Weekly News

March 30 - April 3

From the PTA:

Today began the first phase of Continuity of Learning.

  • Your child’s teacher is in training today and tomorrow.
  • You will receive a communication from your child’s teacher no later than Wednesday.
  • Today, tomorrow, or Wednesday, you and your child should review the tutorials and resources found here.

We know there are still some unknowns and uncertainties. Please remember:

  • MCPS has never done distance learning before. This will not be perfect and there will be issues.
  • MCPS administrators, staff, and teachers are doing the best they can with the resources they have. Remember they are working at home with families as well.
  • Distance learning will not mirror the traditional classroom in an online format. It will not mirror how your neighbor or friend homeschools. This is learning during a global pandemic.
  • MCPS is not going to tell you what time your child should “start school” each morning. The Continuity of Learning plan is designed with flexibility in mind.
  • Your child will not be “doing school” 6 hours each weekday. Grades K-2 should complete approximately 1.5 to 2 hours of work per day. Students in Grades 3-5 should complete approximately 2.5 to 3 hours of work per day.
  • All learning will not be done live with their class. Learning is divided into three parts: viewing lessons, live time with the teacher, and completing independent work. Again, this is designed to provide flexibility to families.
  • Do not worry about trying to login to Zoom or Google Meet today. Wait to hear from your child’s teacher.
  • Do not worry that your child’s Google Classroom or myMCPS Classroom does not look like the tutorial. Your child's teacher is working on setting this up today, tomorrow, and Wednesday. Elementary student dashboards will look different than Secondary students.

If you have questions about the technology or the Continuity of Learning plan, please email them to us. We will answer as many as we can and try to get answers to those that we can’t. We will also compile these questions into a FAQ that can be referred to over the next few weeks.

Updates to the Calendar:

  • April 6-8 are now “school” days.
  • “Spring Break” is April 9, 10, and 13.
  • The third marking period will end April 17.

In Case You Missed It:

Governor Hogan has issued a Stay at Home directive effective today, March 30, at 8 PM. Marylanders must stay at home unless fulfilling an essential function. Read the executive order here or watch the announcement here.

We hope you all are safe and healthy! We miss our SKES families!

From SKES:

Dear Strawberry Knoll Families,

There were several messages sent out over the weekend regarding continuity of learning (distance learning) that MCPS and Strawberry Knoll will be implementing beginning tomorrow. Please visit the Continuity of learning website using the following link for more information and online resources:

https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/coronavirus/continuity-of-learning/

Your child's teacher will be working on Monday and Tuesday to learn how best to deliver instruction to students. Teachers will determine which online platform to use and communicate the platform with families. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you by Wednesday to schedule a time to meet virtually for their first class meeting. Math and literacy instruction will begin on the week of April 6th.

In an effort to maintain consistency and support, all schools will use lessons and resources from the Eureka Math and Benchmark Advance curricula.

In this remote learning structure, daily learning will not be equivalent to a six-hour day. On average, students in Grades K-2 will complete approximately 1.5-2 hours of work per day and students in Grades 3-5 will complete approximately 2.5-3 hours of work per day. This time is divided into three parts: viewing the central lessons, live time with the teacher and completing independent work. This first week will be dedicated to getting connected and establishing routines.

We thank you in advance for your support and for your patience as we coordinate this new and very different style of teaching and learning. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or give us a call at Strawberry Knoll between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Sincerely,

Patrick Scott

March 23 - 27

From the PTA:

Good afternoon SKES community!

We hope everyone is safe and healthy and continuing to practice social distancing. As we begin our second week of the emergency school closure, we wanted to provide you with some online interactive events we are hosting, as well as other resources for both parents and students.

VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK!

Join us this week for a spirit week and post your pictures on our Facebook page

TODAY: MONDAY, MARCH 23

Welcome Spring! Wear your brightest and most colorful outfit. Tell us what you love about spring and what you are excited to do.

READ WITH #THEKNOLL

SKES staff take over our Facebook page to host a Facebook Live book reading or post a pre-recorded video link starting 10 AM. Look for Mrs. Ado on Tuesday and Mrs. Homayouni on Wednesday.

Find previous day's videos here.

Staff: we need volunteers for Thursday and Friday. Please contact us if you would like to participate.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

MCPS Latest Updates – Community messages, meal service information, and FAQs

How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

As we prepare for elearning activities to start next week, students can access the links below to participate in various activities.

MCPS has provided digital resources for each grade level

Mrs. Homayouni (SKES Media Specialist) has also provided a list of online resources accessible with your MCPS Google account

Other online activities

  • Learn@Home - highlights educational YouTube channels that students can watch at home. The page categorizes the channels that are recommended for families with kids 13 and older, for families with kids five and older, and for families with preschoolers. Some channels highlighted include CrashCourse, Discovery Education, Cool School, PBS Kids, and Sesame Street.
  • Learn at Home - Scholastic's free program includes 20 days' worth of curricula with daily lessons for pre-K through grade 6-plus built around a story or video. Kids can do them on their own.
  • Outschool is offering free live online classes for students ages 3-18 conducted over video chat. 10,000-plus classes cover topics in English, math, social studies, science, coding, health and wellness, music, art and world languages.
  • PBS Kids launched a new free weekday newsletter with activities and educational games for students ages 2-8 to do from home.
  • Mystery Science has opened its most popular science lessons for grade K-5 for students and parents to access free. Lessons range from short mini lessons that are completely digital, to full lessons that include a hands-on activity. All are designed to use simple supplies that families likely already have at home.
  • Storyline Online streams videos featuring award-winning actors reading children's books with illustrations. Each book includes a supplemental curriculum developed by an elementary school educator, Celebrity readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
  • Eureka Math Resources
  • Virtual field trips
  • Free Education Subscriptions
  • Science Lessons
  • Create Your Own Disney Lesson Plan
  • Free Daily Kids Workouts on You Tube
  • Digital Cooking Classes - daily @ 1:00 pm
  • Yoga for kids
  • Coding - students can participate in a 45-minute session

From Mr. Scott: