A Message from Dr. Ginsberg, 3-24-20
Tue, Mar 24 4:19pm

Hello, Friend of JP!

 

Well, we’re into Week 2 of our new normal.  I hope you and those whom you love are well.

 

JP’s staff members and I have remained in close touch, so we’re aware of the many successes we’ve had with remote learning.  We’re also aware that we (our educators), our pupils, and the latters’ parents have faced challenges.

 

Technology Support

 

There are lots of logistics over which we have little control, such as families’ needs for different schedules to accommodate their individual lifestyles and responsibilities:  parents committed to career requirements as they work from home; parents with career responsibilities who are unable to work from home; parents who have to attend to toddlers while simultaneously trying to supervise their school-aged students’ screen activities; families with multiple children sharing devices; families without technological know-how; and so forth.  We recognize these difficulties, which, in some cases, have limited some teachers’ ability to extend their remote instruction via computers, including their attempts to promote whole-class meetings via a range of platforms.

 

Our district’s technology department has done an outstanding job in getting devices into the homes of our pupils who didn’t have them.  By later this week, we expect to have accomplished this daunting goal.

 

For parents who seek additional help with Google platforms, we’ve been fortunate to have had JP parent and Google executive Leslie Fabello (mother of JP kids in grs. PK, 1, and 2) volunteer to offer assistance.

 

  • First, she’s provided us with this link, https://teachfromhome.google/intl/en/, for a site that provides lots of tutorials for users.  Many of our teachers are using this as one of the ways they’ve sought to instruct our pupils and communicate with families.

 

  • Secondly, she’s created this e-mail account, lesliefabello+johnsonparkwfh@gmail.com, for parents (and teachers!) to reach out to her with specific questions about how to navigate the platform.

 

  • Thirdly, she’s created this Google Document, https://bit.ly/johnsonparkwfh, wherein she’ll post the questions people have posed and offer her responses, either as “General Tips” or as support for “Google Meet Class Gatherings,” so that we can facilitate parents knowing how to connect their children to teachers’ meetings with their classes (for those teachers who use Google).

 

You don’t have to use this resource.  We thought, though, that it might be helpful to some of our audience.  Thank you, Leslie, for supporting JP as you balance working from home and being a mom supporting three children who are learning remotely.

 

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

 

JP will be open on Tue. Mar. 24th, and Thu., Mar. 26th, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon so parents can drop off any materials they have for their children’s teachers and pick-up additional materials they’ll need for remote learning for the next several weeks.

 

  • Tue., Mar. 24th   8-12
  • Thu., Mar. 26th   8-12

 

We’ll have grade-level tables on the street in front of JP.  Each grade-level table will have individual teachers’ bins on it.  We’ll have resanitized all our tables and all our bins.  Parents can do curbside drop-offs and pick-ups so they won’t have to come into JP.

 

After Thu., it’s unlikely that we’ll re-open JP for several weeks.  I know Princeton’s (outstanding) health officer, Jeff Grosser, is discussing with our schools’ (outstanding) superintendent, Steve Cochrane, the likelihood that we’ll have to keep our buildings closed at least through Fri., Apr. 17th.

 

Communication

 

Please know that, even with JP closed, you’ll still be able to reach our staff members and me by e-mail and any other means you’ve already been using.  As time passes, our teachers may be able to enhance their communication with our pupils, perhaps through platforms that allow classes or groups within classes to meet virtually.

 

Please continue to support our youngsters, our staff members, and one another.  Remember:  flexibility, patience, good humor, and goodwill.  We’re all doing out best, as we know you are.

 

Stay well.  And here’s a final word (attached image)