MACS Family Resources

Week of March 30- April 3, 2020 - Volume 2

We Are Here to Support Your Family During Remote Learning

MACS Families, we want to support your child and family during this period of remote learning. We know that supporting your child's remote learning can be a struggle and some families may be frustrated. If this is happening for your family, begin with contacting your child's teacher. As a district, we are committed to providing you with up-to-date resources, ideas for at home learning and ways to keep your child engaged in the learning process.

This newsletter will be published weekly for all MACS Families. You can find this resource on our MACS website, Twitter (@MACSchools) and Facebook.

We have also developed a new Learning Support for Families Google doc, this will be published on our MACS website as well.

UNC-TV At-Home Learning Resources

From UNC-TV-

"By executive order of the governor, public schools across North Carolina are closed due to COVID-19 through May 15. These closings have left thousands of students at home with reduced access to structured instruction.

To address this educational gap, UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction are partnering to support school-age children learning at home by providing free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access.

Each weekday, two blocks of programs on UNC-TV's North Carolina Channel will serve students: fourth through eighth grade, from 8 AM-1 PM, and ninth through twelfth grade, from 1-6 PM (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).

These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online here."

Click here to check out the great information and see this week's schedule linked below.

Social and Emotional Learning for Your Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Full STEAM Ahead At Home!

Mount Airy City Schools believes in our Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) Framework for learning. Below are many resources to help you continue moving forward with STEAM in your home during the remote learning period.

April is STEM Education Month, this is a proclamation by our North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper in 2018.

We challenge our families to think about how STEM can come to life in your homes!

Learning Happens in the Kitchen

Each week we will highlight opportunities for learning at home in the kitchen. Kids of all ages can participate in the process of food prep or cooking. See this week's healthy and kid-friendly recipes.

Learning Happens With and Without Wifi Connections

The internet is a great resource for remote learning. We appreciate all of the great resources that we have access to for teaching and learning during this time. However, all learning does not require a WIFI connection.

We may be under a stay-at-home order but we can still use this time to enjoy fresh air in our own back yard! Check out the links below to help your family stay active and happy!

Check out the links below to learn more.

MACS Parents Share Out

We know that our MACS families are #MACSawesome and totally rocking this remote learning time. Feel free to share out your best tips and practices for at-home learning with our team. You can share via Twitter by tagging @MACSchools and using #MACSawesome.

You may also submit your best practices to our Teaching and Learning team by emailing Penny Willard at Each week we will highlight families for the fabulous teaching and learning being done at home.