May 1, 2020
Random Acts week-Chalk the walk, positive window messages and hand written letters
Lincoln Bulletin-Upcoming special events
May Day is here, I hope you were able to enjoy and participate in our random acts of kindness week. Thank you for those who shared photos and joined in on our virtual recesses this week, I have included next week's schedule below.
Virtual Recess--In an effort to maintain connections and have kids informally socialize I am scheduling virtual recess. We did our first round last week and another round this week, kids go to https://meet.google.com/ and then join the meeting inputting the code below.
They cannot join ahead of time, I have to open the meeting.
We will share, possibly play a game. I am continuing with grade levels that have indicated interest. If your child's grade level isn't included it is because there wasn't interest in doing this again, but I am open if there are a few students that want it--please email me at email@example.com.
- 1HVR-9:30 (1st Grade Virtual recess)
- ALL Kindergarten students-KVR 10:00 code ADKVR
- 2nd Grade-11:00- 2KVR
- 3VR-11:30-Third Grade virtual recess
SEL Lessons: Week 3 SEL
This week's SEL lesson focuses on perspective taking; The ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something. To do this successfully, you must have some understanding of others' thoughts, feelings, motivations, and intentions.” (Socially Skilled Kids, 2020). There are activities embedded in the presentation for students and adults. The five developmental stages of perspective-taking; age 3 through 15+ is interesting and helpful to understanding this social-emotional competency.
Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (firstname.lastname@example.org or 331-228-6457).
Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that will open on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).
Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.
Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.
Fridays During Remote Learning
We want students to learn every day! Monday through Thursday our teachers will be providing lessons. Friday is a day to continue learning by completing lessons, catching-up on past or missing work, or doing enrichment lessons.
Please visit the website D303 Optional Remote Learning For Students to access enrichment lessons. In addition to the weekly SEL activity, the website houses a variety of optional learning experiences in the areas of math, digital citizenship, English Language Arts, college and career, and STEM. We encourage you to ask your child to engage in the SEL lessons before exploring the other choice options. Although these optional learning experiences were designed for use on Fridays, students are welcome to engage in the learning experiences on the website anytime.
Student Survey on Remote Learning
Checking in with Students and Parents
Student Survey on Remote Learning and SEL:
D303 would like each 4th and 5th-grade student to participate in a student survey on the topics of remote learning and social-emotional learning (SEL). Students in 6th to 12th grade are taking a similar, but a different survey.
D303 is partnering with Northern Illinois University to gain insights from students (grade 4 and up) related to remote learning. The first part is a jointly created survey on how remote learning is going in general. The second part contains established questions designed to help the District understand the overall social-emotional well-being of students during remote learning.
The survey will close at the end of the day on May 2, 2020.
Please have your child click the link below to fill out the survey. Use the language toggle on the upper right side of the screen to switch between English and Spanish.
All aspects of student information will remain confidential. If you would like additional information on the survey, please contact David Chiszar, Executive Director Assessment & Accountability (email@example.com), or Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions (firstname.lastname@example.org). The survey will capture student insights connected to remote learning, social-emotional well being, and coping strategies/supports accessed during this unique time. NIU has established a partnership with D303 through their federal Project Prevent and Address Bullying grant. We are excited to gain additional insights into students' perceptions of remote learning in order to assist us in directing our academic and social-emotional programming.
Parent Feedback on Remote Learning
Along with the student survey we are asking parents a similar set of companion questions on the topic of remote learning. This information, along with student and staff feedback, will be used to help D303 understand, plan, and adjust.
Meals provided for any student or family
District 303 is providing meals for any student who needs it. The district is expanding the distribution, please see the attached information for the various locations and times for food distribution.
We have also heard from the USDA that there are SNAP scams happening. We are attaching a press release from them with a warning.