Letter to Jefferson Elem. Students – March 23

March 23. 2020

Dear Jefferson Parents,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  There is no question that COVID 19 has impacted our lives in dramatic ways.  I miss the day to day interactions with your children, our staff at Jefferson, and the community.  During these times, we as a school will continue to do our best to stay connected with each of our families. I have very much enjoyed conducting a daily read aloud, which your students can access and listen to through their Seesaw accounts.  The students have the opportunity to respond to my stories through text, pictures, and videos. This is a new technology for me as well and it is helping me to stay connected with your children. There is an announcement section on this platform as well and I will be sending out regular posts to students and families.

On Friday, March 20, 2020, we sent Chromebooks home to all students in grades 2-4.  Kindergarten teachers developed hard copy packets of activities for students with at least 4 weeks of suggested activities. Our first-grade students and families were provided with directions on how to utilize online resources to stay academically engaged while school is not in session. I understand that families cannot replicate the type of instruction at home that occurs during a normal day at school. To the fullest extent possible, I encourage you to try and set up a daily routine that incorporates academic times, creative times, exercise times, and more. Sample copies of daily schedules can be found within our online resources or from your child’s teacher. For your convenience, I have also provided the link at the bottom which will take you to our online resource(s) page.  

In addition, students from prekindergarten through 12th Grade will have access to PBS educational programming every weekday starting Monday, March 23rd. Please check your local stations, but I believe these educational programs can be viewed on WMHT. 

As we move into week two of our school closure, I have asked teachers to reach out to families to ensure that we are providing appropriate feedback and direction on the resources you have been provided. More importantly, it is important to me that we do our best to maintain a home/school connection during these times. As email is our primary mode of communication, please ensure that you are checking your email on a daily basis to stay in tune with the latest updates.  

I know that everyone is doing their best. Remember to check our website for my correspondence and other District updates. Please stay safe and be positive!

Jefferson resource page:  Jefferson Elementary Tech Site

Sincerely,

Mr. Gifford, Principal