• 9/18 Update

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/20/2020 10:00:00 AM

    It felt great to have a “regular” week together. We are working on ways to build connections between the two different cohorts of students. This week we worked together on a poster about Cooperation!

     

    Updates:

     

    Responsive Classroom: Each day, students begin with a morning meeting, with the goal being to meet students’ needs for Belonging, Significance and Fun. We greet each other, share ideas (sometimes about school and sometimes not!), play a group activity together and then read the message. This is a crucial time of day for us to work together to build our classroom community, for students to practice social skills, and for academic content to be reviewed or previewed.

     

    In addition to the practice of morning meeting, Responsive Classroom focuses on the importance of students gaining both social/emotional as well as academic skills to support them in school and life. This week, we began reading and learning about the skill of Cooperation and why it is important. Both groups began generating ideas of what it looks like and sounds like to cooperate. 

     

    Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to travel back and forth between home and school each day. Chargers stay at home. Please charge chromebooks at night. If chromebooks are shut down (rather than just closing the top), they will hold the battery longer. 

     

    Headphones:As we use chromebooks more and more at school, there may be times when students can listen to something. Unfortunately, the school is not able to provide a set of headphones for every student. If you have headphones or earbuds for your child, please send them in their backpack, labeled. Please let me know if this is not a possibility for you, and I will do my best to locate some!

     

    Seesaw: If you have not yet connected with your child’s Seesaw account, please do so. Starting next week (Sept 21st), I will be posting student assignments directly in Seesaw. To be consistent with all 1st grade classrooms, I will also continue to email the plans to parents. Although the goal is for students to be independent with this online platform, we know that they are going to need support for a while with it. Here is a video introducing Seesaw from the student view. 

     

    Please know that it is never our goal for students to feel frustration with any school work. If you see your child is reaching this point with anything, please have them stop. You can write a note on the paper packet to me if you'd like, or shoot me an email and I will follow up with them at school. The goal is no tears!

     

    Dismissal: Buses and students walking/riding their bikes are now dismissed first, around 2:35. If you are meeting your child to walk or bike home with them, they will be on the far left side of the building, at the end of the second grade wing. Kindergartners and their siblings will be picked up at the entrance to the school on rte. 128, while all other pick-ups will continue to happen out front.

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Prepare for the Weather: We are getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:30 and 10:00. 

     

    Our Schedule: A paper copy of our schedule was sent home, and it is also posted on our class website. The week of September 21st will be a blue week. 

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack



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  • 9/11 Update

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/16/2020 9:25:00 PM

    What a wonderful start to the year! It has been so rewarding to be with students again, even with all of the new procedures and rules! I hope your children had something positive to share with you at home about our first few days.

    Here are a few updates:

     

    Chromebooks: Chromebooks are to travel back and forth between home and school each day. Chargers stay at home. Please charge chromebooks at night. If chromebooks are shut down (rather than just closing the top), they will hold the battery longer. 

     

    Seesaw: If you have not yet connected with your child’s Seesaw account, please do so. Starting the week of September 21st, I will be posting student assignments directly in Seesaw rather than emailing the plans to parents. Although the goal is for students to be independent with this online platform, we know that they are going to need support for a while with it. Here is a video introducing Seesaw from the student view. 

     

    Dismissal: Buses and students walking/riding their bikes are now dismissed first, around 2:35. If you are meeting your child to walk or bike home with them, they will be on the far left side of the building, at the end of the second grade wing. All parent pick-ups (in cars), will still happen out front with classroom teachers, starting at 2:45.

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast is available and offered to all students each day, free of charge. Please let me know if you do not want your child to eat the school-provided breakfast.

     

    Communication: A majority of our communication will be through email this year. If you have not been receiving emails from me, please let me know so I can add you to our class email list. In an effort to build community across our cohorts, I would like to create a class contact list (emails). If you do not want me to share your email with the other families in class, please let me know. 

     

    Prepare for the Weather: We are getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes - these can stay at school in their bin unless they are used and need to come home to be washed. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:30 and 10:00. Your child should also bring a water bottle (labeled with their name) to school each day.

     

    Our Schedule: A paper copy of our schedule was sent home, and it is also posted on my class website. This first week was a blue week for specials, so next week will be a green week. 

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack



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  • 9/1

    Posted by Stacey Mead on 9/16/2020 9:00:00 PM

    Mrs. Mead’s First Grade Class 

    Email: smead@ewsd.org

    Phone: 878-2584 ext. 2122

    Dear Families,

     

    Welcome to first grade! I am looking forward to an exciting year with all of you - it will certainly be one to remember!

     

    This year things will look different at EES so I wanted to let you know about some important information for the school year.

     

    Arrival: As you know, parents will not be allowed to enter the building during the school day. Students will be dropped off by car or bus and adults will help them walk to the back door of our classroom (Room 24). I will meet them at our back door, take their temperature, and then we will start our day together. 

     

    Dismissal: Dismissal begins at 2:45. Students riding the bus will be walked to their bus by a staff member. I will walk the rest of the class to the front of the building where we will wait for your arrival. There should be more information and a video coming from the school. Please make sure you have filled out your dismissal form from the office. If your child has a change in dismissal plans, please send in a note or call the main office before 2:30.

     

    Communication: A majority of our communication will be through email this year. If you have not been receiving emails from me, please let me know so I can add you to our class email list. In an effort to build community across our cohorts, I would like to create a class contact list (emails). If you do not want me to share your email with the other families in class, please let me know. Your child will also have a Home Folder that will go home each week (Tuesdays-Group A and Fridays-Group B). Your child will bring home notes and schoolwork in the folder. Please be sure to check the folder and send it back to school when your child returns for in-person learning. 

     

    Lunch and Recess: We will be eating lunch in our classrooms from 12:10-12:40. The children will then go out for recess from 12:40-1:10. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather (including appropriate footwear) as we will be getting outside as much as possible (in addition to daily recess). Your child should also have an extra set of clothes in their backpack each day. 

     

    Snack: Please send in a daily healthy snack and drink. This should be packed in a separate bag from your child’s lunch. We will have snack each morning between 9:00 and 9:30. Your child should also bring a water bottle (labeled with their name) to school each day as the water fountains will be turned off in the building. 

    Our Schedule: We will be using a rotating schedule this year so that each child receives unified arts in person. The whole class schedule is included with this letter, and the UA schedule is here:

     

    Cohort A

    Cohort B


    Monday

    PE or Art

    Tuesday

    Music or Learning Center


    Thursday

    PE or Art

    Friday

    Music or Learning Center

     

    Birthdays: Birthdays are a very special time and I am happy to have your child share their special day with our class if they choose! My hope is to have a connection from a special adult for the birthday student that can be shared with the class. This could be: 

    • a video with a short message
    • a video reading of a favorite book
    • a visit from a special adult in the school! 
    • any other ideas are welcome!

    If your child has a summer birthday, they can choose when we celebrate this year:) Please reach out ahead of your child’s birthday to let me know how you would like us to recognize this day for them! 

     

    Outside of School:

    Your child should be exposed to reading every night. This can include you reading aloud to your child or them listening to an audio book. Your child will not receive weekly homework, however, I may periodically send home special projects throughout the year to work on together. Students will always have time in school to work on projects as well.

     

    Please make sure your child has the following items each day:

    *2 facemasks and small tupperware container to store their masks

    *water bottle labeled with their name

    *snack

    *extra clothes in their backpack

     

    I look forward to working with you this year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. We are going to have a great year together!

     

    Sincerely,

    Stacey Mead

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