Douglass Weekly Updates: 9/14-9/18

Douglass Elementary KCKPS 2020-2021

Attendance Matters


We want to make sure your child is marked present for the whole day. If your child attends a morning session, have the student “check in” for the afternoon session. If the student has a question regarding the morning session, they may pose it at that time. If the student has no question, they can simply say, “I have no questions about the morning session,” and they can move on. The check-in can be through the class Zoom meeting, email, text, or phone call. If your child attends the afternoon session, he/she would “check in” in the morning and ask a question or state there were no questions. The check-in would be through the same class Zoom meeting, email, text, or phone call process. Your child can always attend both sessions.

Online Learning Expectations and Etiquette

Here are some great ways for you to help with your child’s learning during our remote learning:

  • Prevent background sounds, conversations, interruptions and other distractions from occurring during instruction. They produce a barrier to learning.
  • Wait to ask questions you may have for the teacher until classroom instruction has ended, then ask or arrange for a time when you can have a conversation with the teacher.
  • Make sure your student is fully engaged in the instruction taking place. Ask them to share what they have learned.
  • Make sure individuals visible on the screen are appropriately clothed or turn the camera off so other students are not distracted.

Helpful Resources

Technology Assistance

In-person technology assistance is available weekly Tuesday & Friday from 9am-11am, on the playground. Please wear a mask and bring your device. We can assist with logging in, navigating learning platforms and minor troubleshooting.

Major technical issues and device repairs will still need to be done at North Central Office. Tents are set up Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm at 2220 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66104. Please call upon arrival, 913-627-3320.

September: Suicide Awareness Month

September is Suicide Awareness Month. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in Americans between the ages of 10 and 24. It can be a difficult topic to discuss, but talking about it is one of the most effective ways to prevent it. The following is a video with tips on how to talk to your child (English) or (Spanish).

Last school year, KCKPS Social Workers completed nearly 500 suicide assessments. It’s important to know some of the risk factors and to reach out if you are concerned about your child. Please know you can ask to speak with a Behavioral Health Social Worker at your child’s school any time. (The Behavioral Health Social Worker at Douglass Elementary is Mrs. Marsh. She can be reached via email or by phone at 913-229-6170.) We’re here for you!

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Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) Workshops @ Children's Mercy

CARE Workshops were developed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12 who have experienced stressful or traumatic events in their lives, children with behavior problems, or parents who want to strengthen their relationship with their child. The goal of CARE is to strengthen the adult-child relationship and increase positive behaviors in children. These workshops are completely free of charge, for adults only and are held in two sessions that are fun and interactive. CARE Workshops are offered throughout the year at different times and at a variety of locations in the Kansas City metro area. CARE Workshops are provided to families in both English and Spanish.

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