Freeman Mustangs Newsletter #6

September 11, 2020

Material Pick Up Process

Thank you to everyone who braved the rainy weather for our material distribution this past week.

If you were unable to pick up your student's supplies, please visit the office Monday-Friday 8am-3pm.


All students have materials for Art, STEM, a set of signs for your car, and some sort of classroom supplies. Also, students who selected LMC books and purchased a yearbook will also have these items.


Our next dates are scheduled for September 30th and October 1st. More information including times will be shared as we get closer to that date.

Noteworthy Dates

  • Tuesday, September 22nd: LMC Book Pick Up 11:30am-12:30pm AND 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Thursday, September 24th: LMC Book Pick Up 11:30am-12:30pm AND 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • Friday, September 25th: Non-attendance day for students
  • Wednesday, September 30th: Material Pick Up Day (specifics to come)
  • Thursday, October 1st: Material Pick Up Day

Library Book Check Out Information

Our first round of LMC student book check out occurred this week. Students will be able to check out books from the LMC every 2 weeks.


How LMC Book Check out will work:

  • Kinder-2nd grade students:

    • Via Seesaw students will fill out a book choice menu.

    • Every 2 weeks, they will use this book menu to choose from a variety of topics, genres, and favorite authors. Students may choose the number of books they will be able to read over a 2 week period. The book menu’s topics will change every 2 weeks.

    • If your child would like a particular book title, please send those requests to Mrs. Boyle via Seesaw.

  • 3rd – 5th grade students:

    • Via Seesaw, students will receive an assignment that includes a step-by-step of how to log into, search for, and put a book on hold using Destiny Discover. Students will be able to put on hold as many books as they will read in a 2 week period. The video is linked here as well. https://www.loom.com/share/abd84b30343a4245b0e55cfb459269d3

  • Stay tuned for information about returning procedures once you are finished enjoying your books.


Future Book Check Out Dates & Information:

  • Pick up checked out books on Tuesday 9/22 and Thursday 9/24 during lunch from 11:30am – 12:30pm and at the end of the day from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. If these times don't work, please contact the office to make other arrangements.

  • 3rd – 5th graders will also be given a book choice menu as an option to choose from if they would like to use it.

  • Once you have submitted for book check out, Mrs. Boyle will send you a message in Seesaw letting you know which day your books will be available for pick up.

Get to Know our Freeman Staff

Here is a quick overview of how to interact with Freeman's Virtual School https://www.loom.com/share/434d34e5134144879eb43ba2aba32c84



Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual School: http://bit.ly/FreemanVirtualSchool


Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual Calming Room: http://bit.ly/FreemanVirtualCalming


Click here to check out Freeman's Virtual Health Office: http://bit.ly/FreemanHealthOffice

There are many helpful links to health forms, videos, and additional resources

Mustang Mindset: Perseverance

This past week we discussed in the classroom and during our morning announcements about perseverance. We talked about how we can keep working to overcome challenging and not giving up when things are tough. We read the book A Little Spot of Perseverance: A Story of Not Giving Up by Diane Alber.


Thank you families for persevering through helping your students at home. We know technology doesn't always cooperate in addition to other things out of our control. Thank you for your patience and grace as we continue to push ourselves into this new approach to learning.

Stay Safe @ Home 129

As you know, one of our most important responsibilities as a school district is to create and maintain a safe learning environment for everyone in our school community. Each year, we practice multiple school safety drills and impress upon everyone to say something if they see something that makes them feel uncomfortable. With all of you now learning remotely, we want you to know that we still very much care about your safety. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting a variety of short videos and links that will remind you that personal safety does not stop as you exit the school building. Linked below, you will find the first in the series of Stay Safe @ Home 129 informational videos. School Safety Officer, Kevin Triplett, will provide you with tips on how to prepare yourself and your family in the event of severe weather or a tornado. We hope to see you all soon! Stay healthy, safe, and remember that every moment counts!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Neahring

Director of Student Services


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec5izzOwNII&feature=youtu.be

Tech Tips

Have you checked out the technology resources on the SD129 website? There are many step-by-step videos to support troubleshooting. https://www.sd129.org/parents/my-student/student-technology


Here is a quick 1:45 video showing how you can save all of your child's Zoom meeting IDs for quick log-ins.

https://www.loom.com/share/fe1142c49ee74ab19bd37c1bf3297ce6


See the below image for some shortcuts for Zoom using the Chromebook.

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Student Attendance in Virtual Learning

With the nature of virtual learning, there will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning sessions, including scheduled small group sessions. Live sessions will be recorded and will be made available to students and parents if they are unable to attend. On a daily basis for student attendance, we will be assuming positive attendance for each student. If a student is not present for a live lesson and/or does not engage with assignments on Seesaw throughout the day, the student will be marked absent. Staff will maintain communication to follow up on items that may have been missed during the absence.

If a student is unable to participate in virtual learning for the day, please contact the office at 630-301-5002 to report their absence.

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Freeman School Staff Picture 2020