Summer is HERE!Posted by Christina Thompson on 5/22/2020
It was SO wonderful to see everyone who was able to make it to the End of the Year Parade. We had so much fun saying Goodbye to you and Hello to Summer!
As the school year winds to a close, I am providing a few last resources for continued Summer Learning!
Learning through Apps!
ALL Pre-k students will have continued access to Starfall and ABCMouse over the summer! Please utilize the apps! They will help keep your child on track and learning.
SLPS Summer Reading List
To keep students engaged and learning over the summer, one of the best things you can do as a parent is to READ, READ, READ with your child! To help support parents, SLPS created a Summer Reading List for Pre-K through 12th grade. You can find the Summer Reading List HERE!
Kindergarten Summer School Transition, Aug. 3 - Aug. 14, 2020
This option is only available to CURRENT P4 students who will be entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2020. I would strongly encourage you to REGISTER your child for the Kindergarten Summer School Transition program.
Summer Learning Session II is an academic enrichment program offering high-quality, research-based instruction with a focus on language, literacy, and math designed to support students in their transition to the next grade level. This session is for incoming Kindergarten students through incoming 9th grade students. This session format will be brick and mortar, online, or blended.
To enroll your child for Summer Learning Session II, please click HERE.
Keep On Learning! Continuous Learning Materials
If you would like your child to continue to do "work" over the Summer, here is the list of ALL Continuous Learning Packets created by the district.
The Continuous Learning Kits for April 27 - May 8 continue to offer students a linear review of standards-based material presented by grade level/grade span for every content area, including visual and performing arts. This kit features high-quality instructional material that students can engage with both virtually and in print. Additionally, this kit includes more project based activities and review items to prepare students for the close of the school year and the Continuous Learning Final Assessments, which will be available in the final Continuous Learning Kit (May 11-21).
To access all the Learning Kits, please click HERE!
The district compiled a list of FREE and useful resources to keep children learning over the summer! Please check out the lists below.
Continuous Learning PK-12th Grade Resources, click HERE!
Continuous Learning Early Childhood Resources, click HERE!
Active Brain Breaks, click HERE!
I hope everyone has a SAFE and HEALTHY Summer! We look forward to seeing your child back in the Fall!
~*~ Virtual Spirit Week ~*~Posted by Christina Thompson on 4/16/2020
Update for COVID-19 School ClosurePosted by Christina Thompson on 4/9/2020
Here is the latest news regarding school closings in Saint Louis City.
"Saint Louis Public Schools, St. Louis County Schools and St. Louis Charter Schools buildings will remain closed through the end of this school year. Learning and support services will continue through each district's last day of school. This decision was extremely difficult, but it is imperative that we take bold measures to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and help save lives in our community.
This decision follows recommendations from local health departments and is in collaboration with government officials. We will continue to follow their guidance as we make decisions on end of year events in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and communities." - Taken from Saintn Louis Public Schools FB page
As we continue this extended journey with virtual learning, please know that I am here for you! We will get through this together as the Adams Family <3
New FREE Resource!Posted by Christina Thompson on 4/3/2020 8:00:00 AM
Good Morning Families!
I have a NEW, FREE resource to share!
SLPS has been given full FREE access to the Age of Learning suite of online learning programs.
This includes FREE access to ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ!
Click here to read the full letter from Age Of Learning - FREE ACCESS SLPS!
Special Update for COVID-19 Virtual LearningPosted by Christina Thompson on 3/31/2020
Dear Families and Students,
I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Beginning next week, our students will be returning to school- online! We know that this is a huge shift for families and students, and it is completely new to teachers, administrators, and the district as well. During this stressful time, we will strive to be patient and flexible with everyone, and we hope that you will be patient with us too. While there are still many details being worked out, this letter contains some introductory information that will be very important moving forward.
- Family/Teacher Contact
- If you need to contact me, parents can use my email or phone number (texts are fine too) included at the end of this letter, or message me. Please leave a message if I miss your call, including your name and your child’s name. I will respond to all contact from parents within 24 hours.
- Per district policies, all communication between teachers and students must be monitored by parents. This means that students may email or text teachers only if the parent is also included in the email (or it is sent from the parent’s email) or text thread, and students must have a parent present when they call or video chat a teacher. If a student calls or sets up a video chat without their parent, they will be asked to call back or schedule a time when a parent is present.
- The district is exploring platforms for group and individual video chats for student conferences, pre-recorded lessons, or live lessons. I will keep you updated when I have more information.
- It is VITAL that we have your most up-to-date contact information. Please let me know if your address or phone number has changed.
- Each student’s parent/caregiver must check-in with me each Monday, to discuss your needs, questions, and your student’s progress. There will be a sign-up for your check-in time sent to your email, as well as via text. You will only need to complete the sign-up once, and your check-in appointment will automatically be scheduled for the same time each week. You can contact me to make outside arrangements if needed.
- Students will need reliable access to WiFi and a laptop or iPad to complete their assignments, beginning April 6th. I know many families have technology concerns. For information on obtaining a district iPad for students, go to THIS Technology Survey and complete the survey. The Technology Office will distribute iPads and internet hotspots on a rolling basis for as long as they are available, beginning this week.
- Online Learning
- Each week, I will post student assignments in two places- on our Microsoft Teams page (basically a virtual classroom) and my SLPS.org web page. The link to my webpage is here! The information posted will be the same in each location.
- Students in Pre-K are expected to complete one to two hours of work each week PER core subject (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies), as well as one hour of Visual Arts and one hour of Related Arts (Music/PE) per week. This is a total of 7-12 hours of work per week, which means students and parents should anticipate roughly one- two hours of schoolwork per day. Assignments will include work on several interactive websites, and I have sent information home before, as well as their login information. Other assignments will need to be completed and submitted via Microsoft Teams, where I will grade it and give feedback. Their Microsoft Team login information is available upon request. I will send a separate message when I receive more information about how to get students started on Teams.
I know this is a lot to digest, and I ask again that we all extend grace to ourselves, our students, and each other in these trying times. We will make it through. Please stay safe and healthy. The teachers, administration, and staff at Adams Elementary miss you and hope to see you again very soon.
New Resources! New Fun!Posted by Christina Thompson on 3/28/2020
I hope all families are doing well after our first week of extended break. As of right now, SLPS will remain closed until April 22, 2020.
As we navigate this new time of online learning, I will keep posting updates to this blog. I will text/e-mail the link whenever there is a new blog post. Please make sure you are checking for updates regularly.
SLPS also has a great resource for continuous learning at home. There are different websites, blogs, and resources available HERE.
For a list of support resources and assistance programs, click COVID-19 Resources & Assistance.
Finally, I have a few extra academic resources that I wanted to share.
Epic! is a FANTASTIC reading program that has different books available for your child to read, be read to, or listen to.
- If you are accessing Epic by laptop:go to GetEpic.com/students. Enter the class code: KBC5428
- If you are accessing Epic by iphone, Android, or tablet, DOWNLOAD the EPIC! app from the app store. Enter the class code: KBC5428
Now you are ready to GET READING with EPIC!
SLPS has been given full access to BrainPop & BrainPop Jr.! We LOVE learning with Annie and Moby, so this is a great resource for our students to keep learning at home.
- Username: slps2020
- Password: slps2020
- If you are accessing Epic by laptop:go to GetEpic.com/students. Enter the class code: KBC5428
FREE ACCESS to Starfall for Pre-K StudentsPosted by Christina Thompson on 3/25/2020
I have great news for parents in need of Homeschooling resources!
SLPS has been given full, free access to Starfall.com for all Pre-K students. The ECE Office has been given a unique access code for each student. Email Samantha March (Samantha.March@slps.org) or text (314-934-5436) to obtain an access code, so students may engage in continuous learning while at home. Parents will receive a prompt reply from a member of the ECE Team.
Check out Starfall.com!
List of FREE Educational Resources, Apps, WebsitesPosted by Christina Thompson on 3/23/2020
As we move towards e-learning and homeschooling for the next two weeks, I thought I would share this AWESOME list of FREE educational resources! This list was compiled by KidsActivitiesBlog!
Each of these websites will allow you to sign-up for FREE and help your child along with their education. It is perfect for homeschooling which is something we are all needing to do right now.
Here's the Entire List of Educational Resources for students, click HERE!
Some sites/apps on the list: Khan Academy, ABC Mouse, and BrainPop!
Ms. Hogan, who teaches 3rd grade at Adams, compiled a list of Homeschooling resources to use during the extended break. Please check out the website: CovidRemoteLearning.com!
Finally, Mr. Vandevort or Mr. V, our puppeteer teacher, uploads various puppet shows to his youtube channel! The kids love his puppet shows and I'm sure they would love his videos, too! Check out a PUPPET SHOW!
As we move foreward during this extended break, I would encourage you to check back for more resources this week!
Special Update for COVID-19 School ClosurePosted by Christina Thompson on 3/23/2020
Dear Pre-K Parents & Guardians,
Welcome to our first blog post during the COVID-19 school closure. As we look forward to our first week of extended break, I want you to know that even though it may seem daunting now, we are in this together! If you need anything, please don't hesitate to text, call, or e-mail (at firstname.lastname@example.org). I will be available from 9 am - 3 pm most days.
Tentatively, Saint Louis Public School district is closed until April 3rd. If any new updates happen, they will come through district phone calls and alerts.
The district created a COVID-19 facts page, click here: COVID-19 Resources
Check back later today for different resources and list of activities you may do with your student during this extended school closure!