B.L.O.C.K.S. Preschool Updates

Remote Learning Updates

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Good Afternoon, BLOCKS Families!

We hope this update finds you well!


We are pleased to write with further clarity on the remote learning experience for your children. Educators have worked tirelessly over the last 5 DESE professional development days to expand their knowledge by engaging in workshops and collaborative discussions on social-emotional wellness, instructional design, equity, and technology tools.


An important priority this week will be to include a focus on family outreach for every educator. You can expect your child's teacher to reach out to you via phone or video conference (using google meet) to allow for introductions and engage in conversations about the beginning of the school year.


Please note: The district has created this "Return to Learn" page that includes timely planning updates and resources for families.


In this update you will find:

  • a sample student schedule for remote learning

  • a list of the technology tools that may be used with preschool/elementary students this year

  • important dates


Respectfully,

Rosario Alvarez, Director of BLOCKS and Early Childhood Education

Preschool Classroom Set up - SAMPLE Student Schedule

We have reduced the number of students in many of our classrooms to allow for a more streamlined preschool classroom with certain materials and furniture removed to meet state regulations.


You can expect your child's school day to be scheduled in a similar way to in-person learning. The school day will be from 8:15 am to 2:15 p.m. for students at Juniper Hill and from 9:15-3:15 p.m. for preschool students at Framingham High School. Your child's teacher will share your child's specific schedule in their communications over the next few days

REMOTE LEARNING

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Technology and Learning Platforms for Remote Learning

Google Classroom: Students and educators will be using Google Classroom as their "remote classroom". Educators are busy creating these virtual classrooms now and will share classroom information as to how this will work with families.

Google Meets: Students and educators will be using Google Meets for virtual learning throughout the school day.

Here is a resource created by educators around the globe for families!

Student/Family Technology Tutorials

Important Dates: September and October

September

  • 8th- Distribution Day for Students (Chromebooks, student learning bags)

  • 16th- First Day of School (remotely for all students)

  • 18th - Early Release @11:15 (12:15 for BLOCKS @ HS): Rosh Hashanah

  • 28th - No School: Yom Kippur

October

  • October 5th-Tentative return to in person learning ONLY for students enrolled in our ASD classrooms and Multiple Disabilities Classrooms

  • October 9th - No School: (PD)

  • 12th- No School: Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • 14th- PTO Meeting: 7:30-8:30PM

  • 21st-Open House 6:30-7:30

  • 26th- Tentative Return to in person learning for remainder of preschool students

FPS Office of Teaching and Learning Update 9/2/20

Back to School School Committee Presentation

Curriculum Resources from DESE

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has created this comprehensive list of resources for families.

FPS District Calendar and Updates

Please note: The first day of school for ALL students is September 16, 2020. All students will be taught remotely to begin the year.

Community Resources

For emergency food assistance call the Framingham Emergency Food Line (508-532-5479). For food or housing referrals, please contact the Family Resource Center (508-270-4313). If you or your child is having a mental health emergency, please call Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at 508-872-3333 or call 911 for assistance.