Remote Learning Academy

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support during our first two weeks of remote learning! Our Remote Learning Academy teachers and staff are committed to providing a positive learning experience for our remote students.


We know that the first two weeks of school, especially, a virtual school will present challenges. Two challenges we faced were technology and screen time for our students. Our technology team has been working diligently to get all our students up and running with their devices. Teachers have patiently coached students and families on how to navigate Google Classroom. Our remote learners have been working to build their stamina for synchronous learning.


We know great teaching and learning can only happen when students feel connected and part of a strong classroom community. These first two weeks were focused on setting norms and routines and building those classroom communities. The best way to accomplish this was through whole class synchronous learning throughout the day.


Our goal in the coming days and weeks is for our teachers to move toward small group and 1:1 instruction. This will occur following mini-lessons in reading, writing, and math, as well as, during flex time in the afternoons. Your teachers will share more details for their specific classrooms. This will allow for more engaging, high quality teaching and learning during those synchronous lessons. It will also give students more asynchronous time to work independently on a skill, strategy or task following a mini-lesson.


As we continue to navigate this virtual learning experience, we will continue to reflect and adjust our learning experiences to best meet the needs of our students and families.


Kind Regards,


Kelly Nichols

Principal

Southington Elementary Remote School

Please Review the "Remote Learning Expectations" for a positive learning experience

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TECH TIPS

Here are Some Tech Tips for our Remote Learners


  1. Power Down - Please be sure you are completely shutting down the computers each night. Closing the lid, especially on the Chromebooks, does not allow it to refresh and will eventually bog down the speed.
  2. Multiple Devices – Students should not be signed into multiple devices. If you have used a second (or third) device for your student to log in, make sure they are logged out. We know you may want to “check-in” on your student’s work from another computer. Please refrain from doing this during school hours. Being logged in on multiple devices can cause issues with Google Meet and other programs.
  3. Video Quality – We have found that pausing the video while opening other tabs, and then unpausing after it has loaded, will reduce the possibility of being “kicked off” the Google Meet.
  4. Logged into Chrome – Students should be logged into the Chrome browser to ensure all of the provided tech tools will operate correctly. This is only a concern for non-Chromebooks. If you are not sure how to check – Please view our Video How do I sign in on a non-Chromebook computer?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Rebecca Savelkoul, Instructional Technology Coordinator, rsavelkoul@southingtonschools.org

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Emotional Intelligence: Spotlight Mrs. Johnson's Grade 1 Class

Mrs. Johnson's class created Mood Meter faces for students to share how they are feeling each day. They also celebrated International Dot Day with a shared reading of the book called, The Dot. They then created their own special "Dot" in beautiful, inspiring colors.

Sneak Peek into Classroom Charters

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Scheduling Pick Up Times for Math Books and Learning Materials

Our Remote Teachers have taken an inventory of the students who have yet to pick up their Learning Materials and Math Books. We will be reaching out to those families with scheduled pick up times and location. If you have any questions regarding pick up, please contact jlandrie@southingtonschools.org or knichols@southingtonschools.org

Remote Learning Academy Schedules

Please click on the links below to access the daily schedule or early dismissal schedule.


K-5 Remote Learning Academy Daily Schedule


Early Release Day Schedule

October Important Dates

Monday, October 12th - No School, Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 20th - Early Release Day, Professional Development

November Important Dates

Tuesday, November 3rd - No School, Election Day, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, November 11th - No School, Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 25th - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 26th - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 27th - No School, Thanksgiving Break

From the Nurse's Office

Students who have been notified by their home school nurse that a school physical is required, please forward the physical form to the designated nurse. If you need assistance, please contact Kelly Nichols, Principal, at knichols@southingtonschools.org