Lions Park Remote Learning Update

Letter from the Principal

Dear Lions Park Families,


We hope your children had a wonderful first week of school! I am so proud of our students for their enthusiasm and engagement. I am impressed by the exceptionally hard work of our teachers and staff. I am grateful for all the effort that I know every parent and guardian is putting forth at home to juggle so very many responsibilities.


Please visit this link to view a welcome back video I made for your children. Ms. Dillon and I have visited about half of the Zoom classrooms so far, and we will visit the rest next week. We have reviewed our school wide expectations, answered student questions and played a game. It was great to see so many happy and smiling faces!


During a typical school day, there are times when teachers are called into meetings for a variety of reasons including data reviews, problem solving meetings on behalf of students, and meetings for students with special education needs. These meetings typically are an hour to 90 minutes in length. When this happens during remote learning, teachers will notify their students/families ahead of time and share with their students what they should be working on independently while the teacher is at the meeting. It might be that an activity is given and students are allowed to take a break when they finish, or students may be given a couple of options to choose from until the meeting ends. In these cases, the teacher will let the students/families know when he or she will return and when the students will resume with live instruction. This will not happen often, but I wanted parents to be aware of this procedure. Let me know if you have any follow up questions about this. We will still utilize substitute teachers on school days when a teacher is absent.


Warmly,

Katie Kelly

Principal

Lions Park School

Tardies, Absences and Early Dismissals

If your child will be missing any portion of the school day (8:50-11:50 and 12:50-3:20), it is important that you report the absence to the Lions Park office at (847)394-7330 or by using the form on our website. We appreciate your cooperation!

Message from the Lions Park PTO

Please look for a PTO welcome packet to come through your e-mail next week. The PTO board is working hard to find ways to support our students and Lions Park staff during remote learning and when we get back into the classroom. The new Social Connections Committee is just one of those ways.


The Social Connections Committee is a newly formed PTO committee in response to our eLearning that hopes to keep our kids engaged virtually outside of school. The types of activities we’re coordinating will be grade-appropriate activities such as virtual escape or trivia rooms, online health and wellness programs, virtual book clubs, arts and crafts classes, scavenger hunts, etc. Please see the attached flyer for more information if you're interested in joining this group and helping to keep kids connected!


At this time, PTO meetings will be held via zoom at 8pm on the first Monday of every month (with a few exceptions). Please see below for the ongoing zoom meeting link and list of dates.

We look forward to a fun and exciting school year!

PTO Meeting Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3443179323

PTO Meeting Dates: 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3

Technology Issues

Although technology can work well, there are times when it just does not work correctly. Teachers will not be available to respond to emails during instructional times. Instead, please submit a Remote Learning Technology Support form by clicking here. Once submitted, someone from our District Technology Team will contact you to provide assistance.



If you experience a technical issue, please follow these steps to troubleshoot the problem:


  • Restart the Chromebook (make sure it turns all the way off before turning back on).

  • Quit any unused applications.

  • Sign out of an application if it's not working, and sign back in.

  • Move closer to your internet router if you are experiencing connectivity issues.

  • Turn off any accessibility features i.e., contrast mode, special cursor that may be set on the Chromebook. These can cause applications to run slow.

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MPPL

Video from MPPL can be found at this link.
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