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 Message from the Principal 

Online Remote Learning Link

March 18, 2020






Good afternoon Welchester Families,

As I write this, it's hard to imagine what the next 2 weeks will look like.  I am thinking about what it looks like for our student's learning, school community as well as my own home & family.

Over the next few days, please be patient.  This is very new and we have had 2 days to prepare.  As we work to plan for learning and connection to continue remotely, I need you to ensure students have the time set aside and environment to do so.

We understand that our school is an important part of the community and if any of our students or families are in need of support or a resource, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Most teachers sent home work to be completed on paper, including books as well as online options which our students are used to using Seesaw or Google classroom. In researching ways to be successful transitioning to this model, I found:

Create a Family Plan for Success. Students work well with, and are used to, routines, so keep them going at home. It is very likely that your child’s teacher will assign a list of lessons or activities with due dates, as well as some time for real-time online experiences. Take time to plan ahead with your student and discuss expectations for completing schoolwork and attending classes at home. Beyond helping your student, a schedule will help you manage the whole family including anyone who is working or learning at home.

  • Ensure you know the expectations that your student’s teacher (or school) has for completing their schoolwork from home and how teachers can be reached (phone, email, class website).
  • Prepare a schedule of what needs to be completed each day/week (older students can assist or create the schedule themselves). Remember that part of effective scheduling is building breaks into the day and not trying to put too much learning into one block. A general rule of thumb is 30 to 50 minutes of learning and then a break. Breaks may need to be more frequent for younger students.
  • Preview lessons and assignments with your student; ensure understanding of what needs to be done by asking the student to describe the assignment to you.
  • Review and reflect on the day. Cap the day with some time to ask students to show you what they worked on and ask them a few questions about what they learned.
  • Don’t miss live lessons. Ensure that your student attends any live, synchronous online classes or collaborative activities that the teacher schedules. These are important opportunities for learning and collaborating with their peers.
  • And if you are working from home, make sure your child knows when you are available and unavailable to help them. You’re in this experience together and clear expectations will help both you and your child.

Ultimately, create a routine that will work for your family.  During the week, continue to have a consistent bedtime, screen time and time for learning.  If it is a free for all, no learning will be able to take place when we return.

If you still need to check out a device or pick up student's things, the school will be available from 7:45 AM-12:00 PM Monday. You can fill out a check out form at school or online here.

Attendance will be taken daily starting Tuesday. Students are expected to login to either Seesaw (K/1) and Google Classroom (2-5) by 9:00 am.

  • Teachers will be sending out individual learning plans to families by 12:00 PM Monday.  

  • School Social Worker and Social Emotional Learning Specialist will be available 9-12 and 1-3:00 Tuesday- Friday.Please email either Annette Boatright Annette.Boatright@jeffco.k12.co.us or Dylan Duran Dylan.Duran@jeffco.k12.co.us to connect, problem solve or if a student needs support.  

  • All students will be supplied a ChromeBook if requested and if parent form signed 

  • Contact the office and leave any messages with questions and attendance.  It will be check throughout the day as no staff will be onsite other than facilities staff. Feel free to also email Bethany Robinson at Bethany.Robinson@jeffco.k12.co.us

  • Electronic Assignments due by midnight.

March 17th- March 20th 

 

Time of Day

Teacher & Student Schedule

9:00-12:00

Please check your email for specific instructions for the day.In the folder sent home or email, there is a schedule of assignments to be completed each day.

Instruction time: Teachers available through email.Students work on assignments

12:00-1:00 pm

Lunch & Teacher Planning

1:00-2:30

Instruction time: Teachers available through email.

Students work on assignments

By 1pm

Teachers take attendance in Campus.Your child’s attendance will be taken each morning through a short Seesaw or Google classroom response.

  • If these above hours do not work for your family during this change in learning environment due to work or other reasons, please email your child’s teacher.

Additional FAQ: 

  • When are my child’s assignments due?  Paper assignments will be due upon return.  Seesaw and Google assignments can be submitted daily.
  • Teachers will take daily attendance. You will email your teacher or call attendance line if your child is sick and cannot engage in online learning.   
  • What if my child sees a teacher other than their classroom teacher?  All art, music, pe, and special ed teachers have coordinated with classroom teachers to provide activities for students.
  • What if I need to talk to the office staff?  The fastest response will be through email. Please contact your child’s teacher, Mrs. Robinson @ Bethany.Robinson@jeffco.k12.co.us, Mrs. Tarpley @ Jennine.Tarpley@jeffco.k12.co.us,

Most importantly, please remember that we will work hard to create the most available and accessible virtual/remote curriculum for your students. If anything is unclear for your student, please contact your child's teacher as the need arises. We will be available for the entirety of each work day. Let’s work to be patient and kind to one another in this new learning scenario.

Please be sure to check out our websiteFacebook  or follow me on Twitter @PrincipalRobin2 for resources and other information.

Let's stay connected and support each other!

Best,

Bethany Robinson

Bethany Robinson
Principal 
Welchester Elementary
(303)982-6041 VM
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