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    School Closure Updates and Information
    Posted on 03/16/2020
    information and ideas

    Falcon Families, I wasn't expecting to have a 6-week school closure and I'm sure many of you weren’t also. In response to the district-wide closure Wednesday afternoon, our classroom teachers have been sending out a variety of learning experiences and opportunities for students. I know this is a time of uncertainty and for many of us, heightened anxiety. Being out of routine and missing our friends only makes this more difficult to handle. Please assure your kids that their teachers are thinking about them and they are working hard to be provide educational resources to your children.

    I know that this is difficult. I am trying to manage my two children and respond to emails, requests, and work from home. Please know that just from the two days of being at home with my two children all day, I am going to reiterate that I soooooo appreciate all that teachers do for students and families.

    Yesterday my two boys got their daily schedule. This is all new for me as both my boys started in daycare at the ages of 4 and 5 months. I have not had them both home for any extended period of time since they were infants. Yesterday I had to make a schedule for us in order to maintain any sanity…We are filling in gaps and making work binders. See their schedule below. I very much appreciated all the resources their teachers have sent home. In addition one of our staff members put together this as a resource for parents.

    Finn and D's Schedule

    • 6-7 am: Eat Breakfast, get dressed, make bed (my kids are early risers!)
    • 7-8 am: Optional free play time (games, legos, etc…)
    • 8 am: Run any errands with mom (this definitely includes a run to get coffee!!)
    • 9-10 am: Independent Daily Reading/rotations/spelling work/reading comprehension/RAZ kids
    • 10-10:30: Morning recess/play time/snack
    • 10:30-11: Violin/Cello Practice
    • 11-11:30: Math (prime climb, work on multiplication facts, etc…)
    • 11:30-12:30: Lunch and recess/PE (soccer, basketball, bike riding, dribble up, etc)
    • 12:30-1:30 pm: Writing and research on animal project (Finn)/Writing for Declan
    • 1:30-2:30 pm: Osmo/Typing.com/etc…
    • 2:30-3:30:Kiwi Boxes/Art/Science Etc…

    Survey on Assistance Needed/Ability to Provide Assistance

    We are so fortunate to have an amazing community of families at TOPS and we want to be able to support all of them at this time of uncertainty. Please fill out this survey if you need (or are able to provide) assistance.

    Information will remain within the TOPS administration and need to know staff (interpreter, counselor, some teachers).

    Student Meal Supports

    Starting Monday, March 16, SPS will be serving "grab and go" lunches at 26 school sites across the city. You can view a map and list of student meal sites on the COVID-19 resource webpage, including new directions on where to pick up the lunches.

    Additional Educational Resources

    Starting, Monday March 23, SPS will be creating and broadcasting guided educational activities through SPS TV, social media channels, and our website. Local station KOMO 4 TV will also be sharing our content to help us reach more students. Additional resources will include sample daily schedules. For students who do not have regular access to internet or local TV, we will also be providing aligned, printed activities at our 26 student meal distribution sites starting the week of March 23.

    Supporting Students' Emotional Wellbeing

    As more information is learned and shared about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you may notice your child experiencing a wider range of emotions such as worry and fear. In addition, with the closure of schools and not being able to interact with their friends, school staff, and other caring adults on a regular basis, some children might also experience sadness and frustration. There are many steps you can take to support your child during these uncertain times. Here are some ideas for families:

    • Reassure your child that all feelings are normal
    • Make time to talk with your child about their feelings and questions
    • Limit screen time and access to social media
    • Pay attention to what your child is watching and reading and for how long
    • Model positive self-care strategies, your child is learning how to manage their emotions from the caring adults in their life
    • Provide honest information that is age appropriate and avoid sharing assumptions about who is sick with COVID-19
    • Work with your child to develop a consistent "new" daily routine, samples will be provided early next week.

    A few helpful resources:

    Additional Resources for you and your family sent by TOPS Staff

    • Physical Education: Super hero themed workouts on YouTube
    • Virtual Museum Tours
    • Math Links
    • Counselor, Kathy Hanson: Dear TOPS Families, During this very stressful time, I wanted to let you all know that our TOPS staff is thinking about you and our amazing TOPS students. I will be putting together some resources to help you find support for yourselves and your children at home and hope to get these to you by the beginning of next week. I will be checking my email on a regular basis, so if you would like to communicate with me personally, please feel free to email me. I would also be happy to speak with you or your kids on the telephone, if you think this would be helpful. My email is: kbhanson@seattleschools.org. Also, I wanted to provide you with a phone number and website, in case you or members of your family are in crisis: The Crisis Line: (206) 462-3222 https://www.crisisconnections.org/

    Corny Joke(s) of the week

    For kids: What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between us, something smells!
    For Adults: I sneezed in the bank today, it was the most attention I have received from the staff in the last 10 years.

    Don't forget to check out the SPS Website for more updates. I will continue to send weekly updates with information as I receive it.

    Amy