June 8 – 12, 2020

Hi Families!

I want to express what a positive year I’ve had with your children, both in class and at a distance. I know it was disappointing for 5th graders not to be able to participate in the special End-of-Year events, but from what I can see they’ve handled it well. They’ve given me so many reasons to be proud. I’m amazed and thankful for their continued participation through the end of the school year, and I know they will make awesome middle schoolers.

Student Belongings

Families may pick up student belongings in the bus loop on Monday and Tuesday, June 8 & 9, from 9-12 and 1-4.

You may also drop off any remaining school or teacher materials at this time. This includes Mrs. McGee’s reading group novels and classroom library books, safety patrols belts, scissors, calculators, etc. that may have been borrowed from a teacher. Please place these in a labeled plastic bag and drop them off when you collect your belongings. Thank you!

Dates to Note

Mon, June 8 – Virtual Magic Show at 11 AM – Be alert for information from the school.

Mon-Tues, June 8 & 9- Families may pick up student belongings via drive thru pick up.

9AM – 12 PM and 1 – 4 PM

Tues, June 9 – 12:00 noon FINAL CLASS MEETING

Wed, June 10 – 1 PM Launch of our 5th Grade Crossover event.

Thur, June 11 – 9:00 AM 4th Quarter Buzzy Bash is launched.

Fri, June 12 – Drive Thru “Good Bye” 10:30 – 11:00 AM 5th Graders Only

11 AM – 12 noon All students

This Week

We will have our final “class” on Zoom on TUESDAY at 12 pm to announce awards and say good byes. I’ll send out the link on Tuesday.

Summer Reading Links

Middle School HCPS Summer Reading Bingo Board – You are rising 6th Graders!

HCPS Summer Reading Page

HCPS Middle School Summer Reading Page

Reading Lists & Links

Mrs. McGee’s Reading Favorites -This might help with multiple squares on your BINGO board such as:

1-Reread a favorite book. You could reread one I’ve read to you also.

2-Read a book recommended by a friend, teacher, or librarian.

3-Read a book by an author you’ve never read before.

Henrico Public Library Resources:

Henrico County Public Library Staff has compiled a list of Book Suggestions for 5th Graders here.

You can also get personalized book lists created for you by HCPL librarians. Use this form to tell a little about your reading preferences and they will email you a list of books chosen just for you.

HCPL Tweens Newsletter

Storyberries: Free Fairy Tales, Bedtime Stories and Poems for Kids

More Student Poems to Share

Sam’s Poems

Mei-Li’s Poems

Best Wishes to one of my favorite classes of students ever! I miss you already.

Love,

Andrea McGee

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June 1 – 5

Hi Families!

We only have two class meetings remaining. Please read important information below.

Student Teacher Conferences

This week we will not have a Monday class meeting. Instead, I will have a personal conference with each student for them to reflect on their learning this year as well as their goals for the summer and middle school. It will also be an opportunity for me to give each child feedback, advice and encouragement going forward as well as to receive feedback on how our program can be improved. I’ve assigned each student a 10-minute time slot. Click here for the conference schedule and materials.  Please contact me via email if your child will not be able to meet with me at the assigned date and time, and we can work out an alternative time. In the document with the schedule, I’ve included a link to a survey for students to complete prior to our conference. This will help us make the most of our time.  I really look forward to chatting individually with each child. Here is another link to the Pre-Conference Form

Library Book Drop-off:

The final day to drop off library books and Mrs. McGee’s classroom books is this Tuesday, June 2 from 1 – 3 pm in the car-rider loop to the left of the school on Old Three Chopt Road. If you are unable to return any of my books or school materials at this time, please let me know.

Student Belongings

Families may pick up student belongings in the bus loop on Monday and Tuesday, June 8 & 9, from 9-12 and 1-4.

Dates to Note

Mon, June 1 – Student – Teacher 1:1 Conferences Begin

Tue, June 2 – Student – Teacher 1:1 Conferences Continue

Tue, June 2 – Book Drop Off 1-3 PM

Fri, June 5 – Class Meeting on Zoom at 1 PM

Mon, June 8 – Virtual Magic Show at 11 AM – More info to follow

Mon-Tues, June 8 & 9- Families may pick up student belongings via drive thru pick up.

Wed, June 10 – 1 PM Live Stream of our 5th Grade Crossover event. You can also access the link to view it later. Watch Live Stream Here

Fri, June 12 – Drive Thru “Good Bye” 11 AM – 12 noon

This Week

This week students have a culminating project to conclude our poetry unit. Explanations are in the Schoology folder. Even though we will not have class on Monday, students have a few assignments to complete. All materials for this week can be accessed in the green Distance Learning June 1-5 folder in Schoology > Homeroom.

We will have “class” on Zoom on Friday at 1 pm to share finished products and share poem recitals. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

Reading Groups

In addition to our regular class meetings, we hold our final small group reading Zoom meetings as follows:

Monday 12:00 noon – City of Ember meeting

Monday 12:30 PM– Tuck Everlasting meeting – This is a change

Students may use the regular Monday meeting link to join these reading group meetings.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

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May 26 – 29, 2020

Hi Families!

As the school years “zooms” to a close, we do have numerous special events taking place in addition to our continued learning. Please read through all of the dates below to be informed. We have one more week of new instruction, and then will begin to reduce the workload significantly for students during the last two weeks. We will hold one class meeting each week during the last two weeks.

Library Book Drop-off: 

Mrs. Kingoff and Mrs. Parker will be at Short Pump ES to collect library books borrowed during the school year. You may also return Mrs. McGee’s classroom books! Drop-off dates and times are:

  • Tues, May 26 from 10 am- 12 pm
  • Thur, May 28 from 1 – 3 pm
  • Tues, June 2 from 1 – 3 pm

Library Book Drop off will be done in a drive-thru format in the car-rider loop to the left of the school on Old Three Chopt Road. Please do not leave your vehicle. You will only need to pull into the parent drop-off/pick-up car loop, and someone will be there to collect the books.

Student Teacher Conferences

During the first week of June, I will have a personal conference with each student for them to reflect on their learning this year as well as their goals for the summer and middle school. It will also be an opportunity for me to give each child feedback, advice and encouragement going forward. I’ve assigned each student a 10-minute time slot. Click here for the conference schedule. Please contact me via email if your child will not be able to meet with me at the assigned date and time, and we can work out an alternative time. Later this week, I’ll provide a form for students to complete so our time together will be most effective. I really look forward to chatting individually with each child.

Student Belongings

I will have some time to be at school next week to collect student’s personal belongings. These may be picked up on June 8 & 9. Dr. Slaughter will send out a message about this sometime next week.

Dates to Note

Mon, May 25 – Memorial Day Student Holiday. We’ll start class on Tuesday this week.

Tues, May 26 – 10-12 Book Drop Off

Tues, May 26 – 1PM Class Meeting on Zoom

Thurs, May 28 – Book Drop Off 1-3 PM

Fri, May 29 – 1 PM Class Meeting on Zoom

Fri, May 29 – Virtual Field Day – See info on this Week’s Menu

Mon, June 1 – Student – Teacher 1:1 Conferences Begin

Tue, June 2 – Student – Teacher 1:1 Conferences Continue

Tue, June 2 – Book Drop Off 1-3 PM

Fri, June 5 – Class Meeting on Zoom at 1 PM

Mon, June 8 – Virtual Magic Show at 11 AM – More info to follow

Mon-Tues, June 8 & 9- Families may pick up student belongings via drive thru pick up.

Wed, June 10 – 1 PM Live Stream of our 5th Grade Crossover event. You can also access the link to view it later. Watch Live Stream Here

Fri, June 12 – Drive Thru “Good Bye” 11 AM – 12 noon

This Week

This week we are going to continue our study of poetry.

All materials for this week can be accessed in the red Distance Learning May 26-29 folder in Schoology > Homeroom.

We will have “class” on Zoom on Tuesday and Friday at 1 p.m. The links are in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Tuesday during our meeting, I will present a new poetry lesson with students and a Math lesson from Mrs. Gosney. Then, I’ll review the assignments for students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Students can work on the assignments at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate successes. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

Reading Groups

In addition to our regular class meetings, we have small group reading Zoom meetings as follows:

Tuesday 11:30 AM– Tuck Everlasting meeting

Tuesday 12:00 noon – City of Ember meeting

Wednesday 12:30 PM – Love that Dog meeting – Any student can join. We’re just reading the book together.

Students may use the regular Monday meeting link to join these reading group meetings.

Last Call for Baby Pictures

We’re having fun during our class meetings trying to identify our classmates (and teachers) from their baby pictures. If you haven’t already done so, please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to play the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

Laugh Off:

If your stinger is a comedian and enjoys sharing riddles, knock-knock jokes, or puns, this opportunity is for him/her! Stingers submit videos here by Friday, June 5th at 3 pm!

Art Notes from Mrs. Dornik

Podcasts for Kids

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

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May 18 – 22

Hi Families!

May Scholastic Book Orders: Revised Due Date is Wednesday, May 20

The book selections in the May flyers are outstanding. I’m not sure if it’s related to COVID-19, but I’m pleasantly surprised. So, check out the options, and feel free to stockpile some books for your child’s summer reading. (Even the non-book offerings are awesome in these flyers.)

Access MAY flyers here

Place MAY Book Orders Here

Our class code is HHW4Q

Dates to Note

Mon, May 25 – Student Holiday for Memorial Day. We’ll start class on Tuesday that week.

Wed, June 10 – 1 PM Live Stream of our 5th Grade Crossover event. You can also access the link to view it later. Watch Live Stream Here

This Week

This week we are going to begin a poetry unit of study that will start out simple and become increasingly complex over the next few weeks. This week we’ll also review figurative language devices.

All materials for this week can be accessed in the yellow Distance Learning May 18-22 folder in Schoology > Homeroom.

We will have “class” on Zoom on Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. The links are in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Monday during our meeting, I will present a poetry lesson with students and a Math lesson from Mrs. Gosney. Then, I’ll review the assignments for students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Students can work on the assignments at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate successes. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

In addition, we will have a “Morning Meeting” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. Numerous other teachers have contributed their videos each week.

Reading Groups

In addition to our regular class meetings, we have small group reading Zoom meetings as follows:

Mondays 11:30 AM– Tuck Everlasting meeting

Mondays 12:00 noon – City of Ember meeting

Monday 1:00 PM – Class Meeting

Wednesdays 12:00 PM – Love that Dog meeting

Students may use the regular Monday meeting link to join these reading group meetings.

Sports Fiction for Teens – Recommendations from HCPL

Enter the 5th Grade Crossover Cover Contest Here

The deadline to enter has been extended one week. I know I have some terrific artists who could contribute!

Enjoy this MultiCultural Celebration Nearpod

Baby Pictures

We’re having fun during our class meetings trying to identify our classmates (and teachers) from their baby pictures. If you haven’t already done so, please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to play the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

Geography Practice:

U.S. Geography Games

Feedback

I’m reviewing student work and providing feedback in Schoology or within students’ google docs. It may be helpful for students to review those comments before beginning their work for the next week.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

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May 11-15

Hi Families!

May Madness

Looking for ways to continue to keep your stinger and family active? Why not participate in a friendly Free Throw Competition with Greenwood, Rivers Edge, & Shady Grove Elementary Schools next week.

Promotional Video

All you have to do is see how many free throws you can make within 10 shots and record on this Free Throw Shot Form. Stingers of any age can participate. Feel free to adjust the goal based on the child’s age. Don’t have a basketball goal? No problem! Make your own at home. The school winner with the most points will be declared Friday, May 15th at 12 pm.

May Scholastic Book Orders: Due Date Friday, May 15

I’ll be honest, I think that usually the book selection in the Scholastic flyers gets worse as the year progresses. This year, however, while the September and October flyers were mediocre, the May flyers are outstanding. I’m not sure if it’s related to COVID-19, but I’m pleasantly surprised. So, check out the options, and feel free to stockpile some books for your child’s summer reading. If your child must have a “Magic Sequin Narwhal journal,” a “Make your own Puffy Stickers Kit,” a gems & geodes kit, a “Pokemon Poke Ball Stationery Set,” a “Secret Ops 5-in-1 spy glove,” a “Make Your Own Paper Cactus Garden,” or an “Activity Tracker with a virtual pet” along the way, so be it. (Even the non-book offerings are awesome in these flyers.)

Happy Reading – and playing!

Access MAY flyers here

Place MAY Book Orders Here

This Week

We have more NEW instruction this week in Reading and in Math.

All materials for this week can be accessed in the pink Distance Learning May 11-15 folder in Schoology > Homeroom.

This week we will have “class” on Zoom on Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. The link is in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Monday during our meeting, I will review a lesson on POINT-OF-VIEW with students and a Math lesson from Mrs. Gosney. Then, I’ll review the assignments for students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Students can work on the assignments at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate successes. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

In addition, we will have a “Morning Meeting” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. Numerous other teachers have contributed their videos each week.

Reading Groups

In addition to our regular class meetings, we have small group reading Zoom meetings as follows:

Mondays 11:30 AM– Tuck Everlasting meeting

Monday 12:00 noon – City of Ember meeting

Monday 1:00 PM – Class Meeting

Wednesdays 12:00 PM – Love that Dog meeting

Students may use the regular Monday meeting link to join these reading group meetings.

Enter the 5th Grade Crossover Cover Contest Here

Baby Pictures

One of the activities students participated in during “5th Grade Celebration” was the Baby Name Game. I was hoping to do that with my homeroom students. Here’s where I need your help. Please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to create the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

From Mr. Gray:

Please use this form to tell MR. GRAY how you are using the Health/Physical Education Choice Board activities on EDFLIX during your distance learning. The feedback will help Mr. Gray to create activities in the future!

Physical Activity Choice Survey

 

Geography Practice:

U.S. Geography Games

 

Feedback

I’m reviewing student work and providing feedback in Schoology or within students’ google docs. I’ve worked my way through most of last week’s submissions and aim to complete those by the end of the weekend. That way students can review those comments before beginning their work for the next week.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

 

Andrea McGee

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May 4 – 8

Hi Families!

Happy May. I hope you and your families are well! It makes me very happy to see my students each week at our Zoom meetings. Thank you for making it possible for them to tune in to our class meetings on Mondays and Fridays at 1:00 pm.

Reading Groups

In addition to our regular class meetings, we have small group reading Zoom meetings as follows:

Mondays 11:30 AM– Tuck Everlasting meeting

Monday 12:00 noon – City of Ember meeting

Monday 1:00 PM – Class Meeting

Monday 2:00 PM – Love that Dog meeting

Students may use the regular Monday meeting link to join these reading group meetings.

This Week

We have NEW instruction this week in Reading and in Math. Also, students will begin to explore the Southwest region independently. (There are only 4 states.)

All materials for this week can be accessed in the blue Distance Learning May 4 – 8 folder in Schoology > Homeroom.

This week we will have “class” on Zoom on Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. The link is in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Monday during our meeting, I will work through a new lesson on THEME with students and a Math lesson on Perimeter and Area from Mrs. Gosney. I’ll quickly review the assignments that I want students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Then students can work on the assignments at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate successes. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

In addition, we will have a “Morning Meeting” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. Numerous other teachers have contributed their videos each week.

Game Time

I’d like to infuse some fun into our Class Meetings with quick games and challenges. I’ve got some ideas for the next few weeks, but I will need parent help down the road. One of the activities students participated in during “5th Grade Celebration” was the Baby Name Game. I was hoping to do that with my homeroom students. Here’s where I need your help. Please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to create the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

From Mr. Gray:

Please use this form to tell MR. GRAY how you are using the Health/Physical Education Choice Board activities on EDFLIX during your distance learning. The feedback will help Mr. Gray to create activities in the future!

Physical Activity Choice Survey

Geography Practice:

U.S. Geography Games

Feedback

I’m reviewing student work and providing feedback in Schoology or within students’ google docs. I’ve worked my way through most of last week’s submissions and aim to complete those by the end of the weekend. That way students can review those comments before beginning their work for the next week.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

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April 27 – May 1

Hi Families!

Again, I’m so impressed and thankful for how many students have been able to participate in our class meetings. Friday, all but three students tuned in to class, and I’m sure those three had good reasons that they couldn’t.

Thank you, parents!

I’m so proud of my students and their continued efforts. Many of them have agreed to participate in additional book groups voluntarily! I’m bragging about your children and you to everyone!

This Week

All the assignments for this week can be found in an orange folder titled “Distance Learning April 27 – May 1” in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

This week we will have “class” on Zoom on Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. The link is in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Monday during our meeting, I will review the assignments that I want students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Then students can work on them at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate one another’s success. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

In addition, we’ll continue our “Morning Meetings” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. I’ve enjoyed staying connected with the students this way

Game Time

I’d like to infuse some fun into our Class Meetings with quick games and challenges. I’ve got some ideas for the next few weeks, but I will need parent help down the road. One of the activities students participated in during “5th Grade Celebration” was the Baby Name Game. I was hoping to do that with my homeroom students. Here’s where I need your help. Please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to create the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

From Mr. Gray:

Please use this form to tell MR. GRAY how you are using the Health/Physical Education Choice Board activities on EDFLIX during your distance learning. The feedback will help Mr. Gray to create activities in the future!

Physical Activity Choice Survey

Reading Advice from Higher Education

Article on Reading and Homeschooling: 5 Things Parents Should Know

Geography Practice:

U.S. Geography Games

Feedback

I’m reviewing student work and providing feedback in Schoology or within students’ google docs. I’ve started working my way through last week’s submissions and aim to complete those by the end of the weekend. That way students can review those comments before beginning their work for the next week.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

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April 20 – 24, 2020

Hi Families!

First of all, I’m so impressed and thankful for how many students have been able to participate in our class meetings. Thank you, parents! I’m so proud of my students and their continued efforts. I think it’s healthy for kids to stay involved with their classmates, teachers, and learning, and it certainly makes me happy to see them.

This week we will have “class” on Zoom on Monday and Friday at 1 p.m. The link is in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

On Monday during our meeting, I will review the assignments that I want students to complete during the week and explain the instructions. Then students can work on them at their own pace throughout the week.  On Friday, we will meet again to share finished products and celebrate one another’s success. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through ClassDojo, Schoology messaging, and email.

All the assignments for this week can be found in a green folder titled “Distance Learning April 20 – 24” in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

In addition, we’ll continue our “Morning Meetings” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates about their previous week and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. I’ve enjoyed staying connected with the students this way. I gave students the “heads up” on Friday that I was going to be asking them to share what they’ve done to help in their homes. I’ve noticed that my house gets dirty more frequently now that we’re here all the time. I hope my students are doing their part at home to ease the burden on parents.

The link to this week’s morning meeting is in the folder in Schoology and right here:

April 20 – 24 Morning Meeting

Game Time

I’d like to infuse some fun into our Class Meetings with quick games and challenges. I’ve got some ideas for the next few weeks, but I will need parent help down the road. One of the activities students participated in during “5th Grade Celebration” was the Baby Name Game. I was hoping to do that with my homeroom students. Here’s where I need your help. Please send me a picture of your 5th grade when he or she was a baby or toddler. I’ll use the pictures to create the game for students to identify their classmates. It’s best if the picture has just one child in it. Send one picture to armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us  Thank you!

From Mr. Gray:

Please use this form to tell MR. GRAY how you are using the Health/Physical Education Choice Board activities on EDFLIX during your distance learning. The feedback will help Mr. Gray to create activities in the future!

Physical Activity Choice Survey

Free Bag of Books

It’s not too late to receive a free bag of books from Mrs. McGee. Just send me an email, and I might even deliver them to you! armcgee@henrico.k12.va.us

Feedback

I’m reviewing student work and providing feedback in Schoology or within students’ google docs. I’ve started working my way through last week’s submissions and aim to complete those by the end of the weekend. That way students can review those comments before beginning their work for the next week. Also, I haven’t been awarding points in ClassDojo for the last few weeks, but I’ve started awarding points this weekend for student participation in class meetings and for completing assignments.

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Andrea McGee

Miscellaneous:

Include your favorite memory in the SPES Memory Book!

Attention 5th grade students and families:

We want to include your favorite memory in the SPES Memory Book! Use this link to submit your memory via a Google Form by Monday, April 20th:  https://forms.gle/RE5eveaeUibdrB3o9.

 

Fun Family Workout

Parts of Speech Quiz – Middle School Level (#8 is incorrect)

Punctuation Quiz for Elementary Students

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Include your favorite memory in the SPES Memory Book!

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April 14 – 17, 2020

Hi Families!

I hope your Spring Break week was relaxing or at least had some periods of relaxation and joy. I am eager to connect with students again.

I have received more information about how our learning will look going forward, and I wanted to share a preview with you now. I am going to be having “class” on Zoom twice a week for approximately 45 minutes.  (Link is in Homeroom course in Schoology.) Our class meetings will typically be on Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m., except for the first class (which will be Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. – TOMORROW).  This schedule may change based on our needs.

Assignments will come from a choice board, much like the one in the first learning packet sent home in March. Teachers have been asked to assign specific activities from the board each week.

On Mondays during our meeting, I will review the assignments I would like for students to complete during the week and explain the instructions.  Then your students can work on them as they have time throughout the week.  On Friday, we will be meeting again to share finished products and celebrate one another’s success. Throughout the week, I will be available to answer any student questions through classdojo and email messages.  I am sure there may be some kinks to this plan and we will work them out together.

While no grades will be assigned, it is my hope that I will get 100% participation from the students, as it will keep them engaged and learning through the rest of the spring into early summer.  If your child would like to complete more than what is assigned, that is okay BUT is not required.  Also, while I do encourage you to engage with your child, all of the assigned work will be something that is a review for them.  They should be able to complete it with minimal assistance from you, so do not feel as if you need to teach them or sit with them while they do it.

All the assignments for the first week can be found in a purple folder titled “Distance Learning April 14-17” in the Homeroom course in Schoology.

In addition I’d like to continue to have a “Morning Meeting” via FlipGrid in which students can contribute short video updates about their previous week and view their classmates’ videos as well as videos from other teachers. I’ve enjoyed staying connected with the students this way. The link to this week’s morning meeting is in the folder in Schoology and right here:

Morning Meeting April 14 – 17

Finally, I have numerous great children’s books that have “quarantined” in my attic for a while. I’d like to make them available for free “curbside pickup” if families are interested. Please complete the one question survey if you’d be interested in driving by to acquire a bag of books for your family. I’ll pack them with appropriate caution (mask, gloves, etc.), but you are welcome to quarantine them for a time as well. Also, there would be no follow up expectations. If children are not interested in reading them, feel free to pass them along or donate to a local library or organization.

FREE Bag of Books Survey

As always, I am available to answer questions that you may have.  Please feel free to reach out.

Have a good week!

Andrea McGee

 

Miscellaneous:

Fun Family Workout

Parts of Speech Quiz – Middle School Level (#8 is incorrect)

Punctuation Quiz for Elementary Students

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