud, but I'll keep it a secret until Tuesday. We hope you will join us!
Food Support for Students
Watertown Food Pantries
The Watertown Food Pantry is located at:
Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church
80 Mt. Auburn Street (Rear)
Watertown, MA 02472
Hours of operation are Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Proof of Watertown residency is required. For more information about the Watertown Food Pantry, eligibility or to volunteer, call the Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center at 617-972-6490.
Watertown Catholic Collaborative of Sacred Heart & Saint Patrick
St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry is located at:
Sacred Heart Rectory (Basement)
770 Mount Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry serves individuals from Watertown. Proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, or receipt) is required to register. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday, from 10:00 am to 11:45 am. For more information call Beverly Concannon, Coordinator, at (617) 926-7121
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