Learning at Home

Tips and tricks from Elyria City School District

Dear Families,

An outside organization called PCs for People (pcsforpeople.org) is offering affordable home computers and internet for families who meet income eligibility requirements.

The packages, what they include and the cost, are detailed here: https://bit.ly/2WChzuV.

The computers aren't part of the Elyria Schools technology department but if families are interested in pursuing this opportunity through PCs for People, please contact the company by following this link: https://www.pcsforpeople.org/eligibility/

For families who are eligible to receive a computer or internet package, the technology pick-up day is Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2 p.m., at Elyria High School (West Ave. side.)

The service is provided curbside so families can remain in their vehicle during pick up.

Please contact PCs for People at the above link to learn more about this opportunity.

Meal services: New Schedule

Just a reminder, meal services for kids 18 years and younger will continue during the school closure.

Tomorrow, March 24, begins a new schedule of service.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning tomorrow, parents can pick up multiple meals at once, including food for the weekends, at specific distribution centers twice per week. You'll find the pick up locations and times here: https://bit.ly/2wwvkkg.

Children do not have to be present during pick ups.

Additionally, Aramark has extended meal service over spring break, which was originally slated as a district closure, so there will be no interruption of service.

For families with limited or no transportation, First Student Transportation will deliver meals to the home. Please email mailto:ask@elyriaschools.org to request assistance.

Make it. Move it. Put the Music to it!

We're putting our lessons, crafts and ideas for fun and learning at home into a video series called, "Home Away from Home."

The videos are hosted on the district's YouTube site:

Elyria Schools Pioneer TV at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCde2sWwb6pSapK6xi371nJQ

Here are a few of our most recent posts. You'll also find a wide variety of programs and news stories featuring our students and staff on our YouTube channel so...check it out!

Kindergarten shapes lesson by Mrs. Porter
Geometric Constructions with Mr. Church
Creating timelines with Mrs. Pero
How to Make an Angry Fish

Ideas for middle and high school at home learning

STEAM, Voting, Census...Oh my!

Westwood Middle School Principal Theresa Lengel shared some excellent resources for middle school and high schools lessons at home.

Check out The National Inventors Hall of Fame for grade-level specific projects:

We're in an election year. It's a good time to study up on voting and our constitutional rights. Resources here:

You count! It's time for the 2020 Census. Check out these activities and videos demonstrating the importance of the Census and how it impacts students.

More ideas and resources for learning at home are available here from the Academic Services Office:

ABCmouse in the house

Age of Learning, the creator of the popular kids online learning programs, ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ, is offering these programs for FREE while schools are closed.

The programs are excellent tools for children in preschool through eighth grade.

To access this resource for free, follow the link: https://www.ageoflearning.com/school_closure_pdf/ParentLetter_AofL_SCHOOL6225.pdf

and follow the instructions for signing up.

All three programs can be used on computers, tablets and smartphones, and parents can add up to three children per account.

Happy learning!

Duckling Gets a Cookie!

We're closing today's newsletter with a delightful read aloud from our "Home Away from Home" video series by Mrs. Courtney Rushnok of Ely Elementary School. Find more of our videos on Pioneer TV: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCde2sWwb6pSapK6xi371nJQ
"The Duckling Gets a Cookie" with Mrs. Rushnok of Ely Elementary School