Dear Sequoyah Families,

I know you're all grappling with how to juggle work, school, and worries about the ongoing crises. We will continue to be in conversation with you about our plans for providing support to you and your students during this challenging time.  Here are a few updates and reminders for your attention. 

Distance Learning Plan
Today is the first day of Sequoyah's distance learning program. Our goals with our online program are to:
  • support student social-emotional and academic growth
  • maintain relationships with peers and teachers
  • provide a sense of stability and community
Please visit your student's classroom page to understand how to navigate their daily schedule. If you have trouble accessing the family portal or any other tech concerns, please contact Director of Technology, Zed Kelly  here. 

In addition to the activities planned, all students will have a daily zoom meeting to hear from their teachers and peers. Daily attendance will be taken during these meetings so it will be important to prioritize them as well as any other zoom meetings your teacher has scheduled for the day.

Support from Faculty and Staff
During this new phase of school we are available to support you. Your classroom teacher is the first point of contact for issues related to your student. Sequoyah staff members, including the business office, are mostly working remotely and all can be easily reached through email. You can reach out to Azizi with any general questions or concerns as well as social-emotional needs. Please reach out to Emily with academic questions or student support needs. Also, Anais Plasketes, our Social & Emotional Learning specialist, is available to consult directly with parents. 

Here is a message from Anais:
Beloved Sequoyah Community, 
I am writing to let you know that I am available to teachers and staff, students, and parents during this anxiety provoking time. I am holding you from afar, thinking of you all, and grateful for each of you.  If you are on google you can schedule an appointment with me here or you can email me directly  here.

Please take care of yourselves as this continues to progress. I am newly navigating the telehealth realm as many other mental health professionals are at this moment but so far it's going well and has been quite comforting for folx and myself. 
Warmth and love, 

Upcoming Parent Education:
We're excited to continue parent education, parent committee work, and other forms of parent community through digital platforms while school is off campus. Here are a few upcoming events.

Protecting Your Mental Health with Anais
Friday, March 20th
K-6th: 3:15-4:15
7th-12th: 4:30-5:30

Supporting Your Child's Reading at Home 
Friday, March 27th
Emergent Readers (K-3rd): 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Independent Readers (2nd-8th): 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Led by, Emily Singer, Director of Curriculum & Student Support
Dornel Cerro, K-12 Head Librarian.
Will share resources and strategies:
  • Reading with and alongside your child
  • Practice to build fluency & comprehension
  • E-books and audio books
  • Book choice
Information about Sequoyah's Coronavirus Response:
To see all Sequoyah School coronavirus communications and responses such as useful information from health agencies and parenting resources, please visit the dedicated Coronavirus Resource page on our website.

Everyone at Sequoyah is changing and adapting to meet the needs of our community. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we launch these new systems. We are excited about continuing the important work of our students, teachers and parents, and furthering the values of Sequoyah.


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