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COVID-19 Update: 3/17/20

Hello Gillispie Families,

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

How are you feeling as parents, and in all of your familial roles–as sons and daughters, as brothers and sisters, as partners? One fun way I’ve heard to stay connected with family near and far is by forming group chats and posting exercise challenges, jokes, funny home videos, or fancy dance moves. (I have always felt that dancing is a fabulous way to release stress…you need to join in, too, to get the greatest laughter benefit.)

In terms of school, teachers are getting ready to “go the distance” with distance learning. The plan for the remainder of this week is to establish virtual classrooms and have a learning system in place that is free of technical bugs by Monday morning. Though assignments are being posted, be sure to note each task’s due date, as teachers are taking care to stagger the workload so as to not overwhelm you or your child. If you need tech support, please refer to the Resource Center on My BackPack for detailed information on how you can troubleshoot issues and receive help from Gillispie.

Please keep in mind that our two main goals are to allow for a bit of normalcy with a school schedule that will be familiar to your children, as well as to connect with one another as part of a community. Here are some ways in which we will be reaching out to  you at home:

Early Childhood: Dr. Smith emailed more details to EC families yesterday.

  • Suggestions for fun, at-home activities and provocations for the children
  • Requests for the sharing of pictures and videos of your children learning and exploring
  • Communication with families through Storypark, email, phone calls, and video chats

Kindergarten and Grade 1: Methods for turning in or sharing work will vary by grade level and may require parent assistance, including your online supervision.

  • Live group video chat interaction
  • Suggestions for fun, at-home activities and provocations for the children
  • Requests for the sharing of pictures and videos of your children learning and exploring
  • Lessons and assignments created in and delivered through Google apps
  • Requests for pictures of completed work to be sent back to teachers via email

 Grade 2 through Grade 6: Starting Monday, expect about 3.5 hours of assigned work/class meetings for your children as per the request of our accrediting body, California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

  • Live group video chat interaction
  • Lessons and assignments created in and delivered through Google Classroom
  • Requests for the turning in of assignments through Google Classroom
  • “Office hours” for real-time individualized help and connection

 At every grade level, there will likely be a combination of lessons created by the teachers and lessons that already exist online. The teachers will work diligently to create or find lessons that are relevant, appropriate, and easily accessible. Considerations will also be made for achieving a balance between screen time and other activities. Many assignments will look similar to the classwork or homework you are used to and may include the following:

  • Completing pages from a workbook or textbook
  • Writing essays, reflections, journal entries
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Reading a common article/story/novel and writing a response or taking part in a discussion (younger students could be read to by parents)
  • Completing an online activity or game
  • Research projects
  • Activities from specialty classes, i.e., exercises from PE, sketchbook work from Art, instrument practice from Music, digital citizenship or typing practice from Media Lit, Quizlet work from Spanish, and at-home design challenges from Science.

We are monitoring the situation as to when we may be able to re-open and will keep you posted. In the meantime, a hug and a kiss from afar. We miss you!

 

Sincerely,

Alison

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