Dear RHS family,
I hope all of you are well and making the best of this Spring Break Vacation. The teachers and I are taking a much-needed pause. We know that keeping a sense of normalcy is increasingly challenging. One way I am trying to help is to communicate with you regularly. Many of you read the announcement OUSD just released stating that schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
On April 1, 2020, OUSD Superintendent Johnson-Trammell announced that OUSD schools would be closed to in-person instruction through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
"Our students and staff will continue our continuity of education plans for the remainder of the school year and we will continue to improve how we serve our students during this time. Free grab and go meals will continue to be available for students to pick-up on Mondays and Thursdays.
Please visit www.ousd.org/covid-19 for resources and the latest information."
Both OUSD Superintendent Johnson-Trammell and Alameda County Superintendent L. Karen Monroe indicated that there are plans being made at the state level that will trickle down to school sites in terms of what distance learning should look like for the rest of the year. I will continue to communicate what I learn to all of you as quickly as I can.
In the meantime, let's all remember that what is most important is keeping our students and families safe. Until further notice, as was true before the spring break, all work and lessons that teachers offer will be supplemental and optional. Teachers are adapting to this challenge. Our teachers and staff are supporting the full spectrum of needs for our students and families and working thoughtfully to adjust to this new normal. Below is a picture I took of Ms. Kendricks, Ms. Chu, and Ms. Kath, keeping a social distance while exiting the building with teaching materials to prepare for educational experiences when we return on Monday, April 6, 2020.
Continue to take care of each other. Be Safe. Be well. Be Grateful.
We will connect with you all virtually in a few days.
Just in case you did not read the previous KONSTELLA Spotlight...
Dear RHS Families,
Thank you to all of you for being here for our community and being understanding as we all adjust to this new normal. I am humbled by the generosity of support and caring actions. A huge, air hug to you all.
RHS Supplemental Learning During School Closure
We hope all of you are healthy and staying engaged in the learning activities with your children during this unique time in history. While RHS classes inside the school buildings and traditional classrooms have been canceled until at least May 1st, our staff has been working hard to provide your students with supplemental learning. Our teachers have amazingly stepped up to this challenge and have begun delivering high-quality educational opportunities to all of our students.
Please note, OUSD shared a document with the greater community called, The Oakland Unified School District, Home Learning Resources 2020. It states, "Your child’s school has provided resources for home learning ... offered...to ensure that students continue their learning during this time of temporary school closures. Home learning assignments cannot be used to determine course grades or course completion. Families, please follow site plans first...” Click on the link above to read this document.
Beginning April 7, when we return from Spring Break, we will introduce a more streamlined, non-traditional instruction. RHS Supplemental Learning will continue to be a combination of grade-level educational tasks/activities and hands-on projects to keep students engaged outside of their classrooms. We will introduce Freckle an online learning platform through Clever that teachers will use to provide some additional learning activities and assignments. Your child now has access to FRECKLE and some families have begun using it. Feel free to explore on Clever.
General Daily Academic Schedule:
As many of you all know this has been a HUGE shift for all of us and the teachers. They realized that they needed to create a daily structure that would allow them time to plan and learn new platforms. In addition to providing a few new learning tools, teachers collaborated on the general daily plan below that they will adapt to their online learning “classrooms”:
Morning Meeting: Greeting/SEL check-in, an overview of the day, Q&A
1 Day per week - Whole-Class Meeting
4 Days per week - Small Groups
Student work time, office hours, small groups.
Committees, Staff meetings/PD, grade level collaboration and planning
Redwood Heights Website Update
In addition to the new learning resources, I updated the Redwood Heights Website to include a tab currently called, SCHOOL CLOSURE INFO to house all of the resources and additional learning links. I have asked Rebecca Weissman to curate and manage this section. This is a work in progress so please be patient with us as we continue to create this section.
Embracing Our Humanity @ RHS
I appreciate the resilience of all of our community members - teachers, staff, families, and kids. I also know that this has been a stressful time for many of you. While I have sent out mental health, resources for our families, I want you to know that our HUGS Coordinator, Jennifer Wilson is here for you. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will also be a contributor to the new SCHOOL CLOSURE INFO section.
Let’s continue to be a living example of our school’s 19/20 theme, Embracing Our Humanity, by continuing to take care of each other with love, compassion, and positive human connections.
1. What am I grateful for today?
2. Who am I checking in on, or connecting with, today?
3. What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
4. How am I getting outside today?
5. How am I moving my body today?
6. What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
Wishing you all a restful Spring Break. Be safe. Be healthy! RHS STRONG!