Mrs. Smith's Scoop

February 17th Weekly Newsletter

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith

Thank You!

We appreciate your patience with the OLS

connectivity issues that occurred earlier this week!

To Update or Not to Update…

Java With the recent update to Blackboard, the question remains do we update java now or not? It is recommended that we hold off one more week before updating; however, if you have already updated it is no big deal. There is no need to reinstall an older version.

BlackBoard Update: Action Required Before Your First Class Connect Session the Week of February 10th

Due to the new BlackBoard version 12.6 release, families will have to log into Blackboard to load and run the new software prior to attending a Class Connect or conference.

The download is 8 MB and will take extra time to launch the first session after the update. ***This means that students and Learning Coaches may be really late or miss their first session due to the length of time the download will take.

The following action is required:

  • Go to the Class Connect configuration room at least 1 hour prior to the Class Connect you plan to attend.
    • Access the Configuration Room any time after 6 a.m. (MT) Sunday, February 9th but BEFORE your 1st scheduled session of the week. The room is available 24/7.
  • As long as you access the above link at least one hour prior to your Class Connect session, it will give you the needed amount of time for the download to finish. This will be essential, since the Class Connect sessions will not allow you to log in "early."

If you cannot get the link to work, please copy and paste the link into your web browser.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out and ask.

Teacher Tip

Have you noticed a bit of lagging when logging into the OLS or Blackboard? Trying clearing your internet history and see if that helps. Below are directions on how to do that. Even if your OLS is not lagging, this is a great idea for keeping your computer in tip-top shape.

Progress Goals

Important Dates

February 17th- Presidents Day

March 14th-Teacher Inservice Day

April 14-21st-Spring Break

Mid Term Dates

50% is your goal at semester in all courses:)

Term 4 ~ 2.19.14

Term 4a ~ 3.3.14

Term 5 ~ 3.11.14

Term 5lsa ~ 3.17.14

Term 6lsA ~ 4.10.14

Attendance expectations for FULL TIME students at semester:

K-2 360 hours

3-8 450 hours

Part time hours will vary.

**Mid Year Progress Reports will be sent at semester.**

Kids Corner

Journal and Weekly Riddle

Journal Topic:

In honor of President's Day Monday, write about the following topic:

If I were President, I would….

Riddle of the Week:

Question- Why was the math book unhappy?

Answer to Last Week’s Riddle:

Question- Which month has 28 days?

Answer- All of them, of course!

Send your guesses to me or wait until next week for the answer :)

January: Time Management and Scheduling Tips

Below is a great tip from Stephanie C-Learning Coach for a K and 1st Grade student:

Reading to kids during breakfast (and at bedtime) helps manage the variety of tasks the students need to accomplish during the day. This also can help keep younger children's attention as well.

Downloading the K12 literature apps allows the LC provide story time to the students while accomplishing other tasks. An added bonus is that the kids like someone else reading to them.

For more great tips, suggestions, and schedule examples, check out the session recording! The link is below:

Class Connect Recording Links

Math+ Blue

Language Skills Blue

Math+ Green

Language Skills Green

Language Skills Orange (PG 1) Math Orange (PG 2)

Math+ Purple

Language Skills 3

Math+ Red

Language Skills 4

Math+ Yellow

Language Skills 5

American History A

Science K2

Science 3-5

iCadmey has a Pinterest Page

Are you a fan of Pinterest? If not, now might be the time to become one. We have our own k12 International Academy page with several Lower School Boards! Come take a peek!