Westside Communicator

News From School to Home

AMI Information

Beginning on Monday, April 6, Cabot Public Schools will provide alternative methods of instruction (AMI) through the Arkansas PBS AMI for grade PreK-6.


Most of you will find the Arkansas PBS Channel, or what used to be AETN, on channel 2 of your TV. A parent guide will be available online each week that will guide the activities that students participate in after viewing specific programming on PBS. Detailed information regarding AMI instruction may be found at the link below.


http://www.cabotschools.org/ami-plans-alternative-methods-of-instruction

Arkansas PBS AMI

The following link may be used to access Arkansas PBS AMI online.


https://www.myarkansaspbs.org/ArkansasAMI


The parent guide for PreK-2, Week 5 can be found here.

The parent guide for Grades 3-5, Week 5 can be found here.

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PTO News

We have ordered the 4th grade gift and it will be here mid May we hope. Once we have them we will talk to 4th grade teachers about getting them to students!


Please email us any photos from the school year that you would like to include in our Teacher Appreciation Week slideshow at cabotwestsidepto@gmail.com


Make sure you "like" our Facebook page for all things Teacher Appreciation Week-

Westside Elementary PTO Cabot


Teacher favorites and email lists will be sent to room parents. If you would like to get a copy, contact your class room parent OR email cabotwestsidepto@gmail.com


If you are interested in being an event chair or any other PTO position for the 2020-21 school year- please email or message us on Facebook!

Cabot Schools Virtual Library

The CPS librarians have collected our favorite digital resources for you.


Here you will find links to ebooks, audiobooks, video read alouds, virtual field trips and tours, digital escape rooms, and much more!

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Math Intervention

Please feel free to contact either Math Interventionist if you have questions about your child’s math lesson or if you would like to request Math games. They look forward to helping you and your child.


stacy.cook@cps.k12.ar.us

jennifer.baxter@cps.k12.ar.us

Library with Ms. Taylor

If you have library books at home, please keep reading them. We will send out information at a later date and time about when books can be returned. Thank you!


Listen to the read aloud of If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen here.


Stem Activity

Build a House to withstand the forces of wind, rain, and hail.


To test your house, you will need a blow dryer for wind, a cup of water for rain, and a cup of dried beans for hail. Begin by brainstorming a list of possible materials that could be used to withstand these forces. Use your imagination and be creative with your design! When you are ready to test your house, place it in a plastic container to contain the water and beans. Place the house in the container and start with wind. With a blow dryer on high, hold it directly over your house and see if it can remain standing. If the house passes the test, see if it can withstand hail next. Take a cup filled with dried beans and pour it on top of the house. If the house passes the test, fill a cup of water and pour it over the house. If the house is still standing without any destruction, your design was a success!


To keep reading at home, go to Tumblebooks.

Contact your school librarian for username and password.


You can also use our research database FactCite from home. Click here to login.

Contact your school librarian for username and password.

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Breakout EDU Digital Escape Room

How do you play?

In order to play, visit BreakoutEDU.com/live at 11 AM PT (2PM ET) and wait for the game to start. There is no login required. When you complete a game, you can enter to win a prize.

Can students win prizes?
When a game is complete the player enters their parent’s or teacher’s email address. Winners must reside in the U.S. to win a prize (unfortunately laws and regulations keep us from offering prizes outside the U.S.).

How much does it cost to play?
100% FREE FOR ANYONE!

Can I play past episodes?
Yep! All past episodes can be found at BreakoutEDU.com/live. Please note: you can only enter to win prizes when you play a game the same day it is aired.

How difficult are the puzzles?
The puzzles start easy and get progressively more difficult. Starting with middle elementary going up to middle school.

How do I know what the topics will be?
Each Sunday we’ll send out an email with the next week’s topics and prizes. Prizes typically include Breakout EDU kits and Breakout HOME games.

Art with Ms. Abramovitz

ABC ART


Letters and words are made up of different types of lines. Use lines to create word art by making different letters.Good time to try and write some site words.


Directions:


  1. Gather your art tools.

  2. Draw letters in different sizes all over your paper; you can even make words. Good time to practice any site words you know.

  3. Trace your letters with a dark color crayon or maker.

  4. Use lots of colors to color around the letters.

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Art Websites


Art Websites


Art Tutorials/ How to draw


https://www.artforkidshub.com/


Or


https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub/featured


Art Kids Hub is great one on one drawing tutorials for kids.


https://www.youtube.com/user/muffalopotato/videos


Muffalo Potato is a series of drawing videos that teaches kids to use letters and numbers to draw things or characters.



Art to do with Parents


https://artfulparent.com/


A website that contains ideas for parents and kids to do together.


https://babbledabbledo.com/

A website that contains projects relating to art, science, engineering, and design.Great for parents and kids to do together.


https://mrprintables.com/printable-crafts.html

Mr. Printables has different activities like printing puzzles or coloring pages to creating finger puppets and other 3d projects. Please visit with a parent there are some icons that might lead to buying art kits or other items. We don’t want to hit those buttons.

Does need a printer to do activities.


Quaver's Marvelous World of Music

All students can now access Mr. Wilson's music curriculum's companion website "Quaver's Marvelous World of Music." It's free and available to any families of Westside that want to use it. It provides access to fun, educational music games and lots of fun ways to compose and create music and much, much more.


I will not be using this to send out assignments. This is simply a fun tool for families to explore at their leisure. Please enjoy!


The website's address is https://www.quavermusic.com/info/


From there, look for the green "login" button at the top of the page.


Please contact Mr. Wilson for username and password.


If your family would like to read some more about this website, I recommend reading this here: https://www.quavermusic.com/info/quaver-music-curriculum-resources/quavers-world/


Please enjoy and stay safe out there! Please email jim.wilson@cps.k12.ar.us if you have any questions!


*The website can run on regular computers, phones and even tablets now. However, if you are able to run the site with Flash, you'll have access to more activities. Please be aware- we're all sharing the same account at this point in time, so if you dress up your character or work on something, it may be changed by someone else the next time you log in. If this goes well, Mr. Wilson may be able to give you your own individual account sometime soon. (Please be patient if we go forward with individual accounts; Mr. Wilson teaches several hundreds of students!)

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