Tustumena Elementary Newsletter
April 7, 2020
Week One of Distance Learning is complete - great job everyone!
We have completed the first week of Distance Learning - and we'd like to recognize everyone involved - teacher, support staff, parents and students. Great job to everyone for taking on this new challenge and opportunity. I'm sure there were bumps in the road, but hopefully you were able to work through them together. Keep communication up and an open mind as we navigate through this new adventure together.
This Friday, April 10th is a vacation day for students. There won't be any virtual classes or work assigned for Friday. BUT we will have materials distribution on Friday. Same times (see below for your time). It is possible that some teachers may not have paper materials to send home each week as they may be doing everything online or may send home several weeks at a time, so please be in contact with your student's teachers as we go through this so you know whether you will need to pick up materials weekly or not.
We will also have a Library Book Box for returning library books. We will then bring them in the building without touching the books, and let them sit until it is safe to touch them and "check them in". We want to give you an opportunity to return those library books that may be overdue or that you are finished reading, but we must do it in a COVID-19 safe manner.
There will also be meals distribution this Friday for those already signed up and participating.
We are going forward and completing the 2019-2020 Tustumena Yearbook. Since we cannot accept items at school, you cannot submit paper forms and payments (unless you turned them in before spring break). Therefore, here is the online ordering information: You may order online with a credit card at ybpay.lifetouch.com with yearbook ID 14063020
Do you or someone you know have a child who will be pre-kindergarten age next year (4 years old by Sept 1st), please have them contact Thea Anthony at TAnthony@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 907-260-1345. While we cannot accept paper applications right now, we are accepting applications for our Title I Pre-K program for next year, 2020-2021 school year, through email! So if you or someone you know would like an application, please have them contact Mrs. Anthony and she will send them a digital application.
As a reminder, many staff members are teleworking, or working from home, so if you call and are unable to reach someone, please leave a message. Voicemails are forwarded to email and therefore teachers and staff can return your call and get you the information you need.
Elementary Family Resources
How to Explain the Coronavirus-19 to Children
Explaining the Coronavirus-19 to children can be challenging. Please use these resources to help you explain this complicated concept to children.
● A Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus from Music City Counselor
● Coronavirus Talksheet from Counselor Keri
Many counselors around the country have been sharing resources for families to help with Social-Emotional Learning. The resources below are options to help. Please click on them as fun activities to help during this challenging time.
● SEL for K-2 (PowerPoint) - Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
● SEL for 3-5 (PowerPoint) - Counseling with Ms. Ramirez
● Coronavirus Stress Activities - from Bright Futures Counseling
● Mindfulness Choice Board - Free Download on Teachers Pay Teachers from Mindful Counselor Molly
● Down Dog App (Yoga) - Free til April 1
Mental Health First Aid
● Love in a Time of Corona:A Homebound Self-Care Guide for Parents and Students - from School Counselor Stephanie
● COVID 19 Daily Schedule - From Amy on Instagram (allthings_lovelyxo)
Activities to do at Home
Friday the 10th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window. We must maintain 6 feet distance between everyone.
Pick-Up Schedule by student LAST NAME:
10:00-10:30 Last name ending in A-D
10:30-11:00 Last name ending in E-I
11:30-12:00 Last name ending in J-M
12:00-12:30 Last name ending in N-Z
If you miss your appointed time, you can come by during any pick-up time after. If you miss the whole pick-up schedule, call me 907-260-1345 and I will make an appointment for you. If you come to pick up materials outside of pick up times, do not enter the school - ring bell and someone will bring your packet to you.
9th - Online Yearbook Orders Due (please note: date has changed)
17th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window.
24th - Drive up distance delivery for materials - Please don't get out of your vehicle, just drive up in line at your appointed time and materials will be given to you through the window.
All at-school/after school activities cancelled.
1st - School Scheduled to resume.
The following are tentative at this point, more information will be available as we get closer:
5th - Last day of AWANA
7th - Kindergarten Round-Up
8th - Lynx Tracks beach trip for 5th Grade
11th - Lynx Tracks pool trip for 3rd Grade
12th - Lynx Tracks pool trip for 2nd Grade & Float Trip for 6th Grade
13th - Lynx Tracks Jumpin' Junction trip for Kindergarten and 1st Grades
14th - Sixth Grade visits Skyview
15th - Lynx Track beach trip for 4th Grade
20th - Last Day of School - Field Trip and BBQ