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Remote Learning - Elementary

Hello Elementary Families,

As we continue to lean into our new remote learning format, I want to thank you for your patience and your positivity as we figure this out together. We'll continue to remain hopeful, courageous, intentional, united, and gracious as we get the ball rolling. We are committed to you and to creating the best learning experience we can offer during this season.

Please view the links below for helpful information and updates about Remote Learning. Feel free to reach out to me or your teacher during this time for any support you may need. We are #WarriorStrong together!

Chad McNatt
Elementary Principal

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Remote Learning Info Elementary

Hello Elementary Families,

This past Friday, elementary teachers met by grade level to re-up our remote learning program for this quarter. We determined refinements needed to enhance all aspects of learning at home in partnership with you. Here are the four main highlights.

Key Learnings
Through grade-level teams, teachers have identified essential outcomes each student must meet to be ready for the next grade level, particularly in reading, writing, and math. We are committed to keeping students on track and clearly understanding what those key learnings are to finish the quarter strong and be prepared to begin next year. From here on out, the learning experiences will be categorized as “expected” and “recommended” to note which activities or assignments students must absolutely engage in and which ones are great learning opportunities if there is time or interest in going further.

Platform
Class Dojo has been and will continue to be our learning platform for K-6 this season. Within Class Dojo, we can post the weekly calendar, assignments and learning targets, links to live meetings, links to instructional videos, and other resources. It also affords the chance to message back and forth with the teacher, submit assignments, and receive feedback on those assignments. Please make sure your parent and student accounts are set up, and contact your teacher if you need assistance. Our goal is that each morning, you will simply need to open Class Dojo to view and connect to all the information necessary for you and your student to engage in learning each day.

Structure
One of the most challenging aspects of remote learning is designing a meaningful, flexible, and sustainable structure. We’ve learned several things over the past few weeks to make it better and would like to share these adjustments as we continue forward.

  • Monday-Thursday – Learning on these days will be geared primarily toward the essential outcomes for the quarter in reading, writing, and math. Teachers will continue to be readily available for correspondence from 9am-noon and are intending for the learning time to be a maximum of three hours each day.
  • Friday – Learning on Fridays going forward will emphasize PE, Music, and other activities. Until now, these activities have been sprinkled throughout the week. Beginning this week, our PE and Music specialists will take ownership of providing recommended activities for students to do on Fridays while grade level teachers take the day to plan and prepare activities and instructional videos for the following week. Friday is also designed to give students the opportunity to complete and submit any remaining work from that week.
  • Weekly Calendar – Because of this refined structure, the weekly calendar, along with the video links, assignments, etc. for the following week will be posted by the end of the day on Friday.

Instruction & Assessment
It was clear from your feedback and our own experience thus far in remote learning that we must ensure that teachers are owning the instruction in homes, especially for any new concept and anything that needs framing. This is particularly necessary in math. Teachers will continue to utilize live meetings and will be ramping up the production of instructional videos to guarantee that all students have access to the instruction they need to be successful.

It is also imperative that teachers own the assessment of the learning activities and assignments. If you as a parent/guardian want to voluntarily grade various work such as spelling tests, math fact worksheets, etc., that is, of course, helpful. The ownership of assessing work, however, lies with the teacher. Please consider any answer keys that are sent to you as a reference or resource for you, not something on your to-do list to grade. As work is completed, please submit it to the teacher to be graded.

We appreciate you and are so thankful to be in partnership with you during this time. I want to assure you that we are clear on what skills and understandings student must have to stay on track and are confident that the refinements we are making and will continue to make will prepare students to be ready for next year.

Have a great start to your week!

Chad McNatt
Elementary Principal

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Click here for a video message from Mr. McNatt.

Hello Elementary Families,

We continue to be so thankful for you, for the opportunity to partner in remote learning this season, and most of all, for the peace of the Lord and possibilities we find in him. We hope and pray that your family is well. Please know that we as a faculty and staff at SCS  are here to support you in whatever ways we are able.

As we continue to refine our Remote Learning strategies based on your feedback and our experiences as facilitators, here are some revisions and updates that we believe will be helpful.

Zoom Morning Meetings

It is a joy to be able to interact with your children in these morning meetings. We have found them to be a great opportunity for students to check-in with teachers and classmates. A couple of things to point out:

  • These "live" morning Zoom meetings are optional. If it works for your family, you're invited to join in. If it doesn't work for your schedule or the number of devices in your household doesn't easily allow for joining in, that's okay. These meetings are a fun and valuable aspect of this season, but they are not required in terms of your child's learning.
  • Regarding the Zoom meeting schedule, we have adjusted it as follows to allocate more time as needed per session and to divide grade levels to accommodate families with multiple children. Going forward, we will target regular Zoom meetings on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week rather than everyday. Here is our schedule beginning today:
    • 9:00am: Kindergarten
    • 9:30am: 1st Grade
    • 10:00am: 2nd Grade
    • 10:30am: 3rd Grade
    • 11:00am: 4th Grade
    • 11:30am: 5th Grade
    • 12:00pm: 6th Grade
  • On Mondays, the plan going forward is for teachers to provide a pre-recorded instructional video to set the stage for key learning for the week ahead. As this won't be a live video, students can view these as it best fits your scheduled. Monday instructional videos will help jumpstart the week of learning. Look for the video link in your Monday email and/or Class Dojo.
Class Dojo
While Class Dojo is a super helpful platform during this season, it takes some time to get it all sorted out. To assist you in getting your parent and student accounts setup, here is a video from our very own Martha Hoefel walking you through what you need to do. Take a look.

Scholastic Book Fair - Online!
The SCS Scholastic Book Fair is online this year. Starting today, March 30 through Sunday, April 12, you can order books online with free shipping for orders of $25 or more!

  • A portion of proceeds will support the SCS Elementary Library! Share the link with family, friends, grandparents and relatives.
  • Click here to purchase new books to read during Remote Learning!
  • All orders will ship directly to the customer's address!
Spirit Week
This week is K-12 Spirit Week! Join in the fun by tagging your photos on social media with #WarriorsAtHome and #WarriorStrong. To be featured on SCS social media platforms, direct message your photos on the SCS Facebook page or Instagram account. You can also email them to Keri Welch. We may be apart, but we've still got spirit!

Be sure to watch the video below where Fifi and Tori tell us all about what we can expect this week!

Easter Prelude
With Holy Week occurring during our Spring Break, we'll take some time this week to prepare our hearts for the significance of Easter, where we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Our theme is "Love like Jesus" rooted in our key verse for April focused on the compassion of Jesus, "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

Beginning tomorrow, you'll receive a short video each day illuminating the compassion and love of Jesus and challenging us to live in the same way.

May we be reminded and filled with the resurrection power of our Lord each day! Have an awesome week! Let's all love like Jesus!
Chad McNatt
Elementary Principal
Hello Elementary Families,

As we continue to lean into our new remote learning format, I want to thank you for your patience and your positivity as we figure this out together. We'll continue to remain hopeful, courageous, intentional, united, and gracious as we get the ball rolling. We are committed to you and to creating the best learning experience we can offer during this season.

Below is additional info about what you can anticipate from your teachers.

Last Week (March 16-20):

  • Tech ToolsElementary teachers took some time to experiment with instructional videos, Zoom morning meetings, and reaching out to each family via Class Dojo. This helps set the stage for more fluid and regular usage of these tools going forward. Because Dojo in particular takes some effort to get setup well, here are some instructional links to help you:
  • Connecting with your teacher: Please jump in as best you can with each tech platform and let your child's teacher know of any challenges you have in getting connected with these tools. As you may already know, when your child's teacher reaches out to you via phone, their number will appear as "No Caller ID." Teachers are also ready-to-go via email, specifically from 9am-12pm, Monday-Friday. Zoom meetings will increasingly be a great tool for us to connect as well.
  • Wi-fi: If your family does not have a computer or iPad, please let your child's teacher know, and we’ll see what we can do. If w-fi is a challenge, you can checkout Comcast/Xfinity, who is offering free internet for 60 days for new customers.
  • Bottom Line: We want to ensure that you are connected with the technology pieces of remote learning as we step into week two. Again, we appreciate your patience, flexibility, and perseverance as we get setup together.

 This Week (March 23-27 and beyond)

Format: With the initial experimenting and connecting in the works, we'll begin making this week as “normal” as we reasonably can, including:
  • A Monday email snapshot to kick off the assignments and plans for the week from each teacher, prioritizing key learning expectations and experiences.
    • Zoom morning meetings each day for any families who can give it a go. Each teacher will indicate when the Zoom meeting is ready to begin, but here is the basic schedule.
      • Kindergarten & 1st grade @ 9:00am
      • 6th grade @ 9:45am
      • 4th & 5th grade @ 9:30am
      • 2nd & 3rd @ 9:15am
    • Key instructional videos shared by your child's teacher for math and literacy.
    • Requests for work from students using email and/or Class Dojo. (This scales differently depending on grade level.)
  • The Goal: We'll make clear as to what the assignments are each day/week, offer video instruction and resources accordingly, provide additional tools that might be helpful and fun, and be ready to engage via Zoom and email Monday-Friday, especially in the mornings.

As a parent and educator, I feel the challenges of this season. Know that we are with you and will do everything we can to continue learning in partnership with you and your children. Also, be looking for an email from me each Monday with news for the week and then again on Wednesday for our chapel moments. Be healthy, stay tuned, and have a great start to the week!Chad McNatt
Elementary Principal

Hello SCS Elementary Families,

As we step into this new season of partnership and remote learning, we wanted to share a snapshot of some things you can expect from the teachers.

  • Resources: The resources and materials sent home with your student on Friday are intended to be sufficient for setting the stage for the next two weeks.
  • Assignments: This coming Monday or Tuesday, you can expect an email from your child’s teacher(s) sharing assignments and equipping you with further resources to help each student continue to engage in learning.
  • Plans: As we look ahead, our ability to effectively equip you will increase as we become proficient with new tech tools and refine the format to best partner with you and become familiar with these tools. Stay tuned.
  • Support: Teachers will be available via email to support you Monday-Friday with the best window for quick responses being from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Please refer to seattlechristian.org/covid19/ for all school wide updates, communications, and resources.

As this chapter unfolds, we are committed to partnering with you to set up your learning experience at home to be the very best it can be. Thank you for your patience and your attentiveness to future emails as we navigate this together.

In Him,

Chad McNatt
Elementary Principal

Key Learnings 
The essential skills and understandings at each grade level have been identified to ensure every student is on track for next year. You'll see assignments and experiences categorized as “expected” and “recommended” to note what to focus on and what to do if you'd like to go further.

Platform 
Class Dojo is the place to find everything you need each week for learning. Simply open Class Dojo in the morning and let the learning begin. Please reach out for assistance if you need it.

Structure 
We're aiming for a meaningful, flexible, and sustainable structure.

Monday-Thursday
These days are geared primarily toward key learnings in reading, writing, and math from 9am-noon with teachers readily available to own and support learning.

Friday
Learning on Fridays will emphasize PE, Music, and other activities while grade level teachers take the day to prepare activities and instructional videos for the following week. Friday is also a good day for students to finish and submit any remaining work from the week.

Weekly Calendar
Because of this refined structure, the weekly calendar, along with the video links, assignments, etc. for the following week will be posted by the end of the day on Friday.

Instruction & Assessment 
Teachers will continue live Zoom meetings and are ramping up the production of instructional videos to situate every student to be successful with teachers owning the instruction. Teachers are also responsible for the assessment of assignments and activities. Answer keys may be provided as a resource for you in supporting learning at home, but the responsibility for grading lies with the teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Elementary teachers are available via email specifically from 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday. Should you need to speak with your child’s teacher, reach out to them via email to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment.

Each Monday, expect to receive an email snapshot to kick off the assignments and plans for the week from your child’s teacher, prioritizing key learning expectations and experiences.

● Zoom meetings will be held each Tuesday and Thursday as follows:

    • 9:00am: Kindergarten
    • 9:30am: 1st Grade
    • 10:00am: 2nd Grade
    • 10:30am: 3rd Grade
    • 11:00am: 4th Grade
    • 11:30am: 5th Grade
    • 12:00pm: 6th Grade

● Key instructional videos shared by your child's teacher for math and literacy.

● Requests for work from students using email and/or Class Dojo. (This scales differently depending on grade level.)

Your child’s teacher has emailed you an invite to access Class Dojo. If you have not received the invite, please email your teacher. You can also access these instructional links to help you:

Dojo Parent Account Setup Instructions

Dojo Student Account Setup Instructions

If your family does not have a computer or iPad, please let your child's teacher know, and we’ll see what we can do. If wi-fi is a challenge, you can checkout Comcast/Xfinity, who is offering free internet for 60 days for new customers.