SCHOOL CLOSURE WEEKLY UPDATE from Principal Shelton (May 21)

Hello Lion Pride!

This week’s focus incorporates educational resources to support your well-being.As we enter our 10th week for  “Stay Home,” I’m sure you are thinking about your “New Normal.”  I am sending this message again, from a few weeks ago. I think it is a good way to reflect on  how Covid-19 will shape your families “new normal”

There’s nothing like self care during uncertainty. I hope you’re taking time to focus on your mental, emotional and physical health . This is why I think it’s important to have students journal/ draw about this experience to support their emotional health.

Writing Hour
Tuesdays, 5:00–6:00 p.m
Join us for a virtual creative writing hour. Our goal is to set up an online space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s online exhibitions on Google Arts & Culture.
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Story Time
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
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Immerse yourself in tales of presidents, artists, inventors, athletes, and more! Join a Portrait Gallery educator for Story Time every Wednesday on Facebook. Each week will focus on a different person. Children will learn more about familiar names and faces, and will also meet new people from U.S. history!

This month we’ve partnered with our music-loving friends at the National Museum of American History to learn more about jazz legends.

Select Story Times are presented en español! Check out our latest addition, “Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz,” here.

Young Portrait Explorers

Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.
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Explore portraits of astronauts and activists, scientists and star athletes and discover the stories behind them! Join us every Tuesday on Instagram Stories for a close look at a featured portrait. Then we’ll dig deeper with some discussion questions and get moving with fun activities on the day’s topic. Download PDF activity guides from our website. For children ages 3 and up and their families.
Self-care resource: Painting is a great stress reliever for all ages.

Open Studios
Fridays, 11:00 a.m.
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Join artist Jill Galloway on Facebook for Open Studio sessions each Friday. Discover your inner artist! Create an original artwork inspired by the Portrait Gallery’s collection while exploring a different technique or tool each week. Open to all skill levels.

Congrats to 5th grade Brandon Barroso. He received an honorable mention for the Suntimes’ student art contest. The story ran in the May 17th issue. 

This week’s video to make you smile…

Thinking about starting a family band?? Get some inspiration from this Dad and his Quarantine Kids Band!

South Loop Photoshare– Challenge #1


Principal Shelton

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