Remote Learning Guide

April 5, 2020

Dear Centennial Crew,

As we move to remote learning on April 7, we thought it would be helpful to send along some ideas, suggestions and tips about making the most of your home learning environment. Remember, you do not need to be the content expert. You are partnering with us to support your child at home so we can provide meaningful and effective learning during this unique situation in which we find ourselves.

To help guide our work during this unprecedented time, Centennial has created a remote learning mission. Our mission states we will:

  • Focus on the well-being of our students by prioritizing teacher/student contact that fosters crew and engages students in ongoing learning activities that are low stress for families and staff;
  • Honor family time with activities that promote connection;
  • Use only district-approved learning platforms (Google, Seesaw and Schoology) that can be accessed on a personal device or school provided Chromebook;
  • Differentiate expectations for remote learning based on developmental needs, ages and grade level standards.

DPS and the crew at Centennial have been working diligently on remote learning plans. We ask for your patience, flexibility, and a little bit of grace as we navigate through these uncharted waters. We want this to be a positive experience for you and your child(ren) and we understand times right now can be stressful. We know children don’t learn in a stressful environment, so we want the learning opportunities to be positive for your child as well as a source of connection with their peers and teachers.

Ideas, Suggestions, and Tips for Parents to Support Remote Learning

You can provide support for your child by​:

  • Establishing routines and expectations
  • Providing a space for your child to work
  • Providing a level of supervision appropriate to your child’s stage of development
  • Monitoring communications from teachers.  Reach out to your child’s teacher(s) and determine the best mode of communication- text, phone calls, Google Meets, email, etc.
  • Checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work
  • Monitoring how much time your child is spending online

 

Priorities for Student Learning

ECE 3 and 4:

  • Literacy and numeracy focused learning to maintain current skills and build knowledge

The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be parent provided email addresses, Google Voice and any existing communication platforms such as Bloomz, etc.

Kindergarten-5th Grade​:

  • Literacy and numeracy focused learning to maintain current skills and build knowledge
  • Online and off-line learning activities.

The primary tools for communication between teachers and families will be Google Classroom and parent provided email addresses as needed, Google Voice and any existing communication platforms such as Bloomz, etc.
Teachers will provide asynchronous learning that will be recorded and made available to students to watch at any time.  The asynchronous learning sessions will be at a regularly scheduled time each day- determined by each crew leader.

Guidelines for K-5 Student Learning

Students are expected to:

  • Check in daily with their online learning by 9:00am.  Teachers will have plan time from 8:00-9:00 daily.  All posted assignments, etc. will be up for students/families to view by 8:00 each morning.
  • Engage in the posted lessons, respond to teachers questions/tasks, log into Google Classroom or Seesaw-this is how attendance will be taken
  • Monitor digital platforms and communicate often to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
  • Complete tasks with their best effort
  • Do their best to meet timelines, commitments and due dates
  • Communicate proactively with their teachers
  • Collaborate and support their classmates in their learning
  • Abide by our school’s and the District’s technology guidelines

Setting Up a Remote Learning Environment

Every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing homework under normal circumstances, but this space may not be conducive for an extended period of time. For some families, having all children around one table may work best.

Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, around a kitchen table or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where it can feel isolating for your child  and supervision can be more challenging. It should be a place that can be quiet at times, that has a strong internet signal, if possible and where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning.

  • Establishing Routines and Expectations
  • Establish a “School Schedule” and post it where your student/family can see it.
  • Start and end each day with a check-in
  • Encourage scheduled brain breaks/exercise breaks
  • Encourage scheduled snack breaks and a regular lunch time
  • Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking enough water
  • Keep normal bedtime routines

It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins on April 7th.

Work Habits

  • Encourage your child to stay focused on academic work for predetermined periods of time (i.e. 15-20 minutes K-2; 20-45 minutes for 3-5; adjust for your child’s specific needs.)
  • Encourage your child to ask for help- from the teacher, a classmate or a family member- before frustration sets in
  • Encourage your student to do their best work and employ WoRLD CARE habits while working.

 

Communicating With Your Child

We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day and will be in addition to crew times your child may have with his/her class each day.

Examples of what you could ask in the morning​:

  • What are you learning today?
  • What are your learning targets?
  • How will you be spending your time?
  • What resources do you need? What support do you need from me or your teacher?

Examples of what you could ask in the afternoon​:

  • What did you learn today?
  • What was challenging? What strategy could you come up with to deal with the same problem if it comes up again?
  • What were three things that went well today?
  • Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?
  • How are you doing? Tell me one thing you are thinking about your remote learning.
  • Tell me what is on your mind as we have new school and family routines.

Regular check-ins throughout the day may also be appropriate. This depends on your child’s needs. These questions allow your child to​process the instructions they get from their teachers and helps them organize themselves and set priorities.

Don’t forget that everyone at Centennial is here to help.  Reach out to us at any time should you need support or simply want to check in.

Yay!! You made it through this long communication…. Now- your reward.  Because I miss everyone terribly, I’d like to invite all of you to be my pen pal!!  Any student who writes me- via email or old fashioned letter- will get a reply. Let’s get writing and keep in touch.  If you want to send me a letter, a picture, whatever….here’s my address:

3023 10th Street
Boulder, CO 80304

If you want to email me use my school address:  laura_munro@dpsk12.org  I can’t wait to hear from you!

Be well and be in touch.
Sincerely,
Laura

Open house and school tours

Open House and school tour dates and times

December 18th 3:00-4:00pm

January 8th 8:30-9:30am

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Centennial and Expeditionary Learning, as well as meet with our Principal, Laura Munro. Each Open House will start with a 1/2 hour Q&A session, followed by a tour of the school.

The first round of choice for the 2020/2021 school year will be open January 15 through February 18, 2020. More information is available through DPS Choice & Enrollment.

Upcoming events

How is it May already?!?

Thursday, May 2nd
Ms. Nancy and Ms. Monica’s crew K/1 and 1st Grade Program
Call 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00 p.m. in Auditorium

Friday, May 3rd
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Thursday, May 9th
Carnival – see weekly email for more details
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on the playground

Friday, May 10th
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Monday, May 13th
Health & Wellness committee – 4:00 p.m., room 137

Wednesday, May 15th
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Tuesday, May 21st
Collaborative School Committee (CSC) meeting
Library, 5:30 p.m.

PTA meeting
Library, 6:30 p.m.
Please join us – all are welcome! Childcare is provided. Not able to be there in person? Call in!
Dial-in number: 605-472-5711
Access code: 977888#
https://fccdl.in/i/centennial_family
Join the online meeting:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/centennial_family

Thursday, May 23rd
Celebration of Learning
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Kindergarten (Ms. Lisa and Ms. Jessica) Mini-Performance
At Celebration of Learning either in Ms. Lisa or Ms. Jessica’s room – Exact location and time TBA

Friday, May 24th
Community coffee chat – 8:15 a.m.
Get highlights from the CSC and PTA meetings as well as visit with the school administration. Meet after drop-off in the school cafeteria.

Monday, May 27th
NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th
Field Day

Thursday, May 30th
5th Grade Continuation
8:30 a.m.

Community Circle

Friday, May 30th
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – 1/2 day

Upcoming events

Happy Spring! Coming up in April . . .

Monday, April 1st
NO SCHOOL – Non-student contact day

Tuesday, April 2nd – Friday, April 26th
CMAS testing

Friday, April 5th
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Monday, April 8th
Health & Wellness committee – 4:00 p.m., room 137

Usborne Book Fair
Auditorium, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9th
ELA-PAC meeting
5:00 – 5:30 p.m., Library

Family Night
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Family Potluck
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Details coming soon!

Usborne Book Fair
Auditorium, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10th
Usborne Book Fair
Auditorium, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 11th
2nd Grade Folk Dance Social
Gym, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Call 5:30 p.m.)

Usborne Book Fair
Auditorium, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 12th
Usborne Book Fair
Auditorium, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16th
Collaborative School Committee (CSC) meeting
Library, 5:30 p.m.

PTA meeting
Library, 6:30 p.m.
Please join us – all are welcome! Childcare is provided. Not able to be there in person? Call in!
Dial-in number: 605-472-5711
Access code: 977888#
https://fccdl.in/i/centennial_family
Join the online meeting:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/centennial_family

Wednesday, April 17th
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Friday, April 19th
Community coffee chat – 8:15 a.m.
Get highlights from the CSC and PTA meetings as well as visit with the school administration. Meet after drop-off in the school cafeteria.

Wednesday, April 24th
Community Circle
2nd – 5th 2:15 – 2:45pm
ECE – 1st 3:00 – 3:30pm

Thursday, April 25th
Mr. Chris, Ms. Sara’s, and Ms. Kate’s crew K/1 and 1st Grade Program
Auditorium, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Call 5:30 p.m.)

Centennial Singers Spring Concert
Auditorium, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming events

Coming up in March . . .

Friday, March 1st
NO SCHOOL – ECE ONLY

1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Monday, March 4th
NO SCHOOL – Non-student contact day

Wednesday, March 6th
Family Night
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Family Potluck: Bring a dish representing your family’s culture or a tradition
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Students, parents and staff will have an opportunity to experience an interactive, live art artist, Armando Silva. The Diversity & Inclusivity and Health and Wellness Committees are proud bring this local artist to not only share his artistic talents with us, but thoughts around community, family, the importance of storytelling, and his experience growing up as a student in Colorado.

Friday, March 8th
NO SCHOOL – Student led conferences
Watch for information from you teacher as to conference times and sign up.

Monday, March 11th
Health & Wellness committee – 4:00 p.m., room 137

Thursday, March 14th
4/5 and 5th grade crews (ALL except 4th grade Ms. Lauren’s crew) Music Program and Art Show
Call 5:30 p.m., in the auditorium

Friday, March 15th
Author visit with Jonathan Stutzman, ECE – 2nd grade crews
1:45 p.m. in the auditorium

Saturday, March 16th
4th Annual Centennial Soiree – 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Highlands United Methodist Church, 3131 Osceola St.
Heroes vs. Villains edition! Centennial’s biggest fundraiser of the year! Drinks, snacks and dessert included. Tickets available here: https://mkt.com/centennial-elementary

Tuesday, March 19th
Community Circle
Hosted this month by the Kindergarten Crews.
8:30 a.m. – 2nd – 5th grades
9:10 a.m. – ECE – 1st grade

PTA meeting
Library, 6:30 p.m.
Please join us – all are welcome! Childcare is provided. Not able to be there in person? Call in!
Dial-in number: 605-472-5711
Access code: 977888#
https://fccdl.in/i/centennial_family
Join the online meeting:
https://join.freeconferencecall.com/centennial_family

Wednesday, March 20th
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Friday, March 22nd
Community coffee chat – 8:15 a.m.
Get highlights from the CSC and PTA meetings as well as visit with the school administration. Meet after drop-off in the school cafeteria.

Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 28th
NO SCHOOL – SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 1st
NO SCHOOL – Non-student contact day

Upcoming events

Coming up in February . . .

Friday, February 1st
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Tuesday, February 5th
Collaborative School Committee (CSC)/a> meeting – 5:30 p.m. in the library
Learn more about the budget process for the 2019-2020 school year.

Friday, February 8th
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Friday, February 15th
1st round of school choice closes

Monday, February 18th
NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

Tuesday, February 19th
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

PTA meeting – 6:30 p.m. in the library
Childcare is available in the gym for the PTA meeting

Wednesday, February 20th
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4pm in the library

Friday, February 22nd
Community coffee chat – 8:15 a.m.
Get highlights from the CSC and PTA meetings as well as visit with the school administration. Meet after drop-off in the school cafeteria.

Monday, February 25th
Community Circle
Hosted this month by the ECE Crews.
9:20 – 9:50 ECE – 1st
10:00 – 10:30 2nd – 5th

Health & Wellness committee – 4:00 p.m., room 137

Tuesday, February 26th
Dine out for Centennial at NY Pizza Pub! 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will support our PTA. Make sure to mention Centennial when ordering, applies to both dining at the restaurant and to carry out orders.

Upcoming events

Happy New Year, Crew! Upcoming events in January:

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4
NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 7
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Friday, January 11th
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Open House & School Tour for prospective families
9:00 a.m. – please check in at the front office

Monday, January 14th
Health & Wellness committee – 4:00 p.m., room 137

Tuesday, January 15th
Collaborative School Committee (CSC)/a> meeting (5:30 p.m.) and PTA meeting (6:30 p.m.).
Childcare is available for the PTA meeting

Wednesday, January 16th
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4pm in the library

Friday, January 18th
Community coffee chat – 8:15 a.m.
Get highlights from the CSC and PTA meetings as well as visit with the school administration. Meet after drop-off in the school cafeteria.

Monday, January 21st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, January 24th – Family Night
5:00-5:30 ELA-PAC Meeting
5:30-6:30 Family Potluck: Bring a favorite dish representing your family’s culture, online signup coming soon
6:30-7:30 Activities for kids in the gym – provided by HERO sports
Adults, in the library: Learn why it is important for parents/guardians to have conversations with your kids about alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Learn the facts about the prevalence and dangers of youth drug and alcohol use. It is not too early to start talking about it now! Learn tips to make it easier!

Friday, January 25th
Community Circle

Friday, February 1st
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Upcoming events

Upcoming events and dates to be aware of in December:

Friday, December 7
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Open House & School Tour for prospective families
2:00 p.m. – please check in at the front office

Monday, December 10
Health & Wellness committee – 4pm, room 137

Thursday, December 13
3rd Grade and Centennial Singers Winter Program, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., auditorium
Call 5:30 PM in Auditorium – no Centennial Singers rehearsal before.

Friday, December 14
Open House & School Tour for prospective families
9:00 a.m. – please check in at the front office

Wednesday, December 19
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4pm in the library

Thursday, December 20
Community Circle – will be hosted by our 3rd grade crews.
8:30 – 9:00am 2nd – 5th
9:15 – 9:30am ECE – 1st

Friday, December 21
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Monday, December 24 – Friday, January 4
NO SCHOOL – WINTER BREAK

Monday, January 7
NO SCHOOL – non-student contact day

Open house and school tour dates

Centennial will be hosting open house and school tours on:

November 30, 2018 – 2:30 PM

December 7, 2018 – 2:00 PM

December 13, 2018 – 1:30 PM

January 11,2019 – 9:00 AM

Please check in at the front office.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Centennial and Expeditionary Learning, as well as meet with our Principal, Laura Munro. Each Open House will start with a 1/2 hour Q&A session, followed by a tour of the school.

The first round of choice for the 2019/2020 school year will be open January 15, 2019 until February 15, 2019. More information is available through DPS Choice & Enrollment.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events and dates to be aware of in November:

Thursday, November 1
Family Movie Night with a screening of Coco
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., South playground (weather permitting) or in the auditorium

Friday, November 2
NO SCHOOL – Student led conferences

Sunday, October 4
Garden winter clean up, 10:00 a.m.
Come by and lend a hand with putting the garden beds to rest for the winter.

Friday, November 9
1st Friday Books and Breakfast – in the classroom; families are encouraged to join their students for breakfast and reading.

Monday, November 12
Health & Wellness committee – 4pm, room 137

Wednesday, November 14
Diversity & Inclusivity committee – 4pm in the library

Thursday, November 15
Thanksgiving luncheon – see lunch schedule
Purchase tickets in advance in the front office – $5 adults, $3 kids.

ELA-PAC meeting
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the library
Please join our first ELA Parent Advisory Committee meeting of the school year! For families of ELLs.

Centennial Family Night – Raising Media Smart Kids
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
5:30 – 6:20pm Soup, Stew and Chili Family Potluck: Please bring a favorite to share
6:20 – 6:30 Transition (Adults to Library, Kids to Gym)
6:30-7:30 Kids will engage in activities in the gym
Adults will engage in this presentation by Brian Dino, DPS Education technology Coordinator:
Raising Media Smart Kids : Tips on Managing Family Media Use & Internet Safety

Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 25
NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving break

Tuesday, November 27
PTA meeting
6:30 p.m. in the library – childcare is available in the gym!

Wednesday, November 28
Community Circle – hosted by 2nd grade crews.
ECE – 1st: 2:20 – 2:50pm
Grades 2 – 5: 3:05 – 3:35pm

Friday, November 30
Open house and school tour, 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the library