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ESE Coronavirus & Online Learning Updates

Below are communications sent via SchoolMessenger listed from most recent to older emails:

Sent to families by ESM SchoolMessenger March 31, 2020

Dear ESE Families,

We have completed another week of distance learning. The ESE staff is grateful for the opportunity to be able to collaborate with our families to continue to deliver high quality instruction. 

We recognize that many of you are essential employees and are still reporting to work. We know that many of you have been required to set up home offices in the blink of an eye. We realize that you are juggling intense demands that did not exist two weeks ago. We recognize that some of you may have lost your job due to the COVID-19 outbreak and are struggling to support your families. We acknowledge that although you are your child’s “first teacher,” you are not a teacher by profession.

We are in this together and it is impossible to know when we will get back to our “old and comfortable” normal. We have established a “new” normal until we are given the green light to return to ESE. 

There are some important things that we want you to be aware of:  
  1. School is in session: Our teachers have converted their classrooms to a virtual learning platform. This includes art, music, band and physical education. These classrooms are maintained daily. Student participation is not voluntary. We are required to file a Continuity of Learning Plan on a weekly basis as required by New York State. Students should be completing their classwork regularly and submitting it as per the direction of the teacher.  We have some students who have not signed in to their Google Classrooms and we are concerned about this. If your child tells you that they don't have to do their work, please contact their classroom teacher immediately so that we can get back on track.
     
  2. Maintain a schedule: Teachers have set up their classrooms to be consistent, clear and scheduled. Please continue to set an alarm for your child and expect that they prepare for school. This schedule is important for two reasons. One, it maintains a routine and keeps them focused on learning. Two, many of our support staff are scheduled during specific times throughout the day. If your child is not on schedule, then they miss the opportunity to receive the extra support that is so critical at this time. This includes Response to Intervention (RTI), Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Speech, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), etc. 
     
  3. 3rd Marking Period ends this Friday, April 3:  It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the 3rd marking period! Please encourage your child to complete all of their assignments to the best of their ability by Friday, April 3. This should give them plenty of focus for this school week. We want to help them realize that they are still accountable for their school work and that this is not a vacation. We still have to prepare them to move to the next grade level and we depend on them to keep working hard. Please use this deadline for your children to submit all work.
     
  4. Encourage your child to do their best. In no way do we expect parents to be sitting at the kitchen table with their children all day. You all have enough responsibility and we recognize that. Your child can do most of their work with the support of their classroom teacher and support staff. Please just hold them accountable for completion of their work. We will do the rest!
     
  5. Technology Helpline: A helpline is available for parents or students to call if they are having general problems with a district-issued Chromebook or problems connecting their PC/Mac/iPad/tablet/Chromebook to their home WiFi. Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. parents and students can call 315-434-3024. If necessary, leave a message with your name and a call-back number. General WiFi and Chromebook tips (multi-page document). 
     
  6. Child Care for parents/guardians who are Healthcare Workers and First Responders: There is childcare available for Healthcare workers and First Responders at the Hal Welsh East Area Family YMCA or by contacting Child Care Solutions at 315-446-1220, the clearinghouse for all childcare information.
     
  7. Child Care for Other Families: It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the Office of Children & Family Services is trying their best to support families to find the high quality child care that they need. If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete the parent “Need for Child Care” survey.
Thank you!
 
Ron Perry
ESE Principal
 
Sent to families by ESM SchoolMessenger March 20, 2020

Dear ESE Families!

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves and each other, and is beginning to settle into new distance learning routines!  As anticipated, this drastic change raises many questions as I mentioned in my previous posting. I will do my best to answer questions as they arise. I will provide some recommendations/resources/guidance that I hope will be helpful as you support your children in distance learning.  I will provide a video morning announcement each day (I hope, I need to learn how first). 

Our teachers are working remotely. They will continue to engage students Monday through Friday at a minimum. The ESE staff worked so hard this week to prepare instruction and learning opportunities while we are physically apart.

I watched as 1st grade students engaged with their teacher and teacher assistant via video and audio on Thursday. It was fun. Digital learning will take place through Google Classroom, Seesaw, Zoom, and other platforms. Your teachers have also provided hard-copy materials/resources.

Don’t hesitate to communicate with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns!  We are here for you. We are learning many new things together, however our priority is making this as easy as possible and to have fun learning.  

We may be apart but we remain connected. School is in session!  I will stay in touch in writing and I will jump into some classroom online environments from time to time. I hope to see all ESE students online in the near future. See important links and resources below!
 
Ronald L Perry
Principal
East Syracuse Elementary School

Morning announcements for March 20.

Parent Tech Support: If you are having problems with connecting your child’s Chromebook to your home wifi, please call 315-434-3024. This will be staffed by ESM tech support staff. General ESM information on Google Classroom & Chromebooks.

How to use Google Classroom: Great slideshow to help you understand  

Food Services: ESE is a food service site. Breakfast and lunch are available for all children under 18 years of age. You may pick-up grab and go bags at door #11 from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We can deliver food if you are unable to come to school for pick up. Request delivery by calling 315-434-3026.   <This information is no longer accurate.> 

Wellness/Social-Emotional Learning: Our school counselor (Christie Jarvi) and psychologist (Jennifer Altimonda) are sharing Social Emotional Learning resources with activities/lessons designed for all age levels. All students have been invited to join their Google Classroom, which includes the opportunity to interact with Mrs. Altimonda and Mrs. Jarvi. Parents, please be sure to integrate social-emotional learning into the daily routine. If you have ANY questions about how you can support your child in continuing a routine of learning, please contact their teacher or Mrs. Jarvi (cjarvi@esmschools.org), or Mrs. Altimonda (jaltimonda@esmschools.org)

Physical Education: Movement into your child’s day is also important. Our PE teachers have connected to each classroom and created a fitness calendar to follow.
 
Sent to families by SchoolMessenger March 16, 2020

To All ESE Parents/Families:

In accordance with the directive by the County Executive, East Syracuse Minoa Schools will close today, March 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. There are many questions that can be answered and many that cannot at this time. I included information below that I hope will help you.

ESE teachers and staff are preparing written materials as well as digital lessons for students during the closing to ensure continuity of learning. Staff will be at school tomorrow, March 17 and Wednesday to complete these tasks.

Teachers will provide a suggested schedule to follow on a daily basis. The schedule will include all academic areas in addition to music, art, and physical education. Mrs. Tamilia and Mrs. Petrocci will prepare English as a New Language (ENL) lessons for their students. The same applies to OT, PT, and speech. While we cannot replicate a normal school day in this manner, our staff is working diligently to make the learning fun, academically challenging, and to provide a framework to help students think about thinking.  

We will provide Chromebooks for students to use for access to digital learning applications during the period of closure. The Chromebook(s) must be returned to school when students return to school. You may stop by the school (using the main entrance) to sign-out a Chromebook for your child/children. You need to have access to the internet at home. 

Families without internet access for online, distance learning are eligible for internet services for 60 days free of charge through Spectrum. After that the family will be billed for service. This offer only applies to families who have not had Spectrum Internet within the last 60 days. Spectrum encourages families to try to call first thing in the morning to avoid delays at 1-844-488-8395. If you need further assistance, contact Cheryl West, ESM Coordinator for Youth Development & Leadership, at 315-434-3010.

Starting March 17, ESE will be a feeding site for children 18 and under during the closure. Breakfast and lunch will be “grab and go” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. (Tues. & Thurs., families can pick up two days’ worth of meals.) Use the cafeteria entrance door (door number 11). If your family cannot make it to school for the pick-up, please call 315-434-3026 to make arrangements for delivery to your home. Our transportation department is available to help deliver food for those 18 and under.   

I do not have information about 3rd Marking Period report cards yet. I will pass this information along as soon as it is available.
As of this moment, The YMCA after school program will continue. I caution that things are fluid and subject to change at any time.
This is a lot to grasp at this time. I will update you as more information becomes available. Please call the office at 315-434-3850 if you have any questions.

Other district resources for free meals, technology help and more are available online.

Ronald L. Perry
Principal
East Syracuse Elementary School