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Coronavirus & Onlining Learning Updates

Sent to Fremont Families via SchoolMessenger 3-30-20 

Good Morning Fremont Families!

Fremont teachers and staff put together a video to show you and our wonderful students how much we appreciate and miss you!  The video is almost 10 minutes long, but is filled with positive, heartfelt messages from us. While we can’t wait to be together again in person, we hope that this video compilation, in the meantime, fills your family's hearts with joy!

Fremont Strong Video

Have a great week of online learning!

Kelsey DeLany
Fremont Principal

Sent to Fremont Families via SchoolMessenger 3-27-20
 

Good afternoon Fremont Families, and Happy Friday! 

We made it through another week of learning at home! We know that every family is doing their best to support their children in continuing their learning through Google Classroom and maintaining healthy routines. We also know that this has been difficult, and we are incredibly grateful and appreciative of everything you are doing at home!

One thing I want to emphasize is that you are ALL doing incredibly well, and to know that it is alright for you to find a balance that works for your family. If you are feeling overwhelmed at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, myself (kdelany@esmschools.org), or to our school counselor, Janel Herrington (janelherrington@esmschools.org), for support. We are here for you!

Please be sure to disconnect this weekend, and enjoy family time together. Our PTO is putting together a fun virtual spirit week next week; more information to come! We look forward to continuing our learning on Monday!

Kelsey DeLany
Fremont Principal



Sent to Fremont Families via SchoolMessenger 3-18-20 

Hello Fremont Families!

I hope everyone is taking care of themselves and each other, and is beginning to settle into new routines! As anticipated, this drastic change has brought up many questions. Below, I have provided some recommendations/resources/guidance that I hope will be helpful in adjusting to supporting your children in distance learning.

Our teachers will be working remotely and will continue to engage with your child’s instruction and learning regularly while we are apart. Online, digital learning will take place through Google Classroom. Your teachers may 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 all figuring this out together. However, our priority is making this as easy and supported as possible!  

Keeping in mind the safety of our students, please monitor their interactions with devices as best you can. While “Go Guardian” and most restrictions will still be active during distance learning, ensuring that your child(ren) are safely and appropriately engaging in their learning is essential. Some teachers may integrate videos, live chats, Google Hangout, etc. into your child’s learning day. It’s important that students engage in these live/recorded tasks in a place in your home that is more public than private. For example, recording in a child’s bedroom may not be the best place, and it might be a better idea to have them in the kitchen or dining room.  If you’d like to learn more about keeping your child safe while they learn online, please visit Common Sense Education or Kids Health - Internet Safety.

Parents have asked if we have resources to help talk to their child(ren) about the Coronavirus. This is a parent resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.

While we may be apart, we will absolutely be staying connected!  To strengthen that connection, I plan to develop “morning announcement videos” that you can view with your child(ren) once or twice a week through their Google Classroom. I will let you know when these are ready to go! See other resources below. 

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

Best,
Kelsey DeLany
Principal - Fremont Elementary School
 
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  
 
Wellness/Social-Emotional Learning: Our school counselor (Janel Herrington) and psychologist (Shauna Mauch) created a Fremont Wellness/Support Services website This parent website has relevant updates and community resources. They also have a wellness google classroom with social-emotional learning activities/lessons designed for all students and also the opportunity to interact with Ms. Mauch, Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Herrington. Students can find the code on their website or within their teacher’s Google classroom. We ask that you encourage your children to join this classroom so they can stay connected to these staff members. Please be sure to integrate social-emotional learning and movement into your child’s day by using this great resource! If you have ANY questions about how you can support your child in continuing a routine of learning, please contact their teacher, Janel Herrington (Janelherrington@esmschools.org), or Shauna Mauch (SMauch@esmschools.org)
 
What Should Our School Days at Home Look Like? This is a question I have received from many families, and it is a completely understandable one! Each family will develop a routine that best meets their unique and individual needs. Below is a sample daily schedule to help you understand when and how often your child can be engaging in their academics in addition to wellness while they are home.
 
Please feel free to adjust these time ranges/guidelines to work for YOUR family and YOUR routine. We have provided a copy of this schedule that you can download and edit to meet your family's needs as well as the expectations of individual classroom teachers. You can also find this on the Wellness/Support Services website linked on our Fremont building website.

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

Suggested Times

or Durations

of Activities/Tasks

Activity/Task

7:30 - 8:00 am

Wake-Up

(Breakfast, get dressed, etc.)

8:00 - 8:30 

(20-30 mins)

Movement/Play Time

8:30 - 10:00

(90 mins)

Academics

(Math/Reading/Writing)

*Feel free to build in

1-2 wellness breaks

10:00 - 11:00 am

(60 mins)

Break/Play

11:00 - 11:40 am

(40 mins)

Special Area 

Music/Art - 2 x week

PE - Every Day

11:40 - 12:40 pm

(60 mins)

Lunch/Movement

Activity/Play

12:40 - 1:20 pm

(40 mins)

Science 2-3x/week or

finish up incomplete

work/projects

1:20 - 2:30 pm

(70 mins)

Academics

(Math/Reading/Writing)

*Feel free to build in

1-2 wellness breaks

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(60 mins)

Break/Play

(Get outside if possible!)

3:30 - 4:30 pm

(60 mins)

Chores/Help Out Time

4:30 - 7:00 pm

Dinner/Family Time

7:00 - 8:00 pm

(60 mins)

TV/Bedtime Routine

8:00 - 9:00 pm

Bedtime

(Keeping an early bedtime routine
will be incredibly helpful!)