Dear Parents of Kindergarten through Third Grade,

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.

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.
  1. Print out the attached planning sheet -- one for each day of the week per child. If you prefer not to print it, writing a list on paper will also work.
  1. Once you or your child 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.  Write down any live sessions and assignments planned for that day on your daily planning sheet in the middle column.
**Important Reminders:  
  • Teachers will post if they are holding a live class in the Announcements section of their class portal page.  
  • Live sessions will be planned as close to regular class days and times as possible.  If you are unable to participate in a live academic session, it will be recorded and posted on the portal.
  • 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 per day may be helpful for your child.
I do this planning exercise with my children around 8:30 each morning before they have their 9:00 homeroom virtual check-in.  Young 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.

Ashleigh Wilkes
Lower School Head

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