August 28, 2020
Posted by Marie Palmer on 8/28/2020
Dear Brooks Families,
We hope you’ve had a great second week of school. I know our staff has enjoyed continuing to build classroom community amongst their students! Below you’ll find new information and reminders from last week.
Technology Distribution Update
We learned this week that the district is beginning to send invitations to elementary school students regarding device pickups. If you requested technology, please be on the lookout for an email from WCPSS. Device distribution is expected to have begun yesterday and today and continue until all devices are distributed. At this time, schools are not provided information regarding your distribution date.
Thank you to all parents for supporting your child(ren) and teachers as they navigate this new school year, new learning environment and new expectations. Thanks also for your flexibility as we continue to work through adjustments that the beginning of the 2020-21 school year will bring us.
As we’re entering our third week of school, I would like to share a few pieces of advice that you may find helpful. If you haven’t done so already, I would encourage you to try to create a space for your child that allows them to focus with limited distractions during synchronous (live) instruction and while working to complete asynchronous (non-live) assignments.
I am going to encourage you to support your child with learning, while still allowing them to engage in productive struggle. I know nobody wants to see their child struggle but allowing for struggle also allows for significant learning to take place. I encourage you to strike a balance of letting your child do the work and struggle through it while accessing the teacher for support. I’m not saying that you cannot help your child, I’m simply asking you to allow your child to access his/her teacher for the support they are trained to provide. I want your child to ask you questions and I want you to support them, but I also need them to recognize that their first line of support should be the teacher. If we were in the building, they would have to rely on their teacher.
This upcoming week, our teachers will begin live instruction in all academic subject areas. During this time, they’ll be reviewing or introducing new content and it will be important for teachers to see what your child can do, not what you and your child can do. Teachers are skilled at making observations and analyzing student work products to determine where students need support or enrichment. This data is valuable as they formulate student groups and plans to provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners. If parents are doing work or providing a large amount of support to help students complete work, this provides the teacher with inaccurate data regarding the skill level of your child. Therefore, the teacher may not know how much support your child may need.
I know this is no small feat and I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to set up learning spaces, establish strong routines, and be there for your child(ren) so that they are set up for success.
Please make every effort to ensure your child is present during “live” instruction. Due to privacy laws, we cannot record live instruction, so if your child misses it, they will not be able to access it. If you are having technological issues which prevent your child from participating, please email your teacher to let them know.
Single Subject Acceleration – SSA
Due to COVID and the abrupt closure of school buildings last year, students did not get to complete testing for Single Subject Acceleration. If you are still interested in having your student test for Single Subject Acceleration, please contact our AIG teacher, Ms. Macfarlane, at email@example.com. She will be taking student nominations until Monday, August 31st. For incoming kindergarteners, they will be eligible to test in the spring for Single Subject Acceleration. You can find more information on our school website under our Academics and Programs tab.
I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that the school has accurate contact information for each family. This past week we’ve received several phone calls from parents indicating that they did not receive calls or emails from the school. Given the virtual nature of school at this time, it is imperative that we have accurate phone numbers and email addresses for everyone. Email will be our primary method of communication. Please make sure to provide this information to your teacher or call the school so we can update it in our system.
We look forward to seeing you next week!
Marie Palmer, Principal