Freeman Mustangs Newsletter #5

September 4, 2020

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Material Pick Up Process

Pick up will be from the gym doors. Please enter the back of the building off of Glenwood (playground area). You will follow the traffic flow towards the back gym doors and exit onto Randall Road. Tables will be set up for each grade level where staff will be anxiously awaiting to get your child(ren) their materials. Please have your child(ren)’s name(s) and homeroom teacher ready to share or write it on a piece of paper so a staff member can call it out upon your arrival. If you are unable to come during the allocated times, please let your child’s teacher know and we will look to make other arrangements. We will be providing each family with a set of signs with your child(ren)'s first and last name to be utilized for future supply pick-up dates.

Library Book Check Out Information

We are excited to share that Mrs. Boyle in the LMC sent out her Friday afternoon lesson on Wednesday because it gives directions on how students can check out books!!!!

We are hoping to have library books for our K-5 students to pick up, but you have to follow the directions she sends to you.

How LMC Book Check out will work:

  • Kinder-2nd grade students:

    • Via Seesaw students will fill out a book choice menu.

    • Every 2 weeks, they will use this book menu to choose from a variety of topics, genres, and favorite authors. Students may choose the number of books they will be able to read over a 2 week period. The book menu’s topics will change every 2 weeks.

    • If your child would like a particular book title, please send those requests to Mrs. Boyle via Seesaw.

  • 3rd – 5th grade students:

    • Via Seesaw, students will receive an assignment that includes a step-by-step of how to log into, search for, and put a book on hold using Destiny Discover. Students will be able to put on hold as many books as they will read in a 2 week period. The video is linked here as well. https://www.loom.com/share/abd84b30343a4245b0e55cfb459269d3

  • Stay tuned for information about returning procedures once you are finished enjoying your books.


LMC Book Check out dates:
  • The first book check out will be in conjunction with our student supply pick-up on Tuesday, September 8th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm AND Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.
  • If you are not already planning on picking up supplies from your classroom teacher, you can still come during this time to pick up your library books. Teachers will let families know if they have supplies to pick up.
  • Additional times for library book pick-up will occur on Thursday, September 10th from 11:30 – 12:30 OR 1:30 – 2:30. If none of these times work, please work with Mrs. Boyle to find an alternate time.
  • ALL book check out orders MUST be submitted before 8:00 AM the day you will pick them up


Future Book Check out dates:

  • Tuesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/24 from 11:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 2:30pm

  • After the first round of book check out, 3rd – 5th graders will also be given a book choice menu to choose from if they would like to use it.

  • Once you have submitted for book check out, Mrs. Boyle will send you a message in Seesaw letting you know which day your books will be available for pick up.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 7th: No School
  • Tuesday, September 8th: No Synchronous lessons from 1:00pm-2:45pm; Pre-recorded lessons will be posted.
  • Tuesday, September 8th: Material Distribution Pick Up: 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 9th: Material Distribution Pick Up: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Get to Know our Freeman Staff

Here is a quick overview of how to interact with Freeman's Virtual School https://www.loom.com/share/434d34e5134144879eb43ba2aba32c84



Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual School: http://bit.ly/FreemanVirtualSchool


Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual Calming Room: http://bit.ly/FreemanVirtualCalming


Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual Health Office: http://bit.ly/FreemanHealthOffice

There are many helpful links to health forms, videos, and additional resources

Mustang Mindset: Identifying our Emotions

This past week we discussed in the classroom and during our morning announcements about how we can identify our emotions. We read the book A Little Spot of Feelings: Emotion Detective by Diane Alber.

Student Attendance in Virtual Learning

With the nature of virtual learning, there will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions, including scheduled small group sessions. All live sessions will be recorded and will be made available to students and parents if they are unable to attend. On a daily basis for student attendance, we will be assuming positive attendance for each student. If a student is not present for a live lesson and/or does not engage with assignments on Seesaw throughout the day, the student will be marked absent. Staff will maintain communication to follow up on items that may have been missed during the absence.

If a student is unable to participate in virtual learning for the day, please contact the office at 630-301-5002 to report their absence.

Tech Tips

Have you checked out the technology resources on the SD129 website?There are many step-by-step videos to support troubleshooting. https://www.sd129.org/parents/my-student/student-technology


This week we reviewed the difference between the Seesaw Class App and the Seesaw Family App.

If you would like an additional caretaker to have access to Seesaw, you may reach out to your child's teacher via email or Seesaw message and provide the desired email address. Your child's teacher will then send an invite to Seesaw.


Here is a quick 1:45 video showing how you can save all of your child's Zoom meeting IDs for quick log-ins.

https://www.loom.com/share/fe1142c49ee74ab19bd37c1bf3297ce6

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