Pleasant Plains Update for Families

April 24, 2020

We Need to Hear from You! Please Complete our Parent/Guardian Survey

As we wrap-up the third week of digital learning we would like to shift our focus from sharing information to offering support when and where you need it most. To make sure we are responding to your family's needs, we need to hear from you. How's it going? What support do you need? What's working well? and How can we improve?

To help us better understand, what's working, what's not working, and how we can help, please complete the following survey: (It's only 12 quick questions)

If you have specific questions please feel free to leave your name and number in the comment section on Question 12 and we will get back to you.

Meet Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Support Team

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We want you to know that even though our school building is closed, we are still here to support your child during these uncertain times.

If you are worried about your child, need support, or if you just need help finding food or other resources please reach out. We are here to help!

From left to right:

Trish Voegtlin - School Counselor Office Hours: M‐F 1‐3

Traci Harris - LCSW‐CSchool Social Worker Office Hours: M‐F 11‐ 1

John Morant- SEL Teacher (Behavior Support) Office Hours M‐F 10‐12

Rachel McNeive - Instructional Support Office Hours: TTThF 1‐3

Luke Sinkler - SEL teacher (Behavior Support) Office Hours: M‐F 8‐9 and 4‐5 Not pictured:

Jennifer Schleicher- School Counselor Office Hours W‐F 2‐4

A Letter from Our School Counselors

Tips for Setting Up for Success While At Home Together

Other than frequently and empathetically checking in with your kids, what else can you do to support their well-being and maintain a sense of normalcy while they’re out of school (and while you’re attempting to work from home)? Here is a list of ideas to consider for your family:
  • Stick to a consistent routine daily. Set expectations about getting up, getting dressed, and eating breakfast. (Many schools are finding ways to set up food programs during closures.)
  • Limit endless snacking. (We know this will be a tricky one for some of us who have stockpiled granola bars!)
  • Create a schedule for each day with your children to break up the time. Include “class time” when they complete school work, dedicated time for play, physical exercise, and emotional and mental health activities. Though there’s no need for a rigid agenda, all family members can be soothed by a predictable structure.
  • Put a limit on social media. Encourage staying connected to friends but not obsessively reading news or discussing the virus online.
  • Don’t have the TV on in the background all day. The worry for children will escalate if they repeatedly hear and view adults panicking or reports of deaths.
  • For children without their own phones, set up a FaceTime playdate with a friend and let them chat using your phone.
  • Dedicate time every afternoon to organizing and cleaning up to keep chaos and germs at bay.
  • Talk about and plan for ways in which you’ll deal with family arguments or sibling rivalry. Check out the Family Peace Rose for more.
  • Make dinner together.
  • Go old school! Have story time, play a board game, or try to learn a new language together during evening family time.

Create a Family “Coping Kit” To Deal with Anxiety

It is expected that we will experience anxiety during times of uncertainty and stress. One way you can help your child address their anxiety is through building a simple “Coping Kit.” A “Coping Kit” includes practical strategies that empower children to manage difficult feelings productively. Depending on your child’s age and needs, their “Coping Kit” could include:

  • This simple feelings wheel to accurately name and acknowledge emotions they may be experiencing. Remember, there are no “bad” emotions–it’s ok for them to feel whatever they feel and your job is to help them use strategies to cope.
  • Calming breathing techniques and mindfulness activities to reduce stress;
  • Yoga or other movement and stretching activities;
  • Relaxation techniques like guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation;
  • Fun indoor physical activities and games;
  • A private journal or sketchbook where they can express their emotions through writing or drawing;
  • For older children, find a social cause to learn more about together and support remotely. Or cultivate compassion by encouraging them to reach out via phone or text to potentially isolated elderly family members, neighbors, or their peers who are home unsupervised; and
  • Practical strategies to help maintain their physical health including: 1. Picking out a fidget bracelet, button, or other small wearable item (that can be disinfected daily) to redirect the urge to touch their face. 2. Choosing part of a song they love that is at least 20 seconds long to sing while washing their hands

Yoga for Kids

Yoga For Kids | Play In The Park | Yoga With Adriene

Mrs. Norton and her daughter have been practicing their yoga!

Evening Yoga with Gigi

Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery - Age 6 to 12

Changes announced in BCPS mobile meal distribution, effective Monday, April 20

The Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Food and Nutrition Services (with assistance from the BCPS Office of Transportation) is making changes to the Mobile Meal Program’s distribution times and locations effective Monday, April 20.

Beginning April 20, students will receive a breakfast, lunch, and snack on Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, students will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks for Thursday and Friday. Meals will no longer be distributed on Friday.

Meals will be distributed from the following locations. While students are encouraged to be present when picking up meals, accommodations will be made for students who are unable to be present.

Please note the specific distribution times for each location. Times have been changed for some locations:

Pleasant Plains Elementary School, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Halstead Academy, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Oakleigh Elementary School, from 11 – 11:50 a.m.

Parkville High School, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Maryland Meals Distribution Site Search

Food Pantries/Assistance for Central Area Families (Please bring a photo ID)

Student Support Network

Fridays, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Parkville High School

(Arrive Early)

Assistance Center of Towson Churches

120 West Pennsylvania Ave, Towson

Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 2:45 p.m.


Community Assistance Network (CAN)

7900 East Baltimore St., Baltimore 21224

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Jewish Community Services

5750 Park Heights Ave.

Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. 3:00 p.m.


Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church

300 Eudowood Ln

Towson, MD 21286


Towson United Methodist Church

501 Hampton Ln

Towson, MD 21286

410- 823-6511

Rock City Church

1607 Cromwell Bridge Rd

Parkville, MD 21234


Babcock Presbyterian Church

Noon and 6pm seven days a week

8240 Loch Raven Blvd.

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Time to Register for Towsontowne Recreation Council Online Clubs

Interested Pleasant Plains families are invited to register for online clubs through the Towsontowne Recreation Council. Club meetings will be held through Zoom.

Registration closes today, April 24th.

The following clubs will be offered online via Zoom Video Platform and are open to all schools:

Drama Kids

Beginner Guitar

Book Worms


Sign Language

Math All-Around

Little Moon Yoga

Foreign Language: Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese

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Actualización de noticias del coronavirus

Mensaje del superintendente de las escuelas públicas Dr. Darryl L. Williams

Estimado equipo de BCPS,

Las ultimas semanas han sido difíciles al enfrentar la pandemia del coronavirus, aprecio mucho su flexibilidad y apoyo con esta situación.

Los edificios escolares de BCPS siguen cerrados debido a la orden cierre escolar; por lo tanto, BCPS ofrece “aprendizaje continuo a distancia” comenzando el dia lunes 6 de abril. El aprendizaje a distancia se ofrecerá en dos modalidades: virtual y con materiales impresos o para imprimir, dependiendo del acceso que tengan los estudiantes a internet y a instrumentos tecnológicos. Hay más información sobre esto en Recursos de aprendizaje.

Sigan revisando la actualización de noticias en nuestro sitio web de actualizaciones donde estaremos publicando más detalles conforme vayan surgiendo. Por favor cuídense y que estén bien.

Cómo iniciar sesión en Google Meets en español

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Información sobre la línea de idioma en español para que las familias de habla hispana puedan usar la línea de idioma para llamar a los maestros

¡Información sobre cómo Comcast ofrece conexiones GRATUITAS para WIFI ahora mismo!

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#Acts of Happy Time.....

Quarantine Jams with our Music Teacher, Mr Mike DeProspo

PPES Quarantine Jams with Mr D