Day 1 School Closure Update

Posted by Jennifer Buller on 3/13/2020 3:00:00 PM

Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,

I hope that everyone is home safe and has access to the care and supplies they will need over the next two weeks.  I don’t have too much new information to share with you this evening, but wanted you to know a little bit about what has been happening and give you a few options for connection over our closure.  

 

Today our building was closed to families and students.  Staff members were allowed back in the building to pick up items, supplies, pets, and plants and make arrangements for our time away.  Our custodians continued to focus on cleaning our building. I held a virtual meeting with several staff members to start conversations about ways we can help support families and students during the closure who rely on services provided by the school.  The most common phrase that I heard from staff in the building today was “How can I help?”.

 

What to do over the next two weeks

The Office of Teaching and Learning is hard at work on developing guidelines on how to continue learning and connect with students during the closure.  As more information becomes available I will be sure to share it with families. In the interim below are a few CCS specific suggestions.

 

Story Pirates

Hopefully, we will still have the Story Pirates visiting our school in May.  If you’ve not listened to a Story Pirates podcast, I highly recommend it, especially now that your children are home for a while.  The Story Pirates take student writing and turn it into a hilarious live performance with professional actors and/or an amazing podcast.  They came to our school last year and brought the house down in both performances! Our students loved seeing their own or classmates' tales come to life on stage.  Something you could do over these next few days could be checking out the podcast and then prompting your child to start writing their own story to submit to the Story Pirates.  You don’t have to wait for our performance to submit a story, you can submit them right online and see if gets chosen for the podcast! 

 

Zoom Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Buller

In an effort to help keep us connected with each other as a community I am inviting students and their families to join me each weeknight next week for a virtual “bedtime story” through Zoom.  You can download the app to your phone or computer and use the link to join us each night at 8:00p.m. I will be reading a different picture book each night. If you connect with video, you will have a chance not only to see and hear the story but a chance to see some of your class and school friends that you might typically be seeing if school was open.  

I hope this opportunity will help reduce feelings of social isolation and provide a unique opportunity for us to still be together virtually as a community.  Below is the Zoom invite.

 

Zoom Invite: 

Jen Buller is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Bedtime Stories with Mrs. Buller

        Mar 16, 2020 08:00 PM

        Mar 17, 2020 08:00 PM

        Mar 18, 2020 08:00 PM

        Mar 19, 2020 08:00 PM

        Mar 20, 2020 08:00 PM

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/293242314?pwd=Q3ZZVURVMWF6U3NpdHUrcUJTc1hCUT09

 

Meeting ID: 293 242 314

Password: 916699

 

#HiveReads Challenge

During our regularly scheduled school breaks we always challenge our students to continue reading for at least 30 minutes a day.  We extend the same challenge during this school closure. We welcome everyone to snap photo(s) of their child(ren) reading and share it with us on Twitter using #HiveReads or send it via email to 345BeesRead@gmail.com After we return from the closure we will post all of the pictures on the electronic message board in the main lobby. 



I understand and empathize that school closures pose significant challenges for students and families and we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students, families, and communities.   It is important to continue to stay up to date with the latest recommendations from the health department and other local, state, and federal level authorities such as the importance of social distancing at this time.  This situation is incredibly fluid and will continue to evolve over time. You can expect regular communication via email from myself and the district as new guidelines, resources, and information becomes available. As an educator and mom, I can share that routines are comforting and incredibly helpful in supporting your child(ren) right now.  Think about making a schedule for each of the days next week and posting and referring back to it throughout the day. It doesn’t need to be filled with academic tasks and rigorous work, but something as simple as mapping out the day for your child(ren) with whatever it may be filled with will help provide structure and security in an uncertain and possibly anxious time for our kids.  

 

Please continue to reach out with any questions and I will do my best to respond as quickly as possible. 

Jen