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November/December Principal's News Letter
November/December Principal's News Letter
Heather Miya
Wednesday, November 18, 2020


  • Create an Optimal Learning Environment
  • A shared family space so that you are accessible to check-in, monitor                               progress, and assist/support.  
  • A Quiet-Study/Learning Zone: Family agreement that the space is a                                    “learning” space and learning expectations apply (non-distracting from                                   peers, outside noise, avoid a child’s bedroom, etc.) 
  • Have resources/materials accessible (i.e. markers, paper, rulers, etc.)                                          for your child to be successful with their activities. Plan ahead and review                                     due dates to have materials ready.  
  • Proper desk/table and ergonomic seating that allows your child(ren) to                                                be comfortable when learning.
  • Begin/End each day with a check-in
  • Start and finish each day with a simple check-in with your child(ren)
  • Look at grade level assignment calendars together to review anything                                           that is due.
  • Check in with their virtual learning platforms to find any updates for the                                            day. 
  • Review if any of their teachers have office hours that day and write                                           questions down together that may need to be answered. 
  • Finally have a discussion and ask 
    • What are you learning today? 
    • What are the learning goals? 
    • How will you spend your time? (consider setting a schedule that                                       can be easily followed by your children)
    • What resources do you require? 
    • How can I help?
  • Submit the daily attendance Google Form. Please note: This brief                                           conversation matters. It allows children to process the instructions                                                they’ve received from their teachers. It helps them organize and set                                             priorities. Parents should establish these check-ins at regular times each                                             day and possibly even write down a schedule for the day with further                        check-in times.
  • Routines and Expectations for Learning at Home
  • Set regular hours for learning. If possible, align these hours with the                                                                     hours that your children are most attentive. These may be different for                                                                 different children, respective of age and workload.
  • Write down a schedule for each child (or if appropriate, have your child                                                                  create a schedule) with built-in breaks for snacks, outdoor movement/                                                                exercise and playtime. Check off items as completed -- children love the                                                                                                                       sense of accomplishment! Younger children might also be motivated by                                                                        short goals, i.e. “complete two activities from your teacher and then we’ll                                                                                       play a family game.”
  • Just as cellphones are kept in backpacks at school, you might also keep                                                                                                    cellphones away at home until assignments are completed (or use as a                                                                                                                            social break after a certain number of assignments are completed).
  • Maintain regular sleep routines and wake times.
  • Establish “Think Time”
  • One challenge for families with multiple children will be how to manage                                                 all of their children’s needs. There may be times when siblings need to                                                   work in different rooms to avoid distraction. Headphones can be a great                                                   opportunity for learners to focus and avoid distraction. Depending on the                                                devices available in your home, you may also need to stagger the online                                                                       work time for each child.
  • Encourage Exercise
  • Make sure your children remember to move and exercise. 
  • Plan regular opportunities to get up and move around 
  • Go outside and play and/or encourage your child(ren) to do something                                                                  helpful around the house 
  • Support their Learning Socially
  • Distance learning opportunities may include collaborative group                                                       assignments/projects. Monitor these for/with your child(ren) as online                                                                          social interaction will enhance the experience for your child(ren). 
  • If the teacher offers an “office hour” try to join in, as this can be an                                                                 opportunity for peer-to-peer feedback, group discussions, sharing ideas,                                                                                            etc. 
  • In addition to the “check-ins,” regularly engage with your child(ren)                                                                                                           about what they’re learning throughout the day. Completing lessons                                                                       with your child is one way this can be accomplished. 
  • Maintain Social Opportunities for your Children
  • If available, plan times your child(ren) can interact with others (same                                                               compound, family members, club/activity, etc.) 
  • Monitor your children’s social media use, especially during an extended                                                                          campus closure. Older students will rely more on social media to                                                            communicate with friends. Social media apps such as TikTok,                                                              Instagram, WhatsApp, or Facebook are not official, school-sanctioned                                                              channels of communication. 
  • Responsible Use of Technology

When completing work online, joining video calls and/or participating in virtual                                                           discussions, students should be sure to:

  • Use respectful behavior and language.  
  • Stick to appropriate topic discussions. 
  • Send only appropriate video transmissions.  
  • Use only appropriate icon, emoji, and avatar submissions.
  • Wear school appropriate clothing if attending meetings via video.
  • Be honest and use academic integrity by not plagiarizing or copying                                                                    others’ work
  • Not falsify information about oneself or impersonate others online.
  • Create a Support Network 

Everyone is encouraged to ask themselves:

  • Who in the neighborhood might be able to look after several familys’                                                                        children?
  • How can a neighborhood or friendship group use a rotation schedule to                                                                                                          provide supervision for students?
  • Who in the neighborhood is really "tech savvy" and willing to help teach                                                                                       others how to use the online tools that are available to                                                           students?
  • How might older siblings and students be able to support the learning of                                                                                       younger children?
  • In what ways can neighbors and friendship groups share technology                                                               tools?

Family Resources

9 TIPS FOR DISTANCE LEARNING IN YOUR HOME

From California department of Education (https://district.mpcsd.org/Page/2432)

 

  • The California Department of Education provides video modules in both English and Spanish on parent engagement: Using Positive Discipline to Be a More Effective Parent. Families receive background information, implementation strategies, and practical examples of using positive discipline to be a more effective parent; reflect upon how this material applies to their daily lives; practice new strategies; and make a plan for applying new strategies. Check it out! Link:  https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/me/mt/pem-module2.asp

 

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