Full-Year Distance Learning (FYDL)

Wednesday Newsletter #12 October 28, 2020

Halloween Distribution on 10/30 from 2 pm- 4pm. Location: Greendell Elementary

We will be planning a distribution day on Friday, October 30th, from 2:00- 4:00 pm. We are inviting all families since we will be distributing art supplies for Spectra Art and putting some fun in the drive-by pick-up.

Since we anticipate that this will be a large attendance pick-up, we will be only allowing a drive-by (similar to the first pick up). Stay in your car and look for the signs for your grade level table. Teachers will be handing out the supplies to you.

Halloween dress-up? If your child would like to dress up for this drive-by pick-up, we would love to see them in their costumes from the car. You might even see the teachers in costumes of their own.

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We are holding our first FYDL Greendell English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) of the year over Zoom. The English Learner Advisory Committee is a committee made up of families of English Learners, school staff, and other school community members to promote school activities and provide information on the PAUSD English Learner program and the needs of English Learners.

Interested families are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 28th at 4:30 pm by following this Zoom link. Please let me know if you have any questions about our ELAC meeting.

CASSY: Parenting and Supporting Youth During Covid-19

Attached is a flyer of much need free parenting webinars CASSY is providing as families are transitioning into their new school schedules. Here is the information below but the flyer attached also has direct links to register.

CASSY is putting on a free webinar for parents struggling to support their kids during COVID. We will be providing specific interventions to support parents. See the flyer below.

Friday 11/06/20 6-7:30 pm

Laurel Vandiver, LMFT #121235 Lisa Miller LMFT #48946

If anyone needs help registering, contact Alice Bui at abui@cassybayarea.org.

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Got a PAUSD Chromebook?

Important Update:

This is an important update regarding PAUSD student Chromebooks. The IT department is going to be enforcing updates in all PAUSD Chromebooks in the coming weeks. This update will support a better Zoom experience for students. Unfortunately, we cannot control the day and time these updates are pushed to devices, as they come directly from Google.

When the PAUSD Chromebook receives notice that the update is ready to be installed, students will see a small popup on the bottom right of the device notifying the student the update is ready to be installed. Students can simply close the lid of the Chromebook to turn off the device and install the updates.

If students do not close the lid, the Chromebook will automatically shut off and update anywhere from 5-17 days after the popup notification appears.

Please encourage your students to shut the lid of their Chromebooks at the end of the school day once the popup is visible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Emily Garrison

Coordinator of Educational Technology

Optional Lunch Time Activities:

Math Olympiads for 4th and 5th-grade

A few parents have taken the initiative to start Math Olympiad practice sessions for 4th and 5th grades. The sessions are scheduled for Wednesday lunch hour and will go until March 8, 2021. In addition to the practice sessions, there are 5 Math Olympiad sessions that the team will participate in.

During each session, we review several problems, give the kids a chance to solve them on their own, have them walk us through their solutions, and provide a review. After each class, we send you the question sheet and the solutions so you can review/practice the remaining problems with the kids during the week.

If you would like your student to participate in these sessions, please sign-up here.

Room Parents for our FYDL Classrooms

We are looking to add Room Parents for our FYDL classrooms. Room parents' responsibilities can range from collecting classroom donations for extra "virtual field trips" to organizing upcoming classroom activities such as Halloween or local celebrations. If you are interested in providing additional support for our FYDL teachers and working with the classroom families, please reach out to your classroom teacher for more information.

The Adjusted Weekly Schedule Roll-Out Dates

The adjusted weekly schedule will roll out as the Hybrid opens for the grade-level bands.

  • 4/5- November 9

Due to the shifts in blocks and the elementary hybrid schedule adjustments, the "enrichment specials" might result in a block change as well. Your classroom teacher will notify you if there is a schedule change.

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Reminder! Greendell for Attendance

The attendance email is greendellattendance@pausd.org. This is the best way for a parent to report an absence.

The office phone is (650) 856-0833. Voicemails left on this phone number will be forwarded to the Greendell office staff.

FDL What'sApp Group

One thing that came up at our Parent Coffee last Friday was a desire to create an FDL communication resource. Some of the families immediately created a WhatsApp FDL group. To join, please select the following link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/C8VDj4cbM79IA4PFZHTS4d

FDL on Facebook!

Another great way to meet other FDL families is by joining the parent sponsored FDL Facebook group called "FDL parents community." Contact Corinne Haböck at corinne.haboeck@swissonline.ch or for more information.

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