SCHOOL CLOSURE WEEKLY UPDATE from Principal Shelton (June 11th)

As we prepare for the end of the school, I am providing a few  resources for virtual camps, academic programs, and online apps to help you plan summer options for students. 

Virtual Camps and Fine Arts Programs:

You can find all the details about Camp KiwiCo here. 

We are Knitters is teaching students how to knit, short video by short video. https://www.weareknitters.com/learn-knit?type=1#homeschool

Wild, Free & Crafty, an online arts and crafts business, has launched daily online art lessons for students. The initial set of lessons uses supplies that many homes have (such as printer paper and markers). After the lessons are streamed, they’re posted for viewing afterwards on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/c/wildfreeandcrafty

As part of Common Threads’ COVID-19 response,  Common Threads is offering a number of FREE resources that are fun and educational to help children, families and educators close out the school year and begin summer on the right foot. 

Summer Academy Registration

Virtual Jazz Academy 

Two-Week, Full Day Intensive Camp

Date: July 20 – July 31 (M-F)

Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Location: Chicago State University (9501 S. King Drive)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute is pleased to share a resources website for all the learners in your life. For ages three and up, this website contains at-home activities, curated streaming playlists and myriad other ways to interact with your favorite orchestral music. Learn More

The Academy of Art University is hosting a free series of online events, including guest experts in art and design speaking through Zoom, movie afternoons and nights, and virtual workshops on sketching and the use of various software programs. https://www.academyart.edu/admissions/upcoming-events/

Adobe and Time Magazine have teamed up to provide a weekly art lesson online. The “Draw with Drew (and Rosie!)” sessions take place at 10 a.m. Pacific time on multiple websites. Drew Willis is the creative director of “Time for Kids” and a book illustrator; Rosie is his 10-year-old daughter; and both are “avid artists.” Each episode includes a new drawing assignment, and participants vote on what they’d like the next assignment to be. https://time.com/5820518/draw-with-us/

BrainVentures, an initiative of the University of Michigan Center for Digital Curricula, is making daily learning adventures free. These are crafted by classroom teachers to give students choices of learning activities; they accommodate different learning preferences and engage the learner in constructing animations, videos, photo albums and stories while taking them on field trips and having them play games and run simulations. https://cdc.engin.umich.edu/daily-brain-venture/

FAME Center | Private Music Lessons | South Loop Chicago
This company has a long list of virtual classes to keep families engaged all summer 

STEM ACTIVITIES

American Society of Landscape Artists Online

ASLA has resources for teachers and students, including digital books for young readers and design and building activities to spark curiosity about careers in landscape architecture. Hands-on activities range from Build a Green Roof (grades K–6), Designing a Reading Garden (grades 6–8), and Create a Rain Garden or Bioswale (grades 6–12).

Learn about careers in landscape architecture. Hands-on activities range from Build a Green Roof (grades K–6), Designing a Reading Garden (grades 6–8), and Create a Rain Garden or Bioswale (grades 6–12).

4-H STEM Lab

The 4-H STEM Lab contains science, technology, engineering, and math activities for students to do at home with commonly available household items. In Liquid Layers, for example, students in grades four and up learn about density as they create a rainbow in a jar using various household liquids. In Building Bridges, students in grades 6–12 learn about the engineering design process and the mechanics of building bridges while designing their own bridge.

77 Simple STEM Activities for Families:Download a pdf list of STEAM ideas for home, school, or outdoors. Also available in Arabic and Spanish.

ComEd has STEM education activities that can be easily accessed on our website, for you, your family, and all the teachers out there. From video and activity downloads to interactive experiments, ComEd has plenty of options for you and your family to help them learn and stay busy…all while still having fun.  Learn More 

Academic Resources

SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

This program offers ten levels of proficiency into 30-hour intensive courses: 

Introductory level Basic (1, 2 & 3), 

Pre- intermediate, Intermediate (1, 2 & 3)

and Advanced (1 and 2)

Classes are entirely conducted in Spanish allowing students to practice the language from day one. Groups are small to foster confidence.

Due to COVID-19, all of our Spanish courses will be taught online via ZOOM and Google Classrooms

For more information contact us via e-mail at:

Math Tutor: Alexis Loveraz

Alexis, who has a 4.0 grade point average at Harlem Prep, garnered some of his tech skills at America on Tech, a nonprofit that seeks to give urban students a career pathway in technology.  In his entire lifetime, Pythagoras himself probably didn’t teach as many students as Alexis Loveraz reaches in one quick TikTok video.In addition to TikTok, Alexis has a YouTube channel and teaches students from around the world through Google Classrooms.

The Ultimate Summer Reading Lists: Explore extensive lists of books by age to help students enjoy their summer reading: 

Free Digital Learning Resources 

Great Minds: Math is probably one of the most difficult subjects to keep kids on-track at home. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. Great Minds has written material for math (Grades K-12) and daily instructional videos for English language arts (Grades K-8), and science (Grades 3-5). The best part about this resource? New video lessons and content is updated daily

Khan Academy: A familiar, tried and true online resource for everything preK-12. 

NewSchools School Closure Resources: A living document sharing the latest resources available for families and educators. If you’re in need of internet assistance, you should definitely check this out. 

Pave: A (really) long (but helpful), and updated, list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closures. Be prepared to sift through but it’ll probably have what you’re looking for.

Zearn: Thanks to donations, their entire K-5 math curriculum is now available for free, this includes paper-based materials that can be used without a device. This is a big deal!

Summer Learning Resources


While CPS focuses on summer programming for middle grades, WITS is committed to serving Pre-K and Kindergarten students while they are at home. Endorsed by the Office of Early Childhood Education, the WITS Early Childhood Summer Program (ECSP) is a literacy program that supports early learners as they enter elementary school. Since 2012, ECSP has prepared over 560 Chicago students for school using an innovative, fun curriculum. Now, we are adapting our classroom program to an accessible virtual learning space that meets the needs of children and families while they are at home. In collaboration with WITS partner school educators, the new program will be hosted on the WITS website. This free resource requires no app, no download and is available for all. Stating July 13th, this five-week program features new content delivered twice a week.  SIGN UP TO RECEIVE MORE INFORMATION

Learning From Home A.K.A. Instant Homeschool! 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute: From one parent to another, Fordham’s president shares the best YouTube channels, Netflix options, and even podcasts! 

New York Times: The NYT has this really cool thing where students can respond to daily writing prompts inspired by the NYT—and the great thing is, you don’t have to have a subscription.

All subjects

ELA

  • Reading A to Z (elementary): Encompasses Myon, Starfall, and IXL. Basic reading practice for learning readers; lean on the resources already in use in your school. Also offers authentic Spanish books.
  • EPIC (elementary): Digital library for elementary students. Teachers must sign up and invite students. Also available in Spanish.
  • TumbleBooks (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Unite for Literacy (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Time for Kids (elementary): Student articles for grades K-6; good for knowledge-building reading.             
  • CommonLit (upper elementary/secondary): More than 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12.
  • Newsela (upper elementary/secondary): Nonfiction texts at different independent reading levels paired with activities, including news articles, science pieces and social studies pieces.
  • New York Times writing curriculum (secondary): Flexible program for middle and high schools based on the real-world writing found in newspapers, from editorials and reviews to personal narratives and analysis essays.
  •  Wit & Wisdom (K-8): Great Minds is sharing free, recorded daily lessons delivered by their own teachers, viewable on any device (including smartphones).
  • Open Up Resources (K-5): Offers family and student resources for virtual learning aligned to EL Education K-5, Bookworms K-5, and Reading with Relevance.

ELA

  • Reading A to Z (elementary): Encompasses Myon, Starfall, and IXL. Basic reading practice for learning readers; lean on the resources already in use in your school. Also offers authentic Spanish books.
  • EPIC (elementary): Digital library for elementary students. Teachers must sign up and invite students. Also available in Spanish.
    .TumbleBooks (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Unite for Literacy (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Time for Kids (elementary): Student articles for grades K-6; good for knowledge-building reading.             
  • CommonLit (upper elementary/secondary): More than 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12.
  • Newsela (upper elementary/secondary): Nonfiction texts at different independent reading levels paired with activities, including news articles, science pieces and social studies pieces.
  • New York Times writing curriculum (secondary): Flexible program for middle and high schools based on the real-world writing found in newspapers, from editorials and reviews to personal narratives and analysis essays.
  •  Wit & Wisdom (K-8): Great Minds is sharing free, recorded daily lessons delivered by their own teachers, viewable on any device (including smartphones).
  • Open Up Resources (K-5): Offers family and student resources for virtual learning aligned to EL Education K-5, Bookworms K-5, and Reading with Relevance.

 Math

 Science

  • PhD Science (3-5): Great Minds is sharing free, recorded daily lessons delivered by their own teachers, viewable on any device (including smartphones). If possible, send students home with their PhD Science module 4 logbooks.

Set up accounts on educational apps and websites. These educational publications and online tools are offering free subscriptions during school closures. Check out some of our favorite apps and games, listed below:

Duck Duck Moose: Free award-winning educational apps for younger children on iTunes and Google Play Stores.

Bedtime Math: A daily (or nightly) math problem focused on a fun fact or topic.

Monkey Preschool Lunchbox: Simple puzzles and math problems for kids aged 3-5.

Dragonbox Numbers: Games designed to strengthen number sense in students aged 4-8.

Endless Alphabet : Really cute, simple, letter-learning app for early learners.

Storyline Online: Great kids’ books read aloud by famous Hollywood actors.

Wide Open School is offering a virtual summer camp with online and offline activities in both English and Spanish that will keep kids of all ages active and curious until next school year.

ChiARTS Summer Camp- Register now!

After School Matters Summer Programs

Together We Camp is a virtual camp that puts kids in charge

With only light guidance from caregivers, Together We Camp empowers kids to take their agendas and hit the ground running. From stuffing their mouths with as many marshmallows as possible to meditating in a patch of sunshine, each day strikes of new balance of virtual and old-fashioned fun.

Created by Chicago’s top enrichment providers, we’ve designed this virtual camp to require as little parent participation as possible.

Just set your kids up and then set them free, they can handle this.

What is Wide Open School?

Wide Open School is a new destination for families and educators that debuted in March 2020 in response to the pandemic and nationwide shift to distance learning. The mission of Wide Open School is to collect, curate, and disseminate the best online and offline learning activities from leaders in education, as recommended by Common Sense’s expert editors , who rate and review media and technology based on age-appropriateness, quality, and learning potential.

What will parents find this summer?

These are just some of the activities families will find on Wide Open School to keep kids active and learning all summer long:

  • Virtual field trips to remarkable places like the Canadian tundra with Discovery Education.
  • Custom workouts from basketball players like the Detroit Pistons’ Langston Galloway with the Jr. NBA.
  • Civic engagement activities, like building a presidential campaign to “Win the White House” with iCivics.

Visit Wide Open School

One Last Smile

10/10 perfect form. Bonus points for being too darn cute

Sincerely,

Principal Shelton

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*As always, for the most reliable information and updates, please visit CPS FAQ PAGE, www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For school-specific updates, visit www.cps.edu/coronavirus. If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health & Wellness at or by calling the Healthy CPS Hotline 773-553-KIDS (5437).*

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