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News From the Nest - March 17th

Reported by on 3/17/20

Dear Graham Families,

This has been a challenging few days. The staff and I appreciate the understanding and support our parents and community have given us as we deal with this unusual situation. It is our hope that in return we can support you all as we adjust to our temporary reality. If your child forgot something at school, tomorrow March 18th is the last day the building will be open. Please come between the hours of 9 – 3PM.

Beginning tomorrow, March 18th:

Classroom teachers will email families each day by 9:05AM.
Throughout the school day, classroom teachers will check their email and google classroom for student and parent questions
Kindergarten and First Grade students received materials earlier in the school year. The classroom teacher will also communicate through email.
Second through fifth grade students will receive assignments through google classroom and teacher email.
Chrome Book reminder: Please be sure your child keeps their chrome book charged. If the battery gets low and drains, your child may have issues with the device turning back on. If you have any problems with your child’s chrome book, contact the district at: support@ipsd.org
The teachers and I will be available for questions or concerns throughout the next 8 days before Spring Break. Our goal is to provide material that engage your student but does not overwhelm them. Please feel free to determine how much schoolwork per day is appropriate for your child based on your family situation. I would suggest:

15 –20 minutes per subject for our Kdg – 1st graders
20 – 30 minutes per subject for our 2nd – 3rd graders
30 – 40 minutes per subject for our 4th and 5th graders.
Movement or game breaks, arts and craft activities, exercise, chores, quiet time, and electronic free time will help make the learning fun and less tedious. After a snack or lunch break is a great time to begin a new academic task.

Please note: Preschool families should look at the preschool website/ information from Principal Osborne regarding activities and resources for preschool aged students.

Please look for some “extra” fun activities that we will send out to help our students feel connected to Graham.

Mrs. Stone sent this to me, and I thought it was good advice:

Most young kids will remember how their family home felt during the coronavirus panic more than anything specific about the virus. Our kids are watching “all” of us and learning about how to respond to stress and uncertainty.

Let’s wire our kids for resilience, not panic.

If you need any assistance or support, please email or call, however email will be the best way to contact me. The school district has set up a central phone line to facilitate handling your calls as main office phones in schools are not currently staffed. If you have a question, please call 630-375-3890 or email questions@ipsd.org. Please be patient and know your question will be sent to the correct person who will respond to you as soon as they are able.

If you or your child has a question related to technology for e-learning, please email support@ipsd.org.

We will miss seeing our students but will remain in contact and look forward to welcoming them back to Graham soon!

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