June 12, 2020
Dear Forest View Families,
Wow! This sure has been an interesting year. I can’t believe we are already at the end and that we are ending without kids in the classroom. I sure hope that next year we can be back in the building! This group of students was so incredible and I’m so sad that my time with them was cut short.
Next week we will not be doing any new learning. We will have some great opportunities for the kids to have fun. We will have daily virtual field trips. Some of the field trip options will be a visit Walt Disney World, visit kangaroos on the beach, take a hot air balloon ride, visit the San Diego Zoo, hike the Grand Canyon, go to Universal Studios and so many more. Students will also have the opportunity to create a memory book, write a letter to a future third grader and write a letter to their 4th grade teacher. We will also have a Virtual Classroom Yearbook where each student can write a short message to each of their classmates.
We will have 3 class Zoom’s next week. All Zoom’s will take place at 9:15. Monday, we will show off our bridges and discuss the process we used to build them. Also, on our Monday zoom, Mrs. Beane, our new principal will be dropping in to say hi and introduce herself. Tuesday, we will have a regular class chat share contact information for summer. Mrs. Finlinson will also be dropping in to quickly talk about the Summer Reading Challenge. Please let me know, in advance, if you do not want your child to share any personal information. Wednesday, we will have a grade level chat. All four 3rd grade teachers and their students will be invited so kids have an opportunity to see friends from other classes.
Thursday, June 18th will be the final parent pickup opportunity at our school. This is a time that you can pick up any materials left at school, drop off library books, classroom books, whiteboards and technology (if you are not needing it for the summer). More information will be coming soon from Mr. Larama discussing how this will work.
We can’t wait to see everyone next week. I hope you all have an amazing summer!
Ms. Mary Bjorneby, NBCT - 3rd Grade
June 5, 2020
Dear Forest View Families,
During this past week there have been so many unsettling emotions over the violence and protesting happening throughout our country and in our own backyard. Please know that I dearly care and love each and every one of my students, celebrate our diversity and embrace all for what you bring that enriches my life so much. Helping students and ourselves to understand this tragedy and all that has ensued has been an added struggle to an already stressful time. Thank you! Thank you for being there for your student and letting me have a small part in their growth.
Time is going so fast now, and I just wish it would slow down. You and your student constantly amaze me with your continued efforts to stay engaged in our distance learning and assuring that assigned tasks are being completed plus completing at least one diagnostic if not both! Your efforts and support mean so much to me and it helps to make my day go smoother.
Just as with this week, next week our focus is to complete both the reading and the math diagnostic. Because of this you will see that the learning calendar again has only one new lesson a day (2 new math and 2 new reading) plus there are some optional tasks for those students that want to do a little more but are not required tasks. Also, our class knows that if most of them complete both diagnostics then on Monday, June 15, I will reveal a new bright hair color!
The learning targets being taught this week are:
- Math: problem solving involving more than one step and/or operations (adding; subtraction; multiplication, division) and solving for the unknown variable. These continue to be review word problem skills taught this past year.
- Reading: The skill of asking questions while reading to increase reading comprehension and being able to make an inference from what is read on how to answer questions we have. This is also a skill that was taught and practiced throughout this past year but always good to review and practice to increase their ability to ask and answer questions from the text read.
- Science: This is the final week of our engineering unit on bridges. Looking forward to seeing the various types of bridges your student designs and builds. Each student has a google slide to add a photo to plus write a brief write up about how they designed their bridge, their materials and changes they might have made to ensure that their bridge was sturdy, strong and stable. During a class meeting the last week of school we will do a slide presentation and each student can talk about their bridge.
There will be further information provided about turning in any library books or classroom books the last week of school on June 18th. Also, if you were not able to pick up your child’s personal items previously, they can be picked up that day also.
As always, thank you for being the supportive and caring parents that you are. Because of you my ability to teach and grow as a teacher happens each day.
With warm regards,
Ms. Mary Bjorneby – NBCT
3rd Grade – Forest View Elementary
May 30, 2020
Dear Forest View Families,
I can’t believe that May is already coming to an end. It was so good to see so many of you when you came to pick up your child's belongings this week. If you were not able to pick them up this week, we will have one more date in June. There are a lot of changes in store next week as we begin to wrap up our school year.
Next week we will begin the i-Ready reading diagnostic. The information that we get from the diagnostic will be very important for us as teachers especially since we do not have SBA information this year. This information will be passed on to students fourth grade teachers so they will know exactly where to begin instruction next year. Your student’s current learning path on i-Ready will be changed by this information as well. It is very important that students complete the i-Ready independently and without distractions. It is also very important that the students take their time and really show what they know.
You will notice that the learning calendar will show significantly less assignments next week to accommodate testing. Next week there will be two new math learning lessons and two new reading lessons. The calendar will show one new lesson each day. You will also see one optional task each day for students who want to do a little more. Let me emphasize that their main focus should be on the i-Ready diagnostic and the one new lesson. Friday will be left open to complete the diagnostic so we can begin the math portion on the following Monday. Friday will also have the slides that your student can start adding information about their bridge project (insert a picture and write about their process in designing and building their bridge). The bridge project will NOT be due until 5/15.
In math, we will focus on looking at numbers in a variety of ways. We will be showing different representations for these numbers and writing equations that match our representations. I am attaching the parent letter for this unit plus the pdf worksheet for Wednesday’s task. This could be printed so that your student can do the work on paper and then snap a picture to show me. This is being done because there is the possibility that your student will be more successful doing it on paper. This is our final unit and it is a review from earlier in the year.
In reading, we will focus on character traits. We will primarily focus on the inner traits of our characters and how we know that the character possesses the trait. This is also a review of a standard taught earlier in the year.
Our Zoom schedule will remain the same next week.
Thank you for all your continued support. You are amazing parents and I’m so thankful that I was able to go through this journey with you.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby - 3rd Grade - NBCT
May 22, 2020
Wow! I am so proud of all of the hard work your families are doing to stay engaged in learning from a distance. I am so very honored to be part of your child’s life.
A couple things before we get to next week's learning.
On Tuesday, I went in and packed up all of the student belongings from our classroom. This was such a heartbreaking experience and really brought to light the reality of our current situation. I miss all of your children so much.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday you will be able to come and pick up these belongings from the school and return any unneeded items from our classroom library or school library. You will get an email from the principal with more information about the times and procedures for picking up these items.
For items that you are returning, we are asking for all items to be placed in bags (large ziplock or grocery bags work great) clearly labeled with the return location and your child’s name. For example, if you are returning books or other items that go to our classroom you would label "To Ms. Bjorneby’s Class From (student name)". If you are returning library books you would label "To Library From (student name)". They will then be delivered to the correct location using this information.
We do not need any technology returned at this time. Information will come home at a later date on how technology will be returned.
If you will be moving before the new school year starts and not returning to Forest View please let me know. We are preparing for next year and this will allow us to make better decisions on classroom placements and needs for the upcoming school year. If you will be returning next year, school supply kits are now being sold. The best part is the school supply kits will be delivered directly to your door. I have attached a flyer with instructions on ordering.
There is no school this Friday the 22nd or Monday the 25th.
On to the learning:
This week we had more i-Ready participation. Thank you for encouraging your child to continue their i-Ready learning paths. Remember that we have office hours if your child should need help with any assignments including i-Ready. The recommendation for i-Ready is at least 45 minutes of i-Ready reading and at least 45 minutes of i-Ready math each week.
Next week we will finish our data and graphing unit in math. Students will have the opportunity to ask and answer questions about a variety of types of graphs. In reading, we will focus on the main idea and supporting the main idea with details. Students will strengthen their learning by writing about their learning using the RACE strategy. We will also review cause and effect and adverbs and adjectives. In science, we will continue the engineer and design process of bridge building. Next week’s focus will be deciding on a type of bridge to build and completing the planning part of the process. For our social studies lesson this week students will explore maps and globes.
I will be helping to distribute materials to families next week on Wednesday. Our Zoom schedule will be Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15-10:00 office hours, Chat With The Teacher Friday from 9:15-10:00 class and Friday 1:00 - 2:00 parent chat.
As always, I am so very appreciative of your encouragement and support. If you need anything at all please don’t hesitate to email me.
Warmest wishes and care,
Ms. Mary Bjorneby - 3rd Grade - NBCT
May 15, 2020
Thank you for another great week. It sure is great to be a Forest View Falcon!
This week you should have received a couple of important communications from Superintendent, Dr. Saltzman, and our Principal, Mr. Larama. I wanted to point out a couple of announcements from these communications.
No school Friday the 22nd or Monday the 25th
Summer School is happening online. If you are interested please visit https://www.everettsd.org/summerschool
Personal item pick up will be May 26-27 and again June 12-19. More information will come on how this will look.
i-Ready Spring Diagnostic will begin June 1. All elementary students with access will take both the reading and math. Please visit https://www.everettsd.org/Page/35852 for more information.
Next week in math, we will continue our data unit that we started today. Students usually enjoy the data unit. Next week we will be looking at bar graphs and line plots. We will be learning how to sort provided data and gather information using these graphs.
In reading and writing, we will review the cause and effect. Students will be asked to respond to reading by using the RACE strategy to fully explain their thinking. Please remind your child that all written responses should be a minimum of 3-5 sentences and use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
In science, your child will get to begin the engineering and design process of building their own prototype of one of the types of bridges we have been learning about. Next week will focus on the brainstorming section of the plan. I am attaching a letter to further explain this process. Students will have 3 weeks to complete this project.
In social studies, we will learn about landforms. We will focus on landforms in Washington and students will be able to explore an interactive map of landforms around this beautiful state.
This is our Zoom schedule for next week.
Tuesday 9:15-10:00 Office Hours, this is a time for your child to drop in and get help with a classroom task assigned to them
Thursday 9:15-10:00 Class chat, this is just for fun. This is a time when students can talk to their friends and just get that social/emotional support that we all crave.
One other thing is that I am noticing that not all children are watching the teaching videos with the different tasks. Please help to encourage your child to listen because it will better enable them to do the assigned task. It is apparent to me when the videos are not watched. It is for their benefit, but I know not near a fun as being in the class with me.
I hope you are all safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support. I couldn’t possibly do this without you. If there is anything I can help with please reach out.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby
3rd Grade Teacher, NBCT
May 8, 2020
This has been a very different type of Teacher Appreciation week in that I missed seeing your children's smiling faces, their high 5's, and hugs. I want to thank you from the bottom of my grateful heart for all the thoughtful, kind, and encouraging words I received this week. Also, the many posters made by your children to show me in our class chats. It has been very difficult teaching in these circumstances but your support and stepping into the additional shoes of teacher with me has meant the world to me.
I know that many of you are anxious to return classroom and library books plus pick up your child's supplies. I want to let you know that the district is working hard on a plan to do this in a way that will ensure the safety of all involved. I will let you know as soon as I have a clear answer to when and how this will occur.
The learning engagement has increased this past week and I am so grateful for their determination to keep on learning and for your support in providing times for them to access the materials. I am working hard to make sure that I give feedback on every task in our Google Classroom. You can check that feedback by clicking on the assignment. This is also where I make suggestions on things that need to be corrected. It is very important that the students are checking the feedback and correcting anything recommended. Here, I am asking for your help to ensure this happens. Maybe once a day or every other day you can sit with your child and review the feedback together. If something needs to be corrected or finished your child can do so and then resubmit it to me for review. My goal is to have your child as ready as can be for fourth grade, even in these trying times.
This week we also started recording student engagement in the grade book. We report this as a yes or a no. If your child gets a no there will be comments to explain why. If, for any reason, I see that your child is falling behind I will reach out via phone or email. Over the next couple of weeks I would like to ensure that I speak with each family to check in to verify that your family is doing okay. Remember these calls come from a blocked number per the district guidelines. In addition I will continue to hold parent chats every Friday at 1:00 pm. If you have questions or concerns and that time is not convenient I will gladly work with you to find a better time.
In the weekly learning calendar you will see that time is built into reading and math to ensure that your child completes 40-45 minutes each week in math and reading. i-Ready is a wonderful program that meets the children where they are. This means that the path is tailor-made for your child so they will be working on their specific needs.
Our curriculum focus this week is:
- Math: We are finishing up finding the area of regular and irregular (rectilinear) shapes. Then on Friday we begin our unit on data and graphing. Many of the skills in this unit are a review from second grade and we see that the students feel pretty confident with it.
- Reading: We will be working on becoming word detectives by using context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words. Although this is a difficult concept, students usually enjoy this.
- Writing: The lessons will continue to be connected to the reading assignments with a review on theme and then practice with context clues. We are working hard to develop the skill to have a well-written paragraph using the RACE strategy.
- Science/Social Studies: We will continue reading "Javier Builds a Bridge" to help prepare for our upcoming bridge activity. Be on the lookout next week for more information about this task. In social studies we will be learning about goods and services.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement during this time. I could not have asked for better parents to be on this journey with.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby - 3rd Grade Teacher, NBCT
May 2, 2020
It’s hard to believe but we have made it to May. As an educator May has always been a time that teachers are recognized for the work they put into the classroom every day. This year that looks different and so I want to instead show my appreciation for you. I want to let you know that I truly could not do this work without your support. You have had to take on more than your share of the work of teaching in these past 7 weeks and I am so grateful for each of you. Please know that I see your love and dedication for your children and it pushes me to be a better teacher. I know that thank you is not enough but I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We do not have any changes next week to our weekly schedule. Yay!
Starting with the week of May 4, the district has advised us that we need to report in the grade book whether each of our students are engaged in the learning opportunities being provided. There will not be any grades assigned, but there will be a Yes or No entered on Wednesday each week to reflect those students who are participating to the best they can given our current circumstances and what each family situation allows. As always, I am here to help you with what will help your child to be engaged in learning activities. We are certainly settling into a new "norm" and I am witnessing increased student engagement.
In math, we will be moving on to determining the area of rectangles. This is sometimes a tough concept for kids and we usually use a lot of hands-on teaching during the unit. Remember that I am still here for you and your child. They can message me on the Google classroom, you can email me or they can attend our office hours to get help. You are not in this alone.
In reading, we will be reviewing theme or lesson in a story. This is a difficult concept overall but we have already taught it a couple of times this year so that should help. We are continuing to link our reading and writing assignments next week. In writing, we will continue using the RACE strategy for writing. It is essential that students can write one strong paragraph with evidence in fourth grade. Part of the writing a strong paragraph is using correct conventions (capitalization, punctuation, spelling, grammar, etc.). Starting this week there will be one grammar lesson to help reinforce these conventions.
In science, we will continue to learn about bridges. Soon we will be sending home instructions and a list of needed materials so your child can construct their own bridge. This is such a fun project for the kids that we usually do in the classroom. Social studies this week will focus on money. It is important for children to learn how money supports the economy.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Ms. Mary Bjorneby, 3rd Grade
April 24, 2020
Another incredibly busy week of online learning has completed. So many more students were engaged this week in completing the assignments and I feel like they are getting into a new norm and finding a flow for getting work done. I enjoyed talking with so many of them during our class chats and having fun during our online scavenger hunt. It was fun to have Mrs. Finlinson, Mrs. Sample, Mrs. Russell and Mr. Ryals join us for our chat on Friday. Our specialists all miss your children (but not as much as I miss them!). I enjoyed talking with several parents that dropped in for parent drop-in time.
I have great news! There are very minimal changes happening next week to our daily schedules. Next week we will continue new learning. We will continue new learning three times a week in math, two times a week in reading and we will be adding one review lesson for writing. We have also combined our reading and writing lesson for two of the days next week in hopes of better aligning the learning and meeting the needs of our students.
- Zoom Meetings: class drop in to ask questions and check-in are Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 – 10:00 am. Our Chat With The Teacher is on Friday from 9:15 – 10:00 am. Parent drop-in for questions and check-in is on Friday from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
- Google Classroom Assignments: Okay, I learned something today that will hopefully help your child if they are struggling with how to “turn in” assignments. Once they back out of the task, there is a “view assignment” hyperlink on the listed assignment. Clicking that hyperlink will give them the option to “turn in”. Several are just “sharing” their responses, which I get and review, but will not mark them as done (although I know they did it).
- Phone Calls: I have been doing my best to reach out and talk with each family. There are still some families that I need to reach out to, so if you haven’t received a call, you will! 😊 When I call it will show as a blocked number. I am wanting to check in with each of you and connect to make sure everyone is doing fine.
Thank you again for all your support during this time. I am so blessed to be your child’s teacher. I am amazed by their perseverance to continue learning with all the obstacles in their paths. These children are going to do great things in the world!
With Warm Regards,
Ms. Mary Bjorneby - 3rd Grade NBCT - Early Childhood Generalist
April 17, 2020
Dear Forest View Parents and Families,
Thank you for all your support this week as we rolled out our “new learning” sessions in the Google Classroom. I am so grateful for your support, flexibility and patience that you have shown me during this unprecedented time. It was wonderful to meet with so many of you in our parent zoom meetings last Monday. Naturally, I really enjoy the class chats with your children.
I hope you have all had a chance to look over the district communication that was released earlier this week. I wanted to take a little bit of time to let you know what that communication will mean for our classroom.
We will continue providing a weekly learning calendar for the students. The format will remain the same, but we are making some slight adjustments to best meet the needs of our students as we prepare them for fourth grade as well as meet the guidelines provided by the district. One change you will notice is that we will now have three days of new learning each week in math. We will continue with two days of new learning in reading. In addition to math and reading daily, we will have three days of writing, one day of science, and one day of social studies.
The workload for your child will not increase. We will continue providing assignments that should take approximately one hour each day to complete. This one hour is independent, focused work time from the student, it does not include the lesson time, independent reading time, or i-Ready. We completely understand that some children may take a little less time or a little more time to complete the independent tasks. Please let me know if I can help in any way with this.
On Thursday I sent all of you an invite to be part of your child’s Google Classroom. You have the option to decide the frequency of the notifications you will receive. I will continue providing feedback on all tasks completed and turned in on Google Classroom. You will be able to see the response I provide and possible corrections they might want to do, especially when there is a misunderstanding in how the question was answered. Some of the students are working on assignments but not clicking the turn-in button. I don't always get assignments if they are not turned in, so please remind your child to click the turn-in button, so their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.
The district also continues to recommend i-Ready time. The recommendation is 45 minutes each week for both reading and math. I-Ready is an excellent tool because it is set at your child's current level. I will be monitoring i-Ready daily and will help your child in any way I can when I see they are having difficulty.
The biggest change that will occur is our Zoom sessions. Our school provided us with a schedule that we must follow for all Zoom sessions. Our new Zoom schedule will be Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 9:15-10:00 AM (office hours). This will be a time that any student that needs help with a task can come online and I can help them out. On Friday’s zoom, from 9:15-10:00 AM, it will be our class chat. This will be what we have been doing where the kids just get time to talk to their friends and I in a structured way.
In addition to these Zoom sessions, I will have parent chat on Zoom Friday’s at 1:00 PM. This will be a time just for parents. We will be able to talk about learning and I can assist with any needs you may have. I will also continue sending weekly class updates and reaching out to families that haven’t been able to be in any zoom times. My classroom website is also updated weekly with the latest class updates.
The final thing, if your family needs technology (chrome book or hotspot) for your child to be successful please reach out to our principal or assistant principal as soon as possible so they can make arrangements for your family.
I’m sorry this communication was so long. I am hoping this is the final shift to our schedule and that it will help alleviate some of the stress that all of you must be feeling during this time. As always, I am here to help you in any way possible. Please reach out with any needs or questions you may have.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby
3rd Grade Teacher - NCBT Early Childhood Generalist
April 5, 2020
First and foremost, I want to sincerely thank you. I have received so many kind words over the past week and it is so appreciated. I know this is a very challenging time for everyone and I want you to know that I am here for you and your child. It has been so wonderful seeing the kids on Zoom. I miss seeing their smiling faces more than I can put into words.
One concern that has been brought to me by a couple of parents is the use of Zoom. I want to assure you that we are taking measures to make sure that our Zoom meetings are and remain private. One thing I have done is to make sure that the invites for Zoom are only sent on email. I am not putting Zoom links on my website or on the Google Classroom. I am also making sure that all participants enter through a waiting room. This means that I have to manually let them in one by one. No one is able to get into our meetings without my approval. Class zoom meetings will resume after Spring Break.
Next week is Spring Break. Please use this time to just enjoy your family and not worry about school for a few days. This means I will not be loading any new assignments into Google Classroom for next week. I am also loading a link to a virtual field trip calendar that your family may enjoy taking together. Here is the link. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qpFAQz_QJt0ZTVTixAyuGRjsKGYI23CjlaO9eLBkThE/preview?fbclid=IwAR0zZE8jQsCMyt5tXPMjShpBdw_F05kOUewqXHHQMQ2Us24nU6ShSplzOu0Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families March/April 2020 (Just click on the blue words and then click on the link that appears below the words.) Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 3/23 San Diego Zoo SPRING BREAK FUN 3/24 The Louvre in France - Egyptian Antiquities SPRIN...docs.google.com
We will resume distance learning on April 13th and there will be some changes. The biggest change is that we will be starting some new learning. We will be teaching two new lessons in both math and reading each week. The new learning will be labeled as new learning so the kids can easily find it in the classroom. It will include a video of me teaching a lesson and then a task for the students to complete to show they understand it. We have made a new learning calendar to go with this that I believe will make it a little easier to distinguish between the highly recommended activities and the optional activities. We still will be providing feedback on all turned in assignments. Assignments still will not be graded.
Recently I sent a video on how to help your child navigate through our Google Classroom. It has been brought to my attention that there are times that all learning engagement activities are showing up. In further investigating this, I have noted that when I click on "classwork" that there is a list under each topic i.e. Week of Mar 30-Apr 3, 2020. When not seeing everything that I had loaded I noted that under the topic there was "view more". When clicking on this, all documents downloaded. Please let me know if this helps or if you are still experiencing issues.
As always, thank you so much for sharing your wonderful children with me. I appreciate each and every one of you for your help and grace during this time. If you need anything at all please reach out to me.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby -NBCT Early Childhood Generalist
March 27, 2020
Thank you for helping to make this such a successful first week of online engagement. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. We are looking at these results closely and doing everything we can to enhance your child’s learning opportunities. If you did not have a chance to fill it out yet, it’s okay and it’s not too late. Here is the link https://forms.gle/ZA5K8ed3mEWjgUzd8
One major thing I noticed in the survey that parents would like access to more books. I know this is difficult with libraries and schools being closed. To help your child have access to a wide range of books I have set up an Epic account for our class. To login please go to https://www.getepic.com/sign-in/educator and enter the class code azr8538. I know this does not replace having paper books but I’m hoping it will help. If you prefer paper books you can purchase books at https://shop.scholastic.com/ and they will ship directly to your home during the closure. You will use the class code N8NHW.
Another thing we noticed in the survey is that parents would like more live teacher interaction. We will be starting live Zoom sessions with students next week. Please keep an eye out for invitations for your child to join us. I am using survey data to set times. Our first Zoom session will just be a chat session to check-in and see how everyone is doing and to get used to the application. Navigating Google Classroom can be daunting or confusing. If you are having any difficulties getting in or accessing the links, please let me know. Last weeks learning activities were all linked under “Week of March 23-27, 2020” and the upcoming week will all be linked under “Week of Mar. 30 – Apr. 3, 2020”.
Next week we will keep the same format for many of the learning activities. Your child will still begin the week by looking at the learning calendar and making a plan for their learning. I have added links to specific science lessons on the weekly learning calendar. I will continue to check anything turned in on Google Classroom and provide feedback within 24 hours, many times students will get feedback in less than an hour. I will continue answering questions through email or Google Classroom as well.
After spring break, we will begin some teaching of new content. We will start with fractions. We are still working out exactly what this will look like, but it will be video recordings or lessons that the students can access anytime. There will be assignments linked to these recordings.
I know this is a ton of information. I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate all of you. Please reach out if I can help in any way.
Ms. Mary Bjorneby - NBCT Early Childhood Education
Forest View Elementary
March 20, 2020
I want to take a moment to tell you what to expect starting Monday, March 23rd, but first I want to tell you how grateful I am for you. Thank you so much for sharing your children with me. I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss them all already. This is going to be an incredibly hard six weeks for me to be away from each and every one of them.
On Monday, March 23, you will be able to visit my website to get the most updated information for the week. From there you will link to my Google Classroom where you will find a suggested learning calendar for the week along with some learning opportunities that will help your child stay engaged in learning. Please try not to feel overwhelmed or daunted by all the activities listed. My goal is just to assist you with providing opportunities for your child to still be engaged in their learning.
Once on my Google Classroom I suggest that you start by looking at the learning calendar and deciding if it will fit your child’s learning needs for the week. Then your child can complete the activities in whatever order they prefer. It is up to you if you would like to check their learning or turn it into me for feedback. The district expectation during the school closure is that no grades will be assigned so I will not be grading assignments but will still happily give feedback. There are some online responses that I would love for your child to do as a way for us to stay in contact.
In addition, I will be doing read aloud 3-5 times each week and posting them to our SeeSaw account. Your child can watch these at any time and reply to the prompts. Here they will be able to interact with the other students from the class so we can maintain our school community. I hope your child will want to engage in our read aloud. We will finish reading Stuart Little. I will let you know when the first one is posted. Following the completion of this book, we will then start The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White.
I want to take this opportunity to communicate the district expectations of teacher support during this closure.
The teacher supports include:
--Optional resources for families to use to keep students engaged
--Meaningful activities to reinforce or extend current learning (Per district directive, we will not be introducing a new curriculum, only finishing units we are currently working on, and reviewing previous learning)
--Guidance for families to support engagement
--Online resources for which students have familiarity (i-Ready, AR, Other curriculum-based tools)
The teacher supports do NOT include:
--Replication of classroom instruction
--Assignments that will be collected, assessed, and graded
--Monitoring student access to online tools and resources
Teachers will be available to respond within 24 hours Monday through Friday (except between April 6-10) via e-mail or Google Classroom to answer questions and clarify learning opportunities.
There are a lot of emotions about what is happening in our country/world right now. However, kids are creative, curious, natural learners. We could use this unexpected, school-free time to rediscover the magic of natural learning and reinvigorate authentic connection.
- Read together. Even if your kids are independent readers, read aloud to each other and talk about what you read.
- Play together. Pretend. Build with LEGO, blocks, trains, etc.
- Explore outside. Breathe the fresh air to boost your immune systems. Notice the world around you.
- Have fun in the kitchen. Try a new recipe. Read and measure and count.
- Draw, color, paint. Sing songs, listen to music, play instruments. Play games. Work puzzles. Write and tell stories.
Encourage your child to nurture their obsession with a certain subject and take a deep dive. Give them the time and space they haven't previously had to explore what REALLY interests and excites them.
Please be healthy and safe. I look forward to seeing your amazing children on April 27th.
Third Grade Teacher - NBCT
Forest View Elementary