Grand River Academy- September 2022
Reminders & Upcoming Dates in October
- 2nd: Aspen College Fair (Aspen High School)
- 7th: Make up picture day, blended campus
- 7th: Studts Pumpkin Patch Field Trip
- 11th: Construction Career Fair (Fair Grounds)
- 11th: School Advisory Meeting, 4:00 PM at the East campus.
- 12th: End of quarter 1
- 13th: No school, teacher workday
- 14th: No tutoring or clubs, teacher inservice day.
- 17th: First day of 2nd quarter
- 20th Elementary farm-to-school fall field trip.
- 21st: Pokemon GO Club Walk - Independence Monument
- 28th: Middle school field trip to Fort Uncompahgre and the Ute Indian Museum.
- 31st: k-5 Halloween Party
The Internet Code of Awesome
Our students spend a lot of time online. When they are in k12 or Odysseyware, they are in a safe space. Students can only message teachers, and not each other. No one from outside the school district has access to these platforms. However, the Internet is out there and it can be useful and it can be dangerous. It is important to teach your child how to be Internet safe. Here are tips from Google's "Be Internet Awesome.":
1.)Be Internet Smart: Share with Care
- Encourage thoughtful sharing by treating online communication like face-to-face communication; if it isn't right to say, it isn't right to post.
- Create guidelines about what kind of communication is (and isn't) appropriate.
- Keep personal details about family and friends private.
- Help your child understand that situation online aren't always as they seem. Being able to tell the difference between what is real and what is fake is a very real lesson in online safety.
- Personal privacy and security are just as important online as they are offline. Safeguarding valuable information helps kids avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships.
- The Internet is powerful when it comes to spreading positivity and negativity. Kids can take the high road by applying the concept of "treat others as you would like to be treated" to their actions, creating positive impact for others and disempowering bullying behavior.
- If your child comes across something that seems questionable on the Internet, they should feel comfortable talking to a trusted adult. Adults can support this behavior by fostering open communication at home and in the classroom.
Learning Coach: A Vital Link to a Student's Education at GRA
Grand River Academy provides curriculum resources (Odysseyware, k12), certified teachers, and other supports for student learning. We know that we have a tremendous responsibility in monitoring your child's learning. Learning coaches also have a tremendous responsibility for helping their students be successful at home and we thank you for your partnership in your child's education. Here are a few learning coach tips:
1.)Check your students progress frequently. If they are in 6-12, ask them to open up Odysseyware and have a conversation about grades and progress. You can celebrate with them where they are doing well and make a plan to improve areas of need.
2.)Read email. One of the primary ways that our school communicates is through email. There is important information from teacher and/or the school that will be delivered through email that may apply to your role as learning coach.
3.)Attendance is key. Monitor your student's attendance and require them to attend their required day for blended or their Google Meets for online. We find that students who attend their required day or Google Meets tend to be more successful.
4.)Set a schedule with your child and help them manage time wisely.
5.)Create a dedicated space, free of distractions, for your student to do their work in.
6.)Put in the time it takes to learn: Help your student understand that the learning is important. They need to put in adequate time on the required work in order to learn. Rushing through lessons and tasks puts your child at risk of not learning what is required. We want them to learn as much as or more than their peers in traditional schools.
7.)Ask for help: If your student is confused and your not sure how to help, contact the teacher using the established procedure for getting help. Teachers are here to help and provide students with support.
8.)Set a routine with your student. Have established times for working, taking breaks, and lunch. Predictability and routine are important when learning online. Of course, flexibility is one of the advantages of learning online. You can decide if you are going to depart from routine because of a need in your family or plans you have made as a family. Students can work at night and on the weekends if needed. But try to re-establish that routine as soon as possible.
Online learning is not easy. It takes self-discipline, self-control, organization, and a desire to learn. It also takes a dedicated learning coach. Thank you to our coaches. We truly could not do it without you.
Kids Aid Backpack Program
Kids Aid is here to help with extra food over the weekends so our Grand Valley kids can be kids! We serve 70 sites from preschool through college and provide up to 2,000 food bags per week. We give bags to any child, no qualifications necessary. Be sure to ask your school site coordinator, administrator, or teacher to get you signed up! (All requests are anonymous.)
Food bags contain breakfast, lunch/dinner, and snack options to cover weekend meals for one child. We do our best to offer a variety of items based on availability and cost. Families with multiple children can request a bag for each child in the household. Starting in the fall of 2021, Kids Aid will partner with Food Bank of the Rockies to include kid friendly, easy to cook recipes to encourage creative and nutritious meal preparation with items included in our weekly food bags.
If you have any questions, please visit our website for more information: www.kidsaidcolorado.org
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