Pierremont Paw Print

November 20, 2020

Note from Gina

Hello Pierremont Families,

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been talking to the students about gratitude. We know that expressing gratitude is good for our well-being. Each day I presented a new gratitude challenge. Yesterday and today I asked students what they love about their friends and families. Hopefully, they will share their gratitude moment with you. As for me, I am grateful for you. Thanks to the many families who sent positive notes of appreciation to the teachers. And thank you for your trust and support. I couldn't be more proud of a community.

Have a great weekend!

Gina

Give Thanks To Our Teachers!

Students have several options for delivering messages to teachers...


KMOV is partnering with Imo’s Pizza to recognize teachers in the St. Louis area. Here’s your chance to do something special for your child’s favorite teacher. Submit a teacher's photo and include a special greeting, and KMOV News Channel 4 may honor them during News 4 broadcasts. Click HERE to nominate a teacher.


Bring a note to school or send an email to your teachers. Virtual students can bring messages/notes for their teachers and leave them in the box, marked with paw print, located in the vestibule.


Dr. Marty made his own suggestion in his most recent update, "As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to thank you and your children for your understanding and continued dedication to learning. I am especially proud of all our teachers, principals and staff. If you would like to send your teachers a quick note of gratitude, here is a digital thank you card."

Blended Learning Information

We have heard from Dr. Marty that school will remain blended for the remainder of the semester. We know there is no replacement for being with a teacher in person every day, and blended learning certainly has its shortcomings. I want to reassure you that our talented staff is doing everything to support the students and keep learning moving forward in these unusual times. The curriculum for blended and virtual learning is focused on high-leverage, priority standards, and the pacing is the same for both. We are on pace with the curriculum. On the in-person days, students receive more individual time and attention because less time is dedicated to transitions and management. With fewer students in the room, group discussions can go deeper and richer, and children's questions are answered more quickly. Grade level teachers continue to meet regularly to assess, adjust, plan, and replan. In a global pandemic, we can't expect to see the same results we are used to for this time of the year. Students are natural learners, and we have an exceptional staff. We are confident all will be well. Please reach out to your child's teacher or counselor if you need any assistance or have questions.

BLENDED LEARNING SCHEDULE

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Virtual Campus

Encouraging Ownership & Effort

Follow children's interests and get input.


  • When deciding how to structure the day, ask your child(ren) what they prefer. Try to incorporate their choices into the plan.
  • Check-in with them regularly about how distance learning is going.
  • Communicate with your child's teacher, and encourage your child to self-advocate for what they need. And model communication about your day, including the positives, challenges, and kindnesses.


Display work.


  • Let children hang up their drawings, writing, or other projects in your home. It shows them you're proud of their work and helps them value their learning.
  • Even big kids like it when you show pride in their work by bragging about their efforts and showing off their work.


Give detailed praise.


  • Instead of saying "good job," try giving specific details about your child's work. If they tried hard, let them know you noticed. Have they made progress? Used a new technique? In what ways are their efforts kind, clever, beautiful, or insightful?
  • Also, encourage a growth mindset, which means reminding kids that it's not about being good or bad at something, but working toward getting better at it.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM SPECIALISTS

Counselors Corner

With the holidays and break from school ahead of us, we know 2020 has brought and will continue to bring some challenges to our families. However, during these times we are learning to adapt as best we can and perhaps start new traditions that work for each of us.

We have attached two different articles which touch upon helping children cope with the holidays during the Covid pandemic. As always, please reach out to either of us if you or your family are in need of anything.


Best to all of our Pierremont families,

Karen Fluchel & Chelsea Seeger


https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-modern-child/202011/helping-children-cope-covid-during-the-holidays


https://www.aacap.org/App_Themes/AACAP/Docs/resource_libraries/covid-19/Helping_Kids_Cope_with_Holidays_During_Pandemic.pdf

Message from P.E.

In order to meet the physical education needs of our kids, over the last two weeks, we have made some changes to our instruction process based on district direction. For those students who are in person AND those who are part of the virtual campus, their schedules and instruction will remain unchanged. What we added was opening the PE Zoom link for those students who happen to be quarantined so that they may continue their learning. That means, depending on the day's schedule, kids who are quarantined might zoom in with the virtual class or with the in person class. Our intention is that they will be able to have that social-emotional check in with their peers as well as participate in the warm up or health lesson at the beginning of class. Afterwards, students will be directed to the choice boards in the Schoology PE course. Students are familiar with the choice boards as they have been utilized from the beginning of the year and are updated weekly. In addition, students have access to ALL the choice boards created this year so that they may be able revisit favorite activities.


As we have been doing on virtual Mondays, and will continue with the added virtual days per the recent BOE meeting, specials classes will be virtual for the first 30 mins and choice board directed for the last 20 minutes. This is an effort to decrease screen time for the kids.


Looking forward, some materials you may need for class include: 3 plastic grocery bags, a couple of balloons, a ball for throwing (can be a sock ball) and a ball about the size of a soccer ball.


Thanks so much for supporting your child's physical and health education. As always, feel free to follow us on Facebook @PierremontHPE.


Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Skiba

Library Low Down

In person families-Most students have had the opportunity to check out books in the recent weeks. With our current hybrid model, students will visit the library every 2 weeks. In our lessons, we've talked a lot about being responsible with our library books. Please help your child practice responsibility by keeping library books in a safe place and returning them on time.


Virtual families-Please use the Pierremont Schoology course for updated lessons and activities. Moving forward we will use the Read, Research, and Make model during library time. Please expect some time away from the screen as students will be encouraged to make meaning out of the lesson by completing an activity. All of this information will be on Schoology, under "Grade Levels". Please feel free to reach out to me with questions. Don't forget!


Curbside pick up is still available! Please use this form to make your requests. Feel free to pick up your books anytime school is open. Books will be placed on a cart outside the front office from 7:30-4:30.

SHOW YOUR PIERREMONT PRIDE!

Way To Go Wednesdays

Way to go everyone! Kids, families, and teachers are working hard at school and at home. We want to spread our school spirit and celebrate our hard work. You can see examples every Wednesday of our students' work posted on Facebook. If you are at home, please snap a picture and post it to our social media.

T-Shirt Tuesdays

Let's have some fun and show our school spirit! We are starting a new trend. Whether you are in school or at home, wear your Pierremont spirit wear or anything with Pierremont school colors (Blue and Yellow) on Tuesdays. If you are at home, take a picture and post it on our school Facebook page.

Yearbook and School Pictures

Mark your calendars, school pictures are scheduled for February 4th and 5th. We will be able to accommodate both in person and virtual learners. Because of the circumstances with schedules this year, it is proving difficult to get photos for the yearbook. We need your help! Please email any photos that you may have of your kiddos during Virtual School or At-Home Learning. Email photos to pierremontyearbook@gmail.com

VIRTUAL CAMPUS

Parent Pointers: Parent University

Are you interested in learning more about the online platforms that Parkway is using with students during distance and virtual learning?


Parent University is a course created in Schoology, our district Learning Management System, that has information about Schoology, Google for Education, videoconferencing, and digital citizenship. Within the course, you will find information that will help you understand the tools students use as well as opportunities for you to experience the tools from the student perspective. The goal of the course is to support you in feeling confident that you can help your child(ren) with online learning in Parkway. While you are welcome to explore the materials in any order, it would be beneficial to work through the Schoology folder first to learn how to interact with tools you will encounter in other folders. Follow these directions to enroll in the Parkway Parent University Schoology Course! Be sure to scroll down to page 2.

Recommit to Setting Up for Success

Review the space

  • Create a special, personalized corner of a room dedicated to learning, creating, and reading. Use a movable box or crate if space is precious. Let your kid help prepare the space for school, even if that just means putting a decorated pencil box next to the device they'll be using.

Review the routine

  • Little kids need more structure, so make sure to let them know what to expect. You can create a visual schedule they can follow. Older kids can use a calendar, planner, chalkboard, or digital organizer to keep track of what's happening each day.
  • Have them follow a routine as if they're going to school (getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc.) instead of lying in bed in their pajamas, which could lead to less learning.

DECEMBER LUNCH MENU

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