WPE Second Day “Yellow” Letter
October 7, 2020
Hello parents and families of our West Park students!
With the School Board decision for Lake County School District to remain in the hybrid phase for the remainder of the semester, we wanted to take the chance to send along more details about our partnership in your child’s education this semester, and what it will look like at West Park Elementary School, specifically. Thank you for reading this carefully!
We will continue with our same students attending school on an A/B alternating schedule for the rest of the semester. Students will continue to receive nearly all of their direct instruction on in-person days at school, while 2nd Day work will involve practice and application of the new skills.
The WPE staff believe that seeing students for a full day, every other day, offers us the time to deliver instruction, practice skills, build relationships, and deliver small-group interventions which we feel are critical to student success. We also believe that predictability in schedules with minimal transitions for our youngest learners is important, so we look forward to having the same type of schedule for the semester. Project Dream will continue to offer “2nd Day” (when your child is not at school) programming for students who attended the 100 Elk program – this program is led by Taylor Trelka. (719-427-7003 Ella habla español)
Because we are shifting from the “introductory” phase of school to our “semester plan,” there are a few common questions we would like to answer.
Will anything be different for the rest of the semester?
The 2nd day work that students will be completing will become a bit more complex, as we are applying new skills learned during the school day. Students may be asked to watch one pre-recorded, 20-25 minute Foundational Skills lesson on their 2nd day. These videos will be prepared by one of our own grade-level teachers. The Foundational Skills video lessons are interactive – students follow along with the teacher by using the materials the teacher sends home. We will also be sending home an iPad for all K and 1st grade students, and a ChromeBook for all 2nd grade students.
The device will come home each day, fully charged (charging is done at school). It should be used for school related activities only, and we anticipate asking students to use the device for perhaps an hour or two during their 2nd Days. We believe that screen time should be limited to no more than 2 hours per day for children who are 5-8 years old. Please make sure that your child brings their device to school /Project Dream programs every day.
This device needs to come back to school each day, as it is an important part of our hybrid instruction. This device is assigned to your student and is their very special tool to access lessons and use enrichment programs from the teachers.
Do I need to do anything to set up my child’s device at home?
All programs the student needs are already loaded on the device and we have spent the last few weeks practicing accessing them: Google classroom, Lexia (literacy), DreamBox (math), Great Minds in Sync (math), RAZ Kids (reading activities) and Google Meets. Please connect the device to your internet at home for the best use!
How does 2nd day work connect to in-person learning?
Teachers carefully prepare 2nd day work for our students in our weekly packets and directly relate the work to our instruction (academic standards and curriculum). For our youngest learners, paper-pencil work is fundamental to developing the skills of writing, reading and math. It is critical that this work is attempted by the students to continue their learning and apply the skills that we have been teaching. Thank you for setting aside time each day to discuss your child’s work together. During this time, it would be important to help them through challenging problems or explain points of confusion you notice, as well as celebrate the work they completed well! We believe that parents and family are the most important teachers in any child’s life – your engagement with your student in their learning is critical to their success!
What academic activities does 2nd day work include?
|90 minutes: 20-30 minutes of literacy packet work20 minutes of Foundational Skills – pre-recorded lesson- posted on Google Classroom OR other foundational skills work20-30 minutes Lexia 20 minutes of reading, being read to, or listening to pre-recorded stories on RAZ kids||60 minutes: 20-30 minutes of math packet work20-30 minutes of Dreambox – math application and practice and games||10-30 minutes: Specials teachers will send home projects and activities that directly relate to the lessons being taught|
If I am working with my child at home, what should I do first with them?
Our first priority of instruction are the learning packets created by teachers. Secondly, watching the CR Success/Foundational Skills lesson will be important for phonics instruction. Our third priority is the enrichment programs such as Lexia, DreamBox, and RAZ kids.
If my child attends the 2nd day Project Dream program, will they still get this academic time?
Yes, the Project Dream Crew schedule for each grade level includes time for this 2nd day work. They need to bring their 2nd Day Packet each day! Our WPE teachers are partnered with a Project Dream Crew Leader and have met to show them what the work looks like, and what is expected to be completed. The times will be structured and student progress will be monitored, though ultimately the classroom teacher, student and parents will have conversations to determine areas of strength and where additional help is needed. These students will access the School District wifi on their devices.
Do students need to log on to the internet on their 2nd day now?
We are starting to practice at home learning by having students watch a Foundational Skills lesson on their teacher’s Google classroom. If you’re working with your child at home, please plan for them to log onto their teacher’s Google classroom and follow along with this lesson at home. Teachers will be practicing this with their students. We also want to practice on-line learning with our students in the event we have to go to at-home learning for a period of time. It helps us all be more successful if families and students are familiar with the on-line instructional systems.
What do I do if I don’t have access to the internet?
If your student attends the 2nd day program, they will use the school’s wifi. If you don’t have internet access at your house, please let your child’s teacher know. We can download videos in advance on a case by case basis. The public library checks out wireless hotspots and there are areas of free wifi in Leadville and we will also communicate your need to our tech department.
How do you take attendance for the 2nd day time for my child?
At-home students are marked
present by showing teachers they have attempted the 2nd day learning packet
work. If no work has been attempted, then the student will be marked absent.
Project Dream students are marked present when they attend the Project Dream activities. It is still expected that they attempt the 2nd day learning packet work, though it is not tied to attendance because the student is at a school event.
We so appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We find that when parents and families engage in their student’s learning, experience is much richer for everyone involved. We cannot do it without your support! Again, we believe that parents and family are the most important teachers in any child’s life – your engagement with your student in their learning is critical to their success!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or to the principal if you have any questions at all!
The West Park Team &
Kathleen Fitzsimmons, Principal