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Tech Troubles!

Well, it looks like the best laid plans do oft go awry!  I am thinking Freshgrade may be feeling slightly overwhelmed and overworked this morning.  I am struggling to get on there, and my internet connection keeps kicking me off.

I am working on uploading the video tutorials onto my youtube channel in addition to freshgrade in hopes that this alternative may work better for some of you.

Thank you for your patience.  If all else fails right now, read to your kiddos and get outside and enjoy the sunshine 🙂

 

UPDATE:  I just received a response from Freshgrade and due to the overwhelming demand they are feeling this morning, they are experiencing load issues.  They hope to resolve those quickly.  (I hope so too!)

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Morning Meetings!

Kindies!!!!  I will be posting Morning Meeting videos each morning where I will be doing our calendar routine and saying hello to you!  I will do my best to post these on Freshgrade each morning by 9 am.  I hope you enjoy starting your day with our familiar Morning Meeting Routine.  I am looking forward to it- I just wish you all could be here to do it with me!

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Welcome to Kindie- Quarantine Edition :)

Hi Parents,

As we look at starting Kindie at home I just wanted to give you some information to help you navigate the activities I have posted on Freshgrade for your child to do.  Before I explain anything further I want to assure you that your child’s safety and mental health are of utmost importance.  If you need to make a choice between snuggling your kiddo and reassuring them that they are loved, or doing a math activity, snuggling is definitely higher priority right now.  Our children are resilient but they are also very perceptive to our stress and our feelings.  Just do what you can and don’t worry about the rest.  And breathe- you’ve got this, and I am here to help in any way I can.  I am always available by email and will have opportunities for you to connect with me throughout the week (more on that later).

Some questions that have probably been rolling around in your brain and some answers that hopefully help you breathe a little easier:

Q: “How much should I be doing with my child each day?”

A: I have put all the of the activities for the week on Freshgrade.  It is up to you to decide what you do each day and when in the day you do them.  I would recommend trying to set up some sort of schedule that you can stick to in order to help facilitate a sense of normalcy for your child.  Ideally, you will be reading with your child each day (perhaps at bedtime) and providing them with an opportunity to be physically active each day as well (go play in the backyard, go for a walk or bike ride, do GoNoodle at home etc).  In addition to reading and physical activity, I have planned that you should be able to do 3 other activities a day (ideally, a Language Arts activity, a Math activity and then a Science/ Social Studies activity or Art activity).  I have also added some “other” activities if you are looking for some additional things for your child to do (Bible stories, scavenger hunts etc).  You can choose to do these, or leave them entirely.  It’s up to you.  

Q: “How much time should this be taking each day?”

A: It definitely depends.  On average, I would estimate 1.5 hours.  That being said, you may have a child who really wants to read and spends a lot of time reading on Raz Kids.  You might also have a child who really enjoys Counting Collections and wants to count as many collections as he has at home.  That’s great!  A lot of these activities are designed to be done more than once.  If they want to do spend more time on something, and that works for you, that’s great!  

Q: “How do I let you (the teacher) know when we have completed an activity?”

A:  At the bottom of each activity there is a place for you to upload or comment.  This is the best place for you to put your child’s work.  You can simply take a photo of your child’s work and upload it right there, or add a video of your child doing the activity.  If no photo or video is needed you may simply choose to write a comment in that place.  If you aren’t sure how to do that, we can go over that.

Q: “I am not sure how to do one of the activities with my child.  What should I do?”

A:  If you have a question about an activity you can email me directly any time and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  You could also type your question into the comment section at the bottom of the activity and I will answer you as soon as I can.  Alternatively, you can jump on google meet and ask away.  I am planning to be available on Mondays from 10-11 am each week and Wednesday from 1-2 pm (with the exception of holiday Mondays) for any questions that you might have.  Please note, this is a time for parents to ask questions, not for students to come on and show me things (we will save that for our weekly meetings).

I hope that helps answer some of the questions that you might have right now.  I know there is so much to think about and wrap our minds around now.  Hang in there!  We’ve got this!

 

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Thank you for your patience

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for your patience this afternoon with the Google Meet technical difficulties.  I was so thankful to have Mr Hancock join us and try to help me navigate that situation even though the solution ended up being to hang up and try again!

If you didn’t get a chance to join us today and would like to try things out before your scheduled appointment please let me know and we can try to figure out an alternative day and time to test the system.

It really was great to see all of your smiling faces!  I sure miss you all and can’t wait to see you again!

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Information about Items Sent Home

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School Pick Up

Well, I spent a frantic 4 hours at the school this morning packing up bags of materials for each of your children.  I am planning to do a blog post later this afternoon explaining all that is in the bag.  Please do your best to keep everything in there accessible to you as we will be using the items in there over the next couple of weeks (or more, if that becomes necessary).  You should have received an email from the HRA office about the pick up procedure for these items.

Please note, your child will not be getting ALL of their kindergarten items in this bag.  The art portfolios are still hanging on the wall in the classroom.  My hope is that we will be back to school and able to continue to add to them before the end of the year, but if that does not become reality I will make sure you get those as well.

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First Assignment Posted on Freshgrade

Hi Parents,

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you SO much for working so quickly at adding the Freshgrade Student app to your devices and getting that rolling.

I just want to make sure you can see the assignments when they come and that you can upload responses to the assignments.  The first assignment is really just a test of the system.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  I am excited to start this learning journey with you all.  It will be different, but it will be good!

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IMPORTANT! Freshgrade Student Access Codes Sent

Hi Parents!  It was so nice to talk with most of you yesterday.  I miss you all so much.  I have spent time this morning emailing each of you the access code you will need for your child’s FRESHGRADE STUDENT folder.  It is very important that you download the Freshgrade Student app or access it online (by searching freshgrade classic, selecting Freshgrade Student) and then enter the access code I sent you.

If you could please take a moment to comment in your child’s freshgrade folder and let me know that you have accessed it, that would be fantastic.  I will be posting an easy little activity there in the next day or 2 so you can try uploading a response.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  We are in this together!

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Testing testing!

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A Message from Highroad Academy

Dear Parents and students,

 

Welcome back. Usually, at this time, we would be welcoming you back into our classroom with sunny smiles, laughter and fun tales of holiday exploits filling the air. However, these are not usual times. Recent events have created lots of uncertainty and unknowns in our world.

 

One thing we do know is that God is great and powerful. He is someone who is always faithful. Even during this time, where plans seem uncertain and ever changing, we know He has a plan for us.

 

We have drawn a lot on our faith in God these past few days as we have begun to plan for what your child’s education will look like in the coming days and weeks ahead. Hopefully, this post will begin to provide you with some information on some of the things we are working on, providing you with some comfort and clarity. 

 

We want you to know that:

 

  1. School will continue – Teachers are hard at work preparing materials and activities to students to work on at home. Recognizing that there are many things vying for your attention on the homefront, we are trying hard to not overwhelm you. However, we do not want to just send home busy work but rather activities that are still strongly connected with the BC curriculum. 
  2. Establishing a routine is important – One of the best things for your child is establishing a routine that you can follow as much as possible. Therefore, a suggested daily schedule will be sent home to help with building those all important routines into your day. Children like knowing what is going to happen each day and what the expectations are.   
  3. Connections with your child are important to us – We are thinking and praying for our students. We miss their smiles, their unique personalities and their energy. We have built relationships with your child during this year and want those relationships to continue even at this time. We want your child to know that we are still here thinking of them and knowing that they are still important to us. Throughout the week, we will be contacting you and your child – on a scheduled basis – using a variety of methods (phone, email, and video conferencing).
  4. Technology can be a powerful tool for remote learning but may be difficult – Bringing a number of technology tools to work in delivering content, activities and materials to your child can make for a different kind of dynamic learning experience. However, we recognize that families have differing abilities in accessing technology at home. Over the next few days, you will be contacted and asked to complete a short survey which will help us to determine the needs and capabilities of families in accessing technology. At the Intermediate level, there are plans to send our Chromebooks home with each student so that they have equal access to a tool commonly used at school. 
  5. Students may need items from school – Elementary students use a wide variety of tools to complete work. In order to facilitate learning at home, some of these items will need to be returned to you. The Office and Admin are developing plans to provide families time to collect supplies from classrooms. This will allow you to have access to some common materials including pencil crayons, markers, scissors, rulers, paper, some duotangs, etc. Cognizant of the virulent nature of the Covid-19 virus, we are working on a way for parents to pick these materials up while maintaining the social distancing guidelines put out by Public Health. A schedule will be released by the office of pick-up times for your child.
  6. Primary content and activities will be distributed through your child’s classroom blog. Intermediate students will continue to use Google Classroom to get their materials, activities and content.
  7. There are many things we don’t know yet – We are working hard to answer as many questions as possible as quickly as possible and will strive to keep you updated as soon as we know more information.

 

We want to thank you for your patience during this time. God proclaims, 

 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with you, even in the face of these challenges.  

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