Good Morning St. Patrick Families,
I hope you were able to get out and enjoy the sunshine yesterday. Right now, I take advantage of every second of sunshine I can get!
Important Reminders for Today:
* Virtual Spirit Day #3 - Read with your pet (send your pictures to me at email@example.com)
* You can find the Learning Portal here: Learning Portal
* You can find today's morning message here: April 16
* Virtual Lunch for 5th Grade today at 11:30am (I will send you a private email with a link!)
I hope you have a great day!
St. Patrick School
Good Morning St. Patrick families,
Thank you to everyone who sent in your Spirit Day pictures and Invention pictures and videos yesterday. It's so much fun to see the kids staying connected while we are apart. I know it can be burdensome to add on anything extra, though, so please don't ever feel overwhelmed or as if this is an obligation. Virtual Spirit Week is only for fun....so if it isn't fun for you, please don't feel like you have to do it!
Important Information for This Week:
* Today is Virtual Spirit Day #2: Pajamas Day! Send in your pictures of Virtual Learning in your PJ's. I will post an activity for you to try today at noon!
* You can find the Learning Portal here: www.smore.com/4cj58
* View the Morning Message for Today here: youtu.be/-xzlKcbWtf8
* Thursday - 5th Grade Virtual Lunch at 11:30am. I will email you a private link Thursday morning!
* Friday - 4th Grade Virtual Lunch at 11:30am. I will email you a private link Friday morning.
* You will find PE, Music, Art, and Counseling class resources on the Learning Portal (scroll all the way down). I encourage you to have your child join these classes and try out some of the fun filled activities these teachers have worked hard to put together for you!
Have a great day!
St. Patrick School
Please see the link below for information on our home based learning plan! Remember, do the best you can -- but don't stress. We will get through this together!
**Please come only during your scheduled time to avoid as much confusion as possible.
Abella - Ehrlich 10:00-10:30
Fiest - Hyland 10:30-11:00
Ivanko - Luvaas-Lily 11:00-11:30
Mall - Nelson 11:30-12:00
Nguyen - Pritchard 12:00-12:30
Richards - Tran 12:30-1:00
Vides - Ziegler 1:00-1:30
Directions for Pick-Up
The following methods of communication will begin Sunday night (March 22) at 5:00pm.
I do ask that during this home-bound learning time, when stresses are high and frustrations are bound to happen, you refrain from negative talk about any teachers, class work (or school in general) in person or on social media sites. I can assure you, our teachers are working hard (over their Spring Break) to prepare for this, but teaching in a classroom and teaching “online” are two completely different things. Our teachers are comfortable creating hands-on, engaging lessons in the classroom, and are now trying to figure out how to create those virtually. They are also keeping in mind that parents who are at home will most likely be working and unable to sit at the table helping children with work. Therefore, they are trying to balance keeping students learning and moving forward, without overloading parents and creating any more stress than they already have.
If your child is struggling with something, the teacher will give you ways you can reach out to him/her throughout the day. You can also reach out to me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do what I can to help. We are all in this together and will do what we can to make this work. We ask that you remain positive, understanding, and join us in our efforts to keep students’ minds active by practicing the skills they are used to doing every day in the classroom.
Remember, our children are watching us during this stressful time. They are learning how to respond to challenges by observing how the adults in their lives respond. Let’s teach them to respond with a level head, reason, and compassion for those less fortunate. In the end, if your family is safe and healthy, that’s all that really matters.
St. Patrick School
*** We realize the financial burden many of our families are experiencing right. If your family is in need of food, hygiene items, or baby items, please fill out the form below. I will set up a special pick-up time on Sunday for you to pick up these necessary items. We will get through this together!
St. Patrick Need Request Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfM92GSlghgXUG7gY-u-xQYAmglGOaMJK2SuJESlvD38zQp1Q/viewform?usp=sf_link
Today is the day! Our students are invited to dress up as their favorite book character as we kick off Read Across America Week and our Scholastic Book Fair! We are especially excited to have parents, and one special surprise visitor, come read to our classes today, too. Be watching for a video look inside this special day!
Starting in Kindergarten, St. Patrick Students work one grade level ahead in our Saxon math series. This means, our students are working at an advanced pace from the minute they start school - using hands on, active engagement to enhance their number sense from the beginning. As students move through our program, they have the opportunity to move up at their own pace in math. By middle school, our students have the option to test into Algebra or to receive small group extra instruction at their own personal level. At St. Patrick School, we believe in meeting kids where they are and working to improve their skill level every step oft he way.
Also at St. Patrick, we believe that number sense is the key to lifelong math understanding and ability. We believe that students should be given opportunities daily to experiment with math concepts through a variety of "real life" experiences in and out of the classroom. While practicing math facts at home is a great addition to what students are learning at school, in our younger grades we focus more on creating a true understanding of numbers and how they work in our world.
Be watching in the days ahead of a glimpse inside a math classroom at St. Patrick School, so you can see our "Math Mission" in action!