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    April 28 Letter to Families
    Posted on 04/29/2020

    April 28, 2020
    Hello Leschi families,

    One Kindergarten/First grade teacher shared something profound: “I am reminded during this time of how important it is to set up systems, structure, and boundaries in September to help students feel safe and successful. And thinking of this time as “September” for the parents—they are our students and setting boundaries will help them feel contained and safe too!” We have heard that parents are children’s first teachers. Please keep this statement in mind as you are creating
    learning spaces and times for your children.

    I am so proud of our Leschi staff. They have truly done an amazing job transitioning from the brick and mortar Seattle Public Schools is committed to providing meal service to students during this pandemic. As of Monday, April 27, Seattle Public Schools traditional schooling to the mix of re-mote and check in connect system. One added resource is will provide student sack meals on many bus routes. Please refer to our online maps and schedules below to determine the timing of the route and the bus route closest to your family. https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/student_meals_bus_delivery

    This week I really wanted to share and celebrate the work that you are doing as parents. We understand this is a heavy lift and sometimes you may need support. I met with our K/1, 2/3 and 4/5 grade level team last week and each team developed FAQ for the Learning Opportunities that I have attached and will post on our School website. Included are the various on-line platforms, contact information and best ways to communicate and other information to help you navigate. This method of instruction delivery is unprecedented, and we are still receiving guidance as design and share information. The Office of Superintendent and Public Instruction (OSPI) has provided us with some guidelines for how long kids
    should be engaging in learning each day.

    Grade Level
    Recommended minutes
    Pre-K K-1 2-3 4-5 6-8 9-12
    30 min 45 min 60 min 90 min
    20 min per subject (2.5 hrs.)
    30 min per class (3 hrs.)
      
    Our Leschi staff are attempting to provide families with an assortment of options for daily learning engagement that includes, every component of their day if they were still in school- Pre Covid 19. Our ELL and Special Education staff along with our interventionist all working in collaboration together to support this effort. The support team and their efforts have continued throughout this pandemic as well. Resources for families in need have been a team mission, combining efforts from our PTA, parents, teachers, community members and the support staff lead by our Family Support worker Mr. Donaldson, and supported by Mr. Pie, Ms. Reese and Mr. Gladney.

    Upcoming- Online School Community Meeting Thursday, April 30 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Please contact bensonwilder@gmail.com for the Zoom information. Looking forward to seeing you virtually.
    Please take the time to review the information for each grade level and reach out to your child’s teacher you have any questions or concerns. We are here for you and together we can and will get through this. 

    Yours in service,
    Lisa L. Moland- Principal

     

    K/1 Opportunity for Learning

    Greetings K/1 Families!

    We hope this message finds you well. As we are in uncertain times, we’d like to stay in touch with activities and ideas to try with your child. These lessons are focused on learning through fun and engagement, as many children are experiencing stress and anxiety right now.

    We encourage you to take things slowly. Each week our team is creating and providing suggested areas of learning in multiple areas of focus: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Our PCP teachers also support our scholars with ideas for engaging in art, music and physical activity. Use the weekly guide of suggested activities as you see fit.

    Leschi K/1 Team Contact information: the preferred way to contact your child’s teacher is through email. We will respond to you with 24 hours.
    Chin/Woods: dmwoods@seattleschools.org / vachin@seattleschools.org
    Blackwell/Bolster: srbrooks@seattleschools.org / labolster@seattleschools.org

    Valdez/RT: aarogerstay@seattleschools.org / rmvaldez@seattleschools.org

    Accommodations /Add Ons: If your child receives services from either of the following departments, these teams will be reaching out to provide opportunities for connection as well.

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    ELL teacher Ms. Tsutsumi ACCESS teacher Ms. Luiten Resource teacher

    ketsutsumi@seattleschools.org gmluiten@seattleschools.org ldboyer@seattleschools.org

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    Collaboration and Differentiation:
    If your child has Special Education or English Language learning needs, you will see some different ways to engage with them included in the suggested lessons as well.

    We are doing our best to reach all families. I will be helpful to us if you know a family who is not receiving work, or needs a hard copy of an assignment, to please reach out to your homeroom teacher and notify them.

    Our team appreciates your efforts in continuing to engage your child in learning opportunities and we are here to support you along the way.

    This is a current schedule. We will keep you informed of any significant changes.

    Take care & thank you!

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    K/1 Leschi Distance Learning Opportunities FAQs
    Where can I find my schoology login? All schoology login information was sent to families 4/1. Please check

    your dojo messages or your email for your student login.

    I can’t log in to schoology. Use your student username and password to log in. Student usernames need to be typed as an email. If my username is arodgerstay, it would be arodgerstay@seattleschools.org. Check the video link if you need help. https://youtu.be/rKvx9cZEMuU

    Where can I find student work?Student work is posted weekly, on Monday, on our class dojo stories, in our schoology course and also sent out through the PTA listserv.

    What are district expectations for learning? For elementary students, the district has asked teachers to provide a total of 4 learning activities a week. 1 math, 1 literacy, and 2 lessons in other areas (social emotional, art, science, etc.). The K/1 team is sending out 23-31 learning activities a week in our weekly packets.

    What kind of work will I get for my student? K/1 students will receive a weekly packet with translations (Somali, Spanish & English), work from their PCP teachers (PE, Art, Tech) and core content activities.

    I heard another (school, teacher, grade level) is doing something else/more? Why aren’t you? According to the SPS guidelines, the K/1 team has met and exceeded the expectations via our weekly lesson plans that include 23-30 differing activities. The content we are offering is based on our expertise of developmentally appropriate learning activities for this age.

    How long should my student spend working each day? Distance learning is different than learning in a classroom at schoolstudents will not be spending 6.5 uninterrupted hours working at home. OSPI

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    “To access Schoology from the district homepage, click on

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    "students" from the menu bar at the top and select "student portal" to log in."

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    recommends K/1 students should spend about 30-45 minutes on academic work a day. A structure is below:

    • 20 minutes academic work time (work from our weekly packet, reading, etc.)

    • 1-hour creative time (playing, cooking, art)

    • 30 minutes academic work time (work from our weekly packet, reading, writing letters, etc.)

    • 1-hour creative time (imaginative play, helping with chores, art) 

    suggested

    Can you give me additional/more advanced work? Again, we strongly suggest that you do not spend more than 3 hours on structured school time a day (and remember anything can be a learning activity!).

    If you still want extra work some places to check for resources are:

    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/learnin g_resources
    www.khanacademy.org
    www.headsprout.com

    www.pbskids.com https://www.spl.org/ www.starfall.com www.abcya.com

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    K/1 Leschi Distance Learning Opportunities FAQ – continued

    When will I hear from my teachers? Teachers will communicate 2x per week. This may include work packets, email, dojo message, text, brief phone call, post card, etc. We make every effort to respond to messages within 24-48 hours (with the exception of weekends and holidays).

    I haven’t received my computer. Computers are slowly being distributed across the whole district in rounds. The district decided that high school, middle school and upper elementary students were given priority first. The initial distribution round is underway, and you will be contacted when your computer will be distributed, and it will be delivered 2-3 weeks from when you are contacted.

    I don’t know how to get started with my computer who should I contact. Seattle Public Schools will not be able to provide tech support for these computers, but they will come with an information packet to get you started! We may have more information for tech support. Please stay tuned.

    I noticed when my student logs in to head sprout there is now an icon for RAZ-Plus, why? We now have access to RAZ-plus! Students can read just right books on this site. The login information is the same as their head sprout login.

    How do I log on to head sprout? Click on the link: https://www.kidsa- z.com/main/Login?_ga=2.240340739.1606826673.1587401448-1235795061.1587401448 teacher usernames are:

    Valdez/RT: rvaldez28 or arodgerstaylor. Chin/Woods: dwoods28 or vchin0 Blackwell/Bolster: sblackwell8 or lbolster1

    Where can I pick up student meals? Meals are available at 26 school locations Monday-Friday from 11 am -1 pm for pick up. Use the link below to find the location closest to
    you. 
    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources/st udent_meals

    I need other resources where should I go? SPS has collected resources for the school closure
    here: 
    https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/coronavirus_update/resources

    What does my child need to turn in for grading? The district guidelines require all elementary level learning remain optional and ungraded at this time.

    Thank you- please reach out if you have any questions.

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    2/3 Team Distance Learning Opportunities

    Weekly Learning Opportunities:
    We know that each family’s schedule looks different and needs flexibility for when you access learning opportunities. Your efforts in supporting your children during this time are appreciatedThe 2/3 team are posting assignments by Monday so that you can work on these at your own pace throughout the week. For example, some families may choose to work on learning opportunities at night or on the weekends while others may do a bit each day Monday through Friday. At the end of the week we’d love to hear a reflection of what you worked on and learned.

    We are in collaboration together to ensure lessons have differentiated components that support all learners. In addition, there are PCP learning opportunities, including Art, Music, Technology, and P.E., uploaded to the online classroom platforms. Remember to

    engage in mindfulness activities as well. More information to come.

    Office Hours: Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns

    This is a time when students and/or families can join an online meeting to ask questions and get help.

    Snyder: Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm
    Brandon: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm Deuel/Satterfield: Tuesdays 2pm-3pm and Fridays 10am-11am Garcia/Savage:

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    Class Meetings:

    This is a virtual class meeting to build community where you can share and do an activity with peers.

    Brandon/Snyder: Wednesdays at 11:00am-11:30am and 11:30am-12:00pm Deuel/Satterfield: Wednesdays 10:00-10:30am and 2:00-2:30pm Garcia/Savage: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00pm

    Small and Large Group Learning Meetings:

    These meetings have academic content and learning opportunities as well as community building.

    Garcia/Savage: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 1:00pm Deuel: Thursdays 9:00-10:00am
    Satterfield: Thursdays 2:00pm-3:00pm

    Distance Learning and Communication Platforms: Brandon/Snyder: Google Classroom & Remind Garcia/Savage: Class Dojo
    Deuel/Satterfield: SeeSaw & Remind

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    Our team is attempting to provide choice and differentiated learning strategies and tools. And if your child receives

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    reading support, ELL or IEP services, you will be contacted by each of those departments.

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    Deuel Satterfield Garcia Savage Brandon Snyder

    tjdeuel@seattleschools.org trsatterfiel@seattleschools.org awgarcia@seattleschools.org basavage@seattleschools.org

    kkjenkins@seattleschools.org kusnyder@seattleschools.org

    Tuesday and Thursday Math office hours @ 11am via zoom hosted by Savage. M, W, F M office hours @

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    1 pm via zoom hosted by Garcia

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    This is a current schedule. We will keep you informed of any significant changes. Thank you -

    4/5 Team Distance Learning Opportunities

    Weekly Learning Opportunities:

    The 4/5 grade level team appreciates the support and attention you are providing to you child during this remote leaning time. Our team is collectively posting weekly videos and learning activities to GoogleClassroom in the following subject areas: Math, Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, SEL, PCP/EIM, and Early Finisher extra work. These will be posted each Monday at 8am. It is recommended that the assignments are completed by the end of the week. However, we understand that there may be circumstances where adjusts need to be made by you as the parent. Our goal is to ensure the health and safety of our scholars and families along with providing learning opportunities throughout the week.

    Class Meetings:
    Both teacher teams are having class meetings on Tuesday mornings. We will send out invitations prior

    to the meetings on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, we just finished our second week of 15-30-minute weekly 1:1 conference for differentiated and individualized academic and SEL check-ins, including sending reminders day of conferences.

    Collaboration efforts: The lessons and learning activities that we are creating are completed with intentionality to culturally responsive teaching. Our scholars are a diverse and culturally rich group. You will find lessons from the PCP teachers embed into a document and posted to GoogleClassroom. Our lesson platform includes suggested differentiation such as reading strategies and math strategies. If your child receives either Reading or Math intervention support, ELL or IEP services, you will be contacted by each of those departments.

    Contact Information :

    Family communication: We are requesting questions and communication come through email. We will make every effort to respond to family emails within two business days. Students can communicate with us throughout the day on GoogleClassroom, email, dojo, class meeting, and 1:1 conference. For a few of our scholars who are waiting for technology- we have provided a phone number for contact.

    Lologo Bomani Koyama Partridge

    lslologo@seattleschools.org jabomani@seattleschools.org eakoyama@seattleschools.org egpartridge@seattleschools.org

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    This is our current schedule and if there are any changes, we will inform you as soon as possible. Our scholars are resilient, and we know that with continued routine, regular check-ins and focus on self- care we will get through this together. Thank you-