Full-Year Distance Learning (FYDL)

Wednesday Newsletter #16 December 2, 2020

Welcome Back!

Dear Full-Year Distance Learning Families,

Welcome Back! I hope each family had a restful and peaceful break. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, I think we can all agree that this is a very special time of year. For me, Thanksgiving is the springboard for a season that promotes kindness and gratitude- our next life skill. For the next few weeks in December, our program will be highlighting the life skill of gratitude. Students will hear me talk about gratitude on Mondays when teachers share the Monday Announcements.

In my Monday message, I will define gratitude as "taking the time to appreciate and be thankful for something or someone." In this season of thankfulness, I want students to think about all the people that they are grateful for, such as family, friends, teachers, health care workers, and people working hard to make our community safe and clean. I am personally so grateful for the FYDL staff who all volunteered to teach in this program and, of course, the FYDL families and students who also choose to participate in this new PAUSD program. Thank you, and I appreciate all of the positive support you have given us this year.


Nikole Manou

Books to Teach Gratitude

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Home Site Picture Day

Recently, I have learned that a few sites are scheduling a picture day. If your home school is one of the ones listed below, please reach out to the site secretary to get more information.

As I learn more about the home site picture dates, I will add them to our newsletter.

Stay tuned!

Upcoming Events

December Distribution Day on Friday, December 11th from 2-4pm. More information will come in the next newsletter.

December 18th Spirit Day: Warm & Cozy Pajama Day!

Minimum Day: December 18th, early dismissal.

Winter Break!

NO SCHOOL from December 21-January 6, 2021.

School resumes on Thursday, January 7th.

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Supporting Learning at Home: Resource for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

Supporting Learning at Home: What is Instruction?

The first module in the new PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, is entitled “What is Instruction?”. To learn, human brains need time to interact with and apply new skills and information. Effective instruction is organized to provide time for students to practice, collaborate, and receive feedback about their progress. The module includes an overview of the elements of instruction, how those elements fit with synchronous and asynchronous instruction and ideas for supporting learning at home.

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Affective Factors that Impact Learning

The PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, includes resources that explore the connections between emotions and readiness to learn. Parents and teachers intrinsically know the importance of addressing emotions in order to set the stage for learning. When students feel known and appreciated, they can learn more effectively. This module explores this connection and suggests ways of addressing distance and hybrid learning challenges such as using conversation starters and parent-teacher partnerships. Check out the “Affective Factors that Impact Learning” to learn more.

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Stanford Parenting Center

The Stanford Parenting Center is offering Positive Parenting During COVID-19 Webinar series. The next session in the series is on Friday, December 11th. These webinars are free and open to the public. Click here to register for these free webinars and for links to previous webinars: https://med.stanford.edu/childpsychiatry/clinical/parenting/webinars.html

Palo Alto Reads

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Reminder! Greendell for Attendance

The attendance email is greendellattendance@pausd.org. This is the best way for a parent to report an absence.

The office phone is (650) 856-0833. Voicemails left on this phone number will be forwarded to the Greendell office staff.

FDL What'sApp Group

One thing that came up at our Parent Coffee last Friday was a desire to create an FDL communication resource. Some of the families immediately created a WhatsApp FDL group. To join, please select the following link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/C8VDj4cbM79IA4PFZHTS4d

FDL on Facebook!

Another great way to meet other FDL families is by joining the parent sponsored FDL Facebook group called "FDL parents community." Contact Corinne Haböck at corinne.haboeck@swissonline.ch or for more information.

Nikole Manou

Full-Year Distance Learning Facilitator

Instructional Coach K-5

Distict Office

Direct Link to your Home elementary site