Miller Elementary Newsletter
Week of 5-04-2020
Dear Miller Families,
The sun is finally shining and I hope that the warmer days will remain and help to lift all of our hearts as we continue to work through this very challenging time. I want to thank you all, for what you are doing from home to support your child's learning. Although through distance learning, our instruction and expectations have changed, our goal for students our remains the same. We want our students to be engaged in learning activities as well as submit assignments in Google Classroom, to their teachers as best as they can.
Prior to our closure, Friday May 8th was slated as a ½ day of professional development. With navigating the new normal we felt that it is important to still provide this time for our teachers to have the 1/2 day of professional development though webinars, to learn more about Google Classroom.
All of the teachers at Miller know that teaching your child at home is not an easy task. We know that there are many factors that may make it even more difficult for some families, know that we understand. Please communicate with your child's teacher or myself if you are struggling due to illness, working from home, you are a first responder or you have employment changes. Our biggest concern is the well-being our students and their families.
Educator Appreciation Week May 4- May 8th
May 8th 1/2 day for Teachers Professional Development
On Friday, May 8th teacher’s are only available for ½ the day, due to professional development. Our teachers will be taking part in professional development webinars learning more about Google Classroom.
Virtual Kindergarten Round-up
So far 93 families district wide, have signed up for information regarding Kindergarten for next year. We have been collecting information from families that are interested in enrolling their children in Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year.
Please to let friends and families know that they can fill out this form, so that we make sure they get communication about our Kindergarten Round Up, Enrollment, and screenings.
Please share this link and/or our newsletter. Virtual Round Up Form
I understand that there were a few technical difficulties leading up to and getting started on some of our distance learning so, thank you for your patience while we work out the glitches. Huron has also set up tech support.
Teacher Office Hours and Communication
If you run into difficulty that you cannot get past without the teacher’s support, I encourage you to skip it or go back to it at a later time. We do not want to add any more frustration to the already difficult situation we are in these days.
Supporting a Child's Social Emotional Well Being
Create a safe physical and emotional environment by practicing the 3 R’s: Reassurance, Routines, and Regulation. First, adults should reassure children about their safety and the safety of loved ones, and tell them that it is adults’ job to ensure their safety.
Second, adults should maintain routines to provide children with a sense of safety and predictability (e.g., regular bedtimes and meals, daily schedules for learning, and play).
Third, adults should support children’s development of regulation. When children are stressed, their bodies respond by activating their stress response systems. To help them manage these reactions, it is important to both validate their feelings (e.g., “I know that this might feel scary or overwhelming”) and encourage them to engage in activities that help them self-regulate (e.g., exercise, deep breathing, mindfulness or meditation activities, regular routines for sleeping and eating).
(Resources For Supporting Children's Emotional Well-being During the Covid-19 Pandemic) We have set up an emotional support hotline for students and families in need of support. This can be accessed at 734-984-1177 or email COVID19hotline@huronschools.org
Continuity of Food Services
Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:00AM to 1:00PM Huron School District is providing meals (breakfast and lunch) to ALL students in the District, 18 years of age and under, free of charge and regardless of Free & Reduced Meal Status. We will also be providing FREE meals to students in our special education community up to age 26. Other food pickup sites can be found at https://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/.