• Parent School Closure Update- March 27, 2020

    Posted by Erin O'Bryan on 3/27/2020

    Hi Parents!

     

    I am sending a great big hug out to all of you as we head into our third week apart. It is unfortunate, but obviously necessary that our separation will continue until early May, or longer.

     

    I am hoping that you all have had a chance to see the “Question of the Week” student journal responses which I have been copying and pasting into this google spreadsheet.

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5523

    The student responses are so sweet, creative and positive— they all made me feel connected to them and very happy to be their teacher😊.

     

    I am keenly aware that the daunting task of homeschooling your child, long term, has suddenly been thrust upon you all. With that in mind, here are a few links for some stress relief for parents, which we all need in abundance right now:

     

    This is a good New York Times article entitled “Love and Structure will Carry us Through” from their parenting section

    https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-longterm-effects-children?module=ptg-onsite-share&type=link

     

    You might also need to read this article…

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/parenting/parents-need-stress-relief-too.html

     

    Last, you might like this YouTube link for “Medit-ocean” from the Monterey Bay Aquarium (my goto for meditation, lately) 

    https://youtu.be/bc1VLgNBYyM

     

    Also, here is another great source for ebooks:

    https://www.getepic.com/educators

     

    Other work for the week

    As always, teachers will continue to add valuable learning resources to our webpage and ClassLink (with the help of Mrs. Peterson) as we find them.

     

    Going forward please have your child study and take the spelling test for week 24 if you haven’t done so already. Next week, please have your child study the list for week 25 on Spelling City, testing them on Friday on a page in their journals.

     

    Remember to keep practicing handwriting, writing in journals and practicing math skills on ST math and XtraMath.

     

    Stay healthy and strong, everyone!

     

    Sending even more hugs and lots of love to all of my students❣️❣️❣️

    Mrs. O’Bryan

     

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  • Parent School Closure Update - March 20, 2020

    Posted by Erin O'Bryan on 3/20/2020

    Hi Parents!

     

    Thank you all for being so prompt in retrieving your child’s work from Bobcat Hall on Tuesday: Mr. Peterson even texted me a picture of the empty table with the words “4th place! You won the rest of the day off!”

    ...to which I replied “I love my parents!”

    This is true and I miss your students more than you could possibly imagine.

     

    With that in mind please know that we teachers will continue to add valuable learning resources to our webpage and ClassLink (with the help of Mrs. Peterson) as we find them. 

     

    A few of you had mentioned that you were having difficulty getting your child to use ST Math on an Apple product. I hope Kris Carlson (our IT specialist) was able to resolve your issues. Please email me with any technology issues you might be having so I can create a trouble ticket for Kris.

     

    Going forward please have your child study and take the spelling test for week 23 if you haven’t done so already. Next week, please have your child study the list for week 24 on Spelling City, testing them on Friday on a page in their journals.

     

    Remember to keep practicing handwriting, writing in journals and practicing math skills on ST math and XtraMath.

     

    Also, there are plenty of sources out there for e-books:

     

    This one is the direct link to Monterey County Free Libraries (this is already a link on

    ClassLink)

    http://www.emcfl.org/

     

    Here is a really good website where you can search for free e-stories by reading level and grade:

    http://www.magickeys.com/books/coyote/index.html

     

    This is a list of the 16 best websites for children’s ebooks:

    https://www.tckpublishing.com/free-ebooks-for-kids/

     

    I don’t yet know if this is even possible, but I hope to eventually get some sort of video chat going for room 20 students—it would be great for the children to see each other, somehow, if only on a screen.

     

    Last, here is a parent link to GoNoodle Good Energy which is full of fun activities devoted to having fun by getting moving:

    https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/

     

    I hope you all are staying healthy and adjusting as well as can be expected under these stressful circumstances.

     

    At times like these, it’s great to be part of this loving, caring community.

     

    Sending lots of love to all of my students❣️❣️❣️

    Mrs. O’Bryan

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