Middle School News April 2, 2020 p.m. edition!

Good Afternoon from the Middle School (virtually) – Welcome Grade 4 parents as well!

A. Parents as teachers: Parents have been immersed in suddenly becoming teachers in their own homes, here is a webinar that might be helpful: Parents as First Teachers: Supporting Reading Development at Home in Culturally Responsive Ways Monday, April 6, 2020 4pm Eastern

Parent Tools for Teaching at Home:

●        Student Readiness Check, Learning Heroes

●        Make any Room a Classroom, BrainPOP

●        Scholastic Learn from Home, Scholastic

B. Safety & Emotional Support: As with any traumatic event, we are bombarded with information and media. Here are some resources for parents to navigate this time:

Talking to Children about COVIDNational Association of School Psychologists

How to be Alone, but not Lonely, NPR

How to Avoid Shaking HandsHarvard Business Review

https://www.downdogapp.com/ yoga app- free to all school staff

“Social Stories” created by Breezy Special Ed, Social Stories

From Child Mind Institute: Talking to Your Children about the Coronavirus (4-minute video; en español)

From the Council for Exceptional Children, a PDF that “Provides methods to help children and adolescents understand and cope with emotions related to the Coronavirus pandemic.”:

https://www.cec.sped.org/~/media/Files/Resources/Pamphlet_HEMOT_english.pdf

This is a link to “best news sources for kids” so if parents don’t want kids tuning in to regular news, which is so adult-oriented and therefore more confusing and scary….potentially “The websites and apps on this list offer stories of interest to kids and make serious events more digestible.” https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-news-sources-for-kids

Have a wonderful evening – be alert for that ‘little thing’ that happened today that spoke to your heart!

Kathi McCollumn, Principal