Panther Paw News

Updated October 15, 2020

Message from the Principal

Greetings Lascassas Family,


We hope you all had an amazing Fall Break! Everyone came back refreshed and ready to take on the Second Nine Weeks. Below you will find important information for the Month of October.



Kim Marable

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Impact of Tardiness

  • Several studies have shown that school tardiness has a negative impact on learning outcomes.
  • By the mere nature of arriving late and missing school hours, students receive fewer hours of instruction than students who are in class when the bell sounds.
  • But not only does a student who is consistently arriving late to school establish bad punctuality habits, their tardiness also disrupts the learning of other students in their classes.

Pick-Up Protocols for Students

We know many things may come up that you may need to pick your child/children up early from school. Please work to arrange pick-up of your child/children before 2:00pm from the front office. If you arrive after 2:00pm, you will be directed to join the car line to pick your child/children. Therefore, to ensure you are not late to any appointments or tasks, please arrive before 2:00pm when you need your child/children before dismissal.

Arrival and Dismissal for Our New In-Person Learners

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Report Card

Report Cards will be uploaded to Skyward. Please view your child's report in this platform. If you prefer a hard copy of your child's Report Card, please email your his/her teacher.
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Red Ribbon Week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. October is National Bullying Prevention Month along with Red Ribbon Week! All these activities are optional, but we would love for your student to participate!

  • K-1st Activity: Coloring Contest
  • 2nd-3rd Activity: Poster Contest
  • 4th & 5th Activity: Essay Contest

Monday, Oct. 26th:

“CRAZY about being drug/bully free!” Students and staff may wear their hair in crazy way.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th:

“Red-y to live a drug/bully free life” Students and staff may wear the color red.

Wednesday, Oct. 28th:

“Don’t get MIXED up in bullying/drugs!” Students and staff may wear mismatched socks.

Thursday, Oct. 29th:

“Hats off to being bully/drug free!” Students and staff may wear a hat.

Friday, Oct. 30th:

“READ a book instead of bullying/drugs” Students and staff may dress up as a book character.

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Lascassas Elementary Distance Learning Expectations 2020-2021

Distance Learning Questions - Kim Marable marablek@rcschools.net or Tina Maxwell maxwellt@rcschools.net

School Level Distance Learning Technical Questions or Issues- JoLyn McWhorter mcwhorterj@rcschools.net

RCS Technical Assistance 8:00am-4:30- Please call 615-893-5815 ext. 22196 or 22197 Instruction


Delivery Model:

1. Teachers are required to host at least 3 live Zoom/Teams sessions each week for both Math and ELA.

2. Lesson models can be Asynchronous or Synchronous depending on the needs of the students.

3. Teachers are required to provide a recorded video with assignments on days when there is no live Zoom lesson.

4. Live Zooms/Teams lessons will be recorded and placed in Kiddom.

5. Science and Social Studies will consist of recorded videos and assignments. Live Zoom sessions will be at the discretion of the teacher.

6. Students must complete all assignments by the assigned due date.

7. Assessments should be completed independently without parent assistance with responses to test questions.


Platforms:

* Teachers will inform parents of the platforms students will use for their class from the following list:

1. Padlet

2. Kiddom (Required)

3. Skyward

4. Clever- includes many of the instructional platforms that teachers use

5. Teacher webpage for additional resources, newsletters, and schedules

6. Zoom/Teams


Student Engagement & Participation

1. All live small groups are required including RTI2, ESL, and SPED, if applicable.

2. For best practices to meet students' needs, students should miss no more than one live session per week in Math and ELA. When a student is not present for a live zoom, the student will need to watch the recorded zoom lesson. The zoom lesson will contain a password that will need to be emailed to the teacher to verify viewing of the recorded lesson.

3. Students must complete all assignments by the due date. If an assignment is not completed by the due date, a grade of 0 will be recorded for the assignment.

4. Students should be completing a 6 ½ hour daily schedule involving live lessons, recorded lessons, assignments, videos, small groups, etc.

5. Students should have their video camera turned on during live lessons without background distractions.

6. Students should have a designated space conducive for learning that is quiet and provides ample space for students to complete assignments.

7. Related Arts will provide weekly recorded lessons and resources. Parents or students are responsible for choosing the Related Arts for the day.

8. Students should be engaged and prepared for each lesson with appropriate materials.


Communication with Parents/Students

1. Teachers at LES will communicate with parents in various ways. Please see below the potential methods of communication by teachers. Teachers will share their preferred method of communication with parents and students on October 13th.

Parent list:

• Email

• Skyward

• Teacher Webpage - Newletters, additional resources, and schedules

• Communication tool - Class dojo, Seesaw, Bloomz, etc.

• Padlet

• Zoom/Teams meetings when needed

• Phone

2. Teachers will respond to parent questions or concerns within 24 hours.

3. Teachers at LES will communicate with students using the following platforms that are listed below.

Student list:

• Clever

• Kiddom

• Padlet

• Zoom/Teams


Access to Lessons/Assignments

1. Students will use their secure RCS login to Clever to access distance learning assignments/materials through Kiddom, iReady, EasyCBM, etc.

2. Teachers will provide distance learners with digital logins for all platforms and online resources.

3. Zoom/Teams will be used for live and recorded sessions in which the teacher provides direct instruction.

4. Assignments should be submitted daily. Assignments not submitted on time will result in a zero. Students may be given a two-day extension to complete assignments that are not turned in on time. If the assignment is still not submitted after the two-day extension, the zero will remain as the grade for the assignment.

5. Missing assignments will be communicated through Skyward or email.

6. Kiddom will consist of teacher and student feedback, assignments, assessments, Zoom/Teams links, and submission of work/assessments.

7. Padlet will consist of student assignments and videos.

8. Grades will be communicated through Skyward.

9. Zoom/Teams will consist of feedback during small groups, live lessons, collaborative student work, etc.

10. Students who qualify for intervention services (ESL, Special Education, Tier 2, or Tier 3) will have daily small-group livestream intervention sessions with their interventionist(s).

11. Work can be submitted through the following methods:

• a video recording by a student

• uploading a photo of their work

• uploaded attachments

• through Kiddom by answering questions and typing responses

• completion of online assigned lessons

• parents may drop off completed work at school in the school drop box


Communication with Parents/Students

1. Teachers at LES will communicate with parents in various ways. Please see below the potential methods of communication by teachers. Teachers will share their preferred method of communication with parents and students on October 13th.

Parent list:

• Email

• Skyward

• Teacher Webpage - Newletters, additional resources, and schedules

• Communication tool - Class dojo, Seesaw, Bloomz, etc.

• Padlet

• Zoom/Teams meetings when needed

• Phone

2. Teachers will respond to parent questions or concerns within 24 hours.

3. Teachers at LES will communicate with students using the following platforms that are listed below.

Student list:

• Clever

• Kiddom

• Padlet

• Zoom/Teams

LES Distance Learning Attendance and Grading Policy 2020-2021


Dear Parents,

Our Faculty and Administration have worked very hard to create some guidelines that are consistent for our Distance Learners. We feel that we now have a grasp on best practices and assistance needed from our parents to better meet the needs of our students. We know that some students may not be able to attend all live Zoom lessons. However, we do expect all students to complete some form of instruction for each subject daily. Please see policies below.

Attendance Policy:

All RCS attendance policies apply to students participating in distance learning. In order for distance learning students to be considered present for the day, the student must be interacting and responding to instruction. The teachers will take attendance for each subject based on the following:

1. Participation in a live Zoom Lesson/Meeting or watch a recorded lesson;

2. Completion of an assignment for the class;

3. Discussion with the teacher/class via phone calls, email, or online meeting in a virtual format.

Further explanation:

Your child must attend in one of these forms in each subject to be considered present. If your child has not completed at least one of the above expectations, they will be counted absent. If your child completes some subjects and not others, your child will receive a tardy. The students will be given two additional days from the due date to turn in assignments, but the absence or tardy stands. Parents are expected to contact teachers if there are issues with connectivity or other extenuating circumstances. Teachers will respond within 24 hours.

Excused Absences:

Parent and/or doctor notes must be submitted to the school within 5 school days of your student’s return to distance learning for the absences to be excused and changes made to your child’s attendance record. If you feel that there are errors in your child’s attendance record, please contact the school’s attendance clerk.

Grading Policy:

Distance Learners will follow the same grading policy as traditional students. However, if work is not turned in for graded assignments by the due date, the work will be entered as a zero for Grade 3rd-5th and 0/0 for Grades K-2nd. There will be a two-day extension to complete the assignments for a grade.

Distance Learner Meal Pick-Up

We recommend parents email the cafeteria manager (Amber Hartley- HartleyA@rcschools.net) by 8:00am on Friday of each week to inform the cafeteria staff of the quantity of each meal being picked up for the following week. Breakfast and lunch are to be picked up at the same time. Meal pick-up will be on Mondays and Thursdays of each week from 9:00am to 10:00am. Parents must state how many of each meal they will need.


Parents will not enter the school building. They can call the office upon arrival and we will deliver the meals curbside.

Distance Learner Materials and Device Pick-Up

Parents may pick-up or return materials requested by teachers on Mondays and Thursdays of each week from 9:00am to 10:00am. If a student needs a device on these pick-up days, please contact (Jolyn McWhorter- McwhorterJ@rcschools.net).

OUR PTO IS THE BEST!!! THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING OUR TEACHERS WITH SNACKS TO FUEL THEM IN EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS.

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Tina Maxwell, Assistant Principal