Parent 411- Weekly Update 4/8/20

The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School

Remote Learning - Spring Break ???

Hi Parents,

As most of you may already know " Spring Break" has been cancelled and Remote Learning will be taking place. But wait... We have changed the script just a little bit. During April 9th - April 17th our remote learning classrooms will be slightly different.

Ms. Baker has decided that our work during this week will be more exploratory, innovative, hands on and virtually fun for our students and families.

As you enter our classrooms starting April 9th, there are 2 things that remain the same for our students:

1) Daily attendance- Please log in your attendance by 9 am

2) Students Do Your Best!

April 9th - April 17th will be Spring "STEAM Family Learning Week", in most classrooms there will be choice boards for our homerooms and cluster classes. Choice Boards for your child's classroom will be STEAM related and should be in their Science classroom. You will be given several choices to choose as activities during the week. Some examples: virtual trips, scavenger hunts, physical challenges etc.

Parents check under the Stream tab or the Classwork tab to view the class "Choice Board"

Teachers will have their "Office Hours" posted for the week. Their "Office Hours" are the times that they will be online to assist students. Please make note of these times.

As always, we understand that for some of our parents that scheduling is a concern but flexibility with getting assignments or activities done is built in .

To those who celebrate, Happy Easter and/or Passover & To Everyone Be Healthy and Safe!


Teacher Access During "STEAM Family Learning Week"

During our "STEAM FAMILY WEEK" April 9th - 17th teachers will have "Office Hours".

Click link below to view office hours and teachers' DOE emails:

Under the Tangle 2018 Promo

A Wonderful Opportunity To Celebrate The Arts During Our "STEAM FAMILY WEEK"

Dear Parents & Families,

After such an overwhelming response to Hatched online, we heard from many families who would like more, and something for older children too!

Please Join Treehouse Shakers in our Virtual Theater from

April 9-23, 2020 to see our awarded production of

Under the Tangle
Tickets are purely donation based, pay what you like.

The money raised will help us continue to pay our performers through these unprecedented times.
Visually vibrant, Under the Tangle, is a wonderfully rich piece suitable for 7+. This dance-play explores the unknown world, filled with an enchanted labyrinth, strange birds, A Queen of the lost, daunting guards, and so much more, as one brave heroine navigates her way through life's unexpected turns.

Under the Tangle is the perfect story for our children's now.

Under the Tangle Promo:

"I would say Under the Tangle is about life's obstacles and how to best overcome them."

--Student P.S. 10, 4th grade

To See Under the Tangle

Use this Link

A password will be mailed to you with the video link to stream on any device on the date of your choice.

We will also send you activities and discussion materials that you can use with your child, on issues that are most relevant right now.

Treehouse Shakers is partnering with schools across New York to provide arts in education programming, virtually. From storytelling, dance, creative drama, to live music jams, Treehouse Shakers is here for you. If you know of a school looking for more online content, have them reach out to us at

Over the last several weeks you answered our call to raise funds to pay our artists, tech crew and staff. Because of your generosity, we were able to pay our company's lost fees for this month.


Our goal is to continue to pay our artists through the Spring. As a a small non-profit, we work on a tight budget and have lost nearly all of our touring, in-school and performance work for the year.

You can make a tax-deductible donation directly to Treehouse Shakers through our secure

Donate Pay Pal Giving Fund

Thank You For Supporting the Arts.

Wishing each of you health, wellness and kindness during these uncertain times.

Mara McEwin
Artistic Director


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Health & Wellness.... From Our NYC EPA (NYC Employee Assistance Program)

During the weeks ahead, many of us may experience higher-than-usual anxiety and stress stemming from our concern over the COVID-19 virus. While these feeling are completely understandable, there are steps we can take to manage them and minimize the disruption to our daily lives.

Focus on what you can control, let go of what you can’t
Take steps recommended to protect your health such as frequently washing your hands and avoid touching your face. Follow CDC recommendations on distancing from others.

Be cautious of over exposing yourself to news coverage
If news related to the crisis makes you anxious, don’t be afraid to take a break from it. It’s OK to pace yourself with the information.

Don’t forget to laugh!
Call a friend or loved one, watch a funny movie or television show, or get lost in a novel.

Give yourself space and time to relax
Utilize relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga.

Do the things that you usually do to take care of yourself
Practice good sleep hygiene, eat healthy, and exercise.