Terra Linda Tiger Tale
April 13, 2020
Thursday, April 16: Urgent Items Survey due
Friday, April 17: School Assembly at 9:30 on Zoom
Meeting ID: 973 305 310
Friday, May 15: Family Survey & Input Form due
Dear Terra Linda Families,
I hope you are well! I sure miss seeing the students and families. It was very difficult to hear that we won't be connecting in person for the rest of the school year. Please know our teachers and staff are here for you and are working to maintain relationships with students connect them with high quality remote learning experiences. Thank you for your partnership in this new reality!
You have been receiving daily communication from our district, so our Tiger Tale will not be a repeat of that information. Instead, I have provided you with some resources specific to Terra Linda. In addition, there is a link to a Family Resource newsletter with links to resources our District has in place for students and families. See Family Resources button below.
In this Tiger Tale, you will find the following information:
- How to contact us at Terra Linda
- Student Help Desk info
- Social Emotional Learning at Home
- How to contact our School Nurse
- Seesaw tips, including how to find Specials Activities
- Family Survey & Input Form - due Friday, May 15
- Urgent Items Survey - due Thursday, April 16
- Enrollment info for incoming Kindergarten students
- Science Fair Update
As you head into this week, please consider making a schedule for your family. You could make it on a calendar with times for each Zoom meeting. You could make a checklist for each day with things each student at home needs to accomplish. You definitely want to complete the Seesaw Activities assigned each day - including Specials - and do your best to complete other assignments from teachers. Be sure students are reading each day! Epic is available for free and has current titles. Ask your student's teacher for the class code.
I know for me it's been tricky to navigate working from home and managing the activities both of my children need to complete. Our goal is to provide you with as much flexibility in the day. You can complete activities in the mornings, afternoons, or evenings - whatever works for your family. Please do your best to help your children join scheduled class meetings, small groups, or individual check-ins with their teacher. These are important opportunities for connection and individualized support.
Mark your calendar or schedule for this Friday at 9:30 am! We will have our first remote school-wide assembly! Please use one device per home to attend. You'll get a chance to see our friends in other classes and grades! We will conclude with a special video message from our Terra Linda staff. Be sure to tune in at 9:30!
Meeting ID: 973 305 310
Thank you for all of your efforts to keep your children engaged in learning!
Questions? Contact Terra Linda
Call Terra Linda at 503-356-2490
You will be asked to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. Then you have an opportunity to leave a voicemail message. Maria and Liz who work in our front office are checking messages several times each day.
Email Maria and Liz
Fill out this form and your message is received by both Maria and Liz in our front office. We will get back to you. You can also find this form by going to the Terra Linda website. Select "Connect" then "Contact Us" then click on the blue "Contact Us" button.
You can also reach teachers by signing in to ParentVue and sending them a message. This works like email. You can also send a message through the Seesaw Family App.
Contact Britta, our School Counselor
You can reach Britta directly by phone at 503-356-2494. You can leave a confidential message anytime and expect a response within 24 hours Monday-Friday.
Social Emotional Learning at Home
Social and Emotional Learning is providing instruction and opportunities to practice self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making skills.
Ms. Britta and Mrs. Edmunds will be providing weekly counseling lessons that help students focus on these skills. Be sure to have your student(s) open their Seesaw Class App (through Clever) and look at the Specials class on Fridays to see these lessons.
This time of uncertainty is affecting everyone in different ways. Some are experiencing this time as trauma. The definition of trauma is: the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences.
To support current and future social and emotional needs, trauma-informed science reminds us of the need to:
prioritize well-being and relationships
establish a consistent and predictable routine
maintain clear communication
encourage a sense of hope
and do what you can to support self-regulation
“Remember that, as adults, we are the best predictors of how our students and children are doing; they are watching and listening to us. When we take care of ourselves, we’re showing them how they can take care of themselves, too.
Here is an article from Teaching Tolerance that will give you more information about trauma and Social Emotional Learning.
Tips for Talking with your Child about COVID-19
Advice on how to talk and listen to your child about the virus and social distancing.
Monitor television viewing and social media on the virus
Allow time to talk and age appropriate ways to answer.
Stay Connected to School
Monitor Your Child's Mental Heath
What to Expect at Home with Distance Learning
Check out this 5-minute video for some helpful information.
Terra Linda School Nurse
Terra Linda’s school nurse, Alexandria Wesenberg, will be holding daily office hours from 10:00am-11:15am. She will be available during those hours by phone or zoom and all day via email and phone.
You may reach Zandi by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 503-356-3842. She will return messages as soon as possible.
You can contact Zandi for any health concerns, to share a new diagnosis, provide health updates, ask questions about school health policies, get help with mental/ social emotional concerns, arrange to pick up medications, or ask about resources you might need, including finding a primary care provider, dental, mental health provider, insurance, and food/housing needs.
To see Activities, students must login to the Seesaw Class App. You cannot view activities from the Family App. Students can find the Class App by going through Clever.
On a BSD Chromebook, student students just need to sign in on the Chromebook click on Clever to access the Seesaw Class App.
Students are connected with two "classes" in Seesaw: one with their classroom teacher and one with their Specials instructors. Be sure to check both "classes" for the activities to complete! Students will have at least one Activity to complete in the Specials class Monday through Friday.
Watch the video linked below for step-by-step instructions.
Family Survey & Input Form for 2020-2021
This year, we would like ALL Terra Linda families to answer at least the first 3 questions of our Family Survey & Input Form.
If you would like to add additional input before we make decisions about class placements for the upcoming school year, please answer the remaining questions. You can provide input for any or all of your students who are planning to attend Terra Linda next year.
While we do not take requests for specific teachers, parent/guardian input will be considered in the formation of classes. Teachers carefully consider a number of factors to create balanced classes, including gender, academic levels, second language needs, special education needs, talented and gifted needs, and behavior needs. Families will be notified of class placements prior to the Meet your Teacher event in August.
Family Survey & Input Form is due by Friday, May 15.
Use this form to share your plans for next year and to provide input about class placements for the fall.
Urgent Items Left at School
When we left school on March 13 we were under the assumption we would be back in two weeks. However, with the directive from the governor we now know that students will not be returning this school year. Plans are being developed for all student items to be collected and distributed later this spring. However, we know that there may be personal items that are of an urgent need for learning, personal health or that a family may be moving out of the area. As a school, we want to help students collect these urgent items. However, we also hope families will understand that it would simply be impossible to get every item to each child in the school at this point.
We are identifying items that are urgent as:
Any medication that is in the health room
Any personal devices and/or technology that support a child’s learning
If a family is moving, all a student’s personal items will be collected
Each school has been given the following direction:
Students, families, and non-BSD employees are not allowed in the schools at any time.
Principals and/or school staff will be the only personnel to access school lockers, cubbies or desks.
Distribution of items will be done by curbside pickup only.
Principals and/or school staff will use nitrile gloves when collecting items from lockers.
Student items will be collected and placed in one plastic bag and labeled with the student’s name.
If there are items that your child needs based on the criteria above, please fill out this Urgent Items Survey with the details of what you need. This survey is due Thursday, April 13.
We will email families who respond to the survey with the curbside pick-up date and time - likely sometime next week.
Thank you for your help and understanding with this process.
We will email families who respond to this survey with the curbside pick-up date and time.
Kindergarten registration is open online for the 2020-2021 school year. Please help spread the word to any families and neighbors who have children ready for Kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Students must be at least five years of age on or before September 1, 2020 per state statute, and live within the attendance boundary of our school. We invite you to register early as this assists us in confirming enrollment for staffing purposes.