Brandt's Friday Message

March 13, 2020

Happy Friday Brandt Community -

Based on the planned school closure beginning on Monday, March 16th, the Hoboken Public Schools will be implementing our remote learning plan to keep our students’ education moving forward. The health and wellness of our students and staff are the district’s highest priority. During this time of unprecedented circumstances, we as a community have the responsibility and obligation to ensure that the education of our children goes without interruption. With that being said, we have the opportunity to embark on the journey of remote learning.

A remote learning school day allows students to participate from home by using their electronic devices or hard copies to access lessons for each core subject area. Teachers will be available during the scheduled school day (8:15 AM- 3:00 PM) to answer questions via email or Class Dojo. These plans were crafted in partnership with classroom teachers and include special education modifications/accommodations at all grade levels. Additionally, we have added plans for ESL, Related Services, Self-Contained classrooms and Resource Room classrooms. All families will have the support of classroom teachers, guidance counselors and child study team members as well as principals as each engages with these robust lessons.As you can see, we are in some uncharted waters.The safety and well being of our students and staff is always our utmost priority. While working closely with local officials, the decision was made to close our schools for the next two weeks due to the COVID19 virus situation.

Please see the following links for the latest information from our school district. You will find links to resources to help you talk to your children during this time and the link to the remote learning plans.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth online courses will remain active throughout the entirety of the district’s remote learning plan for grades 2 - 8. Therefore, there will still be 3 - 5 hours of required coursework to complete per week in order to meet the course ending deadlines for both the three-month and six-month course options. You will continue to receive email communications on assignment completion, feedback and grades from your child’s Johns Hopkins CTY online course instructor. If you have any questions at all, he or she will remain the first point of contact in regards to CTY curriculum and coursework completion.

As you can see, we are in some uncharted waters. Nevertheless, the Brandt School staff stands ready, willing, and able to continue to be the constant you and your children have come to know and expect. Homeroom teachers will continue to be in contact with you throughout the week by way of email or Class Dojo. While we may not be in our face-to-face classroom setting, the skills of our outstanding educators remain at your service. I look forward to seeing the smiling faces of our students in the coming weeks when we return on Monday, March 30th.

I want to leave you with two of my favorite quotes as we take our leave from one another. I always turn to them when I need to make adjustments and go with the flow. See you soon and stay safe everyone!

"Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend." - Bruce Lee

"I'll ride the wave where it takes me." - Eddie Vedder

One More Round of Applause for Mrs. Tainter & Mrs. Hosbach!

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This Week's Playlist

As we take our leave of one another, here are three of the most positive, uplifting songs I really enjoy. Kids, do your work the way we know you can - and stay safe everyone. (I'll pick back up spotlighting powerful women in music with a double playlist next week!)

Mr. Bartlett's "Good Vibes" Playlist

"Unthought Known" by Pearl Jam

"Wildflowers" by Tom Petty

"Three Little Birds (B Is For Bob Version)" by Bob Marley & the Wailers