Class News May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020
Mrs. Hirst’s
Class News

I am beyond grateful for your support of our on-line auction! Your generous support has enabled us to continue to fulfill our mission. Thank you!

I am so proud of the hard work and effort your children are putting into each and every assignment and how they are reaching out if they need support. I appreciate your continued support of this learning! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything. I have a zoom conference link below or you can email me to set up a time that works best!

Focus Points for this week:
• Log into our Google Classroom “home base” and submit the assignments for this week.
I strongly encourage your child check our Google Classroom page often. This is our “home base” and all our assignments and announcements will be posted here. Look in the “upcoming” section or classwork section to see assignments. These will be due Monday, May 11th.
• See information below on small group math instruction through Zoom.
• Join PE and Art Google Classroom Pages. (See below for more information about these classes!)
o Art with Mrs. McKernan- exgprq6.
o PE with Mr. Hanson: 6yiudhw.

Important Information:
As a reminder, we will now post our new Google Classroom assignments and Newsletters every Friday at 3:00. Look for these changes starting this Friday, May 1st. This will give your family time to plan for the week.

Zoom Conferences:
If you would like to have a Zoom or phone conference with me, please sign up using the Google Doc below. I am excited to have a face to face meetings with parents as a way to check in and see how everyone is doing. These are completely optional.

Class Zoom Meeting: We are changing how Zoom will happen this week. Our whole class zoom meeting will still be at 10 on Thursday. We will use this as community building time.

**After meeting with families for conferences, I discovered that some students would like a smaller group setting with their teacher. So, Mrs. Dvorak and I talked and came up with this idea to try. Our Friday class will be in the 12:00-1:00 hour and will be small group math instruction.

I will send new Zoom invitations for this week (Thursday at 10:00 and Friday at 1). Join us if you can! I love this way to connect as a classroom community! Remember all Zoom meetings (even Friday small groups) are optional.

• Thursday’s Agenda (Spiritual/Community Building):
o Prayer
o Religion Discussion
o Read a Chapter in our class book.
• Friday, May 8th (Math Instruction Small Group):
o Your child will be placed in a small group of and will meet with Mrs. Dvorak and Mrs. Hirst for a half hour of math instruction each Friday.
o When I send out our small group Zoom class invitations later this week, we will also tell you the agenda and what your child needs to have with them

Google Classroom:
I encourage your child check our Google Classroom page often. This is our “home base” and all our assignments and announcements will be posted here. Look in the “upcoming” section or classwork section to see assignments. These will be due Monday, May 11th.

*Google Classroom Reminder Emails: If you are being overwhelmed by Google Classroom emails, you can click “unsubscribe” at the bottom of them. You can also change your settings for which emails you want to receive.

“Grading” Assignments: When it comes to “grading,” I am mainly looking at whether your child is doing the work (even assessments) or not. I am also looking at their completed work to see what they still need help on so I can do my best from guiding them at home. By looking at their work, I have been able to see what they need more practice with, what instructional videos to create, and what more they need from me. Their work will also guide our new small group Zoom math instruction detailed below.

Please “turn in” or “Submit” all activities that you are doing so I know you have done them. The ones that require you to write answers, please use the Google Doc I have created on the assignment to submit your answers. If it is easier for your child to write them out, please submit a pdf.

Correcting Assignments: I am correcting assignments that are turned in and will send comments/feedback back to your child. Please give me grace on a timeline of returning corrections back to you. When you turn in an assignment on Google Classroom, make sure you push the “turn in” button otherwise I can’t see what you turned in.
Please have your child join the following Google Classroom Pages if they have not yet already.
• Art with Mrs. McKernan: She has her own Google Classroom page set up.
Her code is: exgprq6.
You can check her page for art ideas. She recognizes that your child might be doing other arts and crafts at home too so checking this is optional.
• PE with Mr. Hanson: He has his own Google Classroom page set up.
His code is: 6yiudhw.
You can check his page for ideas. I will no longer post them on my page. He recognizes that your child might be doing other PE activities at home so checking this is optional.

Silverwood:
Thank you for turning in your logs! You should have received your Silverwood ticket by email if you turned in your log. Please let me know if you didn’t get your ticket.