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Silver Springs Elementary School - March 23, 2020

Mark Your Calendars

This Week’s Events:

March 25th - Virtual Milk and Cookies

March 27th - Read Olympic or Sports Books Day - check out twitter to post your pictures!


Next Week’s Events:

Be Safe and Well


Follow us on Twitter @sspringselem or by clicking on the following link:

https://twitter.com/sspringselem


Have a great week!

Katie Booth, Principal

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A Message from Mrs. Booth

Dear Silver Springs Families,


I can't believe that it has been a full week since I have seen all of you! I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well! At my house, we have hit some speed bumps along the way as we have been adjusting to this new "normal." We have had many conversations about being patient with each other and having grace as we navigate this reality that none of us ever imagined.


I am craving structure, my children are craving structure, and I know that many of you are craving structure in these unsettling times. Please know that we hear you and that we are working on providing that for our families. Superintendent, Mary Kay Gallagher, sent out a communication on Friday (see message below), and another will come on Monday, March 23, 2020 that outlines, in more detail, the Home Learning Support Framework that teachers have been developing for your students.


The District is committed to providing up to date information to all of our families as it becomes available. You can access information, updates, and FAQs here. Additionally, the district has started providing grab-and-go meals for any child under the age of 18. Click here for more details.


In addition, as our Home Learning Support Framework is rolled out, technology devices are available for loan to students who do not have access and need to borrow this technology from the district. Please complete this Technology Device Checkout Form to request use of a device. The NPS technology department will follow up via email to give you a scheduled pick up time and location, coordinated with our food pickup option, once it is available. You can reach the NPS Technology Department Help Desk at 248-344-3680 Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm.


Stay safe and be well!


Katie Booth

Principal

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3-20-20 Superintendent Update

Dear Northville Public Schools Families, Staff and Community,


Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to navigate unprecedented times and an evolving public health matter that has brought about significant change and a great deal of uncertainty in a matter of a days. Parents were thrust into trying to navigate learning with their children while also managing their own jobs, and our students lost their daily connection to their peers, their teachers, their classroom communities. Our teachers and staff likewise are mourning this loss – while all of us grapple with the worry of COVID-19.


In spite of the many challenges, I first want to express heartfelt gratitude to our students, our teachers and staff, and our families for the many ways in which our community has come together in support of one another in the space of only one week. Our educators came together last Friday to identify and deploy several resources, beginning the work of supporting our students and families with access to learning materials. With Michigan Department of Education (MDE) support, we launched a Grab & Go school breakfast/lunch program available to all students, facilitated by our Food Services staff. Already, we’ve seen great examples of our students’ ingenuity, heard stories shared virtually by our principals, had teachers engage with their students in various forums, and were invited into our first digital PTA meeting. I am confident that we will continue to seek ways to connect and support one another as we face the challenges ahead.


We are also listening to the questions, concerns and feedback we are hearing from our parents, our students and our staff, as we continue to navigate uncharted territory. Please see the attached letter for important updates and information.


We are grateful for our strong community partnership as we work together with our students, staff, families and community to promote the safety, health and well-being of all.

Take care,

Mary Kay Gallagher

Superintendent

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Virtual Milk & Cookies - March 25th

We don't want anyone to miss out on Milk & Cookies this year, so we have decided to make it a virtual Milk & Cookies this year! Teachers have been busy recording themselves reading aloud the book that they were going to read aloud at the actual Milk & Cookies.


On Wednesday, March 25th, look for a listserv and an email from your child(ren)'s teacher with the link to the Milk & Cookies videos. Grab a cookie and some milk and enjoy the read alouds.

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Scavenger Hunt!!!

Looking for something fun to do to get moving? How about a scavenger hunt! A big thanks to Ms. LaManna from Amerman Elementary for putting this together for us. Picture and downloadable/printable pdf below for your convenience.
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Medical Mask Help Project

In these difficult and anxious times our thoughts are with those on the front lines of taking care of the sick during this pandemic. We all know that getting adequate protection has been difficult. Physicians are finding it difficult to find medical masks. If you are someone who sews, your skills are needed. If you have a sewing machine at home, this may be a great instructional opportunity for your children. Please help make face masks that can be worn over N-95 respirators to keep them clean, and allow them to be functional longer.


If you sew, please consider helping. Here is a printable version of the N-95 face mask pattern, along with photos:


Mask Production 2020 - N95 cover - Please use a different color, pattern, or otherwise designate the outside of the mask so that the Health Care Provider knows which side is soiled.


And for pleated face masks:


See the video link here for instructions: How to make a Pleated Face Mask


How to make a Face Mask - PDF detailed instructions


Additionally, there is a need for face shields. If you or someone you know is a crafty person, we’d appreciate the help:


How to Make Face Shields


Please place completed masks and face shields in the collection box located outside each of our NPS elementary schools and the Old Village School, north entrance, where they will be collected and distributed as needed. *Please make sure masks are in a ziploc bag, are airtight and wiped down before putting in the bins. While the frontliners are doing everything to sanitize these are small steps we can do for our individual contributions.*


Please feel free to share this information with others who sew. Thank you so much for your time and talent to support health care providers during the pandemic.


Northville Elementary School Principals



*The same information is contained in the attachment*

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Supporting the The 7 Habits at home!

7-Habits Take Home Activity for March


This month’s Habit: Habit 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Activity: Eyes, Ears, Heart Activity

Due Date: March 31, 2020


Habit #5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood


What this means: Listen before you talk. In order to communicate effectively, we must first understand each other.


“I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.”

“I try to see things from their viewpoints.”

“I listen to others without interrupting.”

“I am confident in voicing my ideas.”

“I look people in the eyes when talking.”


How can I do this in my life?

1. Listen.

2. Put yourself in the other person’s place.

3. Notice a person’s body language, tone, and reflection in their voice.


Great Books for Habit #5-Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Alejandro’s Gift by Richard E. Albert

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Jamaica’s Find by Juanita Havill

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

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