Weekly Update

Owl #25

This Week's Schedule


Cohort 1 will meet in-person on Monday and Wednesday (1/2 day).


Cohort 1 and 2 will meet remotely on Tuesday for 1/2 day AM synchronous live instruction. They will work on asynchronous work in the afternoon.


Cohort 2 will meet in person on Thursday (1/2 day) and Friday.


The schedule for concurrent teaching/learning will change a bit this week. You may have noticed that I have been keeping the class in a whole class math lesson from 9:30 to 10:30 or 10:45. The lessons have involved partner work and small group work. The students have done pretty well maintaining their focus and engagement. After math class, remote students will have a short break before they meet as a cohort at 11:15. I hope this additional concurrent learning works for all students.


Wednesday and Thursday are all half days due to conferences. Dismissal at Clough will begin at noon. At-home learners will end their days with their 11:15 small group synchronous ELA session.


In addition, I will need to move the Monday afternoon concurrent reading session to 11:15. The students in Cohort 1 will meet with Mr. Quimby in his Zoom room at 2:00 for small group synchronous ELA instruction.


The specials schedule is:


Monday - Library

Tuesday - Remote Art

Wednesday - no special due to 1/2 day

Thursday - no special due to 1/2 day

Friday - Gym

March Conferences

Dear Parents,


The Spring Conferences are will be held on Wednesday, March 17th & Thursday, March 18th (which will be strictly virtual). These two days are for anyone who feels they would like to talk with their child’s teacher to discuss their child’s progress. These conferences are optional.


On Wednesday, March 17th & Thursday, March 18th, students at the Clough School will be released at 12:10 P.M. to allow us to schedule conferences during the afternoon. There will be NO P.M. Pre-School on Wednesday, March 17th & Thursday, March 18th Lunches will not be served on Wednesday, March 17th & Thursday, March 18th.


WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


Wednesday, March 17th & Thursday, March 18th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM by appointment only.


I have sent out appointment times for those who have indicated that they'd like a conference. Please feel free to email me should you decide that you'd like a conference. I still have some appointment times open.

Fact Fluency

We are nearly finished with our unit on division. Students with fact fluency have had a much easier time with this unit. We will be taking on fractions next. I can't emphasize how important multiplication fact fluency is to the learning of our fourth-grade fraction standards. Please continue to encourage your child to practice and learn his or her multiplication facts. Knowing their facts by heart will make tackling the content in this unit so much easier for the students. Students who know their facts by heart are far more confident and take more risks in math class. Anything you can do at home to build fact fluency will be greatly appreciated by the teachers at Hogwarts.

Attendance

The students have been doing MUCH better in terms of logging in on time and attending all concurrent and small group synchronous learning sessions. Thank you so much for your support. We will continue to follow the below procedures in the near future.

  • Attendance will be taken at 9:15 and sent to the office digitally by 9:20 at the latest. If your child is not present, he or she will be marked absent. You may wish to call the office to alert them that your child was tardy should he or she log in late. Otherwise, the office will likely phone you to confirm your child's absence/attendance.

  • We will take a quick attendance at the beginning of every concurrent session (3 additional times per day). This attendance will be sent to the office at the end of the week. Should your child miss one or more of his or her remote sessions, the office will mark your child dismissed for those sessions.


The offer stands if you'd like me to work with your student to set iPad alarms for his or her remote days. It would be my pleasure to do so!

Packing for Hogwarts

  • A fully charged iPad
  • Green Clough folder
  • Wonders Reading/Writing Companion (Unit 1-2) Workbook
  • Chapter 4 - Go Math!
  • 3 Composition Notebooks (Dear Harry, Math, Reading)
  • Pencil box containing things like pencils, scissors, glue stick, colored pencils, pencil sharpener, crayons, etc.
  • A spare mask in a ziplock bag
  • Snack and a water bottle


(Large white binders can stay at home)

Second Step Lessons with Mr. Hanson

Mr. Hanson will be starting live Second Step lessons with the students on their asynchronous days every other week. For those who do not know, Second Step is the social-emotional curriculum that we use at Clough. Mr. Hanson was originally sharing pre-recording video lessons with the students but truly misses the personalized interaction with our students. Live Second Step lessons will allow for real social-emotional interactions with the kids which will facilitate a better understanding of the concepts. This live instructional time will also increase your child's access to live teaching which, as you know by now, is a demand of our state. Please find the below link to Mr. Hanson's flier. There is a link to his Zoom room on the flier.


Cohort 1 students: Every Week 1, Friday at 12:00

Cohort 2 students: Every Week 2, Monday at 12:00



Cohort 1 will have their next lesson this Friday (3/19)

Cohort 2 will have their next lesson next Monday (3/22)


LINK to Mr. Hanson's flier

Please dress in layers!

March will continue to behave like both lion and lamb this week. In order to keep your child as safe as possible, classroom windows and even bus windows need to remain open at all times. Please continue to send your child into school dressed in layers so that he or she will be comfortable.

Staying Connected

Let's continue to stay connected. Please reach out should you have any questions or concerns. Also, always feel free to share triumphs you're noticing in your child. We love hearing stories of growth and increased independence. We are committed to helping your child overcome obstacles and to set and work toward meaningful goals. As a parent myself, I know how tricky navigating parenting during typical days is let alone during a pandemic. Let's continue to keep the dialogue open as we move through the school year. Don't ever hesitate to contact us.