Remote Learning Check-In: November Edition

South Loop Families,

We hope you are well.  Based on the continued challenges brought on by the Covid 19 pandemic, we are aware that we will continue to host classes in a remote setting for the 2nd quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.  
We want to say thank you for continuing to partner with us like never before in supporting our students.  Change is never easy, but we are continuing to work towards structure, adapting to and accepting change, and independence and responsibility.  We have conversations with our students daily around these topics and ask that you continue to discuss their importance at home as well.  

Several weeks ago, we surveyed parents on the remote learning experience as we work to remain both reflective and transparent around decision-making.  Below is a summary of the 5th Week Remote Learning survey, which was completed by 143 parents
Positive Feedback:

  • 73% of respondents Agreed or Strongly Agreed that remote learning is off to a strong start
  • 78% of respondents Agreed or Strongly Agreed that starting the school year with a focus on SEL (social emotional learning) was a good idea 
  • 74% of respondents find that their child is actively engaged on a daily basis 
  • 80% of respondents agreed that their child is learning new content daily 
  • 71% of PreK-3rd respondents felt breaks students receive during instruction are appropriate 
  • 71% of respondents Agreed or Strongly Agreed that they are satisfied with their child’s remote learning experience thus far

While we are happy to see the majority of responses being positive, we have also noted some continued room for development.  Based on parent feedback our recommendations for change are: 

  • Continuing to find ways to balance screen time and paper/book work time
  • Upper Grades: allowing for further “brain breaks” during and throughout instruction
  • Providing deeper feedback on assignments
  • Ensuring grades are input in a timely manner  
  • As we prepare to head into the 2nd quarter, the Admin team will work with teachers to make the necessary changes to improve the remote learning experience for students and families.

Second Quarter ends on Friday, November 6th
While it’s important to discuss students’ academic performance with parents, we will prioritize conferences with parents with students who are trending at or below a grade of “C.” first. All other parent conferences will be provided upon email request to the teacher. Classroom teachers and Diverse Learners teachers will send a sign up to schedule a conference time for Nov 18th.

Specials teachers’ conferences will be provided upon email request. 
Mrs. Garcia: Media- 
Mr. Zettl: Band – 
Mr. Laino: Gym –
Mr. Doyle: Gym- 
Mrs. Mitchell: Art- 
Ms. Jaffe: Music- 

Please remember to pay your school fee. The school fee is important as it helps to pay for many of our instructional resources including ELA and content focused magazine subscriptions for each grade level, helps to cover the cost of many of the online resources- especially since we’ve added new ones to our curriculum for online learning, as well as replenishing technology (we were able to purchase 38 new chromebooks with school fees from last year), as well as student incentives.

I invite you to join us at the next LSC meeting on November 11th where I will be going over our Fiscal 2020 Budget. The meeting link will be posted on the calendar as soon as it becomes available.

FAMILY RESOURCES

Food Pantry & Online Market

Chicago’s only online market where families can choose the items they want and pick them up each month. 

Mental Wellness Services

Free counseling for individuals, couples or families. 3-4 weeks of services. Professional counselors/social workers provide this service. 

Take Care of Yourself and Your Community:Taking care of your friends and your family can be a stress reliever, but it should be balanced with care for yourself. Helping others cope with their stress, such as by providing social support, can also make your community stronger. During times of increased social distancing, people can still maintain social connections and care for their mental health. Phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel socially connected, less lonely, or isolated.

NOVEMBER SELF CARE CALENDAR

  • Take care of your body: take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to unwind
  • Connect with others 

 Ways to support your child:

  • Talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand.
  • Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn from you how to cope with stress.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
  • Spending time with your child in meaningful activities, reading together, exercising, playing board games.

One Last Smile Challenge:

What is this mystery animal?

We’ve got a challenge for you! We’ve looked through our natural history collections and found some very cool specimens. But here’s the twist, we’re only going to show you close-up photos of the specimen (like the one above). Think you can correctly identify these amazing animals from just their photos? Click here to take the challenge!

South Loop Strong- Lion Pride !

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