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    March 25, 2020 update: A new page with At-Home Learning resources has now been created. Check back weekly for new links!   

    Here you will find all the school-wide and grade-level or classroom level school shutdown information provided by school staff since March 11, 2020. This page will be updated as and when more information becomes available. 

    Principal Letter (March 11, 2020)

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    Fourth Grade Math Resources

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    Principal Letter 

    March 11, 2020 

    Dear Montlake families, 

    As you know, all Seattle Public Schools, including Montlake Elementary, will be closed for at least two weeks from tomorrow, March 12, 2020. While recognizing that this decision will create challenges for many families, our district has taken this step in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

    We at Montlake have been preparing for this possibility for some time now, and we wanted to share information about resources we can offer while schools are closed that may be helpful to you: 

    Emotional health 

    Sudden disruptions in routine can be unsettling for many of us, especially children. As much as is possible for your family, try to maintain structures and routines around learning during this period. If you can, try to set aside time every day for schoolwork. Maintaining routines around schoolwork is critical not only for preventing learning loss while school is closed, but also to provide children with the sense of predictability and reassurance that they need.  

    Children may also feel stressed or anxious about current events. It is important not to overload them with information and to think carefully about their exposure to news media. This article from the New York Times (https://parenting.nytimes.com/childrens-health/coronavirus-kids-talk) may be a helpful starting point in thinking about how talk to children about COVID-19. Your children’s teachers have also worked to help them learn many ways to cope with anxiety, including meditation and mindfulness – ask them to tell you their favorite method. 

    Food and grocery assistance 

    Seattle Public Schools will be offering emergency food to students who need it starting on March 16, 2020 (visit the SPS Resources page for details). In the meantime, if you are in need of emergency food and/or grocery assistance, please e-mail our school counselor, Ms. Barry, at esbarry@seattleschools.org.  

    Schoolwork  

    It’s important for students to continue their learning as much as possible during this time. Your child’s teacher has already communicated specific grade-level information to you about ongoing schoolwork. This work is not required and will not be graded. The following is a general guideline for additional activities students can be doing while school is closed: 

    English Language Arts 

    • Complete at least 30 minutes of Independent Daily Reading (IDR) per day. 
    • Respond to this reading, either with an adult at home or in written form. Please see the attached Reading Response at Home sheets (with thanks to McGilvra Elementary) for questions and discussion-starters. 
    • Keep a Writing Journal (this can be therapeutic for adults as well). Writing every day is important for daily learning routines. This journal could include many different topics, e.g. what students are doing at home, mini-essays on self-selected topics, letters to friends, relatives, people in senior centers, etc.  

    Math 

    • Each student has been given an enVision Math workbook or a work packet for their grade level. Students can work through any lessons that are not already filled in/complete but please do not move ahead of what your teacher has suggested for now so everyone can be in the same place when we return. If your student loves math and you're looking for challenge they can also access additional math work online via our school’s website at www.montlakees.seattleschools.org > Resources and Services > Online Learning Resources (see “Instructions for accessing Pearson Realize at home”). To access your student's online learning account, their user name will be in the format 1(first initial)(middle initial)(last name)@seattleschools.org. Older students should have set their own passwords; for younger students, their password is their birthdate in the following format: MMDD.

    Other subjects 

    • Our amazing specialists have put together some resources for you, all of which are attached below. Art, music, physical education and reading: what could be better activities for this time together? I'm thinking already about using this opportunity to get out in my garden, practice my banjo, do a little hiking, and finish several of the books that have been waiting for me on my nightstand. 
    • Seattle Public Schools offers a range of online learning tools in various subject areas, which you can access via our school’s website at www.montlakees.seattleschools.org > Resources and Services > Online Learning Resources, or with one click via https://www.seattleschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=627&pageId=15858

    If you do not have access to a computer with an internet connection at home, please contact our school counselor, Ms. Barry, at esbarry@seattleschools.org, for more information. 

    We know that is a difficult and stressful time for all of us, and we encourage you take the time to take care of yourselves, your families and your neighbors. We hope to see you back at school again soon. 

    Sincerely, 
    Julie Pearson 
    Principal, Montlake Elementary