Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your support over these first few days of Distance Learning.  It is an adjustment for all of us, and we appreciate your partnership.

Lynne and I have received several emails asking questions about navigating different portal features. We wanted to share with you a suggested method of how to organize your child's assignments and live classes for the day. This method applies especially to children in Grades 4-8.
  1. Print out the attached schedule -- one for each day of the week per child. You will need to customize it for your child's subjects, as the sample schedule image below is an example for a child in Mrs. Peck's 5th grade homeroom.  If you prefer not to print it, writing a list on paper will also work.
     
  2. Once you have logged on to the portal, click on your child's name under "My Children."
  1. Then click "Academics."  You will see a list of your child's classes on a blue background.
  1. Click on the subject name of each of your child's classes as you move down the page.  Circle the time of any live sessions in the third column and write down assignments planned for that day on the daily planning sheet.
**Important Reminders:  
  • Teachers will post if they are holding a live class in the Announcements section of their class portal page. Do not assume that there is a live session every day for every class.
  • Live sessions will be planned during regular class days and times.  Period 1 classes for students in Grades 4-8 (which normally meet at 8:15 a.m.) will meet at 11:45 a.m. instead, when there is a live session planned.
  • Specials teachers will often post 1 assignment for the week.  There will not be a new assignment posted every day in these areas. Focusing on one special area each day may be helpful to your child in planning out his/her day.
I do this planning exercise with my children around 8:30 each morning before they have their 9:00 homeroom virtual check-in.  Some children will be able to do this exercise independently after a few times of walking through it with a parent. Other children will need more guidance, but will likely improve with practice.  Lower school students will definitely need their parents' help, but you may be amazed at how creating a routine will lead to more independence. This may also avoid confusion on when live sessions are meeting each day.

This is just a suggestion, but one that has been working well for our household. I recognize that this may not work for you.  I hope you find it helpful.

Sincerely,

Ashleigh Wilkes
Lower School Head

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