Fifth Grade Family Letter

March 22, 2020

(I apologize from the beginning……this will be a long letter.)

Good afternoon 5th grade families,

I want to start by thanking all of you for working with your kiddos. This was a very eventful week in our world with things changing every minute in our daily routines and lives. Please know that I appreciate you and your kiddos. I’m here to support you and them any way I can, even if it’s from afar.

These fifth graders are truly unique and amazing little souls. Students were online on Moby Max being productive, helping me set up google classroom, trying new things, and above all having an open mind.

Here are some of the things we are working on:

Google Classroom- I was able to get google classroom up and running. I have assigned  the first draft for the section People of the state report, due on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. I also was able to set up a quiz for Bunnicula in which students were able to go on and take. I have received most of the results from that quiz. Those who want to retake it will be able to next week. I will put the results on renweb later today.  I was also be able to upload a link to our zoom meetings.

Zoom- Zoom meetings is something I tried out this week, and I’m in the process of trying to figure out how to incorporate it in our learning. For now, this is a time when I and the students can connect with each other. Just to keep that human element alive while we are so isolated. I give the kiddos a chance to be them, truly the part I miss the most.  But I have discovered that this will be an opportunity go over weekly assignments and answer questions. I will probably work with students in small groups when we put that in effect. Please give me time to become familiar and set some sort of schedule for that. I just wanted to let you know what I am planning.

Moby Max- This venue is the remote learning center. Every morning I post the day’s goals that need to be accomplished. In case you haven’t had a chance to look at that please do. You can see what I have written, have your kiddos show you. Past messages are in the trash but are still there. It also has a tool for the messages to be read to the students which I thought was neat. I post the daily goals in the morning and in the afternoon. This gives me that daily connectivity with them, establishes a routine, gives students accountability, and gives me data to use.

The messages the students send me on Moby Max are private and the responses are also private. No other student can see what they write. Although, they mostly write to ask if they can redo a lesson or to clarify a prior message and of course if we will have a zoom meeting. However, on google classroom the messages they post under the assignments can be seen by everyone. I have asked students not to post on there, instead they can send their questions and comments on Moby Max.

Band – Mr. Fejeran misses all of you and say you all have great potential. I will upload his homework on google classroom. Students will then turn it in on next Friday so that I can send it Mr. Fejeran. He also mentioned there are links you can use with your book to watch others play the music to help you learn the notes.

Offline- I have given students about three weeks of offline work. I believe this component is very important. Students need learning time that is not screen time. Some students need to work problems out, not to mention students are beginning to realize online is work and tiring. I am working on a way to remotely check their offline work that does not require you to physically turn them in (a work in progress). Daily on Moby Max, I post what I want them to work on offline. I use the letter that students have in their folders; the only difference it is broken down by day and includes details on what chapters, subjects, page numbers, etc.

Mt. School has canceled all upcoming events for the rest of the season.

I know there are a lot of uncertainties about when we will return to class, so I have created another three-week folder just in case we need it. You can pick that up at the school this upcoming Monday, March 23, 2020. I know many of you live far away or can not come to pick them up. I will have the pages uploaded and sent to you when the time to use them gets closer.

Next week, I will again be online with the students from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. I plan on having the same schedule as last week. I will post daily goals on Moby Max.

My hope is to not drown you in too many emails. I will, however, keep you informed of any new information.

Once again thank you for all your support!

Mrs. Morrison