Learning at Home

Tips and tricks from Elyria City School District

Dear Families,

On Wednesday, April 1, Elyria Schools and Second Harvest will host a mobile food pantry at Ely Stadium in Elyria.

The distribution will begin at noon.

All cars must enter into the stadium complex through the Oberlin Road gate only. Please see the map for reference.

Families are asked to arrive no sooner than 10 minutes prior to opening at noon. The distribution will close at 3 p.m., or earlier if supplies are exhausted.

To keep traffic managed and moving smoothly, the U.S. National Guard will be onsite along with the Elyria Police Department and designated staff members from the Elyria Schools and Second Harvest.

In the interest of safety, no additional volunteers will be authorized on site for the distribution.

Please note that the distribution itself will be drive-through only. Do not exit vehicles, particularly given the current guidelines on COVID-19, which emphasize safe social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus.

There will truly be no need to exit your vehicle. Workers will load the products directly into the trunk of your vehicle. Please ensure your trunk has enough space and is ready to accept groceries and supplies.

Attendance is expected to be high. New families, or families that have never before attended a Second Harvest distribution or that of a partner charity in the Second Harvest network, are asked register prior to April 1.

The process is simple: Please text the important information detailed below to the number: 440-363-3002.

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Number of children, adults and senior citizens in household

For the safety and health of all, please do not attend the mobile pantry if you or anyone in your home is feeling unwell. Please ask a healthy friend or neighbor to attend in your place.

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Expanded meal service

Aramark Foodservice and Elyria Schools are providing free meals to all children 18 years and younger on Tuesdays and Thursdays according to the schedule listed here: https://bit.ly/2QPpKR1

Beginning Tuesday, March 31, meal boxes that are distributed will now include food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Families will receive one box per child with meals for multiple days at a time, including weekends.

Children do not have to be present during pick ups.

Please email mailto:ask@elyriaschools.org with questions.

We want to thank our dedicated foodservice team that has been working hard to prepare fresh meal boxes for students and our partner, First Student Transportation, for delivering meals door-to-door for families in need.

Pioneer proud!

In it together

Superintendent Ann Schloss has a message for students, parents and staff and at the heart of it is this: We miss you. Read her letter here: https://bit.ly/39uv8zr and watch this video created by Academic Services Director, Natalie Matthews, with greetings from the administration team of Elyria Schools.
ECS Cares by Natalie Matthews

Home Learning Tools and Tips

The Elyria Schools Academic Services Team is working hard to create a plan for learning at home during the extended school closure related to COVID-19.

At https://www.elyriaschools.org/domain/289 parents will find recommendations for online and traditional resources for learning. And coming soon, the team will post week-by-week schedules that will provide grade-level and course-work-based learning paths for continued home learning.

The Elyria Schools is committed to providing students and families with quality educational content and guidance in setting and maintaining daily schedules that are realistic and achievable.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Academic Service Department at mailto:kelleyadrienne@elyriaschools.org.

Watch and learn!

Have you seen the videos our teachers and staff are creating for students?

We're posting them everyday on https://www.facebook.com/elyriacityschools/ and at Elyria Schools Pioneer TV on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheElyriaSchools/videos.

Coming to you here: a few of the most recent videos! Be sure to check out the entire selection of videos on our YouTube channel and subscribe to receive notifications when new videos are posted. Happy viewing!

How to Draw a Pug by Mrs. Baginske
Grade 1 "Give a Pig a Pancake" Extension Activity by Mrs. Henderson
Stained Glass Windows at Home with Mrs. Kolenda
Comparing Fractions with Miss Haley
Young Adult Book Recommendations from Mrs. Wittman
How to Access School Technology and Content Online by Mr. Lovati
Art Lesson: Implied texture with Mrs. Vanche

Talking to children about COVID-19

PBS programming tackles the worries

When children have feelings that are big and scary, talking about them can lesson the fear and anxiety these feelings often provoke.

A true master in engaging children of young ages and creating programming that speaks to these matters is PBS Kids. Classics like Sesame Street and Curious George have done this for years but newer, engaging shows such as Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood--an off-shoot of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood--and others are tackling tough topics, too.

As news of COVID-19 evolves, new PBS Kids programming gets to the heart of what really matters to kids: safety. Beloved characters new and old speak to children's worries and reinforce fundamental messages of good health and hygiene.

This article, "How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus," on PBS Kids for Parents is worth the read: https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus.

Strong mind. Strong body.

The importance of a healthy mind and body can't be overstated in times of stress.

This video in our "Home Away from Home" series on Pioneer TV YouTube comes from Elyria Schools nurse Rose Hess. Nurse Hess offers tips for keeping fit and staying active while at home. She also emphasizes the importance of keeping up good health routines such as brushing teeth and getting enough sleep.

For a great resource on healthy living, Nurse Hess recommends: https://fit.sanfordhealth.org/.

Mindfulness is the state of being present in the moment: Centering only on the here and now. Therapists encourage using daily mindfulness strategies such as meditation to help center and calm the mind and reduce stress. (What is mindfulness? https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/)

Echoing this sentiment is Elyria Schools social worker and therapist Marissa Pelsozy.

In this video, Marissa teaches us a mindfulness activity that can be completed at home: making a mandala. A mandala is a circle of geometric shapes that can have any configuration or design. The act of making a mandala is a form of meditation. Give it a try!

Good Health Tips from Nurse Hess
Mindfulness Strategies from Marissa Pelsozy