PG & E
Sun, Oct 25 11:17am

Dear Hillcrest Families


PG & E has tentatively listed  Hillcrest as one of the areas that might be affected by the upcoming PG&E power shutdown starting this evening and lasting through Monday. Here is  OUSD's message from yesterday.  I want to make everyone aware that many of our teachers and I live in areas that might be without power for the next couple of days.


 The following is what you need to know. 


Will teachers be on Zoom during the power shutdown? 

Teachers who can, will lead Zoom classes on Monday for whichever students are able to join. Those who do not have power will not lead Zoom classes.


How will I know if my child's teacher will be on Zoom?

Communication could be challenging. So if you have power, try getting onto Zoom. If the teacher is not there within 5 minutes, you should presume they have no power. If I am able to send a message to everybody with updates, I certainly will. But please note that I live in an area that is also affected by the PSPS outage. 


How will you handle attendance during a power shutdown?

If your child is unable to get online due to the power shutdown or if your child’s teacher cannot get on Zoom because of the outage, please email the teacher as soon as you can letting them know the situation. We will update attendance accordingly. Your child will not be marked absent if they do either work the teacher assigned on Seesaw or Google Classroom or some of the offline activities outlined below.


What should my child do all day if they are not on Zoom?

If you have power, check Seesaw or Google Classroom. If there are asynchronous assignments already posted, your child should do them. Your child may also access online educational programs (ST Math) through OUSD Clever and/or their teacher's SeeSaw or Google classroom. Your child may also do any of the suggested offline activities below.


If you do not have power and your child cannot get online or access Seesaw/Google Classroom, please follow the directions that your teacher has given you and continue to work on your class projects/assignments.


If you need more you can give these assignments to your child:


  1. READING: Look at/read books independently for 15-60 minutes (depending on age and stamina)
  2. READING RESPONSE: Write about what you read each day (draw if you are in kindergarten)
  3. MATH:
    1. Kindergarten: Take out all of the forks in your kitchen. Count them. Then draw a picture to show how many you have and write that number. Extension Activity: Create addition problems with forks and spoons, showing how to solve them with pictures and equations. If the outage continues past Monday, find other objects to count in your home each day. Put them into groups, draw the groupings and write numbers for each quantity. Extension Activity: Create addition problems using the groupings of objects you created.


    1. First Grade: Challenge yourself to see how many math tile games you can complete in 20 minutes.  Remember to keep track of sheets completed on your tracking sheet.  Alternatively, try to find 3 or more different ways to show 53 and draw out your solutions showing  unifix cubes or other manipulatives and equations. If the power outage continues past Monday, do the same thing for days 54 and 55. Extension Activities: Create designs with pattern blocks, build with blocks or Legos, draw and label items in one room of your house or apartment


    1. Second - Fifth Grades: Write 3 - 5 story problems that require someone to use the math you have been learning recently in class. On a separate sheet of paper, draw the solutions. If there is more than one way to solve the problem, include them all! If the outage continues past Monday, here are additional math options: 
      1. Draw a floorplan of your house or apartment (to scale if you’re ambitious!)
      2. Measure rooms and calculate their areas/perimeters (show your work)
      3. Create a chart with measurements of various objects in your home
      4. Build structures with blocks or Legos

    1. Kindergarten: Practice writing any of the letters your class has been working on for 10 minutes each day. Remember to start at the top and move your pencil down. We never start letters from the bottom line. Extension Activity: If you are able, write as many words as you can that start with the letters you practiced. Draw pictures to go with them if you want!


    1. First - Fifth Grades: Write about  something you did over the weekend. You should spend 15 minutes writing. Double check that you capitalized the first word of each sentence and added periods to the end of the sentence. If you are in 2nd - 5th grades, look to see if you included good adjectives and details. If the outage continues past Monday, choose one or more of these options:
      1. Write a letter to someone running for political office 
      2. Write a letter to a family member
      3. Write a story about any topic you choose


Middle School Students:


Teachers will communicate with students through Google classroom.  Have your child take a look at their google classroom assignments today and plan their assignments if they are without power Monday.

I will send updates as I am able via Konstella.

In partnership,

Maria McCormick