3/19 Closure Update
Posted by Jennifer Buller on 3/19/2020 6:00:00 PM
Hello Coolidge Corner School Families and Friends,
It has been so wonderful to see so many of you on Zoom during our nightly read alouds as well as the virtual weekly Wonderful Wednesday morning announcement. I’ve heard that some people have been unable to get into the Zoom meetings because we are hitting our capacity of 100 attendees. I have reached out to Zoom to see if they could lift the cap for us without incurring the rather costly fee to expand the attendee capacity. I will let you know once we have a solution.
This past week has been a whirlwind of activity, news, and adjustments. We have all had to practice and show a tremendous amount of patience, empathy, and flexibility. In my house we are still trying to find a rhythm while we get used to our temporary new normal.
The district leadership continues to work with the teacher's union on identifying, creating, and communicating around continuing learning during the closure. Currently on the district website are resources that are organized by grade level band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) that I encourage you to check out. Additionally PSB PreK-8 principals have curated a list of additional resources until a more formalized agreement has been reached. As soon as additional information becomes available I will share it with you.
I want to offer my support and guidance, not only as an educational leader in our community, but as a fellow parent trying to still work and care for my family at home all at the same time. This is an unsettling time for our kids and the best thing we can do right now is help them regain some control and stability in their lives. Giving kids a menu of choices to build their own daily schedule while schools are closed provides a sense of control and autonomy, two things they are lacking and need in these uncertain times. It can also help build time management and independence skills. Budgeting about half an hour for sustained independent tasks regardless of the content is enough for most kids, some can sustain longer and others will need shorter bursts of time and redirection. Try different lengths of time and practice flexibility and kindness with each other. I am sharing some sample scheduling ideas to help you with introducing and structuring your child(ren)’s day with controlled choices. Hopefully this will not only help support your child(ren) regain their sense of control in a time where that is slipping away from all of us, but also save you from some power struggles with your child(ren).
Zoom Open House
Monday 3/23 I will be hosting a virtual Open House for families at the conclusion of our nightly read aloud time. This is an opportunity for us adults in the community to connect, share how things have been going, ask questions, and orient ourselves to our temporary ways of operating. Bring your questions, success stories, and challenges and together we will work through the content. Part question and answer, part support group, this time is designed to help support you in adjusting and supporting your child(ren) at home.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 793 753 115
Password: see email
District Resources to Support Families
For families who need support with accessing meals during the school closure we are distributing packed breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from 12:00 - 1:30p Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Stedman Street entrance to CCS. For more information on how to access or order meals, please visit the Food Services page of the district website.
For families who need support with accessing technology we will be distributing chromebooks tomorrow (Friday, March 20th) from 12:00 - 1:30p. To request a chromebook for your child please fill out the online PSB Request Form.
Together we will get through this pandemic. Congratulate yourself for adjusting and pivoting so quickly this past week to accommodate our school closure and social distancing. This week has been all about finding what daily schedules and routines work in your household. Do not feel as though you need to rush into rigorous academic content with your child(ren) right now. You might have it all figured out or you might need more time to fine tune what will work for your family. Be patient with yourself. This is all still new and fresh to us as well as our children and continues to change daily. Take care of the social emotional needs first and then start to layer in some academic expectations when your child shows you they are ready.
I hope to see many of you tonight during our read aloud of Two Bad Ants and at our Open House on Monday!