Letter to Seward Families from Principal Tammy Goetz

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Dear Seward Families,

I hope this finds you and your family well!   At this point the Seward Montessori website is the best spot for Seward related information.  The MPS website has up to date resources and information for you about distance learning and COVID-19 resources.

Online Learning Begins Monday, April 6

I want you to  know Seward teachers and our associate educators have been working hard to learn and implement on-line platforms for teaching and learning  beginning Monday, April 6.  We are committed to staying in contact with your student and you.  If you haven’t heard from us it means we do not have current contact information.

IF you have a new email or phone number please get it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.  You can find all teacher contact information on the Seward website.

IF you don’t have a computer or internet service, the district will provide paper/pencil work for your students.  More to come on how to get the paper pencil work.

Computers for Kids

Devices were delivered last week to families who had no computer.  Next week learning packets will be distributed.  The following week more computers will be delivered until we run out.   Families will have to share devices, there is no way the district can provide every student their own computer.

If you didn’t complete the district survey, please let me or your student’s teacher know right away and we can add you to the list.

Online Learning Expectations

Every student is expected to log in to either Seesaw or Google Classroom every day.  Teachers will be taking attendance. Please visit the Seward website (seward.mpls.k12.mn.us) for “How To” guides for both of these tools.

We recognize Seesaw and Google Classroom are new for the majority of us.  Our teachers and Associate Educators have had multiple conversations and planning sessions to make sure the first 5-8 days of learning are purposeful in connecting with students as well as introducing students (and parents) to the platform.

Expect the second – fourth week of learning to include more rigorous assignments and options and remember on-line learning will provide your student with up to two hours of school work – it doesn’t replace the 6 hour traditional school day.

 

How to Help Your Child(ren) Understand Coronavirus

From Spark & Stitch Institute, Erin Walsh

https://sparkandstitchinstitute.com/talking-to-children-about-coronavirus/

Breakfast and Lunch

Is served at Seward MPS beginning Monday, April 6th a week’s supply of food can be picked up at the front entrance to our school.

Third Quarter

Third Quarter has been extended to Thursday, April 16th to allow students extra time to complete work for grade – this applies to middle and high school students. 

The grading window will close on April 24thExpect report cards the last week of April – first week of May.

As we start our new adventure in distance learning give yourselves grace and time  -- mistakes will be made AND we all know that’s when learning takes place.  I miss all of you and can’t wait to see you soon.

Sincerely,

Tammy