4K and EC Newsletter
April 9th, 2020
4K Virtual Learning ROCKS!
What a week it has been! We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our students and families for jumping online this week and trying something new. When we step back for a moment and remember to breathe we are so grateful for the academic and social-emotional experiences our staff have been able to create virtually. Like the metaphor that the Disney movie "Up" provides -- we truly have lifted our 4K community into the skies.
We miss our students and families!
Erin and Sara Jane
Highlights from Staff and Families
Ms. Symons from Martin Luther shared, "It is great to be able to connect with both students and parents again! I feel we have added a sense of normalcy back into our students lives by adding virtual learning this week. I really enjoy hearing from all of you!"
Ms. Matz from St. Ann's mentioned that all her families love having activities for their 4K kids. Now they can do work just like their big siblings!
Ms. Peterson from LaPetite shared, "In this time of uncertainty, I am thrilled to be part of this continued effort to deliver a seamless 4K experience to our students and to offer a sense of normalcy to our littlest friends!"
Ms. Helker from First Lutheran shared, "My 4k friends are excited to see their teacher and are singing along during our morning meetings Many parents have commented on the structure that they are missing from day to day. Our virtual aka daily schedule is helping to provide this structure even if it is provided virtually."
Ms. Stiver from Pumpkin Patch shared that everyone is so happy with 4K virtual learning! They love the 4K schedule of activities!
Ms. Oldenberg from Pumpkin Patch shared that it was so fun to deliver the message below to all her students and families from Pumpkin Patch. We miss you all and wish you well!!
The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations
Our 4K teachers have been trained in the Pyramid Model framework and were just beginning to roll this out in their classrooms. This site has a variety of free resources for teachers and families to support young children to cope with the challenges that might occur during stressful emergency or disaster situations. Click on the link above for many resources. The website will be updated as they obtain more resources.
Here are a few quick tips for supporting your child during this time: Link
Mental Health Resources
- Crisis Text Line
- SAMHSA disaster distress hotline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Articles and Other Resources
- CASEL Cares for parents and caregivers
- Crisis resources list
- Talking to Children about COVID-19PDF download (Parent Resource)
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
For the latest Coronavirus information
- Gov. Evers Safer at Home FAQPDF download
- Definitions of and directions for “essential businesses”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Coronavirus
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Coronavirus (Includes a wide range of guidance documents and statistics)
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Coronavirus
- Dane County Madison & Public Health
Resources for kids
- A comic exploring the coronavirus (NPR)
- Brain Pop Coronavirus lesson (4 minutes)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (30 seconds)
- Handwashing reminder video
- Get the facts on coronavirus (5 minutes for high schoolers and parents)
Resources for parents
- Tips for talking to your child about the coronavirusPDF download (National Association of School Psychologists)
Erin Conrad, 4K Principal/Kegonsa Principal
Kate Ahlgren, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Sara Jane Lee, 4K Inclusion Support Teacher
Mindy Holverson, 4K Educational Assistant
Be well- Sara Jane