June 2020 Newsletter

Alfred Vail Home & School Connection

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Family Conversations About Race

If you have not done so already, please click the linked questions to take our survey on Family Conversations About Race.
Second Grade Clap Out

Congratulations Alfred Vail Second Grade Graduates!

Virtual Field Day Highlights

Highlights from our 2020 Alfred Vail Field Day!

Second Grade Standards Mastery

May 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

First, on behalf of the Morris School District, I want to thank you so much for your partnership during the Virtual Learning period. Your help and support to your children while they are learning at home has been a key component to student success and we are grateful for your time and attention.

As the 2019-20 school year comes to an end, our administrative team would like to take a “snapshot” of where we are finishing the year academically so that we can determine where we should start the 2020-21 school year with regard to curriculum and instruction. One of the data points we know will help is to know where students are performing related to state standards that our district has identified as critical for the grade level.

The Standards Mastery Checkpoint will take place on the following days:

JUNE 2 and 3: ELA Standards Mastery Checkpoints

JUNE 9 and 10: Math Standards Mastery Checkpoints

  • On these days, immediately following the scheduled daily Google Meet with your child’s teacher they should sign into iReady as they normally would. The checkpoint can be taken on a chromebook, laptop, desktop, or iPad. It cannot be accessed on an android tablet or phone.

  • Each day, your child will see several questions that match one of the selected standards.

  • Please note that these Standards Mastery items should not take more than about 20 minutes to complete. Please make sure that if your child shows any level of frustration, you have them stop. If your child receives “extended time” through an IEP or 504, they can work for up to 40 minutes however after they have attempted the items, if there are any signs of frustration, please have them stop.

The results of the Standard Mastery Checkpoint will be used for us to evaluate the effectiveness of our online learning program and for us to plan for our start to the new school year. It is important to note that the data from Standards Mastery Checkpoint data will not be used to determine grades or placement in programs (ie, Quest). We will use results to organize instruction and differentiated learning support for all students.

If you need technical assistance on the dates listed above please visit the MSD Virtual Hub and click on “Enter a technology help ticket” and select “Standards Mastery.”


If you need assistance to access your child’s iReady account, please see the following documents:

How to Access iReady on an iPad

How to Access iReady from Clever

iReady Error- “Browser out of Date”

Please contact me if you have any questions about the Standards Mastery Checkpoint.

Thank you again for all your support!

Ms. Janet Kellman

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The Virtual Calming Space

created by Alfred Vail's Occupational Therapist Michelle McCann

Resources for Parents

Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents


  • Virtual Learning will continue through the end of the Academic School Year.
  • Our last day of school is currently June 22, 2020
  • June 18, 19, 22 are half days
  • Virtual Field Day will be held on June 8
  • Virtual STEM Day will be held on June 11
  • Virtual Arts Day will be held on June 15
  • Virtual Farewell to Second Grade Students June 16
  • A Day of Differences will be held on June 17

Spirit Days

  • Every Friday will be RED Day, wear your red or Alfred Vail spirit wear.
  • Wednesday, June 3, Sports Day, wear your favorite team apparel.
  • Wednesday, June 10, Sunglasses Day, wear your sunglasses.
  • Thursday, June 18, Luau Day, wear your best luau party attire.

Platforms Available During Summer Break

Many of the platforms used during the 2019-2020 school year will continue to be available for your children over the summer. These are great programs to utilize to keep children engaged and continually learning over the break!

  • Pebble go

  • iReady

  • Reflex Math

  • RazKids

  • Quaver Music

  • Tumblebooks

And others will be available for use through mid August. Please make sure you keep your usernames and passwords handy should you use these links over the summer!

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We've Got Alfred Vail Spirit!

Sunglasses Day

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Wear Red, White and Blue Day

Favorite Sports Team Day

Read To Your Pet or Favorite Stuffed Animal Day

Ms. Vasquez Land Forms Project

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