Continuous Learning Plan Begins April 13
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and understanding as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 health crisis. As our teachers prepare to implement our Continuous Learning Plan which includes teacher office hours, resources and more after Spring Break (April 6-10), I would like to take this opportunity to share some thoughts about how our students can also use this time to prepare.
First, I hope that you have been able to make use of the learning resources we have already provided for students to stay engaged in relevant learning toward their schoolwork. Although this learning is considered optional, I strongly encourage all students to use this time to practice the necessary habits that will be required of them to be successful in this new learning environment during the closure.
Moving from a traditional educational model to a remote learning model will be a steep learning curve for many of our students. Setting aside time every day over the next few weeks to practice will be essential in helping prepare our students for success. A helpful resource that I recommend all families use is the elementary daily schedule found on our district website. This can help to build greater consistency and routines for kids during a time when structure can be more challenging.
Suggested strategies to prepare for Continuous Learning:
- Check email daily (be sure to update your email address in Skyward!).
- Develop a consistent daily study schedule for continuous learning.
- Find your ideal study environment and set up a defined space that is free from distractions.
- Keep your space and study materials organized.
- Practice effective communication through writing full sentences in Microsoft Teams and email.
- Practice making connections with friends and fellow classmates using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and/or other interactive, collaborative tools.
Between now and April 24, students and families can continue to access online resources for independent, self-directed learning on our district website. We also encourage families to consider daily routines for overall wellness. Our counselor, Mrs. Rauschenberg, will also be keeping office hours to offer you support and answer any questions you may have. Though there is no perfect way of doing things, practicing these strategies will help students develop the right habits-of-mind to be successful. You can also continue to check our online FAQ and KSD website for the latest information.
Students, the most important factor in your continuous learning success during this school closure is fulfilling your role as the learner– the learning experience is what you make of it. Be an active participant, ask questions, and enjoy the opportunities that will be provided to you.
On a more personal note, I truly hope all families are able to take advantage of this extended time to create memorable experiences with each other. Please take all the necessary precautions you need to keep your family safe. Our Carriage Crest school community remains strong and committed to supporting our students and families! Our teachers are confident, ready and prepared for whatever comes our way. We are here for you, and I know we will be here for each other each day that lies ahead of us.
In the meantime, take care, be well, and stay healthy!